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Footballguys #221 - 11/28 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #221 -- Wednesday Night, November 28th, 2018

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

J


1. CIN - WR A.J. Green says he'll play

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Fletcher Page

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) said he'll play in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos.

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Green's return doesn't automatically put him back in your fantasy lineup...mainly because the Bengals are moving forward with Jeff Driskel at quarterback for the rest of the year. If Green is going to play on Sunday against the Broncos, we'd see him more as a high-end WR2 than his normal WR1 status. Stay tuned.

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2. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette's appeal denied

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette's appeal of his one-game suspension was denied Wednesday, Nov. 28, and he'll be out for Week 13.

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Fournette will miss a home game against the Colts on Sunday. The Jaguars will move forward with T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde in the backfield. Yeldon is an RB2/flex play while Hyde is more of a RB3/deep flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 13.

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3. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky officially limited

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Trubisky was close to playing on Thanksgiving last week. He should be able to play on the road Sunday against the Giants. Stay tuned for his practice status later in the week.

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4. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold back at practice Wednesday

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) returned to practice Wednesday, Nov. 28, and was a limited participant.

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Darnold hasn't played since Week 9 against the Dolphins. He's getting closer to a return but is no guarantee to get back on the field Sunday against the Titans.

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5. CIN - WR A.J. Green logs limited practice

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Marvin Lewis believes that Green will play this week against the Broncos. With Jeff Driskel at quarterback, we can recommend Green as a WR2 in Week 13.

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6. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky doesn't practice

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Trubisky was close to playing on Thanksgiving last week. He should be able to play on the road Sunday against the Giants. Stay tuned for his practice status later in the week.

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7. BAL - No practice for RB Alex Collins

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins (foot) was held out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Collins has been passed up by Gus Edwards on the depth chart. Even if he does play, the role going forward for Collins will be altered negatively. It might be some time before he's cleared to return.

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8. JAX - RB Carlos Hyde likely to see more action

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde is likely to see more action in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts with RB Leonard Fournette's one-game suspension upheld.

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Hyde should see more action...but he's still working in a RBBC with T.J. Yeldon this week. He's played about 12 snaps on average over the last three games, but Hyde should see an increase against the Colts on Sunday. We feel Hyde could produce like a RB3/deep flex play for Fantasy GMs.

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9. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler fully practices

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Ekeler has a big opportunity as the Chargers starter with Melvin Gordon out. On the road against the Steelers, Ekeler should perform like a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues.

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10. NYJ - QB Josh McCown limited Wednesday

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets QB Josh McCown (back, hand) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Sam Darnold was back at practice on Wednesday but on a limited basis. They might use McCown as their starter one more week with the rookie still on the mend.

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11. GB - TE Jimmy Graham does not practice

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (knee, thumb) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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The Packers are out of the playoff hunt, so there's no need to rush Graham out there. We could see plenty of Lance Kendricks against the Cardinals on Sunday if Graham can't play.

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12. ARI - WR Larry Fitzgerald gets mid-week rest

Source: AZCardinals.com

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related) was given the day off from practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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As per usual for the veteran star. He'll be playing against the Packers on Sunday and is a WR3/flex for Fantasy GMs in Week 13.

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13. BAL - No practice for Gus Edwards

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Edwards has been the workhorse for the Ravens offense over the last two weeks. They may just be giving him some rest here. Make sure to check on his practice status on Friday.

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14. IND - TE Clive Walford added by Colts

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent TE Clive Walford (Jets) was signed by the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, Nov. 28, according to a source.

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Walford has bounced around the league during his pro career. He's a move tight end who can create mismatches due to his athleticism but his game is inconsistent as the day is long. Walford will compete for snaps/playing time behind starting tight end Eric Ebron.

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15. SEA - J.D. McKissic officially activated

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Seattle Seahawks WR J.D. McKissic (foot) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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McKissic can help the team as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He may not have much fantasy value as the Seahawks have a jam-packed group of running backs in front of him like Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis.

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16. TB - RB Peyton Barber practices in full

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber (ankle, shoulder) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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That's a good sign for Barber's availability in Week 13. The team is at home to face the Panthers on Sunday. Barber is a RB3/flex play for Fantasy GMs this week.

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17. CAR - QB Cam Newton limited in practice

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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On the road against the Buccaneers in Week 13, Newton is a top-5 QB play for Fantasy GMs.

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18. PIT - TE Vance McDonald doesn't practice

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald (hip) was not able to practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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McDonald has been banged up quite a bit as a pro. This hip injury is considered minor but make sure to check back on his status later in the week.

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19. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger given day off

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Just a day off for Big Ben here....as per usual on Wednesday.

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20. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill practices in full

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was able to practice in full Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Tannehill was back last week and almost led the Dolphins to a win over the Colts. This week, the Dolphins are at home to take on the Bills. That makes Tannehill a low-end QB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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21. MIA - WR DeVante Parker limited in practice

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Parker has been dealing with this shoulder injury for some time. He lacks much fantasy value at home against the Bills in Week 13.

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22. NO - Tre'Quan Smith has full practice

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (toe) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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A good sign for the rookie's availability in Week 13. The Saints travel to play the Cowboys on Thursday night.

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23. NYG - TE Evan Engram misses practice

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, New York Giants TE Evan Engram (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Earlier reports indicated Engram could practice today but that's not the case. He insists that he'll play on Sunday against the Bears but we'll have to see him in practice on Friday at the latest.

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24. CAR - WR Devin Funchess still not practicing

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) remained out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Back injuries are always tricky to deal with. Funchess missed last week's game and we'll have to see if he can practice later in the week in order to play against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

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25. KC - WR Sammy Watkins no go for practice

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was absent from practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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A bit surprising news here as the Chiefs are coming out of their Week 12 bye. Watkins could be saved up for a playoff run (which could end up at the Super Bowl), so there's no need to rush him back out there if he's not fully ready.

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26. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel sidelined Wednesday

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Samuel is a playmaker for the Panthers offense, scoring four touchdowns in a limited role over the last four weeks. Monitor his practice status during the week if you're considering him as a cheap DFS play or as a 'what the heck' flex in season-long leagues.

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27. TB - WR DeSean Jackson has limited practice

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28, while wearing a small brace on his injured left thumb.

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The brace on his thumb might make it difficult to catch passes. He doesn't have great chemistry with QB Jameis Winston and is only a deep flex play against the Panthers in Week 13.

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28. BAL - No practice for QB Joe Flacco

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is not practicing Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Lamar Jackson should start again for the Ravens this week. Reporters around the team speculate that Flacco will need to get in a full week of practice before he returns to the field.

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29. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson misses practice

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) is not practicing Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Johnson missed the game on Thanksgiving against the Bears and it looks like he'll miss another game. That means LeGarrette Blount could be the leading ball-carrier for the Lions in Week 13 against the Rams. Blount would be a RB3 or deep flex play in this matchup.

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30. KC - S Eric Berry practicing

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (Achilles') is practicing for the first time this season Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Berry returns to the field for the first time since training camp. The Chiefs look like they'll make a deep postseason run and there's plenty of time to get Berry ramped up before the playoffs get here.

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31. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake limited

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Drake is going to be non-contact this week in practice...just like he was last week. He played against the Colts and had a nice day for Fantasy GMs with a couple of touchdowns. Drake will be limited this week but should be able to play against the Bills barring a setback. He's a deep flex...almost a 'what the heck' flex in this tough matchup on Sunday.

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32. MIA - WR Danny Amendola out of practice

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (knee) is out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Amendola was hurt early in the game against the Colts last week. Not practicing today doesn't mean he won't play in Week 13, so make sure to watch his practice status during the week if you'd want to use him as a 'what the heck' flex against the Bills.

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33. HOU - D'Onta Foreman still not ready to return

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') is doing better but is 'not all the way back yet,' according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Foreman has spent the entire season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and the team has until Dec. 6 to activate him or place him on season-ending Injured Reserve. If active, Foreman could potentially cut into the touches for Lamar Miller.

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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