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Volume 20, #166 -- Thursday Night, October 4th, 2018

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1. DEN - RB Royce Freeman to see more touches

Source: The Denver Post - Kyle Fredrickson

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman will see more touches, according to head coach Vance Joseph. Freeman has 10 carries of 10 yards or more, which ranks third in football.

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Freeman has been very hard for the first tackler to bring down and he's running with great burst. The Broncos need more positive game scripts to feed him, so he's only a flex against the Jets this week, but this can't hurt his outlook.

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2. KC - Limited practice for WR Sammy Watkins

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Watkins tentatively seems to be on track to play on Sunday, although he'll have a tough matchup against the Jaguars corners and the risk for re-injury looms. He's not a must-start for Week 5.

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3. LAC - Thursday practice report for Chargers

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (foot), DE Joey Bosa (foot) and LB Kyzir White (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 4. OT Joe Barksdale (knee) and OT Russell Okung (groin) were limited during practice.

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With White looking like a no go this week, Jatavis Brown appears to be a solid IDP start against the Raiders this week.

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4. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon listed as limited

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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We'll watch Yeldon's practice report tomorrow, but he should be in line for a big workload against the Chiefs on Sunday. Even if the Jaguars fall behind, Yeldon can play a big role in the pass-heavy version of the Jaguars offense too.

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5. HOU - Limited practice for WR DeAndre Hopkins

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle, hamstring, thumb) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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There's no reason to be worried about Hopkins, who appears to be ready to set career highs if Deshaun Watson can play all 16 games this year.

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6. HOU - WR Keke Coutee limited again

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Coutee should be a good WR3/Flex play Sunday night as long as he is active, and there is no reason to think he won't be coming out of Houston. He should get a lot of short targets against a Dallas pass rush that will have their ears pinned back to come after Deshaun Watson.

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7. BAL - Thursday practice report for Ravens

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Baltimore Ravens CB Anthony Averett (hamstring), LB Za'Darius Smith (hamstring) and LB Tim Williams (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 4. LB Chris Board (concussion), DT Willie Henry (abdomen) and S Anthony Levine (hamstring) were limited during practice. CB Brandon Carr (knee), FS Eric Weddle (non-injury) and OG Marshal Yanda (non-injury) fully participated in practice.

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Henry is getting closer to a return to strengthen an already strong defensive line group. If Williams and Smith can't go this weekend, second-year OLB Tyus Bowser could get a lot more run against the Browns this weekend.

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8. BAL - TE Hayden Hurst limited Thursday

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Hurst could return this week, but with three other viable targets at tight end for the Ravens, he probably isn't more than a deep league or TE premium stash right now.

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9. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway a limited participant

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Callaway did get open deep last week, but Baker Mayfield missed him. There's talk of scaling back his role and Baltimore should make life difficult for the rookie quarterback, so Callaway isn't a great sleeper play this week.

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10. PIT - Pittsburgh's Thursday injury report

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers FS Morgan Burnett (groin0, OT Ramon Foster (rest), OT Marcus Gilbert (knee), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) and LB Vince Williams (hamstring) were held out of practice Thursday, Oct. 4. CB Joe Haden (rest), CB Mike Hilton (elbow) and C Maurkice Pouncey (rest) participated fully.

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Hilton could be back this week, but an already underwhelming inside linebacker group could get even lighter if Vince Williams is out. The Falcons offense should have a lot of success of Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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11. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook misses practice

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Cook is looking like a no-go this week after he has been unable to practice despite a long week of rest after last Thursday's game. Latavius Murray should get the start, but the Eagles run defense is unlikely to give him much room to run on Sunday.

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12. TEN - Thursday injury report for Titans

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans FS Kenny Vaccaro (elbow) and LB Wesley Woodyard (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 4. OT Dennis Kelly (illness) was limited. RB David Fluellen (groin) and QB Blaine Gabbert (concussion) participated fully.

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The Titans defense could be without two starters up the middle of the unit, but the Bills lack the personnel to take advantage of it. Jayon Brown could be a nice IDP play in Woodyard's place and Kevin Byard came alive last week when Vaccaro got hurt.

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13. TEN - WR Corey Davis has full practice

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (illness) was a full practice participant Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Davis will have a tough matchup with Tre'Davious White this week, but his break out game last week makes him an upside WR3/Flex despite White's prowess against #1 receivers.

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14. CAR - Thursday practice report for Carolina

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers DT Vernon Butler (shoulder), WR Damiere Byrd (knee), DE Julius Peppers (non-injury), WR Curtis Samuel (illness) and OG Trai Turner (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Turner will be back this week and help Christian McCaffery's outlook even more.

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15. MIA - Miami's Thursday practice report

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins TE A.J. Derby (foot), CB Bobby McCain (knee) and DE Cameron Wake (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 4. LB Chase Allen (foot), RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring) and DE Andre Branch (knee) were limited during practice. S Walt Aikens (hamstring), QB Luke Falk (wrist), LB Stephone Anthony (hamstring), OT Ja'Wuan James (pectoral), SS Reshad Jones (shoulder) and FS T.J. McDonald (foot) fully participated in practice.

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Wake is a crucial pass rush presence for the Dolphins against the red-hot Bengals passing game. If he can't go on Sunday, Andy Dalton's matchup gets a lot easier.

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16. MIA - WR DeVante Parker limited

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (quadriceps) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Parker can't stay on the field for the Dolphins. He could be a scratch again this week after taking three weeks to get on the field at the beginning of the season.

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17. CIN - Thursday practice report for Bengals

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (groin), TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) and C Billy Price (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 4. DE Michael Johnson (knee) and DE Carl Lawson (ankle) were limited during practice. OG Alex Redmond (shoulder) and LB Preston Brown (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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Ross is looking like a no go on Sunday without a turnaround. Josh Malone could get an extended audition on the outside in a good matchup if Ross is out.

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18. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa limited Thursday

Source: The Bergen Record - Andy Vasquez

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Enunwa has had a good PPR floor every week and appears to be the only part of the Jets offense we can truly trust week in, week out. Hopefully this injury doesn't foul that for us. We'll check back on this situation tomorrow and hope to see a full participation report.

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19. BAL - RB Alex Collins not practicing

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins (knee) was held out of practice Thursday, Oct. 4, after being limited Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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This was reportedly just a precaution and Collins should be ready for the game at Cleveland on Sunday. Keep him slotted in your flex or RB2 spot if he's your best option.

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20. WAS - WR Josh Doctson misses practice

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (heel) was not able to practice Thursday, Oct. 4. His heel was stepped on in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, and he has not practiced the last two days.

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This could mean that Marshon Lattimore will stick to Paul Richardson without Doctson on the other side of the formation. Washington should pass a lot to the middle of the field this week, which helps Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed's outlooks.

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21. PHI - RB Corey Clement still sidelined

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement (quadriceps) remained out of practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Jay Ajayi is in line for a big workload again this week against the Vikings and deserves some RB2/flex consideration.

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22. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman back in action

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) will play this weekend, according to head coach Dan Quin.

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Freeman will be back, but this could be a three-way backfield with Ito Smith playing well, and the Steelers defense encourages opponents to test their pass defense instead of their more able run defense. Freeman is only a flex with the uncertainty to how his knee will respond coming off of three weeks of rest.

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23. HOU - WR Will Fuller feeling better

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) said Thursday, Oct. 4, his injured hamstring feels better and expects to play in Week 5 if his progress continues.

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Fuller will be a boom/bust play with his track record of scoring almost any time he's on the field with Deshaun Watson but the risk of re-injury of that balky hamstring. We might have a Sunday night game time decision, so look into a Dallas/Houston/New Orleans/Washington hedge for your bench if you are relying on Fuller.

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24. BUF - TE Charles Clay out of practice

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (ankle) missed practice Thursday. Oct. 4.

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Josh Allen doesn't have much help in the passing game, and if Clay is out this week, he'll have even less chance of putting up a fight against the Titans pass rush.

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25. CIN - RB Joe Mixon practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Katherine Terrell

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) is practicing Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Mixon is healthier than Giovani Bernard, and he should be ready to roll for a matchup against a Dolphins defense that got shredded by the Patriots running backs last week. He's a must start in redraft and great DFS discount play.

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26. CAR - TE Greg Olsen dressed for practice

Source: Panthers.com - Bill Voth

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is dressed for practice Thursday, Oct. 4. He was hoping to return four or five weeks after breaking his foot, and this weekend would make four weeks.

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Olsen probably won't be back this week, but he could return next week, which would be music to ears of teams with tight end problems. Make sure he's not on your waiver wire.

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27. GB - RB Ty Montgomery a multi-position player

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery is viewed as a multiple-position player by head coach Mike McCarthy. Montgomery could move around with multiple injuries at receiver.

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Montgomery can fill Randall Cobb's role and he can also be a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. With the Packers offense likely short-handed this week, Montgomery becomes a nice sleeper play in PPR leagues.

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28. GB - WR Geronimo Allison still in protocol Thursday

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Thursday, Oct. 4.

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This puts Allison on a rough timeline if we expect to see him Sunday. The odds are getting longer, and he could face a tough matchup if he does play if Davante Adams is out, leaving Darius Slay to match up with Allison.

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29. GB - WR Randall Cobb remains out of practice

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) remains out of practice Thursday, Oct. 4.

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Cobb won't be back this week. Look for rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling to get more targets this week with Geronimo Allison also looking unlikely to play.

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30. GB - WR Davante Adams idle

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (calf) will be out of practice Thursday, Oct. 4, after suffering a calf injury in practice Wednesday, Oct. 3. 'We'll see how it goes,' according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

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Adams outlook was already dimmed with Darius Slay likely to play him most of the afternoon. If he's not 100% that could be reason to bench him this week. Jimmy Graham and Ty Montgomery might be Aaron Rodgers top targets this 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