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Footballguys #162 - 9/30 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #162 -- Sunday Night, September 30th, 2018

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Good Monday to you. We've got some News and Notes so let's get to it.

J

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CHI - Six touchdowns for QB Mitchell Trubisky

2. TB - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick benched

3. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota totals three touchdowns

4. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery posts 105 yards, TD

5. PHI - TE Zach Ertz hits triple digits in victory

6. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi runs for 70 yards in OT loss

7. PHI - QB Carson Wentz goes over 300 yards

8. SF - RB Matt Breida leaves with shoulder injury

9. SEA - S Earl Thomas carted off

10. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert expected to undergo surgery

11. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley posts two more TDs

12. ATL - WR Mohamed Sanu totals 111 yards

13. ATL - WR Julio Jones goes for 173 yards

14. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott posts 240 total yards

15. ATL - RB Ito Smith finds the end zone

16. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman totals 17 touches

17. DAL - QB Dak Prescott throws two touchdowns

18. ATL - Three more TDs for QB Matt Ryan

19. DET - Two touchdowns for WR Golden Tate

20. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson reaches end zone

21. CIN - WR A.J. Green posts 78 yards, late TD

22. DET - QB Matthew Stafford throws for 307 yards

23. CHI - WR Allen Robinson catches TD pass

24. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard totals 96 yards, two TDs

25. CHI - RB Jordan Howard held in check

26. CHI - WR Taylor Gabriel catches two touchdowns

27. CHI - RB Tarik Cohen has monster game

28. CIN - QB Andy Dalton tosses three TDs

29. GB - TE Jimmy Graham posts 21 yards, TD

30. TB - TE Cameron Brate finds end zone

31. GB - WR Davante Adams targeted 14 times

32. TB - WR DeSean Jackson surpasses 100-yard mark

33. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers just misses 300 yards

34. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy goes nowhere fast

35. BUF - QB Josh Allen crashes back to Earth

36. TB - QB Jameis Winston throws two INTs


1. CHI - Six touchdowns for QB Mitchell Trubisky

Source: NFL.com

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky went 19-for-26 for 354 yards and six touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4. He also rushed for 53 yards on three carries during the game.

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Matt Nagy and the talents of the Bears pass offense made this one easy for Trubisky. He was good from long and short range and will be worth a streamer look in Week 6 at Miami.

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2. TB - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick benched

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went 9-for-18 for 126 yards and one touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 4 before he was benched for QB Jameis Winston.

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Fitzmagic the 2018 version is over, but we and the record books will always remember his first three starts this year. He'll go back to being a back up, but this might not be the last chapter of a career that refuses to go quietly.

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3. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota totals three touchdowns

Source: 1 No Source

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 30-of-43 passes for 344 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles and he ran 10 times for 46 yards and a score.

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Mariota was night and day compared to his passing performances earlier this year. The offense didn't challenge the Eagles run defense and instead took advantage of Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor's matchups against the Eagles secondary. He'll be a streamer consideration against the Bills next week.

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4. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery posts 105 yards, TD

Source: 1 No Source

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery racked up eight catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans.

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Jeffery came back with a bang and made the kind of plays we've come to expect from him. He'll be an every week start going forward even against Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings next week.

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5. PHI - TE Zach Ertz hits triple digits in victory

Source: NFL

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz rolled up 10 receptions for 112 yards on 14 targets in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans.

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Ertz's upside wasn't threatened by Dallas Goedert in this one. A high volume Carson Wentz puts Ertz among the two tight ends in value with Rob Gronkowski hurt.

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6. PHI - RB Jay Ajayi runs for 70 yards in OT loss

Source: 1 No Source

Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi rushed 15 times for 70 yards in the Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans and he added three grabs for 11 yards on four targets.

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Ajayi's back injury wasn't an issue as the Eagles offensive line did a good job opening holes for him. With the injuries elsewhere in the Eagles backfield, he should be at least a flex play against the Vikings next week.

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7. PHI - QB Carson Wentz goes over 300 yards

Source: 1 No Source

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz completed 33-of-50 passes for 348 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans.

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Wentz's ceiling was up with Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup. Next week, he'll face a Vikings defense that was just torched by the Vikings.

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8. SF - RB Matt Breida leaves with shoulder injury

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (shoulder) left the Week 4 game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.

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It's not clear yet whether this is the same shoulder Breida hurt in the preseason, but it's not a great sign for his availbility against the Cardinals next week. Don't drop Alfred Morris yet.

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9. SEA - S Earl Thomas carted off

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Jessamyn McIntyre

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (leg) suffered what appears to be a serious leg injury in the second half of the Week 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He was carted off and had an air cast placed on his leg while still on the field.

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The Seahawks secondary had Thomas as a linchpin and they will miss him with the Rams air attack up next.

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10. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert expected to undergo surgery

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) suffered a broken ankle in the Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons and he is expected to undergo surgery, a source said Sunday, Sept. 30.

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Eifert was back to looking like his old self in the last two weeks and made a terrific catch on his touchdown. The tight end ranks are thinned further as CJ Uzomah and Tyler Kroft will replace Eifert, but neither is a viable play going forward.

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11. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley posts two more TDs

Source: 1 No Source

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley ended up with four receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns on six targets in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Ridley is becoming a red zone specialist and he is also making hay downfield. He's an every week WR2 until further notice and should eat against the Steelers next week.

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12. ATL - WR Mohamed Sanu totals 111 yards

Source: 1 No Source

Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu finished with six catches for 111 yards one nine targets in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, his former team.

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Sanu has a pulse now in fantasy leagues, and might even be worth a start as a WR3/Flex against the Steelers next week.

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13. ATL - WR Julio Jones goes for 173 yards

Source: 1 No Source

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones racked up nine receptions for 173 yards on 12 targets in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Jones still hasn't caught a score, but he tacked on two catches for long yardage at the end of the game and is still putting up numbers that more than justify his draft price tag heading into what should be another shootout against the Steelers.

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14. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott posts 240 total yards

Source: NFL.com

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 152 yards on 25 carries against the Detroit Lions in Week 4. He also caught four passes for 88 yards and one touchdown during the game.

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Elliott had a dominant game as the Cowboys offense came to life and it could have been even bigger. He caught a deep ball like a wide receiver to set up the game-winning field goal and looks like a a top three back going forward.

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15. ATL - RB Ito Smith finds the end zone

Source: 1 No Source

Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith rushed seven times for 35 yards with a touchdown in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals and he added three grabs for 13 yards.

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Smith looks good and is worth carrying in deeper leagues until Devonta Freeman returns. He should allow the Falcons to let one of Tevin Coleman or Freeman go in the next 1-2 years.

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16. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman totals 17 touches

Source: 1 No Source

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed 14 times for 51 yards in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals and he added three receptions for 26 yards on three targets.

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The Falcons rushing touchdown went to Ito Smith instead of Coleman, and Smith was arguably better on his touches. Devonta Freeman probably won't be back next week, but Coleman is more flex than RB2 after a pair of middling weeks.

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17. DAL - QB Dak Prescott throws two touchdowns

Source: NFL.com

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott went 17-for-27 for 255 yards and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

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Prescott had his first solid fantasy day of the season with more downfield passing and involvement from Ezekiel Elliott in the passing game. He'll be a streaming consideration against the Texans next week.

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18. ATL - Three more TDs for QB Matt Ryan

Source: 1 No Source

Atlanta Falcons WR Matt Ryan completed 29-of-39 passes for 419 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Ryan is going to be an elite fantasy quarterback going forward with the Steelers up next and a defense that isn't going to hold many teams under 30 points based on the way this season is going.

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19. DET - Two touchdowns for WR Golden Tate

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate caught eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4.

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Tate took advantage of two blown coverages and scored what could have been the game-winning touchdown in the waning minutes. He had his first ceiling game after a solid start to the season.

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20. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for 55 yards and one touchdown on nine carries against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4.

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Johnson ran over a Cowboys defender on the way to the end zone, so he might be the #1 goal line back over LeGarrette Blount going forward, but the Lions didn't commit to the run in a back and forth game, so Johnson is still more flex against the Packers next than a strong RB2.

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21. CIN - WR A.J. Green posts 78 yards, late TD

Source: 1 No Source

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green posted four receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Green got the game-winner, but otherwise had a somewhat quiet game for a 37-36 contest.

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22. DET - QB Matthew Stafford throws for 307 yards

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 24-for-30 for 307 yards and two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4.

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Stafford went back to being the center of the offense after the running game carried the offense last week. He did everything he could at the end to give the Lions a chance to win, but the defense couldn't convert. Stafford is a solid QB1 next week against Green Bay.

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23. CHI - WR Allen Robinson catches TD pass

Source: NFL.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson caught two passes for 23 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.

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Robinson was very quiet despite the huge score, but the blossoming of this pass offense - albeit against a very weak pass defense - is a good sign for his weekly ceiling going forward.

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24. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard totals 96 yards, two TDs

Source: 1 No Source

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard rushed 15 times for 69 yards with two touchdowns in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons and he added four grabs for 27 yards on his four targets.

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Bernard was very productive on his touches again in his second start in place of Joe Mixon (knee). Mixon could return next week, but Bernard has proven that he is an autostart when Mixon is out.

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25. CHI - RB Jordan Howard held in check

Source: NFL.com

Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard rushed for 25 yards on 11 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.

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We were warned that Howard might not be a big part of every game plan. The Bears decided to attack the Bucs injury-riddled secondary, not their stiff run defense. He'll be a boom/bust RB2 going forward, but at least the offense is waking up going into their bye.

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26. CHI - WR Taylor Gabriel catches two touchdowns

Source: NFL.com

Chicago Bears WR Taylor Gabriel caught seven passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.

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Gabriel was a giant in fantasy leagues, scoring on red zone plays designed to get the ball in his hands and getting free in the multi-faceted pass offense. He had a decent PPR floor because of his numerous short targets going into the bye, and he'll be carried in most fantasy leagues coming out of his bye against the Dolphins in Week 6.

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27. CHI - RB Tarik Cohen has monster game

Source: NFL.com

Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen caught seven passes for 121 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4. He also rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries during the game.

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Cohen wasn't used nearly to this extent in the first three weeks, as Matt Nagy must have seen something to exploit with his smaller, quicker personnel. Cohen should be scooped up on the wire if he was dropped as we attempt to put together a rosetta stone for Nagy's game plans during their bye.

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28. CIN - QB Andy Dalton tosses three TDs

Source: 1 No Source

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 29-of-41 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Dalton played very well, although he lost Tyler Eifert in this one. He has a good matchup against the Dolphins next week and Dalton is putting up every week fantasy starter numbers.

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29. GB - TE Jimmy Graham posts 21 yards, TD

Source: 1 No Source

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham posted three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown on six targets in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.

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Graham finally scored, but it's clear his ceiling is low, even without Randall Cobb in the lineup. He does have a good matchup against Detroit next week, but is only a middling TE1.

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30. TB - TE Cameron Brate finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught three passes for 29 yards and one touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 4.

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Brate is Jameis Winston's favorite in the red zone and it proved true again today. OJ Howard's value is questionable now, but Brate will be worth a streamer look against the Falcons after his by next week.

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31. GB - WR Davante Adams targeted 14 times

Source: 1 No Source

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams hauled in eight receptions for 81 yards on a game-high 14 targets in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.

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Adams had a tough matchup against TreDavious White, but Aaron Rodgers still targeted him often and he was a solid PPR play. He may tangle with Darius Slay a lot next week in a bad sign for his Week 5 outlook.

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32. TB - WR DeSean Jackson surpasses 100-yard mark

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 112 yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 4.

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Jackson got most of his production with Ryan Fitzpatrick. He and Jameis Winston were not on the same page in the deep passing game last year, but there will be a great opportunity against the soft Falcons secondary in Week 6.

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33. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers just misses 300 yards

Source: 1 No Source

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed 22-of-40 passes for 298 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills and he ran for 31 yards.

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Rodgers was off on some throws he usually makes, and some credit has to be given to the Bills defense for making things difficult. He's not an automatic start against the Lions next week, especially with the possibility of going into the game with only one of his top three receivers.

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34. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy goes nowhere fast

Source: 1 No Source

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed five times for 24 yards in Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers and he had three catches for 13 yards.

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McCoy is just injury/emergency depth at this point.

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35. BUF - QB Josh Allen crashes back to Earth

Source: 1 No Source

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen completed 16-of-33 passes for 151 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in a shutout loss at Green Bay in Week 4.

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Allen looked like his worst case scenario in the NFL, making ill-advised throws and not sensing pressure on multiple plays. He's a quarterback to target with your streaming defense against the Titans next week.

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36. TB - QB Jameis Winston throws two INTs

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston went 16-for-20 for 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Chicago Bears in Week 4.

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Winston was harassed by the Bears defense even though the game was already decided. He'll take over this potent fantasy offense that is fed by trying to carry a suspect pass defense ever week. Winston should start after the Bucs bye next week.

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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