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Footballguys #238 - 12/15 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #238 -- Saturday Night, December 15th, 2018

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

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1. PIT - RB James Conner not expected to play

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) is considered unlikely to play in the Week 15 game, according to a source.

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The Steelers were trying to promote the fact that Conner could play without practicing but we didn't buy it. They'll use Jaylen Samuels as their starter and backup Stevan Ridley could get some work as well. Conner probably will be able to play in the Week 16 game.

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2. PIT - RB Stevan Ridley set for larger role

Source: MassLive.com - Nick O'Malley

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Stevan Ridley is expected to see a larger role in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, his former team, with RB James Conner doubtful due to injury. Ridley has an ax to grind against the Patriots, and he is looking forward to the matchup. 'I was trashed after an injury. To be a starter for four years, to tear my ACL, and to never get a call back, that's a tough pill to swallow,' Ridley said.

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Narrative does belong in fantasy football analysis but don't get too carried away if you want Ridley in this week. We've got him as a RB5 or 'what the heck' flex against the Patriots in Week 15.

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3. PHI - QB Nick Foles to start Week 15's game

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com - Dave Spadaro

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles will start Week 15's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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On the road against the Rams, Foles has streaming upside for Fantasy GMs. We see him as a high-end QB2 in Week 15.

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4. PHI - QB Carson Wentz ruled out for Week 15

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) has been ruled out for Week 15's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Wentz should be shut down for the rest of the regular season. Nick Foles will be the starter for the Eagles going forward. Nate Sudfeld will serve as his backup.

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5. PHI - QB Carson Wentz could be sidelined for three months

Source: ESPN.com - Tim McManus

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) could require approximately three months to recover from a stress fracture in his back, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com.

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The Eagles just need to get Wentz right and that means likely shutting him down for the season. Nick Foles should start for the Eagles from here on out. Nate Sudfeld should move into the no.2 quarterback role with Wentz recovering.

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6. WAS - RB Kapri Bibbs let go

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Washington Redskins RB Kapri Bibbs was waived Saturday, Dec. 15. DE Marcus Smith was also waived. Additionally, LS Nick Sundberg (back) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list. Free-agent LS Andrew East (Jaguars) was signed in a corresponding move.

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With Chris Thompson healthy (ish), Washington didn't need a pass-catching back like Bibbs. He's shown enough in two stops (Denver, Washington) to perhaps latch on with another team in need of depth at the position.

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7. DAL - QB Dak Prescott continues to be durable

Source: NFL Network - Bobby Belt

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has started all 13 games this season. If he starts the final three games in 2018 he would be the first quarterback in franchise history to start every game in three consecutive seasons.

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Prescott has had an up-and-down season but things have looked better for him since the team traded for Amari Cooper. We've got Prescott as a low-end QB1 in Week 15 against the Colts.

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8. CAR - QB Cam Newton not on injury report

Source: Panthers.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) fully participated in practice Saturday, Dec. 15, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.

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Good news for the veteran quarterback here. He's not 100 percent healthy but he's good to go as a QB1 for Fantasy GMs this week.

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9. SEA - WR Doug Baldwin expects to play

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) said he expects to play in the Week 15 game even though he is listed as questionable for the game.

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Baldwin should play against the 49ers but he may not get his normal amount of snaps. Fantasy GMs have much better options as Baldwin should only be considered a WR5 or 'what the heck' flex play in Week 15.

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10. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley headed for another dud?

Source: ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has a combined four catches for 32 yards in his last two games, and he faces an Arizona Cardinals defense in Week 15 that has allowed the fourth-fewest receiving yards and third-fewest receiving touchdowns this year.

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Even though the Cardinals record is bad, the team does feature some talent on the defensive side of the ball. Julio Jones should get his, but Ridley may not have much left over. We think Ridley is a low-end WR3 or deep flex play in Week 15.

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11. SEA - Touchdowns on tap for WR Tyler Lockett?

Source: ESPN.com

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett faces the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15, and the 49ers have allowed the third-most receiving touchdowns this season.

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The Seahawks are surging right now even though their offense has been a little more run heavy than some would like. Lockett is a strong flex play in PPR leagues in Week 15.

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12. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd could find end zone

Source: ESPN.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd faces the Oakland Raiders in Week 15, and the Raiders have allowed an NFL-high 31 receiving touchdowns this season.

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Even with Jeff Driskel at quarteback, Boyd could have a big day against the Raiders. We like him as a WR2 with WR1 upside in Week 15.

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13. CAR - WR D.J. Moore's role increasing

Source: ESPN.com

Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore has been targeted at least eight times in each of his last four games after seeing no more than six targets in any of his first nine games.

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Moore is certainly coming on as the season rolls forward. The rookie first-round pick has earned the trust of his quarterback and has the upside to be fantasy relevant on a weekly basis. We see him as a WR2/flex play with upside in Week 15 against the Saints.

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14. LAR - WR Brandin Cooks poised to bounce back?

Source: ESPN.com

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks has a combined seven catches for 84 yards in the last two games, but he faces a Philadelphia Eagles defense in Week 15 that has allowed the second-most receiving yards in the NFL.

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We've got Cooks as a borderline WR1 in Week 15. Expect the Rams passing attack to fire on all cylinders this week.

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15. SEA - No surgery for RB Rashaad Penny

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny's (knee) MRI revealed no structural damage, and the injury isn't expected to require surgery, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

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Good news for the rookie here. Penny's rookie season has been largely a disappointment and he's been outplayed by Chris Carson. Carroll said Penny could return next week.

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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