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Footballguys #161 - 9/29 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #161 -- Saturday Night, September 29th, 2018

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

J


1. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin not at 100 percent

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) is expected to play in the Week 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals, although beat writer Tom Condotta believes the receiver is not 100 percent.

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He's not at full strength, so expect Seattle to ease him back into action. Baldwin has deep flex appeal now that he's returning to the playing field for the first time since Week 1.

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2. SEA - RB Chris Carson should play

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) is expected to play in Week 4 despite being limited in practice all week, according to The Seattle Time's Bob Condotta.

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Carson should lead the way on the ground for the Seahawks. He's currently atop the depth chart ahead of 2018 first-round pick Rashaad Penny. Carson is a low-end RB2 for Fantasy GMs against the Cardinals in Week 4.

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3. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin stays even keeled

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin admitted he hasn't been performing how he thought he would, nor has the Bills offense as a whole. 'I'm just working, man. Just getting better. Feeling good. We gonna keep grinding and keep building this relationship with Josh [Allen}.'

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The Bills offense showed some life last week in a shocking road victory over the Vikings. Most of that was rookie QB Josh Allen, but Benjamin caught a season-high three passes (yes, we realize that's not much). Perhaps things are trending in the right direction for this passing game. Even if things are getting on track for Allen and Benjamin, we can't trust the veteran WR as anything more than a WR6 or 'what the heck' flex in Week 4 against the Packers.

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4. CLE - RB Carlos Hyde off to fantastic start

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde has four rushing touchdowns through the first three games, most by a Browns player through the first three games since Leroy Kelly in 1971.

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Against the Raiders in Week 4, Hyde should continue to post RB2 worthy numbers for Fantasy GMs. We're excited to see how this entire Browns offense responds to the change at quarterback.

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5. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry in tremendous company

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry is just six receptions short for the most catches in the first five years of an NFL career heading into Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.

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We'll see if Landry can get even hotter with rookie QB Baker Mayfield leading the way now. Against the Raiders on Sunday, we see Landry as a top-10 WR in PPR leagues.

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6. NE - WR Corey Coleman cut by Pats

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

The New England Patriots released WR Corey Coleman from their practice squad Saturday, Sept. 29, according to a source.

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That didn't last long...just like most every stop Coleman has had this year. The Browns traded him to the Bills, then they promptly cut him. The Patriots took a flier on his physical talent but they must not have liked something. A 2016 first-round pick, Coleman may find a new team...but we're not expecting much...even in super deep dynasty.

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7. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise might be able to play

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (abdomen) does not have a significant injury and he might be available for the Week 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Prosise has ability as a satellite back (think James White)...if he could only stay healthy. That's been a problem, so we're taking a wait-and-see approach in dynasty formats.

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8. SEA - Good matchup for TE Will Dissly, TE Nick Vannett?

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks TEs Will Dissly and Nick Vannett are on pace for a combined 80 receptions, 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns, and they could add to their season totals against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4, a team which plays a lot of nickel defense.

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Keep this in mind if you're streaming tight ends or trying to find cheap tournament plays in DFS formats.

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9. GB - WR Randall Cobb unable to practice

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) was unable to take part in practice Saturday, Sept. 29, and he remains questionable for the Week 4 game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Even if he plays on Sunday, we can't trust Cobb as anything more than a WR5 or deep flex play. If he's not practicing on Saturday, then chances of playing on Sunday are slim. Find better options (that are clearly out there) and get Geronimo Allison ready to do more if Cobb can't go.

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10. DEN - QB Case Keenum ready for Week 4

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum (knee) practiced in full for a third straight day on Saturday, Sept. 29 and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 4 game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Oct. 1.

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Keenum was practicing with a knee brace this week. He wore one in the Week 3 loss to the Ravens and might just be getting used to it. Reports indicate Keenum was moving around well during the media portion of practice. Against the Chiefs 'defense' on Monday night, Keenum makes for an interesting streaming option for Fantasy GMs.

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11. GB - DE Muhammad Wilkerson placed on IR

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Sept. 29. The team also signed practice squad CB Tony M. Brown to their active roster. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Wilkerson signed with the Packers on a one-year deal and he was playing well for them before this injury. He'll turn 30-years old during the 2019 season and may find it difficult to latch on with another team...unless he signs a 'prove it' deal like he did this year.

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12. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins expected to play

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle, hamstring, thumb) is expected to play in the Week 4 game even though he is listed as questionable, according to a source.

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The Texans have been wise in limiting their superstar receiver during the week of practice. Against the Colts on Sunday, we've got Hopkins at his usual WR1 projections even though he's been battling a few different minor injuries.

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13. NFL - WR Dez Bryant expects to sign soon

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) said he expects to sign with a team in the near future.

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Does he mean with an NFL team in real life or on Madden? The interest just doesn't seem to be there with Bryant. Reports have surfaced about teams questioning how much he wants to play football at this point of his career. Bryant is positive about his situation but we'll take a more skeptical view...it still may be some time before Bryant finds a new home. Stay tuned.

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14. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers listed as questionable

Source: NFL.com

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) is expected to play in Week 4's game against the Buffalo Bills despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.

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Rodgers just isn't going to be near full strength as this knee problem should be around all season long. While he continues to play on this injured knee, Rodgers chances of being 100 percent healthy are slim. That being said, Fantasy GMs should lock him in as a QB1 at home against the Bills on Sunday.

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15. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook limited by hamstring injury

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was on a snap count in Week 4, with the team looking to get him '15-20 plays' in an effort to keep him from re-injuring his hamstring, according to comments from head coach Mike Zimmer.

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It was their plan all along, and the Vikings followed it to the letter. The gamescript didn't help either as the Vikings went into 'pass happy' mode early in the game against the Rams. Watch Cook's practice status next week, but so long as he doesn't have a setback we should see him get more snaps/touches going forward.

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16. LAC - WR Travis Benjamin to be game-time decision

Source: Los Angeles Times - Jeff Miller

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (foot) will be a game-time decision for Sunday, Sept. 30, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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Fantasy GMs in super deep leagues might be holding onto Benjamin. Most of us should just keep the speedy veteran on waiver wire speed dial. Benjamin hasn't played since Week 1 due to a foot injury.

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17. DET - RB Ameer Abdullah staying ready

Source: The Detroit News - Justin Rogers

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he is not in the position he wants to be in the offense, but he is staying ready in case his 'number is called' and isn't changing his work ethic.

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That's good news for Abdullah. He's been a disappointment to this point in his career and we don't think things would be much different if he all of a sudden got a larger role. Rookie Kerryon Johnson has emerged in the Lions backfield after recording the team's first 100-yard game in five years last Sunday.

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18. HOU - WR Will Fuller on a TD streak

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller has nine touchdowns in the six games has has played with QB Deshaun Watson, catching at least one touchdown in all six games.

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Fuller just needs to stay healthy and we'll start him every week as a WR2 with WR1 upside anytime he's out there. This week against the Colts, don't be surprised if the Fuller/Watson touchdown streak continues.

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19. LAR - CB Aqib Talib could be back this season

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib (ankle) could recover from ankle surgery in time to play at the end of the season, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'I don't know exactly what that date would be but I know that the anticipation is to get him back,' McVay said.

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Placed on Injured Reserve this week, Talib now must miss eight weeks of action. After that, the team should see where his health is at. A high ankle sprain can linger, but getting surgery might lead to Talib coming back for the last part of the regular season and what could be a deep postseason run.

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20. NYG - Busy week on tap for WR Sterling Shepard?

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard should be the 'biggest beneficiary' of TE Evan Engram's (knee) absence against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.

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Fantasy GMs and DFS players are on the Shepard bandwagon this weekend. We've got him as a low-end WR2 or upside WR3/flex for this game against the Saints on Sunday.

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21. NYG - TE Rhett Ellison capable of producing

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Rhett Ellison's three receptions in Week 3 all came after TE Evan Engram (knee) left the game, and Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com expects Ellison to 'provide steady production' as the starter against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4.

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Ellison looked good last week but we can't trust him as anything more than a low-end TE2 for Fantasy GMs in Week 4. A fourth-round pick (USC) for the Vikings in the 2012 NFL draft, Ellison has always been more known as a blocker and not much of a receiving threat.

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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