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Footballguys #116 - 8/15 - WR Sleepers, QB By Committee, Watch For the FBG Give-Away, News & Notes and MORE

Volume 20, #116 -- Wednesday Night, August 15th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday. It's another day of bringing you the tools you need to Crush Fantasy Football this year. Plus News and Notes. PLUS - keep an eye out for our 2018 Footballguys Give-Away. Details coming soon.

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J

SITE NEWS

A. FREE Feature: 26 Value Plays at Wide Receiver
The Footballguys staff finds value at the wide receiver position.

B. 21 Overvalued Wide Receivers
The Footballguys staff finds value at the wide receiver position.

C. 21 Deep Sleepers at Wide Receivers
The Footballguys staff digs deep for sleepers at wide receiver.

D. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Preseason Round 1 Notes
IDP news, notes, analysis and speculation from preseason week one.

E. Get Ready. The 2018 Footballguys Give-Away Is Almost Here
We've outdone ourselves with the 2018 Footballguys Give-Away. Keep your eyes on your mailbox for details and how to win. I've said too much already...

F. Quarterback By Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino is back with one of the most popular articles we feature every year: Quarterback By Committee.

G. Defensive Team by Committee
Our Jeff Pasquino with how to pull together a winning Team Defense By Committee.

H. Mid-August ADP for DRAFT
Our Clayton Gray with an in-depth look at ADP from recent DRAFT leagues.

I. Mid-August ADP for FFPC and FPC
Our Clayton Gray with an in-depth look at ADP from 61 recent FPC drafts.

J. High-Variance Players: RB Tarik Cohen
The Footballguys staff discusses the upside and downside of Tarik Cohen.

K. High-Variance Players: WR Kelvin Benjamin
The Footballguys staff discusses the upside and downside of Kelvin Benjamin.

L. High-Variance Players: WR Cameron Meredith
The Footballguys staff discusses the upside and downside of Cameron Meredith.

M. High-Variance Players: TE Vance McDonald
The Footballguys staff discusses the upside and downside of Vance McDonald.


1. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger believed to be fine

Source: The Athletic - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) is believed to be fine and traveled with the team for their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

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The Steelers will be cautious with Roethlisberger as he deals with this concussion. He should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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2. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny has surgery

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (finger) underwent successful surgery on his injured finger Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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The timetable for Penny's return is 3-4 weeks. The rookie was competing with Chris Carson to be the lead back in Seattle this season. The Seahawks hope he'll be ready for Week 1.

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3. CLE - QB Tyrod Taylor locked in as starter

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor will be the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Hue Jackson. 'I have not changed. I'm not going to change,' Jackson said. 'Tyrod Taylor's the starting quarterback here, and Baker (Mayfield is) the future of our organization.'

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The Browns appear to have a plan to let Mayfield incubate on the bench for all or at least the better part of his rookie season to give him more time to grow before taking on regular season NFL defenses. The career arc of players like Philip Rivers, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Aaron Rodgers seems to point to the wisdom of waiting, and the Browns paid a lot in draft capital for Taylor, who seems plenty capable of leading a team like the Browns to wins after he took the Bills to the playoffs. We'll see if the Browns stick with their plan.

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4. NO - WR Cameron Meredith back at practice

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, but did not participate in team drills.

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Meredith missed all of the 2017 season due to a knee injury. Reports indicate there doesn't seem to be any concern this undisclosed injury is related to his surgically repaired knee. If healthy, Meredith could be a value pick for Fantasy GMs are his current ADP of WR49 (10.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. SF - RB Jeremy McNichols running with ones

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers RB Jeremy McNichols is running with the first-team Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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McNichols is a good receiving back and he had solid all-around workouts, but couldn't stick with the Bucs after being drafted in the fifth round last year. Injuries to Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon have freed up first-team snaps and should make the battle to be the #3 back more exciting to watch with potential fantasy value waiting in the wings.

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6. BAL - WR John Brown 'better than advertised'

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown has been 'a complete receiver for us,' according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Brown will rival Michael Crabtree for weekly ranking and value as long as he is healthy, and if Crabtree draws Tre'Davious White Week 1, Brown will be more valuable in the matchup against the Bills. Reserve a late-round pick for Brown, but be ready to move on if he gets dinged and can't get back on the field, a common scene from recent years.

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7. DAL - WR Cole Beasley to miss preseason game

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (groin) has been ruled out for the second preseason game but hopes to be able to play in the third preseason game.

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The Cowboys are rather thin at the WR position. Beasley should work as their slot receiver when healthy behind Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup. Fantasy GMs aren't drafting Beasley and he's only got 'what the heck' flex value when on the field. Keep him on your waiver wire watch list but only in deeper leagues.

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8. HOU - Three do not practice

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), WR Chris Thompson (concussion) and LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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Coutee is the rookie WR that has Fantasy GMs buzzing in Texans camp. Before his injury, Coutee was competing with Braxton Miller to be the team's no3 (slot) receiver. We'll see if he can get back on track some time before the start of the regular season.

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9. CLE - QB Drew Stanton to play Friday

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns QB Drew Stanton will receive playing time in the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, because he has not played a game for anyone on the offensive staff. Stanton did not play in the first preseason game.

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Stanton should be the odd man out in the Cleveland QB room. Tyrod Taylor will start the season and Baker Mayfield should take over at some point. Stanton could be dealt for a team in need of a veteran backup quarterback (Denver?).

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10. CLE - Coach unsure who will be No. 2 QB

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns QBs Baker Mayfield and Drew Stanton have been working behind QB Tyrod Taylor during training camp, but head coach Hue Jackson said he is not sure if the team would play Mayfield or Stanton if Taylor suffered an injury.

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Mayfield has shown flashes and he's clearly the quarterback of the future for the Browns. They could go with him as the no.2 behind Taylor and then try and deal Stanton if a team needs a veteran backup.

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11. WAS - RB Derrius Guice set for Friday surgery

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) will have surgery Friday, Aug. 17 to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to a source. Renowned Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure.

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Guice is going to miss his rookie year. Fantasy GMs will look to see if Samaje Perine or Rob Kelley can emerge as the lead back. Chris Thompson, the team's change-of-pace back, could see a larger role due to Guice's injury.

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12. CIN - RB Joe Mixon leaves practice early

Source: Cox Media Group - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 15, walking off under his own power and without a trainer. He did not return from the locker room.

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Fantasy GMs are excited about Mixon in 2018. He's currently going off the board at RB14 (2.10) in 12-team PPR leagues. Keep an eye on this injury situation. We'll have more news about Mixon's injury when it becomes available..stay tuned.

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13. ARI - WR Brice Butler won't play

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Brice Butler (foot) will miss Week 2 of the preseason with a foot problem, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

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Butler is listed as the no2 WR for the team opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. If healthy, Butler has the speed to take the top off the defense.

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14. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise on track for Saturday

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hip) is on track to play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Prosise is one of the most oft-injured backs in the NFL. If healthy, Prosise could be a weapon for the team as a pass-catching back. The talent is there for Prosise to be Chris Thompson-like but injuries and lack of opportunity cloud his fantasy value.

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15. DEN - WR Carlos Henderson suspended

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson has been suspended for one game by the league for violation of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substance Abuse, the team announced Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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Henderson is currently on the Broncos' Reserve/Did Not Report list. Reports indicate he's dealing with some sort of family issue and may not return to football.

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16. SEA - WR Tyler Lockett has practice scare

Source: The Seattle Times - Mike Vorel

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (undisclosed) went down in practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, but appeared to be OK afterwards.

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Lockett has already had enough of an injury history in the NFL for Fantasy GMs to proceed with cautious optimism when drafting him. With Paul Richardson (Washington) moving on in free agency, the no2 WR spot opposite Doug Baldwin is likely to be Lockett. We could see Lockett outperform his current ADP of WR56 (12.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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17. IND - RB Jordan Wilkins emerges as challenger

Source: 1070 The Fan - Kevin Bowen

Indianapolis Colts RB Jordan Wilkins has emerged as a potential backup, taking advantage of the absence of RB Marlon Mack (hamstring).

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Wilkins has always been a fantasy sleeper in this undecided backfield. The rookie from Ole Miss has a good all-purpose skill set with a good size/speed combination. Wilkins has good footwork and knows how to make defenders miss in tight quarters. He needs to improve his pass protection and run with a bit more authority if he wants a large role for the Colts in 2018. Fantasy GMs need to monitor this backfield looking for value. Wilkins has a current ADP of RB56 (13.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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18. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise returns to practice

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hip) was back at practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, after missing two sessions due to a hip flexor.

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Prosise is an exciting and dynamic player when healthy...but he struggled to stay on the field and has only played in 11 games over the last two seasons combined. With the injury to Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks could get Prosise some more reps behind presumed starter Chris Carson.

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19. CHI - WR Allen Robinson will play some

Source: Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (knee) will play sparingly in Week 2 of the preseason, according to head coach Matt Nagy.

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Robinson was a big signing for the Bears in free agency this offseason. If he bounces back to what he was a couple of years ago (no4 overall fantasy WR in 2015) for the Jaguars, then Fantasy GMs are going to be quite happy (and Bears fans too). His play fell off in 2016 after his breakout 2015 season, and Robinson missed all but one game last year due to this knee injury. Robinson did not play in the first preseason game.

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20. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton hurts ankle

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ankle) twisted his ankle running a route in practice Wednesday, Aug. 15. He did walk off the field on his own power.

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Sutton came back onto the field for the remainder of practice after the injury. The rookie from SMU has been the star of training camp for the Broncos. Sure, he's the no3 wide receiver for the team behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders but Sutton's size could make him a favorite target of QB Case Keenum in the red zone. He's going undrafted by Fantasy GMs in 12-team PPR leagues at this time, but feel free to take Sutton as a flier with your last pick.

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21. TEN - WR Rishard Matthews remains idle

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) remained on the sidelines at practice Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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The lack of information about this situation is not comforting. It's not like Matthews will get healthier in season, and if it takes this much rest just for him to be able to practice, getting back to his previous level of play and conditioning and staying there will be difficult. Matthews is still worth a late pick on his track record, but he might be a quick release if he can't contribute in Week 1. Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor have higher ceilings with this in mind, and Tajae Sharpe should have a shot at redemption this year.

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22. MIA - WR DeVante Parker won't be traded

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) won't be traded, according to a league source. The Dolphins are happy Parker has advanced in his knowledge of the offense to where he knows both outside receiver spots.

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It's unclear what they could get for him after his numerous disappointments and failure to fulfill his first-round potential to date. Parker has plummeted down draft boards and it's fair to ask if he'll have more value than Albert Wilson this year if the trend continues.

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

Peace,

J