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Footballguys #200 - 11/7 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #200 -- Wednesday Night, November 7th, 2018

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Good Thursday to you. We've got some News and Notes so let's get to it.

J


1. NO - WR Dez Bryant agrees with Saints

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, Nov. 7. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Bryant has been out of action all season long as he was looking for the right landing spot. He gets that with a great opportunity in New Orleans. His signing is bad news for rookie Tre'Quan Smith. We should see Smith's targets go down when Bryant is up to speed. Bryant could produce like a WR3 or flex option with upside for Fantasy GMs.

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2. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold ruled out

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Updating a previous report, New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) is dealing with a 'significant' foot sprain and will not play this week, according to sources.

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It's said to be 'significant' but with a couple of weeks off we could see Darnold back in action. Josh McCown is the team's starter with Darnold out.

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3. ATL - DE Bruce Irvin signs with Atlanta

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent DE Bruce Irvin (Raiders) agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, Nov. 7. Financial terms weren't available.

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It's a good move for both sides. Irvin played under Dan Quinn with the Seahawks and will provide them some much-needed pass-rushing punch.

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4. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin limited Wednesday

Source: Seahawks.com

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (groin) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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This is a new issue for Baldwin. He's dealt with knee problems this year but this groin injury is something to monitor. Check back to make sure he's at least limited on Friday.

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5. OAK - RB Doug Martin a limited participant

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders RB Doug Martin (hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Martin is the lead back for the Raiders and has RB2 or flex appeal in Week 10 against the Chargers.

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6. TB - RB Peyton Barber limited Wednesday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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At home against Washington this week, Barber has flex appeal for Fantasy GMs. Make sure he practices later in the week as he deals with this ankle injury.

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7. WAS - Limited practice for TE Jordan Reed

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (back) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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After getting targeted 12 times in Week 8, Reed only saw six targets come his way last week. It seems like Alex Smith preferred going after Vernon Davis instead of Reed. With Paul Richardson done for the year, Washington could distribute targets differently this week on the road against the Buccaneers. Reed is still a TE1 for Fantasy GMs.

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8. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson listed as limited

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Peterson has been limited with this shoulder injury for some time. He's a low-end RB1 against the Buccaneers in Week 10.

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9. NE - RB Sony Michel does limited work

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) went through a limited practice session Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Michel should be back on the field for the Patriots this week. If he does return to play against the Titans in Week 10, that means WR Cordarrelle Patterson would get less work out of the backfield as a runner.

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10. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski works on limited basis

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Gronkowski's status is not yet clear. Fantasy GMs are nervous about starting him...and for good reason. Check back on his status to see what he can do on Friday.

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11. NE - WR Julian Edelman does limited work

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Check back to see what Edelman can do at Friday's practice. Against the Titans in Week 10, Edelman is a WR2 for Fantasy GMs.

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12. KC - WR Tyreek Hill logs full practice

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (groin) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Hill should go off against the Cardinals this week. This full participation on Wednesday shows that he's on track to play.

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13. CIN - RB Giovani Bernard limited in practice

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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The Bengals might get Bernard involved more as a receiver if he can play in Week 10. They're down WR A.J. Green for quite some time and they'll be searching for other pass-catching options. Bernard might be worth a 'what the heck' flex against the Saints.

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14. NO - WR Cameron Meredith misses practice

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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There's a reason why the Saints added Dez Bryant. They don't have much behind Michael Thomas other than rookie Tre'Quan Smith. Meredith has been a disappointment with the Saints this year.

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15. JAX - Full practice for RB Leonard Fournette

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Fournette should be back for the Jaguars this week. That means he's in your lineup as a RB2 with upside. The Jaguars travel to play the Colts in Week 10.

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16. MIN - Minnesota claims RB Ameer Abdullah

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

The Minnesota Vikings claimed RB Ameer Abdullah off waivers from the Detroit Lions Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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The Vikings add Abdullah and let go of Roc Thomas in a corresponding move. Abdullah failed to impress with the Lions after they took him in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. He'll serve as a change-of-pace back and veteran depth behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray.

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17. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin limited Wednesday

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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We can't trust Benjamin as anything more than a WR5 or deep flex play in Week 10. The Bills travel to play the Jets this week and they've got Derek Anderson as their starting quarterback.

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18. CAR - TE Greg Olsen fully practices

Source: Steelers.com

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) practiced fully Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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On a short week, Olsen is good to go. The tight end position is brutal this year so consider yourself fortunate to be able to start Olsen as a TE1 every week.

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19. CAR - Full practice for QB Cam Newton

Source: Steelers.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Newton faces a test on the road against the Steelers in Week 10. On a short week, it will be interesting to see if the Panthers can continue their tremendous momentum on offense. Newton is a QB1 anytime he's on the field.

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20. PIT - WR Antonio Brown puts in limited practice

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (coaches' decision) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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The Steelers are getting Brown a bit of extra rest on a short week. He'll play against the Panthers on Thursday night and is a lock for any lineup.

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21. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger has full practice

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (finger) put in a full practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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He's good to go for Thursday night against the Panthers. Start him as you normally would with QB1 projections and expectations.

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22. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill back in two weeks?

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) plans to be back in action by Week 12.

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The Dolphins continue with Brock Osweiler as the starter while Tannehill remains out. He will sit out this week and the Dolphins have a bye next week.

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23. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold week-to-week

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) will be assessed on a week-to-week basis as he nurses a severely sprained foot, according to a source. As reported earlier, he will not play this week. The Jets have a bye in Week 11.

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We'll see Josh McCown as the team's starter this week. Darnold was seen in a walking boot on Wednesday but early speculation is that he'll be ready in Week 12.

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24. KC - WR Sammy Watkins not practicing

Source: KCChiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was not able to practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Keep an eye on Watkins status during the week. The Chiefs play the Cardinals in Week 10 and Watkins would certainly have plenty of fantasy value if he is out there. If not, then Chris Conley or Demarcus Robinson could produce like crazy deep 'what the heck' flex options.

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25. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill out for Week 10

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 10.

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Reports indicate that Tannehill is targeting a Week 12 return. Brock Osweiler starts in Week 10 again, and the Dolphins have a bye after that.

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26. PHI - RB Darren Sproles expected back

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) is expected to return in Week 10, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Sproles has only played in one game this year, but he looks to finally be on track to return from this hamstring injury. The veteran will likely get on the field as the primary third-down back for the Eagles and that gives him RB3 or flex value for Fantasy GMs in PPR 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