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Footballguys.com

Volume 20, #43 -- Sunday Night, June 3rd, 2018

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Hi Footballguy,

Good Sunday to you. We've got our latest strategic insights for you today along with the News and Notes you need, so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Know Your Leaguemates
Our Dave Larkin boils down the wisdom of the FBG Staff on how they scout and exploit the tendencies of their opponents.

B. Mock Draft Journey Part 1: Landscape Assessment
Our Chad Parsons reviews the lessons learned from his first 2018 mock draft.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DEN - QB Case Keenum the unquestioned starter

2. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook limited during OTAs

3. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski to attend minicamp

4. TB - WR Chris Godwin had stamina and breathing issues

5. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman taking part in OTAs

6. BUF - O-line gave RB LeSean McCoy some help in 2017

7. JAX - QB Blake Bortles relaxed at practice

8. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch improving

9. NYJ - Not much progress for WR ArDarius Stewart


1. DEN - QB Case Keenum the unquestioned starter

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Aric DiLalla

Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum has been taking all of the first-team reps during OTAs, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said the exclusive work is paying dividends.

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The team is settled entering the 2018 season because 'The Decision' of Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian was a huge distraction last year...and it failed miserably. Siemian was traded to the Vikings, while Lynch was told he can compete with Chad Kelly for the no.2 job this year. According to Broncos players, Keenum has already taken charge of the huddle and the team seems to be responding positively. We'll see if they keep up this momentum in training camp and the preseason.

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2. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook limited during OTAs

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) participated in some individual drills but sat out team drills during OTAs earlier in the week.

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Cook's ACL injury limited him to just four games as a rookie in 2017. He's an exciting prospect and his all-purpose ability has fantasy owners excited. Currently, Cook has an ADP of RB10 (2.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. Keep an eye on his progress as he gets eased back into action.

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3. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski to attend minicamp

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski confirmed he will take part in the team's three-day minicamp this week.

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We all expected this to happen. Once work became mandatory, then Gronkowski (and others) would show up to the facility. The Patriots are working on a new contract extension for Gronkowski at this time and talks have been positive according to beat writers covering the team.

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4. TB - WR Chris Godwin had stamina and breathing issues

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin experienced stamina and breathing issues for much of last year due to problems with his mouth guard. Those issues have since been corrected and Godwin appears poised to have a breakthrough season in 2018, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jenna Laine.

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Earlier this year, Bucs OC Todd Monken said Godwin has earned the right to start. That's a great comment, but Godwin is currently third on the depth chart behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Currently, Godwin is going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues so keep him on your waiver wire speed dial if you play in that format.

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5. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman taking part in OTAs

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) was able to participate in OTAs last month.

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We'll see the team use both Freeman and Tevin Coleman in a RBBC once again this season. From a fantasy perspective, Freeman is a low-end RB1 with a current ADP of RB12 (2.07) in 12-team PPR leagues. He suffered MCL and PCL sprains toward the end of last season but did not need surgery.

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6. BUF - O-line gave RB LeSean McCoy some help in 2017

Source: Pro Football Focus

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy led the league with 46 runs of five-plus yards before contact last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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McCoy was 2nd in the league (Todd Gurley, 786) with 772 rushing yards before contact in 2017. The Bills O-line was a big plus last year, but there have been changes up front this offseason. We'll monitor how the Bills offensive line gels with the new personnel.

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7. JAX - QB Blake Bortles relaxed at practice

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Gene Frenette

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has been 'relaxed' at OTAs because he no longer needs to think about the plays or his footwork, according to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

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Perhaps relaxed is the wrong word to use, but we get what Hackett is trying to say. Bortles wants to put his mechanical issues behind him so he can run the offense seamlessly without putting too much thought into his physical play. It sounds like he's on that track, but fantasy owners only see Bortles as a low-end QB2.

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8. DEN - QB Paxton Lynch improving

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Aric DiLalla

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has been the best quarterback on the roster at making 'smart decisions' with the ball during OTAs, according to offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

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Lynch has looked better than ever before...in practice...with no pads on. The team (read; John Elway) may still believe in Lynch, but the 2016 first-round pick has failed to win the starting job in two years. This season, Lynch is no way in contention for the top spot. He's not relaxing per head coach Vance Joseph, but Lynch has always flashed with no/little pressure. Put him in pads when the tackling is live and then we'll see what kind of improvement he's really made.

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9. NYJ - Not much progress for WR ArDarius Stewart

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR ArDarius Stewart hasn't made many 'flash plays' so far during OTAs and is currently behind WR Chad Hansen on the depth chart, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNewYork.com.

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A third-round pick out of Alabama in the 2017 NFL draft, Stewart does a good job of making plays after the catch. He can set up defenders on underneath routes and use strength to get away from tight pursuit. It sounds like he needs to work on more of the 'wow' factor if he wants to move up the depth chart in 2018. We'll watch him closely for dynasty leagues.

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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