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Volume 22, #188 -- Thursday Night, October 22nd, 2020
News And Notes From Around The League

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A. The Audible - Week 7 Preview Part 2
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom discuss who to start and who to bench in week seven. Topics Include - how do the Packers bounce back this week, is Phillip Lindsay taking over in the Denver backfield, does Chargers WR Mike Williams continue as a favorite target of QB Justin Herbert, plus more!

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1. ATL - WR Julio Jones back on field

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, Oct. 22 after sitting out the previous day.

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Jones had a rest day on Wednesday. He's back in action on Thursday, limited, and is a WR1 for Fantasy GMs against the Lions on Sunday.

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2. NO - No practice for WR Michael Thomas on Thursday

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Thomas tweaked his hamstring in practice this week. Fantasy GMs have been missing Thomas and may have to make other plans in Week 7. Check back on Friday to see if he's out there for practice.

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3. BAL - WR Dez Bryant joining BAL?

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is expected to join the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad if his workout goes well, and he passes a physical.

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The Ravens worked out Bryant this summer and now may actually sign him. Bryant has been out of the league since tearing his Achilles' tendon with the Saints last year. In deeper leagues, Bryant is worth a speculative add...although the Ravens wide receivers aren't great options as weekly starters.

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4. BUF - QB Josh Allen fully practices

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Allen could have a field day against the Jets in Week 7. He's a top-5 fantasy option this week and he's good to go with fully participating on Thursday.

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5. CIN - RB Joe Mixon sits out Thursday

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Tyler Dragon

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Mixon is banged up and his status is up in the air. If he has to miss the game against the Browns, the Bengals would turn to Gio Bernard.

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6. CIN - WR A.J. Green upgraded Thursday

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Is Green back or no? That's the main question for Fantasy GMs who have Green on the roster right now. He's mostly been 'meh' this season and some even moved on from him...then he had an 8-for-96 stat line against the Colts in Week 6. We think he's worth trusting as a WR4/deep flex option against the Browns in Week 7.

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7. TEN - WR A.J. Brown does not practice

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Fantasy GMs are watching this one closely. Brown needs to practice on Friday so he can play against the Steelers on Sunday. His status for the game is very much up in the air.

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8. ARI - No practice for WR DeAndre Hopkins

Source: AZCardinals.com - Kyle Odegard

Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) was held out of practice Thursday, Oct. 22, for the second straight day.

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Missing Wednesday's practice is not a big deal. Missing two practices is a different story. Hopkins playing status is up in the air now. He should play against the Seahawks on Sunday but make sure to check on his status.

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9. TB - RB Leonard Fournette practices in full

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Fournette is the backup to Ronald Jones. He's back in action this week against the Raiders but not worth more than a 'what the heck' flex in Week 7 against the Raiders.

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10. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield a full participant

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield (chest) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Mayfield has been playing through this chest injury and he was battered and beaten against the Steelers last week. He'll be out there against the Bengals and is a low-end QB2 for Fantasy GMs.

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11. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster practices in full

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Smith-Schuster is good to go. Fantasy GMs can look at him as a deep WR2 or flex option in Week 7 against the Titans.

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12. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson takes part in practice

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Johnson is back in action this week. He'll work as a WR3/flex option for Fantasy GMs against the Titans and Johnson's return cuts into the snaps/targets for James Washington.

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13. PHI - TE Zach Ertz to IR

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Oct. 22.

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The Eagles are hurting at the tight end position. Ertz his banged up and Dallas Goedert is not yet back from his injury. The team hopes Ertz will be back Nov. 22, against the Cleveland Browns.

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14. NYJ - Rest day for RB Frank Gore

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets RB Frank Gore (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Gore and La'Mical Perine will continue to split time in the Jets backfield. Neither one are great options for Fantasy GMs out there.

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15. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry still limited

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip, ribs) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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The veteran receiver revealed that he has a broken rib. Landry is tough for working through this injury. Fantasy GMs have better options than a banged up Landry in Week 7. Landry is a WR4/deep flex play due to this injury.

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16. NYJ - QB Sam Darnold remains limited

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Darnold may be back out there this week against the Bills. If not, the Jets turn to Joe Flacco again.

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17. KC - WR Sammy Watkins still sidelined

Source: Kansas City Star - Herbie Teope

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) remained out of practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Watkins may miss Week 7 against the Broncos. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson could do more with Watkins missing more time.

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18. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder misses practice

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Let's see what Crowder can do on Friday. He's the lone asset from the Jets passing game that is somewhat trustworthy.

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19. TB - Limited practice for WR Mike Evans

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Evans is banged up and that limits what he can do on the field. With the ankle injury, Fantasy GMs should consider him a low-end WR3 or flex play in Week 7.

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20. TB - TE Rob Gronkowski listed as limited

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Gronkowski spiked his way back into Fantasy GMs hearts last week. His targets have gone up and up most weeks, and he had eight targets last week. Gronkowski should perform like a low-end TE1 in fantasy leagues this week against the Raiders.

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21. NYJ - WR Breshad Perriman fully practices

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Perriman looked good last week. He played 63 snaps against the Dolphins and finished the game with a 4-for-62 stat line (on eight targets). Perriman is worth a WR4/deep flex play against the Bills in Week 7.

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22. TB - WR Chris Godwin a limited participant

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Godwin should be good to go for the game against the Raiders in Week 7. Check his status on Friday. Godwin could perform like a WR2 for Fantasy GMs.

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23. TEN - TE Jonnu Smith takes part in practice

Source: TennesseeTitans.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Smith has really flourished this year. Against the Steelers in a huge game of the unbeaten AFC powers, Smith could perform like a top-5 fantasy tight end.

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24. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry dealing with broken rib

Source: ESPN - Jake Trotter

Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip, rib) told ESPN's Jake Trotter that he suffered a broken rib in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Landry is tough for working through this injury. Fantasy GMs have better options than a banged up Landry in Week 7. Landry is a WR4/deep flex play due to this injury.

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25. GB - TE Robert Tonyan officially misses practice

Source: Packers.com

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Robert Tonyan (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 22.

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A lot of Fantasy GMs have been excited about starting Tonyan this year. Now, if you're planning on starting him against the Texans in Week 7, you'll have to check if Tonyan is practicing on Friday.

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26. TEN - QB Ryan Tannehill has flourished with Tennessee

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill has posted a league-best passer rating of 117.3 since he made his first start with the franchise against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 20, 2019 (minimum 210 pass attempts). In his 15 regular-season starts over that time, he has completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 3,968 yards and thrown for 35 touchdowns versus seven interceptions.

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Get away from Adam Gase and good things happen. Tannehill has seen it all, and he's got a first-round quarterback skill set. He's a great fit with Titans OC Arthur Smith and has the trust of that locker room.

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27. TEN - RB Derrick Henry in select crowd on long TD runs

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry has four career touchdown runs of at least 74 yards - tied with Jamaal Charles, Tony Dorsett and Barry Sanders for fourth in NFL history. Only Chris Johnson (seven), Adrian Peterson (six) and O.J. Simpson (five) have more such runs.

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Henry is a special back and the Titans use him as the centerpiece of the offense. He's going to have a few more of these long touchdown runs before his playing days are done. We've rarely seen a big back with his ability to get long touchdowns.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J