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Footballguys #147 - 9/15 - Josh Gordon Update, News and Notes and More

Volume 20, #147 -- Saturday Night, September 15th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Game Day. We've got some News and Notes so let's get to it.

J


1. CLE - Cleveland likely to trade WR Josh Gordon

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to be traded prior to the Browns releasing him Monday, Sept. 17, according to sources.

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I don't want to speculate when I don't know facts but clearly this is terrible news for Gordon. There will be lots of speculation about other wide receivers I'm sure. Dez Bryant will likely be a name that's thrown about. And there is already buzz that other teams are interested in Gordon. For now, the only thing we know is Gordon's time in Cleveland appears to be over. As we'd said earlier today, tight end David Njoku should see more opportunity in the red zone. But that seems minor compared to Gordon getting his life under control. I know from personal family experience, the battles he's fighting are a bitch. Best to him.

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2. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette unlikely for Week 2?

Source: Florida Football Insiders

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is not expected to play this week as he continues to nurse his strained hamstring.

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The sophomore running back did not practice all week and is considered questionable. The team insists that he doesn't need to practice in order to play. We're not thrilled if he does play after missing all week. Looks like T.J. Yeldon will get the nod to be the lead back.

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3. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman will miss multiple games

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is expected to miss two to three games with a knee contusion, according to a source.

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Fantasy GMs need to respond accordingly. With Freeman out, Tevin Coleman takes over as the lead back. Coleman has RB2 value in this role.

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4. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers takes part in practice

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) participated in practice Saturday, Sept. 15, but is still listed as questionable for Week 2.

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A good sign for Rodgers but it still doesn't mean he'll play against the Vikings in Week 2. We should see Rodgers out there, but how effective can he be against THAT defense with this injury? We're finding better options in our leagues and recommend Fantasy GMs do the same.

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5. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger will play

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) will be able to play in Week 2, according to sources.

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Of course he'll play. Roethlisberger almost always has nagging injuries and can still go out there and perform at a high level. Last week against the Browns was pathetic, but that was 'road Ben.' This week in Pittsburgh, we get to see 'home Ben' against the Chiefs. He's a low-end QB1 option for Fantasy GMs.

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6. NE - RB Rex Burkhead travels with team

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) progressed this week and made the trip for Week 2, according to a source.

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Burkhead should be considered a game-time decision. It's a good sign that he's traveling, but in a tough matchup coming in banged up we are not high on Burkhead if he does play on Sunday.

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7. NE - RB Sony Michel aiming to play

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) progressed this week to the extent that he may be able to play in Week 2, according to a source. There is no guarantee that he will play, however.

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Michel has explosive playmaking ability when healthy. The Patriots selected him in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft with the idea that he could be a primary back. We're excited to see him out there if he does play, but we want to see him in action before trusting him as a flex play.

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8. CIN - RB Joe Mixon out 2-4 weeks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday, Sept. 15, and is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks, according to a source.

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Expect the Bengals to look for some running back help either via trade or the free agent market. In the meantime, this means an upgrade for Gio Bernard...just like it did last year when Mixon was hurt and Bernard elevated his game. Watch for Bernard to perform like a RB2/flex play with upside. We're also expecting to see rookie Mark Walton active so he can chip in. Walton was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in the 2018 NFL draft and there's a dash of Clinton Portis to his game.

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9. HOU - Two receivers will not play

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) and WR Sammie Coates (hamstring) did not travel with the team for their Week 2 game and have been ruled out.

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We're still waiting for Coutee to get out there and dazzle on the field for the Texans. There was plenty of preseason hype around him...and for good reason. This hamstring injury has lingered and it could be time to 'shut him down' to grab another prospect off the waiver wire.

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10. TB - WR DeSean Jackson expected to play

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (concussion) is expected to clear the concussion protocol and play in Week 2, according to a source.

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Good news for the Bucs here. Jackson had a disappointing 2017 season and didn't show good chemistry with QB Jameis Winston. With Winston suspended, Jackson looked much better catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick. We like him as a 'what the heck' flex play with upside this week against the Eagles.

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11. BUF - WR Jeremy Kerley could return

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Free-agent WR Jeremy Kerley (Bills) could re-sign with the Buffalo Bills at some point, according to a source.

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Kerley was released because the team needed to add another defensive tackle to the active roster. Fantasy GMs have much better options than picking someone from the Bills passing game.

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12. BUF - WR Jeremy Kerley released

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR Jeremy Kerley was released Saturday, Sept. 15. The team also signed practice squad DT Robert Thomas to their 53-man roster. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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The Bills could bring Kerley back at a later date. Fantasy GMs don't need to worry much about anyone in the Bills passing game.

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13. SF - WR Dante Pettis starting in Week 2

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis will be in the starting lineup for Week 2 in place of WR Marquise Goodwin (quadriceps).

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Pettis is one of the most explosive players to come out in the 2018 NFL draft. A Washington alum, he reminds many in the scouting community of DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers). Pettis makes for a great 'what the heck' flex play in redraft leagues and a nice tournament play for DFS players.

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14. NE - RB Kenjon Barner should have role in Week 2

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots RB Kenjon Barner is expected to be the team's punt returner in Week 2 even though he signed earlier this week.

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The Patriots are really banged up in the backfield. Barner could also have an offensive role if RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) and RB Sony Michel (knee) are not able to play.

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15. TB - DT Vita Vea in better shape

Source: JoeBucsFan.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (calf) could resume practicing this week, according to a radio interview head coach Dirk Koetter did Friday, Sept. 14.

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In the meantime, Vea has lost 15 pounds while doing conditioning work in the pool and on the stationary bike. Vea hasn't practiced for over a month recovering from this calf injury. A 2018 first-round pick for the Bucs, Vea is an explosive run-stuffer when healthy.

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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.

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