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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #153 • Sep. 17th, 2020


News And Notes From Around The League

Howdy Folks,

Here we go. Week 2 is off and rolling and we've got the News and Notes you need plus some new podcasts for you.

Let's go.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Audible Podcast - Week 2 Preview - Part Two
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss who to start and who to bench in week two. Topics Include - should you start any Broncos player against the Steelers, why it could be a big day for Buccaneers WR Mike Evans against the Panthers, getting excited about Sunday Night Football Patriots versus Seahawks, plus more!

B. The IDP Roundtable Podcast
In This Episode: Sigmund Bloom, John Norton, and Matt Schauf (Draft Sharks) run down the latest news in the world of IDP fantasy football. Topics include: Marcus Maye's breakout, three down linebackers, the return of Aldon Smith, plus more!


1. TB - WR Chris Godwin remains idle

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Bruce Arians said the Bucs are going to be very cautious with Godwin. Reports are speculating that Godwin might miss not only Sunday's game against the Panthers but perhaps even more time after that. Stay tuned and get ready to keep Godwin on your bench. Without him in Week 2, Mike Evans and Scotty Miller would get a large target share against the Panthers.

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2. NO - WR Michael Thomas not ruled out

Source: Around The NFL

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) hasn't been ruled out for the team's Week 2 game, head coach Sean Payton said Thursday, Sept. 17, but declined to comment further about his status.

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The speculation is all over the place about Thomas. He could miss this game, he could miss a few weeks, he could miss several weeks...and there's a small chance he could play in Week 2. We think he'll miss some time as high-ankle sprains tend to linger. That means Emmanuel Sanders could be the Saints no.1 wideout while Thomas is down.

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3. DET - WR Kenny Golladay still sidelined

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) will remain out of practice Thursday, Sept. 17, as he deals with a hamstring injury, head coach Matt Patricia said.

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Golladay is not trending in the right direction. We'll see what he can do on Friday, but Fantasy GMs have to have other options at the ready. The Lions would look to more Marvin Jones Jr and Danny Amendola if Golladay has to miss another game.

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4. PIT - RB James Conner practices in full Thursday

Source: DKPittsburghSports.com - Dale Lolley

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) practiced returned to a full practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Things change pretty quickly around here. Conner did not participate in practice on Wednesday and is a full participant on Thursday. He's supposed to be the team's lead back if healthy but Benny Snell looked better in relief of Conner against the Giants in Week 1. Perhaps the Steelers split touches to keep Conner fresh. Watch to see what he can do in Friday's practice.

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5. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton likely questionable for Week 2

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder) was deemed 'questionable' for Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers by head coach Vic Fangio on Thursday, Sept. 17, although he did not suffer a setback during practice Wednesday, Sept. 16.

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Sutton has been limited in practice to just individual drills. Watch to see if he can practice fully on Friday.

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6. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson returns to practice

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Johnson should be able to play against the Broncos. They have a weak secondary and not much of a pass rush to note. That makes the Steelers passing game a nice play in Week 2, Johnson specifically as a 'what the heck' flex.

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7. PIT - Full practice for WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Smith-Schuster should have a field day against a weak Broncos secondary on Sunday. So long as QB Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, Smith-Schuster will have plenty of fantasy relevance.

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8. NYJ - Veteran RB Frank Gore takes over as starter

Source: The Athletic - David Lombardi

New York Jets RB Frank Gore will make the start against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 with RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) landing on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Gore will be out there as the starter and is a deep RB3/RB4 for Fantasy GMs in Week 2. Behind Gore, the Jets will use Josh Adams if the veteran needs a breather. We might even see Adam Gase favorite Kalen Ballage get some snaps here and there.

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9. LVR - Henry Ruggs does not practice

Source: Raiders.com

Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Watch for Ruggs on Saturday. The Raiders play on Monday night against the Saints, so Saturday's practice is like Friday's practice for everyone else that plays on Sunday. That means Thursday's practice is really like Wednesdays which means we're not too concerned by Ruggs' absence. Confused yet? LOL. Just make sure he's at least limited on Saturday. Ruggs is a deep flex option if he plays in Week 2. He looked good before going down with this injury in Week 1.

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10. IND - TE Jack Doyle remains sidelined

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Fantasy GMs need to have another plan at the tight end position. We'll see if Doyle can practice fully on Friday.

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11. MIA - WR DeVante Parker still limited

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Parker may not be able to go against the Bills this weekend. If he does play, he'll clearly not be 100 percent. Parker has a tough matchup if he's out there and should not be considered more than a WR7 in Week 2.

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12. TB - WR Mike Evans' routes were limited

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans' (hamstring) routes were limited in Week 1 as head coach Bruce Arians said 'we were careful how many times we sent him downfield.'

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Evans was out there last week but didn't quite look like himself. He should be even better this week. In fact, Evans might be in for a big week against the Panthers defense on Sunday. With his injury, consider Evans a WR2 with upside in Week 2.

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13. MIA - WR Preston Williams fully practices

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Williams could be in for a larger target load depending on what happens with DeVante Parker this week. He's a WR3 or flex option for Fantasy GMs in week 2.

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14. BUF - WR John Brown takes part in practice

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Brown is a deep flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 2. His speed means Brown can make your fantasy day on a single play.

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15. DAL - WR Amari Cooper added to injury list

Source: DallasCowboys.com

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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Cooper should be good to go in Week 2. He's been limited but might get a full practice in on Friday. We see him as a WR1 against the Falcons on Sunday.

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16. IND - RB Michael Pittman listed as limited

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 17.

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We like the Colts rookie receiver in dynasty formats. It's a different story in re-draft leagues unless injuries strike above Pittman on the depth chart.

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17. NYG - TE Evan Engram needed in other areas

Source: ESPN.com - Jordan Raanan

New York Giants TE Evan Engram is not viewed by the team as a 'one-dimensional player,' offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said Thursday, Sept. 17, adding that they're going to continue to use Engram in all facets of the game.

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Engram has TE1 upside for Fantasy GMs so long as he stays healthy. On the road against the Bears this week, the Giants offense should look better than it did against the Steelers in Week 1. That makes Engram a low-end TE1 option in Week 2.

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18. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder out of practice Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) is not practicing Thursday, Sept. 17, due to a hamstring that tightened up on him in practice the day before. Head coach Adam Gase said he doesn't believe Crowder's injury to be serious.

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Crowder is only a 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs this week. Nobody is really excited about the Jets offense regardless of the matchup. We'll see if Crowder can get at least a limited practice in on Friday.

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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