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Footballguys #156 - 9/24 - News And Notes plus Footballguys Staffer Takes Down Sunday Million

Volume 20, #156 -- Monday Night, September 24th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. Another week in the books and we're on to Week 4. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Footballguys Staffer Steve Buzzard Takes Down Sunday Miilion
Huge shout out to longtime Footballguys Staffer Steve Buzzard Steve crushed FanDuel contests this week including a first-place finish in the Sunday Million. Steve's an awesome guy and a huge part of our DFS Team. Side note and part of why everyone loves Steve - he went to work Monday morning as normal. Congrats Buddy.


1. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffers torn ACL

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.

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This was feared but also expected by the 49ers after the quarterback's injury on Sunday. There are reports that indicate he could have MCL damage as well but that is not confirmed. We'll see if Garoppolo is back for the start of the 2019 season. Right now, the 49ers will turn to C.J. Beathard as their starting quarterback.

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2. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook unsure about Week 4

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) considers himself day-to-day and suggests there's a 'good chance' he'll play in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Last week there seemed to be a confidence about Cook playing in Week 4. We'll know more about his status as the week of practice rolls on.

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3. MIN - No practice for RB Dalvin Cook

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 24.

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Cook missed the game against the Bills on Sunday but reports last week indicated he'd be back this week. We'll see if that comes to fruition and will be waiting to see if Cook can practice later in the week. The Vikings play on Thursday night against the Rams.

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4. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery still not cleared

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) still has not been cleared for contact, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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We're getting closer to Jeffery's return. Fantasy GMs have been waiting patiently...and so have the Eagles. When Jeffery is back on the field (especially with QB Carson Wentz back in action) we like him as a WR2 or flex option. Keep an eye on the practice report this week.

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5. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy is progressing well

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) is making progress and considered day-to-day as he continues to recover from cracked rib cartilage, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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The Bills offense showed life on Sunday in a big win over the Vikings...and they did that without McCoy. It's good news they showed that spark, and it helps give us optimism about McCoy's potential upon his return. Rib injuries all come down to pain tolerance. We should see McCoy limited during the week of practice.

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6. ARI - QB Josh Rosen named starter

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen has been named the starting quarterback for Week 4, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

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The Cardinals are at home against the Seahawks in Week 4. The rookie got into the game against the Bears on Sunday and moved the chains. Rosen is smart and can get rid of the ball quickly. Fantasy GMs should only consider him a low-end QB2 or streaming option.

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7. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield rises to top of depth chart

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield was named the team's starting quarterback Monday, Sept. 24.

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Mayfield is the future of the Browns and after leading them to a win over the Jets in Week 3 the future is now. The rookie brings exciting play to the field but Fantasy GMs should only see him as a QB2 or streaming option in deep leagues.

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8. NYG - TE Evan Engram has sprained MCL

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) has a sprained medial collateral ligament, and he'll be viewed as week to week.

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Engram could miss a few weeks with this injury. The Giants will now turn to Rhett Ellison but Fantasy GMs have better options out there if you need TE help.

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9. LAR - CB Aqib Talib might need surgery

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib (ankle) might need surgery, head coach Sean McVay said Monday, Sept. 24.

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High ankle sprains always take time to heal. The team is hopeful he will be able to return sometime this season.

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10. SF - RB Matt Breida has hyperextended knee

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (knee) suffered a hyperextended knee during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable for the Week 4 game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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Breida suffered the injury on Sunday in the second quarter but he stayed in the game and made some big plays for the 49ers against the Chiefs. We'll see if he can continue to work through this injury and post RB3/flex numbers for Fantasy GMs.

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11. SF - Two more QBs to work out for 49ers

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QBs Kellen Clemens (Chargers) and T.J. Yates (Texans) are scheduled to work out for the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, Sept. 25. The 49ers also asked free-agent QB Matt Moore (Dolphins) to participate in the workout but are not sure if he will be attending.

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C.J. Beathard is set to be the starter for the 49ers with Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) done for the year. Behind him, the 49ers have to find a reliable backup. The only other quarterback on the roster is Nick Mullens...and he's on the practice squad. They'll add to the room in the near future.

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12. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin uncertain for Week 4

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's (knee) status for Week 4 is uncertain at this point, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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We're getting close to Baldwin's return. He was injured in Week 1 against the Broncos and the word was he was going to be out a couple of weeks. We'll have to see if Baldwin can get back to practice in the near future.

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13. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise dealing with injury

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (groin) was inactive for the Week 3 game because he dealing with groin discomfort during pregame warmups, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Prosise is banged up quite a bit and he's not involved in the gameplan much when he is available. The Seahawks roll with Chris Carson as their lead back and 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny as a primary backup.

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14. GB - DE Muhammad Wilkerson out for season

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) will miss the rest of the 2018 season because of the ankle injury he suffered in Week 3, according to a source.

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It's a big loss for the Packers defense...and it's bad news for Wilkerson's future. He was playing on a one-year deal in 2018 with the hope to find a new long-term deal. Wilkerson will be 29-years old next month and could struggle to find a landing spot in 2019.

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15. LAC - DE Joey Bosa to miss Week 4

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) will have the cast removed from his injured foot in the near future but has been ruled out for Week 4.

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Reports indicate that Bosa should return 'next month' sometime. Well, October is less than a week away but that doesn't mean Bosa will be back in Week 5. When Bosa gets the cast off, we should see him eased back into practice.

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16. LAC - RB Justin Jackson promoted

Source: Chargers.com - Hayley Elwood

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson was signed to the active roster from the practice squad Monday, Sept. 24. RB Detrez Newsome was waived in a corresponding move.

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We appreciate Jackson in deep dynasty leagues. He's a slashing running back with good burst and balance. He is buried on the depth chart but we'll monitor him in those long-view formats.

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17. BAL - TE Hayden Hurst to practice soon?

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (foot) could return to practice this week, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Hurst could be a borderline TE1 for Fantasy GMs when he's at full strength. The rookie first-round pick has the talent to become a favorite target of QB Joe Flacco. Grab him on waivers if someone got impatient and dumped him in your league.

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18. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson nursing sprained ankle

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, according to head coach Jay Gruden, who added he expects Peterson to be ready to play when the team returns to action in Week 5 following its bye.

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The veteran got a little banged up running all over the Packers defense on Sunday. Washington has a bye in Week 4 and we fully expect Peterson back in Week 5.

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19. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota still limited

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is still unable to make every throw he needs to make, according to head coach Mike Vrabel, who added he hopes the 'whole package can come back this week.'

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Mariota came off the bench in Week 3 to lead the Titans to a road win against the Jaguars. He's certainly not at full strength but perhaps he'll improve enough over the week to get his normal workload and expected gameplan.

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20. CLE - No Monday practice for QB Tyrod Taylor

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) did not practice Monday, Sept. 24.

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Taylor was replaced in the game by Baker Mayfield, and the rookie led the Browns to their first win in 635 days. It's a no-brainer decision to go with Mayfield from here on out and that's why he moved to the top of the depth chart. We'll see if Taylor can get cleared from the concussion protocol at some point this week.

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21. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi, RB Darren Sproles likely back Week 4

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RBs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) are expected to play in Week 4 versus the Tennessee Titans.

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Good news for the Eagles backfield. Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement were the team's leading rushers on Sunday against the Colts with 56 rushing yards each. If Ajayi is in the game, he should be the lead back for the Eagles. Fantasy GMs are familiar with this backfield getting split up, so look at Ajayi as more of a low-end RB2 or flex play when he returns.

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22. DEN - RB Devontae Booker leaned on in passing game

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker had seven of his 10 touches after the team fell behind by 13 points in the third quarter as the team trusts him in the passing game as a blocker and receiver. He had 26 snaps on offense overall for 38 percent of the offense.

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The only reason we saw more from Booker is because Phillip Lindsay was ejected from the game for throwing a punch. Booker is likely to be used as the third back behind Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Even though Booker is second on the depth chart (behind Freeman), the team doesn't seem to want to use him much in the gameplan.

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23. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski confirms trade talks

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski confirmed a report that he was nearly traded to the Detroit Lions, but he wouldn't have reported there or anywhere else. That nixed the deal. 'Yeah it happened,' Gronkowski said. 'Brady's my quarterback.'

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Rumors were swirling about the Lions, Browns and 49ers all being interested in trading for Gronkowski. There was also the talk about him retiring soon too. Either way, Gronkowski is with the Patriots and a set-it-and-forget-it starter for Fantasy GMs every week.

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

Peace,

J