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Volume 20, #90 -- Friday Night, July 20th, 2018

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A. FREE Feature - 10 Keys to Winning the DRAFT $1,000,000 Best Ball Championship
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C. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 5: NFC West
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the NFC West with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.

D. Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Part 6: AFC West
Our John Norton with an overview of defenses in the AFC West with an emphasis on individual defensive players and their fantasy value.


1. IND - Andrew luck cleared for training camp

Source: WTHR.com - Bob Kravitz

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck will have no limitations with his surgically repaired shoulder and is 'good to go' for training camp, according to general manager Chris Ballard, who added Luck will take occasional days off but is fully healthy.

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Luck is finally healthy after two years of dealing with this problematic shoulder injury. He'll work with the starters, get some rest days here and there but by avoiding the PUP list it seems like Luck will be ready to go for Week 1 of the regular season. The Colts and Fantasy GMs are hopeful we see the Luck of old in 2018.

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2. CHI - WR Allen Robinson looking like old self

Source: ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson worked out with quarterbacks, rookies and players rebounding from injuries a few days before the rest of their teammates reported to training camp early this week.

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Great news for the Bears and Fantasy GMs here. All the reports about Robinson have been positive leading up to training camp, and we're excited to see what he looks like with his new team in the preseason. The veteran wide receiver has shown enough to make QB Mitchell Trubisky believe Robinson has fully recovered from last year's ACL surgery.

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3. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson at full speed

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) said he will be a 'full-go' when training camp begins.

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Great news for the Texans and Fantasy GMs here. Watson has been ahead of schedule in his recovery for quite some time, so it's not a surprise to see this report. The Texans should be careful with Watson through training camp and the preseason with the plan to have him out there Week 1 of the regular season.

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4. GB - TE Jimmy Graham to primarily line up outside?

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin - Aaron Nagler

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham will likely split out wide as a receiver much more often than in-line as a traditional tight end this season, according to USA Today Network Wisconsin's Aaron Nagler.

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Graham may have lost a step but the Packers should use him early and often...and in multiple ways. Fantasy GMs are excited about the Aaron Rodgers to Graham connection in 2018. That's why Graham has a current ADP of TE4 (5.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson poised for big year?

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Dillon Coyne

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson is set to 'explode' and become a 'more complete player' in 2018, according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.

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Anderson had his breakout year in 2017, snaring 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. So long as he stays healthy (and stays out of trouble), Anderson could improve slightly on those numbers as the Jets no.1 wideout. His current ADP is WR41 (9.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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6. NYJ - WR Chad Hansen making strides

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Dillon Coyne

New York Jets WR Chad Hansen took 'some really good steps forward' over the spring, according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.

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A fourth-round pick out of Cal in the 2017 NFL draft, Hansen was known as a quarterback friendly target who can make plays after the catch. At 6'2" 202 pounds, Hansen has the size/speed combination to be a difficult matchup for defenders. He needs to improve as a route runner if he's going to develop fully as a pro. As a rookie, Hansen caught nine passes for 94 yards and is a bit buried on the depth chart for his second season.

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7. DEN - WR Jordan Taylor several weeks away

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Jordan Taylor (hip) is expected to remain sidelined until next month because of his hip surgeries.

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Taylor is going to find it difficult to make the team if he's sidelined for training camp and most of the preseason. He's been a reserve fan favorite in training camp for years, but Taylor has not done enough to earn much playing time. The Broncos added two more receivers (Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton) in the 2018 NFL draft, further cramping the depth chart at the WR position.

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8. TEN - Adoree' Jackson bulks up

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans CB Adoree' Jackson added muscle this offseason, which should help him in run support and while defending receivers.

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Jackson is already one of the most athletic players on the Titans if not in the entire league. A 16-game starter last year as a rookie, Jackson can also be used as the team's primary return man and even as an offensive player in certain packages. Entering his second year, Jackson is one of the most important defenders on the Titans roster.

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9. CHI - Two Bears not on practice field

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and WR Josh Bellamy (illness) did not participate in practice Friday, July 20.

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Undrafted (Chiefs) out of Louisville in 2012, Bellamy has been with the Bears since 2014. He had a career highs in receptions (24) and receiving yards (376) in 2017 but may find duplicating those numbers to be difficult. The Bears added plenty of talent through free agency (Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Bennie Fowler) and the draft (Anthony Miller) this offseason and those acquisitions push Bellamy down the pecking order.

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10. CHI - ILB Danny Trevathan misses practice

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, July 20, because of a hamstring injury.

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Trevathan is a talented but oft-injured veteran linebacker. New Bears head coach Matt Nagy emphasized the team does not need to rush any of their injured players back into action. We'll see if Trevathan can get out there later in training camp as hamstring injuries can linger if not given enough time to properly heal.

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11. NE - OLB Marquis Flowers has good chance to make team

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots LB Marquis Flowers has a good chance to make the 53-man roster because of his special teams play. He also showed good athleticism and speed as a dime linebacker last season.

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Flowers started two games for the Patriots late last season. He signed a one-year deal to stay in New England back in March, but he should mostly be counted on as a special teams asset in 2018.

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12. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers extension not close

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has not made any meaningful progress in contract extension talks with the Packers, according to a source.

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Rodgers current contract expires after the 2019 season, and the Packers should try to lock up the future Hall of Fame quarterback ASAP. He's due around $40 million combined over the next two seasons, a price tag that makes him underpaid in this current quarterback market. Turning 35 years old in December, Rodgers has expressed a desire to play until he's 40. Even though an extension is not close, a deal is still expected to be done before Week 1 of the regular season.

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13. IND - DE Chris McCain will be at camp

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts DE Chris McCain will be at training camp even though he is dealing with a legal issue in California, according to general manager Chris Ballard. Ballard said the team will allow the legal process to play out.

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Back in June, McCain was charged with misdemeanor battery against a woman. McCain was arraigned this week on two misdemeanor battery charges. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered by court to stay minimum of 100 yards away from alleged victim. The next hearing is scheduled for August 21st.

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14. IND - Anthony Castonzo dealing with injury

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts OT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) suffered a slight hamstring strain while training and is considered questionable for the start of training camp.

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Castonzo suffered a slight hamstring strain during offseason training. He could begin camp on the PUP list but there's not a huge question about his status for Week 1 of the regular season.

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15. IND - S Clayton Geathers recovering from surgery

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (knee) is recovering from offseason knee surgery and is currently around 80 to 85 percent, according to general manager Chris Ballard.

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Geathers missed 11 games last year due to a neck injury. He's now trying to come back from this knee injury and is going to begin training camp on the PUP list.

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16. BAL - Marshal Yanda could play now

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com - Ryan Mink

Baltimore Ravens OG Marshal Yanda (shoulder) could play if the team had a game today, but the Ravens want to be cautious with him since he is recovering from shoulder surgery, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Yanda is considered week-to-week as he recovers from the shoulder surgery he had back in January. An ankle injury last year ended Yanda's season in Week 2 but reports out of Baltimore indicate the ankle is not the problem. It seems like the team is wisely being cautious and Yanda should be ready to go for the season opener.

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17. BAL - Mark Andrews back on field

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews (undisclosed) participated in practice Friday, July 20. Andrews sat out Thursday, July 19, because of a soft-tissue injury.

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That didn't take long. Andrews was out on Thursday but back in action on Friday. The rookie from Oklahoma converted from wide receiver to tight end when he was a junior and he was a favorite target of Baker Mayfield for the Sooners. We're excited about his dynasty prospects, but we'll have to see how the depth chart shapes up as Andrews will be competing with fellow rookie Hayden Hurst and veteran blocking tight end Nick Boyle in training camp.

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18. IND - RB Marlon Mack, TE Erik Swoope cleared

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack and TE Erik Swoope have been cleared for the start of training camp, according to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star.

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Mack, a fourth-round pick out of South Florida in 2017, is expected to begin camp as the lead back for the Colts. He's going to face tough competition for the top spot from two rookies, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Once Robert Turbin returns from his four-game suspension, there's another body added to the mix. Mack has the highest current ADP of any Colts running back (RB31, 6.10) with Hines (RB45, 10.06) and Wilkins (RB58, 13.12) trailing behind him.

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19. JAX - DE Dante Fowler Jr. suspended for opener

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler Jr. was suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy on Friday, July 20.

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This suspension stems from an arrest last summer. "We were informed today of Dante's one-game suspension and we will abide by the league's ruling," Jaguars VP of football operations Tom Coughlin said in a press release. "We'll work to get Dante ready to play when he is able to return." Fowler's fifth-year option was not picked up by the Jaguars this year meaning he's set to hit free agency in 2019.

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20. BAL - Hayden Hurst misses practice Friday

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (undisclosed) sat out practice with a minor soft-tissue 'issue' Friday, July 20. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters he was 'not concerned' about the ailment.

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Hurst sat out Friday while fellow rookie tight end Mark Andrews sat out on Thursday. Andrews was back on Friday, and we'll monitor the progress of both rookie tight ends...but only for dynasty purposes. It usually takes tight ends time to develop and produce at the pro level.

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21. NYJ - WR ArDarius Stewart facing suspension

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets WR ArDarius Stewart is facing a two-game suspension for a potential violation of the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to sources. The test was positive for a diuretic or masking agent. The suspension has not been announced and a league spokesman had no comment.

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There are plenty of things to like about Stewart's skill set and the second-year pro has 'tremendous long-term potential,' according to Jets wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell. Stewart is eligible to return in Week 3 of the regular season, but he can practice through training camp and participate in all the preseason games. He'll need to show well in order to stick around on a jam-packed Jets WR corps.

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22. NE - WR Julian Edelman won't take case to court

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman won't take his four-game suspension to federal court as he has decided not to file suit, according to sources.

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Earlier this month, Edelman's appeal of his four-game suspension was denied by the NFL. He's going to miss the first month of the season and Edelman has seen his ADP fall because of this suspension. Edelman is going off the board at WR30 (6.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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23. DEN - Royce Freeman a capable receiver

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman 'catches the ball well,' according to head coach Vance Joseph.

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In four years at Oregon, Freeman caught 79 passes in the Ducks fast break offense. Freeman, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, is competing to be the starting back for the Broncos in training camp. His main competition, Devontae Booker, is a fantastic receiver but struggles as a runner. So long as Freeman can prove himself in pass protection, the rookie has a great chance to be the lead back on a team that wants to run the ball early and often.

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24. ARI - Christian Kirk to have small role?

Source: 98.7 Arizona - Mike Jurecki

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is not in the mix for the No. 2 receiver job, according to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 Arizona, and Jurecki believes either WR Chad Williams, WR JJ Nelson or WR Brice Butler will win the job.

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It's a bit disappointing for Fantasy GMs excited about the rookie from Texas A&M. We love his dynasty stock, but Kirk may not be making much of an impact as a rookie. Larry Fitzgerald is the no.1 wide receiver for the Cardinals but the depth chart is wide open behind him. Williams is considered to be a favorite for the no.2 job, while Nelson and Butler are speedy veterans who can stretch the field. The quick rookie, Kirk was taken in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, may have to wait for a large opportunity.

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25. ARI - Bigger role for WR Chad Williams?

Source: 98.7 Arizona - Mike Jurecki

Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams looks more confident and comfortable this offseason and is one of the players in the mix for the No. 2 receiver job, in the opinion of Mike Jurecki of 98.7 Arizona.

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A third-round pick out of Grambling State in the 2017 NFL draft, Williams only played 98 snaps as a rookie. This year, Williams could win the starting job opposite Larry Fitzgerald and have a breakout season. Williams is a physical receiver with the concentration, body control and quickness to excel on different route concepts.

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26. NYJ - Still hope for WR ArDarius Stewart

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Dillon Coyne

New York Jets WR ArDarius Stewart has 'tremendous long-term potential,' according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.

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A third-round pick out of Alabama in the 2017 NFL draft, Stewart will work with a fever that few can match. He's known as a hustler who will grind and push himself more than others. We'll see if the second-year pro can make an opportunity in 2018 in the Jets passing game. Stewart is competitive and can run a good route to get open consistently. That could make him a favorite target of rookie QB Sam Darnold. We'll be watching in the preseason to see who Darnold favors targeting. Stewart may be at the end of the depth chart for the Jets in 2018 (fifth or sixth at the position) but we're intrigued by his dynasty prospects.

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27. NO - Two Saints WRs on roster bubble?

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints WRs Brandon Coleman and Tommylee Lewis are potentially on the roster bubble, according to Nick Underhill of The Advocate. With the team adding more depth at the position 'capable of laying down blocks in the running and screen games,' Coleman may have to re-prove himself, while Lewis will have to show he's the best kick returner in camp to make the team. Lewis has done a 'fine' job since latching on two years ago, but Underhill explains that 'the talent on this team is too thick for fine to cut it.'

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Lewis and Coleman are about as opposite as you can be when you play the same position. Coleman is a huge receiver, measuring in at 6'6", but he's never lived up to his potential as a red zone target. Lewis is a small (5'7" 168 pounds) receiver who needs to make the team based on his special teams skill as a return man. Neither one has a ton of fantasy value, even in deep dynasty leagues.

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28. NYJ - TE Jordan Leggett over knee issue

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Dillon Coyne

New York Jets TE Jordan Leggett is past the knee issues that cost him all of the 2017 season, according to tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson. 'We are excited about him,' Johnson said of Leggett. 'He doesn't worry about his knee. He has those issues behind him now. So now, we can move forward and get back to playing football.'

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A fifth-round pick out of Clemson in 2017, Leggett is your classic move tight end as he moved all around the formation in college and went all out to snare passes. Leggett has good size (6'5" 258 pounds) but needs better desire to improve his pass blocking ability. He missed all of his rookie season due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason finale. Leggett is in line to be the top tight end for the Jets in 2018, but even with this possibility we don't see a lot of fantasy value here.

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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