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Volume 22, #160 -- Thursday Night, September 24th, 2020
News And Notes From Around The League

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1. NYG - Committee backfield in NY?

Source: SNY - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge was asked Thursday, Sept. 24, what his plan will be if one of his three running backs, Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman or Devonta Freeman, gets 'hot' in a game. 'He may be the guy for that moment. He may be the guy for that game,' Judge said, adding that the plan will to be use each of them, each week, depending on the game plan.

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That sounds about right. This 'hot hand' approach with backup-level talent means Fantasy GMs should try to find other options if they can. If one back emerges, then we'll change our outlook but right now it looks like a cluster.

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2. BUF - Zack Moss remains sidelined

Source: The Athletic - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills RB Zack Moss (toe) on Thursday, Sept. 24, is sitting out his second straight practice, spending the early portion riding an exercise bike.

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This is not a good sign for the rookie's availability. That means the Bills could turn to starter Devin Singletary even more. The Bills have been using a 60/40 split between the two to this point in favor of Singletary.

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3. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder doubtful

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 3, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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No surprise here. The Jets may also be without Breshad Perriman this week.

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4. NYG - RB Devonta Freeman breakdown

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Updating previous reports, New York Giants RB Devonta Freeman's one-year deal includes a $1.07 million base salary, which was prorated to $944,118 worth a maximum of $2.874 million (prorated from $3 million). He'll receive $280,000 in per-game roster bonuses and $1.15 million in rushing yard and touchdown incentives. He'll earn $250,000 for making the Pro Bowl or First-Team All-Pro.

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Freeman gets an incentive-laden deal just like we all thought he would. He will work his way up the depth chart as the team currently has Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman.

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5. CIN - Slow start for WR A.J. Green

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green is trying to get in sync in his return to the field and is adapting to playing in head coach Zac Taylor's system after missing its debut a season ago. 'I'm still rusty,' Green admitted recently. 'I'm still learning the system.'

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Green doesn't look like his old self. The Bengals passing attack does look good, so it gives us hope that Green can start producing more. Consider Green a WR3/flex play in his current hopefully less-rusty state.

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6. LVR - RB Josh Jacobs not practicing

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (hip) was not spotted on the field during the start of the team's practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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The Raiders are being cautious with their bellcow back here. Jacobs is going to have to practice on Friday for us to feel good about starting him in Week 3. If he plays, his talent and workload make him a RB1 for Fantasy GMs.

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7. NO - WR Michael Thomas not on field

Source: NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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No surprise here. It's not looking good for Thomas in Week 3. If he doesn't play against the Packers, RB Alvin Kamara will continue to be featured as a receiving threat and WR Tre'Quan Smith could get more looks too.

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8. IND - TE Jack Doyle returns Thursday

Source: CNHI Sports Indiana - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle (ankle) practiced for the first time since hurting his ankle in Week 1 on Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Doyle is back in action but that doesn't mean he'll play in Week 3. Monitor his status on Friday. Doyle could return but the team found a weapon on Mo Alie-Cox, and they should keep feeding him the rock regardless of Doyle's availability.

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9. NYJ - WR Breshad Perriman still down

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman (ankle) won't practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Perriman will likely miss Week 3. Fantasy GMs have better options if he plays anyway.

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10. TB - WR Chris Godwin fully practices

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Godwin will be back in action for the Buccaneers this week. Against a banged up Broncos secondary, QB Tom Brady and the passing attack could have a big day on Sunday.

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11. ARI - WR Christian Kirk still sitting

Source: AZCardinals.com - Darren Urban

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (groin) remains out of practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Keep an eye on this injury situation...especially if you want Andy Isabella in your lineup as a 'what the heck' flex in Week 3.

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12. ATL - WR Julio Jones missing Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was not spotted on the field during the early portion of the team's practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Jones is banged up with this hamstring injury but we won't have a true feel about his availability until Friday's practice. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage would do even more if Jones has to miss time.

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13. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery expected soon

Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia - Reuben Frank

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) still isn't practicing and isn't likely to play in Week 3, but his return is expected in the next few weeks, according to one Eagles team beat reporter.

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Jeffery was listed as limited in practice on Wednesday. This is the first time he's been out there in almost 10 months. Jeffery is getting closer to a return, but counting on him in Week 3 is a bit much. We'll see if he can ramp up his participation now that he's back at practice.

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14. SF - TE George Kittle remains limited

Source: 49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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There's no telling whether or not Kittle is going to play in Week 3. The team has Jordan Reed in case Kittle can't give it a go. We'll know more about his status on Friday.

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15. TEN - TE Jonnu Smith practices Thursday

Source: TennesseeTitans.com

Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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That's a good sign for Smith. He's in line for a good week against the Vikings and Fantasy GMs can look at him as a TE1 in Week 3.

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16. LVR - TE Darren Waller not seen Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) was not spotted on the field at the start of practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Waller could be getting a rest day here. Keep an eye on his status in Friday's practice.

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17. KC - WR Sammy Watkins in concussion protocol

Source: Kansas City Star - Herbie Teope

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (head) is in the concussion protocol and will not practice Thursday, Sept. 24, head coach Andy Reid said.

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Watkins took a big hit against the Chargers in Week 2. The Chiefs play on Monday night in a must-watch game against the Ravens. If Watkins is down, then Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would be in line for more targets. Check back on Saturday to see if Watkins has practiced.

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18. PHI - Limited practice for WR Alshon Jeffery

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Jeffery was back out there and this is a positive sign. However, it's no guarantee that he is close to playing in Week 3. Let's see what his status is on Friday.

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19. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson takes part in practice

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Johnson has 23 targets in two games, so he's a big part of the Steelers passing game. We see him as a WR2 against the Texans in Week 3.

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20. GB - WR Davante Adams works on the side Thursday

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (hamstring) was limited to rehab work on a side field Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Fantasy GMs are watching this situation closely. The Packers could certainly use Adams against the Saints on Sunday. The game is Sunday night, so Fantasy GMs will have to make a decision on Adams early...even though he may be labeled a game-time decision. Stay tuned.

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