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Footballguys #190 - 10/28 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #190 -- Sunday Night, October 28th, 2018

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1. TB - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over in Week 8

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench for the mistake-prone QB Jameis Winston, completing 11-of-15 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Fitzpatrick may or may not start against the Panthers next week, but it feels inevitable that he will start at some point. He has shown that he can put up top-end QB1 numbers, so he should be picked up in most leagues while we wait for this to resolve itself.

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2. TB - QB Jameis Winston benched

Source: NFL Network - Andrew Siciliano

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was benched during the Week 8 game and has been replaced by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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The Bucs organization can't feel like Winston is their quarterback of the future now. We'll see if they see him as their quarterback of the present in Carolina next week.

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3. CIN - QB Andy Dalton tosses two touchdowns

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Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completed 21-of-34 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he rushed for 10 yards.

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Dalton was fine in this great matchup, but he was denied a huge game because Joe Mixon ran so well and the game seemed out of hand when Jameis Winston was benched, so the Bengals let up. He's still a low-en QB1 heading into his bye.

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4. TB - TE O.J. Howard posts 68, score

Source: NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard finished with four receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown on his four targets in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Howard continues to be a core part of the Bucs pass offense no matter who is at quarterback. He'll be a low TE1 next week.

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5. TB - WR DeSean Jackson scores in Week 8

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson posted three receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals and he had one run for four yards.

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Jackson's deep score actually came from Jameis Winston as that weak connection came together for once in the loss. Jackson could get a great boost if Ryan Fitzpatrick is re-installed as the starter, or if he is traded to someplace like Philadelphia. His value is in for a change no matter what.

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6. TB - WR Mike Evans blows up in Cincinnati

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans racked up six receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals on 13 targets.

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Evans had a huge day riding the wave of Fitzmagic. His weekly ceiling goes up if Fitzpatrick starts next week at Carolina or if DeSean Jackson gets traded.

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7. TB - RB Peyton Barber runs for 85 yards, TD

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber rushed 19 times for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Bengals defense is a good matchup after their bye and Barber's injury that cost him some practice time earlier this week is no big thing. Barber is still only a low end flex at Carolina next week, while it's worth noting that Nick Chubb gets the Bengals twice in the second half of the season, including Week 16.

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8. KC - WR Sammy Watkins has huge game in win

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Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins registered eight receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets in the Week 8 game against the Denver Broncos.

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Watkins left the first matchup with the Broncos with a hamstring injury, but dominated in this one. Tyreek Hill has a groin issue, so Watkins could be in for some big weeks soon, including against the Browns next week.

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9. NYG - TE Evan Engram reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

New York Giants TE Evan Engram caught five passes for 25 yards and one touchdown against the Washington Redskins in Week 8.

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Engram's score came as the clock almost expired and he was not a major factor in this game. He's still a viable tight end play because of the dearth of options at the position, but it has been a disappointing season without much sign of improvement on the horizon with the issues at quarterback.

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10. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley involved in passing game

Source: NFL.com

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley caught nine passes for 73 yards against the Washington Redskins in Week 8. He also rushed for 38 yards on 13 carries during the game.

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Barkley didn't really affect of the outcome of the game, but 100+ total yards and heavy passing game usage made him a PPR hit anyway.

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11. KC - RB Kareem Hunt totals 86 yards, score

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Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rushed 16 times for 50 yards in the Week 8 game against the Denver Broncos and he added five receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown on six targets.

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Hunt hurdled a defender and carried others on the way to the end zone on his touchdown. He wasn't hyperproductive like he had been in recent weeks, but he's still a strong RB1 going into a matchup against Cleveland.

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12. NYG - QB Eli Manning throws for 316 yards

Source: NFL.com

New York Giants QB Eli Manning went 30-for-47 for 316 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Washington Redskins in Week 8.

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The touchdown was meaningless and came at the very end of the loss. The Giants are going to have to ask themselves if they are better served seeing where Kyle Lauletta is in his development at some point this year. Manning is lower tier streamer as long as he starts and only because of the quality of his weapons.

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13. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton leads the way

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Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton posted three receptions with a team-high 78 yards on four targets in the Week 8 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Sutton is the designed big play receiver for the Broncos and could be more going forward if Demaryius Thomas gets traded. The Broncos face a banged up Texans secondary next week.

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14. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson accounts for two TDs

Source: NFL.com

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries against the New York Giants in Week 8. He also caught one pass for seven yards and one touchdown during the game.

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Peterson finished the game with a long touchdown run and looked capable of carrying this team along with a strong defense. He'll be worth an RB2 look against the Falcons next week.

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15. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay runs for 95 yards, TD

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Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay rushed 18 times for 95 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs and he added three receptions for 17 yards.

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Lindsay had a few additional touches with Royce Freeman out, but wasn't a true lead back. He was a still a strong RB2 option for his fantasy teams, and should be lineups against the Texans again next week.

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16. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster held in check

Source: NFL.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught four passes for 33 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.

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Smith-Schuster had a down afternoon for fantasy, but we shouldn't overreact. James Conner and Antonio Brown did all of the damage and the game wasn't that close in the second half. Smith-Schuster remains a WR2 going into a matchup with Baltimore.

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17. CAR - Not much for WR Devin Funchess

Source: NFL

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess posted three grabs for 27 yards on his three targets in the Week 8 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Funchess was a steady reliable fantasy going into this one, but DJ Moore had a strong game and Funchess's role in the pecking order for targets in Carolina might be in danger. We'll err on the side of playing him against Tampa next week, but be on watch for moving him out of the circle of trust.

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18. PIT - RB James Conner continues outstanding play

Source: NFL.com

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8. He also caught five passes for 66 yards during the game.

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Conner was dominant against the Browns and appears to be getting stronger every week. He'll have a tough matchup against the Ravens next week but can not be benched.

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19. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger has solid outing

Source: NFL.com

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went 24-for-36 for 257 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.

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This was a quiet afternoon for home Ben, but James Conner was doing a lot of the damage, which is how the Steelers like it. Conner is a top five running back until LeVeon Bell returns, and who knows when that will be.

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20. CLE - No targets for TE David Njoku

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku was not targeted during the team's Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Njoku was one of the few trustworthy tight ends going into this one, but his usage was inexplicable. He can win one-on-one matchups, but the Browns weren't interested in leveraging his physical gifts. Someone is going to get fired in Cleveland soon.

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21. CAR - WR D.J. Moore totals 129 scrimmage yards

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Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore finished with career highs of five catches and 90 yards on six targets in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens and he rushed twice for 39 yards.

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Moore was explosive and fast in this one, and had good luck on a fumble that bounced right back to him. There's no reason for the Panthers to use him less against the Bucs next week whether Torrey Smith is healthy enough to play or not. Moore might be a fantasy impact player in the second half of the season.

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22. DEN - QB Case Keenum tosses pair of TDs

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Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum completed 23-of-34 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 8 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Keenum was fine if you used him as a streamer, but he wasn't a big hit. He'll face the Texans next week and will move back down the ranks of one-week rental quarterbacks.

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23. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey scores twice in Week 8

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Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey posted 10 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens and he added four receptions for 11 yards with a score.

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McCaffrey didn't have any big gains, but he won a race to the pylon and found a deflected ball in the air in the end zone to account for a strong fantasy day nonetheless. The Panthers offense is supporting value for McCaffrey with usage and now touchdown opportunities. He's a strong RB1 against the Bucs next week.

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24. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway caught five passes for 36 yards and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.

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Callaway has a pulse in redraft leagues again and might be viable in deep leagues as a WR3/Flex against the Chiefs next week, but only because of the quality of the matchup.

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25. CAR - QB Cam Newton totals three TDs in win

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Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 21-of-29 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 8 game against the Baltimore Ravens and he added 52 rushing yards with a score.

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Newton is playing as well as he has in his entire career right now. He is going into maybe the easiest matchup in the league against the Bucs next week and might be ranked as #1A with Patrick Mahomes next week.

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26. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield throws two touchdowns

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield went 22-for-36 for 180 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.

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Mayfield's big second half against the Jets is small in the rear view mirror now. He hasn't produced great streamer numbers yet, but has a top end matchup against the Chiefs next week.

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27. BAL - RB Alex Collins finds the end zone

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Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins ran 11 times for 49 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers and he added 14 yards on two receptions and he lost a fumble.

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Collins fumble wasn't totally his fault as Kyle Love blew him up a split second after he got the ball, but the coaches might not see it that way if he keeps fumbling. He is getting the majority of carries now, but the Ravens aren't giving him good game scripts. He'll be a low ceiling RB2 against the Steelers next week.

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28. BAL - QB Joe Flacco doesn't do much in loss

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Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 22-of-39 passes for 192 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers. He was removed late in the game and QB Lamar Jackson tossed a TD.

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Flacco had his second dud of the season heading into a crucial matchup against the Steelers. He'll feel less secure as a streamer and less reliable to support his receivers fantasy value going forward

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29. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon involved in passing game

Source: NFL.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon caught seven passes for 83 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. He also rushed for seven yards on two carries during the game.

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Yeldon remained heavily involved as a receiver in catchup mode even though he took a backseat to Carlos Hyde in the running game. He's still end of the bench depth in PPR leagues, but possibly behind Hyde to get carries if Leonard Fournette suffers another injury.

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30. PHI - TE Zach Ertz finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz caught four passes for 26 yards and one touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.

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Ertz was quiet in what should have been a huge game for him. He is still arguably the #1 tight end in fantasy football heading into his bye.

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31. PHI - TE Dallas Goedert catches TD pass

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert caught one pass for 32 yards and one touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.

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Goedert's opportunity is inconsistent, but he clearly has the goods to be a fantasy relevant tight end. He could be a streamer if his target share goes up in the second half of the year, and he's at least worth waiver desperation play consideration even if it doesn't.

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32. PHI - QB Carson Wentz throws three TDs

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz went 21-for-30 for 286 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8. He also rushed for 29 yards on five carries during the game.

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Wentz had a rough start with two first quarter turnovers, but recovered for a great game against a depleted Jaguars secondary. He's matchup proof heading into his bye.

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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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