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Footballguys #158 - 9/26 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #158 -- Wednesday Night, September 26th, 2018

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A. NFL Week 4 Picks - DraftKings Tips & Picks From Football Guys & RotoGrinders
Footballguys analyst John Lee talks strategy and DraftKings picks for the Week 4 NFL games. Advice for building your DraftKings Daily Fantasy Lineups


1. NE - RB Rex Burkhead headed to IR

Source: The Boston Globe - Jim McBride

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (neck) is going on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Neck injuries are incredibly tricky to deal with so we may not see Burkhead back this season. Sony Michel has taken over as the lead back and James White is going to get plenty of passing-down work with Burkhead out.

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2. NYG - TE Evan Engram out 2-4 weeks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) has a moderate sprain of his medial collateral ligament, and he's estimated to miss two to four weeks.

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As expected, it looks like Engram is going to miss a couple of games for the Giants. They'll turn to Rhett Ellison as their top tight end, but Fantasy GMs should have better options available via the waiver wire.

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3. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy will play

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) said he is playing this week despite dealing with cracked rib cartilage.

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We're just a little bit more excited about McCoy's potential since the Bills offense showed some life (without him) last week. Traveling to play the Packers in Week 4, McCoy should be projected as a RB3 or flex option for Fantasy GMs.

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4. TB - QB Jameis Winston could be activated Friday

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has a three-day roster exemption before the team has to activate him from the Commissioner's Exempt list Friday, Sept. 28.

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Winston can come back this week but the Buccaneers are likely to move forward (for one more week at least) with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter. We'll see how long Fitzpatrick can hold off Winston for the top spot.

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5. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette limited in practice

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Fournette and the Jaguars are trying to bounce back after a loss against the Titans last week. Up next are the Jets, so Fournette should post RB1 numbers in Week 4. The Jets rush defense ranks 12th in the league, giving up an average of 102.3 yards on the ground per game.

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6. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy has limited practice

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (rib) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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McCoy wasn't on the field for the game against the Vikings last Sunday, but he says he's going to be out there in Week 4. Rib injuries largely come down to pain management. Being limited on Wednesday is a positive sign, but we'll see if he can practice fully on Friday. The Bills travel to play the Packers on Sunday.

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7. CIN - Optimism for WR A.J. Green

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (groin) aggravated a college injury but is expected to play this weekend.

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The Bengals could get into a shootout with the Falcons on Sunday. Green is not 100 percent healthy but Fantasy GMs know to trust him anytime he's on the field. Head coach Marvin Lewis said Green has been taking anti-inflammatory medication that is 'clearing everything up.'

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8. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers not practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) is absent from practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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This is likely to be the strategy for Rodgers all season long while he deals with this knee problem. Rodgers only practiced on Saturday last week and head coach Mike McCarthy said he doesn't know if Rodgers will practice any earlier this week.

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9. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery cleared for contact

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) has been cleared for contact Wednesday, Sept. 26, but there's no decision on his availability for Week 4.

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This is a positive sign for Jeffery but it doesn't mean he's locked into playing on Sunday. Early speculation had Jeffery missing about a month to begin the regular season. It sounds like he's on track to return in the near future.

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10. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski not seeing double

Source: WEEI.com - Ryan Hannable

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has only seen double coverage on 26 percent of the 50 routes he has ran in the last two weeks.

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After a huge game against the Texans in Week 1 (7 catches, 123 yards, 1 touchdown), we haven't seen much from Gronkowski over the last two weeks. If he's not getting double teamed, Tom Brady should look to him as much as he did in the season opener.

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11. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman doesn't practice

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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He's about ready to return but Freeman might have to miss another week. That makes Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith the top options for the Falcons in Week 4.

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12. NE - WR Josh Gordon listed as limited

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Fantasy GMs are waiting for Gordon to make his debut with the Patriots. In a big divisional game against the Dolphins on Sunday it would be a boost to have him out there for Tom Brady and company.

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13. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota dubbed Week 4 starter

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) was named the starting quarterback for Week 4 Wednesday, Sept. 26, according to head coach Mike Vrabel. QB Blaine Gabbert (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol.

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Mariota came off the bench last week to lead the Titans to the win over the Jaguars after Gabbert was knocked out of the game. We're not excited about starting him (even in start-2 QB leagues) against the Eagles on Sunday.

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14. CHI - Anthony Miller does not practice

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 26 due to a shoulder injury.

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The rookie got banged up in the win over the Cardinals on Sunday. We love him in dynasty formats, but Fantasy GMs have better options in redraft leagues.

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15. CIN - RB Joe Mixon unable to practice

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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There is a chance that Mixon returns to the field this week. Limited to the exercise bike on Wednesday, Mixon has a long way to go before he's out there in a game. Gio Bernard remains the lead back while Mixon remains on the mend.

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16. LAC - DE Joey Bosa out longer than expected

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) said he anticipates being sidelined until at least Week 8.

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It seems like every report about Bosa has just pushed back his timeline. He is still dealing with instability in the tendon of his bruised left foot.

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17. HOU - WR Will Fuller practices on limited basis

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Fuller is getting some rest on that problematic hamstring. He has played in each of the last two games and provides great big play ability for the Texans and Fantasy GMs.

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18. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster misses practice

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) sat out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Smith-Schuster needs to be near full strength in Week 4. The Steelers have a huge game on Sunday night against the Ravens. Smith-Schuster is a high-end WR2 for Fantasy GMs and clearly a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger.

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19. IND - TE Eric Ebron misses Wednesday's practice

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (shoulder, knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 26 due to a shoulder and knee ailment.

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Watch his status as the week goes on. Eric Ebron makes for a TE1 so long as Jack Doyle is down with an injury. Fantasy GMs can look at him as a top 10 option against the Texans in Week 4.

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20. IND - TE Jack Doyle unable to practice

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (hip) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Eric Ebron makes for a TE1 so long as Doyle is down with an injury. Fantasy GMs can look at him as a top 10 option against the Texans in Week 4.

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21. IND - RB Marlon Mack works in limited practice

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Keep an eye on Mack as the week of practice goes on. Mack has only appeared in one game this year and the Colts have struggled to run the ball in 2018. They rank 29th in the league with an average of only 82.3 rushing yards per game.

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22. GB - TE Jimmy Graham absent Wednesday

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee) was not able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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It's a veteran day of rest...most likely...for Graham here. Fantasy GMs should double check on Friday to see if he is back in action. The Packers take on the Bills this week and Graham has TE1 upside anytime he's on the field.

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23. LAR - CB Aqib Talib goes to IR

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 26. CB Dominique Hatfield was promoted to the active roster in a corresponding move.

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This move sidelines Talib for at least eight games. He could be designated to return after that time. Missing Talib is big for the Rams secondary, but he could get back in action in plenty of time for a postseason run.

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24. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill fully practices

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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The Dolphins are undefeated, thanks in large part to the play of Tannehill. They travel for a huge divisional matchup against the Patriots on Sunday. We like Tannehill as a low-end QB1 for Fantasy GMs.

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25. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo placed on IR

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Just a procedural move that was expected as Garoppolo is done for the year. The 49ers now turn to C.J. Beathard as their starting quarterback. Nick Mullens was signed to the active roster from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

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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