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Footballguys #69 - 6/29 - Footballguys Players Championship Early Bird Promo Ends TODAY, News and Notes and More

Volume 20, #69 -- Friday Night, June 29th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Saturday. Don't forget! The Early Bird promo for the Footballguys Players Championship Contest ends today. Details below.

Plus we've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Early Bird Deadline Is June 30 For Footballguys Players Championship
When you register for the Footballguys Players Championship by the end of June 30 (AND THAT'S TODAY) and draft your team no later than July 15, you'll receive a FREE $35 team credit toward any $35-entry FFPC league.

Over $2.1 Million dollars in prizes will be awarded after the 2018 season including the $250,000 grand prize. Daily online drafts start Saturday, May 5. Register and choose your draft date today. You'll get your draft slot as soon as your league fills - which won't take long, we promise!

B. Sammy Watkins' Career Year
In this week's Gut Check, our Matt Waldman hits the film room and illustrates why Sammy Watkins has a strong shot of having a career-year in Kansas City.

C. Will the Patriots Rely on Rookie Sony Michel?
Our Jason Wood with a detailed look at Sony Michel's fantasy prospects for 2018.

D. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 2: AFC East
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the AFC East with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.


1. IND - RB Robert Turbin handed four-game ban

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin was suspended for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs Friday, June 29.

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An elbow injury limited Turbin to just six games in 2017. The Colts added talent to their backfield this offseason, so Turbin is trying to compete in a jam-packed room. Upon his return, Turbin is competing for a spot on the depth chart behind guys like Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack.

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2. TB - NFL warns QB Jameis Winston about future acts

Source: NFL.com - Marc Sessler

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will face 'more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL' for future violations of the personal conduct policy, according to a statement released by the league.

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The no.1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft is no stranger when it comes to getting into trouble...mostly from his days in college at Florida State. The Buccaneers picked up his fifth-year option, and Winston is under their control through the 2019 season. They'll have to make a decision as to whether or not Winston can stay out of trouble, stay healthy and finally start playing up to his potential. Winston will miss the first three games of the 2018 season and is eligible to return for a road matchup against the Bears in Week 4.

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3. NE - TE Dwayne Allen on the bubble in New England?

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Dwayne Allen is due a $4.5 million base salary and $5 million cap charge for 2018, possibly putting him in the conversation to be released later this summer, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

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There is zero dead money remaining on Allen's contract, so the Patriots can easily move on and save $5 million if they'd like. Allen is not much of a receiving threat, and the team should be able to find a blocking tight end for a much better price.

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4. LAR - WR Robert Woods handled off-coverage in 2017

Source: Pro Football Focus

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods finished with 44 catches for 608 yards against off-man coverage in 2017, generating a 134.3 receiver rating in such situations - the third-best mark in the NFL.

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Injuries limited Woods to 12 games in 2017, but he still posted career-best numbers in receiving yardage (781) and touchdowns (5). Brandin Cooks was added to be the lead WR for the Rams in 2018, so Woods stays in his role of the no.2 receiver and he'll get the coverage to match. Fantasy owners see Woods as a WR4, and he's going off the board at WR37 (8.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. KC - WR Tyreek Hill excellent against off-man coverage

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill tallied 61 catches on 78 targets and racking up a league-leading 924 receiving yards against off-man coverage in 2017. His receiver rating of 136.3 was second in the league, trailing only new teammate Sammy Watkins, per Pro Football Focus.

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It will be interesting to see how Hill is used this year with the addition of Sammy Watkins. The team is moving Watkins all over the formation, but fantasy owners still see Hill as a high-end WR2. After a breakout season in 2017 (no.4 fantasy WR in standard-scoring leagues), Hill is going off the board near the middle of the third round in most drafts.

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6. KC - WR Sammy Watkins thrived versus off-man coverage

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins caught 20-of-39 targets for 329 receiving yards and four touchdowns against off-man coverage as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, giving him a league-best receiver rating of 139.7. Watkins was also one of only two receivers to see 30 targets against off-man coverage without dropping a single pass.

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We'll see if Watkins can have the same amount of success versus similar coverage in the AFC West this year. The Chiefs are reportedly moving him all around the formation in an effort to get Watkins open in a multitude of ways. Watkins has a current ADP of WR32 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. ATL - WR Devin Fuller sent packing

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Fuller was waived Friday, June 29.

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A seventh-round pick out of UCLA in the 2016 NFL draft, Fuller never saw the field in two years with the Falcons. He missed all of the 2017 season due to a torn ACL. Almost a year removed from that injury, some team may give him a shot due to his speed (4.3 40-yard dash).

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8. PHI - OLB Nigel Bradham suspended Week 1

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Philadelphia Eagles LB Nigel Bradham has reportedly been suspended for the first game of the 2018 season, according to a source.

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Bradham was a key defender for the Eagles as they made their march to a Super Bowl championship last year. He'll miss the opener due to an aggravated battery arrest in 2016. Bradham accepted a deferred sentence last year and it was only a matter of time before the league stepped in.

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9. TB - DT J.R. Sweezy done in Tampa Bay

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman

Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG J.R. Sweezy was released Friday, June 29.

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A leg injury knocked Sweezy out of the last two games of the 2017 season. He sat out OTAs due to the injury but was cleared for training camp. We'll see if some team takes a chance on him for veteran depth at the guard position.

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10. NFL - Sam Beal draws league-wide interest

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Western Michigan CB Sam Beal held his Pro Day on Thursday, June 28, and it was attended by all 32 teams. Beal ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, posted a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump. Beal is expected to be the highest supplemental pick since the Cleveland Browns selected WR Josh Gordon in the second round in 2012.

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At 6'1" 190 pounds, Beal has a fine size/speed combination. Some felt he could've been a first-round pick had he come out in the 2019 NFL draft. Even though there hasn't been a pick in the Supplmental Draft since 2015, it seems like with talented players like Beal being available we might get one or two names called on July 11th.

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11. DEN - Troy Fumagalli on track for training camp

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos TE Troy Fumagalli (hernia) said he will '100 percent, no question' be ready to participate in training camp after having to miss all 13 organized team activity and minicamp workouts.

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Fumagalli is a talented rookie tight end who impresses on the football field because of his strong hands and run-after-the-catch ability. He's not a blocker, but Fumagalli can be dangerous as a seam ripper down the middle of the field. Fumagalli will compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt.

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12. MIA - DE Cameron Wake doesn't mind bench role

Source: Palm Beach Post - Hal Habib

Miami Dolphins DL Cameron Wake said that while he still believes he has 'NFL starter ability,' he's more interested in putting the team before himself, meaning he would be accepting of a bench role. 'I don't have this, 'Everybody look at me. I must be the starter.' That's not my mentality,' Wake commented. 'I want to do whatever is going to help the entirety of the team, the entirety of the defense. So, if it means me being a third-down guy, let's do it. If it means I have to start and play every down, I'll take that role on, too.'

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Wake had 10.5 sacks in 2017, his fifth season with double-digit sacks and he's showing no signs of slowing down. His snap counts the last two years (615 in 2017, 589 in 2016) show that he can still play a full time role, and Wake has not missed a game during that time. With better depth around him this year, Wake could continue to produce in the 10-plus sack range.

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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