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Volume 22, #174 -- Thursday Night, October 8th, 2020
News And Notes From Around The League

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A. Footballguys DFS Power Grid Week 5
The Power Grid locks in their Daily Fantasy picks for the Week 5 Main Slate. Footballguys staffers Austin Lee, Devin Knotts, Phil Alexander and special guest Ryan Hester debate Lamar Jackson, Daniel Jones, Kareem Hunt, David Johnson, Amari Cooper, Olamide Zaccheaus, George Kittle, Travis Kelce, and many more!

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In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss who to start and who to bench in week five. Topics Include - COVID-19 concerns with the Titans again, how much can you trust Steelers WR Diontae Johnson, Washington Football Team has a new QB in Kyle Allen, plus more!

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In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss who to start and who to bench in week five. Topics Include - how much energy do the Texans have on offense without Bill OBrien holding them down, Raheem Mostert is back for the 49ers but where does he belong in your lineup, why Fantasy GMs should continue to trust Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, plus more!

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1. WAS - WR Terry McLaurin practices

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Football Team WR Terry McLaurin (thigh) returned to practice Thursday, Oct. 8, after sitting out the previous day.

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Washington made a quarterback change to Kyle Allen...and there should be a mandate to get the ball to McLaurin as much as possible. He's a low-end WR1 with upside for Fantasy GMs in Week 5 against the Rams.

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2. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson expected to play

Source: CBSSports.com - Jason La Canfora

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (knee) is expected to play in Week 5 on Sunday, Oct. 11.

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Fantasy GMs can breathe a bit of a sigh of relief here. The Ravens play against the Bengals and should have an easy time against that defense. We could see the team using the run game (more J.K. Dobbins please) to win the contest. Jackson's missed practices Wednesday and Thursday were precautionary measures taken by the team, according to this report.

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3. BUF - Zack Moss remains limited

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills RB Zack Moss (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct 8.

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Moss was limited last week too and ended up missing Week 4. He could be inactive for Week 5 as well. Stay tuned to his Friday participation and expect more from Devin Singletary if Moss has to miss more time.

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4. BUF - WR John Brown tweaks injury?

Source: TWC News Buffalo - Jon Scott

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (calf) practiced Thursday, Oct. 8 after missing the previous day, but did come up hobbling and had to be attended to on the sideline after making a catch during the end of the media session.

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Brown's status for Week 5 is in question. Of course, the whole Bills/Titans game is due to COVID-19. We'll see if Brown can practice on Friday and if the team is even going to play on Sunday.

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5. CIN - RB Joe Mixon listed as limited

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (shin) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Mixon is the centerpiece of what the Bengals do on offense. He came through in a big way for Fantasy GMs last week, but it's a tough matchup against the Ravens in Week 5. Ride the hot hand with Mixon as a low-end RB1.

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6. WAS - QB Kyle Allen week-to-week starter

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen is the starter on a game-by-game basis, head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday, Oct. 8.

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No surprise here. We wouldn't be shocked to see Alex Smith start some games for Washington if Allen struggles. It also wouldn't be terribly surprising to see Dwayne Haskins get back into the lineup later in the year.

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7. NYJ - Le'Veon Bell showing good signs

Source: NewYorkJets.com - Eric Allen

New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) has looked good in practice this week and could be activated for Week 5, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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With Joe Flacco at quarterback, we're not super excited about a potential return for Bell. He should be considered a flex play or RB3 if he does get out there against Arizona on Sunday.

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8. KC - WR Mecole Hardman fully practices

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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A good sign for the speedy wideout here. Hardman can be considered a 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs in Week 5.

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9. CLE - Coach: TE David Njoku 100 percent

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram - Scott Petrak

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) is '100 percent' according to head coach Kevin Stefanski, as Njoku returns from a knee injury that had him on the Reserve/Injured list for the last three games.

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Good news for Njoku here...but it's not all good news for him. Njoku is basically third on the depth chart behind Austin Hooper and rookie Harrison Bryant. That means he won't get much work now that he can be back on gameday.

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10. CLE - WR Odell Beckham limited Thursday

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Beckham proved last week that he's still 'that dude' but that was against a bad Cowboys defense. The matchup is tougher this week against the Colts but we see him as a WR2 with upside for Fantasy GMs.

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11. NE - WR Julian Edelman listed as limited

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8. The Patriots did not hold a practice Thursday, so this is an estimation.

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The Broncos/Patriots game has been moved to Monday night. We'll know more about everyone's status on Friday and now Saturday.

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12. DEN - TE Noah Fant a long shot for Sunday

Source: Denver7 - Troy Renck

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (ankle) is 'probably a long shot' to play in Week 5, according to head coach Vic Fangio, though he stopped short of ruling Fant out.

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No surprise here. Fant is unlikely to play against the Patriots. That means the team could use more Jake Butt or Nick Vannett. There's also a chance that rookie Albert Okwuegbunam is activated for the first time this year.

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13. LAC - Justin Herbert to keep starting job

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert will remain the starting quarterback moving forward regardless of when Tyrod Taylor (chest, ribs) returns, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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Herbert looks like the real deal. The stage is not too big for the rookie quarterback and he seems to be growing in his development on a weekly basis. Now, Herbert just needs to get the team on a winning track.

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14. CLE - RB Kareem Hunt a limited participant

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Hunt is going to be the primary running back for the Browns with Nick Chubb out. We will see his practice status on Friday, and there's a chance he could be a full participant. Now the lead guy, Hunt is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs.

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15. MIA - Full practice for WR DeVante Parker

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (ankle) was full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Good news for Parker and the Dolphins passing game here. Parker is the no.1 target for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and against the 49ers on Sunday we should see him produce like a WR2 for Fantasy GMs in Week 5.

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16. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson practices in full

Source: Steelers.com

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Johnson is back in action this week for the Steelers. That means Fantasy GMs can look at him as a WR2 with upside.

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17. ATL - WR Julio Jones officially misses practice

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com - Will McFadden

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Jones suffered a setback on Monday. Missing practice on Thursday is not a good sign for his availability in Week 5. Make other plans...as most Fantasy GMs have done already with Jones on the roster.

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18. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder takes part in practice

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Crowder is about the only asset from the Jets offense Fantasy GMs want to consider starting. He's a WR2/WR3 option against the Cardinals on Sunday.

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19. PHI - WR Alshon Jeffery unable to practice Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Tim McManus

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot, illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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The Eagles had a plan to bring back Jeffery by Week 5. That may not be the case with this practice status. They are desperate for help at the position but are not rushing Jeffery back. Fantasy GMs have other/better options.

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