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Volume 20, #108 -- Tuesday Night, August 7th, 2018

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1. MIA - Mike Gesicki may be used at WR

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has the skill set to play outside as a wide receiver if the Dolphins choose to implement him there, according to The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.

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More love for Gesicki. It makes sense as Gesicki plays like a super-sized wide receiver anyway. His size and athleticism make him a mismatch anywhere on the field.

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2. PHI - QB Carson Wentz unlikely for preseason

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) is expected to be held out for the duration of the preseason as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and subsequent surgery.

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The fact that Wentz could actually be ready for Week 1 of the regular season is remarkable. The Eagles have been working to get him back for that game for some time and it seems like he's on track. Nobody should have been expecting him to play at all in the preseason. Wentz believes he'll be fine if he is unable to play in those exhibition games.

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3. PIT - WR Antonio Brown expected to return soon

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (quad) is expected to return to practice after the team's first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 9.

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Brown's quad injury has been handled in a hush-hush fashion, which sometimes sets off our injury dread sensor, but as long as this happens, we can keep Brown atop our wide receiver list in the overall top five.

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4. CLE - WR Dez Bryant not interested in CLE?

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Updating previous reports, free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is believed to have little interest in joining the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

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With each day that passes, it becomes less and less likely that Dez Bryant has a fantasy relevant role to being 2018. Missing camp and ramp up time with his new quarterback in his new offense will make Bryant a role player at best when he does join a new team.

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5. PHI - TE Zach Ertz back

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Ertz had missed three practices, but it appears that it was nothing to be concerned about.

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6. BUF - Josh Allen not working with starters

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen has worked exclusively with the third-team offense for the last four practices.

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That's not a surprise as Allen has some things to work on before he's ready to take over as the starter. Allen, a first-round pick out of Wyoming this year, had accuracy problems that he needs to improve if he wants to play up to his potential as a pro. He has a rocket arm, is tough and has fine athleticism but Allen needs to sharpen his skills when passing under pressure. He should take over as the starter at some point this year.

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7. BUF - Buffalo not naming QB for preseason game

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills QBs AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman may both receive playing time with the first-team offense during the first preseason game, but head coach Sean McDermott said he is not ready to name the starting quarterback for the game.

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The Bills have rookie first-round pick Josh Allen as their quarterback of the future. He'll take over eventually, perhaps early this season but for now we'll continue to see McCarron and Peterman compete for that spot. The Bills passing game should be rough this year for Fantasy GMs, so we're looking forward to Allen playing but only in dynasty formats.

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8. BUF - WR Corey Coleman reports to Buffalo

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills WR Corey Coleman reported to the team Tuesday, Aug. 7, and passed his physical.

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Injuries have disrupted Coleman's career to this point. A first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Coleman was known as an explosive player who could thrive near the red zone or on deep passes. He's played in 19-of-32 possible games in two seasons with the Browns. They gave up on him and dealt him to the Bills for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Coleman is going to try and resurrect his career in one of the league's worst passing games. Fantasy GMs shouldn't be expecting much from any of the Bills receivers.

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9. PHI - QB Nick Foles dealing with spasms

Source: PhillyVoice.com - Jimmy Kempski

Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (back, neck) is reportedly dealing with spasms in his trapezius and neck area. He has missed three straight practices and is not expected to participate in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 9.

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Foles is important as the potential Week 1 starter for the Eagles, so they will be as careful with him as they are being with Carson Wentz as he returns from a serious knee injury and surgery. Expect to see a lot of Nate Sudfeld over the next month.

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10. OAK - RB Doug Martin listed as No. 2 RB

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Oakland Raiders RB Doug Martin is listed as the team's No. 2 running back on the first depth chart released for the season.

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Martin should be prominent than Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington (whichever one makes the team), but the bigger question is how much he cuts into Marshawn Lynch's workload. Martin won't have much standalone value unless Lynch goes down unless the Raiders make this a 50/50 committee.

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11. MIA - WR Albert Wilson to be used at RB?

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson said he could be used in many different ways this season, including being lined up in the backfield.

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Wilson is currently third or fourth in the pecking order at the wide receiver position. The veteran is great after the catch and it just makes sense to get him the ball in multiple ways. Wilson is not much of a fantasy asset at this point but if someone like Danny Amendola gets banged up on the depth chart in front of him, he might get some deep flex appeal. Keep him on your waiver wire speed dial in deep leagues.

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12. LAC - DE Joey Bosa should be fine

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) should be fine after suffering a foot injury during practice Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Chargers fans and Fantasy GMs can breathe a sigh of relief here. Bosa should be considered day-to-day at this point and we don't think he'll play (or should play) in the preseason opener.

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13. CLE - WR Josh Gordon staying on Did Not Report list

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will remain on the Reserve/Did Not Report list because he will still receive an accrued season despite being on the list.

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A little more clarity on the situation here. There is an exception to the rule if a player does not report because of an illness or hardship. Reporters around the team all expect Gordon to return at some point this season, perhaps in the near future.

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14. DEN - Two tight ends not on the field

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos TEs Jeff Heuerman (knee) and Troy Fumagalli (groin) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Heuerman has 18 catches over three seasons as a pro, but he was atop the Broncos depth chart that was released on Tuesday. We don't expect him to stay no.1 at the position for long as second-year TE Jake Butt has looked fantastic in training camp.

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15. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon, TE Maxx Williams leave early

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (undisclosed) and TE Maxx Williams (ankle) left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 7, and walked off the field with athletic trainers.

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Both of these players have quite the injury history, so this situation is worth monitoring...but only for Fantasy GMs in dynasty leagues.

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16. CHI - WR Taylor Gabriel unlikely for preseason opener

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears WR Taylor Gabriel (foot) has a minor foot injury and is not expected to play Thursday, Aug. 9, in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell.

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Gabriel hurt his foot over the weekend and the team is going to take it easy on him as he tries to return. If he produces like he did in 2016 (35 catches, 579 receiving yards, six touchdowns) then Gabriel has some deep flex value in PPR leagues.

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17. CHI - RB Jordan Howard may not play Thursday

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard (knee) banged his knee in practice recently but is fine, according to head coach Matt Nagy. Still, it would be surprise to see him play Thursday, Aug. 9, in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell.

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It's the team's second preseason game since they played in the Hall of Fame Game last week. Howard didn't play in that game either. We'll see if he can get some work in later this preseason, especially when the Bears travel to Denver for joint practices with the Broncos.

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18. CLE - Antonio Callaway cited for marijuana

Source: The Associated Press

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license in Ohio Sunday, Aug. 5.

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Callaway was in line to start with the Browns this year and he was turning heads at training camp so far. This news could be quite damaging for the rookie as he was already in Stage 1 of the NFL's substance Abuse Program. Stay tuned.

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19. NE - CB Bashaud Breeland leaves without deal

Source: ESPN.com - Josina Anderson

Updating a previous report, free-agent CB Bashaud Breeland (Redskins) left his visit with the New England Patriots without a contract but was told that the Patriots will be in touch.

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Breeland has met with several teams since March. He was signed to the Panthers this offseason but had the deal fall through due to a failed physical. As the season gets closer, the chances of Breeland finding a new team increases. He's too good to be out on the street for much longer, but the price tag is going to have to be correct.

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20. NE - WR Kenny Britt limited

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

New England Patriots WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) was limited during practice Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Britt has been limited by this hamstring all of camp. With the signing of Eric Decker, it just adds more veteran competition to the mix at the WR position. At this point, Britt is going to be hard pressed to make the Patriots 53-man roster.

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21. GB - RB Aaron Jones remains sidelined

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin - Aaron Nagler

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (hamstring) is still not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Jones is already suspended for the first two games, and now he might have trouble staking a claim to his share of the backfield this summer because of his hamstring injury. We'll get worried if he can't take the field by the third preseason game.

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22. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder won't play Thursday

Source: NBCSportsWashington.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (undisclosed) will be held out of Week 1 of the preseason as he recovers from a minor injury, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Crowder wasn't healthy until the second half of the season last year, when he delivered on the optimism around him heading into his third year. We want to see him back at full speed for the third preseason game to not fear a similar path this year.

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23. TEN - WR Corey Davis still out

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (undisclosed) participated in the stretching portion of practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, but did not participate in any drills.

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We can't exhale just yet. Davis had hamstring issues in camp and again during the season. If this is a hamstring injury and it keeps him out for a week or more, it will be difficult to feel as confident about Davis this year.

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24. WAS - WR Josh Doctson hurt, still practicing

Source: NBCSportsWashington.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (heel, shoulder) participated in team drills Tuesday, Aug. 7, despite dealing with heel and shoulder ailments.

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The shoulder issue was the original reported injury, but the heel injury bears watching too. We're beginning to wonder if Doctson will ever truly be 100%.

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25. IND - WR Ryan Grant making push to start

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts WRs Ryan Grant and T.Y. Hilton 'have really separated themselves' with regards to the top two receiver spots on the depth chart, according to head coach Frank Reich.

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Grant appears to still have created a gap between him and rookie standout Deon Cain, with holdover Chester Rogers stuck at no higher than third on the depth chart.

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26. NE - WR Phillip Dorsett having 'notable' camp so far

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett has been one of the 'notable performers' through the first 10 practices, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. At times, he's also been breaking off to a second field with QB Tom Brady and 'a few others.'

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Dorsett has lined up inside at times, and he can also fill the void left by Brandin Cooks in the deep passing game. He, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kenny Britt, and Eric Decker are competing for a fantasy relevant WR2 role in the Patriots offense while Julian Edelman is suspended. All are potential last round picks or Week 2 waiver wire wonders.

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27. NYJ - Chris Herndon making a name for himself

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets TEs Chris Herndon 'has the skills to make an important contribution sooner rather than later,' according to The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, who reports the Jets 'absolutely love' their fourth-round pick.

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The Jets will have a committee at tight end this year, but Herndon could emerge as a fantasy factor long term. He was the rare tight end used on screens in college at Miami.

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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