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Footballguys #168 - 10/6 - News And Notes From Around The Leauge

Volume 20, #168 -- Saturday Night, October 6th, 2018

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

J


1. IND - HC wants QB Andrew Luck to pass less

Source: FOX 59 Indianapolis - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has attempted 121 passes over the past two games, second-most in NFL history, and the most in a five-day stretch. Head coach Frank Reich wants to fix that. 'It's killing me to have to throw it this much,' Reich said Saturday, Oct. 6.

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The Colts played on Thursday night against the Patriots and Luck was filling the air with footballs again. Those 121 passes came within the span of five days. If the Colts want Luck at his best then they should find other ways to move the ball.

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2. CLE - RB Carlos Hyde looks to keep streak alive

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde heads into the Week 5 game against the Baltimore Ravens as the only running back in the NFL to have a rushing touchdown in all four games.

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Hyde will lead the way for the Browns on the ground once again. However, with the emergence of rookie Nick Chubb last week (2 rushing touchdowns) perhaps we'll see more of a RBBC approach. We like Hyde as a low-end RB2 or flex play in Week 5 while Chubb is still more of a 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs.

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3. NO - RB Mark Ingram activated for Monday

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram was officially activated to the 53-man roster Saturday, Oct. 6 and the team cut RB Mike Gillislee to make room.

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Ingram is back in action for the Saints this week and the veteran back should take some touches away from Alvin Kamara. Fantasy GMs should know that this backfield can support both...just like it did last year. Kamara is the clear-cut lead back and an every week RB1 starter. Ingram might get eased back in this week with 10 or so touches...and that makes him more of a deep flex play in Week 5. Going forward, Ingram could have RB2/flex value once he's back in football shape.

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4. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson ready to roll

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) was listed as a full participant in practice Saturday, Oct. 6 and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 5 game against the New Orleans Saints.

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It's a revenge game for Peterson...but Washington has to stay in the game in order for him to get the touches he'd need to exact his revenge. Peterson was with the Saints last year in four games before getting traded to the Cardinals. If Washington stays in the game, then Peterson should get a RB2 workload. If they fall behind, then change-of-pace back Chris Thompson would get more work. Both are in the RB2/flex range this week in PPR leagues.

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5. WAS - WR Paul Richardson off injury report

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) practiced in full on Saturday, Oct. 6 after being limited in each of his two previous sessions. He was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 5 game with the New Orleans Saints on Monday, Oct. 8.

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Good news for the Washington offense. The Saints defense has been shredded most of this season, and Washington should have to play catch-up football in what could be a shootout between these two offenses. Fantasy GMs should consider Richardson a WR4 or flex play in Week 5.

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6. WAS - WR Maurice Harris could see larger role

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Maurice Harris might see a larger role in the Week 5 game against the New Orleans Saints on Monday, Oct. 6.

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Undrafted out of Cal in 2016, Harris has made some plays here and there for Washington. He's Keenan Allen's cousin, and Harris has a good size/speed combination at 6'3" 200 pounds. Fantasy GMs should see him as a crazy deep 'what the heck' flex in Week 5 as he should start if Josh Doctson (heel) doesn't play.

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7. WAS - WR Josh Doctson questionable for Week 5

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (heel) did not practice Saturday, Oct. 6 and he is listed as questionable for the Week 5 game against the New Orleans Saints on Monday, Oct. 8.

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Doctson has been seen in a walking boot and seems unlikely to play in Week 5. Washington would start Maurice Harris if Doctson can't go.

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8. NO - RB Alvin Kamara ready for Monday's game

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Saturday, Oct. 6, but he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 5 game against the Washington Redskins on Monday, Oct. 8.

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Kamara will have a different distribution of touches this week with the return of Mark Ingram from his four-game suspension. He's still an every week starter and RB1 for Fantasy GMs as we think Ingram won't get quite as many touches per game (18) as he did last year...especially his first week back.

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9. NO - WR Cameron Meredith might start in Week 5

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) was limited in practice Saturday, Oct. 6, but he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 5 game with the Washington Redskins.

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Meredith is working his way into the rotation for the Saints. He had four targets last week, snaring three passes for 32 yards against the Giants. He's only a super deep 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs in Week 5...even with Ted Ginn (knee) out for Monday's game against Washington.

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10. TB - Tampa will not add QB Paxton Lynch

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Free-agent QB Paxton Lynch (Broncos) worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week, but the team is not expected to offer him a contract.

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Lynch has worked out for several teams now but nobody is yet interested in adding the 2016 first-round pick (Broncos). His reputation seems to proceed him on these stops. Lynch is big, athletic and has a strong arm...but there were plenty of questions about his work ethic during his two years in Denver.

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11. ARI - WR Rishard Matthews to work out for Arizona

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Rishard Matthews (Titans) is scheduled to work out for the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, Oct. 9, according to a source.

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Matthews is getting a little bit of interest and should find a new home soon. The Cardinals are banged up at the position, so perhaps Matthews makes sense for them.

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12. CLE - Cleveland to work out WR Rishard Matthews

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Rishard Matthews (Titans) is scheduled to work out for the Cleveland Browns Monday, Oct. 8, according to a source.

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The Browns are reportedly going to limit the snaps for rookie Antonio Callaway, so Matthews could latch on here and get some work. This might be his most likely destination.

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13. NYG - TE Evan Engram does some cutting

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) did some running and light cutting Saturday, Oct. 6, but he will likely be out until Week 7. The Thursday night game in Week 6 makes it difficult to return then.

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Engram sprained his MCL in Week 3, and this report indicates that he's getting close to a return. The time of his return should be around Week 7.

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14. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch will stay busy

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is averaging 19.5 touches per game, his most since 2014, and head coach Jon Gruden said Lynch can handle the workload. 'We'll just keep feeding him Skittles and keep sending him out there as long as he can,' Gruden said.

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Lynch's carries have gone up each of the last three weeks and he cracked the century mark for the first time this season with 130 rushing yards against the Browns last week. Against the Chargers, we like recommending Lynch as a RB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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15. MIN - No running room for RB Dalvin Cook

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook's (hamstring) yards per carry has dropped from 4.8 last year to 2.7 this season, and he has accounted for negative yardage on six of his 36 carries.

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Cook is the 46th ranked running back this year with only 59 rushing yards before contact. That's in only three games..and that's only 36 carries on the season. Clearly the Vikings need to do a better job of springing Cook free. We'll see if he can get healthier and the team can get their rushing attack back on track.

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16. BAL - QB Joe Flacco throwing deep more often

Source: NFL.com - Dan Hanzus

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco's yards per pass attempt has jumped from 5.72 in 2017 to 7.32 this season, and he is on pace to set a new career high in passing yards.

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That's what happens when you get him a deep target like John Brown. Flacco wants to air it out deep and Brown certainly has been one of his favorite targets in 2018.

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17. SF - QB Jimmy Garoppolo hopeful for OTAs

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's (knee) surgery went 'as good as it could've,' according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, and Shanahan is hopeful that Garoppolo can participate in OTAs in some capacity.

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That's cool and all but we'd recommend the team easing him back into action. Expect the 49ers to treat Garoppolo like the Eagles treated Carson Wentz this offseason -- slow and steady is the way to go.

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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