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Volume 20, #64 -- Sunday Night, June 24th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. We've got more new content for you plus the News and Notes you need. Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Michael Gallup: Five Reasons He Can Lead Dallas in Receiving
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Michael Gallup's fantasy prospects for 2018.

B. Patrick Mahomes: Fantasy Football Cheat Code
Our Ryan Hester with a detailed look at Patrick Mahomes' fantasy prospects for 2018.

C. Commissioner Guide, League Size
Our commissioner guide looks at the importance of league size.

D. Commissioner Guide, Creating Your League Rules
Our commissioner guide offers a sample league constitution.


1. DEN - Big role for Royce Freeman?

Source: NFL.com - Bucky Brooks

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman has a chance to do 'Kareem Hunt type things,' according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.

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Brooks called Freeman one of his favorite sleepers in the 2018 NFL draft. Freeman is going to have a chance to lead the way on the ground for the Broncos. They've been saying for months that they are going to be a run-heavy team...and it fits their strength (playing defense). Freeman will have to prove himself in pass protection and show better than incumbent Devontae Booker in training camp. There's some RB2 value for fantasy owners in Denver's backfield.

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2. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette the focal point?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike DiRocco

Jacksonville Jaguars OG Andrew Norwell's signing is an indication that the offense will be built around RB Leonard Fournette and the running game, according to Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com.

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That's not exactly a hot take, but it's the right thing for the Jaguars to do. They've got some new weapons in the passing game for QB Blake Bortles, but this team goes as far as Fournette and that world class defense can carry them. Fournette is a top-10 fantasy RB option and a late first round pick in most any format.

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3. CIN - WR A.J. Green content with contract

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green reportedly supports Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones' quest for an 'updated' contract, but he has no plans to do the same and appears happy to play under the current terms of his contract ($10.55 million for 2018 and $11.976 million for 2019).

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Green is currently the sixth-highest paid WR in the league, and if Jones gets a new contract then that will push the Bengals veteran further down the list. He's had over 1,000 yards receiving each season of his career except one (2016) when he was hurt and only played in 10 games. If healthy, Green should once again surpass the 1,000-yard mark as the centerpiece of the Bengals passing attack.

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4. JAX - QB Blake Bortles feeling more comfortable

Source: Orlando Sentinel - George Diaz

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles recently told The Orlando Sentinel he feels like he is 'owning the offense' and has a better understanding of it this season after admitting he was working at more of an 'elementary level' at the start of last season.

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The Jaguars are built to make a Super Bowl run...if Bortles can get them over the top. They fell just short last year, losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game where Bortles played a good game with 293 passing yards and a touchdown. The defense can take them far, but a more comfortable Bortles should help the offense play with more efficiency and effectiveness. The new weapons around Bortles should help him too. From a fantasy perspective, Bortles is a bye-week filler and QB3 who is going undrafted in most 12-team leagues.

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5. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder making favorable impression

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder is healthy after a season in which he dealt with hamstring issues and is focusing on doing more of the dynamic lifts in college in order to avoid them this season. He has also 'clearly clicked' with Alex Smith this offseason, according to ESPN.com's John Keim.

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It's great news for Crowder, and we'll be watching to see if the chemistry with Smith carries over into training camp and the preseason. Crowder struggled through the hamstring problems in 2017, and he finished the year as a low-end WR3 for fantasy owners. This year, Crowder is poised for a breakout year from the slot as Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson should be attacking from the outside of the formation.

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6. NFL - DE Charles Johnson likely to retire

Source: Panthers.com - Bill Voth

Free-agent DE Charles Johnson (Panthers) is planning to retire, although he hasn't made an official announcement, according to Bill Voth of Panthers.com.

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A third-round pick out of Georgia in 2007, Johnson was a star player for the Panthers for years. Age seemed to catch up with him as Johnson struggled through injuries and registered no sacks as a part-time player for the Panthers defense in 2017.

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7. JAX - QB Cody Kessler expected to be No. 2 quarterback

Source: The Florida Times-Union - John Reid

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Cody Kessler is expected to enter the regular season as the backup to QB Blake Bortles. QB Tanner Lee, the club's seventh-round draft selection, is likely to begin the year on the practice squad, in the opinion of The Florida Times-Union's John Reid.

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Back in March, the Jaguars acquired Kessler from the Browns in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick. Kessler takes the place of long-time backup Chad Henne, and his starting experience gives him an edge over the rookie Lee. The Jaguars are a run-heavy team with QB Blake Bortles starting, and they'd be even more that way if Kessler was thrust into the lineup due to injury.

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8. BUF - More of the same for TE Charles Clay?

Source: The Buffalo News - Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay should finish with around 50 catches and 600 receiving yards in 2018, according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News.

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That's a reasonable expectation for Clay provided he stays healthy. The Bills offense is going to once again run through RB LeSean McCoy, and the passing attack is going to have inexperience at QB no matter if rookie Josh Allen, free agent addition A.J. McCarron or second-year pro Nathan Peterman starts. He's a low-end TE2 for fantasy owners.

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9. BAL - WR Chris Moore taking the next step

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Garrett Downing

Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Moore has been 'consistently getting open and making the plays' during practices, wide receivers coach Bobby Engram said.

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Moore is a deep threat and that's the best part of his game. That's what he was in college at Cincinnati A fourth-round pick in 2016, Moore is competing for pecking order on the Ravens depth chart behind Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead. We'll continue to monitor his progress in dynasty formats.

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10. PIT - Marcus Tucker learning from veterans

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Marcus Tucker said WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has been helping him improve as a receiver and on special teams. 'He is one of the guys I look up to as far as effort, working hard and knowledge,' Tucker said.

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Undrafted out of Northern Michigan in 2016, Tucker is hoping to make the 53-man roster after spending two years on the team's practice squad. We should see rookie James Washington as the third WR on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. That leaves Tucker to compete for two or three more spots at the position with guys like Heyward-Bey and Justin Hunter.

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11. CAR - Ian Thomas trending up

Source: Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas saw some first-team reps during minicamp and has a chance to beat out TE Chris Manhertz for the No. 2 tight end job.

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A fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft out of Indiana, there's a lot to like about the rookie's game. He's a raw prospect, but at 6'4" 259 pounds you can see the potential as a pass catcher in the pros. Thomas does a good job of using his frame to box out smaller defenders and has good concentration when the pass is coming in plus the strong hands to rip the ball out of the air. He's competing for a backup job behind starter Greg Olsen, and Thomas could be groomed as the Panthers TE of the future.

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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