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Volume 19, #96 -- Thursday Night, July 27th, 2017

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L. Footballguys Staff Mock Draft 4, 12 team FPC scoring TE 1.5 PPR, Dual Flex
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N. Player Spotlight: Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker, and Corey Davis
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1. DEN - RB Devontae Booker to have surgery Friday

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (wrist) will have surgery to fix his fractured wrist Friday, July 28. His recovery time is expected to be six weeks.

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Expect CJ Anderson's ADP to rise from 23rd back and 59 overall, though how much Jamaal Charles may impact it is still a question mark. That said, Anderson is likely to be the lead back and carry a full load until Booker gets back, at the very least.

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2. DEN - RB Devontae Booker has wrist fracture

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (wrist) has a fractured wrist that he has been lifting with for weeks, according to a source. He aggravated it in training.

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Man, that's just bad. This is why athletes have to immediately check in with a trainer or medical professional when they feel pain, kids. Because he likely took an injury which might have slowed him down for a couple weeks and made it bad enough to miss potentially 6 weeks. Booker was going to compete with C.J. Anderson for the starting job in Denver, but with him missing training camp, that's not happening. Write Anderson in as the lead back, with Jamaal Charles behind him to be brought along slowly. Don't be shocked if rookie DeAngelo Henderson plays well too.

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3. WAS - Twisted ankle for TE Jordan Reed?

Source: The Washington Times - Nora Princiotti

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toe, ankle) may have twisted his ankle overcompensating for his toe ailment, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Ankle and toe problems are not a great way to start out training camp. The team insists that Reed will only miss a week of camp. That's cool and all, but we'd rather see them be super cautious with their star tight end. Reed is a top-3 fantasy tight end in any format if healthy.

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4. DAL - RB Ronnie Hillman joins Dallas

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent RB Ronnie Hillman (Chargers) will sign with the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, July 27, according to a source.

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This definitely points to concerns within the Dallas organization that Ezekiel Elliott will miss some game time. Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are likely your starters in his stead, though, and Hillman has been an epic disappointment since leaving Denver. We wouldn't pull the trigger on him unless the previously mentioned backs get hurt.

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5. BAL - BAL committing week of rest for QB Joe Flacco

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Updating previous reports, the Baltimore Ravens are 'committing to a week of rest' for QB Joe Flacco (back) in hopes that will calm the symptoms down. He'll be shut down during that time and then be re-evaluated.

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Some reports are expressing confidence about Flacco's status while earlier reports speculated he could need 3-6 weeks to recover. We'll see about his health status after this mandated week of rest.

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6. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins on track

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is on schedule in terms of his rehab from his foot injury but will be limited during the early part of training camp, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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Watkins is in the final year of his contract and he could be in for a huge payday if he (finally) plays up to his potential. Expect him to be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

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7. PIT - Le'Veon Bell not reporting to camp

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not report to training camp as he has not signed his franchise tender.

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This has been expected, so we're not surprised. Bell could report to the team in mid-August and not miss a beat. He should be set for the start of the regular season, and Bell is a top-3 fantasy pick in any format.

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8. PIT - WR Martavis Bryant not yet reinstated

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is still in the process of being fully reinstated into the NFL. He is in the first stages of that process but is not officially reinstated, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Until then, Bryant is not permitted to practice with the team or play in any games. He is allowed to participate in off-field team activities, however.

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Fantasy owners are holding their breath here but we feel Bryant should be back and reinstated by Week 1. The NFL has to get him through the final steps on reinstatement, so everyone is going to have to be patient here. Perhaps something will be finalized by the middle of the month of August.

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9. SF - RB Carlos Hyde in good shape

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde reported to training camp at 228 pounds. He said he's in the best shape of his career and that he's the lightest he's been since high school.

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That's what Hyde needed to do as the writing is on the wall as he enters the final year of his contract. New general manager John Lynch has taken notice, too, saying Hyde looks tremendous and that he has dedicated himself to football.

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10. PIT - WR Sammie Coates out for two weeks

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) is expected to miss two weeks of practice after recently undergoing a knee scope. He should open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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He can come off that list at any time. Coates is fast and can track passes deep but he drops too many passes and has been held back by injuries and inconsistencies as a pro. He's falling behind already in the competition for the no3 WR spot behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster should win that job.

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11. WAS - TE Jordan Reed's toe not a big issue

Source: ESPN.com - Dianna Marie Russini

Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed's (toe) injury isn't a big concern to the team, and he's expected to return during the preseason.

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So far his injury isn't killing his ADP, which hovers at 33 overall, 3rd tight end off the board. The nagging injuries are the biggest concern with Reed--well, that and concussions--and we're hoping he can top the 10 games he appeared in last year. If he can, expect top tight end numbers from him.

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12. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski not limited

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has no limitations as training camp opens, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

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You can expect the usual antics from New England and Gronkowski. He won't practice much in camp, might see a little preseason time and will generally be good to go Week 1. Which is why they handle him with kid gloves--at this point they just want him healthy. Gronkowski is the first tight end being taken in early drafts (of course) and the No. 18 player off the board.

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13. BAL - QB Colin Kaepernick has Ravens' interest

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) has interest from the Baltimore Ravens, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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We're not sure how long Joe Flacco will be out. We've heard anything from 3-to-6 weeks to 'soon'. But Kaepernick would be a decent option in this offense and with the weapons and run game there, we could see him be successful. We've thought all along that it would take an injury to get Kaepernick in camp. Whether or not the Ravens pull the trigger, it seems pretty clear that we were right.

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14. BUF - QB Colin Kaepernick not an option for BUF

Source: The Buffalo News - Vic Carucci

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) is not an option for the Buffalo Bills, according to general manager Brandon Beane.

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The Bills are going to move forward with T.J. Yates and rookie Nate Peterman competing for the backup job behind Tyrod Taylor. Peterman is an interesting developmental prospect to keep an eye on in deep dynasty leagues.

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15. CAR - QB Cam Newton wants to rebound

Source: ESPN - Jeff Darlington

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton took his disappointing 2016 campaign personally and said the upcoming season isn't just another year.

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First and foremost he needs more offensive line help, and we aren't sure adding former first round pick and recent Vikings turnstile Matt Kalil is going to do the trick. Add in a need for better skill position players and we have concerns. Rookie running back Christian McCaffrey should help, but is it enough? We won't bet on Newton but we won't bet on him as heavily as we did the last few years. His ADP stands at 62 overall, and he's the No. 7 quarterback coming off the board, both places we think he fits well right now.

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16. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill doing well with knee

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) said his injured knee is 'really good' and that he will wear a brace to protect it. He did admit that sliding could be an issue, however. Tannehill tore his anterior cruciate ligament late last season.

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We expected a big jump from Tannehill last season, his first in head coach Adam Gase's offense. What we got was the same amount of mediocrity and what would have likely been a lower yardage total. Will it be different this season? We feel a bit dubious. Despite a very good set of weapons and what should be a healthier and improved offensive line, we still have our doubts about him. So do owners in current drafts, who are selecting him as the No. 22 quarterback and 142 player overall.

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17. NO - WR Willie Snead wants to be deep threat

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead is focused on becoming more of a deep threat this season rather than his potential long-term contract.

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We could see that happening without Brandin Cooks (Patriots) to stretch the field. Last year, Cooks had an average of 13.06 air yards per target (21st in the league) while Snead averaged 7.38 air yards per target (94th in the league). Snead has worked on his back-end speed this offseason and may have more opportunities down the field with Cooks gone.

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18. DEN - Denver signing RB Stevan Ridley

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (Falcons) is signing with the Denver Broncos Thursday, July 27, according to a source.

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Ridley was with the Falcons last year for four games and appeared in one, compiling seven yards on three carries. With the injury to Devontae Booker (wrist) the Broncos needed depth at the position. Ridley will compete with guys like Bernard Pierce and Juwan Thompson for a spot on the 53-man roster. Let's just say we don't expect much from the veteran.

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19. NYJ - RB Marcus Murphy claimed by Jets

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New Orleans Saints RB Marcus Murphy was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets Thursday, July 27, according to a source.

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Not much here from a fantasy perspective. Murphy will compete for the KR/PR job with the Jets.

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20. NO - Orlando Franklin going to Saints

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent OG Orlando Franklin (Chargers) agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, July 27, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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The Saints have had some injuries up front and Franklin is versatile enough to play guard or tackle. We might see the Saints kick LG Andrus Peat outside to tackle while LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) is out.

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21. MIA - WR Jarvis Landry deal not pressing

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry isn't worried about a contract extension and neither are the Dolphins. Owner Stephen Ross said he doesn't know if a deal will get done before the season starts and even said Landry could be franchise tagged next offseason.

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Landry is focused on continuing to improve his game in preparation for the season. Some of his upside could be hampered by another mediocre Ryan Tannehill year, but he's still a solid fantasy receiver. His ADP is currently sitting at 44 overall and 19th receiver off the board, and that sounds good to us. He's got upside though, if Tannehill can get his act together.

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22. PHI - WR Jordan Matthews suited up

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) is suited up for practice Thursday, July 27.

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Matthews is an OK receiver with the size to be more, which makes him frustrating to watch. On top of that, you have a team which added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, so the outlook of his role looks bleak. Right now he is trending as the No. 46 receiver in drafts, and we don't feel that's off the mark.

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23. LAR - Two QBs work out for Rams

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Sean Renfree (Buccaneers) and QB Thaddeus Lewis (49ers) worked out for the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, July 27, according to a source.

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They are both no more than a camp body, as neither Jameis Winston nor Jared Goff are going anywhere.

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24. KC - QB Alex Smith lands $2 million

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith will collect a $2 million check for reporting to camp Thursday, July 27.

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Smith may have Pat Mahomes lurking about, but the rookie isn't ready for prime time, so his job is safe this year. However, while he is durable and consistent for an NFL quarterback, he produces very little in the way of fantasy points, and his ADP hangs at a well-deserved 162 overall, 26th quarterback off the board in early drafts.

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25. DAL - QB Zac Dysert out for season

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys QB Zac Dysert (back) is expected to be out for the season after undergoing surgery Wednesday, July 26, to fix a herniated disc in his back, according to a source.

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Did you feel a chill down your spine, Cowboys fan? Did you flash back to when Cowboys quarterbacks were dropping like flies in the Texas heat? Luckily you still have Kellen Moore, rookie Cooper Rush and some dude named Dak Prescott. Currently, Prescott--you know, the only one here who really matters--has an overall ADP of 86 and is a borderline QB2, coming off the board as the No. 12 quarterback in early drafting.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J