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Volume 20, #93 -- Monday Night, July 23rd, 2018

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A. FREE Feature - Pick-a-Player: Goff, Mahomes, or Roethlisberger
In a PPR league, and you are up at Pick 11.01. Would you take Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes II, or Ben Roethlisberger? Or would you pass on all three? We ask the Footballguys Staff as well as the awesome people who like the Footballguys Facebook Page what they think. And you DO like the Footballguys Facebook Page don't you? If not, get in there as it's a great place to get even more of our material.

B. Pick-a-Player: Collins, Drake, or Henry
In a PPR league, and you are up at Pick 4.05. Would you take Alex Collins, Kenyan Drake, or Derrick Henry? Or would you pass on all three? The Footballguys Staff plus our folks on the Footballguys Facebook Page go at it.

C. Pick-a-Player: Adams, Allen, or Green
In a PPR league, and you are up at Pick 2.05. Would you take Davante Adams, Keenan Allen, or A.J. Green? Or would you pass on all three? The Footballguys Staff plus our folks on the Footballguys Facebook Page go at it.


1. CLE - WR Josh Gordon excused

Source: Twitter

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon tweeted Monday, July 23, that he will not report to training camp as part of his overall health and treatment plan laid out by the team.

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Adam Schefter from ESPN is reporting that Gordon did not have any slip ups or missed/failed drug tests. This absence is a proactive move to prevent Gordon from having any problems like he did in the past. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero was told Gordon is "absolutely not suspended."

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2. CLE - WR Josh Gordon will stay with team

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is in no danger of being released even though he will not be present for the start of training camp because of his treatment plan, according to a source.

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This is just an interesting story to monitor and there have been quite a few reports today about what is going on. Gordon performed well during offseason workouts and has the support of the team in his recovery.

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3. CLE - WR Josh Gordon to NFI list

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating an earlier report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (personal) will be placed on the Non-Football Injury list Monday, July 23, according to general manager John Dorsey.

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In an interesting career, this is yet another interesting story for Gordon. The move to stay away from camp is proactive so he doesn't suffer any setbacks as he has in the past. League spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the NFL will "address" the Josh Gordon situation "at the appropriate time."

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4. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy to be at camp

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy will report training camp with the rest of the veteran players Wednesday, July 25, even though he is dealing with some off-field issues, according to sources.

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A recent incident with his ex-girlfriend has put his status in doubt just a bit. Even though no charges have been filed, the NFL could put McCoy on the Commissioner's Exempt List while this home invasion and assault (allegedly arranged by McCoy) is investigated further. Stay tuned.

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5. NYG - Odell Beckham will report on time

Source: NFL Network - Kimberly Jones

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will report for the start of training camp Wednesday, July 25, according to a source.

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Beckham is in the final year of his rookie contract and has been looking for a raise. Set to make around $8.4 million in 2018, Beckham has constantly stated that he would not miss training camp. Beckham wants to be the highest paid WR in the league but reports from about a month ago indicate the two sides are not close in negotiations.

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6. ARI - RB David Johnson reports

Source: Twitter

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson reported to training camp Monday, July 23.

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Johnson skipped mandatory minicamp earlier this year in an effort to force the Cardinals hand in contract negotiations. Set to make $1.8 million in 2018, Johnson wants a new deal and is in the final year of his contract. Back in June, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he looked forward to 'rewarding' Johnson so perhaps the two sides are making positive strides towards that new deal. Johnson missed almost all of last year due to a wrist injury but is at full strength now and a RB1 for Fantasy GMs in any format.

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7. NO - RB Alvin Kamara ready for more

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara said that having a year of experience under his belt will help him build on his rookie season.

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We could see Kamara approach 1,000 yards rushing with 75 or 80 receptions in 2018. He could do more because his role should be larger...especially with Mark Ingram suspended the first four games of the year. Kamara is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs and has a current ADP of RB5 (1.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. NYJ - Starting gig waiting for Sam Darnold

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold is competing against himself for the starting job during training camp, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, and Mehta believes Darnold will be the starter by the end of the year if he isn't deemed ready to start Week 1.

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We agree with Mehta that Darnold will be the starter at some point this year. He's the quarterback of the future and the quicker he can be ready for the starting role, the better it is for the staff and Fantasy GMs. We'll see if Darnold can stop turning the ball over as much as he did in college (20 interceptions over his last 20 games at USC).

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9. SEA - RB Chris Carson the top back in Seattle?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson is the No. 1 running back on the depth chart entering training camp, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

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Keep track of this situation in training camp. Carson may begin camp as the starter, but he's going to get pushed in a big way for the starting job by 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny. Once Penny gets up to speed in pass protection, he has the talent to be the better back. If Penny struggles, then we could see the team use Carson as the battering ram and Penny as the complementary back.

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10. NE - WR Malcolm Mitchell may not start season

Source: The Providence Journal - Mark Daniels

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) underwent a knee procedure Monday, July 23, according to a source.

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Mitchell, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia in 2016, has seen his pro career knocked off track due to this knee injury. He is not expected to be available for the start of training camp and could even miss the season. His status as a Patriot is up in the air.

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11. WAS - RB Chris Thompson avoids PUP list

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (leg) said he's feeling well for the starting of training camp but that he will take his participation slowly and focus on being ready for the regular season.

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Great news for Washington and Fantasy GMs who want Thompson on their team. Thompson has flex appeal and RB2 upside in PPR leagues. He should continue as the change-of-pace back for Washington. We should see rookie Derrius Guice as the lead back in Washington this season. Thompson has a current ADP of RB36 (7.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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12. CHI - Day off for WR Allen Robinson

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson did not participate in practice Monday, July 23, because it was a scheduled day off for him, according to head coach Matt Nagy.

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No big deal here. Robinson is coming back from the knee injury that cost him almost all of the 2017 season with the Jaguars. Expected to be the Bears no.1 wide receiver in 2018, we should see a few more scheduled days off for Robinson as he continues to recover.

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13. DEN - OLB Shane Ray may be ready for Week 1

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos DE Shane Ray (wrist) may start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of his wrist injury but has a chance to be ready for Week 1 since he did not need wrist surgery.

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It would be wise for the Broncos to protect Ray on the PUP list. He avoided surgery (would have been the fourth one) on his wrist this offseason and may want to push himself too hard early on. If on the PUP list, Ray's absence will create an even larger opportunity for 2018 first-round pick Bradley Chubb to show what he can do opposite Von Miller in camp.

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14. BUF - Buffalo intrigued by QB AJ McCarron

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Sal Maiorana

Buffalo Bills QB AJ McCarron carried the most intrigue of the free-agent quarterbacks that were available this offseason, according to general manager Brandon Beane, and Beane said he is looking forward to what McCarron is able to do during training camp.

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This sounds like some pre-training camp fluff but we'll monitor this quarterback competition. Earlier reports out of minicamp and OTAs indicated that McCarron was being outplayed by Nathan Peterman. Add in rookie first-round pick Josh Allen and you can see why this situation is a mess. Fantasy GMs are not going to look to the Bills passing attack for points in 2018.

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15. SEA - WR Jaron Brown to play big role?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Jaron Brown's $2.75 million in guarantees is a sign that Seattle plans to give him a significant role, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, and Condotta expects Brown to be on the field in three-receiver sets.

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Brown's role should be that of a starting receiver opposite Tyler Lockett with Doug Baldwin manning the slot. Healthy last year after tearing his ACL in 2016, Brown came through with career best numbers (31 catches, 477 yards, four touchdowns). Projecting him for similar numbers this year is fair, but it doesn't make Brown a big fantasy asset. Instead, he might be a 'what the heck' flex off the waiver wire for you during a bye week situation.

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16. OAK - CB Bashaud Breeland leaves without deal

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Vic Tafur

Free-agent CB Bashaud Breeland (Redskins) left his visit with the Oakland Raiders without a deal Monday, July 23. He has a visit scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs Tuesday, July 24.

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Breeland had his deal with the Panthers voided due to a failed physical earlier this offseason. He injured his foot while on vacation and has been working to come back from that. Breeland could latch on with the Chiefs since they are in need of cornerback help after trading away Marcus Peters.

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17. KC - WR Eli Rogers leaves without deal

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent WR Eli Rogers (Steelers) left his visit with the Kansas City Chiefs without a deal Monday, July 23, according to a source.

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Recent reports about Rogers indicated he could be signing with a new team this week. He could not work out something with the Chiefs at this time and is moving on. Rogers will now visit with the Cleveland Browns, for whom his former offensive coordinator Todd Haley now coaches.

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18. NE - Two Patriots to start on injured lists

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to a source. RB Brandon Bolden (undisclosed) will begin camp on the Non-Football Illness list.

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Britt's injury is not considered serious. We'll watch him through training camp and the preseason because there could be an opportunity there for the veteran wideout...especially during Julian Edelman's four-game suspension.

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19. NYG - DE Connor Barwin joins Giants

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

Free-agent LB Connor Barwin is signing an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants Monday, July 23, according to a source.

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Barwin had 5.0 sacks last year for the Rams and 5.0 sacks in 2016 with the Eagles. The veteran gives the Giants more depth and should play a rotational role to get after the passer.

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20. NE - Devin Lucien back with Patriots

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Free-agent WR Devin Lucien (Buccaneers) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the New England Patriots Monday, July 23.

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Coming out of Arizona State in 2016, Lucien was originally a seventh-round pick by the Patriots. He's bounced around the league since then but now finds his way back to New England. Lucien will struggle to make the 53-man roster on a WR corps packed with talent.

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21. KC - RB Spencer Ware to be eased back

Source: Chiefs.com - Matt McMullen

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) is doing well in his recovery and will be eased back into practice.

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Ware missed all of last season due to this knee injury. He was going to be a big part of the Chiefs offense before going down in August of 2017. Now, Ware is working to be the primary backup behind Kareem Hunt in 2018. If healthy, Ware should be the no.2 back for the Chiefs and a player to handcuff to Hunt if your league is big enough.

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22. KC - OLB Dee Ford on track to practice

Source: Chiefs.com - Matt McMullen

Kansas City Chiefs LB Dee Ford (back) is doing well in his recovery and should be able to participate in padded practices.

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The Chiefs need Ford to stay healthy and produce up to his potential as a pass rusher in 2018. Ford's 2017 season ended due to this back injury which required surgery. He did some individual work during the offseason and should get eased into action during training camp and the preseason.

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23. ATL - DE Takkarist McKinley not on PUP list

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) will not begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to a source.

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McKinley had shoulder problems entering the league but did not miss a game as a rookie last year. He did not participate in the offseason program due to surgery on his left shoulder.

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24. BAL - CB Jimmy Smith on sidelines

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (Achilles') is not participating in practice Monday, July 23.

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Smith has practiced earlier in training camp but the team is going to bring him along slowly. Expect him to get some days off during camp. It's remarkable to consider that he's avoided the PUP list as Smith injured his Achilles' last December. When healthy, Smith is one of the top corners in the game and one of the Ravens best defenders.

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25. BAL - Two rookie TEs on sidelines

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens TEs Hayden Hurst (undisclosed) and Mark Andrews (undisclosed) are not participating in practice Monday, July 23.

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We like both of these rookie prospects in dynasty leagues. They've been missing time early in camp due to 'soft tissue' injuries. When healthy, expect Hurst to compete to be the lead tight end. Andrews is a fine receiving threat but he might begin his pro career as the second or third tight end on the depth chart.

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26. DEN - Ronald Leary recently had surgery

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos OG Ronald Leary (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery a few weeks ago and likely will be eased into drills at the start of training camp. He is expected to be the team's starting left guard this season.

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Leary played right guard last year for the Broncos and did a fine job but he's naturally a left guard. The Broncos want to run the ball early and often in 2018. Having a healthy Leary will help them do just that.

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27. CHI - ILB Danny Trevathan not ready to return

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 23.

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Trevathan is a proven player in the league but he tends to miss quite a bit of time due to injury. The Bears have emphasized they don't need to rush any of their injured players back, so expect them to take it easy on the veteran linebacker.

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28. IND - Anthony Castonzo avoids PUP list

Source: NFL.com - Andie Hagemann

Indianapolis Colts OT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp.

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The Colts need all hands on deck for 2018, especially on the revamped offensive line. It's good that Castonzo will not be on the PUP list at the start of camp. He has been dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered while training.

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29. SEA - TE Nick Vannett the No. 2 TE?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks TE Nick Vannett is the favorite to be the backup tight end ahead of TE Will Dissly and TE Tyrone Swoopes, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

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With Jimmy Graham (Packers) and Luke Willson (Lions) gone, the Seahawks are looking for a new starter at the position. Vannett is the player who could take over that spot with a strong performance in training camp. Measuring in at 6'6" 257 pounds, Vannett certainly has the size, strength and wingspan to at least make a nice relief valve receiver for QB Russell Wilson. Vannett is someone to keep on your waiver wire speed dial, but only in deeper leagues.

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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