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Footballguys #142 - 9/10 - News and Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #142 -- Monday Night, September 10th, 2018

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

J


1. NE - RB Jeremy Hill suffers torn ACL

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill (knee) was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.

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Hill was making plays for the Patriots in a limited role on offense and on special teams. Without him, Rex Burkhead remains as the top back for now. Rookie Sony Michel was inactive against the Texans in Week 1 but he's close to returning from the knee injury that limited him in practice. When Michel returns, the rookie should push Burkhead for that top spot on the depth chart. James White continues as a receiving threat out of the backfield.

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2. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers still awaiting diagnosis

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) has yet to receive a diagnosis on his Week 1 knee injury, according to head coach Mike McCarthy, who stated the team is 'still collecting all the information on his specific situation.'

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The Packers have a huge game at home against the division rival Vikings in Week 2. It's going to take a lot for Rodgers to miss this game. We're awaiting more information on this injury, but at this point, we'd imagine at best, Rodgers is going to be limited during the week.

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3. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette's injury not serious

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Phillip Heilman

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) suffered a minor hamstring ailment in Week 1, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

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That collective sigh you hear is all of fantasy football....especially Fantasy GMs who selected Fournette in the first round of their draft. Fournette should be limited during the week of practice and his playing status for Week 2 against the Patriots is unknown at this time. Stay tuned.

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4. TEN - TE Delanie Walker likely done for 2018

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) suffered a broken right ankle as well as ligament damage in the ankle. He is not expected to play again in 2018.

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Bad news for the Titans offense here. Now they'll turn to second-year pro Jonnu Smith as their primary player at the tight end position. In college, Smith reminded many in the scouting community of a young Delanie Walker. We like Smith's upside in dynasty leagues but thrust into action this year Fantasy GMs should consider Smith a streaming option or TE2.

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5. SF - WR Marquise Goodwin day-to-day

Source: 49ers.com - Joe Fann

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (thigh) is considered day-to-day because of a deep thigh bruise he suffered in Week 1.

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Goodwin had a disappointing performance in Week 1. It was against a tough Vikings defense, but he didn't even make it into the box score. Goodwin was targeted once but didn't come down with the catch. We still like his connection with Jimmy Garropolo but he's got to get healthy and start to produce. Keep an eye on his practice participation this week before you consider him a flex play in deep leagues. The 49ers are at home against the Lions in Week 2.

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6. DEN - WR Carlos Henderson activated

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson was activated from the practice squad/suspended list Monday, Sept. 10.

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Henderson missed all of his rookie season in 2017 due to injury. The team kept him around even though he was not at training camp due to personal reasons. Henderson is fast and strong after the catch. The Broncos are stacked at the WR position but they've clearly not given up on Henderson just yet.

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7. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert takes part in practice

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) fully participated in practice Monday, Sept. 10.

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Eifert played against the Colts on Sunday, catching all three of his targets for 44 yards. It's good to see that no setbacks were suffered during the season opener. Eifert should be starting against the Ravens in Week 2 on Thursday night. Fantasy GMs should consider him a TE2 based on this matchup.

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8. PHI - Philly adds three WRs to practice squad

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Free-agent WRs Braxton Miller, Reggie Davis and Dorren Miller were signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad Monday, Sept. 10. The team also released TE Billy Brown from the practice squad.

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Braxton Miller is an amazing athlete but he's never developed as a receiver. We'll see if the Eagles can develop his still raw skill set on the practice squad. Even in deep dynasty leagues, Miller doesn't have a ton of value left for Fantasy GMs.

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9. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin's timeline unclear

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) suffered a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament tear in Week 1, according to a source.

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Baldwin could miss upwards of a month with this injury. The Seahawks are still evaluating how much time he'll miss. Fantasy GMs should see Brandon Marshall and Tyler Lockett as getting upticks to their value with Baldwin's absence. Marshall can be a reliable veteran target for Russell Wilson while Lockett is the high upside flex play with more targets likely on the horizon with Baldwin on the mend.

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10. CIN - Bigger workload for RB Joe Mixon?

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon could receive up to 22 carries in future games this season, according to head coach Marvin Lewis.

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Mixon responded to a large workload in Week 1 against the Colts. The second-year back had 17 carries and five receptions in the season opener, showing that he could take on more if asked. Fantasy GMs can lock Mixon in as a steady RB2 with this type of workload.

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11. CAR - WR D.J. Moore will not be rushed

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore played in only 17 of his team's 67 offensive snaps against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters afterward that Moore will be 'brought along at the right pace because of the team's plethora of receivers,' according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.

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Moore was the first wide receiver selected in the 2018 NFL draft and he could barely see the field on Sunday. That might change with the injury to tight end Greg Olsen (foot). The Panthers will be looking to distribute the football to other targets not named Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey.

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12. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon likely to miss a few weeks

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) is expected to 'miss some time' after suffering a knee injury in the final minutes of Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills.

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Dixon flashed some talent on Sunday against the hapless Bills but he's always been a player who struggles to stay healthy. Here we go again with another knee problem for Dixon. The Ravens will continue to use Alex Collins as their lead back with Buck Allen filling in as the top reserve back.

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13. JAX - TE Jace Amaro meeting with Jacksonville

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent TE Jace Amaro (Chiefs) is working out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, Sept. 10.

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Amaro has never done much through his stops in the NFL. He's not much of a blocker but some team might want to take a chance on him due to his ability as a receiver.

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14. SEA - TE Will Dissly makes history in debut

Source: Elias Sports Bureau

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly compiled 105 yards receiving and a touchdown on three catches in Week 1 versus the Denver Broncos, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards and a TD reception in his NFL debut.

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The Broncos historically struggle against the tight end position...and that trend continued on Sunday. Dissly, a fourth-round pick out of Washington in the 2018 NFL draft, was seen mostly as a blocking tight end coming out of college this year. He had a big game for Week 1, but we'll see if Nick Vannett gets more work going foward or if Dissly locks himself into the top tight end spot. We'd caution Fantasy GMs from going nuts about Dissly at this time and remind everyone to start your tight ends against Denver (Jared Cook in Week 2).

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15. SEA - RB Chris Carson shares time in Week 1

Source: NFL.com - Graham Barfield

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny each saw 44 percent of the team's snaps and ran 12 routes in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. Penny finished with one more offensive touch (11) than Carson (10).

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Carson is the starter but Penny is going to get a large share of the workload...then perhaps eventually take over. Penny, a first-round pick out of San Diego State in the 2018 NFL draft, has elusiveness for a 220 pound back. He can be used effectively as a runner and receiver out of the backfield.

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16. DEN - RB Royce Freeman logs 29 snaps in debut

Source: ESPN.com

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman played 28-of-74 snaps in Week 1 versus the Seattle Seahawks.

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Freeman is the starter for the Broncos, but we see that fellow rookie RB Phillip Lindsay will play a larger role than some expected. Both Freeman and Lindsay had 15 carries against Seattle on Sunday...and both rookies had exactly 71 yards rushing in Week 1. We should see this duo lead the way for the Broncos going forward.

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17. HOU - Houston optimistic about WR Will Fuller

Source: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was a game-time decision in Week 1 after being a limited participant in practice last week, creating optimism from head coach Bill O'Brien that he will be able to play in Week 2 versus the Tennessee Titans.

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Fuller needed to take this week off. He should be limited in practice leading up to the game against the Titans in Week 2. If he plays, Fuller should produce like a low-end WR2 or flex play as he gets into the mix for the Texans.

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18. CLE - WR Josh Gordon plays a ton

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon played in 69 of the team's 89 offensive snaps, for 78 percent of the offense, in Week 1.

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So much for a limited snap count for Gordon. He scored a touchdown against the Steelers on Sunday but only had one catch for 17 yards. That production came on just three targets. They'll be likely to use Gordon more and targeting him more should be part of the gameplan going forward.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J