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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #230 • Dec. 3rd, 2020


The Playoff Sleepers You Need To Know

Howdy Folks,

We're rolling here and we've got a killer feature today you need to see. Check out The Replacements where our Matt Waldman helps you uncover the hidden sleepers you need to win. Plus we've got the News And Notes you need.

Let's do this.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Find Hidden Sleepers For December - The Replacements
Who is this December's Unsung Hero?
It's not just December. It's December of 2020 in a pandemic. Meaning things move fast. Fantasy GMs need now more than ever to be looking WAY down the line for overlooked players that might "get the call".
Our Matt Waldman has done this each week of the season and it's easily one of the best things we do each week.
Each week, Matt walks our folks through the shortlist of players who will get their shot to contribute as replacements to starters who tested positive for the Coronavirus. We'll examine three types of replacements:
1. Players who get immediate playing time.
2. Preemptive additions from your league's waiver wire.
3. Options worth monitoring in case the established backup eventually misses time.
As Matt says, if you don't think street free agents won't factor, Raheem Mostert is on line one waiting for you to pick up, and he has a long list of players before him who would like to make an appointment to set you straight.
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1. DET - D'Andre Swift injury update

Source: DetroitLions.com

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3, because of an illness. He has gone through the concussion protocol and has been cleared by an independent doctor.

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We'll see if Swift can get to feeling better and get back out there for the Lions in week 13. It's also worth noting there are some reports out of Detroit that Swift is still struggling with the effects of the concussion which would conflict with the report from the independent doctor. Stay tuned.

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2. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa a game-time call

Source: Around The NFL

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) is expected be a game-time decision for the team's Week 13 contest Sunday, Dec. 8, against the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Brian Flores said Thursday. 'I know you guys want to know now if he's playing (or) not playing,' Flores said. 'But we've still got two days of practice and like always we'll make the best decision for the team.'

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Fantasy GMs have other/better options at quarterback. This decision about the starter does impact guys like WR DeVante Parker. The passing game is more robust of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in the lineup. The Dolphins try to simplify things on offense is the rookie Tagovailoa is the starter.

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3. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook limited Thursday

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Cook is shouldering a heavy workload so he's going to be limited most days in practice. He should be a full participant on Friday.

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4. ATL - RB Todd Gurley not spotted Thursday

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

Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) was not seen with the team's other running backs during practice Thursday, Dec. 3. One team beat reporter, though, theorized that it could just be a rest day for Gurley.

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We'll see what Gurley can do on Friday. Fantasy GMs are going to the waiver wire and adding Ito Smith, especially because Brian Hill disappoints with more work. Smith got more touches than Hill last week and may have passed him on the depth chart.

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5. SEA - WR Josh Gordon reinstated

Source: FOX Sports - Jay Glazer

Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon was reinstated by the NFL Thursday, Dec. 3. He will be eligible to play in the final two games of the regular season.

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Fantasy GMs shouldn't get too excited about his return late in the year. Gordon's best season was all the way back in 2013 and is no longer the same player. Add in the fact that he would be the no.3 receiver at best for Seattle and you can see how his production should be limited.

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6. PHI - TE Zach Ertz limited again

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Ertz should be back out there for the Eagles this week. He is the no.2 tight end behind Dallas Goedert which limits his fantasy value.

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7. NE - QB Cam Newton remains limited

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (abdomen) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Let's see if he can work tomorrow as normal. Keep an eye on this one.

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8. GB - Allen Lazard listed as limited

Source: Packers.com

Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard (core) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Lazard is worth considering as a 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs in Week 13. He's a favorite target of QB Aaron Rodgers and could be asked to do more as the season rolls on.

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9. CHI - TE Jimmy Graham fully practices

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Mitchell Trubisky is in at quarterback for the Bears again this week. That means Graham could be a low-end TE1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 13.

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10. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay to be limited

Source: ESPN.com - Jeff Legwold

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) is expected to be a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 3, head coach Vic Fangio said.

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Lindsay did not practice on Wednesday with this slight knee tweak. We'll see how he responds to limited work on Thursday with an eye on a full participation on Friday. He should be able to play against the Chiefs on Sunday night.

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11. MIA - Tua Tagovailoa listed as limited

Source: MiamiDolphins.com

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (thumb) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has said that Tagovailoa is going to be a game-time decision. If he can't play then Ryan Fitzpatrick would start for the Dolphins in Week 13.

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12. NE - Dalton Keene designated to return

Source: NESN.com - Doug Kyed

New England Patriots TE Dalton Keene (knee) was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The team now has a 21-day window to activate Keene or have him revert to season-ending IR.

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Keene is a blocking tight end/H-back/fullback when he's healthy. We'll see if the team activates him but don't expect too much from him if he does get back on the field this year. His rookie season has been set back by injury.

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13. DET - WR Kenny Golladay absent Thursday

Source: MLive.com - Kyle Meinke

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) was not seen during the open portion of the team's practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Golladay didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He's looking doubtful for Week 13, so that means Marvin Jones is the top wide receiver for QB Matthew Stafford.

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14. ATL - WR Julio Jones practicing Thursday

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

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is on the field participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 3, according to a team beat reporter.

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We'll have to see what Jones can do on Friday. It's a good sign that he's out there Thursday.

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15. DET - WR Danny Amendola upgraded Thursday

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola (hip) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Amendola's return would help the Lions offense. They'll already be without WR Kenny Golladay and could use Amendola out there to help out QB Matthew Stafford in Week 13.

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16. SF - WR Deebo Samuel to miss practice Thursday

Source: ESPN.com - Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) will not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3, for precautionary reasons, according to multiple sources.

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The 49ers play on Monday night against the Bills, so Saturday is the day to watch for Samuel. Many think he should be a full participant in practice by that time. Only time will tell...so stay tuned.

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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