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Footballguys #206 - 11/13 - Le'Veon Bell's Season Over - Plus News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #206 -- Tuesday Night, November 13th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

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

J


1. PIT - RB Le'Veon Bell Fails To Report - Season Over

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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell failed to report to Pittsburgh Steelers headquarters Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, the deadline for him to play this season on the franchise tag.

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And that's that. The team will turn fully to James Conner and at least for the first time in quite some time, we have clarity on Le'Veon Bell. It's bad news, but at least now we know for sure.

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2. GB - RB Aaron Jones has Aaron Rodgers' support

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones was given a vote of confidence by QB Aaron Rodgers, who said the Packers need to keep giving the second-year running back more opportunities.

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Most Fantasy GMs would agree with Rodgers. The superstar QB added that Jones helped the offense secure first downs and was an asset in the red zone.

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3. PIT - RB James Conner expected to clear protocol

Source: NFL Network - Aditi Kinkhabwala

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Tuesday, Nov. 13. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Conner will be given the opportunity to practice Wednesday, Nov. 14, and that should 'lay those (concussion) discussions to bed.'

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Conner should get work on Wednesday. Fantasy GMs love his RB1 performances this year, and that should continue in Week 11 against the Jaguars.

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4. DEN - WR Chad Hansen joins Denver's PS

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Free-agent WR Chad Hansen (Titans) was signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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A fourth-round pick of the Jets in the 2017 NFL draft, Hansen has a good size/speed combination. He measures in at 6'2" 202 pounds and has the body control to work sideline routes consistently. Since being released by the Jets at final cuts this year, Hansen has spent time with the Patriots and the Titans.

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5. LAR - WR Pharoh Cooper designated for return

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper (ankle) will practice this week as he was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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The Rams now have a three-week window to see if Cooper can get cleared to play. They lost Cooper Kupp (knee) for the season and could use some depth at the wide receiver position. Cooper is a return specialist primarily if he's able to get on the field.

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6. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers a full participant

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) put in a full practice Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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The Packers travel to face the Seahawks on Thursday night. It looks like Rodgers is going to be good to go in Week 11..and that means Fantasy GMs are most likely starting him.

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7. GB - TE Jimmy Graham doesn't practice

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee) was not able to practice Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Graham's status will be updated on Wednesday. The Packers are traveling to face the team Graham previously played with (Seahawks) on Thursday night. He had an easy matchup against the Dolphins in Week 10 and caught only one pass for 14 yards. Fantasy GMs are finding better options than Graham in 2018.

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8. TB - Dare Ogunbowale called up

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Dare Ogunbowale was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 13. Free-agent RB Ralph Webb (Patriots) was signed to the practice squad in a corresponding move. Additionally, OL Evan Smith (hip, wrist) and RB Shaun Wilson (shoulder) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2017, Ogunbowale is a good receiver out of the backfield. Measuring in at 5'11" 205 pounds he's also a bit underrated as a runner. He'll compete for snaps behind Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers on the Bucs active roster. Rookie Ronald Jones is considered week-to-week with a hamstring injury.

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9. PHI - TE Will Tye signed by Eagles

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Free-agent TE Will Tye (Giants) was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 13. TE Billy Brown was released from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

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Tye had 90 catches combined in two years (2015, 2016) with the Giants but he's failed to duplicate that type of performance since then. Last year for the Jets, Tye had only four catches for 38 yards (and spent most of the season on the Patriots practice squad). He gets a spot on the Eagles practice squad and we'll see if he can crack another 53-man roster again.

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10. PHI - Richard Rodgers designated for return

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Philadelphia Eagles TE Richard Rodgers (knee) will practice this week as he was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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The Eagles now have three weeks to decide to move him to the active roster or not. Even if he makes it to the active roster, we don't see a whole lot of action coming for Rodgers as the no3 TE behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

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11. TEN - Dalyn Dawkins promoted

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Tennessee Titans RB Dalyn Dawkins was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 13. FB Jalston Fowler was released in a corresponding move.

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Undrafted out of Colorado State in 2018, Dawkins is a satellite back (5'8" 175 pounds) who can work in space. He's not going to push the pile but Dawkins can make defenders miss in the open field and has good receiving ability out of the backfield. We're monitoring him but only in super deep dynasty formats.

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12. IND - Steve Ishmael back with Colts

Source: Colts.com

Free-agent WR Steve Ishmael (Colts) was re-signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Undrafted out of Syracuse this year, Ishmael has already bounced on and off the Colts active roster in 2018. While in college, he broke Marvin Harrison's Syracuse career record for receiving yardage. The Colts picked him up as a college free agent due to his size and football intelligence combination. Measuring in at 6'2" 209 pounds, Ishmael isn't going to win with speed but savvy and concentration instead. We'll continue to monitor his progress in super deep dynasty leagues.

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13. BUF - WR Terrelle Pryor done in Buffalo

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills WR Terrelle Pryor was released Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Pryor didn't do much in two games with the Bills...and that's not a good sign for his football future. The Jets were interested in bringing him back after letting him go due to an injury earlier this season. Perhaps he'll latch back on in the Big Apple.

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14. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky chasing record book

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is on pace to break Chicago's single-season franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Both records are held by former QB Erik Kramer, who threw for 3,838 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in 1995.

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Trubisky and head coach Matt Nagy are certainly meshing well. We should see the second-year pro get past both records for the Bears.

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15. CAR - WR Torrey Smith on the mend

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Nov. 13, but said his injured knee is feeling a lot stronger and has resumed running.

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The Panthers played last Thursday so there was some thought that Smith would be able to be back by now. He's not, but that doesn't mean he's out in Week 11. Check back on his status later in the week to see if he can practice. Rookie D.J. Moore will continue as the no.2 WR for the Panthers while Smith is out.

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16. DET - OC mum on QB Matthew Stafford's play

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's performance this season is a matter of 'Detroit Lions information,' offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Okay...that's not exactly a vote of confidence. In fact, we're not really sure what in the world that means. Thanks Cooter....how about this...Stafford needs to play better if the Lions want to get on the winning track. Fantasy GMs have better options at the QB position.

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17. HOU - WR Demaryius Thomas catching up

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas spent the team's Week 10 bye catching up on the team's offense and playbook, and head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday, Nov. 13, that he's expecting bigger and better things from Thomas in the coming weeks after his three-catch, 61-yard debut in Week 9. 'We've got to be able to use him more, even more than we did,' O'Brien said via the Houston Chronicle. 'He had three catches. I think they were all basically almost on the first or second drive of the game. He's a very smart guy, excellent pro. He was in here last week, meeting extra on Thursday, Friday, trying to get some more of the offense down. Go out there (Monday), have a lot of plays we ran in practice, knew where to line up, change his position, change his identity by personnel, knew what to do. I think we're going to make a lot of strides with him from week to week.'

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Thomas has WR2 or flex appeal for Fantasy GMs with his new team. The Texans had a bye in Week 10, so Thomas should be more versed in the playbook than he was against the Broncos last time out.

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18. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill threw without pain

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) threw without pain Sunday, Nov. 11. Tannehill took a week off from throwing before letting it rip Sunday.

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It was expected that Tannehill would return after the team's Week 11 bye. That seems to be the case with no pain after a throwing session on 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