Win. Your. League.

Receive 3 Free Downloads More Details

Footballguys.com

Footballguys #119 - 8/18 - Late Round Tight Ends, Josh Gordon Update, News and Notes and MORE

Volume 20, #119 -- Saturday Night, August 18th, 2018

Note: Unsubscribe instructions are at the bottom of this emailView in Web Browser

Howdy Folks,

Good Sunday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. FREE Feature - Late Round Tight Ends
Our Jeff Pasquino with how to find some late-round TEs with big fantasy upside.

B. 7-11 Drafting: Focusing on the Middle Rounds
Our Jeff Pasquino with how to use the middle rounds of your draft plan to map out your overall draft day strategy.


1. CLE - WR Josh Gordon rejoins team

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com - Patrick Maks

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has ended his leave of absence and has rejoined the team.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

General manager John Dorsey said Gordon will initially participate in meetings and conditioning and then will be eased into football activities. Gordon is still in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance abuse program and needs to check the box for certain conditions before he's fully back in action. Fantasy GMs know the talent is there with Gordon and that's why they've been selecting him at WR24 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

Back to Top


2. PHI - QB Carson Wentz to take part in team drills

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) will participate in team drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 19.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Nick Foles is going to miss the rest of the preseason with a shoulder injury, but the Eagles have been planning on Wentz taking this step around this time for awhile now. Wentz has been progressing well. While other reports have said it will be "close" if Wentz is able to start the season. This is encouraging news.

Back to Top


3. CLE - WR Josh Gordon moving to NFI list

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be moved from the Reserve/Did Not Report list to the Active/Non-Football Illness list.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Gordon is back for the Browns and should be in line to play in the regular season opener. He's missed camp to this point due to health concerns and the Browns have supported him fully. Fantasy GMs are taking a chance on the talented receiver, currently taking him off the board at WR24 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

Back to Top


4. CLE - WR Josh Gordon not allowed to practice yet

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is still in the substance abuse program and will not be allowed to participate in practice until certain conditions are met, according to NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Throughout this entire process we've seen the Browns fully support Gordon. It sounds like they'll take it easy on him as they ramp up to the regular season opener. Stay tuned.

Back to Top


5. CLE - WR Dez Bryant unlikely to join Browns now

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is no longer on the front burner for the Cleveland Browns, and the two sides are not expected to reach an agreement anytime soon, according to a source. It should be noted coach Hue Jackson said Bryant was still an option.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Reporters speculate one thing and the head coach says another. Head coach Hue Jackson has said the team is still open to signing Bryant even though WR Josh Gordon returning. Who knows what happens, but the urgency to get Bryant had to take a hit with Gordon's return.

Back to Top


6. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton nursing shoulder sprain

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) suffered a sprained shoulder in practice Saturday, Aug. 18.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Hilton has been looking like his old self with QB Andrew Luck back and healthy. Fantasy GMs need to monitor this injury situation with Hilton to see how soon he can get back in action.

Back to Top


7. CLE - WR Dez Bryant still an option for CLE per head coach

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is still an option for the Cleveland Browns even though WR Josh Gordon has rejoined the team, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Note that other sources are reporting adding Bryant is no longer a focus.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Some felt Gordon's return to the team immediately meant Bryant was not going to be an option for the Browns anymore. That may not be the case according to Jackson, so Fantasy GMs need to take a wait-and-see approach with this situation.

Back to Top


8. CHI - TE Adam Shaheen carted off with ankle injury

Source: Kevin Patra - NFL.com

Bears tight end Adam Shaheen suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's game. He was carted from the sideline to the locker room.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

It looked like Shaheen's foot got caught in the turf and his ankle twisted awkwardly. Watch for news on this Sunday.

Back to Top


9. WAS - RB Orleans Darkwa to try out for Redskins

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Free-agent RB Orleans Darkwa (Giants) will work out for the Washington Redskins Sunday, Aug. 19, according to a source.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Darkwa was cleared for football activities back in late June and there have been a few teams looking into his services. After losing rookie Derrius Guice (knee) for the year, Washington is looking for help in the backfield. Darkwa had 751 rushing yards last year.

Back to Top


10. MIN - RB Latavius Murray struggles

Source: NFL.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray rushed for 12 yards on six carries during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 18. He also fumbled the ball twice during the game.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The fumbles aren't a good look for Murray. The veteran is in line to be the primary backup behind Dalvin Cook in 2018.

Back to Top


11. WAS - TE Jordan Reed misses practice

Source: The Washington Post - Kimberley A. Martin

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (illness) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 18, because of an illness.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Not to sound too cheeky, but Reed is used to missing time. Fantasy GMs who take a chance on Reed already know they need to have a good backup or other starting option at the position. Reed has a current ADP of TE9 (8.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

Back to Top


12. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger on the field Saturday

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) is a full participant during practice Saturday, Aug. 18.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Roethlisberger is trending to be ready for the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka week three of the preseason. He was cleared from the concussion protocol only a couple of days ago.

Back to Top


13. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa practicing

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (thumb) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 18, and is taking part in team drills.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Enunwa missed all of last year due to a neck injury. This thumb injury was suffered earlier this month and it required a couple of weeks to get right. Enunwa should go back to manning the slot WR position for the Jets.

Back to Top


14. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell returns to practice

Source: The Record - Andy Vasquez

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (concussion) returned to the practice field Saturday, Aug. 18, and was able to participate in individuals drills.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Crowell is coming back from this concussion and should be cleared for team activities provided there are no setbacks. He should begin the season as the starting running back for the Jets. Bilal Powell remains as a big part of the backfield in 2018 too.

Back to Top


15. BUF - Two RBs may compete for one spot

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills RBs Taiwan Jones and Travaris Cadet may be competing for one spot on the roster because RB Marcus Murphy appears to be a near lock for the 53-man roster, in the opinion of WKBW.com's Joe Buscaglia.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Jones has bounced around from cornerback to running back during his pro career. He's certainly got quickness and moves to make defenders miss. Cadet is a swift runner who can be relied on as a receiver out of the backfield if need be.

Back to Top


16. MIA - WR Kenny Stills should return next week

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills (ankle, calf) has been battling an ankle and a calf injury, head coach Adam Gase said on Friday, Aug. 17.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

He is expected to return for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25. With DeVante Parker continuing to struggle with consistency, we could see Stills as the top wide receiver for the Dolphins in 2018. He's a WR3 for Fantasy GMs with some upside currently going off the board at WR51 (11.03) in 12-team PPR leagues. We'll see if Stills can outperform that spot and show a strong chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill.

Back to Top


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