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Footballguys #182 - 10/20 - News For TE Rob Gronkowski and RB Melvin Gordon And More

Volume 20, #182 -- Saturday Night, October 20th, 2018

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1. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski does not travel

Source: The Boston Globe - Jim McBride

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) did not travel with the team for the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears, according to a league source. However, he has not yet been ruled out.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Gronkowski is "highly unlikely" to play in Week 7 against Chicago. Without Gronkowski, the Patriots would turn to Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister at tight end. They'd also use more Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman on intermediate routes.

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2. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon listed as questionable

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) has been downgraded to questionable for the Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans.

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He went from limited on Friday to a questionable status on Saturday. The game is set to begin in London at 9:30 Eastern so make sure to check on Gordon's game-time status before then. We would see Austin Ekeler be the Chargers lead back if Gordon is out.

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3. LAC - Detrez Newsome promoted Saturday

Source: Chargers.com

The Los Angeles Chargers promoted RB Detrez Newsome to the 53-man roster Saturday, Oct. 20 and they waived LB Emmanuel Ellerbee.

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This puts Melvin Gordon's status for Week 7 up in the air. Already listed as questionable, Gordon might miss the game in London against the Titans. Check early (9:30 am ET kickoff) to make sure Gordon is playing or not. Undrafted out of Western Carolina in 2018, Newsome measures in at 5'9" 208 pounds and has fantastic balance after contact. He was a star in the preseason and we're monitoring him but only in super deep dynasty leagues.

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4. LAC - Larger role for RB Austin Ekeler in Week 7?

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler could serve as the lead back in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans depending on the status of RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring, dehydration).

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Keep an eye on this situation and make sure to have things set early as the London game starts well ahead of the rest of the Week 7 slate. Gordon was downgraded to questionable on Saturday, Oct. 20, less than 24 hours before kickoff in London.

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5. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch may go on IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) may be placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of his groin injury.

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The Raiders are going to turn to Doug Martin now as their lead back. Jalen Richard could get a bump in snaps as well as the team's change-of-pace back.

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6. NYJ - WR Terrelle Pryor officially released

Source: NFL Network - Kimberly Jones

Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Terrelle Pryor (groin) was officially released Saturday, Oct. 20 and the team signed WR Deontay Burnett to take his spot on the 53-man roster.

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The Jets think he'll be out a couple of weeks with a groin injury and they hope to sign him back at that time. Pryor had been playing better over the last two weeks with six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns during that time. He could draw interest from other teams before the Jets have a chance to sign him back.

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7. SF - QB Tom Savage cut, likely to be re-signed

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

The San Francisco 49ers waived QB Tom Savage on Saturday, Oct. 20, and they promoted DB Tyvis Powell from the practice squad to the active roster. Savage is likely to be re-signed next week.

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Savage was/is the team's veteran insurance plan at the quarterback position. They have C.J. Beathard as their starter and undrafted second-year pro Nick Mullens is his backup.

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8. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley set for Monday's game

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) went through a limited practice Saturday, Oct. 20 and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 7 game against the New York Giants.

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The Giants have a fairly solid pass defense, ranking 12th in the league this year by allowing an average of only 236.3 passing yards per game. That being said, the Falcons passing attack should provide them with quite the challenge. We like Ridley as a low-end WR2 or flex option for Fantasy GMs in Week 7.

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9. ATL - WR Mohamed Sanu ready to go Monday

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) was about to take part in a limited practice Saturday, Oct. 20 and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 7 game against the New York Giants on Monday, Oct. 22.

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With Sanu set to play against the Giants, Fantasy GMs should be more emboldened about QB Matt Ryan. Sanu may not do a whole lot as a reliable target for Ryan, so think of him as a 'what the heck' flex on Monday night.

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10. NE - WR Julian Edelman traveling with team

Source: Boston Herald - Kevin Duffy

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (heel) is traveling with the team for their Week 7 game and is still listed as questionable.

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Edelman is set to play against the Bears this week. As a favorite target of Tom Brady, Edelman is a WR2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues most every week...including this one.

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11. MIA - WR DeVante Parker a trade target for teams

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is a trade target for several teams, but the Dolphins are not shopping him at this point. The Dolphins have talked with multiple teams about Parker.

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Parker would not fetch them much in return. So far a career disappointment, Parker was a first-round pick for the Dolphins in the 2015 NFL draft. They picked up his fifth-year option (guaranteed only for injury) so he's under contract through the 2019 season with a hefty price of $9.3 million next year. According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Dolphins won't take anything less than a third-round draft pick. Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued Parker's game as a pro...so getting that much compensation for him in return is a bit of a pipe dream. Stay tuned.

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12. NYG - TE Evan Engram not on injury report

Source: Giants.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) fully participated in practice Saturday, Oct. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

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Great news for Fantasy GMs here. Engram will be back in action on Monday night against the Falcons and help provide a boost to the struggling Giants passing game. When on the field, Engram is a TE1 for Fantasy GMs in all formats.

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13. NO - WR Ted Ginn undergoes surgery

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after dealing with some inflammation in the knee.

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The veteran has placed on Injured Reserve but Saints head coach Sean Payton said Ginn could return later this season. In the meantime, we're super excited to see more from rookie Tre'Quan Smith.

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14. ARI - OC change may help RB David Johnson

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson hopefully will be more involved in the offense under new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

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Great news for Fantasy GMs here. Mike McCoy just did not know how to use his superstar running back. Johnson gets an upgrade here after registering mostly a disappointing season to this point.

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15. DEN - WR DaeSean Hamilton has MCL sprain

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL suffered during the team's Week 7 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He could miss a game or two.

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Hamilton was injured from a dirty hit on special teams after he had already waved for a fair catch. He hasn't done much as a receiver yet this year but the rookie does have the skill set to be a quality slot for the Broncos someday.

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16. JAX - RB Carlos Hyde to sit this Sunday?

Source: 1010XL AM - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde is not expected to play in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, according to 1010XL's Hays Carlyon.

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Hyde was just traded for on Friday, so it's not a surprise that he would sit out this week. It shouldn't take him long to get up to speed in the Jaguars offense and he may see the field next weekend. This week, the Jaguars are turning to T.J. Yeldon as their lead back.

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That'll do it for today. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you with the Update tomorrow.

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