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Footballguys #231 - 12/8 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #231 -- Saturday Night, December 8th, 2018

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1. NYG - WR Odell Beckham will not play in Week 14

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quadriceps) did not travel with the team for their Week 14 game and has been ruled out.

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This is massive news for Week 14 matchups and Beckham is getting further tests which could reveal a problem that affects his availability for the rest of the season. Sterling Shepard gets a bump to WR3/FLex value and Evan Engram becomes a better tight end play, but Eli Manning takes a hit as a QB2/Superflex option.

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2. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton a game-time decision

Source: NFL.com - Herbie Teope

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Week 14's game against the Houston Texans, according to head coach Frank Reich.

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Hilton should be able to play and his ceiling too high to leave on your bench considering the string of big games he has put together in Houston. He's a riskier DFS play and his shoulder injury could become a problem during the game.

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3. MIN - WR Stefon Diggs limited Saturday

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) was limited in practice Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Diggs has been able to get in a limited practice all three days this week, which is an improvement from last week. He's a safe strong WR2 play against Seattle this week.

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4. SEA - RB Chris Carson has full practice

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (finger) participated fully in practice Saturday, Dec. 8.

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Carson is a solid flex and low-end RB2, especially in nonPPR leagues, but Rashaad Penny could also play a larger role this week and take the edge off of Carson's upside in a tough matchup against the Vikings.

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5. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin questionable

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) did not practice Saturday, Dec. 8, and is a game-time decision for Week 14, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Carroll's comments were not encouraging. If you have David Moore, Jaron Brown, or Aldrick Robinson, you might be able to risk Baldwin being inactive, but if you don't have a Monday night hedge, it's probably better to bench him.

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6. BAL - CB Marlon Humphrey should be available

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey (groin) should be able to play in the Week 14 game, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

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Humphrey will help the Ravens secondary in their effort to slow down the Chiefs offense. His presence will hamper Chris Conley's matchup.

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7. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd interested in contract extension

Source: The Athletic - Jay Morrison

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he would be open to signing a contract extension during the offseason, as opposed to waiting to test the free agency waters after his rookie deal expires following the 2019 season.

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The Bengals have made a lot of prudent moves extending their own before free agency, so this would match their frugal way of doing business. AJ Green is a free agent in 2020, so Boyd could be the #1 again in two years if he stays in Cincinnati.

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8. JAX - QB Blake Bortles unlikely to return in 2019

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is expected to be released following the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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Bortles should catch on elsewhere as a backup. The Jaguars were able to open up cap room by signing him to an extension last year, but they will carry 16.5 million in dead cap next year as they guaranteed part of his 2019 salary and spread out the 15 million dollar signing bonus hit over the duration of the three-year contract.

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9. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders undergoes surgery

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') had successful surgery to repair his Achilles' tendon Thursday, Dec. 6. His rehab is expected to take between six and eight months.

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Sanders will be in a race to be ready for Week 1 next year and there's no guarantee that he'll get back to his old self, although other wide receivers like Michael Crabtree have. He's still a hold in dynasty leagues as he was playing better than his numbers suggested.

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10. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton set for big outing?

Source: ESPN.com

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton faces the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14, and the 49ers have allowed a league-high 19 touchdown receptions to wide receivers this season.

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Sutton should get more targets with Emmanuel Sanders out, but he could also see a lot of Richard Sherman and more attention from the 49ers secondary in general. He's a boom/bust WR3/Flex this week.

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11. DET - Touchdowns on tap for RB LeGarrette Blount?

Source: ESPN.com

Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount faces the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14, and the Cardinals have allowed a league-high 15 rushing touchdowns to running backs this season.

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Blount has been running with power and renewed burst over the last two weeks. He's a flex play or emergency RB2 this week.

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12. CLE - TE David Njoku poised to find end zone?

Source: ESPN.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku faces the Carolina Panthers in Week 14, and the Panthers have allowed a league-high nine touchdown receptions to tight ends this season.

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Njoku is as good a streamer as any this week with the matchup and Baker Mayfield throwing the ball as well as any rookie quarterback.

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13. LAC - Teammates confident in RB Justin Jackson

Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson didn't surprise his teammates with his performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13, according to QB Philip Rivers.

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Jackson's snap and touch count are sure to go up this week. He's worth a flex look and could even outproduce Austin Ekeler if the Chargers jump out to a big lead.

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14. TB - WR Mike Evans poised for big game?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 14, and Evans caught seven passes for 147 yards and a touchdown against the Saints in Week 1, catching four passes for 115 yards and a touchdown when covered by CB Marshon Lattimore.

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Evans is still a strong WR2 at worst even though he was quieted by James Bradberry again last week and faces a tough matchup on paper.

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15. IND - RB Marlon Mack finally healthy

Source: The Indianapolis Star - Zak Keefer

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack said he is healthier than he has been all season entering a Week 14 matchup with the Houston Texans.

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The Colts running game has gotten bogged down lately and Houston has been a tough run defense all year. Mack is still only a flex play.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. I hope you have a great Sunday. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J