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Footballguys #187 - 10/25 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #187 -- Thursday Night, October 25th, 2018

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1. ARI - RB David Johnson to be featured more?

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson's role in retired head coach Bruce Arians' offense is something offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said that he would like to duplicate.

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Fantasy GMs with David Johnson on the roster have their fingers crossed.

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2. IND - RB Marlon Mack downgraded

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (ankle) was not able to practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Downgrades on Thursday are not a good sign. Mack may be getting some extra rest and make sure to check on his Friday status. If Mack plays against the Raiders then he's got RB1 upside for Fantasy GMs. If he can't play, the Colts would use multiple backs to replace him.

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3. ARI - QB Josh Rosen fully practices Thursday

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen (toe) got in a full practice Thursday, Oct. 25, one day after he was a limited participant.

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Rosen injured his toe last Thursday night against the Broncos. He's fine a week later and will start for the Cardinals this week.

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4. WAS - RB Chris Thompson a limited participant

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee, rib) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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We'll see if Thompson can get back on the field for Washington. The team has used Kapri Bibbs as the change-of-pace back while Thompson has been banged up.

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5. CHI - WR Allen Robinson does not practice

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Robinson may not be able to play in Week 8 against the Jets. We'll know more about his status on Friday. If he doesn't play then that could lead to a larger role for TE Trey Burton, RB Tarik Cohen and WR Taylor Gabriel.

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6. DEN - RB Royce Freeman sits again

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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We don't think Freeman is going to play on Sunday against the Chiefs. That leads to Phillip Lindsay taking on a larger role and he's worth considering as a RB2 in Week 8. Devontae Booker should do more without Freeman and perhaps enough to be considered as a deep flex play in PPR leagues.

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7. DET - WR Golden Tate takes part in practice

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Tate is going up against his former team (Seattle) on Sunday. We like him as a WR2 or flex play in Week 8.

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8. GB - WR Randall Cobb listed as limited

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Cobb should be back in action for the Packers this week. Against the Rams in Week 8, Cobb could perform like a deep flex play for Fantasy GMs.

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9. GB - WR Geronimo Allison limited

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Allison should be playing this week against the Rams. He's the no.3 WR for the Packers in Week 8 with Randall Cobb (hamstring) also expected to play.

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10. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers takes part in practice

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Rodgers has a tough game this week against the Rams...but he's still a QB1 for Fantasy GMs. We'll see if he can play without a knee brace (something he's been wanting to do) this week.

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11. TB - RB Peyton Barber listed as limited

Source: Buccaneers.com - Carmen Vitali

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Don't get too excited about Ronald Jones just yet. The rookie from USC could be the lead back for the Bucs if Barber is out. It looks like Barber might be available, negatively impacting both running backs.

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12. CLE - TE David Njoku remains limited

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) put in a limited practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Watch to see if Njoku can participate fully on Friday. Against the Steelers in Week 8, Njoku is a favorite target of QB Baker Mayfield and a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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13. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski limited

Source: Patriots.com

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Fantasy GMs are wishing for more clarity here...although it does seem like Gronkowski will be back in action this week. The complication arises because Gronkowski is not a sure thing...and the Patriots play on Monday night against the Bills. Have a reserve option just in case.

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14. NE - WR Josh Gordon has limited practice

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Check on Friday to see if Gordon can practice fully on Friday. Gordon has been getting more and more involved with the Patriots offense. He's earned the trust of QB Tom Brady and he's a QB2 or flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 8.

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15. PHI - QB Carson Wentz takes part in practice

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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The Eagles are on the road this week against the Jaguars. Wentz is a QB2 for Fantasy GMs this week because of the matchup.

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16. IND - TE Jack Doyle limited again

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (hip) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Doyle could be back this week for the Colts. If he does get on the field against the Raiders in Week 8, Doyle's presence would negatively impact Eric Ebron. That being said, the tight end position is so brutal this year and Ebron is still a TE1 for Fantasy GMs even if Doyle does cut into his playing time.

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17. DET - DT Sylvester Williams let go

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions DT Sylvester Williams was released Thursday, Oct. 25.

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The Lions traded for Damon Harrison earlier in the week and he'll take the spot of Williams in the starting lineup. A first-round pick of the Broncos back in 2013, Williams should be able to find a new home in the near future.

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18. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa will not play

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) will not be able to play in the Week 8 game, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Nobody should have been expecting Enunwa to play this week. The Jets will turn to more of Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. We'll see if new addition Rishard Matthews gets some more work than originally expected in his first game with the team.

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19. CAR - TE Greg Olsen has limited practice

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) put in a limited practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Olsen's foot injury is likely to keep him limited in Thursday practices all year long. He's set to play this week against the Ravens. It's a tough matchup so we like him as a TE2 for Fantasy GMs in Week 8.

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20. NYJ - RB Bilal Powell should play again

Source: The Associated Press - Dennis Waszak Jr.

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (neck) should be able to play against once he recovers from his neck injury, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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Just yesterday Bowles said this injury could be career threatening. Either way we know Powell won't be back with the Jets this year. A fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2011, Powell is set to hit the open market in 2019.

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21. NE - RB Sony Michel remains sidelined

Source: The Providence Journal - Mark Daniels

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was unable to practice Thursday, Oct. 25.

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We don't think Michel is going to play in Week 8. That means James White should be the Patriots lead back and a RB1 for Fantasy GMs. Kenjon Barner has 'what the heck' flex value as a backup to White on Monday night against the Bills.

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22. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy limited

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (concussion) is practicing on a limited basis Thursday, Oct. 25, but he remains in the concussion protocol.

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The Bills play on Monday night against the Patriots. We'll see if he can practice fully on Saturday. If he plays in Week 8, McCoy is a RB3 or flex play for Fantasy GMs.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J