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Footballguys #193 - 10/31 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #193 -- Wednesday Night, October 31st, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Thursday. I hope you survived Halloween without incident and we're on to the game tonight. Lets' go.

J


1. MIA - QB Brock Osweiler starting again

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Miami Dolphins QB Brock Osweiler will make another start this week with QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) being ruled out with his nagging shoulder injury.

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We get some clarity about the Dolphins quarterback situation and it's going to be Osweiler again. Tannehill is throwing but the team wants to see him throw with better velocity. He's close but one more week of Osweiler is now set.

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2. DEN - RB Royce Freeman not practicing

Source: The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) was not able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Freeman has a high ankle sprain and he had to miss last week's game against the Chiefs. He is no lock to play on Sunday against the Texans. We could see more of Devontae Booker as the backup to Phillip Lindsay in Week 9.

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3. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson, RB Chris Thompson don't practice

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins RBs Chris Thompson (rib) and Adrian Peterson (rest) were held out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Peterson's rest day is not a big deal. He should be good to go for Week 9 and has RB2 upside for Fantasy GMs. Thompson's rib injury all comes down to pain tolerance. Check on his practice status later in the week.

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4. PIT - Le'Veon Bell absent Wednesday

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is not at the facility Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Bell is running out of time to show up...if he's even going to report this year. There has been speculation that Bell may not play at all in 2018 with the team just letting him hit the open market in 2019. Stay tuned.

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5. GB - RB Jamaal Williams to become third-down back?

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams is likely to get 'most' of the third-down work, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, who indicated RB Aaron Jones should receive the majority of the early-down touches.

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It's interesting to have a power back like Williams in on third downs. In seven games this year, Williams has been targeted 17 times and has only eight catches. Jones is arguably a better receiving back and in five games this year he has been targeted eight times and has six catches. It will be interesting to see who gets the most work as a receiver out of the backfield now that Ty Montgomery has been traded to the Ravens.

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6. NO - WR Michael Thomas limited Wednesday

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Keep an eye on this shoulder injury for Thomas. The injury does not seem to be serious but make sure to check on his practice status this Friday.

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7. NE - RB Sony Michel limited

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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The rookie didn't play on Monday night against the Bills. That means he should be ready for the game against the Packers on Sunday.

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8. NE - No practice for WR Julian Edelman

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle, illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Edelman is getting some veteran rest here. The Patriots are usually clandestine as much as they possibly can be with their injury report. Make sure to check on Edelman's status at the end of the week.

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9. SF - RB Raheem Mostert questionable for Week 9

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31 and officially listed as questionable for the Week 9 game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Nov. 1.

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The 49ers are at home against the Raiders on Thursday night. Mostert has an uneven role with this team as the backup to Matt Breida. He's not worth more than a 'what the heck' flex in Week 9.

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10. SF - RB Matt Breida questionable for TNF

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) was listed as a limited participant for the third straight day on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and he is questionable for Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders.

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Breida is going to continue playing with this nagging injury. The Raiders aren't good defensively but a banged up Breida is only worth starting as a RB3/flex play in Week 9.

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11. SF - QB C.J. Beathard officially questionable

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers QB C.J. Beathard (wrist) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31 and he is questionable for Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Nov. 1.

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Beathard should play on Thursday night against the Raiders. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has called Beathard a game-time decision in Week 9. Fantasy GMs are best to avoid this situation.

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12. BAL - RB Alex Collins limited in practice

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins (foot) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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It was a limited practice for Collins on Wednesday, and we'll know more about his playing status on Friday. The Ravens traded for Ty Montgomery on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see how they split up these touches in the backfield.

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13. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon puts in limited practice

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Gordon is on track to return this week. The Chargers held him out of action in Week 7 and the Chargers were on a bye in Week 8. So long as there are no setbacks during the week, Gordon should be a RB1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 9.

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14. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake able to go full

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Drake has plenty of upside this week against the Jets. He's a RB2 or flex play for the Dolphins in Week 9 and he's got the upside to be more if the team starts increasing his touches.

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15. KC - TE Travis Kelce should be good to go

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Kelce is good to go against the Browns on Sunday. Anytime he's on the field, Kelce is a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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16. KC - WR Tyreek Hill practices in full

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (groin) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Hill's groin injury against the Broncos happened late in the game. A full practice on Wednesday signals there are no concerns about his availability on Sunday against the Browns.

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17. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins limited Wednesday

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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It seems like Hopkins is limited on Wednesday every week. He's good to go against the Broncos on Sunday.

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18. HOU - Limited work for WR Keke Coutee

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Coutee's fantasy value takes a hit with the trade for WR Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday. Even if he plays against the Broncos on Sunday, Coutee is nothing more than a WR4 or deep flex for Fantasy GMs in Week 9.

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19. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook logs limited practice

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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The Vikings have a bye in Week 10 and we may not see Cook back on the field until after that. He's practicing on a limited basis now so perhaps he could get back in action sooner than most thought. Stay tuned.

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20. TB - Peyton Barber limited in practice

Source: Buccaneers.com - Carmen Vitali

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber (ankle) was listed as limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Make sure to get an update on Barber's status later in the week. If he's playing, Barber is a RB3 for Fantasy GMs against the Panthers.

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21. CLE - RB Duke Johnson fully practices

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (back) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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We'll be interested to see if Johnson gets worked more into the mix with the coaching changes in Cleveland. We've got him as a 'what the heck' flex in deep leagues against the Chiefs on Sunday.

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22. CAR - TE Greg Olsen has limited practice

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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It's Wednesday and Olsen is limited...just like he's going to be all season long. We expect him to play in Week 9 and Olsen should post TE1 numbers against the Buccaneers.

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23. CAR - QB Cam Newton limited Wednesday

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Newton's shoulder isn't considered a major issue. Just keep an eye on his practice later in the week.

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24. GB - Green Bay promotes RB Tra Carson

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers RB Tra Carson was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Wednesday, Oct. 31. Free-agent RB Lavon Coleman (Seahawks) was signed to the practice squad to take Carson's place.

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The former Texas A&M runner is a 228 pound power back. There's not a lot of nuance to his game, but he's swift with the ball in his hands. We'll continue to monitor Carson but only in super crazy deep dynasty leagues.

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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