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Footballguys #180 - 10/18 - Corrected Top 200 Forward Link - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #180 -- Thursday Night, October 18th, 2018

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A. Corrrected Links For Top 200 Forward
I apologize as Thursday afternoon I sent out a note about our Top 200 Forward for our Footballguys Season Long Pro Subscribers. I gave you an outdated link. The correct links are here:

Top 200 For Non PPR

Top 200 for PPR

Top 200 for IDP

B. NFL Week 7 DraftKings Tips & Picks From Footballguys & RotoGrinders
Footballguys analyst John Lee offers his strategy, picks, and roster advice to help you build your NFL Week 7 DraftKings lineups.


1. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette idle again

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is out of practice again Thursday, Oct. 18.

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At this point it seems likely, if not certain that Fournette won't return until after the Jaguars Week 9 bye. TJ Yeldon is a fine high floor RB2 this week against Houston, although he'll run into a tougher matchup against the Eagles next week.

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2. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski limited Thursday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was a limited participant in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Gronkowski should be fine for the game against the Bears on Sunday. Anytime he plays, Gronkowski is a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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3. NE - Another limited practice for RB Sony Michel

Source: NFLCommunications.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was a limited participant at practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 18.

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The Patriots are limiting Michel in an effort to be cautious with his knee injury. Check back on Friday to see if he can get a full practice in.

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4. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins does not practice

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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We'll know more about Hopkins after Friday's practice report is released. Stay tuned.

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5. CHI - No practice for WR Allen Robinson

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Robinson may not be able to play against the Patriots in Week 7. That could lead to more targets for guys like Taylor Gabriel, Tarik Cohen and rookie Anthony Miller.

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6. NO - Full practice for WR Cameron Meredith

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Meredith had his best game of the year in Week 5 when he caught five passes for 71 yards against Washington. Coming off the bye, Meredith could be in line for a larger role in the Saints passing game. Ted Ginn Jr. was put on Injured Reserve and the team will now distribute targets in the passing game differently. That could lead to a bump in looks for Meredith. He's a 'what the heck' flex play in Week 7 against the Ravens.

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7. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley not on the field

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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The Falcons play on Monday against the Giants so Thursday is actually their Wednesday for most weeks. If that makes sense, we mean to just keep an eye on Ridley's practice status for both Friday and Saturday. It's too early to tell whether or not he'll be available in Week 7 as a WR3/flex play for Fantasy GMs.

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8. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook misses practice

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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The Vikings might have to turn to Latavius Murray again. We'll have a better feel for Cook's availability in Week 7 after Friday's practice report is released.

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9. NO - WR Ted Ginn placed on IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Oct. 18, according to a source.

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Ginn will be a candidate for the 'designated to return' label after his misses the minimum of eight weeks. The team now turns to rookie Tre'Quan Smith in Ginn's absence. Smith wowed coaches during training camp and should be a waiver wire addition for Fantasy GMs in all formats.

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10. WAS - RB Chris Thompson limited Thursday

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee, rib) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Thompson was limited last week before being declared inactive for the game. He's on the same limited path this week leading up to the game against the Cowboys. Thompson might play and if he does we could only trust him as a 'what the heck' flex upon his return.

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11. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson listed as limited

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Peterson is down to only two injuries. He's the hammer for Washington and they should use him early and often against the Cowboys on Sunday. Peterson is a RB2 or flex option for Fantasy GMs.

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12. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson practices in full

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Johnson should be fresh coming back from the team's bye last week. A full participant on Thursday locks him in for the game against the Dolphins. So long as the Lions stick with the rushing attack, Johnson could post high end RB2 numbers in Week 7.

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13. WAS - WR Jamison Crowder does not practice

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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It looks like this ankle injury is going to keep Crowder out of action in Week 7. Fantasy GMs have other options as flex plays this week. Washington should go with Maurice Harris in Crowder's spot on Sunday against the Cowboys.

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14. IND - Limited practice for WR T.Y. Hilton

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Hilton is limited but he's back this week for the Colts. Likely facing Bills CB Tre'Davious White, Hilton should be considered a WR2 or flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 7.

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15. PHI - QB Carson Wentz full go Thursday

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Wentz is a QB1 for Fantasy GMs as per usual. He's going up against the middle-of-the-pack Panthers pass defense that has surrendered an average of 255.6 passing yards per game (15th).

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16. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon officially limited

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle, foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Yeldon is being cautiously monitored during the week of practice. He should be out there against the Texans in Week 7 and post high-end RB2 numbers for Fantasy GMs.

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17. TB - Full practice for QB Jameis Winston

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (hip) practiced fully Thursday, Oct. 18.

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This game against the Browns could feature some fireworks on offense...for both teams. The Browns have the 28th ranked defense in regards to yards surrendered per game on average (406.5) and Winston should be able to take advantage through the air. We like him as a QB1 for Fantasy GMs this week.

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18. CLE - TE David Njoku logs full practice

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Njoku is one of Baker Mayfield's favorite targets, seeing 30 passes thrown his way since the rookie QB took over as the starter. This week against the Buccaneers is a great matchup as they give up the most yards per game to tight ends so far this year. Njoku is a TE1 and might finish the week as a top-5 play at the position.

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19. NYG - Full practice for TE Evan Engram

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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We haven't seen Engram on the playing field since Week 3 but he's likely to return on Monday night against the Falcons. The Giants could use a hand on offense, so Engram is a low-end TE1 for Fantasy GMs upon his return.

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20. MIA - WR DeVante Parker takes part in practice

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Parker is healthy after being banged up for most of this year. It doesn't matter from a fantasy perspective right now as he's buried on the team's depth chart.

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21. MIA - No practice for RB Frank Gore

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins RB Frank Gore (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Gore is a seasoned veteran who seems to be getting some extra rest here. He's a RB4 or deep flex option as he'll continue to split time with Kenyan Drake against the Lions in Week 7.

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22. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold has full practice

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (elbow) put in a full practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Darnold has a tough matchup against the Vikings this week. We can only trust him as a low-end QB2 for Fantasy GMs in Week 7.

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23. CAR - TE Greg Olsen listed as limited

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Olsen was solid but not spectacular in his return to the field last week. He'll be a low ceiling TE1 play at Philadelphia.

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24. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson full go Thursday

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) returned to a full practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Anderson could pop off for a big play in this one, but he could also see a lot of Xavier Rhodes - who can be beat deep. He's a boom/bust WR3/Flex play with this full return to practice.

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25. CIN - Thursday practice report for Bengals

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), C Billy Price (foot) and LB Nick Vigil (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 18. LB Vincent Rey (hamstring) and SS Shawn Williams (concussion) were limited during practice. DE Carlos Dunlap (buttock), LB Jordan Evans (hamstring), S Clayton Fejedelem (thigh), OT Cordy Glenn (ankle), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (wrist) and WR John Ross (groin) fully participated in practice.

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The Bengals defense will be shorthanded against the Chiefs, the only question is just how many starters they will be missing. Travis Kelce could be in for a huge week with Vigil sidelined.

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26. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell remains idle

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) was absent from practice again Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Bilal Powell could be in line to start this week if Crowell isn't ready for Sunday's tilt with the Vikings, although no running back other than Todd Gurley has broken through for a good fantasy game against Minnesota this year.

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27. CIN - TE C.J. Uzomah a limited participant

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 18.

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We'll be watching this because Uzomah is a prime streamer against the Chiefs this week. The game is on Sunday night, so tomorrow's practice will be important for determining how reliable Uzomah will be this week.

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28. TEN - Tennessee's Thursday injury report

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans LB Will Compton (hamstring), LB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) and OG Quinton Spain (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 18. FS Kenny Vaccaro (elbow) was limited. LB Wesley Woodyard (shoulder) and DL Bennie Logan (elbow) participated fully.

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Second-round pick Harold Landry will get more opportunity this week in London with Morgan likely out.

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29. CLE - CB E.J. Gaines won't play

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns CB E.J. Gaines (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 7. CB T.J. Carrie will start in his place.

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The Bucs already march too many weapons on the field for any defense to match up with. The loss of Gaines should help Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson assuming Denzel Ward sees a lot of Mike Evans.

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30. NYG - WR Corey Coleman signs with Giants

Source: The Athletic - Dan Duggan

Free-agent WR Corey Coleman (Patriots) signed with the New York Giants' practice squad Thursday, Oct. 18.

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The Giants wide receiver group is very thin after losing Cody Latimer, so we may see Coleman by the end of the year. He's worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues.

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31. MIA - DE Cameron Wake could return this Sunday

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (knee) could return in Week 7, according to head coach Adam Gase. Wake, who has missed the last two games, returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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The Dolphins need more pass rush against Matthew Stafford and his trio of receivers, so this is welcome news.

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32. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill likely to miss Week 8

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) is unlikely to be ready to play in Week 8, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. Tannehill has already been ruled out for Week 7, and the Dolphins' Week 8 game is on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Brocktober will likely continue through the end of the month, which is good news for Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson as key members of the team's short passing game.

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33. SF - RB Alfred Morris still No. 2 on the depth chart?

Source: Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that RB Raheem Mostert seeing time ahead of RB Alfred Morris was not a permanent switch and instead related to what they felt was the best matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

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Mostert showed more burst than Morris has at any point this year. If the 49ers have to turn to a backup, Morris may get the first call, but Mostert will get enough work to show that gap again. Mostert is the one to carry in deeper leagues despite Shanahan's sentiment.

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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