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Footballguys #245 - 12/22 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #245 -- Saturday Night, December 22nd, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Good Sunday to you. It's Game Day of Championship Week so let's get to it.

J


1. LAR - RB Todd Gurley a game-time decision

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be a game-time decision for Week 16's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to head coach Sean McVay.

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Gurley will take part in pregame warmups Sunday, Dec. 23, to determine if he will be able to play. Fantasy GMs had better have other options at the ready. The Rams are one of three afternoon games on Sunday, plus the Sunday and Monday night games. Options could be limited so make sure to stay on top of Gurley's availability on Sunday.

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2. OAK - WR Jordy Nelson off the injury report

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson (foot) practiced in full Saturday, Dec. 22 and he was lifted from the injury report leading up to the Week 16 game Monday, Dec. 24 against the Denver Broncos.

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Nelson and the Raiders passing attack will be going up against a banged up Broncos secondary. We're not crazy about Nelson's potential this week but he should produce like a low-end WR3 or flex play in Week 16.

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3. NO - Tre'Quan Smith might see less targets

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith is likely to be impacted by the return of WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) in the Week 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Smith has flashed big time ability during his rookie year at times. Too often though he is inconsistent with his effort and production. We love him in dynasty formats but in redraft leagues Smith is difficult to trust on a weekly basis.

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4. NO - WR Ted Ginn Jr. activated from IR

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Nick Underhill

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 22.

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Great news for the Saints passing game here. They've been missing a consistent target at the wide receiver position behind Michael Thomas. Ginn is expected to be active in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his first game action since Week 4.

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5. GB - Lavon Coleman promoted to active roster

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

The Green Bay Packers promoted RB Lavon Coleman from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday, Dec. 22, according to a source.

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Undrafted out of Washington in 2018, Coleman has good size at 5'11" 215 pounds. He's a strong one-cut runner who can get north/south in a hurry. Coleman is unproven as a receiver but can play on special teams. We'll monitor him but only in super deep dynasty formats.

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6. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton ready to play

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Saturday, Dec. 22, and is not on the injury report for Week 16.

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Sutton has not had a real breakout game for the Broncos since they traded Demaryius Thomas away to the Texans. They are out of the playoff picture but it would be nice for Sutton to show off no.1 wide receiver ability since he's considered the future at the position...and he's the no.1 wideout now with Emmanuel Sanders out for the year.

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7. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster expects to play

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) said he expects to play in the team's Week 16 game.

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The Steelers are traveling to play the Saints on Sunday and they need Smith-Schuster on the field. He was a late-week downgrade and that's usually not a positive sign. Smith-Schuster is going to play even though he's not 100 percent. Fantasy GMs need to consider him a WR2 with risk if he is out there against the Saints on Sunday.

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8. HOU - WR Keke Coutee to miss another game

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) will not travel with the team for their Week 16 game and has been ruled out.

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Coutee's hamstring has been a problem for him most of the season. He hasn't played since aggravating the injury in Week 12. We'll see if he can be healthy enough to play in the postseason.

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9. HOU - RB Lamar Miller to miss Week 16

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle) will not travel with the team for their Week 16 game and has been ruled out.

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The Texans have the goal of a deep postseason run, so giving Miller some rest is a good idea. They'll shut him down this week but he could return in Week 17 just to shake off some rust before the playoffs. While Miller is out, the Texans turn to Alfred Blue as the lead back. We could see D'Onta Foreman get some work too.

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10. PHI - QB Carson Wentz sought second opinion

Source: NBCPhiladelphia.com - John Clark

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) received a second opinion when the team visited Los Angeles last week, in an attempt to receive clearance to play through a stress fracture in his back. However, the doctor agreed with the team's medical staff that rest would be the best course of action right now.

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Wentz needs to rest and get better so he can return at full strength in 2019. He doesn't need surgery so he should be ready for OTAs in the spring.

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11. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey to be busy?

Source: ESPN.com

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey faces the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16, and he has caught 24 passes in three games against Atlanta, catching 14 passes in the first meeting this season.

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McCaffrey is the centerpiece of the Panthers offense. That's going to be even more of the case with QB Cam Newton out. Fantasy GMs know that McCaffrey is a must start every 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