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Footballguys #173 - 10/11 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #173 -- Thursday Night, October 11th, 2018

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1. LAR - PK Greg Zuerlein a limited participant

Source: The Orange County Register - Rich Hammond

Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11. It's looking like he'll miss this week.

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2. ATL - No practice for RB Devonta Freeman

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) was held out of practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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It doesn't look like Freeman will be able to go this week at this rate. Consider Tevin Coleman a boom/bust RB2 against the tough Bucs run defense and Ito Smith a what the heck flex unless this changes.

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3. SF - RB Matt Breida to sit Thursday

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) will not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 11, but has not been ruled out for Week 6 at this point. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Breida is considered day-to-day.

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San Francisco is playing Monday night, but you shouldn't wait around for Breida. Project Alfred Morris as if he'll start at Green Bay.

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4. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch tabbed limited as usual

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (hip) was limited in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Against his former team (Seattle) on Sunday, Lynch should perform like a high upside RB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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5. LAR - Limited practice for WR Cooper Kupp

Source: The Orange County Register - Rich Hammond

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Kupp did not practice on Wednesday, so this limited designation is progress. We'll see if he can get cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday. The Rams travel to play the Broncos on Sunday and weather (snow) may be a factor early in the game. Keep this in mind if you're considering assets from the Rams passing attack.

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6. LAR - WR Brandin Cooks listed as limited

Source: The Orange County Register - Rich Hammond

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Cooks did not practice on Wednesday, so this limited designation is progress. We'll see if he can get cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday. The Rams travel to play the Broncos on Sunday and weather (snow) may be a factor early in the game. Keep this in mind if you're considering assets from the Rams passing attack.

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7. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson remains limited Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder, ankle, knee) was limited in practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Peterson says he's going to be out there Sunday against the Panthers. We may see Washington rely more on Chris Thompson than they do on Peterson if he does play in Week 6.

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8. WAS - Still no practice for WR Jamison Crowder

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) did not practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Fantasy GMs have other options at the ready. Crowder may play against the Panthers on Sunday but we need to see him practice on Friday.

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9. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott practices

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Elliott is the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense. There's no question that he's going to once again lead the way for Dallas...and for his Fantasy GMs in Week 6. It's a tougher match against the Jaguars this week but Elliott is still a RB1.

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10. KC - WR Sammy Watkins takes part in practice

Source: Chiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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We are so looking forward to the Chiefs/Patriots game on Sunday. Watkins played with this hamstring injury last week and should be considered a WR3/flex option for Fantasy GMs in Week 6.

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11. HOU - RB Lamar Miller fully practices

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (chest) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Miller should play this week for the Texans after being active only as an emergency option last week. His snap count is a bit of an unknown so we're looking at him as a flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 6.

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12. HOU - WR Will Fuller a limited participant

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Fuller's hamstring really bothered him last week. He didn't look like himself against the Cowboys and was only targeted three times, catching two passes for 15 yards. Fuller should play against the Bills but he's a risky WR3/flex option due to this nagging injury.

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13. HOU - Limited practice for WR Keke Coutee

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Coutee has emerged for the Texans with Will Fuller a bit banged up. The Texans have managed Coutee's reps in practice this week. He's a WR3/flex option for Fantasy GMs in Week 6 against the Bills.

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14. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins limited Thursday

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Hopkins has dealt with his share of nagging injuries so far this year...and he hasn't missed a game. Fantasy GMs know that if he's on the field then he's a must-start WR1.

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15. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson listed as limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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It's wise for the Texans to monitor Watson's participation closely. He should be out there against the Bills and is a QB1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 6.

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16. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook a full participant

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Cook is on track to play against the Cardinals this Sunday. He's a low-end RB2 coming back from this hamstring injury.

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17. TB - TE O.J. Howard remains limited

Source: ESPN.com - Jenna Laine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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It looks like Howard will be able to give it a go this week, which splits the tight end targets and makes a promising matchup against Atlanta probably not usable for fantasy leagues this week.

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18. IND - RB Marlon Mack practices in full

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Mack should be back this week, but he'll be mired in a three-way committee in a non-functional running game. He's only worth the preemptive add in very deep leagues.

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19. IND - TE Eric Ebron misses practice

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (ankle, knee, quadriceps, shin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Erik Swoope is already the #2 tight end with Jack Doyle out. If Ebron is limited or out on Sunday, Swoope's basketball ball skills and top-end athleticism could be married to a high volume role at tight end, the toughest position to find points at in fantasy leagues this year.

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20. SF - WR Marquise Goodwin logs full practice

Source: 49ers.com - Joe Fann

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring, thigh) was a full practice participant Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Goodwin could be back this week and he did have some success with CJ Beathard last week, but this news is only a predicate for a preemptive add. We won't rely on Goodwin until we see him flash his speed on a big play in the deep passing game again.

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21. SF - TE George Kittle sidelined Thursday

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is not practicing Thursday, Oct. 11.

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We hadn't heard anything that would make us think Kittle's Week 6 is in danger, but he is playing on Monday night, so stay tuned.

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22. CLE - Thursday injury report for Browns

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) and LB Tanner Vallejo (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 11. LB James Burgess (knee), CB E.J. Gaines (groin) and CB Damarious Randall (heel) were limited. TE Seth DeValve (hamstring) and OT Desmond Harrison (knee) participated fully.

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Higgins is likely to be out this week, which should enhance the ceilings of David Njoku and Jarvis Landry against the Chargers.

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23. SEA - Full practice for WR Doug Baldwin

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Baldwin was quiet last week but could be better against Oakland's weak secondary. He might not be worth a start yet in PPR leagues, but we'll be hoping for a good game going into the bye so we can trust a rested Baldwin in Week 8.

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24. CIN - Cincinnati's Thursday injury report

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee), TE Tyler Kroft (foot) and C Billy Price (foot) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 11. CB William Jackson III (knee), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist) and WR John Ross (groin) were limited. OG Clint Boling (hip), LB Preston Brown (ankle), DE Michael Johnson (knee) and DE Carl Lawson (ankle) participated fully.

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With Kroft banged up, CJ Uzomah should dominate tight end targets for the Bengals against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has had trouble defending tight ends this year, so Uzomah is a suitable streamer.

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25. NYJ - Thursday's injury report for Jets

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets WR Charone Peake (hamstring), CB Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps), CB Buster Skrine (concussion), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot), DE Leonard Williams (back) and WR Terrelle Pryor (groin) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 11. WR Andre Roberts (elbow, foot), C Spencer Long (knee, finger), S Marcus Maye (ankle, foot), CB Doug Middleton (hamstring) and TE Neal Sterling (concussion) were limited. DL Folorunso Fatukasi (hamstring), DT Nathan Shepherd (shoulder) and OT Kelvin Beachum (foot) were full participants.

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Two of the top three Jets corners are likely out this week, which will only help the high volume pass offense led by Andrew Luck.

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26. CAR - TE Greg Olsen a full practice participant

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was listed as a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 11, and offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he remains on target to return and play in Sunday's Week 6 game against the Washington Redskins.

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Olsen should be back this week and should be in your lineup unless you have an obviously better option at the thin tight end position.

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27. NE - RB Sony Michel remains limited

Source: NESN.com - Zack Cox

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was a limited participant in the team's non-padded walkthrough Thursday, Oct. 11, and was seen riding a stationary bike during warmups.

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The Patriots will likely rely on Michel to create long drives and keep Patrick Mahomes on the sidelines Sunday night. The late start makes this more complicated for lineup setting, but as long as the Patriots don't make another roster move at running back, you can probably count on Michel in Week 6.

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28. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell sidelined again

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle) was not practicing for a second straight day Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Crowell comes into Week 6 red hot and facing a good matchup against the Colts, but this could set Bilal Powell up to have the big week in the suddenly strong Jets running game.

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29. GB - WR Geronimo Allison out of practice

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring) has cleared the concussion protocol, but he's out of practice with a hamstring issue.

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Allison ended up participating in practice later and might be on track to play on Monday night in what should be a good matchup against the 49ers.

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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