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Footballguys #172 - 10/10 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #172 -- Wednesday Night, October 10th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Game Day. We've got some News and Notes so let's get to it.

J


1. IND - T.Y Hilton not expected to play

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) is not expected to play in the Week 6 game.

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Hilton is considered week-to-week with this injury. Without Hilton, the Colts turn to Chester Rogers once again to do more. He's got 22 targets and 16 catches over the last two weeks.

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2. NYG - TE Evan Engram ruled out

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) was not able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 10, and has been ruled out for Week 6.

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Engram is close to returning but not this week. The Giants will turn to Rhett Ellison again as their starter at the position. Even though TEs are brutal this year for Fantasy GMs you likely have better options than Ellison out there.

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3. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson expects to play

Source: HoustonTexans.com - Deepi Sidhu

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) said he expects to play this week after significant soreness from hits he took as a runner in Week 5.

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Watson plays at home against the Bills this week. The Bills pass defense is the 10th best in the league in passing yards allowed per game (234.6) but we still like Watson as a mid-range QB1 in Week 6.

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4. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette ruled out

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 6.

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The Jaguars roll on with T.J. Yeldon as their lead back. Behind him we'll see Jamaal Charles as the likely backup. Yeldon has RB1 upside against the Cowboys this week.

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5. PHI - RB Corey Clement good to go

Source: NJ.com - Mike Kaye

Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement (quadriceps) is 100 percent ready to go for Week 6 Thursday, Oct. 11, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Clement has been down for a couple of weeks due to this injury. He returns to the lineup without Jay Ajayi who the team shut down for the year with a knee injury. Clement will compete with Wendell Smallwood for touches in the Eagles backfield on Thursday night against the Giants.

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6. PHI - RB Jordan Howard a potential target?

Source: SportsRadio 94WIP

The Philadelphia Eagles could make a move to acquire Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard, according to John Clayton, who characterized Howard as a sleeper candidate for the Eagles.

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The Eagles are looking for running back help with Jay Ajayi (knee) out for the year. Reports speculate they are considering a reunion with LeSean McCoy but perhaps Clayton is on to something here. Howard is a bit of an odd fit in Matt Nagy's system and would be an upgrade over Corey Clement or Wendell Smallwood.

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7. DEN - WR Jordan Taylor may practice next week

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR Jordan Taylor (hips) will be eligible to participate in practice next week.

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Taylor likely will be limited to individual drills once he returns to practice. He's a tall, speedy receiver who has been sticking around at the end of the Broncos roster for a few years. He'll face an uphill battle for snaps if he actually finds his way to the active roster.

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8. SEA - Full practice for WR Doug Baldwin

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 10.

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Baldwin's knee has not been a problem, but his usage has certainly hurt his fantasy value. We'll see if Seattle wants to get Baldwin more involved this week against the Raiders.

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9. CAR - TE Greg Olsen a limited participant

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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It looks like Olsen is on track to play in Week 6. He's been out since injuring his foot (again) in Week 1. Olsen will need surgery after the season so he's clearly not 100 percent upon his return this week. Fantasy GMs need to proceed with caution when considering Olsen....look at him as a low-end TE1 against Washington.

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10. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman misses practice

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Freeman had missed some time with a knee sprain but he was back last week. This foot injury is new and Fantasy GMs need to watch his status in practice as the week goes on. The Falcons would roll with Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith if Freeman can't play in Week 6.

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11. MIN - Limited practice for RB Dalvin Cook

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Cook has only played in three games this year due to this hamstring injury. It looks like he might play this week against the Cardinals, but Fantasy GMs are certainly nerfing projections for the Vikings starting running back. Make sure to monitor his status during the week of practice.

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12. IND - TE Eric Ebron has assorted injuries

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (shin, quadriceps, ankle, knee) was unable to practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Keep an eye on his status as the week of practice goes on. Ebron has been coming through for the Colts, especially with Jack Doyle (hip) missing time. He's the no2 fantasy tight end after five weeks, thanks in part to his five receiving touchdowns so far this season.

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13. PIT - Rest day for QB Ben Roethlisberger

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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No big deal here as we've seen Roethlisberger get rest in the middle of the week before. On the road against the Bengals in Week 6, we've got Roethlisberger as a low-end QB1.

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14. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell doesn't practice

Source: The Bergen Record - Andy Vasquez

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle) was absent from practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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We'll see Crowell face off against the Colts in Week 6. After his monster game against the Broncos he just needed some rest and gets that on Wednesday. We have Crowell in the RB3/flex range against the Colts.

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15. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill fully practices

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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The Bears are going to get after Tannehill this week. That makes him a low-end QB2 in Week 6.

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16. IND - TE Jack Doyle week to week

Source: FOX 59 Indianapolis - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (hip) is still week to week, head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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Doyle may not return anytime soon. The Colts play the Jets this week and should continue to feature Eric Ebron as their top tight end although Ebron is dealing with injuries as well.

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17. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin unhappy with lack of targets

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin was only targeted once in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams and has only six receptions on nine targets for 42 yards through what amounts to be 2 1/2 games this season. Baldwin told reporters 'I feel good,' when asked Tuesday, Oct. 9, if his knees were to blame for the slow start.'There's a mixture obviously of being upset about the loss but then also only being targeted one time in the game. As a receiver, I'm not worth my salt if I wouldn't have a problem with that. I think every receiver across the league if they're being honest and truthful with you would say they're not OK with getting one target. But obviously, the course of the game, it was a shootout, we had to do what we had to do. There were a couple of times when I was getting double covered, so that opened things up for David Moore and for Tyler Lockett. So you (have to) do what's best for the offense and for the team. ... It happens like that sometimes. It's part of football,' Baldwin told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

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The old saying goes; the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Baldwin is squeaking here and expect Seattle to fix this issue. Against the Raiders this week, Baldwin should perform like a WR3/flex for Fantasy GMs.

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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