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Footballguys #159 - 9/27 - News and Notes from Around The League

Volume 20, #159 -- Thursday Night, September 27th, 2018

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Hi Folks. Welcome to Friday. It's another day of News and Notes and we've got what you need. Let's get to it.

J


1. LAC - WR Keenan Allen sits again

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee, tooth) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Allen has a good matchup against the 49ers this week. We've got him as a WR2 option for Fantasy GMs.

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2. OAK - Another limited practice for RB Marshawn Lynch

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Lynch should give it a go against the Browns on Sunday. He's a RB2 for Fantasy GMs this week, but make sure he practices on Friday.

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3. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette limited

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Fournette should be leading the way on the ground for the Jaguars once again this week. We like him as a low-end RB1 against the Jets on Sunday.

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4. DEN - QB Case Keenum fully practices

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Keenum is practicing with a knee brace for the first time this year. He wore the brace against the Ravens in Week 3 after experiencing some knee soreness after the game against the Raiders in Week 2. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph insists that Keenum is totally fine and the veteran quarterback was reported to be moving around well during practice on Thursday. They'll need Keenum at his best against the Chiefs on Monday night.

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5. NO - Full practice for RB Alvin Kamara

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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The knee problem is no big deal for Kamara. Fantasy GMs know he's a set-it-and-forget-it starter each week.

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6. TB - QB Jameis Winston activated

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was activated from the reserve/suspended list on Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Winston is back in action but he could be the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The team has yet to make anything official but it would make sense to go with Fitzpatrick until he cools off.

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7. DEN - TE Jake Butt may have torn ACL

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and James Palmer

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) may have suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a walkthrough Thursday, Sept. 27, according to sources. He is undergoing an MRI to determine the injury.

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Butt was an intriguing dynasty prospect we were monitoring closely. He was the leading target at the TE position for the Broncos but only had 8 catches for 85 yards in three games. This is his third ACL injury and the second one to his left knee. A fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Butt missed all of his rookie season as he recovered from a right ACL injury suffered in his final college game at Michigan. He's only played three games as a pro and is hurt again. The Broncos now turn to Jeff Heuerman to do more.

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8. ATL - WR Julio Jones limited

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Jones is a WR1 for Fantasy GMs anytime he's on the field. He should be fine for Week 4 but make sure to check on his status Friday.

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9. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman limited Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Freeman is getting close to returning...and he just might be back this week. Initial reports indicated Freeman would miss Week 4 and seemed almost a lock to return in Week 5. This limited designation may change that line of thinking. Stay tuned.

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10. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski limited

Source: NESN.com - Zack Cox

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Gronkowski should be fine for the Week 4 game against the Dolphins. After catching seven passes in Week 1 (for 123 yards), Gronkowski has only six catches in two games. Expect the Patriots to fix that and get Gronkowski more involved in a huge division game on Sunday.

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11. NE - WR Josh Gordon limited again

Source: NESN.com - Zack Cox

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Gordon might be able to play against the Dolphins on Sunday. If he plays, we can only trust him as a crazy deep 'what the heck' flex in Week 4.

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12. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota fully practices

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) participated fully in practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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A good sign for Mariota who returns to the starting lineup this week. His elbow is not 100 percent but he should be serviceable against the Eagles on Sunday.

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13. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi has full practice

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (back) logged a full practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Ajayi says he's dealing with a back fracture and his availability will come down to pain tolerance. We like him as a RB3 or flex option in Week 4.

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14. NYG - Thursday practice report for Giants

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee), DT Damon Harrison (knee), WR Cody Latimer (knee) and RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 27. CB Eli Apple (groin), LB Connor Barwin (knee), CB Antonio Hamilton (groin), WR Stacy Coley (hamstring) and LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) were limited during practice.

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If Latimer can't play Sunday, the Giants will have to play Russell Shepard at wide receiver. They'll already be without Evan Engram, so Rhett Ellison could get a lot of targets as the starting tight end and a top four target in what should be a high-scoring game.

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15. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy remains limited

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (rib) was still limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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McCoy has some flex appeal if he returns this weekend (as he has said he will) with Josh Allen breathing life into this offense.

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16. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard listed as limited

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (thigh) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 27.

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We'll watch Bernard's practice participation tomorrow closely, but for now there's no reason to think he won't start and be worth at least an RB2 look against the Falcons this weekend.

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17. PIT - CB Mike Hilton out of sling

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Joe Rutter

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Mike Hilton (elbow) is no longer wearing a sling to protect his injured elbow and hopes to participate in individual drills Thursday, Sept. 27. Hilton said he underwent an MRI and it revealed a hyperextended elbow.

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Hilton is one of the most underrated playmaking slot corners in the league. If he can't go Sunday night, Willie Snead will become a more intriguing Week 4 sleeper.

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18. CIN - WR A.J. Green says he feels great

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (pelvis) said Thursday, Sept. 27, that he feels great and will practice for the second straight day.

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Green should be back for a potential shootout with the Falcons this week. His presence may take some targets away from Tyler Boyd, but Boyd and Andy Dalton are both playing well enough to keep Boyd in consideration for your WR3/Flex spot.

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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