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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #180 • Oct. 14th, 2020


News And Notes From Around The League

Howdy Folks,

We're rolling through this week and we've got the News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. The Audible Podcast - Week 6 Preview - Part One
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss who to start and who to bench in week six. Topics Include - the Titans continue to make a statement but do the Texans have momentum, what to expect from Vikings RB Alexander Mattison, take it or leave it with the Ravens offense, plus more!

B. The Footballguys Dynasty Show
In This Episode: Chad Parsons (@chadparsonsnfl) and Jordan McNamara (@mcnamaradynasty) react to week 5, talk plans for your season, and dynasty trades.

C. On The Couch - Sigmund Bloom Talks To Paul Charchian
In This Episode: Sigmund Bloom and Paul Charchian (Guillotine Leagues) talk NFL. Topics Include - the outlook on Dalvin Cook groin injury, why having a top quarterback is more important than ever, what to do with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, plus more!

D. The Audible - Week 6 Waiver Wire Special
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey, Sigmund Bloom and Dr. Jene Bramel go over the hot waiver wire pickups. Topics Include - what to spend on QB Andy Dalton now that Dak Prescott is done for the year, Vikings RB Alexander Mattison is a great addition but for how long, should Fantasy GMs break the bank for Steelers rookie WR Chase Claypool, plenty of help at the TE position, plus more!


1. LAC - No concern for WR Keenan Allen

Source: The Orange County Register - Gilbert Manzano

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (back) was dealing with back spasms against the New Orleans Saints Monday, Oct, 12, and 'will be fine,' according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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Allen experienced the back spasms on Monday night against the Saints and might be somewhat limited in practice this week. The team says he will be fine, so we expect him to get a full practice in on Friday.

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2. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook sitting out

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Reports indicate that Cook's groin injury is not as serious as it could be. However, we don't expect him to play in Week 6. That means Alexander Mattison is the lead back and worthy at least of a start as a RB2 with upside.

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3. DEN - RB Melvin Gordon cited for DUI

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon was cited late Tuesday, Oct. 13, and charged with driving under the influence and ticketed for speeding between 25-39 mph over the limit by Denver Police Department, court and police documents show.

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Gordon was one of the most outspoken players on the Broncos roster about losing the bye week (the game against the Patriots was postponed the day before it was supposed to happen in Week 5). Well, the league may give him a few bye weeks due to this situation. Good thing the Broncos are getting Phillip Lindsay back this week. We'll see what discipline is coming down for Gordon from the Broncos or the league.

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4. DEN - RB Melvin Gordon's status uncertain

Source: NFL.com

Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon's status for the Week 6 game will be decided in the next few days, according to head coach Vic Fangio.

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Gordon was cited for a DUI and ticketed for speeding between 25-39 mph over the limit by Denver Police Department, court and police documents show late Tuesday night. Fangio says there will be some discipline for Gordon due to this incident.

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5. NE - QB Cam Newton expected to practice Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (illness) is expected to participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 15, according to a source.

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Newton should be back this week against the Broncos. Their defense has struggled this year, so Newton could pay off like a QB1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 6.

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6. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold out again in Week 6

Source: New York Post - Brian Costello

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) will miss the Week 6 game.

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That means the Jets will once again turn to Joe Flacco as their starter. It's not an exciting situation for Fantasy GMs out there.

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7. CIN - WR A.J. Green to miss practice Wednesday

Source: Bengals.com - Geoff Hobson

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) will not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14, but head coach Zac Taylor said the team hopes Green will be able to practice Thursday, Oct. 15.

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Fantasy GMs have already moved on from Green. He's simply not the same player he used to be and is banged up again. Feel free to release him for waiver wire help.

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8. DEN - Limited practice for TE Noah Fant

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Updating a previous story, Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant (ankle) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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It was a bit of a surprise that Fant was out there. Fant was initially going to miss a week or two with that ankle injury. We'll see if he can be a full participant on Friday.

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9. DEN - QB Drew Lock puts in full practice

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Lock should be the starter for the Broncos on Sunday against the Patriots. They'll blitz him because Lock struggles mightily when you bring extra pressure. The Broncos season is in shambles, so they need to do what they can to see if Lock can be their franchise quarterback.

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10. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson misses practice

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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The word is that Johnson could practice later in the week. We'll see if Johnson can get out there on Friday.

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11. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay practices in full

Source: DenverBroncos.com

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (foot) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Melvin Gordon's status is up in the air after being cited for a DUI on Tuesday night. Lindsay is back in action and should be their lead back. The Patriots have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this year so consider Lindsay more of a flex play in Week 6.

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12. PHI - Limited practice for WR Alshon Jeffery

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Jeffery is close to a return to action. Check back on Friday to see what his status is.

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13. TB - WR Chris Godwin gets in limited practice

Source: Packers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Keep an eye on Godwin's status as the week goes on. If he can practice on Friday then perhaps he can get out there in Week 6.

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14. ATL - No practice for WR Julio Jones Wednesday

Source: AtlantaFalcons.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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No surprise here. Let's see if Jones can practice on Friday.

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15. GB - WR Davante Adams returns to full practice

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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We haven't seen Adams in action since Week 2. This hamstring injury is getting better and Adams did not suffer any setbacks during the Packers bye week. Adams should be able to play against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

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16. WAS - QB Dwayne Haskins ill

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins (illness) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 14, due to an illness. He has tested for COVID-19 repeatedly, and all tests were negative.

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Haskins has not requested a trade per reports but there is speculation that the team could be shopping the 2019 first-round pick. They have Kyle Allen as their starter when healthy and veteran Alex Smith as a backup. Haskins may not be able to see the field again this year for Washington.

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17. NYJ - Denzel Mims on track to return

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Denzel Mims (hamstring) has been designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list.

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We're seeing a bunch of rookie wide receivers show off this season. It was the greatest WR class in NFL history and Mims is a top-tier talent when healthy. He looked great on film with his size/speed combination and he looked as good if not better than Chase Claypool during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl. Mims could be really good...too bad it's under Adam Gase (for now). The team has 21 days to add Mims to the active roster.

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18. JAX - RB Devine Ozigbo may return soon

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) has been designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list.

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Ozigbo is a player we have an appreciation for but only in super deep dynasty formats. If he is activated, Ozigbo is going to compete for a backup spot behind James Robinson. The team has 21 days to add Ozigbo to the 53-man roster.

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19. WAS - Antonio Gibson a limited participant

Source: The Washington Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Washington Football Team RB Antonio Gibson (toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Keep an eye on Gibson's status as the week of practice goes on. He makes a nice flex play in Week 6 against the Giants.

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20. WAS - QB Kyle Allen takes part in practice

Source: The Washington Post - Nicki Jhabvala

Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen (arm) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Washington head coach Ron Rivera has said that Allen is the starter if healthy. He's fully participating in practice, so he should be out there as their starter in Week 6 against the Giants.

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21. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry to miss practice

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip, ribs) will not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14, but head coach Kevin Stefanski said Landry should practice later in the week.

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This is pretty normal for Landry on a Wednesday. Watch for his status on Friday.

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22. NYJ - LaMical Perine to have bigger role

Source: ESPN.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets RB La'Mical Perine likely will receive a bigger role in the offense moving forward after the release of RB Le'Veon Bell, according to head coach Adam Gase.

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Perine is a good receiving option out of the backfield...and he can even line up in the slot if need be. We like him in dynasty formats but do not have a ton of excitement for Perine while Adam Gase is still running the Jets offense.

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23. NYG - Limited practice for WR Darius Slayton

Source: ESPN.com - John Keim

New York Giants WR Darius Slayton (foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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Keep an eye on Slayton's practice status on Friday. If healthy, Slayton could pay off like a flex play with upside against Washington in Week 6.

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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