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Footballguys #228 - 12/5 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #228 -- Wednesday Night, December 5th, 2018

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

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1. DEN - Emmanuel Sander has torn tendon

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Bad news for the Broncos offense here. They'll move forward with Courtland Sutton as their no.1 wide receiver. Fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton should take over as their no.2 receiver with Tim Patrick working into the mix. Sutton is more of a WR3 or flex with his enlarged role and Hamilton is more of a deep flex play. The Broncos are great running the ball, expect them to lean on the ground game more than ever moving forward.

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2. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders lands on IR

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 5, after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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A huge blow for the Broncos passing game here. Sanders is their no.1 receiver, especially after the team traded away Demaryius Thomas earlier this year. Without Sanders, the Broncos will turn to Courtland Sutton as their top wideout.

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3. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky plans to play

Source: NFL Network - Stacey Dales

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) said he feels confident he'll be ready to return to action this week, adding that he just needs to prove himself to head coach Matt Nagy.

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Trubisky might be limited all week in practice due to this shoulder injury but the early plan is to have him ready for Sunday night's game against the Rams. Monitor his progress during the week and have other plans ready in case the young quarterback suffers a setback.

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4. ATL - QB Matt Ryan has a notable track record vs. GB

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has posted his highest passer rating (106.3) against the Green Bay Packers compared to any other opponent whom he's faced more than three times in his career.

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In eight meetings (including playoffs), Ryan has completed 67.4 percent of his passes to go with 2,071 yards, 18 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Ryan draws them in Week 14.

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5. OAK - RB Doug Martin fully practices

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders RB Doug Martin (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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The news on Martin seems to be better now. The team signed C.J. Anderson on Monday and he'll push for playing time soon enough. The Raiders have a jam-packed backfield, negatively impacting the fantasy value of all players involved.

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6. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson doesn't practice Wednesday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Peterson is getting some veteran rest on Wednesday. The team needs to lean on him more than ever with their horrific QB situation as Mark Sanchez is set to be their starter going forward.

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7. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell does not practice

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Fantasy GMs aren't falling all over themselves to get Crowell into the lineup. If he does play against the Bills in Week 14, Crowell is only worth considering as a RB3 or flex play.

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8. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon misses practice

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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We think Gordon is going to need another game (at least) of rest after injuring his MCL in Week 12. Without Gordon, the Chargers should turn to Justin Jackson as a runner and Austin Ekeler as a receiving option out of the backfield.

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9. CHI - QB Mitchell Trubisky fully practices

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Trubisky swears that he'll be ready to return in Week 14. The Bears face the Rams on Sunday and Trubisky is a QB1 for Fantasy GMs.

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10. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton practices in full

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (ankle) went through a full practice on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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It's now all on Sutton in the Broncos passing game. The team traded away Demaryius Thomas (Texans) earlier this year to get Sutton more playing time. He did have a breakout game against the Bengals last week (four catches, 85 yards, 1 touchdown) and Fantasy GMs are hoping that can continue. Sutton is now the no.1 WR for Denver as Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') was lost or the season on Wednesday.

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11. HOU - D'Onta Foreman practices in full

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles') fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Foreman is back this week after being designated to return but there's no guarantee he'll be active for the game in Week 14. When he's back and not a healthy scratch on gameday, Foreman will push Alfred Blue for backup touches behind Lamar Miller.

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12. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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It would be a shock if Hopkins wasn't limited. He's a WR1 for Fantasy GMs and a must start every week.

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13. HOU - WR Keke Coutee remains limited

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Coutee is a dynamic athlete but he's only appeared in nine games this season. If he can practice fully later in the week then Fantasy GMs should be able to trust him as a deep flex play.

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14. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson unable to practice

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) did not practice on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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It looks like Johnson is going to miss another game. That means LeGarrette Blount will be the lead ball carrier with Theo Riddick mixing in as the pass-catching back.

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15. DET - WR Kenny Golladay does limited practice

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (quadriceps) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Golladay is getting a huge workload so the Lions are just getting him a bit of rest. Against the Cardinals in Week 14, Golladay is a WR2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in PPR leagues.

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16. IND - TE Eric Ebron does not practice

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (back, illness) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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The Colts are getting Ebron a bit of extra rest here. He was listed with these injuries last week and we think he's going to be available in Week 14. Ebron is a TE1 for Fantasy GMs in all leagues.

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17. NFL - WR Kelvin Benjamin not claimed

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Kelvin Benjamin (Bills) went unclaimed off waivers Wednesday, Dec. 5, and is officially a free agent.

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Benjamin is now free to sign with any team. He was on the books for $8.4 million this year and no team wanted to take on that salary. Benjamin is likely to find a new home rather quickly but it will be for an incredibly reduced price tag.

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18. PHI - RB Josh Adams puts in limited practice

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles RB Josh Adams (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Adams has been banged up over the last week or so, previously dealing with a hip injury. He should be good to go in Week 14 against the Cowboys and makes a RB2 or flex option for Fantasy GMs.

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19. KC - WR Sammy Watkins limited in practice

Source: KCChiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Watkins has only played in 10 games so far this year. He's on track to get back this week but might need a full practice before the team clears him to play.

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20. BAL - QB Joe Flacco limited by right hip

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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There is speculation that Flacco would split reps with Lamar Jackson in a game if both are healthy. We'll have to see if Flacco can keep getting in reps as the week of practice goes on.

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21. NO - WR Michael Thomas not practicing

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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It's Wednesday so Thomas missing playing time is not too alarming. He might be getting some extra rest for this banged up ankle. We expect Thomas to be ready to go in Week 14 against the Buccaneers.

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22. TB - WR DeSean Jackson absent from practice

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Other reports indicated that Jackson did practice but did not catch any passes. Either way, Jackson could get shut down for the year with this thumb injury.

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23. ATL - WR Julio Jones misses practice

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) was not able to practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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It's Wednesday so Jones gets his standard day of rest. The Falcons offense has been struggling for a month but Jones is the type of player we're going to start every week he's healthy. On the road against the Packers in Week 14, Jones is a WR1 as per usual.

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24. DEN - Denver claims WR Andre Holmes

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

The Denver Broncos claimed WR Andre Holmes off waivers from the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Holmes was with the Raiders when Broncos OC Bill Musgrave was there running the offense. He's a big, fast player and should be familiar with the offense. With Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') down with an injury, the Broncos had to make a move to add depth to the position.

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25. OAK - WR Martavis Bryant goes to IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Bryant has not played since Week 10 due to this PCL injury. He was added to the Raiders via trade (third-round pick) with the Steelers earlier this year. Bryant finishes the season with 19 catches for 266 yards. He's set to be a free agent in 2019.

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26. BAL - Gus Edwards expects to play

Source: The Athletic - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards (ankle) said he's been keeping up with treatment on his ankle and believes he'll be able to take the field in Week 14.

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Edwards was dealing with this ankle problem last week in practice. He may be limited during the week of practice but should play in Week 14. With Edwards banged up a little bit, we might see more from Kenneth Dixon.

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27. CIN - WR A.J. Green to IR

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) was placed on the Reserve/Injured Wednesday, Dec. 5. Davontae Harris (knee) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list.

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This move was expected after Green couldn't get many snaps in against the Broncos before aggravating his toe injury in Week 13. He's under contract through 2019, but after having finished two of the last three years on Injured Reserve it will be interesting to see if the Bengals make a move to keep him around longer than that. Green finished the 2018 season having appeared in nine games, catching 46 passes for 694 yards and six touchdowns.

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28. CAR - TE Greg Olsen to IR

Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson

Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Olsen's foot injury had been bothering him all year. Olsen now finishes the 2018 season with 27 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns. The Panthers move forward with rookie Ian Thomas as their top tight end.

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29. WAS - QB Colt McCoy won't go on IR

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy (fibula) will not be placed on the Reserve/Injured list in the hope that he can return at the end of the season or possibly the playoffs should the team qualify.

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Washington moves on with Mark Sanchez as their starter...that's why they're hoping that McCoy can come back. Josh Johnson was just signed to be the second-string quarterback behind Sanchez.

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Peace,

J