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Footballguys #100 - 7/30 - How To Maximize Twitter For Fantasy Football, Dalvin Cook Ahead Of Schedule, News and Notes and MORE

Volume 20, #100 -- Monday Night, July 30th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. We've got another big day of new Content for you plus the News and Notes you need.

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Joe

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A. FREE Feature - How To Maximize Twitter For Fantasy Football
Our Matt Waldman shows you how to maximize the tremendous value of fantasy football on Twitter.

B. FREE Feature - High Stakes Contest Profile: The FFPC
Our Jeff Pasquino with a look at the FFPC, one of the premier High Stakes Fantasy Football contests.

C. The Best Things in Life are McCaffrey
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Christian McCaffrey's fantasy prospects in 2018.

D. How to Dominate Your Draft: 2-2-1 Running Back Strategy
Our Ari Ingel with a new running back strategy to help you win your league for those that like to handcuff.

E. How to Attack Your Large-League PPR Draft
Our Jeff Tefertiller with strategy for attacking your large PPR League Draft.

F. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 8: AFC South
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the AFC South with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.


1. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook feels ahead of schedule

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) said he feels ahead of schedule in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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From all outward signs, Cook is safe to draft at ADP despite tearing his ACL last year. We'll feel 100% beyond the injury once we see him in preseason action.

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2. IND - QB Andrew Luck delivers in pads

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) took part in his first padded practice since 2016, completing 12 of his 14 pass attempts in 11-on-11 drills during training camp Sunday, July 29.

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We can dispose of the worst case scenarios that had Luck's Week 1 status up in the air as long as he doesn't have a setback. We're still hoping for Luck to at least play in the third preseason game to see him in live action, but things have gone well enough to justify the risk at ADP that goes along with the considerable possible reward in Luck's outlook.

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3. MIA - WR DeVante Parker off to slow start

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has not been able to do much in training camp so far while being shadowed by CB Xavien Howard. Parker's ineffectiveness has been mostly noticeable in team drills, according to The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley.

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Every year Parker is touted as a potential breakout player then he ends up disappointing in some form or fashion. The Dolphins are looking for Parker (or someone) to emerge as their no1 WR since trading away Jarvis Landry to the Browns. Parker is a player we're fine letting other Fantasy GMs draft. He's got a current ADP of WR38 (8.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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4. GB - RB Aaron Jones expects to return this week

Source: The Athletic - Michael Cohen

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (hamstring) said his injured hamstring is feeling good and expects to return to the practice field by Thursday, Aug. 2. He said he could play if the team had a game today.

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Jones is in a battle to be the starting back for the Packers. Some around the team (beat writers, bloggers) feel that Jones could be the lead back. He arguably has the most well-rounded skill set of the group competing for the top spot. Jones is competing with power back Jamaal Williams and converted receiver Ty Montgomery for the starting job.

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5. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert passes physical

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) passed his physical Monday, July 30, and has been activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Well that didn't take long. Eifert was on the PUP list at the start of training camp but here we are less than a week later and he's now good to go. Eifert is a TD hog when healthy, but he hasn't been a fantasy force since 2015. The talent is there, so if healthy Eifert could easily outperform his ADP of TE14 (13.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers struggling with INTs

Source: The Athletic - Michael Cohen

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw three interceptions during practice Monday, July 30, and has thrown seven interceptions since training camp began.

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Rodgers is taking some chances with the football (obviously) during this early portion of camp. It's worth monitoring but we're not in panic mode about this. Rodgers is getting used to some new receivers for the 2018 season and you've got to break a few eggs to make an omelet. He hasn't thrown double-digit picks since 2010.

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7. NYJ - Sam Darnold agrees to deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets first-round draft choice QB Sam Darnold agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Jets Monday, July 30, worth $30.25 million, according to a source. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

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This somewhat pointless holdout is over. Darnold didn't miss significant time and should be given a chance to win the starting job this summer, although the team should err on the side of taking it slow with him.

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8. NYG - TE Evan Engram seen as three-down TE

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants TE Evan Engram should be considered a three-down tight end, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

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Engram has been working as an outside receiver at times, and it appears that he'll get enough targets to maintain his production level from last year even with the return of Odell Beckham. He's a consideration as high as TE4 and could finish higher.

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9. CLE - WR Dez Bryant not scheduled to meet with CLE

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is still talking with the Cleveland Browns, but the two sides have not scheduled a meeting at this point.

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This could be a good sign for Josh Gordon, but at first glance, the main takeaway here is that Bryant isn't exactly making teams anxious to sign him. Bryant is arguably not worth a pick in shallow redraft leagues right now.

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10. LAC - Three TEs working with starters

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers TEs Virgil Green, Sean Culkin and Braedon Bowman have all received snaps with the first-team offense during training camp. The team has also been running a lot of three-receiver sets during practice.

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The Chargers will likely employ a committee at tight end with no clear fantasy play if they don't sign Antonio Gates. If they do, Gates will have some late round appeal. Either way, more three-wide sets is in store for this offense, which is good news for the value of Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams, and it gives Travis Benjamin a potential path to value, especially in best ball leagues.

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11. DEN - CB Tramaine Brock has hamstring injury

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring ailment.

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Brock is competing to be the no2 or no3 corner for the Broncos in 2018. After trading Aqib Talib to the Rams this offseason, the Broncos need to find an impact player to start opposite Chris Harris Jr. Bradley Roby should be that guy but Brock is in the mix.

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12. OAK - CB Gareon Conley out two weeks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley's (hip) strained hip is expected to keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks, according to sources.

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Bad news for a young player wanting to make an impression on the new Raiders staff. Conley has impressed in training camp so far when he's been on the field.

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13. DEN - ILB Brandon Marshall's injury not serious

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (wrist) is OK after sustaining a wrist injury in practice Monday, July 30, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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The Broncos are just being cautious with their starting linebacker. Marshall could be back on the field soon as the Broncos go to fully padded practices on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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14. ARI - DE Markus Golden unsure about return

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals DE Markus Golden (knee) said he has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery but is not willing to place a timetable on his return.

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A second-round pick out of Missouri in 2015, Golden was cleared to run in April as he continues to recover. The Cardinals are moving to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Steve Wilks so Golden will switch from OLB to DE and play opposite Chandler Jones in 2018.

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15. DET - RB LeGarrette Blount back on field

Source: The Detroit News - Justin Rogers

Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (undisclosed) participated in practice Monday, July 30, after leaving practice early Sunday, July 29, because of an undisclosed injury.

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His situation and value are unchanged after the injury scare.

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16. MIA - Teammate impressed with DE Charles Harris

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins DE Charles Harris has had one of the most impressive offseasons among everyone on the team, according to DE Cameron Wake.

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The Dolphins have one of the strongest edge rush groups in the league with Wake, trade acquisition Robert Quinn, 2017 first-round pick Harris, William Hayes, and Andre Branch. Harris is on the rise, but getting enough snaps to be consistently relevant in fantasy leagues could be tough unless the Dolphins make a trade.

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17. TEN - WR Rishard Matthews to PUP

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 30, and will not practice.

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It was originally thought Matthews injury wasn't serious enough to send him to the PUP, but now that has changed. The injury was an issue for at least two months before camp opened, so this is starting to cast a shadow on Matthews' value and make Corey Davis, Delanie Walker and Taywan Taylor a lot more interesting in drafts.

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18. LAC - Bolts in on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Giants) is being pursued by the San Diego Chargers.

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The Chargers are obviously looking to help their secondary after losing Jason Verrett again, but Trevor Williams and Desmond King played well enough last year to make the need not urgent for the team.

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19. SEA - SEA in on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Giants) is being pursued by the Seattle Seahawks.

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The Seahawks have a lot of inexperience in the secondary and Rodgers-Cromartie has the length they value at cornerback. He would make about as much impact there as he would anywhere in the league.

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20. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel working hard

Source: NFL Network - Tiffany Blackmon

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) has been working out hard to see how he handles it, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'So far, so good,' Rivera said.

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Samuel could be a PUP or injured reserve candidate if his ankle is slow to respond. The addition of DJ Moore and Torrey Smith and presence of Damiere Byrd gives the team players to replace all of the elements that Samuel could add to the offense in his second year.

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21. CLE - TE David Njoku struggles with drops

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku had four drops during drills at training camp Sunday, July 29.

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Njoku is one of the most impressive tight ends in the league physically, but his skillset needs refinement. He could still be relevant this year with some bumps in the road if Josh Gordon doesn't play a big role. We'll be monitoring his training camp and preseason to see if the arrow is pointing up by December.

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22. SEA - Specific role for RB C.J. Prosise

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise worked with the first-team offense during the two-minute drill during training camp Sunday, July 29, and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times believes Prosise will likely have the same role when the season begins.

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The starting job for the Seahawks is up for grabs, and if Prosise stays healthy he's their best passing down back. This could affect the value of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny if Prosise finally stays on the field for an extended time.

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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