Footballguys #72 - 7/2 - TEs to Avoid and Target, Dynasty Values plus News and Notes and More

Volume 20, #72 -- Monday Night, July 2nd, 2018

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A. Target-Avoid Fantasy Football Tight Ends
Our Chad Parsons dives into the tight ends to target and avoid in fantasy football drafts in 2018.

B. Dynasty Trade Value Chart: July
Our Dan Hindery looks at quantifying Long-Term Player Value for Dynasty Leagues.

1. GB - RB Aaron Jones has added weight

Source: - Wes Hodkiewicz

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones said he's bigger all around this offseason after spending more time in the weight room. Bulking up was a priority for Jones in an effort to improve his pass blocking and to sustain the wear and tear of the NFL. Neither Jones nor running backs coach Ben Sirmans believe more pounds have slowed down Jones.

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Jones is still going off early draft boards at 39, so in general this news like news we've seen about Jones before, isn't really moving the needle for Fantasy owners. We are still not sure how the backfield shakes out here, so if you're drafting this early you're going to either have to avoid it or roll the dice and hope whichever guy you get - Jamaal Williams or Jones - is the right pick.

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2. ARI - Elijhaa Penny may be FB

Source: - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals RB Elijhaa Penny is expected to be more of a fullback in the team's new offensive scheme but could receive some work as a running back.

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Nobody is taking reps away from David Johnson, so Penny is better off playing fullback because it gives him a better chance to stick on the roster. It can't hurt for Johnson to have an extra Blocker on inside runs either. Johnson is going to be a top fantasy back yet again this year.

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3. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota holds workouts

Source: - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota worked out with some of his pass catchers in Nashville this past weekend.

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Mariota threw more interceptions than touchdowns and regressed in yardage and yardage per attempt totals but a new coaching staff is installing a quicker offense. We think Mariota has a shot to do some good things, but right now he's no more than a mid-range QB two.

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4. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky talks new offense

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky said the team plans to spread the field and use all of their offensive weapons under head coach Matt Nagy.

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While we like to hear they are using all their weapons, there's not exactly an overabundance of them. That and his inexperience make Trubisky no more than a QB3 as we head into training camp.

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5. CLE - WR Jeff Janis will need to earn roster spot

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Jeff Janis will need to be one of the standout performers during training camp if he wants a chance to make the 53-man roster.

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With Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman all assured spots -- and targets -- there's only so much room and so many scraps for the other eight receivers. Janis has had moments, but he's going to have to be consistent to keep his roster spot. From a fantasy standpoint, there won't be much impact from any of the receivers past Coleman on the depth chart, barring injury or another Gordon suspension.

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6. NYJ - ILB Darron Lee seeing things faster

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets LB Darron Lee is getting better by seeing things faster, according to linebackers coach Mike Caldwell. He'll be the primary play caller on defense.

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The Jets are hoping Darron Lee takes a big step forward and along with free agent acquisition Avery Williamson, forms a stout cornerstone for this linebacker corps.

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7. DET - Teo Redding may have edge for No. 5 WR job

Source: - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions WR Teo Redding may have an edge over WR Jace Billingsley for the No. 5 receiver job entering training camp because of his size and versatility.

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Size and versatility could mean red zone threat but these two are so far down the roster that Redding and Billingsley are kind of irrelevant right now. It's not worth having either in early drafts.

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8. NE - Jonathan Jones likely will make team

Source: - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots CB Jonathan Jones likely will make the 53-man roster as long as he is healthy because of his special teams plays, in the opinion of's Mike Reiss.

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The team also needs some corner help. But we know how much the franchise covets versatility, so Jones' special teams ability makes him very attractive.

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