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Footballguys #189 - 10/27 - Remember Early London Kickoff at 9:30 AM ET Plus News & Notes

Volume 20, #189 -- Saturday Night, October 27th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Game Day. We've got some News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. NE - RB Sony Michel listed as doubtful

Source: Patriots.com

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was a limited participant in practice Saturday, Oct. 27 and he is listed as doubtful for the Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Oct. 29.

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As expected, even though Michel's knee injury was not serious and he was practicing a bit this week. With Michel down for Monday night (most likely), we'll see James White as the lead back for the Patriots. That makes Kenjon Barner his primary backup and change-of-pace back in Week 8.

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2. SF - WR Dante Pettis ready to roll

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis (knee) will return for the Week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals after missing the past three games.

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Pettis hasn't caught a pass since Week 2 against the Lions. He played 25 snaps against the Chiefs in Week 3 and has been out of action since then. The rookie has speed to burn and the quickness to get by defenders after the catch. He's no.3 on the depth chart behind Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor with Pierre Garcon (knee, shoulder) ruled out for Week 8.

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3. SF - WR Pierre Garcon ruled out for Week 8

Source: Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (knee, shoulder) has been ruled out for the Week 8 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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No surprise here. Garcon didn't practice all week and the 49ers have a short turnaround as they play on Thursday night in Week 9.

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4. NE - WR Josh Gordon questionable for Week 8

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Saturday, Oct. 27 and he is considered questionable for Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Oct. 29.

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Gordon's role with the Patriots has been growing each week. So long as he stays healthy we expect that trend to continue. With this Monday night game against the Bills (and this injury) we like Gordon as a WR3/flex option for Fantasy GMs in Week 8.

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5. SEA - TE Ed Dickson officially activated

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Brady Henderson

The Seattle Seahawks activated TE Ed Dickson (quadriceps) from the non-football injury (NFI) list on Saturday, Oct. 27 and waived TE Tyrone Swoopes to make room on the 53-man roster.

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Dickson will get his first game action for the Seahawks this week. They say he could be used more than some think but we'd like to see it first. The Seahawks have been looking for TE help since Will Dissly went down earlier this year.

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6. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski questionable for MNF

Source: Patriots.com

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is officially listed as questionable for the Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Oct. 29.

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Gronkowski should play on Monday night. If he's on the field, then he's a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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7. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin limited Saturday

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (non-injury) was limited during practice Saturday, Oct. 27, but is not on the injury report for Week 8.

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The Bills will have Derek Anderson as their starting quarterback against the Patriots on Monday night. That makes Benjamin just a WR4/deep flex option in PPR leagues...at best.

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8. NYJ - De'Angelo Henderson added to active roster

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets practice squad RB De'Angelo Henderson was signed to the 53-man roster Saturday, Oct. 27, according to sources. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Henderson, a sixth-round pick of the Broncos in 2017, didn't do much as a rookie in Denver. He failed to make the 53-man roster for the Broncos this summer and was promptly scooped up by the Jets and put on their practice squad. The Coastal Carolina back has a compact running style, good burst and vision to make defenders miss in the open field. We'll see if he can push Trenton Cannon for the backup spot to Isaiah Crowell.

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9. BUF - RB Chris Ivory expected to play

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Rodak

Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is expected to play in the Week 8 game even though he is dealing with hamstring injury.

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Good news for the Bills here. LeSean McCoy remains in the concussion protocol but is expected to be cleared in time to play on Monday night against the Patriots. If McCoy doesn't play (or is limited) then the Bills would turn to Ivory more.

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10. NFL - WR Jeremy Maclin undergoing procedure

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (glute, hamstring) is scheduled to undergo a procedure on his glute and hamstring area in the near future and will not play this season. He expects to play next season.

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A hamstring injury kept him from getting a new team this offseason and now he's going to surgically repair the problem. We'll see if the veteran (who hasn't looked like his old self in two years) can get a shot with a new team for the veteran minimum in 2019.

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11. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy still in concussion protocol

Source: The Athletic - Matthew Fairburn

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol Saturday, Oct. 27, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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McCoy is still in the protocol but all reports indicate he should be able to suit up on Monday night against the Patriots. With their game being on Monday night, Fantasy GMs should have another option at the ready (Chris Ivory?) if McCoy is in as a flex play in Week 8.

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12. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill might miss another game

Source: ESPN.com - Cameron Wolfe

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) is nearing the stage where he can resume throwing, according to head coach Adam Gase, but he added they are in 'uncharted waters' as it relates to his injury and need honest feedback on his status so that he doesn't relapse.

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Keep an eye on this situation, but only if you're in a start-2QB league or streaming quarterbacks (is that still a thing?). ESPN's Cameron Wolfe indicated it might be 'overly optimistic' for Tannehill to start in Week 9, which could mean another start for QB Brock Osweiler.

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13. PHI - TE Zach Ertz piling up catches

Source: ESPN.com

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz's 57 catches are the second most in the NFL and 19 more than any other tight end.

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Ertz is a favored target in the Eagles offense...and their WR position is a bit thin after Alshon Jeffery. Even if rookie TE Dallas Goedert does a bit more going forward, we don't think it negatively impacts Ertz's value to the offense...and to the Fantasy GMs that start him every week.

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14. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott still breaking big runs

Source: NFL.com - Cynthia Frelund

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL with 13 runs of 15 or more yards, and his 12 runs of 15 or more yards on first down are four more than any other back.

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Elliott is the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense...and for good reason. He is a threat to break off a big play anytime he touches the ball. Elliott may see quite a few stacked boxes but the Cowboys might be able to make defenses pay for doing that with the new addition at wideout Amari Cooper. We're anxious to see what kind of impact Cooper has on the rest of the offense, but he's certainly not going to reduce the role that Elliott has for the Cowboys.

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15. SF - Sleep helping TE George Kittle?

Source: NinersNation.com - Jennifer Lee Chan

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle's jump in performance this year can be credited to his ability to stay healthy, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, and Kittle said he has been taking care of his body more this season, which includes routinely having at least 8 1/2 hours of sleep.

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Nothing like a good night of sleep to help you feel refreshed. Kittle is a young player and he is still learning how to best take care of his body. He has a strong connection with his quarterback (and former college teammate) C.J. Beathard and performs like a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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16. SEA - TE Ed Dickson to be a factor

Source: The Seattle Times - Mike Vorel

Seattle Seahawks TE Ed Dickson (groin) will be 'crucial' for the offense the rest of the season, according to QB Russell Wilson.

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Dickson is set to make his season debut in Week 8. The Seahawks are looking for more help at the position since losing Will Dissly earlier this year. Even though the TE position is brutal for some Fantasy GMs, we're not overly excited about Dickson's role in the offense. We'll see if they surprise and if he becomes fantasy relevant in 2018.

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17. NYJ - RB Trenton Cannon ready to contribute

Source: New York Post - Greg Joyce

New York Jets RB Trenton Cannon and RB Isaiah Crowell could be the only two running backs used against the Chicago Bears in Week 8, according to head coach Todd Bowles, and Cannon said he is ready to do anything for the offense.

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Cannon, a rookie sixth-round pick from Virginia State, has the ability to gash a defense in space. He's quick and accelerates quickly with the rock in his hands. Cannon is not a pile-pusher but he's not afraid of running between the tackles. We'll see if he can show off as a change-of-pace back behind Crowell now that Bilal Powell (neck) is done for the year.

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18. DAL - WR Amari Cooper living up to hype

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has been as good as advertised, according to owner Jerry Jones, and Jones expects Cooper to 'change the dynamics of the offense.'

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Alright Jerry...we get it, you're hyping up your new acquisition..and for good reason. The Cowboys didn't have much at the WR position until they added Cooper via trade last week. We're not going to say he's living up to the hype until they actually play a game. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 8, so we have some time to wait until Cooper's debut.

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19. BUF - QB Josh Allen still on the mend

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (elbow) is 'moving in the right direction' but is likely a few weeks away from returning, according to head coach Sean McDermott.

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At 2-5, the Bills season is down the tubes anyway...so no need to rush Allen back to the lineup. They'll struggle offensively no matter if Derek Anderson or Nathan Peterman start at quarterback. With this bad quarterback situation it makes anyone not named LeSean McCoy (when healthy) difficult for Fantasy GMs to trust.

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20. SF - RB Jerick McKinnon off crutches

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) no longer needs to use crutches as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

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McKinnon is done for the season but this is a positive sign for his recovery. He had knee surgery back in mid-September and should hopefully be ready to return to action by the time training camp rolls around in August 2019.

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21. NYJ - WR Rishard Matthews could contribute

Source: NJ Advance Media - Matt Stypulkoski

New York Jets WR Rishard Matthews is still learning the offense but could see playing time against the Chicago Bears in Week 8, but head coach Todd Bowles wouldn't say how much he plans to use Matthews.

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Matthews was just signed by the Jets earlier in the week. He has plenty of experience so hopefully getting him up to speed doesn't take that long. Matthews may play some on Sunday against the Bears but he's not fantasy relevant...even as a crazy, what am I doing type of 'what the heck' flex. The Jets are thin at the position with Quincy Enunwa (ankle) out and Robby Anderson (ankle) doubtful for Sunday.

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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