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Footballguys #222 - 11/29 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #222 -- Thursday Night, November 29th, 2018

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A. NFL Week 13 DraftKings Tips & Picks From Footballguys & RotoGrinders
Footballguys analyst John Lee offers his strategy, picks, and roster advice to help you build your NFL Week 13 DraftKings lineups.


1. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky likely to sit again

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) is likely to sit again in Week 13 as the team plays it safe with him. QB Chase Daniel will get the start against the New York Giants.

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Daniel is a low end QB2/Superflex, but one with an acceptable floor after he was competent last week. He'll face a not too imposing Giants defense this weekend.

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2. LAC - Another full practice for RB Austin Ekeler

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) was a full participant at practice for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Ekeler is ready to go as the Chargers lead back with Melvin Gordon banged up. In PPR leagues, Ekeler could perform like a RB1 with his improved workload.

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3. OAK - QB Derek Carr takes part in practice

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Carr is likely going to have to play 'catch up' football against the Chiefs in Week 13. Even with that heightened sense of needing to score due to the opponents nearly unstoppable offense, Carr is a QB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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4. HOU - WR Demaryius Thomas practices in full

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Thomas was a touchdown hog for the Texans the last time out. While those targets in the red zone may vary slightly from week to week, Thomas has shown enough in this offense to be a WR3 or flex play at least for Fantasy GMs.

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5. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins listed as limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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It would be news if Hopkins wasn't limited during the week of practice. Start him as you normally would.

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6. HOU - WR Keke Coutee limited again

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Coutee is a helluva talent when fully healthy. He has fought this hamstring injury for some time and we can't recommend him more than anything as a deep flex play in Week 13.

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7. TB - RB Peyton Barber downgraded

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber put in a limited practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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It's something worth monitoring if you're going to consider Barber this week against the Panthers. Fantasy GMs likely have better options as Barber is projected as a low-end RB3 in Week 13.

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8. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson sits again

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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It looks like Johnson is going to miss another game for the Lions. That makes LeGarrette Blount their lead back with Theo Riddick continuing as their primary pass-catching back. Riddick has low-end RB2 or flex value in PPR leagues while Blount is a RB4 or deep flex this week against the Rams.

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9. IND - TE Eric Ebron fully practices

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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We don't have to worry about his missed practice yesterday. Ebron is a strong TE1 with Jack Doyle sidelined, and perhaps even good enough to merit flex consideration if you have another strong TE1 as he scored three times against the Jaguars in the first meeting.

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10. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton limited

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Jalen Ramsey was out, so Hilton appears to be in better shape than his nemesis on the Jaguars side of the ball. As long as he plays, Hilton deserves at least WR3/Flex consideration.

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11. WAS - RB Chris Thompson should play

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (rib) has looked good running this week and is expected to play, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Thompson has missed six games this year due to rib injuries.

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Consider Thompson a PPR flex, but he could be rusty in his first game back from injury. He could be a prime target for Colt McCoy in the short passing game, especially if Washington falls behind.

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12. CAR - TE Greg Olsen takes part in practice

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Jourdan Rodrigue

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Olsen is healthy, but not very explosive in recent games. He did have a nice game against the Bucs in the first matchup, so he's still in the low TE1 ranks, but he has very little momentum right now.

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13. CIN - WR A.J. Green limited again

Source: ESPN.com - Katherine Terrell

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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No matter what Green says, he is not a sure thing to play, but if he is active on Sunday, it will be difficult to bench him, even with a backup quarterback in.

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14. TB - WR DeSean Jackson has limited practice

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (hand, thumb) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 29, but did not catch passes.

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Jackson is going to be a small part of the pass offense if he is even active. He and Jameis Winston have struggled to get on the same page this year. Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries are better plays this week.

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15. IND - RB Marlon Mack cleared to practice

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 29, as he works his way back from a concussion suffered Sunday.

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He is on track to be ready for the matchup at Jacksonville Sunday. Consider him a low ceiling RB2 in a tough matchup, but against a team that just went through a lot of turmoil this week.

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16. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson absent from practice

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was not at practice Thursday, Nov. 29, as he deals with a sore shoulder.

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Peterson's numbers have been small when he hasn't scored lately, and Washington is getting back Chris Thompson. Peterson is more low ceiling flex than RB2 this week.

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17. BAL - RB Alex Collins back on practice field

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins (foot) was able to practice Thursday, Nov. 29, after sitting out with a foot injury.

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The Ravens backfield is getting crowded again. If Gus Edwards ankle issue comes up on Sunday or the rookie has a rough afternoon, Collins could have some value again yet.

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18. KC - WR Sammy Watkins remains sidelined

Source: The Kansas City Star - Brooke Pryor

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is not practicing Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Watkins is looking like he'll miss another week. Since he had a bye to rest his foot, this could indicate an even longer absence than just Week 13. Chris Conley will get to start in his place, but he is a low floor play that only came alive when the Chiefs were in one of the biggest shootouts in NFL history.

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19. BAL - Gus Edwards returns to work

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 29, after sitting out the previous day.

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Edwards is a boom/bust RB2/Flex this week against a weak Falcons run defense, but a Falcons offense that could jump out to a lead and put the Ravens running game in the backseat of the game plan.

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20. BAL - QB Joe Flacco returns to practice

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 29, as he deals with a hip injury.

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Flacco could be back next week if he gets in a full week of practice, but likely only if Lamar Jackson bombs at Atlanta this week and the Ravens lose.

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21. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs remains out

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Goessling

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Diggs has said he will play on Sunday afternoon against the Patriots, but he said the same thing before Week 9, which he missed. This is tougher matchup and the Vikings don't have a bye on the other side of it, so his proclamation is a little more trustworthy, although we'll still want to check in Sunday morning.

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22. CAR - WR Devin Funchess back on field

Source: The Athletic - Joe Person

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (back) returned to practice Thursday, Nov. 29, after sitting out the previous day with a back injury.

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Funchess should play this week, but he has been passed by DJ Moore and should only be considered a desperation play despite the matchup, although he's one that could work out because of the matchup.

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23. CIN - Andre Smith back with Bengals

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Free-agent OT Andre Smith (Cardinals) was re-signed to an undisclosed deal by the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Nov. 29.

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If Smith takes the field at left tackle for the Bengals, the Broncos pass rush will likely have his second field day of the year against him. This could slow down the Jeff Driskel sleeper train. Whether Smith is in or its Cedric Ogbuehi, it's going to be tough to stop the Broncos pass rushers from getting home.

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24. DAL - Tyron Smith trending downward

Source: NFL Network - Jane Slater

Dallas Cowboys OT Tyron Smith (neck, elbow) isn't looking good to play Thursday, Nov. 29, according to a source. OT Cameron Fleming would start in his place.

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The Saints pass rush has been coming on with Marcus Davenport back and it's certainly not good news for the Cowboys running game either. The Saints defense could create some big plays against a stressed out Cowboys line trying to help the offense keep up with Drew Brees and company.

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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