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Volume 20, #101 -- Tuesday Night, July 31st, 2018

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WR Tiers, MFL 10 Mock, OL Rankings, Keenan Allen Career Year and MORE

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A. FREE Feature - Footballguys Mock Draft 2 - 12-man MFL10
Another Next Level Mock Draft. The Footballguys staff, along with four writers in the industry got together and completed a 12-team draft using MFL10 settings. We dive deep into the strategies and goals and post-draft evaluation. Unlike most mock drafts, the focus here is YOU learning something for YOUR draft.

B. Wide Receiver Tiers
We included for free Sigmund Bloom's RB Tier article with the DRAFT Promo email. So you know how awesome these are. In this one, he breaks down the wide receivers with the same detail. Sigmund's Tiers articles by themselves are worth the cost of the Season Long Pro subscription.

C. Keenan Allen: The Stars Are Aligned for a Career-Year
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Keenan Allen's fantasy prospects in 2018.

D. Marquise Goodwin: Can You Trust a Small Sample Size?
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Marquise Goodwin's fantasy prospects for 2018.

E. Offensive Line Rankings and Notes: Training Camp Edition
Our Matt Bitonti with an in-depth look at the initial rankings, how they are formed, and a brief preview of each of the 32 offensive lines headed into preseason.

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1. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin has sore knee

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) will miss a few weeks due to a sore knee, according to head coach Pete Carroll. 'It's a little bit of a problem,' Carroll said.

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Baldwin's knee problem has been lingering for a bit since Carroll also said the veteran has been 'a little bit off.' The way they're handling this injury is considered maintenance as the team is being cautious. Baldwin will miss a few weeks and his status for Week 1 against the Broncos is unknown at this time.

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2. NO - WR Michael Floyd signed by Saints

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Vikings) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, July 31, according to a source.

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It's been quite some time since Floyd has been fantasy relevant. Injuries and off-field issues have plagued him recently but landing with the Saints is interesting...even though he's no lock for the 53-man roster.

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3. DEN - QB Case Keenum lauded by coach

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum is better now than he was last year, according to head coach Vance Joseph. Joseph cited Keenum's accuracy, command, smarts and feel for the game as defining qualities.

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Keenum has looked really good in Broncos training camp so far. He has strong chemistry with all of his top targets, but he's especially showing a connection with Emmanuel Sanders. Keenum has hit Sanders on quite a few deep touchdowns over the last few days. We'll see if that connection can continue during the preseason and into the regular season. Keenum is a safe QB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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4. WAS - Derrius Guice making impression

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice has already been praised by the coaching staff for his involvement in meetings and his aggression on field. Guice has been working to improve his pass protection and trying to solidify his technique so as not to overcommit on a block.

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Guice is a tremendously talented runner with power and speed. He can easily be the lead back for Washington and has RB2 value for Fantasy GMs with that size of role. Guice will need to prove that he can protect the QB if he's going to get on the field as the primary back. Chris Thompson will continue to serve as Washington's change-of-pace back.

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5. BUF - WR Zay Jones to be limited early

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee) will be eased back into practice once he is activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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A second-round pick out of East Carolina in 2017, Jones had a horrible rookie season with just 27 catches (on 74 targets) as a rookie. He's hoping for a bounce-back year in 2018 but Jones is going to attempt to do that coming back from offseason knee surgery. We're not interested in him for redraft leagues and even Fantasy GMs in dynasty leagues are not hot on Jones stock.

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6. BAL - WR Michael Crabtree seeing action in red zone

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree has been 'a popular target' for Joe Flacco in red zone drill this summer, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

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Crabtree has a great catch radius and he is effective in close quarters on contested balls. He is as good a bet as any to lead the team in receiving touchdowns this year. Flacco did well with a similar receiver in Anquan Boldin, although they didn't click as a red zone combo.

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7. PHI - QB Carson Wentz working on side

Source: ESPN.com - Tim McManus

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) was limited to work on the side Tuesday, July 31.

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Wentz still appears to be ahead of schedule from the multiple ligament injury recovery. Chances are better than not that he'll start Week 1 against Atlanta.

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8. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs terms

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs' five-year deal is worth $72 million with $40 million guaranteed. The deal is worth a maximum of $81 million.

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The Vikings appear to be having no problems locking up players long term even after taking on Kirk Cousins fully guaranteed contract. Diggs price will only go up in an annually wide receiver hungry free agent market, so this is smart.

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9. WAS - RB Chris Thompson waiting for full recovery

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (leg) said he won't be fully recovered from his broken fibula until November - a whole year after suffering the injury.

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Thompson avoided the PUP list to start camp and he's slowly getting worked back into the mix. The starting running back in Washington may have changed to rookie Derrius Guice but Thompson should still be relied on as the primary pass-catching back. He's got plenty of flex appeal in PPR leagues and a current ADP of RB35 (7.11) in 12-team formats.

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10. NE - Erick Decker worked out for Pats

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent WR Eric Decker (Titans) worked out for the New England Patriots Monday, July 30, according to a source.

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Decker didn't do much last year in his one season with the Titans and he's no longer the same player he used to be. The veteran was drafted by Pats OC Josh McDaniels (back when he was the head coach of the Broncos in 2010) and Decker has previously stated that he would love to play for the Patriots. They could be updating their emergency list or they could have real interest in adding Decker. Stay tuned.

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11. PIT - Three dealing with minor injuries

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot), LB T.J. Watt (hamstring) and FS Sean Davis (groin) are dealing with minor injuries and are considered day-to-day, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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McDonald always seems to be dealing with minor but nagging injuries. This foot injury is the latest one. He's got plenty of potential if he ever stays healthy, and reports earlier this offseason suggested he could be a big part of the Steelers passing game. He's a TE2 with upside for Fantasy GMs...but he's got to be healthy first.

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12. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster should be fine

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) is dealing with an undisclosed injury, but head coach Mike Tomlin said Smith-Schuster is considered day-to-day.

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He was limited in OTAs and minicamp earlier this year with a knee injury. That was lingering then and could still be a minor issue now. Watch his progress as training camp continues. Smith-Schuster has a current ADP of WR19 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. DEN - DE Derek Wolfe suffers stinger in practice

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TE Derek Wolfe (shoulder) 'had a little stinger' in practice Tuesday, July 31, but is expected to return to practice Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Wolfe left the field to get examined in the locker room. About 10 minutes later he came running out, put his pads on and was back at practice.

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14. IND - Jordan Wilkins in the running to start

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis colts RB Jordan Wilkins is 'in the mix' to start Week 1, although there has been 'plenty of rotation' at the running back position early in training camp, according to Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan.

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Wilkins is the cheapest Colts back outside of Robert Turbin, who is suspended for the first four games, but he has the potential to lead the team in carries and rushing scores. He's worth late round consideration and his ADP could be in for a rise.

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15. KC - RB Charcandrick West may not make roster

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor and Lynn Worthy

Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West could be a surprise cut in light of the team's offseason addition of Damien Williams, according to Brooke Pryor and Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star.

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West also has suffered a concussion, his second in two years, and Spencer Ware is back and healthy. West has been competent in his role, but hasn't really added value. A release wouldn't be that big of a surprise.

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16. CLE - HC 'really impressed' with WR Corey Coleman

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he's been 'really impressed' with WR Corey Coleman, adding that he thinks Coleman's confidence is growing.

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Coleman has a great opportunity with Josh Gordon away from the team. He has had his share of explosive plays and games, that is when he could stay on the field. Fourth-round pick Antonio Callaway will provide competition for snaps and targets outside. Coleman opens with Pittsburgh, so if Gordon hasn't rejoined the team, he could be a hot waiver wire pickup if he goes undrafted.

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17. LAC - WR Travis Benjamin hurts shoulder Monday

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (shoulder) sustained a shoulder injury during practice Monday, July 30. Head coach Anthony Lynn didn't seem overly concerned about the seriousness of the injury but told reporters Benjamin 'may be in a red jersey' if he practices Tuesday, July 31.

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The Chargers already have lost a few players due to injury, and they don't need another one. It sounds like this one is minor and Benjamin should be out there soon enough. Benjamin provides a speed element to the Chargers passing attack behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

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18. NE - Jacob Hollister making good impression

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister reportedly got off to a good start this year from offseason workouts to spring practices, so much so head coach Bill Belichick told ESPN's Mike Reiss that Hollister 'has a great future.'

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Hollister was an interesting prospect when he came out of Wyoming as an undrafted free agent. He was a weapon for Josh Allen with the Cowboys and he's learned the pro game for a year as a reserve with the Patriots. Hollister is a dynasty prospect we really appreciate, and this news just gets us more excited to see his continued development in the preseason.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thank you for giving us the honor or sharing part of your day with us. Let's crush this season.

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