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Volume 20, #146 -- Friday Night, September 14th, 2018

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1. CIN - RB Joe Mixon out a couple weeks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) will have a small particle removed from his knee Saturday, Sept. 15, according to a source. He is expected to miss two weeks.

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Giovani Bernard should be a top Week 3 waiver wire pickup. He'll get the Panthers and Falcons on the road, and potential for a third start against the Dolphins in Week 5.

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2. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger listed as questionable

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, but is listed as questionable for Week 2.

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Roethlisberger should play in what promises to be one of the highest-scoring games of Week 2. He's a top five quarterback play in this matchup at home.

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3. SF - WR Marquise Goodwin likely to sit Week 2

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (quad) missed practice for third straight day Friday, Sept. 14, and is unlikely to suit up in Week 2 versus the Detroit Lions.

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Fire up Dante Pettis in DFS and maybe even in start three wide receiver leagues. He was on the same page with Jimmy Garoppolo in the deep passing game and is facing a Lions defense that had trouble defending Sam Darnold in his first NFL start.

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4. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery to miss another game

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 14, and has been ruled out for Week 2.

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Jeffery could return in Week 3 for a great matchup against Indianapolis, one that might make us consider starting him despite the need to knock off some rust.

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5. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman ruled out Week 2

Source: NFL Network - Tiffany Blackmon

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) on Friday, Sept. 14, was ruled out of Sunday's Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Dan Quinn said there is nothing structurally wrong with Freeman's knee and hopes it is not a long-term injury.

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Hope is great, but it's not medically useful. Freeman being out ten days after a game is not a good sign for his comfort level with his knee. He could return next week against the Saints, but this is an issue that has a high chance of resurfacing later this year. Tevin Coleman's value is on the rise.

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6. TB - WR DeSean Jackson's status still up in air

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) practiced Friday, Sept. 14, but head coach Dirk Koetter did not say if Jackson has cleared the league's concussion protocol.

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Jackson is expected to play on Sunday, but we'll need to check inactives to be sure. Even though he had a massive Week 1, Jackson isn't an automatic play against one of his former teams.

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7. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay ready to play

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

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Lindsay had a smashing debut and is worth flex consideration against the Raiders this week.

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8. TEN - Week 2 injury report for Titans

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Tennessee Titans OT Taylor Lewan (concussion) and FS Kendrick Lewis (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and have been ruled out for Week 2. OT Jack Conklin (knee) was limited during practice but has been ruled out. OT Dennis Kelly (illness) did not practice and is listed as questionable. TE Luke Stocker (calf) and LB Derrick Morgan (knee) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Harold Landry (ankle) fully participated in practice but is listed as questionable. DE Matt Dickerson (knee), LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring) and CB Kenneth Durden (hamstring) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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The Titans will be without both starting tackles and their top tight end and have some quarterback issues. It's not a good week play your Titans.

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9. TEN - WR Corey Davis ready to play

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

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This is good news after he popped up limited on the injury report earlier in the week. Hamstring issues torpedoed Davis's 2017. He'll still have to deal with catching passes from a banged up Marcus Mariota and/or Blaine Gabbert this week.

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10. LAC - WR Travis Benjamin questionable for Week 2

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (foot) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 14 and he is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills.

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Benjamin dropped multiple big plays last week. If he's out, Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams become better plays.

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11. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins listed as questionable

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 2.

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There's no reason to think Hopkins won't play, but check in Sunday morning. He has a juicy matchup against the Titans this week.

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12. DET - RB LeGarrette Blount questionable for Week 2

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was limited in practice on Friday, Sept. 14 and he is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Blount was a non-factor last week before his injury and the 49ers run defense was tough on the Vikings. He's droppable.

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13. NE - RB Sony Michel listed as questionable

Source: Patriots.com

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited in practice for a third straight day Friday, Sept. 14 and he is officially listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Michel has big play upside as a receiver out of the backfield, but chances are he'll be eased in after missing the summer - if he plays. He's only a bench stash right now.

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14. NE - RB Rex Burkhead questionable

Source: Patriots.com

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 2.

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We'll have to check in because Burkhead might be still be in concussion protocol. He's a flex play at best if Sony Michel is active, but worth an RB2 look if Michel is out. If Burkhead can't go, James White becomes a better play.

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15. PIT - Week 2 injury report for Steelers

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro (hand) and CB Joe Haden (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and are listed as doubtful for Week 2. DE Tyson Alualu (shoulder) was limited during practice and is listed as doubtful. CB Artie Burns (toe) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. DE Cameron Heyward (knee) fully participated in practice but is listed as questionable.

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The Steelers really need Haden this week against Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. This makes Patrick Mahomes an even better play in Week 2.

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16. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa off the injury report

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (thumb) practiced in full for a third straight day Friday, Sept. 14 and was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 2 game with the Miami Dolphins.

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Enunwa is the clear #1 receiver for the Jets and the offense makes a lot of effort to get the ball in his hands. He's a solid WR3/Flex play against the Dolphins.

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17. PIT - Questionable tag for TE Vance McDonald

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, but is listed as questionable for Week 2.

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McDonald is a risky play in his first week back, but the tight end position is very thin and he's still a viable play in deeper leagues.

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18. NO - WR Ted Ginn not on injury report

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

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Ginn had a nice Week 1 and he has a great matchup this week against the Browns. He's worth a look in DFS and start three wide receiver lineups.

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19. LAR - ILB Mark Barron expected to sit again

Source: TheRams.com - Myles Simmons

Los Angeles Rams LB Mark Barron (ankle) is not expected to play in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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This makes Ricky Seals-Jones a stronger play at a thinned tight end position. Jared Cook went off against the Barron-less Rams defense last week.

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20. MIA - WR DeVante Parker questionable for Week 2

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (finger) was a full participant in practice for a second straight day Friday, Sept. 14, but was listed as questionable for Week 2 versus the New York Jets.

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Parker should play this week, but the Dolphins will make use of all five of their receivers. He's just end of the bench depth right now.

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21. MIN - Week 2 injury report for Vikings

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 14, but has been ruled out for Week 2. CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle), RB Roc Thomas (ankle) and CB Trae Waynes (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Elflein's return won't be this week, so this beleaguered offensive line might have some trouble with Mike Daniels and company at Lambeau. The running game may still be stalled out this week.

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22. IND - Questionable tag for RB Marlon Mack

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, but is listed as questionable for Week 2.

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Mack is expected to play, but he'll share with two rookie backs on a team that is best suited to pass the ball with Andrew Luck against a strong Washington defense. He's just a redraft bench stash for now.

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23. NO - WR Cameron Meredith still getting acclimated

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith is still 'getting up to speed' in the offense, according to head coach Sean Payton.

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Meredith is behind Austin Carr right now and only worth holding in dynasty leagues. He might be a redraft add later in the season.

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24. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley to be more involved

Source: The Athletic - Jason Butt

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is expected to be more involved in the game plan moving forward, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Ridley was held without a catch on two targets in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Ridley is still not worth carrying in redraft leagues, but he could add another dimension to the Falcons offense and help the fantasy stock of Matt Ryan.

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25. PHI - RB Darren Sproles to miss Week 2

Source: NJ.com - Zack Rosenblatt

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) on Friday, Sept. 14, was ruled out for the Week 2 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Corey Clement could have a flex worthy role if Wendell Smallwood doesn't soak up Sproles snaps and targets.

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26. LAC - TE Hunter Henry seen running Friday

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) was running diagonal sprints while wearing a knee brace Friday, Sept. 14.

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Henry could return later this year. At some point in November/December we might start discussing him as a pre-emptive pickup.

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27. JAX - Week 2 injury report for Jacksonville

Source: Jaguars.com - John Oehser

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) did not practice for a third straight day Friday, Sept. 14 and has been listed as questionable for Week 2 against the New England Patriots.

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Fournette will be a game-time decision for a late game, and one with ineffectiveness or re-injury potential, He's not an advisable play, but with TJ Yeldon's workload unknown until we know Fournette's status, Yeldon is also a risky play. Corey Grant could also play a bigger role this week.

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28. CIN - Billy Price diagnosed with foot strain

Source: ESPN.com - Katherine Terrell

Cincinnati Bengals C Billy Price (foot) was diagnosed with a foot strain Friday, Sept. 14. Price was spotted wearing a walking boot on the sidelines in the second half following his departure in the first half in the team's Week 2 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

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Price was part of the rebuilding of the offensive line this offseason. He'll have an extra long week of rest, but it sounds like he won't be available in Week 3. Trey Hopkins had a poor game in his place and is a downgrade even though Price is a rookie.

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29. TEN - RB Derrick Henry upset over Week 1 performance

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry saw 14 snaps in the first quarter in Week 1 versus the Miami Dolphins and only six more the rest of the way, good for only 30 percent of the team's 67 snaps. However, he was less disappointed over his playing time and more upset with performance.'I felt like it was average, below average, and that's not how I want to play. I have to be better as a player. I definitely need to get it going personally. I need to play better this week, be effective in the running game, make plays, and help open everything else up,' Henry said.

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The problem for Henry is that Dion Lewis outplayed him last week. Henry will need positive game scripts to be a good fantasy play, and that might be difficult with the Titans quarterback play right now.

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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