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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #195 • Oct. 29th, 2020


Week 8 Sleepers, Mid Season Discounts And MORE

Howdy Folks,

We're rolling through the week. And thank you to all the folks who asked about our Sigmund Bloom in New Orleans. They were fortunate in the storm and mainly just had a bunch of downed trees and some power interruptions. Thank y'all.

We've got some News and Notes for you as Week 8 is ON.

Let's go.

J

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1. DAL - QB Andy Dalton remains idle

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (concussion) participated in the team's quarterback meeting Thursday, Oct. 29, but will be held out of practice, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. In all, it makes Dalton unlikely to play Sunday in Week 8, in the estimation of NFL reporter Ian Rapoport.

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We'll likely see Ben DiNucci as the starter for the Cowboys on Sunday night. Adjust (downward) all projections for Cowboys skill position players and regular starters like RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Amari Cooper.

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2. GB - RB Aaron Jones remains a spectator

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) is not taking part in practice Thursday, Oct. 29, as he deals with a calf injury.

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The Packers could give Jones another week of rest to deal with this calf injury. That makes Jamaal Williams their lead back with rookie A.J. Dillon working as a short-yardage and goal-line back.

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3. NE - WR Julian Edelman had knee surgery

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) has undergone 'recent' surgery on his knee, according to a source.

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He is out of practice Thursday, Oct. 29, and is expected to miss Sunday's Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills.

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4. CIN - RB Joe Mixon misses another practice

Source: ESPN.com - Ben Baby

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) remained out of practice Thursday, Oct. 29, as he deals with a foot injury.

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Mixon is not trending in the right direction. That means Gio Bernard could be the starter for the Bengals as they take on the Titans in Week 8.

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5. JAX - QB Gardner Minshew has injured thumb

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew (thumb) has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb, according to sources.

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He has had discomfort since Oct. 11, and the team didn't know about the injury. Get ready for the Jaguars to make a quarterback change. They have a bye in Week 8 and when they return to action we could see Mike Glennon as the starter. The Jaguars also have sixth-round rookie Jake Luton they could take a look at since the season is lost (again) anyway.

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6. CAR - RB Christian McCaffrey to miss Week 8

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) was not activated from the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Oct. 29, and will not play in the Week 8 game.

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He's close to returning but not quite there yet. The team will give him one more week to get right. We should see McCaffrey next week on the road against the Chiefs.

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7. BAL - RB Mark Ingram sits again

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Mark Ingram (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Is Ingram going to be back or not? It seemed like he was trending that way but with missing practice on Thursday that may not be the case. The Ravens backfield is difficult to trust anyway.

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8. DEN - WR Tim Patrick out Thursday

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos WR Tim Patrick (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Patrick told head coach Vic Fangio that he's feeling better than he did on Wednesday. The Broncos may be without the big-bodied veteran. That means rookie WR Jerry Jeudy could be the no.1 target for the Broncos in Week 8 against the Chargers.

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9. PHI - RB Miles Sanders sits again

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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It looks like Sanders may miss another week. The Eagles play the Cowboys on Sunday night so have other options at the ready.

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10. TEN - WR A.J. Brown misses practice

Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Keep an eye on Brown's status for Friday. If he misses time that would mean more for Corey Davis. He followed this same track last week and was more than fine.

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11. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook remains limited

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Cook is expected to be back this week. We'll see if he can get a full practice in on Friday.

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12. BUF - Full practice for WR John Brown

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Brown's deep speed should help the Bills offense. Against the Patriots in Week 8, Brown could perform like a deep flex play with upside.

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13. MIA - WR DeVante Parker limited again

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Parker should play this week but the team is being cautious. Look for him to get a full practice in on Friday. We're curious to see how he meshes with new starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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14. CLE - TE Austin Hooper misses practice

Source: ClevelandBrowns.com

Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper (abdomen) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Not a good sign for Hooper's availability. The Browns could turn to David Njoku and rookie Harrison Bryant more if Hooper is down.

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15. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton staying in moment

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Wells

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton said Thursday, Oct. 29, he is not thinking about his uncertain NFL future as he's playing out his final season under his current contract with the Colts. 'My work speaks for itself,' Hilton said. 'If they want me back, they want me back.'

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Hilton is a WR4/deep flex play in Week 8 against the Lions. Fantasy GMs should not be excited by many players in the Colts passing game with Philip Rivers being streaky this year.

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16. PIT - WR Diontae Johnson back on field

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Johnson is going to be out there against the Ravens, and he's a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger. Consider Johnson a WR2/flex option in what could be a very physical (and perhaps low-scoring) game.

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17. NYJ - WR Jamison Crowder listed as limited

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Crowder could be back out there for the Jets this week. Check on his Friday status and consider him as a flex play if he does get out there against the Chiefs in Week 8.

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18. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay returns to practice

Source: 9News.com - Mike Klis

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 29, wearing a helmet and pads.

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Lindsay is working his way through the concussion protocol. If he can practice again on Friday then he should be good to play against the Chargers on Sunday.

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19. MIN - WR Adam Thielen takes part in practice

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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That's a good sign for his availability. Thielen is a low-end WR1 against the Packers in Week 8.

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20. PIT - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster fully practices

Source: Steelers.com - Teresa Varley

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Smith-Schuster will be out there for this huge matchup against the Ravens on Sunday. He's worth considering as a WR3/flex option but know that this could be a low-scoring slugfest between two division rivals.

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21. CHI - WR Allen Robinson misses another practice

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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It doesn't look like Robinson can go in Week 8. That means the Bears could turn to guys like Darnell Mooney to do more. Let's see what Robinson can do on Friday.

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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