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Footballguys #144 - 9/12 - Le'Veon Bell Still Absent, News and Notes and More

Volume 20, #144 -- Wednesday Night, September 12th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday to you and welcome to Game Day. Feels sweet to be saying that. We've got some news and notes so let's get to it.

J


1. PIT - Le'Veon Bell still absent

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell remains absent from the facility Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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There has been speculation that Bell could report by the end of the month. That's optimistic for sure because at this point things seem pretty dire. Bell was taken off the Steelers depth chart on Monday and this holdout looks like there's no end in sight. James Conner is in line to start against for the Steelers in Bell's absence. At home against the Chiefs in Week 2, Conner should post borderline RB1 numbers.

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2. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Rodgers is going to be limited at best during practice this week. The hope is he can play Sunday against the Vikings...but the reality is that he has a knee sprain that will require pain management. Stay tuned.

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3. BUF - QB Josh Allen to start Week 2

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen will be the starting quarterback in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to sources.

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Nathan Peterman has not finished a game as the starter for the Bills in two years. He either gets hurt or gets benched. This time, we knew Peterman's benching was inevitable because Allen is the quarterback of the future. It looks like the Bills are ready to take their lumps with a rookie quarterback who was not ready to start a week ago. Downgrade all your Bills players accordingly.

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4. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger rests on Wednesday

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, as he rested his right elbow injury. 'It just got hit,' Roethlisberger said of the elbow. 'It's bruised. It will be fine.'

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Sounds like a day of rest for the veteran. We get 'home Ben' this week instead of 'road Ben' like last week (ugh). That means Roethlisberger could post low-end QB1 numbers for Fantasy GMs in Week 2.

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5. BAL - RB Alex Collins has an opening

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins has an opening to more snaps with RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) out several weeks.

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Collins is the lead back for the Ravens but only got seven carries in Week 1 because they were blowing out the Bills. He'll have a larger workload against the Bengals on Thursday night, and we think Collins can perform like a RB2 or flex play in PPR leagues.

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6. PHI - QB Nick Foles to start Week 2

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles will start Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Doug Pederson announced Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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This move is not a surprise. Carson Wentz is not ready to go and he may still miss more time after Week 2. Foles didn't play well in Week 1 against the Falcons but the team should have a better plan for him this week against the Bucs. He's a QB2 on the road in Week 2.

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7. PHI - QB Carson Wentz a no-go for Week 2

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) hasn't been cleared for contact Wednesday, Sept. 12, and he won't start in Week 2.

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Wentz may miss more time after Week 2 although some reports indicate he's closer to returning. This week against the Bucs, the Eagles will once again go with Nick Foles as their starter.

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8. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette out of practice

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, with what the team has called a minor hamstring strain.

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It's a minor hamstring strain but we may not see Fournette practice this week. The Jaguars face the Patriots on Sunday and if they don't have Fournette starting we'd see T.J. Yeldon with a much larger role. Yeldon could post RB2/flex numbers for Fantasy GMs if he's the top back.

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9. HOU - WR Will Fuller still limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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The Texans shut down Fuller last week and he didn't play against the Patriots. It would be great for him to get back on the field to give QB Deshaun Watson another quality target. If Fuller plays against the Titans we could trust him as a deep flex play his first week back.

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10. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota fully practices Wednesday

Source: TitanInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Barring any sort of setback during the week of practice, Mariota should be good to go in Week 2. The Titans play an important early-season division game against the Texans on Sunday. Mariota is a low-end QB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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11. NE - Two RBs hurting for New England

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead (concussion) was not able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, and RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited.

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The Patriots are thin at the running back position. Burkhead has to clear the concussion protocol in order to play on Sunday against the Jaguars.

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12. BAL - RB Kenneth Dixon sent to IR

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 12. Free-agent RB De'Lance Turner (Ravens) was re-signed in a corresponding move.

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Dixon can be eligible to return in Week 11 if he's healthy. A fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Dixon has only played in 13 games as a pro. Some may not believe there's such a thing as an 'injury prone' player....but Dixon certainly looks like one of those guys.

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13. LAC - WR Tyrell Williams practices Wednesday

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Start all your Chargers this week. They play the hapless Bills so Williams could post some nice 'what the heck' flex numbers for you in Week 2.

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14. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins listed as limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Hopkins should be good to go for Week 2. The Texans play the Titans and Hopkins is a must-start WR1 every time he's on the field.

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15. IND - WR Ryan Grant practices in full

Source: CNHI Sports Indiana - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts WR Ryan Grant (chest) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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It's a revenge game for Grant this week as the Colts travel to play Washington (his former team). Revenge for Grant should be about five receptions for 50 yards or so on Sunday. Obviously, that doesn't have a ton of fantasy value and we can't recommend him as anything more than a 'what the heck' flex in Week 2.

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16. NE - RB Kenneth Farrow signs with Patriots

Source: The Boston Globe - Nora Princiotti

The New England Patriots signed free-agent RB Kenneth Farrow (Chargers) for their practice squad on Wednesday, Sept. 12. To make room for him, the team released WR Jace Billingsley.

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Undrafted out of the University of Houston in 2016, Farrow has spent all of his pro career with the Chargers. He was waived by the Chargers back in April and had to wait this long to find work. The Patriots lost Jeremy Hill (ACL) for the year, plus they have both Rex Burkhead (concussion) and Sony Michel (knee) banged up. Even though they added Kenjon Barner earlier this week, they must have wanted another body at the position. Farrow is a no-nonsense runner and decent receiver out of the backfield.

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17. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry practices in full

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (thigh) was listed as full participant in practice on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Landry is the PPR king, so Fantasy GMs know to start him as a WR2 almost every week. The Browns travel to take on the Saints in Week 2 and Landry should once again be a big part of their gameplan.

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18. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa takes part in practice

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (thumb) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Enunwa had a great start to the season with 10 targets, six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Lions. This week at home against the Dolphins, Enunwa could post nice deep flex numbers for Fantasy GMs. Rookie QB Sam Darnold seems to trust Enunwa in the short-to-intermediate range.

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19. TEN - WR Corey Davis limited in practice

Source: TitanInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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It looks like Marcus Mariota is going to play against the Texans on Sunday. Davis should be fully participating in practice by the end of the week. Against the Texans, we like Davis as a WR2 for Fantasy GMs.

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20. NO - WR Michael Thomas under the weather

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (illness) did not practice on Wednesday, Sept. 12 due to an illness.

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Thomas should be feeling better towards the end of the week. The Saints didn't win in Week 1, but Fantasy GMs had to be happy with the production from Thomas. He's a must-start WR1 every week, especially this week against the Browns.

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21. DET - QB Matthew Stafford practices in full

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (shin) took part in a full practice session on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Stafford was awful against the Raiders on Monday night. He needs a bounce back this week and the Lions need to look like a cohesive offense. On the road against the 49ers, Stafford has the potential of a high-end QB2 in Week 2.

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22. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman does not practice

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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The Falcons insist that Freeman's knee injury is minor. We'll see if the veteran back can get a full practice in on Friday.

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23. PHI - RB Darren Sproles limited by hamstring

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Sproles is a seasoned veteran who doesn't need a ton of reps. He can be limited this week and still play his change-of-pace role for the Eagles in Week 2. We see him as a RB4/deep flex option in PPR leagues this week as the Eagles travel to play the Buccaneers.

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24. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery limited in practice

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Jeffery may still be a few weeks away from returning to the playing field. We don't think he plays in Week 2 and is no lock to return the following week either.

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25. TB - WR DeSean Jackson does not practice

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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He's in the concussion protocol...and that's the more severe injury according to reports. He'll need to be cleared in order to get back on the practice field. We could see Chris Godwin play a much larger role in Week 2.

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26. DAL - QB Dak Prescott on injury report

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (ankle) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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That's good news for Prescott...but Fantasy GMs have moved on. The Cowboys have problems up front on the line and the receiving group has a mix of talent that doesn't jump off the page in redraft leagues. Prescott is a QB2 and a low end one at that as Dallas plays the Giants in Week 2.

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27. PHI - QB Carson Wentz does limited work

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) took part in a limited practice session Wednesday, Sept. 12

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The team announced on Wednesday that Nick Foles was going to start in Week 2. Foles struggled in Week 1 against the Falcons but the Eagles won and there's no need to rush Wentz back. Some reports indicate Wentz could be back sooner than some think. Stay tuned.

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28. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard not full go

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (back) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Things should open up for Shepard and the Giants passing game after a tough matchup in Week 1 against the Jaguars. Shepard is a WR4/deep flex for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues this week against the Cowboys.

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29. MIA - WR DeVante Parker limited

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) participated in practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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The team doesn't need to rush Parker back to the field. He was limited last week before being declared inactive for Week 1. Fantasy GMs have much better options than waiting for Parker to get healthy.

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30. CAR - C.J Anderson out sick

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers RB C.J. Anderson (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Anderson should be fine later in the week. He looked good in the season opener for the Panthers when Christian McCaffrey needed some rest. So long as McCaffrey is healthy, Anderson's fantasy value will be little more than a handcuff.

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31. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert has full practice

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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Eifert is healthy and practicing fully after a game is a good sign that his back isn't bothering him. He's got a tougher matchup this week on Thursday night against the Ravens, but we still see Eifert as a low-end TE1 with upside.

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32. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise could move to receiver

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise could be moved to receiver in the wake of Doug Baldwin's knee injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Prosise played receiver in college at Notre Dame, so transitioning to play more wideout is not too much to ask for. The Seahawks are desperate at the position with Doug Baldwin (knee) banged up, and this move would be a way to get Prosise on the field as he's buried on the depth chart behind Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.

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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