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Footballguys #210 - 11/17 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #210 -- Saturday Night, November 17th, 2018

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1. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes ready to play

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (foot) fully participated in practice Saturday, Nov. 17, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

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You're starting Mahomes every week. We are so looking forward to seeing him perform against the Rams on Monday night.

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2. KC - WR Sammy Watkins officially questionable

Source: Chiefs.com

Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially listed as questionable for Week 11.

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We're not trusting his status, even though the matchup against the Rams could be an offensive explosion. He missed two days of practice (Friday, Saturday) and clearly would not be 100 percent if he does play on Monday night.

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3. KC - WR Sammy Watkins misses practice

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 17.

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We think he's on the doubtful side of questionable for Monday night against the Rams. Head coach Andy Reid said Watkins is improving and is considered day-to-day.

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4. TEN - WR Taywan Taylor will not play

Source: ESPN.com - Turron Davenport

Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor (foot) has been ruled out of the team's Week 11 game.

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Taylor has only appeared in eight games this year for the Titans. After missing two weeks of practice, we'll see if Taylor can get back in action next week.

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5. CHI - TE Adam Shaheen activated

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen (foot) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Nov. 17, according to a source. The team also placed TE Dion Sims (concussion) on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Shaheen will now work to get some targets behind starting tight end Trey Burton. He's a big and athletic target who could be a nice addition for the Bears offense, especially in the red zone.

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6. WAS - RB Byron Marshall will be activated

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Byron Marshall (knee) will be activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Nov. 17, according to a source.

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Washington's backfield is quite banged up right now. Adrian Peterson is the lead back and Kapri Bibbs is the receiving back for the team with Chris Thompson out. Marshall should work as the no3 back for Washington this week.

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7. HOU - WR Keke Coutee traveling with team

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) is traveling with the team for the Week 11 game but is still listed as questionable.

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A good sign for the rookie here. The Texans had a bye last week giving Coutee more time to heal. With DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas ahead of him on the depth chart, Coutee is just a 'what the heck' flex if he does play against Washington on Sunday.

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8. KC - WR Sammy Watkins not on the field

Source: The Kansas City Star - Lynn Worthy

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) did not participate during the media-access portion of practice Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Watkins is now on the doubtful side of questionable for the Monday night game against the Rams. Fantasy GMs should have other options ready for Week 11. Chris Conley would get to play opposite Tyreek Hill if Watkins is out.

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9. LAC - DE Joey Bosa to be limited if active

Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) is expected to see a limited number of snaps in Week 11's game against the Denver Broncos if he is declared active.

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He could potentially be used on 10 to 15 defensive plays in obvious passing situations. Bosa was limited in three practices this week and is isted as questionable for their Week 11 game against the Broncos on Sunday.

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10. NO - WR Brandon Marshall unlikely to play Sunday?

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Marshall is not expected to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Nov. 18, in the opinion of The Times-Picayune's Josh Katzenstein.

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Marshall might not have much left to offer on the field. When he does get out there for the Saints Fantasy GMs aren't expecting much. We'll see if he can prove doubters wrong and show that he's got more left...especially in this high-powered offense.

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11. CAR - WR Torrey Smith could return next week

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) could return to action on Sunday, Nov. 25, against the Seattle Seahawks; he has already been ruled out for this week.

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Smith is getting closer to a return but he's out this week against the Lions. That means the Panthers will continue to go to rookie D.J. Moore as their no2 wide receiver opposite Devin Funchess.

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12. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin finally healthy

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (knee) said he 'finally' feels like himself after playing through a knee injury all season.

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Baldwin said before the Thursday night game that he was finally pain free. The veteran receiver snared 7 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' Week 11 win over the Packers. He's in line to produce like a flex option with upside with Seattle going as much ground-and-pound as they can on offense.

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13. CAR - WR Devin Funchess losing targets

Source: ESPN.com

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess has seen five targets or less in three straight games heading into Week 11 after seeing at least seven targets in each of the previous six games.

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The Panthers have other options in the passing game that are getting some more looks. Guys like D.J. Moore and Curtis Sameul are getting involved in the offense. Stars like Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen get their fair share of the target load as well. Funchess is a WR3 or flex option in Week 11 against the Lions.

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14. LAR - WR Robert Woods to keep producing?

Source: ESPN.com

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods has had at least 70 receiving yards in nine straight games heading into a Week 11 matchup with a Kansas City Chiefs team that is allowing the third-most receiving yards per game.

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The Chiefs look like one of the best in the NFL, but they have an Achilles' heel that is all on the defensive side of the ball. We hope this game on Monday night lives up to the hype. Woods could perform like a top-10 WR1 in Week 11.

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15. HOU - RB Lamar Miller facing tough test

Source: ESPN.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller faces the Washington Redskins in Week 11, and the Redskins have allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game this season.

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The season-long data for Washington doesn't give a clear picture of what's going on now. Over the last two games, Washington has given up 103 yards on the ground to the Bucs and 154 yards to the Falcons rushing attack. Miller and the Texans rushing attack is inconsistent, and Fantasy GMs have already nerfed expectations for the veteran back. We see Miller as a low-end RB2 or RB3/flex option in Week 11.

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16. BAL - Big game on tap for RB Alex Collins?

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, and the Bengals are allowing the second-most rushing yards per game and the fourth-most yards per rush.

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The Ravens should be ready to go after having a bye in Week 10. Collins only had 10 touches for the Ravens in their last game and his role may be adjusted with Ty Montgomery expected to make his debut for the Ravens this week. Even with limited touches, Collins does have a touchdown streak for two games. Collins is a RB2 for Fantasy GMs in Week 11.

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17. DAL - WR Allen Hurns not seeing the field

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns has played less than 20 snaps in back-to-back games, but he said he is staying patient. 'Just wait for the opportunity and control what I can,' Hurns said.

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The trade for Amari Cooper just pushed Hurns further down the pecking order. Cooper, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley are the top three receivers for the Cowboys. Fantasy GMs should have moved on from Hurns already.

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18. DET - Bigger role for WR Bruce Ellington?

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington should see 'a lot more work' against the Carolina Panthers in Week 11 with WR Marvin Jones (knee) ruled out, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com.

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Ellington was signed about 10 days ago with the idea he could compete for snaps from the slot. Now his role might be more than originally thought. Without Jones, Kenny Golladay should get a ton of targets. Receiving back Theo Riddick should get plenty of work as well.

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19. GB - TE Jimmy Graham could be out a while

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - David J. Chao, MD

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (thumb) could miss a few weeks while recovering from a broken thumb, according to David J. Chao, MD.

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The standard timetable for this injury is 4-6 weeks. Graham has not been a fantasy stud this year but this is certainly a negative for the Packers offense. We'll see Lance Kendricks start at tight end while Graham is out.

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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