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Footballguys #74 - 7/4 - Sleepers and Busts at Each Position, plus the News and Notes You Need

Volume 20, #74 -- Wednesday Night, July 4th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you. I hope the 4th treated you well. We're back to it with more Fantasy Football Content plus the News and Notes you need.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. ICYMI, Fantasy Football Sleepers & Busts
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), the Footballguys staff identifies sleepers and busts at QB, RB, WR, and TE.

B. Don't Overthink It: Marvin Jones is Priced Right
Our Ryan Hester with a detailed look at Marvin Jones' fantasy prospects for 2018.


1. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski rested and ready

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he feels 'refreshed' and 'super ready' for the upcoming season.

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It's early July. But we'll take "thumbs up" talk from Gronkowski whenever we can get it. We currently have Gronkowski projected as our top TE .

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2. JAX - More big plays from QB Blake Bortles?

Source: MMQB - Albert Breer

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has earned the trust of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and Hackett said Bortles' improved decision making will allow him to be 'a lot more aggressive' with his play calling.

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A consistent OC is an underrated aspect of QB play and after a rocky start to his career in this area, Bortles seems to be getting comfortable with Hackett. And Hackett seems to feel the same way towards Bortles. Stay tuned.

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3. CLE - Joel Bitonio expected to stay at guard

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Dan Labbe

Cleveland Browns OG Joel Bitonio said he is willing to move to left tackle, but the current plan is for him to remain at left guard.

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Filling the unfillable void left by Joe Thomas will be the Browns biggest challenge this year. Fortunately, the rest of the line is fairly set. As we wrote in our Browns Team Report, Bitonio, center J.C. Tretter and right guard Kevin Zeitler are solid players. Right tackle Chris Hubbard arrived from free agency from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hubbard started most of last season for the injured Marcus Gilbert and is familiar with the division.

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4. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger feeling his age

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he is walking a 'fine line' between resting his body and working out to prepare for the upcoming season. 'My trainer will get me as prepared as I can be,' Roethlisberger said. 'But it is a fine line of what you can do at this age.'

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At first blush, this isn't exactly encouraging. But the reality is this is just truth with veteran players. Roethlisberger's a savvy vet at this point and knows his body. All players walk this balance between rest and work and this case is no different. At this point, you know what you're getting with Roethlisberger.

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5. NE - WR Cordarrelle Patterson could see more snaps

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson is a wild card to see more snaps in WR Julian Edelman's four-game absence.

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New England's tough enough to predict pass distribution already. Edelman's absence doesn't help a lot. We'll be doing all we can to peer into the crystal ball this summer to see how this will shake out.

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6. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell poised for more snaps

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is expected to see more snaps in the slot in WR Julian Edelman's absence. Mitchell's knee injury will require maintenance, though.

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Same story as with Patterson. We'll be digging into this one for you this summer.

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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