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Footballguys #45 - 6/3 - Monday Injury Rounds, Dynasty Draft Value Chart, Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 21, #45 -- Monday Night, June 3rd, 2019

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. We've got tight end coverage in today's Injury Rounds, dynasty draft trade values, and the News and Notes you need.

Let's do this.

J

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A. Monday Injury Rounds: Tight End Update
Our Dr. Jene Bramel checks in with a full review of tight end injuries around the league, including the latest on Travis Kelce and Jack Doyle.

B. Dynasty Trade Value Chart: June
Our Dan Hindery gives his insight on long-term player values for dynasty leagues.


1. CLE - WR Odell Beckham with team

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. reported to the team Monday, June 3, for the start of the mandatory minicamp this week, according to a source.

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Zero surprise here. The work is mandatory so Beckham is going to show up. He attended one voluntary workout with the team during OTAs then decided to workout on his own. Beckham's return will greatly improve the targets QB Baker Mayfield gets to throw to. In OTAs, Beckham was missing and Jarvis Landry was out with an undisclosed injury.

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2. CAR - Carolina wins DT Gerald McCoy sweepstakes

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent DT Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers) reportedly agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers on an undisclosed contract Monday, June 3.

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Details of that contract are now in. McCoy reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $8 million, according to Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, who adds the contract can max out at a reported $10.25 million with incentives. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the signing bonus will be $4 million. McCoy stays in the NFC South where he can play his former team twice a year. He should be a good fit for the Panthers defense and then get to hit the open market again in 2020.

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3. PHI - QB Carson Wentz sharp in spring practices

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz is 'locked in potentially to a return to MVP form,' according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Head coach Doug Pederson echoed similar sentiments with reporters recently as well.

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Nobody will question his talent, but Wentz has to stay healthy this year in order to play up to his potential. He's only played a full 16-game season once in the NFL, and that was during his rookie season in 2016. Since then, Wentz has battled various injuries and missed time. The Eagles offense features a ton of weapons, so Wentz should have no problem getting the ball into playmaker's hands. He's QB9 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues right now.

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4. PIT - Pittsburgh hoping to spread the wealth

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is the 'obvious primary option' in the passing game, but the team believes it will have at least nine viable pass-catching options, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. TE Vance McDonald is 'poised for an expanded role,' while WR Donte Moncrief is being asked to learn all three receiver positions.

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Fantasy GMs know that Smith-Schuster is going to be a stud WR1 in 2019, but behind him there is nothing but potential breakout players and question marks. We'll be monitoring these battles at the Steelers WR position closely in training camp. Smith-Schuster is going off the board at WR6 (2.04) in 12-team PPR leagues. The other Steelers receivers currently being drafted include James Washington (WR46, 10.06) and Donte Moncrief (WR59, 13.12). In a high-powered Steelers passing attack, these are players to follow to and through training camp and the preseason.

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5. CLE - RB Duke Johnson reports to team

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson reported to the team Monday, June 3, for the start of the mandatory minicamp this week, according to a source.

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Johnson doesn't want to get fined, but he does want to get traded, and everyone knew he was going to show up when the work was mandatory. We'll see if the team keeps him around as the change-of-pace back behind starter Nick Chubb. When Kareem Hunt returns from his 8-game suspension then Johnson's snaps/touches will get seriously cut into.

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6. NE - Lead back role up for grabs?

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel and Damien Harris are competing for lead-back duties with James White locked into his role and Rex Burkhead likely viewed as a jack-of-all-trades, change-of-pace runner, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald.

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The Patriots always have a collection of backs and there is one they usually lean on more than others. That back in 2019 is likely going to be Sony Michel. We'll see how this battle shakes out in training camp. We love Harris as a dynasty prospect but Michel is more explosive and has a year of pro experience under his belt.

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7. DAL - OLB Leighton Vander Esch close to return

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (pelvis) is expected to go through some limited work throughout the week for the first time this spring as the team starts its final week of organized team activities, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

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The pelvic injury has been keeping the talented young linebacker on the sidelines this offseason. All reports indicate he should be full go by the time training camp gets here.

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8. NE - WR Phillip Dorsett in line to start?

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Phil Perry

New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett 'seems like a logical fit' for the No. 3 receiver role in 2019, according to Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston.

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Watch this closely in training camp. The Patriots could use Dorsett's speed to take the top off the defense while Julian Edelman works the underneath routes and rookie N'Keal Harry showcases his run-after-the-catch ability. We'll see in camp if Demaryius Thomas can even make the team as he returns from an Achilles' injury, and Dontrelle Inman should push Dorsett for the No. 3 job.

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9. NE - Chase Winovich signs rookie deal

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots third-round pick DE Chase Winovich signed a four-year deal Monday, June 3. The deal is worth $3,827,312 with a $997,312 signing bonus.

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There is a lot to like about Winovich's game. He's one of the most relentless players in this draft class and loves to get after opponents with a non-stop motor. Winovich plays with natural violence and has an intimidating edge to his game. His aggressive play style can be a double-edged sword as he will overrun plays at time. We'll be interested to see how the Patriots use him in the pros, but the potential is there for him to be a solid starter for years to come.

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10. WAS - Bryce Love taking his time

Source: Redskins.com - Kyle Stackpole

Washington Redskins RB Bryce Love (knee) said his main focus is on individual drills during spring workouts as he recovers from knee surgery. 'With what I've got, you've got to kind of be slow with it,' Love said. 'Make sure you do it right, make sure you're 100 percent before you're ready to go.'

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We are waiting anxiously to see if Love can return to form. Two years ago at Stanford, Love looked like a lock to be a first-round pick. Then a knee injury knocked his career off track and Washington was able to scoop him up in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft. He's a dynamic runner who can make defenders look silly in the open field. Love is buried on the depth chart at this time, but we love taking a chance on that natural talent in dynasty formats.

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11. PHI - Miles Sanders still sidelined

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, June 3.

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It will be news when Sanders actually participates as he's missed all of OTAs with what they called a minor hamstring injury. Sanders has talent and can work as the change-of-pace/receiving back in a RBBC with Jordan Howard in 2019.

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12. LAC - LAC signs Fred Trevillion

Source: Chargers.com

Undrafted free-agent WR Fred Trevillion (San Diego State) signed with the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, June 3. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived WR Trevion Thompson.

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Trevillion actually began his college career with the Aztecs as a defensive back. He switched to wide receiver when he transferred to Southwest Mississippi Community College. He came back to the Aztecs in 2017 and was a solid player for them and a deep threat (FBS-best 27.2 yards per catch on 22 catches in 2018). Trevillion can work as a wide receiver at 6'2" 185 pounds and has the speed to be a return man as well.

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13. PHI - WR Mack Hollins should be ready for camp

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles WR Mack Hollins (sports hernia) is reportedly 'progressing well,' and head coach Doug Pederson recently said he expects Hollins to be able to practice at the start of training camp in late July - nearly 18 months after undergoing sports hernia surgery.

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A fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Hollins game does have promise because of his size/speed combination. The recovery from this injury has taken way too long based on standard recovery time, but it will be good to see Hollins back out there. He's a deep threat who could struggle for snaps behind DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.

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14. KC - Khalen Saunders signs rookie deal

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Kansas City Chiefs third-round pick DT Khalen Saunders signed his rookie deal Monday, June 3. The four-year deal is worth $3,673,180 with a $915,180 signing bonus.

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Saunders is your traditional nose tackle. He measures in at 6'0" 324 pounds and is incredibly difficult to move on the inside of the line. Saunders can get off the ball quickly for a big man and did a good job of creating interior pressure in college at Western Illinois. We'll see if he can translate those tools to the pros.

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15. IND - Johnathan Cyprien working out for Colts

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent SS Johnathan Cyprien (Titans) is working out for the Indianapolis Colts Monday, June 3.

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A second-round pick for the Jaguars in the 2013 NFL draft, Cyprien did not play in 2018 due to a knee injury. He was released by the Titans but has been medically cleared and is getting a bit of interest. The Colts could have interest in the veteran to provide them with much-needed depth at the safety position.

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16. DET - Brandon Reilly back with Detroit

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Free-agent WR Brandon Reilly (Lions) signed an undisclosed contract to return to the Detroit Lions on Monday, June 3, after the team waived him nearly a month ago. LB Juwon Young was waived to make room for him on the roster.

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Undrafted out of Nebraska in 2017, Reilly has bounced around to a few different rosters since then. The Lions signed him to a reserve/futures deal back in late January. We'll monitor the 6'2" 200 pound wide receiver in super deep dynasty formats.

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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