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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #157 • Sep. 21st, 2020


News And Notes From Around The League

Howdy Folks,

We're on to Week 3. Let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Audible Podcast - Week 2 Recap
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom recap the Week 2 NFL games. Topics Include - a wild ending to the Falcons/Cowboys game, why fantasy football is a wicked mistress with so many players getting injured on Sunday, a thriller with Chargers/Chiefs going to overtime, plus more!


1. NYG - RB Saquon Barkley's season over

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating previous reports, New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) will miss the rest of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Just another gut punch for Fantasy GMs here. The silver lining is that Barkley should be ready for the start of the 2021 season. The Giants have Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman on the roster to replace Barkley. Expect them to look at Devonta Freeman in the near future.

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2. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey out 4-6 weeks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) will miss four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain, according to sources.

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Fantasy GMs are screaming at the sky with all these injuries. This high-ankle sprain for McCaffrey could linger if they don't shut him down and let it heal properly. It's going to take some time to heal, and in the meantime the Panthers move on without their superstar.Veteran Mike Davis will fill the role as the Panthers starter while McCaffrey is down. Trenton Cannon will work as the team's no.2 running back behind Davis.

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3. IND - WR Parris Campbell injury update

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell (knee) suffered damage to his posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in Week 2.

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Just bad news for a player who emerged in Week 1 as a legit playmaker for that Colts offense. The team is still the process of deciding whether Campbell will need surgery or not, but he is out indefinitely.

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4. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton's season over

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating an earlier report, Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (knee) is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Just terrible news for the young wideout who had a breakout season in 2019. The Broncos are now going to turn to 2020 first-round pick Jerry Jeudy as their no.1 wide receiver. He's a great route runner but has been plagued with some drops over the last two weeks. In addition, fellow rookie (second-round pick) K.J. Hamler should get an increase in snaps and targets with Sutton out. Expect tight end Noah Fant to continue having a large role in the passing game as well.

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5. SF - RB Raheem Mostert unlikely to go in Week 3

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in Week 2 and is unlikely to play in Week 3 against the New York Giants, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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Fantasy GMs are scrambling this week due to all these injuries around the NFL. Mostert is a big-play specialist for the 49ers offense, and they'll know turn to Jerick McKinnon to take his place. Jeffrey Wilson is also there to work in their backfield with Tevin Coleman (knee) also banged up.

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6. DEN - QB Drew Lock injury update

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock is expected to miss two to six weeks with a severe rotator cuff strain in his right shoulder.

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Bad news for the Broncos here but it could've been worse. Lock was trying to prove that he could be their franchise quarterback but for the second year in a row he's been banged up. Last year it was a thumb injury and this year it's his shoulder, both from falling/getting sacked while scrambling. Downgrade the targets in the passing game like WR Jerry Jeudy while backup QB Jeff Driskel is in the lineup.

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7. SF - RB Tevin Coleman to miss multiple games

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 2 against the New York Jets that is expected to sideline him for 'multiple weeks,' according to a source.

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The 49ers were ravaged with injuries in Week 2. Primary back Raheem Mostert suffered a sprained MCL and will miss time. That leaves the 49ers backfield to Jerick McKinnon and Jeffery Wilson.

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8. TB - WR Chris Godwin good to go

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (concussion) has cleared the concussion protocol and is good to go for Week 3 against the Denver Broncos.

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That's some good news for Fantasy GMs amid all these other major injuries. Godwin came out of Week 1 with no concussion symptoms and then had to enter the concussion protocol last Tuesday. He missed Week 2 but should be out there on the road against the Broncos in Week 3.

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9. SF - Ziggy Ansah likely to Niners

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah (Lions) is flying to meet the San Francisco 49ers with the expectation of signing with them after going through COVID-19 testing.

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The 49ers are moving forward without Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas on the field. It's a huge blow for the defense, and one they hope to somewhat alleviate with a move to add a player like Ansah. He's not the player he used to be, but Ansah could give them veteran depth and with these injuries play a larger role in the near future. He's met with the team twice already, so expect him to sign with them soon.

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10. NYG - RB Devonta Freeman to visit NYG

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) will visit the New York Giants this week.

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The Giants are likely to be without starter Saquon Barkley for some time. The fear is that he suffered a torn ACL in Week 2 against the Bears. Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman are on the roster right now, so adding Freeman makes sense. We'll see if it happens ASAP.

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11. PHI - QB Carson Wentz off to a rough start

Source: The Athletic - Zach Berman

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has completed only 58.8 percent of his passes through two games, and he has amassed only two touchdown passes versus four interceptions over that span. However, head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Monday, Sept. 21, he is 'not concerned' about Wentz's play thus far.

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The magic is gone. At least, that's the way it seems with Wentz and the Eagles offense. They are losing offensive linemen to injury left and right, they can't find pass-catchers to stay healthy or threaten a defense except for their two tight ends, and Wentz just can't catch a break. Fantasy GMs in two-QB leagues are looking elsewhere for help while Wentz struggles.

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12. BUF - TE Dawson Knox in concussion protocol

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox (concussion) was placed in the league's concussion protocol Monday, Sept. 21.

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We'll see Knox work through the concussion protocol this week. The Bills offense is rolling with QB Josh Allen playing well. Having Knox out there does help and we appreciate him in dynasty formats. Stay tuned to see if he can get cleared some time near the end of the week.

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13. NYG - WR Sterling Shepard nursing toe injury

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (toe) is believed to be dealing with turf toe and expected to miss 'some time,' according to a source via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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Turf toe is a painful injury that can linger if not given enough time to heal. The Giants will be super cautious with Shepard as he deals with this. Darius Slayton and Golden Tate will get a majority of the looks at the wide receiver position in Week 3.

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14. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder's Week 3 status uncertain

Source: The Athletic - Connor Hughes

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) appears to be questionable at best to return in Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts after sitting out Week 2 with a hamstring injury, according to comments made by head coach Adam Gase on Monday, Sept. 21.

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That's not a good sign. Crowder's hamstring injury was thought to be minor but now he might miss two games in a row. Fantasy GMs shouldn't invest much in the Jets offense, especially without Crowder.

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15. LAC - More details on QB Tyrod Taylor's Week 2 absence

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) missed the team's Week 2 game versus the Kansas City Chiefs after experiencing complications from a pregame injection that was administered to address a rib injury, according to multiple sources.

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Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has previously stated that Taylor is the starter if he's 100 percent healthy. After the debut of 2020 first-round pick Justin Herbert, there's really no reason for the Chargers to go back to Taylor. His status for Week 3 is unknown.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J