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Footballguys #209 - 11/16 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #209 -- Friday Night, November 16th, 2018

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1. BAL - QB Joe Flacco remains out

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) remains out of practice Friday, Nov. 16.

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Flacco is doubtful and it's looking like Lamar Jackson may see work. Robert Griffin III could see some snaps and maybe even take over if Jackson struggles, so the rookie is a boom/bust streamer/superflex/QB2 this week

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2. GB - TE Jimmy Graham's injury feared serious

Source: NFL.com - Michael Silver

Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham's (thumb) injury to his thumb is feared to be serious.

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The Packers have some depth at tight end, and anyone who has Graham knows that his usage has been inconsistent this year. He can probably be dropped in redraft leagues.

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3. OAK - WR Jordy Nelson to miss Week 11

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Michael Gehlken

Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 11 versus the Arizona Cardinals with a knee injury.

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Brandon LaFell is the #1 receiver for the Raiders at this point and rookie UDFA Marcell Ateman should get some run this weekend.

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4. KC - WR Sammy Watkins a no-go Friday

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not expected to practice Friday, Nov. 16.

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Saturday's practice becomes all important for Watkins with the team playing on Monday night. Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson would see more work if Watkins can't go this week.

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5. DET - WR Marvin Jones misses Friday practice

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) missed a third straight practice Friday, Nov. 16, with a knee bone bruise.

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Jones could be a game-time decision, but he hasn't been as effective playing through injuries in the past, and the Panthers have a talented pair of young corners. Kenny Golladay and Theo Riddick should see more targets this week, but it's a downgrade for the whole offense.

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6. CIN - RB Joe Mixon looks ready for Week 11

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (knee) was seen fully participating in the team's walkthrough Friday, Nov. 16, and 'looks like all systems go' for Week 11, according to a beat reporter.

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Mixon is more RB2 than RB1 on the road at Baltimore in an offense that is missing its best weapon. This makes Giovani Bernard a less essential handcuff with Mixon off of the injury report.

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7. HOU - WR Keke Coutee a game-time call

Source: The Athletic - Aaron Reiss

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is a game-time decision against the Washington Redskins.

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Coutee has said he won't return to the field until he's 100% and it sounds like he's not yet. He's probably not worth starting except out of desperation if he does play, but if he goes, it could help the running game and short passing game.

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8. LAR - RB Todd Gurley receives day off

Source: The Kansas City Star - Lynn Worthy

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 16.

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Gurley just getting some rest here. He's set to go off on Monday night against the Chiefs. Start him as you normally would in Week 11.

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9. CHI - TE Adam Shaheen day-to-day

Source: Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell

Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen (foot) is considered day-to-day at this point and could be activated from the Reserve/Injured list this weekend, according to head coach Matt Nagy.

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Shaheen is a talented player who could supplant Dion Sims as the no.2 tight end for the Bears. Trey Burton remains at the top of the depth chart even if Shaheen is 100 percent.

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10. LAC - Two expected to be game-time decisions

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) and DE Joey Bosa (foot) are expected to be game-time decisions for the Week 11 game.

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Gates may not do much if he does play against the Broncos. Bosa might return as a part-time pass rusher on Sunday, and he'd be going up against a Broncos offensive line with three new starters on the interior of the O-line due to injury. They could also just give Bosa another week of rest as he's close.

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11. LAR - WR Pharoh Cooper might be active Monday

Source: RamsWire - Cameron DaSilva

Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper (ankle) might be active for the Week 11 game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Nov. 19. Head coach Sean McVay said Cooper is healthy and practicing with the team.

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Cooper is a candidate to get snaps in the slot in place of Cooper Kupp. This could put a cramp in Josh Reynolds upside as a fill-in. Keep tabs on Cooper in deep leagues, especially return yardage leagues.

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12. SEA - OLB K.J. Wright remains on the shelf

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (knee) might miss another game or two as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

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Mychal Kendricks is eligible to return soon and could play a role in the Seahawks defense with Wright ailing.

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13. LAC - Week 11 injury report for LAC

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Los Angeles Chargers CB Trevor Williams (knee) did not practice Friday, Nov. 16 and he has been ruled out for the Week 11 game against the Denver Broncos. TE Antonio Gates (knee) and DE Joey Bosa (foot) were each limited participants and are listed as questionable. WR Keenan Allen (hip, finger) practiced on a limited basis, while WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), LB Kyle Emanuel (hip), LB Chris Landrum (hip), DT Darius Philon (ankle) and WR Mike Williams (groin) were able to practice in full and have been removed from the injury report.

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Bosa has a chance to return this week, but he shouldn't be back in IDP lineups until next week's plum matchup against the Cardinals.

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14. IND - RB Marlon Mack on track to play

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

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This is great news after Mack was still on the injury report after the Colts bye. He's a boom/bust RB2 this week against Tennessee.

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15. DET - Detroit's Week 11 injury report

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts (shoulder) and DT A'Shawn Robinson (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 16, and have been ruled out for Week 11. DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and DT Damon Harrison (shoulder) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Eli Harold (shoulder), LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck), CB Darius Slay (knee) and TE Luke Willson (shoulder) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Luke Willson has a chance as a deep sleeper this week with Roberts and Marvin Jones out against a Panthers defense that has problems covering tight ends.

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16. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley a full participant

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

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Julio Jones could see a lot of Byron Jones in this matchup, so it could be a bounceback game for Ridley at home.

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17. PHI - Week 11 injury report for Philadelphia

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles CB Ronald Darby (knee), CB Jalen Mills (foot), TE Joshua Perkins (knee) and RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) did not participate in practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 11 versus the New Orleans Saints. DE Michael Bennett (non-injury), OT Lane Johnson (knee) and DT Haloti Ngata (knee) were limited in practice Friday, Nov. 16, but did not appear on the injury report. S Malcolm Jenkins (wrist), CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) participated fully in practice Friday and also have been removed from the injury report.

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Jones returning is the rare piece of good news for the Eagles secondary. He'll be tested with two other starters out against Drew Brees this weekend.

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18. DET - WR Marvin Jones seeking second opinion

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (knee) is in the process of seeking a second opinion on his right knee injury after being unable to practice all week. Jones was originally considered day-to-day with a bone bruise following his Week 10 injury against the Chicago Bears.

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Second opinions are often not a good thing. This suggests the knee doesn't feel right to Jones and we may be looking at a multi-week absence. Kenny Golladay is the #1 until further notice and Theo Riddick should also play a larger role in the passing game.

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19. PIT - RB James Conner on track to play

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

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Conner should be back in lineups as usual, but make sure you add Jaylen Samuels as a down the stretch handcuff.

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20. DEN - RB Royce Freeman set to play in Week 11

Source: The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ankle) is expected to return to action in Week 11 versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Freeman will likely be eased back in and he's running behind a backup center and third string left guard. He's worth stashing for the stretch run, but shouldn't be in lineups this week.

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21. WAS - Trent Williams listed as questionable

Source: Redskins.com

Washington Redskins OT Trent Williams (thumb) will be listed as questionable for Week 11 with a thumb injury, head coach Jay Gruden announced Friday, Nov. 16.

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Washington will be facing Jadeveon Clowney and JJ Watt this week, so it would be a huge help to get Williams back.

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22. ATL - ILB Deion Jones' return will wait

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones (foot) will not play in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Dan Quinn announced Friday, Nov. 16.

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Jones could return for a key divisional game against the Saints on Thanksgiving night, but the Falcons won't have him for the matchup with Ezekiel Elliott this weekend.

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23. CIN - Cincinnati Week 11 injury report

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe), LB Preston Brown (knee), TE Tyler Kroft (foot), WR Joshua Malone (hamstring), LB Nick Vigil (knee) and DT Adolphus Washington (knee) on Friday, Nov. 16, were listed as out for Week 11. LB Vontaze Burfict (hip), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) and WR John Ross (groin) are listed as questionable.

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Burfict is the only starting linebacker that has a chance to play. Ross can't stay off of the injury report. The Bengals are battered and coming off of a low points headed to Baltimore with a lot on the line this week.

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24. JAX - CB A.J. Bouye to be active for Week 11

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Jacksonville Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye (calf) will be active for Week 11, according to a report Friday, Nov. 16, after missing the previous two games with a calf injury.

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This a downgrade for Juju Smith-Schuster's matchup, and could cause more balls to go to Vance McDonald or James Conner.

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25. PIT - Le'Veon Bell bound for N.Y.?

Source: Bleacher Report - Mike Freeman

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is headed toward free agency, and several league sources see him landing with the New York Jets in the offseason. 'I think it's a foregone conclusion,' one Steelers source said.

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The Jets have the need and the cap room. They had a strong running game at times earlier this season, and Bell would also become one of their primary receivers.

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26. DEN - Max Garcia lost for the season

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos OG Max Garcia (knee) was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament Friday, Nov. 16, and will miss the rest of the season.

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Garcia was replacing Ronald Leary. The team also lost their center Matt Paradis recently. This is obviously a bad development for the Broncos offense. Billy Turner is next in line at left guard.

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27. WAS - TE Jordan Reed still dealing with pain

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (toes) is still fighting through pain in his surgically repaired teos and needs to rebuild strength in his legs. 'I feel like I'm starting to come over the curve,' he said. '(But) I'm still dealing with the pain. I have scar tissue in both my toes, and I've got to run routes and cut hard and slam my feet every day. I'm starting to learn how to manage it, find what works for me and what takes away the pain.'

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Reed still hasn't come close to his 2015 form. He's startable in a good matchup against the Texans this week, but isn't an automatic every week start any longer.

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28. PHI - WR Golden Tate to have bigger role

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Dave Zangaro

Philadelphia Eagles WR Golden Tate will have a bigger role in the offense this week and is much further along, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Tate is still only a WR3/Flex at best this week because we can't be sure his role will be big enough to be fantasy relevant. We do know the Eagles will have to pass more to keep up with the Saints this week and the slot is one of the more favorable matchups in their secondary, so Tate could make a big leap this week.

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That'll do it for today. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J