Volume 19, #120 -- Sunday Night, August 20th, 2017
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Good Monday to you. If you're like me and near the path of the Eclipse today, have fun and let's hope the world doesn't end. Especially before Football Season... We've got big news today as our Footballguys DFS Page is up and running and we've got the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.
Injury Rounds - Preseason Week 3
Our Dr. Jene Bramel is back for another look at what you need to know for injuries. Andrew Luck at the crossroads, speculation on key injuries to Ryan Kelly and Cordy Glenn, an update on Teddy Bridgewater, and more.
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We'd had Boldin ranked around WR60. He'd been looking rough on the field and it appears he just realized it was time. This puts pressure on Jordan Matthews to be ready and should create an opportunity for guys like Zay Jones. Boldin was no longer a top WR, but he was a weapon Tyrod Taylor would have benefitted from.
Reed has been dropping steadily on draft boards since he was put on the PUP but at least this is a sign that the team expects him to be ready during the first month of the season. Hopefully, he'll play and look like his typical self next week. If so, he presents a potentially huge value in the fifth or later if he just plays 11-13 games and doesn't miss the fantasy playoffs.
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian went 8-of-11 for 93 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, Aug. 19, and appears to be the 'clear frontrunner' in the race to win the starting quarterback job in Denver.
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount has struggled to get to the corner on off-tackle runs and has only nine carries for 17 yards through two preseason games, leading Matt Lombardo of NJ.com to conclude Blount may be among the team's cuts this summer.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery did not practice for about a week and a half during training camp in the preseason or participate in team drills, leading wide receivers coach Mike Groh to conclude Jeffery was 'behind' his teammates when it comes to his knowledge of the playbook.
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) did not play in the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Aug. 20, and head coach Mike Mularkey said it is unlikely that he will play next week.
He could still return for the fourth preseason game, which would be very reassuring for this regular season outlook if he does it without incident. The Titans made Davis one of their starting two wide receivers after he missed most of the spring, so chances are they will do that again once he is healthy. He's a high ceiling pick in the mid-rounds.
Buffalo Bills OT Dion Dawkins will receive more snaps at left tackle during practice, according to head coach Sean McDermott. McDermott said the team is cautiously optimistic about OT Cordy Glenn (foot) but want to give Dawkins time at left tackle as a possible backup plan.
Mahomes was magnificent on a play outside of the pocket and showed abilities outside of play structure that Alex Smith hasn't shown in his career. The outlook of players like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in dynasty leagues continues to get brighter.
This is a minor injury by most indications, but seeing Decker play next week would go a long way towards easing any concerns about the season opener against Oakland. All three of the Titans wide receivers have potential to be values, but Rishard Matthews is the healthiest (and latest drafted) right now.
Smith has had a good camp and preseason. He doesn't maximize the value of his targets, but he seems prepared to play about as well as he can this year. He's still on the fringe of draftable quarterbacks in typical leagues.
The Ravens offense is already having to deal with injury problems at wide receiver and tight end, in addition to less than optimal situations at center and right tackle. Flacco back issue might be enough to fade this whole offense, with the exception of Danny Woodhead, who would benefit the most of an inability to establish a downfield passing game.
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) was spotted in a helmet but was not in pads Sunday, Aug. 20, catching passes with the rest of his position group during individual work, according to WGR Sport Radio 550's Sal Capaccio.
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is expected to play in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. He had missed both of the team's first two exhibition contests.
Murray has lost his place atop this backfield, and at this point he has to show his usefulness to have any kind of regular role. He could be a short yardage and goal line specialist, but he's not clearly worth a draft pick in typical leagues right now.
Savage is pedestrian, but better than Brock Osweiler. While Deshaun Watson's stats and highlights were gaudy, the conservative Texans will likely stick with Savage longer than we would want in fantasy. He could still be a lot better for DeAndre Hopkins than Osweiler was, although Savage riffed best with new addition Bruce Ellington in this one.
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) made his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 19, and finished with one catch for 12 yards in a 21-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and John Keim of ESPN.com believes Doctson and QB Kirk Cousins need more time to work together to develop trust.
Doctson is more of a bench stash at this point, but a worthy one with his athletic talent, the Washington offense's ability to support three wide receivers, Jordan Reed's injury history, and Terrelle Pryor's lack of experience with Cousins. It will take patience, but don't give up on Doctson early as long as he is healthy.
Perine doesn't look like he is completely on the same page as Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson. There is room for improvement and Jordan Reed is back, but it could be rough against Philadelphia in Week 1. The Rams and Raiders in Week 2 and 3 present more beatable opponents on defense.
Perine is hearing the messages from the coaches and starting to think less and play better. With his latest ADP drop he can still be a great pick in leagues with long benches, which make being patient and having less waiver wire flexibility early less harmful.
Kelley didn't get out of neutral but the Washington offense in general was an issue. Kelley is still cheap for a starting running back, but this only strengthens the notion that Samaje Perine will take over at some point.
Powell is set up to be the feature back for this offense if Matt Forte's hamstring remains an issue going into the season, but it's hard to know if he'll perform as well as he did last year with the team taking so many hits to the quality of their offense.
Mack left defenders grasping in air at his best moments and appeared to have the juice to deserve a role in the offense right away. He's more of a dynasty stash than redraft prospect right now because of concerns of about the Colts offense at first and the presence of Frank Gore and Robert Turbin.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt played 17 of the first 19 snaps of the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 19, and had eight carries for 40 yards and three catches for 23 yards.
Hunt responded well to a huge workload early in the game and probably gave the Chiefs confidence that they have two backs that can handle the backfield. This isn't going in a good direction for Spencer Ware, but Hunt might have trouble completely overtaking him. The Chiefs backfield could be very productive, but unpredictable.