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Footballguys #169 - 10/7 - News And Notes From Around The Leauge

Volume 20, #169 -- Sunday Night, October 7th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Monday to you. Another wild Sunday in the books. Let's get to it.

J

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. NYG - Odell Beckham busy in road loss

2. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley scores two TDs

3. NYG - QB Eli Manning posts 326 yards, two TDs

4. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa blanked in home victory

5. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson finally breaks out

6. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell flirts with century mark

7. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold has odd stat line in win

8. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell goes bonkers in home win

9. DEN - Nine grabs for WR Emmanuel Sanders

10. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas posts 105 yards, TD

11. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton scores first TD

12. LAR - WR Brandin Cooks out with concussion

13. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp evaluated for concussion

14. DEN - QB Case Keenum tosses two TDs

15. CLE - TE David Njoku targeted 11 times

16. CIN - Four catches for WR Tyler Boyd

17. CIN - RB Joe Mixon rushes for 93 yards

18. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield posts 342 yards in win

19. CIN - QB Andy Dalton throws for 248 yards

20. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake more involved as receiver

21. BAL - WR John Brown targeted 14 times

22. SF - RB Matt Breida injured in first half

23. BAL - RB Alex Collins leads way for Baltimore

24. PIT - RB James Conner has big performance

25. PIT - Three touchdowns for QB Ben Roethlisberger

26. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley held in check

27. BAL - QB Joe Flacco just misses 300 yards

28. ATL - WR Julio Jones finishes with 62 yards

29. ATL - WR Mohamed Sanu finds end zone

30. ATL - Nine catches for TE Austin Hooper

31. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy totals 108 scrimmage yards

32. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman quiet in Week 5

33. ATL - QB Matt Ryan has solid outing

34. TEN - WR Taywan Taylor has rough afternoon

35. TEN - WR Corey Davis leads team in Week 5

36. TEN - RB Dion Lewis struggles in road loss

37. TEN - RB Derrick Henry does better in Week 5

38. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota doesn't do much

39. CLE - Knee injury for WR Rashard Higgins


1. NYG - Odell Beckham busy in road loss

Source: 1 No Source

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. posted eight receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown and he also threw a 57-yard scoring pass to RB Saquon Barkley.

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Beckham finally broke out and showed some great throwing ability as a trick play passer. He should have a big Week 6 on Thursday against the Eagles.

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2. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley scores two TDs

Source: 1 No Source

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) rushed 15 times for 48 yards in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers and he added four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns. On his second score, he appears to roll his ankle jumping into the end zone.

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Barkley was actually contained by the Panthers defense, but scored on a long pass from Odell Beckham and also scored what could have been the game-winning score. He has a short week of rest before a Thursday game so we will watch the injury reports closely.

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3. NYG - QB Eli Manning posts 326 yards, two TDs

Source: 1 No Source

New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 22-of-36 passes for 326 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 5 loss against the Carolina Panthers.

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Manning finally got the downfield passing game going against the Panthers, but it wasn't enough to win because of a huge last second field goal. He'll have a streamable matchup on Thursday against Philadelphia.

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4. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa blanked in home victory

Source: 1 No Source

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa was targeted five times in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos but he went without a catch.

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Enunwa was considered a safe PPR start after a strong and consistent September, but let us down as the running game and Robby Anderson were too efficient. He'll still have a good matchup against the Colts secondary next week.

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5. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson finally breaks out

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New York Jets WR Robby Anderson posted three receptions for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos on five targets.

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Anderson finally broke through after a slow September. He showed his ceiling for a possible what the heck flex call against the Colts next week.

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6. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell flirts with century mark

Source: 1 No Source

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell rushed 20 times for 99 yards in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos.

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Powell was the lesser fantasy back even though the Jets seem to prefer him in terms of volume. He's still injury/bye material with his ability and role, but behind Isaiah Crowell in our pecking order.

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7. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold has odd stat line in win

Source: NFL

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed 10-of-22 passes for 198 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 5 win against the Denver Broncos.

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Darnold hit Robby Anderson twice on deep balls and created a solid fantasy day despite only 22 attempts. He's still only a bottom of the barrel streamer, but he can create high ceiling possibilities for his receivers next week against the Colts.

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8. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell goes bonkers in home win

Source: ESPN Stats and Information

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 15 times for a career-high 219 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos and he added one reception for 12 yards. He averaged 14.6 yards per rush, the highest average in a game by a player with at least 15 attempts in NFL history.

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Crowell had his third huge game of the season in only five weeks. While his floor is low, his ceiling appears to be as high as any running back that isn't in the top 5-10. He'll have a chance to keep his hot streak going against the Colts next week.

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9. DEN - Nine grabs for WR Emmanuel Sanders

Source: 1 No Source

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders posted nine catches for 72 yards on 14 targets in Week 5 against the New York Jets.

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Sanders broke into the box score mostly late during garbage time. He could be in danger of a value hit if Case Keenum is benched because he has been Keenum's favorite receiver. He'll be a WR3/Flex play against the Rams next week.

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10. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas posts 105 yards, TD

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Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas racked up five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown on six targets in Week 5 against the New York Jets.

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Thomas had a long score, but it was meaningless in the outcome of the game. He's a boom/bust WR3/Flex against the Rams next week.

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11. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton scores first TD

Source: 1 No Source

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton finished with two grabs for 18 yards and his first NFL touchdown in Week 5 against the New York Jets.

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Sutton was open more than his stats indicate, but he was missed by Case Keenum on multiple plays. He also hustled to stop a pick six when the game was decided. He could benefit if the Broncos make a quarterback change.

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12. LAR - WR Brandin Cooks out with concussion

Source: TheRams.com

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks and he will not return.

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Cooks took a big hit and may not be ready for next week's game against the Broncos. Robert Woods might be the clear #1 for the matchup in Week 6.

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13. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp evaluated for concussion

Source: TheRams.com

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (concussion) left the Week 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a concussion. He had six grabs for 90 yards and a score on nine targets before departing.

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Kupp and Brandin Cooks are in danger for next week's matchup against the Broncos. The tight ends could play a much larger role in the passing game next week.

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14. DEN - QB Case Keenum tosses two TDs

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Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum completed 35-of-51 passes for a season-best 377 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 5 against the New York Jets.

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Keenum had big numbers but a lot came with the Jets comfortably in the lead. Calls for Chad Kelly will continue as the Broncos have the Rams on the schedule next week. Keenum will be a boom/bust streamer.

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15. CLE - TE David Njoku targeted 11 times

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Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku racked up team bests with six catches, 69 yards and 11 targets in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Njoku should continue to be one of Baker Mayfield's main targets with his huge wingspan and other physical gifts. His value is trending up.

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16. CIN - Four catches for WR Tyler Boyd

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd caught four passes for 44 yards against the Miami Dolphins in Week 5.

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Boyd's hot streak came to a halt despite having a great matchup against the lesser Dolphins corners this week. He's got a good matchup against Pittsburgh next week and probably deserves another WR3/Flex look in Week 6.

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17. CIN - RB Joe Mixon rushes for 93 yards

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed for 93 yards on 22 carries against the Miami Dolphins in Week 5. He also caught three passes for 22 yards and one touchdown during the game.

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Mixon started slow and finished strong as there was little concern about the size of his workload despite buzz to the contrary before the game. He'll be a strong RB1 against the Steelers next week.

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18. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield posts 342 yards in win

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Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed 25-of-43 passes for a 342 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 5 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Mayfield's stats were boosted by the extra period. He is still not making it look as easy as he did against the Jets when he came off of the bench, but Mayfield should be able to support the value of David Njoku and Jarvis Landry.

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19. CIN - QB Andy Dalton throws for 248 yards

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton went 20-for-30 for 248 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Miami Dolphins in Week 5.

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Dalton was one of a host of quarterbacks to underachieve in Week 5 after setting very expectations in September. The defense carried the Bengals to the victory and will be needed to come up big against the Steelers next week. Dalton is still a solid QB1 despite the quiet week against an undermanned unit.

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20. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake more involved as receiver

Source: NFL.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake caught seven passes for 69 yards and one touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5. He also rushed for 46 yards on six carries during the game.

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Drake came through on our benches with his involvement in the passing game, but the Dolphins aren't going to feature him in the offensive this year. The ferocious Bears defense is up next, so it will be risky to count on Drake to have his second good fantasy week of the season in Week 6.

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21. BAL - WR John Brown targeted 14 times

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Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown posted four receptions for 58 yards on a game-high 14 targets in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Brown was targeted like a #1 receiver, but he didn't produce like one. The Browns have a budding #1 corner in Denzel Ward who may see a lot of Keenan Allen next week. If this is a floor game for Brown, then he's still a solid WR2/WR3 against the Titans next week.

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22. SF - RB Matt Breida injured in first half

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (leg) suffered an apparent left leg injury in the first half of the Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals and he needed to be assisted off the field.

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Breida was off to a hot start in the very good matchup, but hasn't been able to stay on the field for long without an injury in 2018. Alfred Morris will be claimed in a lot of leagues where he was recently dropped.

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23. BAL - RB Alex Collins leads way for Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins rushed 12 times for a team-best 59 yards in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns and he added one catch for seven yards on four targets.

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Collins looked good, but the Ravens just aren't feeding him like they did in the second half of 2017. He's just a flex play heading into a middling matchup at Tennessee.

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24. PIT - RB James Conner has big performance

Source: NFL.com

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. He also caught four passes for 75 yards during the game.

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Conner had an extra spring in his step from the first touch in this one. He should be treated as an RB1 next week against the Bengals, but who knows what will be on the other side of the Week 7 bye with Leveon Bell possibly returning.

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25. PIT - Three touchdowns for QB Ben Roethlisberger

Source: NFL.com

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went 19-for-29 for 250 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5.

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Home Ben was back in this one, and so was the connection with Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger goes on the road to Cincinnati next week, but played well enough in this one to be a strong consideration next week.

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26. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley held in check

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught four passes for 38 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.

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Ridley like the rest of the Falcons offense came back to earth at Pittsburgh. It would be foolish to overreact by benching him next week against the generous Tampa defense.

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27. BAL - QB Joe Flacco just misses 300 yards

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Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 29-of-56 passes for 298 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Flacco got the volume that had been fueling his solid start to the year, but the Browns defense frustrated him all day. He was on the verge of being a reliable every week start, but now we have to question his streamability against the Titans next week.

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28. ATL - WR Julio Jones finishes with 62 yards

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught five passes for 62 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.

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Jones was blanked for the first three quarters, so it could have been a lot worse for teams that started Julio. He could have his biggest game of the year yet against the Bucs next week.

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29. ATL - WR Mohamed Sanu finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught four passes for 73 yards and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.

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Sanu had a long catch and run touchdown for the lone offensive highlight by the Falcons today. He is red hot right now and should be in our lineups against the Bucs next week.

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30. ATL - Nine catches for TE Austin Hooper

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught nine passes for 77 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.

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The Steelers are a soft defense against tight ends and it showed again this week. Hooper was a big part of the game plan from the beginning and should be a suitable streamer against Tampa next week. CJ Uzomah is streamable against the Steelers next week.

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31. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy totals 108 scrimmage yards

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Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed 24 times for 85 yards in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans and he added two receptions for a team-high 23 yards on three targets.

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Sadly this is a ceiling game for McCoy. He ran well despite his so-so yards per carry and the passing game isn't generating much offense for him. He's just a flex play at Houston next week.

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32. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman quiet in Week 5

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for 32 yards on eight carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. He also caught two passes for nine yards during the game.

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Freeman was part of a three-headed backfield and he faces a tough Bucs run defense next week. He's probably not worth a start until he has a big game in his lead committee back role.

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33. ATL - QB Matt Ryan has solid outing

Source: NFL.com

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 26-for-38 for 285 yards and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.

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Ryan was part of a cavalcade of September quarterback wonders fading in Week 5. He wasn't a complete disaster, but the Steelers defense was better than expected. He should bounce back against the Bucs next week.

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34. TEN - WR Taywan Taylor has rough afternoon

Source: 1 No Source

Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor picked up three receptions for 30 yards on five targets in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills, but he lost a fumble, too.

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Taylor's early fumble gave the Bills all of the momentum and he never made a big play to atone for the mistake. There was excitement about his role as the #2 in this offense solidifying heading into Week 5, but both he and the Titans were immense disappointments.

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35. TEN - WR Corey Davis leads team in Week 5

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Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis racked up four receptions for a team-high 49 yards on six targets in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills.

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Davis was locked up with Tre'Davious White, so this wasn't a shock. What was surprising is that the Titans didn't set up any secondary receivers for big days. Davis will likely see a lot of Jimmy Smith next week.

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36. TEN - RB Dion Lewis struggles in road loss

Source: 1 No Source

Tennessee Titans RB Dion Lewis ran 12 times for 34 yards in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills and he posted three grabs for 14 yards on four targets with a fumble lost.

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Lewis wasn't effective as a runner or receiver and the Titans offense never really put the Bills on their heels. He's just a PPR what the heck flex against Baltimore next week.

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37. TEN - RB Derrick Henry does better in Week 5

Source: 1 No Source

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry rushed 11 times for 56 yards in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills and he didn't have a catch on just one target.

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Henry was effective but the game script to allow him to finish a win never materialized. He should be on our benches against Baltimore next week.

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38. TEN - QB Marcus Mariota doesn't do much

Source: 1 No Source

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed just 14-of-26 passes for 129 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills and he added two runs for 10 yards.

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The Bills defense was competitive at home, the Titans might have been tired after an overtime marathon, and the offense lost Taylor Lewan. No matter what it was, Mariota and the Titans offense lost some of the trust they gained heading into a matchup with Baltimore next week.

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39. CLE - Knee injury for WR Rashard Higgins

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 5 game and is considered doubtful to return.

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Higgins was emerging as one of Baker Mayfield's most reliable targets before this injury. It could allow David Njoku and Rashard Higgins to have higher weekly ceilings heading into a matchup with the Chargers.

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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