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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #257 • Dec. 30th, 2020


Ben Franklin And A New Year...

Howdy Folks,

It's the last day of 2020 and we're ready for a New Year.

As we look ahead, I'm thinking about the Ben Franklin quote, "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

May that be the case for you. May that be the case for me.

Now let's get to a few News and Notes.

J


1. JAX - James Robinson won't play

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson (ankle) won't play in the season finale in Week 17.

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Robinson was a great waiver wire pickup for Fantasy GMs back in Week 2. He played a great season, finishing the year with 1070 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, 49 catches for 344 yards and three receiving touchdowns. Robinson should get an upgrade in quarterback next year with no.1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) and he's looking at being an early first-round pick in most any league in 2021.

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2. JAX - QB Mike Glennon to start

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Mike Glennon will start in Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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No quarterback competition this week. Glennon finishes out the season as the starter and Gardner Minshew ends the season on the bench. The Jaguars will have a potential superstar in 2021 no.1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) next season.

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3. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook out for Week 17

Source: ESPN.com - Courtney Cronin

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (personal) left the team due to a family emergency Tuesday, Dec. 29, and will be unavailable for Week 17.

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Alexander Mattison will start in Cook's place if he's cleared from his concussion that kept him out of action in Week 16. Cook finishes the 2020 season with a whopping 1,557 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. Plus, Cook had 44 catches for 361 yards and one receiving touchdown. He's a top-5 pick in any fantasy league next year.

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4. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp out for Week 17

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (illness) tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, Dec. 30, and was ruled out for Week 17.

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The Rams are already going to be without starting QB Jared Goff. We'll see Josh Reynolds get more work in Kupp's place.

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5. CAR - RB Mike Davis expected to sit out finale

Source: The Athletic - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis (ankle) is not expected to play in the Week 17 game because of a sprained ankle.

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Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon are going to lead the way in the backfield. We'd consider either one of them a deep flex play in Week 17.

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6. WAS - Antonio Gibson not on field

Source: The Washington Post - Sam Fortier

Washington Football Team RB Antonio Gibson (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Washington is just likely giving Gibson a day of rest. He was able to play in Week 16 but was only on the field for 21 snaps. We'll see if he can do more this week in the season finale.

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7. CIN - Day off for WR A.J. Green

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Green is a seasoned veteran and gets Wednesdays off. We should see him play against the Ravens on Sunday in what could be his final game with the Bengals.

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8. NYJ - RB Ty Johnson fully practices

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets RB Ty Johnson (hip) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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LaMical Perine is out for the season finale and so is Frank Gore. That means Johnson is the primary back for the Jets and might be worth considering as a flex play in Week 17.

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9. WAS - No practice for WR Terry McLaurin

Source: The Washington Post - Sam Fortier

Washington Football Team WR Terry McLaurin (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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McLaurin missed the Week 16 game for Washington and it's a bit disappointing that he couldn't get out there on Wednesday to practice. We'll see if he can get healthy enough for Sunday night's big game against the Eagles with the division title on the line.

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10. BUF - WR Cole Beasley misses practice

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Beasley is going to be shut down for the season finale with the hopes he can be ready for the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

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11. CIN - Limited practice for Tee Higgins

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Higgins had six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown last week. That was against the Texans, and this week he'd be facing the Ravens...a much different matchup. Watch his status as the week goes on and consider Higgins a WR3/flex play.

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12. NFL - QB Dwayne Haskins unlikely to sign now

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent QB Dwayne Haskins (Washington) is receiving interest from several teams but is not expected to sign with a team before the end of the 2020 season, according to sources.

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Haskins is going to wait just to see if more interest can be drummed up. The 2018 first-round pick fell out of favor with the new staff in Washington. On the field he struggled with consistency and off the field, well...let's just say that part didn't make the team happy either. Any team that adds Haskins will do so with the idea that he's a reclamation project. It's doubtful that some team does anything more than let him compete for a spot on the depth chart in 2021.

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13. BUF - Buffalo meeting with WR Kenny Stills

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent WR Kenny Stills (Texans) is scheduled to meet with the Buffalo Bills this week, and there is optimism that the two sides will reach an agreement if he can pass the COVID-19 protocols, according to a source.

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With Cole Beasley and John Brown a little banged up, the Bills are looking for help at the wide receiver position. Stills didn't do much this year for the Texans before his release but would be a good veteran fallback option for the playoffs if/when he signs with the Bills.

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14. DEN - KJ Hamler doesn't practice Wednesday

Source: Raiders.com

Denver Broncos WR KJ Hamler (concussion) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Hamler doesn't seem to be trending in the right direction. The rookie has flashed some ability this season but he's been banged up with various injuries along the way. We'll see if Hamler can continue to use his speed and quickness to make plays for the Broncos in 2021 and beyond.

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15. MIN - RB Alexander Mattison listed as limited

Source: Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Dalvin Cook is out for Week 17 due to personal reasons, so that means Mattison would be the lead back if he's cleared to play. If you're still going for your fantasy championship in Week 17, then consider Mattison as a RB2 with upside if he does play against the Lions.

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16. TB - RB Ronald Jones dealing with finger issue

Source: Buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (finger) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Jones is back in action and off the COVID list, but he's still got to deal with the finger injury that required surgery. We'll see if the Buccaneers use Jones and ramp him up for the playoffs with a starter's role in Week 17. Watch his practice status on Friday if you're still playing for your season-long fantasy championship.

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17. LAC - WR Keenan Allen sits out Wednesday practice

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Allen was shut down for the Week 16 game against the Broncos. This hamstring injury might keep him out of action for Week 17 against the Chiefs. We'll see if the veteran gets back out there on Friday at the latest. Fantasy GMs should be making other plans.

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18. DET - QB Matthew Stafford doesn't practice Wednesday

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb, ribs, ankle) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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It's the middle of the week, so Stafford's status is up in the air. He might have played the final game of the season after battling through multiple injuries in 2020. In fact, Stafford may have played his final snaps as the quarterback of the Lions. There are massive rumblings that Stafford will be on the move this offseason. A fresh start might be the best thing for both parties involved...stay tuned.

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19. DET - WR Kenny Golladay remains absent from practice

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) was a non-participant at practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Golladay hasn't played since Week 8, and there's no need to get him out there for the season finale. Set to be a free agent in 2021, Golladay will have to see what the market does for him this offseason.

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20. ATL - RB Ito Smith puts in limited practice Wednesday

Source: Buccaneers.com

Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Smith is working as the lead back for the Falcons with Todd Gurley and Brian Hill mixed in. He hasn't been doing much with more snaps in recent weeks, and up against the Buccaneers on Sunday Fantasy GMs have much better flex options in Week 17.

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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