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Footballguys #235 - 12/12 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #235 -- Wednesday Night, December 12th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

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

J


1. KC - RB Spencer Ware doubtful

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12, and is doubtful for Week 15.

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A short week for the Chiefs means they'll be looking elsewhere for a lead back with Ware likely to miss Thursday night's game against the Chargers. Damien Williams should lead the way on the ground, providing RB3/flex value for Fantasy GMs in Week 15.

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2. PHI - QB Carson Wentz's season may be over

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating an earlier report, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) is not expected to play in Week 15, and his season could be over. The team is still gathering information on his health.

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The Eagles should be most concerned with Wentz's long-term health. They've got Nick Foles to take over for him if Wentz has to shut it down for the rest of the 2018 season.

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3. LAC - RB Austin Ekeler not playing

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) has been ruled out for Week 15.

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Melvin Gordon (knee) is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Chiefs. If he doesn't play, the Chargers have to turn to Justin Jackson as their lead back.

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4. LAC - RB Melvin Gordon questionable

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday, Dec. 13, against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Gordon's status is truly up in the air. He's considered a game-time decision in Week 15.

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5. BAL - QB Joe Flacco benched

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco has been replaced by QB Lamar Jackson as the starting quarterback Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Flacco has been cleared from the hip injury that knocked him out for a few games. He'll be the backup to Lamar Jackson in Week 15. With Flacco's return, we might see Jackson have a shorter leash as the team's starter.

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6. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson takes over full time

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was named the starting quarterback Wednesday, Dec. 12, and QB Joe Flacco will be the backup.

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Flacco has been cleared from the hip injury that cost him a few games. He replaces Robert Griffin III as the backup to Jackson. We've got Jackson as a QB1 this week but he may be on a shorter leash due to Flacco's return.

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7. SEA - RB Rashaad Penny misses practice

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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We'll have to see if Penny can practice later in the week. Chris Carson will be the lead back even if Penny can play against the 49ers.

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8. LAC - QB Philip Rivers not as effective vs. KC

Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers has produced his lowest passer rating (84.2) against the Kansas City Chiefs compared to any other opponent whom he's faced more than three times in his 15-year career. He faces the Chiefs in Week 15 on Thursday, Dec. 13.

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We'll see if Rivers can have a big game on Thursday night against a poor Chiefs defense. The Chiefs have the 32nd ranked pass defense in the league, allowing an average of 282.1 passing yard per game.

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9. NO - New Orleans adds TE Erik Swoope

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Free-agent TE Erik Swoope (Colts) was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Swoope, a former basketball player from the University of Miami, has flashed when healthy. Landing with the Saints is quite interesting from a dynasty perspective but he's unlikely to make much of an impact in re-draft leagues.

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10. MIA - WR Danny Amendola does not practice

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Amendola has been bothered by this knee injury for some time. He caught one pass against the Patriots (his lone target) last week and Fantasy GMs have much better options at the WR position.

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11. MIN - WR Adam Thielen able to go full

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (ankle) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Thielen injured his ankle in Week 14 but he barely missed any playing time. A full practice on Wednesday is a good sign for his availability. The Vikings are at home in Week 15 to play the Dolphins.

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12. DET - QB Matthew Stafford limited

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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The Lions are on the road to play against the Bills in Week 15. Stafford is not going to be in many fantasy lineups due to the matchup and his play in recent weeks.

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13. DET - RB Kerryon Johnson still sidelined

Source: ESPN.com - Michael Rothstein

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Johnson may have to miss his fourth straight game due to this knee injury. The Lions are on the road against the Bills in Week 15 and they should continue to use LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner to run the ball. Theo Riddick continues in his normal, pass-catching role.

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14. CHI - WR Allen Robinson nursing hip injury

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (hip) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. He was the only player listed on the team's official injury report.

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The Bears might just be giving Robinson some extra rest here. We'll know more about his status later in the week. If Robinson plays in Week 15, he's got WR2 or flex appeal at home against the Packers.

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15. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton limited in practice

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (quadriceps) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Sutton is trending in the right direction. He hasn't flourished since Demaryius Thomas was traded away and being banged up against the Browns in Week 15 doesn't give us a ton of confidence. The rookie has talent but has yet to have a big breakout game. We've got him as a WR2/flex play in Week 15 at home against the Browns.

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16. CLE - TE David Njoku practices in full

Source: 92.3 The Fan - Daryl Ruiter

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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The math this week is simple. Njoku is healthy and playing against the Broncos. Denver historically struggles to cover the tight end (see George Kittle last week)...so Fantasy GMs can lock Njoku in as a TE1 in Week 15.

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17. ATL - No practice for WR Julio Jones

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot, calf) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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It's just the normal day of rest for Jones here. Start him as a WR1 just as you do ever week.

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18. WAS - RB Adrian Peterson limited

Source: The Athletic - Daniel Popper

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Things could be tough for Washington on the road against the Jaguars in Week 15. Peterson is a RB3 or deep flex play for Fantasy GMs this week.

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19. ARI - RB David Johnson on the sidelines

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12, but head coach Steve Wilks said that Johnson is expected to play.

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Just keep an eye on Johnson's status later in the week. The team expects him to go and Johnson is a RB1 on the road against the Falcons in Week 15.

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20. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton does not practice

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Hilton has been bothered by this ankle injury for some time but he still plays and produces. Check back on his status later in the week.

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21. NO - WR Brandon Marshall shown the door

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Marshall was released Wednesday, Dec. 12, according to a source.

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Marshall was with the Saints for about a month yet he didn't appear in a game. The veteran receiver is almost at the end of his pro career.

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22. DAL - Ezekiel Elliot rests his shoulder

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12, as he was resting his shoulder.

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That's the plan for the Cowboys going forward. Elliott is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs every week, and he should be the centerpiece of the gameplan against the Colts in Week 15.

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23. BUF - RB Chris Ivory fully practices

Source: Buffalo Bills PR

Buffalo Bills RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Good news for the Bills here as they may be without LeSean McCoy this week. That would make Ivory the lead back in Week 15. If that's his role, Ivory has flex appeal for Fantasy GMs in the second round of the fantasy playoffs.

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24. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold has full practice

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Darnold's foot injury bothered him a bit last week but a full practice on Wednesday means he's good to go in Week 15. The Jets are at home against the Texans on Saturday.

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25. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa still out

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) was held out of practice for a second straight day Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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It looks like Enunwa could be out this Saturday against the Texans. Fantasy GMs have better options even if Enunwa can practice later in the week.

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26. NYJ - RB Isaiah Crowell remains absent

Source: NJ.com - Darryl Slater

New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (toe) could not practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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It looks like the Jets could have Eli McGuire as the lead back in Week 15 against the Texans. If Crowell does not play and McGuire (who is limited this week by an ankle injury) gets the start we can only recommend him as an RB2 or flex play.

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27. BUF - No practice for RB LeSean McCoy

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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McCoy might have to be shut down this week...and perhaps beyond. That would make Chris Ivory the lead back for the Bills.

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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