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Volume 20, #145 -- Thursday Night, September 13th, 2018

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1. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers out of practice Thursday

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) won't practice again Thursday, Sept. 13. He'll try to do more in rehab work. 'I'm sure he's sore today,' head coach Mike McCarthy said. 'This is no layup. That's why it's a day-to-day situation.'

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Watch this closely the rest of the week. We think the Packers are being truthful calling this "day to day". The Vikings are a tough matchup but he's still Aaron Rodgers, and as we learned last weekend, that's worth a lot. Even with a tough matchup, we see Rodgers as a QB1 if he's able to go.

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2. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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It looks like Mariota is on track to play in Week 2 against the Texans. We'd avoid Mariota this week, especially now that he's going to be playing without his security blanket TE Delanie Walker.

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3. HOU - WR Will Fuller listed as limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Fuller was inactive for Week 1 due to this hamstring injury. He needed more time to heal and is working his way back. The Texans don't want to begin the season 0-2 and having Fuller out there would help them get on the winning track in 2018.

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4. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger sits again

Source: KDKA-TV - Bob Pompeani

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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We aren't worried about this and don't expect a repeat of last week's three pick marathom. He should play and be a top option in fantasy this week.

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5. NE - RB Rex Burkhead returns to limited work

Source: NESN.com - Zack Cox

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) was in full pads but did not take part in the limited positional drills the media was able to observe at practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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We expect a running back by committee this week, whether Burkhead plays or not.

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6. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch upgraded to full at practice

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) got in a full practice Thursday, Sept. 13, one day after he was a limited participant.

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Lynch could get used early and often against the Broncos on Sunday. The Raiders want to make things simpler for QB Derek Carr and that could include plenty of touches for Lynch. We could see him performing like a RB2 or flex play in Week 2.

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7. LAR - RB Todd Gurley back on the field

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Gurley got some rest on Wednesday and he's back on Thursday as planned. Lock him in as a RB1 against the Cardinals in Week 2.

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8. LAC - WR Tyrell Williams takes part in practice

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Williams could be a nice deep flex play in Week 2. The Chargers play the hapless Bills and should be able to move the ball at will.

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9. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay fully practices

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Lindsay was a hot waiver wire pickup this week. The satellite back from Colorado was picked up by the Broncos as a UDFA this year and he burst onto the scene in Week 1. He's a change-of-pace back behind Royce Freeman but the touches are split fairly evenly. Lindsay can be a flex play for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues.

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10. DET - RB LeGarrette Blount takes part in practice

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Blount could lead the power game for Detroit...if they can stay in the game and run the ball. Fantasy GMs have much better options than picking from the Detroit backfield.

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11. ARI - Full practice for WR Larry Fitzgerald

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Against the Rams in Week 2, Fitzgerald may only perform like a low-end WR2 or flex play on Sunday.

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12. ARI - RB David Johnson remains limited

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (back) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Johnson's back injury is considered to be minor. The Cardinals face the Rams in Week 2 and that's not a great matchup...but Johnson is still a RB1 for Fantasy GMs.

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13. NO - WR Michael Thomas back on the field

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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He wasn't feeling good in the middle of the week but Thomas is back in action on Thursday. Thomas is a WR1 as the most trusted target for Drew Brees in the Saints passing game.

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14. CLE - Full practice for WR Jarvis Landry

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (thigh) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Jarvis Landry is a WR2 most every week in PPR leagues, win, lose or tie. His role doesn't change and he's one of the most consistent fantasy assets.

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15. JAX - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins limited

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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The Jaguars might have to play 'catch up' football if the Patriots get a lead on Sunday. They could use the passing game to do just that, but we only project Seferian-Jenkins as a TE2 in Week 2.

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16. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette misses practice

Source: Patriots.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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The Jaguars say Fournette does not have to practice this week in order to play on Sunday. He's a true 'game time decision' for the contest against the Patriots.

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17. NE - RB Sony Michel limited

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Michel was close to playing in Week 1 but the team decided to shut him down. He should be close to playing in Week 2 against the Jaguars. We'll have to see if he can get a full practice in on Friday. The Patriots are thin in the backfield with Rex Burkhead (concussion) limited as well.

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18. IND - RB Marlon Mack still limited

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Mack has been limited for about a week with this hamstring injury. If he does play in Week 2, the Colts have one more body in the RBBC featuring rookies Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines.

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19. ATL - TE Austin Hooper fully practices

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

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Good news for Hooper but we don't see many Fantasy GMs starting him this week against the Panthers. We want to see the Falcons offense not shut down in the red zone before we trust guys in their passing game not named Julio Jones.

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20. TB - WR DeSean Jackson limited

Source: Buccaneers.com - Carmen Vitali

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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It seems like Jackson is closer to playing than some thought. The concussion was not his only injury this week as he also had a minor shoulder injury. If Jackson plays, Chris Godwin goes back to the 2b to Jackson's 2a in the pecking order.

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21. DAL - QB Dak Prescott logs full practice

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jori Epstein

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Prescott didn't do very well last week and we think it's going to be tough sledding for him against the division rival Giants. We'd avoid him this week.

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22. PHI - Philly's Thursday practice report

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Shelton Gibson (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 13. QB Carson Wentz (knee) was limited during practice.

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Wentz isn't quite all the way back but he's getting there. Give it another week or so.

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23. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery remains limited

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Jeffery still isn't quite ready for prime time so expect Nelson Agholor to be the primary wide receiver.

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24. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky bettering himself

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is focused on improving his pocket awareness, calming his feet in the pocket and trusting his eyes.

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He's not a trustworthy fantasy starter yet, but we're more interested in looking for progress. We are hoping this week looks better than last week and next week looks better than this week.

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25. PHI - RB Darren Sproles misses practice

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) was not able to practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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We'll keep an eye on this but it doesn't look good for Sproles this week. Expect Jay Ajayi to get a full load of carries.

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26. MIA - WR DeVante Parker looks ready to return

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) is 'itching to play,' head coach Adam Gase said Thursday. Sept. 13. 'We went through it today,' Gase added. 'He was involved in team reps. Running-wise, it's good. He's in great shape.'

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There's such a glut wide receivers here, and Parker has been such a disappointment in the past, he's going to have to do something once he's on the field before we feel comfortable with him as a fantasy starter for you.

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27. TEN - WR Corey Davis says he's fine

Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) said his ailing hamstring is fine and that he'll be good to go for Week 2.

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There's a good chance Blaine Gabbert is the starter, in which case everybody gets a downgrade. Davis played like a number one wide receiver last week, but we are significantly downgrading his potential if Gabbert is in the lineup.

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28. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman remains out of practice

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

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) will not practice Thursday, Sept. 13, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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We are cautiously optimistic he plays but right now, we are concerned even if he does he's only going to be partially effective. Add in offensive problems for the Falcons in general, and we don't like him as much more than a flex with upside right now.

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29. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard practicing fully

Source: The Bergen Record - Art Stapleton

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (back) should be a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

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The offensive line remains a problem, which is hurting the overall offense. Shepherd has ability but really wasn't much of a factor last week. We aren't sure what to expect from him, so use him as a deeper wide receiver option or flex.

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30. MIA - RB Frank Gore receives a rest day

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore (non-injury) received a veteran's rest day from practice Thursday, Sept. 13.

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Kenyan Drake is still the lead back here but we think Gore could eat into his carries a little bit again this week. We are expecting Drake to put up a low-end RB2 numbers, but Gore just keeps on trucking, no matter how old he gets.

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31. MIA - WR Danny Amendola returns to practice

Source: The Athletic - Chris Perkins

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (non-injury) returned to practice Thursday, Sept. 13, after sitting out of the previous day's workouts.

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Amendola might have some upside but put up very few numbers last week and we don't expect that to change. It will be interesting to see how the Jets defense stacks up this week after they blasted the Lions in Week 1.

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32. OAK - WR Martavis Bryant has coach's confidence

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant has the confidence of head coach Jon Gruden after re-signing with the team Tuesday, Sept. 11. 'He's a guy who has proven he can go up and get the deep ball in contested situations,' Gruden said of Bryant. 'He can run away from you. He can make you miss. He can make big plays down the field. We're hoping we can bottle up where he is now. He's in a great place. He has a great state of mind. We'll see what happens.'

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Bryant still faces potential sanctions from the NFL but for this week, he's active. That said, this is a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos and last week didn't make us feel good about this passing offense anyway. We'd avoid Bryant this week.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys.

Peace,

J