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Volume 20, #41 -- Friday Night, June 1st, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Welcome to Friday. We've got new strategy insights for you IDP and dynasty fans and all the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Roundtable: The IDP Landscape in Early June
Our Justin Howe leads a roundtable of our Footballguys IDP experts discussing their takes on IDP strategy for the 2018 season.

B. Dynasty Trade Value Chart: June
Our Dan Hindery defines the most significant player tiers in dynasty leagues and assesses each tiered player's current trade value.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin back at full speed

2. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi prepping for big role

3. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake not a lock to start

4. CHI - 'Game specific' plan for RB Jordan Howard

5. MIA - Miami getting creative with WR Albert Wilson

6. MIA - Mike Gesicki making strides

7. ARI - Josh Rosen living up to hype

8. NFL - WR Dez Bryant likely will wait

9. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard working outside

10. MIA - TE A.J. Derby a weapon as a receiver

11. MIA - Coach pumping brakes on WR DeVante Parker

12. HOU - Lamar Miller open to RB Adrian Peterson signing


1. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin back at full speed

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Dominic LoVallo

Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin has looked 'leaner, stronger and most importantly faster' during OTAs, according to Dominic LoVallo of BuffaloBills.com

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Good news for Benjamin and the Bills here. Benjamin has been practicing fully during OTAs this year as their top wide receiver. With questionable quarterback play (no matter if Josh Allen or A.J. McCarron start), Benjamin's fantasy projections take a hit. He's WR43 (10.01) in current ADP rankings for 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi prepping for big role

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi said he wants to be a 'workhorse' for the offense this year and show what he is capable of doing in a big role.

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With LeGarrette Blount (Lions) gone, Ajayi could be in for a larger role as a runner. However, with a healthy Darren Sproles the Eagles might use him as the primary 'fast break' back. Ajayi has a current ADP of RB21 (4.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake not a lock to start

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake will not be guaranteed a starting job in 2018 as he battles Frank Gore in camp, according to comments made by running backs coach Eric Studesville to The Miami Herald this week.

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Drake is a dynamic back with the ball in his hands. He can make people miss as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. Gore is your veteran banger between the tackles. We'll watch this battle in camp, but we think Drake wins the top spot with Gore working as a power/change-of-pace back.

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4. CHI - 'Game specific' plan for RB Jordan Howard

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns

Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard said that head coach Matt Nagy already deemed him 'the main guy,' but while he's proven he can be a traditional bell-cow running back, Nagy also mentioned that 'in this offense, it's more game specific as to whether or not you need that.'

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Howard has been working diligently this offseason to be a better receiver. Certainly Nagy's offense is going to be more dynamic this season, so Howard could post more than the 23 receptions he had in 2017. Howard has a current ADP of RB15 (3.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. MIA - Miami getting creative with WR Albert Wilson

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson has reportedly been so impressive in early offseason practices that the team has decided he can be lined up not only in the slot, but also on the boundary and in the backfield.

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Keep an eye on Wilson's progress with his new team as the offseason rolls on. Wilson should make for a favorite target of QB Ryan Tannehill. Right now, Wilson is going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. MIA - Mike Gesicki making strides

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has 'been on it with assignments' during OTAs, according to tight ends coach Shane Day, and Day said Gesicki is 'on the right track' as a blocker.'

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At 6'5" 245 pounds, Gesicki is basically a super sized wide receiver who lines up at tight end. He can create mismatches with his size/speed combination and his big hands help him rip contested catches away from defenders. The Dolphins are grooming him as their top tight end, but rookies at that position usually take some time to develop.

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7. ARI - Josh Rosen living up to hype

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen has 'impressed his coaches' with his ability to digest new information, according to Albert Breer of MMQB.

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Rosen is the smartest guy in the room, just ask him. The rookie quarterback needs to be challenged, and Cardinals OC Mike McCoy should be able to do that with his complex (overly?) system. Sam Bradford may be penciled in as the starter for the Cardinals, but Rosen is clearly the quarterback of the future in Arizona and he could take over at some point in 2018.

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8. NFL - WR Dez Bryant likely will wait

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is not expected to sign with a team until the start of training camp, according to sources. He has received interest from teams but is being patient and selective.

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He's being selective as Bryant turned down a deal from the Ravens earlier this offseason. Bryant may have to wait for injuries to hit during training camp before he gets an offer he likes.

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9. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard working outside

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard said he has been 'doing a lot on the outside' during OTAs.

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Shepard has primarily been a slot receiver during his pro career, and he ranked 5th in the league last year with 639 receiving yards from the slot. The Giants are trying to find a threat opposite Odell Beckham Jr. and Shepard seems to be that guy in OTAs. If Shepard is outside, then we could see guys like Cody Latimer work on the inside. Shepard has WR4 appeal this year no matter where he lines up. He's got a current ADP of WR44 (10.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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10. MIA - TE A.J. Derby a weapon as a receiver

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins TE A.J. Derby has 'a natural receiving skill set' but needs to develop as a blocker, according to tight ends coach Shane Day.

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Derby has been cast off from two teams (Patriots, Broncos) so far during his short pro career. The Dolphins picked him up last year after Denver got rid of him...even though he was the Broncos leading tight end (even to end the season). Don't ask him to block, but Derby can make 'wow' catches. We'll see if he can hold off rookie Mike Gesicki for the top spot on the depth chart.

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11. MIA - Coach pumping brakes on WR DeVante Parker

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has been performing well in OTAs, according to wide receivers coach Ben Johnson, but Johnson said he and the other coaches won't be making 'giant claims about him' like last offseason.

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Parker was certainly part of the 'all hype' team last year, and he ended up snaring 57 passes...one more than he did the previous season. He could still have a 'breakout' season in 2018, but Parker has new competition in guys like Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola (to go along with Kenny Stills). He's currently WR39 (8.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. HOU - Lamar Miller open to RB Adrian Peterson signing

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller recenty told NFL Network's Up To The Minute that he would welcome Adrian Peterson signing with the team.

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Miller is atop the Texans depth chart...for now. Once D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') is healthy, we should see the team at least have a split RBBC between the two. Adding Peterson to the mix would only impact players used on the first two downs and not on passing downs.

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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