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Volume 21, #19 -- Wednesday Night, May 8th, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you. We've got more Team Reports plus the News and Notes you need.

Also, quick shout out to my friend Ashley Hart. She's working on a brand new site bringing Women's Sports to DFS. Check what they're doing at She-Plays.com . They have a kickstarter campaign running and would love your help. Info on their site.

Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Buffalo - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Buffalo.

B. Carolina - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Carolina.

C. Houston - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Houston.

D. Indianapolis - Footballguys Team Report
The Footballguys Team Reports are where we pour out everything we have as it relates to Fantasy Prospects for the team. In this one, we dive into Indianapolis.


1. TB - More information on DE Jason Pierre-Paul

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) would likely need five to six months of recovery time if it is determined he needs surgery on what is being reported as a fractured vertebra in his neck.

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No final decisions have been made yet on how to proceed, and several doctors are expected to review his scans in the coming days, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

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2. DAL - QB Dak Prescott receives contract offer

Source: NFL Network - Jane Slater

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has received an initial contact extension offer from the Cowboys, and the team is waiting for his counter offer, according to sources. The two sides are not believed to be close to any deal.

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It's part of the negotiation process. The Cowboys are trying to pay him a fair price but not overpay him. Prescott is trying to make the most money possible. The number of $30 million annually has been tossed out there and could be around where Prescott's final number lands. Either way, we don't see Prescott's contract situation going on for too long. They're trying to hammer out the numbers now and should be able to come to an agreement.

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3. NYG - RB Jay Ajayi a possible fit with NYG?

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

The New York Giants could be interested in free-agent RB Jay Ajayi (Eagles) as a possible backup to RB Saquon Barkley, in the opinion of SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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Starting on Wednesday, signed free agents do not count against the compensatory pick forumla. That means we should see Ajayi find a new home in the near future. The Giants have superstar Saquon Barkley as their starter, but behind him they could use some veteran depth. Currently, Wayne Gallman is penciled in as the primary backup behind Barkley. The Giants also signed former Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith on Wednesday.

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4. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson did solid work outside pocket

Source: Pro Football Focus

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson threw for 686 yards outside of the pocket in 2018 - the third-highest total in the NFL - according to Pro Football Focus.

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Watson had 8 touchdowns compared to 2 interceptions on those passes. His 65.4 percent completion on passes outside the pocket ranked 2nd in the league for quarterbacks with 75 or more such attempts. The Texans spent draft capital this offseason to upgrade the offensive line and hopefully protect Watson better in 2019.

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5. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes created magic outside pocket

Source: Pro Football Focus

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for an NFL-best 1,155 yards outside of the pocket in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Mahomes had 14 passing touchdowns compared to just 4 interceptions on such passes. Advanced data just backs up what everyone sees on film here -- Mahomes is really good outside the pocket. We don't see any defense really containing him that much in 2019 and he's obviously a QB1 from a fantasy perspective.

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6. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders able to move laterally

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) began running in cleats last week and has added lateral movements to his workout in recent days, although he has not attempted to start running an entire route tree as of Tuesday, May 7.'When I do run full speed, I feel good. I wouldn't say we're ahead of schedule, I wouldn't say we're behind schedule. I just feel like we're somewhere in between. We'll see how it goes once I start running routes and how I feel to see if I'm ready to go. .. 'It's been feeling good. Still sore every now and then,' Sanders told the Denver Post.

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Sanders is on the right track for his recovery from Achilles' surgery but we probably won't see him do much in training camp or the preseason. Fantasy GMs need to recognize that second-year WR Courtland Sutton is going to be the Broncos no.1 receiver in 2019. That makes Sanders a valuable no.2 wide receiver in Denver, but it does hurt his fantasy stock. The Broncos won't fill the air with footballs this season, making Sutton more of a fantasy WR2 and Sanders in the WR3 range with upside.

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7. BUF - Buffalo still interested in Ziggy Ansah

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah (Lions) is still receiving interest from the Buffalo Bills, and general manager Brandon Beane said he does not believe the Seattle Seahawks are the leading candidate to sign Ansah.

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Ansah is getting interested ramped up for his services since the May 7th deadline passed. After May 7th, the compensatory pick calculation is turned off. A team could add an important free agent like Ansah, play him all they want, and it won't negatively impact the potential compensatory picks they'll be awarded for 2020.

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8. MIA - Myles Gaskin agrees to terms

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins seventh-round draft choice RB Myles Gaskin agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Dolphins Wednesday, May 8, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Gaskin is a compact runner at 5'9" 205 pounds, and he is known for being a tough runner inside or outside. He's capable as a receiving threat out of the backfield and has the quick feet to make defenders miss in open space. Kenyan Drake is the Dolphins starter, but Gaskin could push Kalen Ballage for the no.2 spot on the depth chart.

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9. NYG - RB Rod Smith joins Giants

Source: Giants.com

Free-agent RB Rod Smith (Cowboys) signed with the New York Giants Wednesday, May 8. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Smith has spent almost all of his pro career with the Cowboys. He stays in the NFC East, but now with the Giants he will compete to be the primary backup behind Saquon Barkley. With only guys like Wayne Gallman or Paul Perkins to contend with, Smith might climb the depth chart.

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10. SEA - Seattle top option for Ziggy Ansah

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah (Lions) is receiving interest from multiple teams, but the Seattle Seahawks have emerged as the leading candidate to sign him, according to sources.

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Ever since they traded Frank Clark to the Chiefs earlier this offseason, the Seahawks have been considered the front runners for Ansah. We should see him signed in the near future.

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11. PIT - Two Steelers picks sign

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers third-round pick WR Diontae Johnson and fourth-round pick RB Benny Snell signed four-year contracts Wednesday, May 8. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Johnson plays like a young version of Emmanuel Sanders. He's got speed to get by defenders in a hurry and is not afraid to go over the middle to make difficult catches. Johnson is likely to compete with Donte Moncrief for the no.3 receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington. In the Steelers elaborate passing attack, that has fantasy value. Snell is competing to be the no.3 running back for the Steelers. He's a big back who can grind down opponents and has a nose for the end zone. Snell did not test well at the Scouting Combine but he does have good instincts for the position.

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12. NFL - RB Bilal Powell cleared from injury

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Bilal Powell (neck) was fully cleared from a neck injury that was once thought to threaten his career.

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Good news for the veteran back here. Powell only made it through 7 games last season with the Jets. They've completely moved on with a revamped RB corps led by Le'Veon Bell, so Powell is unlikely to go back to the Jets. We'll see teams take a look at him and examine his neck injury carefully. Some team will need veteran depth at some point later this offseason.

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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