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Volume 20, #186 -- Wednesday Night, October 24th, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook to return after bye week?

2. DEN - QB Chad Kelly released

3. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell's career in jeopardy

4. MIA - WR Albert Wilson placed on IR

5. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski not at practice

6. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch had surgery

7. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette out of practice

8. PIT - Le'Veon Bell still absent

9. OAK - Jon Gruden high on RB Doug Martin

10. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers practices in full

11. IND - TE Jack Doyle officially limited

12. GB - TE Jimmy Graham has limited practice

13. GB - WR Randall Cobb limited by hamstring

14. GB - WR Geronimo Allison limited in practice

15. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell takes part in practice

16. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa misses practice

17. HOU - RB Lamar Miller ready to face old mates

18. HOU - WR Will Fuller off the injury report

19. HOU - WR Keke Coutee out for Week 8

20. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas able to go full

21. DET - WR Golden Tate logs limited practice

22. PHI - QB Carson Wentz limited in practice

23. MIA - QB Brock Osweiler ready for Houston

24. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake practices in full

25. MIA - WR Danny Amendola will be ready

26. TB - RB Peyton Barber no go Wednesday

27. BAL - WR Michael Crabtree, WR John Brown don't practice

28. CLE - TE David Njoku logs limited practice

29. CAR - Limited practice for TE Greg Olsen

30. CAR - QB Cam Newton has limited practice

31. DEN - RB Royce Freeman not practicing

32. NE - RB Sony Michel doesn't practice

33. IND - TE Jack Doyle returns to practice

34. CAR - WR Torrey Smith still idle

35. NYJ - RB Trenton Cannon has an opening


1. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook to return after bye week?

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is expected to miss the Vikings' next two games with the hope that he will be healthy enough to return following a Week 10 bye.

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Cook's hamstring has been a problem for him in 2018. While he's been out, Latavius Murray has taken over as the lead back and he's posting RB1 numbers for Fantasy GMs. That should continue to be the case going forward until Cook returns to the lineup...hopefully after the bye.

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2. DEN - QB Chad Kelly released

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Denver Broncos QB Chad Kelly was released Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Kelly was arrested on felony criminal trespass charges on Tuesday morning and finds himself out of a job a day later. The Broncos now move forward with Kevin Hogan as the primary backup to Case Keenum.

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3. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell's career in jeopardy

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

Updating a previous report, New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) will have surgery on his injured neck.

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The injury will not only end Powell's season, but could threaten his career, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Neck injuries have ended the careers of great players in NFL history like Eric Dickerson or Sterling Sharpe. They are tricky to deal with and difficult to come back from. We're hoping Powell can get back to full strength but it will be a long journey back to the football field if at all possible.

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4. MIA - WR Albert Wilson placed on IR

Source: NFL Network - Andrew Siciliano

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Wilson is now done for the season as the Dolphins have already designated two players to return from IR. Signed through 2020, Wilson doesn't need surgery to repair his hip and should be ready for action at some point next offseason.

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5. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski not at practice

Source: NFL Network - Mike Giardi

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) was held out of practice Wednesday, Oct .24.

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Gronkowski missed the Patriots Week 7 game against the Bears but he should be back this week. The Patriots travel to play the Bills on Monday night in Week 8, and they'll release an official injury report tomorrow. Make sure Gronkowski can practice on Saturday (hopefully fully) before plugging him into your lineup.

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6. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch had surgery

Source: ESPN - Jordan Schultz

Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) had surgery Thursday, Oct. 18, to repair his groin injury.

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We may not see Lynch play again...for the Raiders or in the NFL. He's hopeful to return this season and would eligible to return from the Reserve/Injured list in Week 16.

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7. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette out of practice

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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The Jaguars are off in Week 9. That means they could have Fournette ready for action in Week 10 against the Colts. We'll see him out until that week of practice.

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8. PIT - Le'Veon Bell still absent

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell remains absent from meetings Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Bell doesn't appear to be showing up this week either. Reports indicated he would report during the team's bye...and he didn't. Then reports speculated he would show up this week...and he hasn't. At this point, it just seems like he's going to hold out through Week 10 and show up when he has to. Anything earlier than that would just be a bonus.

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9. OAK - Jon Gruden high on RB Doug Martin

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden spoke highly of RB Doug Martin on Wednesday, Oct. 24, referring to him as a 'feature back' who has 'had 1,300 yards in this league twice.' Gruden added: 'He's practiced hard. He's ready to go.'

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Martin takes over for the Raiders with Marshawn Lynch on IR due to a groin injury. Gruden loves his veterans and Martin should get a healthy workload as the primary runner for the Raiders. We should also see Jalen Richard get more work as the team's change-of-pace back.

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10. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers practices in full

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Rodgers wants to play without his knee brace this week. We'll see if he can do that on the road against the Rams in Week 8.

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11. IND - TE Jack Doyle officially limited

Source: Colts.com

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Doyle should be able to return to action for the first time since Week 2. The Colts travel to play the Raiders in Week 8 and if Doyle plays it could negatively impact the fantasy value of Eric Ebron.

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12. GB - TE Jimmy Graham has limited practice

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee) took part in a limited practice session Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Make sure Graham progresses well over the week of practice. It's a tough matchup against the Rams this week but he's of course still a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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13. GB - WR Randall Cobb limited by hamstring

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Cobb should be back for the Packers coming off the bye. His return should mean that he's the no.2 WR for the Packers with Geronimo Allison (also dealing with a hamstring injury) as the team's third option at the position.

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14. GB - WR Geronimo Allison limited in practice

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Allison should be back in action for the Packers after their bye last week. We'll see if he can practice fully later in the week, and if he does then Allison should be the no.3 WR for the Packers with Randall Cobb also slated to return from his hamstring injury.

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15. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell takes part in practice

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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A good sign for Crowell to fully practice on Wednesday. With Bilal Powell on IR due to a neck injury, the Jets will turn to Crowell more than ever. That also makes Trenton Cannon their change-of-pace back behind Crowell.

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16. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa misses practice

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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We're unlikely to see Enunwa back in action this week. He has been targeting a return in Week 9.

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17. HOU - RB Lamar Miller ready to face old mates

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (chest) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 24 and he was lifted from the injury report ahead of the Week 8 game with the Miami Dolphins, his former team, on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Miller has RB2 with upside potential against the Dolphins this week. Miami is 29th against the run and giving up an average of 136.7 rushing yards per game after seven games.

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18. HOU - WR Will Fuller off the injury report

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hip) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 24 and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 9 game with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Great news for Fuller here. With Keke Coutee (hamstring) out for the game against the Dolphins on Thursday, we should see Fuller perform like a WR2 with upside in Week 8.

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19. HOU - WR Keke Coutee out for Week 8

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 24 and he is listed as out for Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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The Texans have actually moved running back Tyler Ervin to the slot. Without Coutee we should just see more targets for DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

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20. DEN - WR Demaryius Thomas able to go full

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Reports now indicate that Thomas is not going to be traded before next Tuesday's trade deadline. The Broncos need Thomas to come through in a big way as they're facing the high-powered Chiefs offense on Sunday. Thomas is a low-end WR2 or flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 8.

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21. DET - WR Golden Tate logs limited practice

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Tate is getting a bit of rest here with this limited status. He should go against Seattle on Sunday and Fantasy GMs know he's a WR2 (even with the Lions running more) in PPR leagues.

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22. PHI - QB Carson Wentz limited in practice

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Wentz should be a full participant later in the week. Against the Jaguars this week (on the road to boot) we can only recommend him as a QB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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23. MIA - QB Brock Osweiler ready for Houston

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler (back) practiced in full for a third straight day Wednesday, Oct. 24 and he was lifted from the injury report ahead of the Week 8 game with the Houston Texans on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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It's a revenge game for Osweiler. The Texans signed him as a free agent a couple of years ago but basically paid the Browns to take him off their hands after only one season of starting. Now he's back to get the Dolphins back on the winning track after dropping their game against the Lions this past Sunday.

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24. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake practices in full

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) was added to the practice report with a shoulder injury Wednesday, Oct. 24, but he practiced in full and was lifted from the report ahead of the Week 8 game with the Houston Texans on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Drake needs more work because of his big play ability anytime he touches the ball. With his current role (splitting time with Frank Gore), Fantasy GMs can only trust Drake as a RB2 or flex option in PPR leagues.

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25. MIA - WR Danny Amendola will be ready

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 24 and he was lifted from the injury report ahead of the Week 8 game with the Houston Texans on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Amendola should be their leading receiver on Thursday night against the Texans. Fantasy GMs should consider him a WR3 or flex option in Week 8.

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26. TB - RB Peyton Barber no go Wednesday

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber (ankle) was off the practice field Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Keep an eye on Barber's status now that we know he's dealing with an ankle injury. If Barber doesn't play in Week 8 then that would mean rookie Ronald Jones would be the Buccaneers lead back.

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27. BAL - WR Michael Crabtree, WR John Brown don't practice

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens WRs Michael Crabtree (non-injury related) and John Brown (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Just a day of rest for the veteran duo...nothing to see here.

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28. CLE - TE David Njoku logs limited practice

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Keep an eye on this situation although it should be a minor injury. Njoku is a TE1 against the Steelers in Week 8.

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29. CAR - Limited practice for TE Greg Olsen

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Olsen's foot injury is likely to keep him limited all season long. He should be able to practice fully later in the week and play on Sunday against the Ravens.

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30. CAR - QB Cam Newton has limited practice

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Newton should be okay but make sure to check back on his practice status later in the week just in case. This is a sore throwing shoulder and seen as a minor ailment.

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31. DEN - RB Royce Freeman not practicing

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 24, as he deals with a high-ankle sprain.

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A high-ankle sprain suffered a week ago (Broncos played on Thursday night in Week 7) is unlikely to be healthy in this short of time. Freeman may not be available for the Broncos game on the road against the Chiefs in Week 8. That would lead to a larger role for Devontae Booker. Phillip Lindsay is the lead back but the team should monitor his touches so as not to wear him down over the course of the season.

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32. NE - RB Sony Michel doesn't practice

Source: NFL Network - Mike Giardi

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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The Patriots travel to play the Bills on Monday night but we don't think Michel is going to be playing. That means more of James White and Kenjon Barner in the Pats backfield. White could post RB1 numbers for Fantasy GMs and Barner could be a 'what the heck' flex in Week 8. Michel is considered week-to-week with this injury.

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33. IND - TE Jack Doyle returns to practice

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (hip) will practice Wednesday, Oct. 24, and could return in Week 8.

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Doyle should be able to return to action for the first time since Week 2. The Colts travel to play the Raiders in Week 8 and if Doyle plays it could negatively impact the fantasy value of Eric Ebron.

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34. CAR - WR Torrey Smith still idle

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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There is no structural damage to Smith's knee, but the veteran is sore. Missing Wednesday's practice gives him more time to heal up and get ready for the Week 8 game against the Ravens.

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35. NYJ - RB Trenton Cannon has an opening

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

New York Jets RB Trenton Cannon has the inside track to more playing time with RB Bilal Powell (neck) going to the Reserve/Injured list.

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Cannon, a sixth-round pick out of Virginia State in 2018, came into the team's Week 7 game against the Vikings and compiled 73 total yards. Most of those yards came as a receiver (69) and about half of those yards came in the fourth quarter of a loss. He's only worth considering as a crazy 'what the heck' flex for the Jets since Cannon is now going to be the change-of-pace back behind Isaiah Crowell.

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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,

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