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-- Colts Extend Andrew Luck --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Indianapolis Colts have singed QB Andrew Luck to a five-year extension (six-year deal) worth just north of $139 million (a record) with $87 million in guarantees (a record).


-- Seahawks Extend Doug Baldwin --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed WR Doug Baldwin to a four-year contract extension worth north of $11 per season, according to a source. He is now under contract through 2020. The deal is worth $46 million with over $24 million guaranteed.


-- Free 2016 Pre-Season Draft Guide Preview Released! --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- 2016 Pre-Season Draft Guide Version I Released! --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The wait is over, but that means the fun is just starting. Version I of our 2016 Pre-Season Draft Guide has been released! This initial version of the guide is 265 pages and is jam-packed with fantasy articles, drafting strategies, and fantasy analysis for both new fantasy players and hardcore fantasy football veterans. This year's guide is FFMastermind.com's 20th annual LIVING document. It will not only grow to more than 500 pages (2015's was 565+ pages), but it will also morph into the ultimate fantasy player's draft guide. We're excited about this release, and so should you! NOW is the time to ORDER it! With fantasy magazines outdated (from early May), our 2016 Pre-Season Draft Guide is that much more valuable for fantasy players SERIOUS about winning their league championship!


-- Initial 2016 Comprehensive Preseason Cheat Sheets Available! --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Lessons Learned from 2015 by a Former STUD RB Theorist --
Thu Jun 9, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 6/9/2016 - FFMastermind.com's Michael Nazarek - When I first started FFMastermind.com back in 1996, I was probably one of the biggest believers in the STUD RB Theory. Draft RBs (multiple ones) early and you can't go wrong. Well, things have certainly changed in the past 20 years. Depending upon scoring rules, I now have no problems taking a tight end like TE Rob Gronkowski with my first pick. Heck in most PPR leagues, I will target an elite wideout or Gronk before I grab my first tailback with only a few exceptions. This is what I've learned throughout the years, and let me tell you 2015 was a doozie for STUD RBs... [FULL STORY]


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-- Run DMC Could Miss Week #1 --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) underwent surgery on June 14th and could be out through the regular-season opener.

-- Browns Sign 3rd-Rounder Carl Nassib --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Cleveland Browns have signed 3rd-round draft pick DL Carl Nassib to a four-year contract.

-- Johnny Manziel Says He's Going Sober on Friday --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent QB Johnny Manziel told TMZ that he’s “going completely sober starting July 1st.” Of course, that gives him between now and Friday to get it all out of his system, and it seems like plenty of people with him aren’t taking the same pledge. TMZ has photos of a woman holding what appears to be an illicit substance, but Manziel said the drugs weren’t his and he didn’t know who the woman was. That’s a perfect recipe for sobriety, of course. Just like giving yourself time for one last big blowout before becoming an adult.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Jack Fields gets to the point why he Keeps Coming Back to be a premium subscriber after trying out other services. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Jack has to say!

-- Colts Extend Andrew Luck --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Indianapolis Colts have singed QB Andrew Luck to a five-year extension (six-year deal) worth just north of $139 million (a record) with $87 million in guarantees (a record).

-- Jim Caldwell: Going for Two Depends on the Situation --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Detroit Lions HC Jim Caldwell sounds unconvinced when it comes to going for two points after every time you score a TD. Caldwell said he’s aware that quarterbacks like QB Ben Roethlisberger and QB Drew Brees have said they want to go for two as the default after every touchdown, but Caldwell said that’s more a matter of quarterbacks getting their competitive juices flowing than thinking about it rationally. “There’s not a quarterback in the league that doesn’t want to go for two,” Caldwell said. Some of us think it makes sense to make going for two the default, while others think coaches should base it on the game situation. Caldwell leans closer to the latter option. “It just depends on the situation, I think. We’re certainly prepared to go for [two points] every time. We’re certainly prepared to kick it as well,” Caldwell said. “Sometimes you’re going to have to adjust to teams that decide to go after it. I think we discussed that when the rule was first changed. You have to match [the strategy], just in terms of point differential.” Caldwell’s skepticism may stem from his own team’s lack of success: The Lions are 1-for-6 on two-point conversions in Caldwell’s two seasons as head coach.

-- Ezekiel Elliott to be a Workhorse Back --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Cowboys official website reports the Cowboys plan to make rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott a workhorse. Elliott should have somewhere in the range of 280 to 300 carries, or around 18 a game, in 2016.

-- Eli Manning Feels the Giants Can Score Even More --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Giants QB Eli Manning is happy that the offense has remained in place and sees room for improvement. Manning believes that adding rookie WR Sterling Shepard to the offense while also getting WR Victor Cruz and TE Larry Donnell back from injury will lead the team to put up even more points in 2016. “We expect to be able score the ball,” Manning said, via NFL Media. “We feel like we can score over 28 points a game. That’s what we want to do. We were close to hitting that last year.”

-- Cory Redding Retiring --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent DL Cory Redding says via Twitter that he's retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons.

-- Jaylon Smith's Nerve Not Responding --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's ED Werder reports Dallas Cowboys rookie LB Jaylon Smith (knee) has experienced no significant improvement in injured nerve thus far. That means playing in 2016 seems unlikely.

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Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Rams to Name Mike Singletary --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports Hall of Fame LB Mike Singletary will work with the Los Angeles Rams' defense this season, returning to coaching after a two-year absence. Singletary revealed the plans in a radio interview Tuesday, and the Rams later confirmed the arrangement. Los Angeles HC Jeff Fisher hasn't defined a role for Singletary, who is likely to be an adviser to the defense.

-- Le'Veon Bell Could Play in the Third Preseason Game --
Wed Jun 29, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Pittsburgh Steelers are optimistic that RB Le'Veon Bell (MCL/PCL) could let it rip by the third preseason game this summer.

-- What Really Happened to Run-DMC's Elbow? --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports speaking publicly about the incident for the first time, Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) running back gave a different account than the one circulated by his coaches earlier this month to explain the accident that required surgery and is expected to keep him out for about two months. McFadden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the reports were untrue. He said he was in a friend's backyard after a funeral and slipped on cement near a swimming pool. "I just slipped down and landed on my elbow," he told the paper. "My phone was in my hand, and so people kind of put that story out." McFadden shared his version of the incident while he was in his home state last week to attend an event with elementary and junior high school students at Little Rock Air Force Base. Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown said the injury occurred when McFadden tried to recover his cellphone after he nearly dropped it. Head coach Jason Garrett said the injury occurred over Memorial Day weekend at McFadden's home. The story spawned incredulous and playful Internet memes and revived lists of peculiar injuries suffered by athletes.

-- Seahawks Extend Doug Baldwin --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed WR Doug Baldwin to a four-year contract extension worth north of $11 per season, according to a source. He is now under contract through 2020. The deal is worth $46 million with over $24 million guaranteed.

-- Preston Parker Receives Probation --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent WR Preston Parker has received three years probation in his drug case. Parker pled guilty to possession of cocaine and paraphernalia.

-- Seahawks Make Player Moves --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed rookie LS Nolan Frese and released LB Khairi Fortt.

-- FFMastermind Wins $10,000 in the 2015 FFPC High Stakes Fantasy Football Main Event! --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Team FFMastermind.com and The Doomsday Blasters, two teams led by Michael Nazarek and Dr. Gil Brovar, won $10,000 in the 2015 FFPC High Stakes Main Event this past season. The winner of this prestigious event wins $300,000!

-- Zurlon Tipton Passes --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS4Indy.com reports former Indianapolis Colts RB Zurlon Tipton died Tuesday after a gun in his car was accidentally discharged.Tipton pulled into the service bay at a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Roseville, Michigan around 9:30 a.m., according to WJBK. He went to take a duffel bag out of the trunk of his vehicle, and one of the two guns inside the bag reportedly went off. He was struck in the stomach. Tipton was taken to the hospital in good condition, but later died. He was 26 years old.

-- Danny Amendola Rehab Update --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee/ankle) had knee and ankle surgeries earlier this offseason that kept him off the field during OTAs and minicamp, but he didn’t sound like he expects the procedures to have much impact on the regular season. “I feel really good,” Amendola said. “I had a couple minor procedures done after the season. Everybody knows how long the season can be. I wanted to go into next season feeling as fresh and ready as I can.” Amendola will likely be eased back into work once camp gets underway

-- Maclin, Conley, & Wilson Work Out Together This Off-Season --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports WR Jeremy Maclin planned to work out at the Chiefs’ training facility in the offseason. He told WR Chris Conley that if he really wanted to be a great wide receiver, he’d get on a flight to Kansas City. “He was like ‘You’re coming back,’ ” Conley said. Conley didn’t have a place to live in Kansas City, but Maclin offered to let him stay in his home. The decision was simple. “If that guy calls you,” Conley remembers his father saying, “you don’t tell him no.” So that’s how the 23-year-old Conley came to live this offseason with Maclin, the Chiefs’ 28-year-old No. 1 receiver. Over the next month and a half, the two of them and 23-year-old WR Albert Wilson lifted weights, watched film and worked on route concepts four days a week until the Chiefs’ offseason workout program began April 18. “When Mac told me he was definitely (going to) be here, there was no hesitation for me coming back,” said Wilson, a Georgia State grad who had also planned to spend the offseason working out in Atlanta until Maclin reached out. In retrospect, it looks like Conley (the Chiefs’ No. 3 receiver in 2015) and Wilson (No. 2 in 2015) made wise decisions. Veteran free agent Rod Streater and rookie Tyreek Hill made a strong push during organized team activities, but Conley and Wilson held on to their positions.

-- Buddy Ryan Passes --
Tue Jun 28, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports former NFL head coach and influential DC Buddy Ryan died Tuesday. He was 82. Ryan, who was outspoken and coached in the NFL for 26 seasons, was known for building some of football's top defenses with a relentlessness that focused on creating havoc on the field. His death was confirmed by the Buffalo Bills, who employ twin sons Rex and Rob Ryan. James Solano, Buddy Ryan's agent, said he died in Kentucky but did not give a cause.

-- Mike Wallace Thinks He's an Improved Receiver --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace's mission in his first season with Ravens is not to show he's still a fast receiver. It's to prove he's a better one. "I’ve probably run about 10,000 post routes and go routes since when I first came into the league, so maybe just a step, a half a step," Wallace said. "But I can still get it done." The perception is Wallace is on the decline at the age of 29. He believes he's an improved receiver after years of practicing against the likes of CB Ike Taylor in Pittsburgh, CB Brent Grimes in Miami and CB Xavier Rhodes of the Minnesota Vikings. "I think I’ve gotten better, even though [the] numbers don’t say so," Wallace said. "I think I’ll get better this year, and I’ll show some people I have a lot up my sleeve." Wallace has won over his teammates during the spring workouts. When asked what players impressed him this offseason, S Eric Weddle immediately pointed at Wallace.

-- Antrel Rolle Watch --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent S Antrel Rolle said he’s heard from a few teams since entering free agency. He's waiting for the right situation before he signs.

-- Why Subscribe to FFMastermind.com? --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Lawyer Claims Dan Skuta Was the Victim --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the lawyer representing Jacksonville Jaguars LB Dan Skuta has done something far more conventional than accidentally text strategic secrets to the media. Mark NeJame has declared his client’s innocence. NeJame told TMZ that the allegation of Skuta shoving the head of a woman who refused to provide her phone number into a window was made up. “Eyewitnesses who we have already received statements from in our initial investigation will attest that Dan was alongside his girlfriend when this fabricated event supposedly took place,” NeJame said. Skuta contends, via NeJame, that the accuser and another female were harassing Skuta and his group. “Dan was then struck in the face by one of the women, as is evidenced by his mugshot which clearly shows where he was struck,” NeJame said. The mugshot does indeed show Skuta with an abrasion under his right eye. “Dan never placed his hands on anyone,” NeJame said.

-- Anthony Davis Watch --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

CSN Bay Area reports retired San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis has yet to file for reinstatement off the NFL’s reserve/suspended list despite claiming repeatedly that he intends to do so.

-- Johnny Manziel's Error-Making Lawyer Off the Case --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports one of free-agent QB Johnny Manziel’s lawyers accidentally sent an e-mail to the Associated Press. Today, that lawyer is no longer representing Manziel. The lawyer, Bob Hinton, said in the text that he had a receipt indicating Manziel had spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia shop, and suggested that if Manziel is required to undergo drug testing, he won’t pass. Today, Manziel spokeswoman Denise Michaels wrote on Twitter that Manziel’s lead attorney, Jim Darnell, said Hinton has withdrawn as an associate counsel in the Manziel case. Manziel is currently facing a host of legal issues, the most serious of which is a domestic violence allegation brought by his ex-girlfriend. Michaels also said this morning that Darnell insists Manziel will not plead guilty.

-- Dan Skuta Arrested --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars LB Dan Skuta was arrested last weekend in Orlando on June 19th and charged with battery after a bar fight.

-- Nate Washington on the Bubble --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The New England Patriots official website Patriots WR Nate Washington can still run and could provide a deep threat but he seemed to struggle getting on the same page as QB Tom Brady during OTAs and mini-camp. He’ll need to impress during the summer to win a roster spot, especially considering the Patriots could very well stick with just five at the position.

-- Amari Cooper Praised --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

CSN Bay Area reports Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper received praise for his performance during the Raiders offseason program. It was deserved. The second-year receiver was excellent in practices open to the press, working in precision with QB Derek Carr. There’s clearly growth between passer and receiver, but Cooper himself has a spring in his step. He’s confident, comfortable with the Raiders and his place in the NFL.

-- FFPC Slow Online Satellites --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Stephen Anderson Impresses the Texans --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports during the NFL draft, hybrid Cal TE Stephen Anderson got passed over despite a series of impressive workouts and a productive collegiate career. The former walk-on who earned a scholarship is making the Texans happy they convinced him to sign with them as an undrafted free agent following the draft. Anderson capitalized on the absence of veteran TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and TE Ryan Griffin due to hamstring and Achilles injuries, respectively, to take on a heavy workload during offseason practices. Although undersized at 6-2, 230 pounds, the former wide receiver has 4.58 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap. Anderson ran sharp routes during drills and caught the football cleanly. "He's come out and really put in a great effort every day," Texans tight ends coach John Perry said. "He's held true to the Cal mantra of being a smart kid. He's picked up things very quickly and, on top of that, he's got great athleticism. He's got good hands. His best trait is he continues to work at it. Here's a kid who's just climbed the ladder. He walked on at Cal. Now he comes in here as a free agent. He's taken advantage of opportunities that have been presented to him. So, he's fun to work with and I can see him continuing to get better."

-- James Harrison Willing to be Interviewed on His Terms --
Mon Jun 27, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Post Gazette reports Steelers LB James Harrison does not want to wait until training camp to meet with the NFL about the sixth-month old Al-Jazeera report that linked Harrison to performance-enhancing drugs, but the Steelers outside linebacker has a few stipulations. The meeting must take place at Harrison’s home, at a time he determines and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must be present. The NFL sent a letter to Harrison last week that informed him his date to meet with investigators will be Thursday July 28 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. “I never had a bully before in my life and I’m DAMN sure not about to have one at this point,” Harrison posted on Instagram. “But since I’m a nice guy & don’t mind helping to clear the air in the name of the NFL Shield, I’ll do this interview. WITH THESE STIPULATIONS: The interview will be done at MY house. BEFORE training camp. On a date of MY choosing. AND Mr. Goodell must be present.”

-- Austin Hooper Impresses --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Falcons rookie TE Austin Hooper impressed the Falcons with his pass-catching ability during mini-camp. “We really liked his route-running ability,” OC Kyle Shanahan said. “He really comes off the ball hard. He’s not the fastest guy in the world, but he’s fast enough. He’s got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes. He’s a big guy with length who’s got very good ball skills. He’s not scared to attack the ball. When he’s covered, he still has a chance to make the play.”

-- Browns Love Corey Coleman --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports the Browns love the energy displayed by rookie WR Corey Coleman, along with his ability to jump and grab passes when covered tightly. His speed is obvious and exciting to watch.

-- Andrew Hawkins Impressing in the Slot --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports Browns WR Andrew Hawkins is coming back from missing eight games last season due to a concussion and other injuries. He has looked good as a slot receiver.

-- Kyle Wilson Injury Update --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New Orleans Saints CB Kyle Wilson (shoulder), who was just put on season-ending Injured Reserve, suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder. That explains the injury designation.

-- June Fantasy Player Re-Drafter Masters List Customizeable Cheatsheets UPDATED with IDPs! --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Sammy Watkins Not Sure When He'll Be Cleared --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports not long after Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins said he expected to be on the field early in training camp, Watkins is apparently changing his prognosis. Watkins told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that though he “feels good,” he doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared and hopes to be able to participate in training camp. “If not, then cool,” Watkins said. “Get ready for the first game.” That takes his timetable for a projected return from early August to any time from August to early September. Watkins last week told TSN.ca that he’d “definitely be available” and might only miss two or three days of camp, which begins in late July.

-- Giants Assessing Options for OT --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports the Giants still have interest in free-agent OT Eugene Monroe after an offseason where they tried to find a potential replacement for OT Marshall Newhouse, but came up empty. Monroe would prefer to play left tackle. The Giants aren't willing to offer that position. They're strongly intent on keeping last year's first-round pick OT Ereck Flowers on the left side. The question now is whether Monroe can get an offer elsewhere to play somewhere on the left side. If so, he's not a Giants option. Monroe's currently assessing his options, while the Giants wait on a decision. They're not about to break the bank for a 29-year-old tackle who has struggled with injuries in recent years. If Monroe doesn't happen, the Giants could look again at OT Jake Long, although his signing would be unlikely. There were questions about his desire last year and it's uncertain whether he would even be an upgrade over Newhouse at this point of his career. The only other potential starting option is with ex-Giant OT Will Beatty. But the bridge with Beatty (released earlier this offseason) is pretty much burned. Beatty would only return if he had no other options, and the Giants appear to be turned off by what they perceived as a lack of desire.

-- Emmanuel Sanders Contract Watch --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is entering the final season on his current contract, and it makes sense that the Broncos would want to keep Sanders with the team. In the meantime, Sanders is saying the right things as his representatives talk with the Broncos about a possible extension. Even if the LB Von Miller situation takes priority for the Broncos, Sanders has been good enough that a new deal would probably be good for both parties. “I don’t think it weighs on me,” Sanders said of his situation. “I think it weighs on other people and then they talk about [it] and it’s like, ‘All right, you’re trying to put the weight on me.’ If I could just keep my ears closed and not listen to the noise, I wouldn’t even know this is a contract year. For me, it’s going to come. If it’s meant for me, it’s meant for me. But I’m going to keep playing ball because I love to do it.”

-- A Big Year Coming for Julius Thomas? --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars QB Blake Bortles and TE Julius Thomas were clicking last offseason after he was signed away from Denver, but a broken hand suffered in the preseason opener cost them valuable time. Thomas didn’t return until the fifth game, and took a few weeks to get in sync. Still, he caught five touchdowns, including four in the last seven games. Bortles and Thomas continued to look nearly unstoppable in organized team activities and mini-camp this month. Thomas scored 24 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Broncos. He’ll get double-digit scores this season. This is where Bortles can gain ground on last year’s touchdown total.

-- Texans Sign 1st-Rounder Will Fuller --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Houston Texans have signed 1st-round draft pick WR Will Fuller to a four-year contract.

-- A Great Product Consistently --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Premium Package subscriber David Stewart shares his thoughts on why he's been a premium customer since the year 2000. Patrons considering a subscription should think seriously about what David has to say!

-- Tom Brady Appeal Watch --
Sun Jun 26, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports if initial projections by some legal experts are correct, this could be the week that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rules on New England Patriots QB Tom Brady’s request for an en banc hearing. Brady’s legal team filed its official appeal May 23, and at the time ESPN legal analyst Andrew Brandt, among others, estimated that a ruling could come as early as three weeks or possibly take as long as six weeks. Monday marks five full weeks since Brady’s appeal, which means we’re officially in the red zone when it comes to a court decision.

-- Graham Ahead of Rawls in Recovery --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports maybe a little surprisingly, Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (torn patellar) is ahead of RB Thomas Rawls (broken ankle) in recovery. HC Pete Carroll said he “absolutely" expects both players to be ready for the start of the regular season, so it may not matter when or in which order they return to practice. Still, it was a little intriguing that Carroll said Graham was ahead of Rawls given the nature of their two injuries — Rawls a broken ankle and ligament damage and Graham a torn patellar tendon. The positive spin is that it means Graham is simply having a good recovery from what can be a tricky injury — Graham doing some running and even leaping to make catches during warmups was certainly encouraging. And if Rawls needs a little more time than maybe had been thought, the good news is the Seahawks’ increased depth at tailback.

-- Seahawks Unlikely to Sign Eugene Monroe --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports there were reports this week that the Seahawks might have interest in recently-released veteran OT Eugene Monroe. But the greater likelihood is that some other team pays Monroe closer to the $5-6 million or so he may want than the Seahawks, who appear more content with the current makeup of their offensive line than some may think.

-- Jalen Ramsey Rehab Update --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars rookie CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) says he has no physical limitations now from knee surgery. He's more focused on getting mentally prepared for camp.

-- Megatron Staying Retired --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Free Press reports Lions WR Calvin Johnson says he knew before last season that 2015 would be his last. He's not returning to the NFL. “I’m not coming back,” Johnson said after his youth football camp today at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse High. “You ain’t got to worry about that.” “I know everybody wants to know why I retired, but it’s more so, I put a lot into the game and it’s taken a lot out of me and that’s where I’m at right now,” Johnson said. “I’m not going to get into the specifics of the things that I feel it’s taken away, but it definitely feels good, I guess I can say for myself, to spend more time around the family, my son, I just got married. So things are going good right now.”

-- Aldon Smith Court Update --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

CSN Bay Area reports a Santa Clara County District Attorney spokesperson said Friday that Oakland Raiders suspended LB Aldon Smith's arraignment for violating probation is not a new charge, nor does it stem from a new incident. Smith was on probation from a prior conviction, and DUI, hit and run and vandalism charges levied following an Aug. 2015 run-in with the law were considered a violation of that probation. Smith has two legal issues on his Friday agenda. The Raiders edge rusher will argue a motion to suppress evidence relating to misdemeanor charges of DUI with a prior conviction, hit and run and vandalism from an Aug. 2015 incident that prompted his release from the 49ers. According to a Santa Clara County criminal case index, Smith will also be arraigned on a violation of probation from a prior conviction. It’s uncertain what incident the charge stems from. Smith is serving a calendar-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He is eligible for reinstatement in November, and assuming he follows strict guidelines during this suspension.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Michael Valders gets to the point real quick concerning his 17 Fantasy Football Titles. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Michael has to say!

-- Packers Post Record Profits --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Green Bay Packers official website reports the financial picture of the Green Bay Packers has never looked better. The franchise posted record profits over the past fiscal year, according to the financial statement released by the team on Friday, providing a strong foundation for football operations, upcoming investment in the Titletown District development, and continued growth in the team’s other community and charitable endeavors. Net income reached $48.9 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, while profit from operations was at $75 million. Those are healthy increases of 68 percent and 91 percent, respectively, over the previous year, when net income (which includes investment performance, income taxes and interest expenses on debt) was at $29.2 million and operating profit was at $39.4 million. Such significant jumps and record results were due mainly to impressive growth in local revenue and a drop in general expenses. The club’s national revenue, which is money shared equally by all 32 NFL teams, also grew $13.5 million to $222.6 million, a rise of 6 percent. That’s a fairly standard bump due to built-in increases in the league’s broadcasting contracts. Added together, the local and national numbers produced total revenue of $408.7 million, also a franchise record. The Packers have been ranked ninth in the NFL in total revenue for the past three years and will learn their current ranking sometime this fall.

-- Browns Teaching RGIII the Basics --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports the biggest challenge for Browns QB Robert Griffin III is "he wants to be great yesterday," as someone close to the situation said. Griffin is very anxious to prove himself. He is desperate to show he can be a viable starting NFL quarterback. Griffin has so far made good on his promise to be coachable. He is putting in the time to learn the new offense. He is working hard with HC Hue Jackson and quarterback coach Pep Hamilton to learn the basics of how they want the position to be played. His major battle is impatience, wanting everything to come together ... right now! Over and over, the coaches stress to Griffin "it's going take time." There are a lot nuances to being a quarterback, and the Browns are coaching Griffin in those areas. But they also have three big messages: 1) Plant your back foot, then throw. 2) Get down, then slide. 3) Throw the ball away, don't take needless hits from the defense. The first is throwing from the pocket. Like many physically gifted and quick quarterbacks, Griffin tends to throw off-balance. For a right-handed quarterback, a huge requirement for throwing a good pass is to plant the back (right foot) in the ground, then throw. Don't just fling the ball without setting your feet. For much of his career, Griffin was in the shotgun. He threw on the run. No one is trying to turn him into a QB Dan Marino stand-in-the-pocket quarterback. But he does need those skills. The get-down-and-slide gospel is being preached over and over to keep him from injuries. He's had two major knee surgeries (2009 and 2012), a dislocated ankle (2014) and a serious concussion (2015). The good news is Griffin has been healthy, his knee has been strong. Of course, no one is being tackled. Nonetheless, a weak knee can easily buckle in the various drills and practices that happened this spring. The Browns plan to have Griffin throwing while on the move. But they want him to do just that -- throw the ball. Don't get hit. Slide as the defense approaches. Heave the ball away -- as Griffin did, launching passes over the fence and into some back yards of houses near the Berea training complex.

-- Tarvaris Jackson Bails Out of Jail --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson has been released from jail on a $2,500 bond, after allegedly pointing a gun at and threatening to kill his wife. Jackson was released from jail Friday. Jackson was arrested after an incident with his wife in which he was intoxicated, and threatened to shoot her. She grabbed an iron and a knife at one point to protect herself, before another adult at the residence separated them. She also taunted the free agent quarterback, saying “You better be accurate because you ain’t accurate on the field.”

-- Redskins Name Jon David Gruden II --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

The Washington Post reports the Redskins have hired HC Jay Gruden’s nephew, Jon David Gruden II to be a strength-coach intern.

-- Paul Manziel Speaks --
Sat Jun 25, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Paul Manziel, father of free-agent QB Johnny Manziel, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Friday that his son “is a druggie” and that jail “would be the best place for him.”


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