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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #219 • Nov. 22nd, 2020


News And Notes From Around The League

Howdy Folks,

It's been a wild day and there's still more to go. Let's get to it.

J

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. CIN - Joe Burrow suffers season ending knee injury

2. CAR - WR D.J. Moore has big game

3. CAR - RB Mike Davis finds end zone

4. TEN - TE Jonnu Smith injures ankle

5. PHI - Lane Johnson injures shoulder

6. CAR - P.J. Walker throws for 258 yards

7. CLE - RB Kareem Hunt mostly bottled up

8. NE - RB James White catches six passes

9. NE - WR Damiere Byrd has terrific game

10. NE - WR Jakobi Meyers quiet in Week 11

11. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel reaches end zone

12. HOU - WR Will Fuller catches six passes

13. NE - RB Damien Harris has decent outing

14. ATL - TE Hayden Hurst blanked in Week 11

15. DET - TE T.J. Hockenson has solid outing

16. HOU - TE Jordan Akins plays well in Week 11

17. CAR - Seven receptions for WR Robby Anderson

18. CLE - RB Nick Chubb hits triple digits again

19. PHI - WR Travis Fulgham does next to nothing

20. DET - RB Adrian Peterson struggles in Week 11

21. HOU - WR Brandin Cooks finishes with 85 yards

22. PHI - TE Dallas Goedert scores late touchdown

23. ATL - WR Julio Jones limited to two receptions

24. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson accounts for three TDs

25. PHI - QB Carson Wentz so-so on soggy afternoon

26. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield fairly quiet in victory

27. NO - QB Taysom Hill runs for pair of touchdowns

28. PHI - Richard Rodgers re-discovers the end zone

29. ATL - QB Matt Ryan picked off twice in road loss

30. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley flirts with triple digits

31. PHI - RB Miles Sanders totals 81 scrimmage yards

32. DET - QB Matthew Stafford finishes with 178 yards


1. CIN - Joe Burrow suffers season ending knee injury

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow (leg) was carted off the field after suffering an apparent leg injury during the Week 11 game.

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Burrow was hit awkwardly and folded to the ground. It's reportedly a torn ACL and his season is over. Ryan Finley is in for the Bengals, but this takes all of the wind out of the sails of this offense.

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2. CAR - WR D.J. Moore has big game

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore caught seven passes for 127 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 11. He also had a 21-yard rush during the game.

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Moore was taking advantage of poor coverage by the Lions and a better than expected game from PJ Walker at quarterback. No matter who starts next week, he should be in lineups against the Vikings.

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3. CAR - RB Mike Davis finds end zone

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries against the Detroit Lions in Week 11. He also caught two passes for 15 yards during the game.

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PJ Walker was better than expected and Davis came through as a solid RB2 play against the Lions. He wasn't very involved in the passing game, so Davis fantasy teams should welcome Teddy Bridgewater back if he can start against Minnesota next week.

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4. TEN - TE Jonnu Smith injures ankle

Source: NFL.com

Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 11 game and is considered questionable to return.

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Smith returned to the game, but that doesn't mean he's a sure thing for Week 12 at the Colts. Anthony Firkser would be a good waiver add if Smith is out.

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5. PHI - Lane Johnson injures shoulder

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury during the Week 11 game and is considered questionable to return.

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The Eagles also saw Jason Kelce get banged up today. And somehow they are in first place.

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6. CAR - P.J. Walker throws for 258 yards

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers QB P.J. Walker went 24-for-34 for 258 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Detroit Lions in Week 11.

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Walker could have had a huge game but he made two terrible decisions in goal to go situations and threw easy interceptions. He showed a good arm and calm processing, and didn't rely on his running ability. He'll be a good pickup in 2QB/Superflex leagues if Teddy Bridgewater can't go vs. Minnesota, although Bridgewater was supposedly close to playing this week.

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7. CLE - RB Kareem Hunt mostly bottled up

Source: ESPN

Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt rushed 13 times for 11 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles and he added one reception for 10 yards on his only target.

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Hunt was corraled for big losses twice to hamper his productivity, but he still scored and was stopped at the goal line on fourth down on another drive or he would have had a better fantasy day. Keep him in lineups as an RB2 next week at Jacksonville.

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8. NE - RB James White catches six passes

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots RB James White caught six passes for 64 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 11. He also rushed for 19 yards on five carries during the game.

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White should be a hot waiver wire pickup in PPR leagues this week after Rex Burkhead went down, presumably for the remainder of the season. He should be a safe PPR RB2 as the primary passcatcher out of the backfield for a team with very little at wide receiver.

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9. NE - WR Damiere Byrd has terrific game

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots WR Damiere Byrd caught six passes for 132 yards and one touchdown against the Houston Texans in Week 11. He was targeted seven times during the game.

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Byrd had his best game as a pro and reeled in a long score, but he's still just a desperation play heading into a matchup with the Cardinals. At least we see that he can still have a ceiling game, at least when he is facing a defense like Houston's.

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10. NE - WR Jakobi Meyers quiet in Week 11

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers caught three passes for 38 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 11. He was targeted three times during the game.

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Meyers took a backseat to Damiere Byrd in this one after coming in red hot for fantasy. This result against a good matchup was a disappointment and diminishes Meyers to a what the heck flex against the Cardinals next week.

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11. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel caught eight passes for 70 yards and one touchdown against the Detroit Lions in Week 11. He was targeted 10 times during the game.

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Samuel had a terrific game with PJ Walker and made an excellent sprawling touchdown catch. He bounced back from a down Week 10 and should be a viable WR3/Flex against the Vikings next week no matter who starts at quarterback for Carolina.

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12. HOU - WR Will Fuller catches six passes

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller caught six passes for 80 yards against the New England Patriots in Week 11. He was targeted eight times during the game.

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Fuller is doing a great job staying healthy and will be a high ceiling WR2 against the Lions beleaguered defense on Thanksgiving.

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13. NE - RB Damien Harris has decent outing

Source: NFL.com

New England Patriots RB Damien Harris rushed for 43 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries against the Houston Texans in Week 11. He also caught one pass for 11 yards during the game.

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Harris got off to a strong start and opened the scoring for the Patriots, but he barely saw the ball for the rest of the game. He'll be a what the heck flex at best next week with Sony Michel possibly active vs. Arizona.

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14. ATL - TE Hayden Hurst blanked in Week 11

Source: ESPN

Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst did not have a catch on two targets in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Hurst has been a fantasy disaster any time Julio Jones is out. You couldn't have known that Jones was going to hurt his hamstring today, but if Jones is out against the Raiders next week, you were warned.

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15. DET - TE T.J. Hockenson has solid outing

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson caught four passes for 68 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 11. He was targeted seven times during the game.

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Hockenson had the biggest play of the day for the offense on an afternoon when they did not score. He's still one of the few dependable fantasy tight ends heading into a good matchup with the Texans on Thanksgiving.

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16. HOU - TE Jordan Akins plays well in Week 11

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans TE Jordan Akins caught five passes for 83 yards against the New England Patriots in Week 11. He was targeted six times during the game.

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Akins should be a waiver pickup for anyone that is hurting at tight end. He and Darren Fells had been splitting the tight end snaps and targets, but Akins showed today he is clearly the better passing game threat. He's a streamer on Thanksgiving against the Lions.

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17. CAR - Seven receptions for WR Robby Anderson

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers WR Robby Anderson caught seven passes for 46 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 11. He was targeted nine times during the game.

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Anderson was still a viable PPR play as PJ Walker showed he can keep the whole passing playbook active while Teddy Bridgewater sat in Week 11. He's a solid play next week against the Vikings even if Bridgewater can't go.

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18. CLE - RB Nick Chubb hits triple digits again

Source: ESPN

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed 20 times for 114 yards in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles and he was not targeted in the pass game.

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Chubb had a long run to help put the game away, but Kareem Hunt got the touchdown to cap the drive. Chubb is a strong RB1 next week against the Jaguars.

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19. PHI - WR Travis Fulgham does next to nothing

Source: ESPN

Philadelphia Eagles WR Travis Fulgham managed just one grab for eight yards on seven targets in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Fulgham's magic run is clearly over. The weather wasn't on the passing game's side today, but it's still enough to consider dropping Fulgham in short bench leagues and probably not start him despite the good matchup with Seattle next week.

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20. DET - RB Adrian Peterson struggles in Week 11

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 18 yards on seven carries against the Carolina Panthers in Week 11.

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The Panthers had been surrendering some huge fantasy games to running backs this year, but the Lions run blocking could not open any holes for Peterson. He's only a deep desperation play against the Texans even if D'Andre Swift isn't cleared to play.

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21. HOU - WR Brandin Cooks finishes with 85 yards

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks caught four passes for 85 yards against the New England Patriots in Week 11. He was targeted five times during the game.

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Cooks had a touchdown called back by penalty or his day would have been bigger. He'll be a must play on Thanksgiving against the Lions secondary that PJ Walker just lit up.

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22. PHI - TE Dallas Goedert scores late touchdown

Source: ESPN

Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert finished with game highs of five receptions and 77 yards in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns, and he posted a fourth-quarter touchdown from four yards out with 30 seconds left in regulation.

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Goedert was involved early, but his touchdown came in garbage time. He's still a TE1 start against the Seahawks next week as Wentz threw both touchdowns to tight ends today.

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23. ATL - WR Julio Jones limited to two receptions

Source: ESPN

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones posted two grabs for 39 yards on two targets in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Jones missed most of the game with a hamstring injury. He came back in late to catch a pass and then hobbled off of the field again. He's questionable at best against Vegas next week.

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24. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson accounts for three TDs

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson went 28-for-37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns against the New England Patriots in Week 11. He also rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown on six carries during the game.

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Watson was barely under pressure all day even though Laremy Tunsil was out. He is playing at top form going into a Thanksgiving game at Detroit.

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25. PHI - QB Carson Wentz so-so on soggy afternoon

Source: ESPN

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz completed 21-of-35 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns while also gaining 10 rushing yards in a game played in a steady rain.

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The worst plays of the afternoon by the Eagles offense probably weren't on Wentz, but his confidence was clearly shaken and the Eagles weren't really in this game in the second half. He's still a first place quarterback but faces a rallying Seahawks defense next week and is only of interest in 2QB/Superflex leagues.

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26. CLE - QB Baker Mayfield fairly quiet in victory

Source: ESPN

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield completed just 12-of-22 passes for 204 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions with six runs for nine yards in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also fumbled twice with one lost.

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That's just how the Browns like it. They leaned on the defense and running game and Mayfield got the offense off to a viable start with a strong first drive. He a bottom of the barrel fantasy option, even in 2QB/Superflex leagues, but Mayfield could be starting his first playoff game in January. He'll face the Jaguars next week.

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27. NO - QB Taysom Hill runs for pair of touchdowns

Source: ESPN

New Orleans Saints QB Taysom Hill completed 18-of-23 passes for 233 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons and he ran 10 times for a game-high 51 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start.

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The Saints made an effort to keep Hill in the pocket as a passer and after a slow start, he had a solid second half. His two rushing scores made him a huge fantasy hit and he'll be starting QB1 consideration against the Broncos next week. He should be a waiver wire pickup if he wasn't already.

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28. PHI - Richard Rodgers re-discovers the end zone

Source: ESPN

Philadelphia Eagles TE Richard Rodgers posted two receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown on his two targets in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns in a steady rain.

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Rodgers has been a very good fantasy option after Zach Ertz went down and might have earned himself and could get a better contract in free agency next year from a tight end needy team.

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29. ATL - QB Matt Ryan picked off twice in road loss

Source: ESPN

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 19-of-37 passes for 232 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Ryan was under pressure all day from the Saints defense and ineffective with Julio Jones on the sidelines for most of the game. He won't be a viable play in 1QB leagues against the Raiders next week unless Jones can go.

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30. ATL - WR Calvin Ridley flirts with triple digits

Source: ESPN

Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley registered five grabs for 90 yards on nine targets in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Ridley's foot was an issue coming into the week, but his fantasy production was not an issue coming out of it. He'll be a strong WR2 start against the Raiders next week whether Julio Jones can go or not.

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31. PHI - RB Miles Sanders totals 81 scrimmage yards

Source: ESPN

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders rushed 16 times for 66 yards in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns while adding three receptions for 15 yards on five targets.

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Sanders fumbled inside the five to stall a great early drive and the Eagles offense never really got on track after that. Sanders still looks great and is worth an everyweek start, but the rest of the offense needs to improve or he needs to have a larger role in the passing game for him to pay off in lineups. Seattle is up next as the Eagles try to hang onto first place.

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32. DET - QB Matthew Stafford finishes with 178 yards

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 18-for-33 for 178 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Carolina Panthers in Week 11.

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The Lions offense was missing some key pieces, but it was still a low point for them and Stafford. We can't say how much Stafford's thumb affected him, but it was the kind of game that kills whatever hope we have for this offense to create any fantasy overachievers, even heading into a Thanksgiving matchup with the Texans.

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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