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Footballguys #252 - 12/29 - WR Antonio Brown A Game-Time Decision - Plus News And Notes

Volume 20, #252 -- Saturday Night, December 29th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Game Day. We've got some News and Notes for you so let's get to it.

J


1. PIT - WR Antonio Brown A Game Time Decision

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Ian Rapoport reports Saturday night, "Steelers WR Antonio Brown, listed as questionable, still has a chance to play Sunday, source said. He'll work out pregame, but he will need to improve to have a shot. His knee is still feeling discomfort. One to watch."

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The Steelers have a 4:25 kickoff so we likely won't know anything official until well after the 1 pm games start. Stay tuned.

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2. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton considered questionable

Source: NFL.com

Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 17's game against the Tennessee Titans.

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Hilton didn't practice at all this week but we're expecting him out there on Sunday night against the Titans in a win-and-you're-in scenario. With the playoffs on the line, Hilton has WR1 potential (as per usual) for Fantasy GMs still playing in Week 17.

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3. DAL - QB Dak Prescott could rest Sunday

Source: The Dallas Morning News - David Moore

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said he would like to play against the New York Giants in Week 17 but acknowledged that he could be on a snap count.

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The Cowboys have clinched the no.4 seed in the NFC as they won the NFC East. Prescott is likely to be quite limited on Sunday. We should see plenty of Cooper Rush (and other Cowboys backups) in Week 17.

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4. NO - New Orleans makes change to practice squad

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Free-agent QB J.T. Barrett was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad Saturday, Dec. 29. The team also released RB Martez Carter from the practice squad.

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Barrett has been on again and off again with the Saints practice squad all year long. He's still a long shot to make any sort of impact as a pro.

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5. WAS - TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Matt Flanagan to be busy?

Source: The Washington Post - Kareem Copeland

Washington Redskins TEs Jeremy Sprinkle and Matt Flanagan could see another heavy workload at tight end in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles with TE Jordan Reed on the Reserve/Injured list and TE Vernon Davis (concussion) doubtful to play.

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A fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in the 2017 NFL draft, we've been monitoring Sprinkle in dynasty formats. He's an option for Fantasy GMs streaming tight end in Week 17.

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6. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa ends season on IR

Source: The Associated Press - Dennis Waszak Jr.

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Saturday, Dec. 29, and the team promoted WR J.J. Jones from the practice squad to the active roster. Enunwa finished with 38 receptions, 449 yards and a touchdown across 11 games in 2018.

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Enunwa is a big part of the Jets passing game...now and in the future. He signed a four-year, $36 million contract extension on Friday.

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7. SF - WR Dante Pettis finishes on Reserve/Injured

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

The San Francisco 49ers placed WR Dante Pettis (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 29, officially ending his season with 27 grabs, 467 yards and five touchdowns across 12 games.

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Pettis fought knee problems for most of his rookie season. He showed off his trademark big-play ability, averaging a whopping 17.3 yards per catch. Pettis should have a larger role in the receiving corps in 2019.

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8. SF - RB Matt Breida officially ends on IR

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

The San Francisco 49ers placed RB Matt Breida (ankle) on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 29, ending his season with 814 rushing yards and three touchdowns across 14 games.

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Breida has been banged up for most of the year due to this ankle injury. He's played through the injury and will have played in 14 games this season. Breida finishes the season with over 1,000 all-purpose yards (rushing and receiving) and five total touchdowns. He'll be working with Jerrick McKinnon in the 49ers backfield next season.

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9. SEA - RB Chris Carson could see fewer snaps

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson and the rest of the starters will not be rested in Week 17 against the Arizona cardinals, but Carson might not see his usual carries.

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Seattle is locked into their playoff position but aren't going to rest (most) starters. It sounds like Carson could be on a snap count. RBs Mike Davis and JD McKissic could also see more action than usual.

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10. SEA - QB Russell Wilson, starters won't rest

Source: The Tacoma News Tribune - Gregg Bell

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and the rest of the team's starters will not be rested in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals despite the fact the team is locked into either the fifth or sixth seed in the NFC. 'Not changing anything,' head coach Pete Carroll said Saturday, Dec. 29.

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Fantasy GMs are having to navigate the resting starters of Week 17, but that may not be the case with the Seahawks. We might see a player like Chris Carson get fewer reps, but otherwise it sounds like Seattle players should be started as per usual.

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11. IND - Phillip Walker signed Saturday

Source: Colts.com

The Indianapolis Colts signed QB Phillip Walker to the practice squad Saturday, Dec. 29.

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Walker was picked up as an undrafted free agent out of Temple in 2017. He's been off and on the Colts practice squad ever since then.

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12. NYG - Jawill Davis should be ready for workouts

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Giants WR Jawill Davis (knee) should be ready for offseason workouts after suffering a knee injury Saturday, Dec. 29.

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Davis was injured while dancing in the locker room according to reports. When healthy, Davis is a return man at best with limited contributions as a receiver.

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13. NYG - Alonzo Russell promoted

Source: Giants.com

The New York Giants promoted WR Alonzo Russell from their practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday, Dec. 29.

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Russell has bounced around the league to a few different teams after coming out of Toledo in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. At 6'4" 206 pounds, Russell has the size to work on 'jump ball' passes. Only dynasty GMs in crazy deep leagues should be monitoring his progress.

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14. NYG - Jawill Davis lands on injured reserve

Source: Giants.com

The New York Giants placed WR Jawill Davis (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 29, after he sustained a knee injury during practice.

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Davis was reportedly injured 'horsing around' in the locker room. Reports indicate that dancing was the culprit. Instead of busting a move, Davis will be recovering during the offseason. Davis, undrafted out of Bethune-Cookman in 2018, was mostly used as a return man for the Giants. He did catch four passes for 40 yards on offense this season.

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15. GB - WR Devin Smith works out

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Free-agent WR Devin Smith (Jets) worked out for the Green Bay Packers Friday, Dec. 28, according to a source.

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Smith has been looking for a home since the Jets released him in July. He's got plenty of speed but has struggled with injuries dating all the way back to his college career at Ohio State.

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16. OAK - WR Jordy Nelson to return in 2019

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Matt Kawahara

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson will return for the 2019 season, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

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Nelson may not be the player he used to be, but he has been effective at times for the Raiders in 2018. With a game left in the season, Nelson has 54 catches for 661 yards and three touchdowns. Nelson signed a two-year contract with the Raiders in the spring and has a $5.4 million cap hit in 2019 with $1.8 million in dead money.

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17. SF - TE George Kittle a popular target

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Marcus White

Sam Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle is averaging six receptions on 9.3 targets for 92 yards per game since QB Nick Mullens took over as the starter in Week 9.

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It's been working for Kittle and Fantasy GMs thrilled to have him. When Jimmy Garoppolo returns to the lineup in 2019 it will be interesting to see if the targets take a slight dip for Kittle. They shouldn't as he's proven to be an effective weapon for the 49ers passing game. Kittle is locked in as a TE1 for Fantasy GMs in 2019.

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18. TB - TE Cameron Brate dealing with injury

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Eduardo Encina

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (undisclosed) has been dealing with an injury since the start of the season that has contributed to his dip in performance, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'There will probably be more information on that after the season is over,' Koetter said. 'But I think Cam, when he gets healthy again, will return to form very quickly.'

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Brate's stats have taken a dip from the strong numbers he posted in 2017. His yards per catch has dropped from 12.3 in 2017 to only 8.9 in 2018. Last season Brate finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end in standard-scoring leagues, while this season he's on track to finish as a low-end TE2. He is signed through the 2023 season but has a $7 million cap hit in 2018 with zero remaining in dead money.

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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