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Footballguys #165 - 10/3 - Leonard Fournette Ruled Out plus News and Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #165 -- Wednesday Night, October 3rd, 2018

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1. IND - Hilton, Mack and Doyle ruled out for Week 5

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring), RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) and TE Jack Doyle (hip) have been ruled out for Week 5.

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Rough news for the Colts.

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2. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette ruled out

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 5.

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We're getting used to seeing Jacksonville without their star running back. T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant will get the work in the backfield with Fournette out against the Chiefs. We like Yeldon as a RB2 and Grant as a flex play in Week 5.

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3. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski questionable for TNF

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Oct. 3 and is listed as questionable for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, Oct. 4.

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The ankle injury is considered minor, so this was the expected outcome. Even though he's a little banged up, if Gronkowski is on the field then we consider him a TE1 for fantasy.

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4. CIN - RB Joe Mixon officially limited

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Mixon should be back in action this week. He's missed two games this year due to this knee injury and Mixon comes back against a Dolphins defense that gives up an average of 110.5 yards per game on the ground. With Mixon back, Fantasy GMs can look at him as a RB2 with upside in Week 5.

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5. ATL - RB Tevin Coleman limited

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (shin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Coleman could be an RB2 for Fantasy GMs this week against the Steelers...if Devonta Freeman doesn't play. It looks like Freeman is going to be back this week from his knee injury, so move Coleman down to a 'what the heck' flex if that's the case.

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6. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman listed as limited

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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This is the week that Freeman could return for the Falcons. We've got him as a RB2 with upside against the Steelers if he can play.

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7. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott practices in full

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Elliott has been a little banged up but a full practice on Wednesday means that he's good to go against the Texans on Sunday.

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8. GB - No practice for TE Jimmy Graham

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Graham is just getting some rest here. With a banged up WR corps, the Packers may lean on Graham more this Sunday against the Lions. Check back on his practice status later in the week.

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9. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers sits out

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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We should expect this every Wednesday while Rodgers deals with this knee injury.

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10. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery misses practice

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (chest) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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The team is likely just getting Jeffery a bit of rest here on a Wednesday. Jeffery is a WR2 for Fantasy GMs this week as the Eagles take on the Vikings.

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11. KC - WR Sammy Watkins limited in practice

Source: KCChiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Watkins has battled nagging injuries during his pro career. The Chiefs face the Jaguars on Sunday and could use another weapon like Watkins out there. We'll know more about his playing status on Friday.

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12. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon limited in practice

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Yeldon is set to be the lead back for the Jaguars in a huge matchup against the Chiefs on Sunday. Corey Grant should contribute as well since the Jaguars are without Leonard Fournette this week.

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13. NE - WR Josh Gordon questionable for Week 5

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3 and he is questionable for Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Gordon is still getting used to his new playbook. Even if he does play on Thursday night against the Colts, we can't trust Gordon as anything more than a super deep flex right now.

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14. BAL - TE Hayden Hurst limited in practice

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (foot) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Hurst is expected back soon. The rookie first-round pick has the skill set of an impact tight end. He's big, strong and athletic enough to create mismatches when he's on the field. Hurst should become a favorite target of QB Joe Flacco. Pick him up now if you can and stash him. He's a TE2 with upside when he's on the field as the team's starter.

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15. BAL - WR Michael Crabtree rests on Wednesday

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 3

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It's just a veteran day of rest for Crabtree. While John Brown's performance has been exciting for Fantasy GMs, Crabtree has been disappointing to a certain extent. In four games, Crabtree has 18 catches for 184 yards and one touchdown. We've got him as a WR3/flex option against the Browns in Week 5.

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16. BAL - RB Alex Collins limited in practice

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Collins hasn't appeared on the injury report all year. This doesn't seem like a big deal, so Fantasy GMs should be expecting him out there against the Browns in Week 5. Look at Collins as a RB3/flex option this week.

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17. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard not at practice

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Bernard banged up his knee late in the game against the Falcons in Week 4. With Joe Mixon expected to return this week, Bernard might not see much work if he's healthy enough to play.

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18. BAL - WR John Brown gets day off Wednesday

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Brown is just getting some rest here. His timing with Joe Flacco is on point, Brown is one of the best deep targets in the league. Fantasy GMs are excited to put him in as a WR3 who can go off with a big play here and there.

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19. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger absent Wednesday

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (coach's decision) was held out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Just a bit of veteran rest here. When you're a guy like Roethlisberger this happens almost every Wednesday.

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20. HOU - RB Lamar Miller battling chest issue

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (chest) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3 due to a chest injury.

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Miller may be limited all week due to this chest issue. Fantasy GMs know that he's got RB2 potential when starting every week. This week against the Cowboys that is no different.

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21. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook not practicing

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was sidelined at practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Keep an eye on Cook as the week of practice goes on. He didn't get much work (10 carries) against the Rams last week and his status for Sunday's game against the Eagles is unclear.

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22. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins is limited participant

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (thumb, ankle, hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Hopkins has been battling these nagging injuries for some time. He's performing at a high level and is a must-start WR1 against the Cowboys in Week 5.

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23. HOU - WR Will Fuller doesn't practice in full

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was able to take part in a limited practice on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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This seems to be the case with Fuller. The hamstring is going to limit him during the week with the hope that he can play on Sunday. If Fuller can't go, then Keke Coutee is in line for another big game.

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24. HOU - WR Keke Coutee limited in practice

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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The team may need Coutee more (again) this week. Will Fuller has a nagging hamstring problem and may not be able to play against the Cowboys. That would give a larger opportunity for the lightning quick rookie.

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25. IND - TE Eric Ebron has full practice

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (knee) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Ebron has been steady scoring touchdowns for the Colts this year. That puts him as a low-end TE1 on a weekly basis.

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26. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway has knee injury

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, because of a knee injury.

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This move to keep the rookie out of practice is likely precautionary. We'll know more about Callaway's status in Week 5 against the Ravens later in the week.

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27. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson not practicing

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, as he recovers from an ankle sprain.

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Washington plays on Monday night against the Saints in Week 5. If they can control the game, Peterson could have a sizable role against his former team. If this turns into a shootout, then we could see Washington use more of Chris Thompson in the gameplan. We'll know more about Peterson's status on Thursday.

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28. TB - Tampa Bay hosts QB Paxton Lynch

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Free-agent QB Paxton Lynch (Broncos) worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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Several teams have kicked the tires on Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick of the Broncos who was let go before the start of the regular season. Lynch has a reputation of having a questionable work ethic but he does have a strong arm and athleticism. In this QB-needy league, it's surprising nobody has yet to give him a new chance.

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29. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman expected to play

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is expected to play in Week 5, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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Freeman should be back this week for the Falcons in a must win game. This team is much better than their 1-3 record indicates. On the road against the Steelers 'defense' in Week 5, we could see the Falcons offense thrive. Freeman is a RB2 with upside this week if he plays...and if he's out there then it obviously impacts the fantasy value of Tevin Coleman who becomes more of a 'what the heck' flex in that instance.

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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