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Footballguys #201 - 11/8 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #201 -- Thursday Night, November 8th, 2018

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1. JAX - Full practice for RB Leonard Fournette

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Phillip Heilman

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Fournette is on track to play this week for the first time since Week 4. Fantasy GMs should consider him a RB2 with upside this week against the Colts.

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2. NO - WR Dez Bryant's Saints debut up in air

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

New Orleans Saints WR Dez Bryant has begun work with his new team after signing Tuesday, Nov. 6, but head coach Sean Payton declined to commit to Bryant playing in Week 10. 'We'll see,' Payton said on a media conference call Thursday, Nov. 8. 'It would be hard for me to comment not having had a practice yet. But we'll take a peek and see how he does today and tomorrow, and then we'll fill you in Sunday.'

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Bryant would be a boom/bust WR3/Flex if he does play, but Cameron Meredith was not getting much in the way of targets or snaps in the role and Bryant would be eased in with his conditioning and familiarity with his role unknown.

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3. PIT - More on Le'Veon Bell situation

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala and Tom Pelissero

Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell would be franchise tagged at the quarterback level, around $25 million in 2019, not at the lower number he was tagged at in 2018, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 'I've been told by both league and team sources that neither the NFL nor the Steelers have any plan to argue that the second tag should carry over, should Bell not play this year,' NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported. 'They are all in agreement that any potential tag would be the third (or the transition).'

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It sure feels like both sides are trying to find a way out while saving face and not disrupting their plans. James Conner teams should be elated at this news although Bell is in Pittsburgh, so it's hard to say what will happen next. Conner will likely remain fantasy relevant no matter what happens with Bell.

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4. KC - WR Tyreek Hill takes part in practice

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (groin) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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A full participation for Hill is a great sign for his availability against the Cardinals in Week 10. He is a must start (of course) and could finish the week as the top wide receiver in fantasy football.

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5. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers takes part in practice

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Rodgers played without his knee brace last week against the Patriots. He's good to go for this week's game against the Dolphins.

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6. GB - WR Randall Cobb a limited participant

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Cobb is likely to play against the Dolphins on Sunday but he is third in the pecking order behind Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. We see him as a WR4 or deep flex play in Week 10.

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7. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry takes part in practice

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Landry is good to go for this week's game against the Falcons. They'll need all the offense they can get if they want to hang with the Atlanta offense. Landry is a low-end WR2 in PPR formats most every week.

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8. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald back on the field

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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No surprise here. Fitzgerald gets his usual day off on Wednesday and is back in action on Thursday.

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9. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski limited Thursday

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Gronkowski is still limited so have another option at the ready. We'll know his status on Sunday morning as the veteran tight end is shaping up to be a game-time decision this week.

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10. NE - RB Sony Michel listed as limited

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Michel should return to the field this week for the Patriots. Make sure to check back on his status for Friday's practice. On the road against the Titans, Michel is a RB4 or deep flex option for Fantasy GMs...if he plays.

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11. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson listed as limited

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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The Lions are giving Johnson as much rest as possible during the week. He should be able to play against the Bears and they should use him more for multiple reasons. He's only gotten more than 12 carries twice in a game this year and both times he rushed for over 100 yards. Being committed to the run could also help protect QB Matthew Stafford who was sacked 10 times last week.

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12. IND - Limited practice for RB Marlon Mack

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (foot) put in a limited practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Mack appears to be on track to play, but the fact that he isn't getting in full practices out of the bye leaves open the possibility that the Colts will have to turn to another back before the end of the season.

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13. SF - No practice for WR Pierre Garcon

Source: 49ers.com - Joe Fann

San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (knee) was held out of practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Garcon was building momentum last week and Nick Mullens appeared capable of reviving his value. Hopefully this is just a rest day with an extra day of preparation before Monday night's contest with the Giants.

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14. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake takes part in practice

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Drake is healthy but who knows what his workload will be with the whims of Adam Gase jerking fantasy teams around week-to-week. He's a high ceiling flex play with the potential for disappointment.

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15. MIA - WR Danny Amendola back on the field

Source: The Miami Herald - Armando Salguero

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Amendola has always been known as an injury-prone player, but he has stayed healthy this year despite an increased role in the passing game. He's a high floor flex play in PPR leagues at Green Bay this week.

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16. NYJ - CB Trumaine Johnson expects to play

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets CB Trumaine Johnson (quadriceps) said he expects to play in the Week 10 game after missing the last five because of a quadriceps injury.

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Johnson is a #1 corner and his return will change the outlook for Josh Gordon and Corey Davis after the bye next week if he can get through this game intact.

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17. BUF - WR Kelvin Benjamin takes part in practice

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Benjamin might not have Derek Anderson in this one, and Trumaine Johnson is due back for the Jets. He's a low-end desperation play.

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18. NYJ - RB Elijah McGuire has full practice

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets RB Elijah McGuire (foot) put in a full practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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McGuire has some flex appeal this week after he looked very impressive in his return last week.

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19. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell fully practices

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Crowell is getting healthier and the offense should be more robust with Josh McCown, although the Bills are no pushover. Consider him a flex play or injury/bye RB2 this week with Elijah McGuire also coming on in the RB2 role.

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20. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold will not start

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) will not start the team's Week 10 game, but head coach Todd Bowles is not ruling out the possibility of Darnold being active for the game.

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This makes it sound more like this injury was an excuse to get him out of the line of fire. It's not an unwise strategy with Darnold appearing to be overwhelmed in recent weeks.

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21. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa doesn't practice

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) was absent from practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Enunwa could play this week and he has an upgrade at quarterback, but the lack of practice is troubling. He's only a low-end WR3/Flex in PPR leagues, and only if he gets in a full practice tomorrow.

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22. NYJ - WR Robby Anderson still absent

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) missed practiced Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Anderson is getting back the quarterback that ignited his breakout 2017 campaign, but he might not be able to harness that this week against the Bills. He could still play with a good week of practice tomorrow, but between this issue and Tre'Davious White on the other side of the line of scrimmage, Anderson won't be suitable in our lineups until after his bye next week.

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23. CHI - WR Allen Robinson claims clean bill of health

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (groin) said he's fully healthy and recovered from his nagging groin injury heading into Week 10.

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Robinson will be a welcome addition to the Bears offense, but he'll likely see a lot of Darius Slay this week and the Bears offense is overflowing with viable passing game targets in a likely low volume game script.

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24. TB - WR Mike Evans returns to practice

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 8, a day after being held out.

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Evans might face Josh Norman in this one, but it's a better matchup than it was three or four years ago, and we know Ryan Fitzpatrick is a bold downfield passer. Evans is a borderline WR1 this week.

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25. WAS - RB Chris Thompson remains out

Source: The Washington Post - Kareem Copeland

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (rib) missed his second straight practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Thompson isn't going to play this week. Kapri Bibbs is on our desperation play list in PPR leagues in a matchup at Tampa Bay that could force Alex Smith to throw more this week.

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26. NE - RB Rex Burkhead returns to practice

Source: The Boston Globe - Jim McBride

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (neck), who remains on the Reserve/Injured list with a neck injury, participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Burkhead is worth the add in deep leagues and this could throw a monkeywrench into James White and Sony Michel's value for the fantasy playoffs. It sounds like Burkhead should be ready to go in a few weeks.

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27. KC - WR Sammy Watkins remains out of practice

Source: Chiefs.com - B.J. Kissel

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) will miss a second straight day of practice Thursday, Nov. 8, as he deals with a foot injury.

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Watkins is probably not going to play this weekend with a titanic tilt against the Rams up next week and a bye after that. We'll watch the play and involvement of Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson to see who is worth the pickup if this becomes a bigger issue for Watkins.

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28. BUF - QB Derek Anderson working with trainers

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Buffalo Bills QB Derek Anderson (concussion) was working off to the side with team trainers during practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Josh Allen might be closer to playing than Anderson this week. The Jets defense is probably a better play if Allen is in, but Anderson has also been generous when facing deficits.

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29. CLE - CB Denzel Ward, OLB Jamie Collins back at practice

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (hip) and LB Jamie Collins (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 8, a day after sitting out with hip and ankle injuries, respectively.

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This could help stem the tide against a surging Falcons offense. If Ward plays, Calvin Ridley becomes a better play with the likely easier matchup in the secondary. Most everything should work for the Falcons offense this week regardless.

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30. PHI - RB Darren Sproles aggravates injury

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) aggravated his hamstring injury Wednesday, Nov. 7, and he's expected to miss Week 10.

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This clarifies the Eagles backfield to an extent, but none of Josh Adams, Corey Clement, and Wendell Smallwood are more than desperation plays entering Week 10.

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31. WAS - WR Maurice Harris has an opening

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Washington Redskins WR Maurice Harris is in line for a full-time role with WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) out for the season. Harris has the best hands CB Quinton Dunbar said he has seen on a receiver. Harris isn't a fast guy, but he's the kind of possession receiver QB Alex Smith loves. 'Mo has always been a consistent player for us,' Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. 'Not the fastest guy in the world, but he runs excellent routes. He's a quarterback-friendly guy. Knows how to work in zone. (Has) the quickness to separate man-to-man, so he's a great option for us right now.'

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Harris has a terrific matchup against the Bucs secondary this week and will be a viable flex play and WR3 in a pinch. Washington should have to pass more to stay in the game against Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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32. NO - WR Cameron Meredith to IR

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Nov. 8, as he is having arthroscopic surgery.

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Dez Bryant should take over the slot role with Meredith on injured reserve, but he will have to score touchdowns to be relevant in fantasy leagues. The Bears reluctance to commit money to Meredith in the offseason looks wise in light of this development.

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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