Fantasy Football For Breakfast – Tuesday, September 18

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Tuesday, September 18

Patriots trade for Josh Gordon, Browns get conditional fifth round pick

I’m not the guy to ask about Josh Gordon. I don’t like him and haven’t had any piece of him since his breakout season back in 2013. Could he get it together? Would he be a monster if he gets it together and has Tom Brady as his QB? Sure, of course. But nothing about Josh Gordon suggests he is trustworthy. If you’ve got a dynamite roster and can afford to take on long shots with your bench spots (like the Patriots can), I suppose you can accept the risk. For me, I would honestly only add him if he was on the waiver wire and I could add him for free. I’m not spending a penny of my FAAB budget and I’m not trading anything of value for him. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Chris Carson “gassed” by second half

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Carson was gassed by the second half due to playing special teams. Carson didn’t get a touch in the second half. He finished the game with six carries for 24 yards. Rashaad Penny played in the second half and he finished Week 2 with 10 carries for 30 yards. It’s been said before and will be said again: The Seahawks offensive line is trash and they will not improve at all in any way shape or form until the unit is overhauled. They should trade one of their 19 running backs and accumulate draft picks then use every draft pick on offensive linemen. I honestly don’t understand why they’ve allowed it to get to this point. (Gregg Bell via Twitter)

Greg Zuerlein out “at least a few weeks”

I don’t usually bother with kicker updates but Zuerlein was a very popular pick this year and why not? The Rams look great on both sides of the ball. I would probably cut him loose and add the highest scoring free agent option available. I’m assuming if you have kickers in your starting lineup, you don’t have a lot of bench wiggle room to store backup kickers. Keep the decision-making to a minimum and just follow the points. (Rich Hammond via Twitter)

Tarik Cohen injures ankle

Cohen injured his ankle late in the game against the Seahawks. He only had eight yards on four carries and one reception for 17 yards on Monday night. Through two games, it’s clear now that Cohen isn’t a Fantasy starter. The Bears need to do a lot more to get him involved to make him a viable Fantasy player. We’ll know more about his injury further out in the week since the severity is not yet known. (CBS Sports)

Broncos sticking with “hot hand” at RB

AKA we like Royce Freeman but Lindsay is outplaying him and then some. “Our deal with that room is more of game plan,” Joseph said. “It’s what they do best. It’s more of who has the hot hand that day.” Owners of Freeman would be best served hanging onto him. His value is falling and you won’t get anywhere close to top dollar for him so why sell low on him? Lindsay could tweak an ankle and boom, Freeman is the man again. It’s a long season, stay patient. (Mike Klis via Twitter)

More work for David Johnson in the slot

Johnson only has 22 carries for 85 yards and a score to go along with just six receptions for 33 yards. Johnson is best used out in space while the team seems content to rush him up the gut. Once the team falls behind, Johnson’s usage drops off a cliff in the second half. Moving DJ around would be good, but the red flags should already be out if you own him: This team is bad and they don’t know what they’re doing (yet). (Darren Urban via Twitter)

Atlanta not sure about Devonta Freeman’s timeline for return

What is going on here? Apparently Freeman aggravated his MCL/PCL injury from last year. I’d test the waters on trading for Tevin Coleman and if he’s too expensive, check the price tag Ito Smith. (Vaughn McClure via Twitter)

Redskins sign Michael Floyd & Breshad Perriman

Ugh, why? You can’t see it but I’m making a face right now. The Redskins need to coach up the guys they already have. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Carson Wentz cleared to play and will start in Week 3

Aaron Rodgers knee is “sore” after Sunday’s tie against the Vikings

No change in status for Marcus Mariota (elbow)

LeSean McCoy (ribs) questionable for Week 3

Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) still week-to-week

Aaron Jones eligible to return from suspension in Week 3

Bucs won’t commit to Jameis Winston’s starting upon his return in Week 4

Kenneth Dixon (knee) is a candidate to return from IR

Hayden Hurst (foot) will not be practicing this week

Patriots cut Corey Coleman to make room for Josh Gordon

LIMITED PRACTICE

  • Jarvis Landry (knee)

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Monday, September 17

DeVante Parker (finger) thought he was ready to play

Parker has missed the first two weeks of the season. The Dolphins offense is no juggernaut but they seem to be faring well enough to go on without him. Trade rumors are starting to pick up. Too bad Miami is two years late on maximizing his trade value. (Miami Herald)

LeSean McCoy did not suffer broken ribs

Tests came back negative so any discomfort isn’t from broken ribs. The early speculation was that he did break his ribs so perhaps there’s just some bruising that he’ll have to get through this week. McCoy has been quiet to start the season since the Bills are always playing from behind. Buffalo has the second-fewest points scored (23) of the teams that have played two games. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Multiple insiders would be surprised if Josh Gordon is not traded on Monday

The Browns have been contacted by eight to ten teams. The Jets and 49ers are two teams who have expressed interest. I own zero shares of Gordon. You know what they say, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 37 times, what did I expect? (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Mike Wallace will be out for “a while”

A definitive timeline isn’t known at this time. That said, Wallace shouldn’t be on your radar. His Fantasy consistency isn’t up to snuff. (Mike Garafolo via Twitter)

James Washington saw WR3 playing time

Justin Hunter was out in Week 2 and in his absence, Washington was the Steelers’ WR3. The rookie played 66 of a possible 82 snaps. He only had one catch for 14 yards and a score on five targets. Although it is promising he’s so entrenched as the WR3 in this instance. Hunter limits his production but we can assume Washington isn’t too far behind on the depth chart and is possibly one good week away from overtaking Hunter. (CBS Sports)

Phillip Lindsay, not Royce Freeman, leads team in carries

Lindsay ran for 107 yards on 14 carries and added one catch for four yards. While this situation remains tentative, Lindsay is building a case for himself and separating, albeit slowly, from Freeman (8-28-1) and Devontae Booker (3-17). Freeman owners will just have to be patient because trading him away wouldn’t garner much in return. He only played 16 snaps in Week 2. Lindsay owners, enjoy the ride! The rookie is the first undrafted free agent in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in his first two games. (NFL)

Jonnu Smith sees zero targets

Smith was anticipated to be the next man up with Delanie Walker out. While the athleticism isn’t in question, the production is all we care about. Follow the points and pursue productive options on the waiver wire. Don’t waste your time sitting on potential. (CBS Sports)

Arizona shut out, six points in two losses to open season

Sam Bradford went 17 for 27 for 90 yards, no TDs and one INT. Josh Rosen anyone? Granted nobody would’ve expected the Cardinals to do much against the Rams but this has been a tragic start for this franchise and it’s affecting everyone from Bradford to David Johnson to Larry Fitzgerald. You have to downgrade this whole offense and consider wisely if you ever want to start one of them. (AZCardinals.com)


Friday, September 14

Joe Mixon (knee) left game twice, returned twice

Mixon looked to injure his knee in some way, exiting Thursday night’s game against the Ravens twice and yet able to return both times. We’ll monitor him over the next few days.

Marquise Goodwin (quad) did not practice Thursday

It’s not looking good for Goodwin in Week 2 after slowly building his sleeper profile all offseason. Fantasy owners who believed in him will have to continue to show patience or find the biggest 49ers fan in the league as a trade partner. The Niners hype may have been a little overblown but a team’s WR1 should never be discounted.

Davante Adams (shoulder) limited Thursday

If Adams plays, you have to start him. Well that’s assuming Aaron Rodgers is also healthy and starting. “It’s still day to day,” Adams said afterward. “I felt good today at practice, so we just have to keep making progress til Sunday and hopefully I’ll be ready to run.” Adams doesn’t strike me as the most athletic, a top route runner or especially gifted in his hands. But he is certainly above-average in every category. I mention all of this to say, you might want to trade him because as we’ve seen, without Aaron Rodgers, Adams quickly goes from great to good. It’s a tough call to keep him knowing this will go in one of two very different directions.

Sony Michel (knee) limited

Jeremy Hill is out for the year with an ACL. Rex Burkhead was concussed and is still in protocol. The Pats ran the ball 30 times (one other run was by Tom Brady). I like Michel if Burkhead is out but I’m skeptical of their potential if both are healthy. This feels like yet another classic whack-a-mole backfield where week-to-week Bill Belichick will craft a specific game plan which makes it impossible to trust any particular back in your starting lineup. Then again, if Michel is a gamebreaker, he can make himself undeniable. Part of the problem is the Patriots haven’t had a difference maker at the position in a long while. If Michel goes out there and kills it, they’ll have to give him 20+ carries every week.

Panthers HC wants more touches for Christian McCaffrey

CMC had 16 touches in Week 1 and the Panthers can probably do a little better than that. I think his lost fumble near the goal line threw him off the gameplan a little bit early against Dallas. It also took away a potential six Fantasy points off the table for him. There’s no denying he is a RB1 in PPR leagues. We keep hearing this though (more touches) and maybe the reality is that he can only handle about 15 per game. It’s not such a bad thing. The Panthers need to trust their other weapons, or more precisely, develop that trust because without Greg Olsen, someone has to step up down the field and between the hash marks. Between D.J. Moore, Devin Funchess and eventually Curtis Samuel (when he returns), there won’t really be any excuse for this passing attack.

Martavis Bryant has no comment on possible suspension

“I don’t know nothing about none of that,” Bryant said. The ol’ Triple Negative. Considering the after effects of most of the Raiders moves so far, I don’t see how it would be a good idea to add Bryant to your Fantasy roster unless you’ve got a huge bench. I feel like this is has become a strange game of chicken where the NFL is daring the Raiders to play him just to pull the rug out from under them as soon as they try.

Note: This injury report is not a complete or comprehensive list.

LIMITED PRACTICE

  • Corey Davis (hamstring)
  • DeAndre Hopkins (foot)
  • Will Fuller (hamstring)
  • Marlon Mack (hamstring)
  • DeSean Jackson (concussion/shoulder)
  • Marcus Mariota (elbow)
  • David Johnson (back)
  • Rex Burkhead (concussion)
  • Sterling Shepard (back)
  • Davante Adams (shoulder)

DID NOT PRACTICE

  • Ben Roethlisberger (elbow)
  • Aaron Rodgers (knee)
  • Leonard Fournette (hamstring)
  • Travis Benjamin (foot)
  • Devonta Freeman (knee)
  • Darren Sproles (hamstring)

FULL PRACTICE

  • Ted Ginn (knee)
  • Michael Thomas (illness)
  • DeVante Parker (finger)

Thursday, September 13

Aaron Rodgers (knee) didn’t commit to playing

“I want to play obviously,” said Rodgers. “Taking it one day at a time. See how it feels tomorrow and hopefully ready to go Sunday.” He did not practice Wednesday. I would think he plays but it sounds like a terrible idea if his mobility is limited in any way. (ESPN)

Raiders HC dissects QB play

Jon Gruden had some choice words for Derek Carr. “(Amari) Cooper was open deep, he was open a couple times,” Gruden said after watching the All-22 tape. “For whatever reason, we didn’t go there.” Raiders continuing to take interesting approaches to player and team management. Carr seems to have lost most of his shine and needs to let it rip to get his game back. (Vic Tafur via Twitter)

Sam Bradford wants to involve Christian Kirk and Chad Williams more

Head coach Steve Wilks noted the offense wasn’t very dynamic. “We targeted Larry [Fitzgerald] a lot last week, but I think those other guys are more than capable of making plays,” said Wilks. “We’ve got to spread it around.” Receivers not named Fitzgerald produced one reception for four yards in Week 1. That’s pretty pathetic. (Mike Jurecki via Twitter)

Nick Foles wants to get Mike Wallace more involved

The Eagles were super conservative on offense in Week 1. Lots of dink and dunk passes to Nelson Agholor. They took a couple shots to Wallace downfield but the accuracy wasn’t there for Foles. Getting Wallace involved will open up the underneath as the defense is forced to commit coverage further down the field. (Reuben Frank via Twitter)

Marcus Mariota should be “good to go” for Week 2

I speculated after Week 1 that the Titans need to shorten the leash of Mariota. He’s a perfectly acceptable QB but do the Titans want to coast along for a decade like the Chargers with Philip Rivers fluctuating from bad to not too bad? That’s all I can foresee for the Titans with Mariota. Obviously this is just one man’s opinion and in reality, they’re going to start him over Blaine Gabbert 100 times out of 100. (Terry McCormick via Twitter)

Josh Allen  will start Week 2

Well that’ didn’t take long. Good luck to him! Stash him if you have the roster room but remember how poorly the Bills looked to begin the season. Buffalo desperately needs the ground game so Allen doesn’t have to be counted upon to carry the offense. (Chris Mortensen via Twitter)

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) expected to play

Vance McDonald (foot) practiced fully Wednesday

Jarvis Landry (thigh) practiced in full

Will Fuller (hamstring) limited

DeAndre Hopkins (foot) limited

Sterling Shepard (back) limited

Darren Sproles (hamstring) limited

DeVante Parker (finger) limited

Marquise Goodwin (thigh) DNP

Davante Adams (shoulder) DNP

DeSean Jackson (concussion) DNP

Devonta Freeman (knee) DNP

Ted Ginn (knee) DNP

Michael Thomas (illness) DNP

Tyrell Williams (groin) practicing in full

Rex Burkhead (concussion) practice limited, listed as DNP

Sony Michel (knee) limited, expects to play

Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) limited to individual drills

Ryan Grant (chest) practiced in full

Marlon Mack (hamstring) limited

Austin Hooper (knee) limited

Corey Davis (hamstring) limited

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) limited

David Johnson (back) limited

Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) misses Wednesday

LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) full practice

Matthew Stafford (shin) full practice

Kenneth Dixon (knee) placed on IR, can return Week 11


Wednesday, September 12

Doug Baldwin could miss “a couple weeks”

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll made this assertion. “He’s really gonna go a few days at a time here,” Carroll said. “Let’s see what happens. We’ll wait and see.” It’s too bad because Baldwin was finally getting some traction in the Fantasy community as a borderline WR1 or dependable high WR2. People felt it was all a bit fluky or that Tyler Lockett was going to take over, etc. In any case, when Baldwin returns and plays, I think you have to start him. In Russell Wilson We Trust. However, I think without Baldwin in the lineup, the production is going to shift from week to week. Like how TE Will Dissly had the game of his career in Week 1, but does anybody really trust that to happen again? So look for Lockett to have a big week, then Brandon Marshall and so on down the line. (Brady Henderson via Twitter)

Seahawks considering C.J. Prosise move to WR

Prosise is 6’1″ so he has some size but does he have the burst and conditioning to run routes all game? And isn’t this an idea that should’ve been toyed with all offseason. If Prosise does make the move, it doesn’t pique my interest even when factoring in Doug Baldwin’s injury. (PFT)

DeSean Jackson concussed & dealing with shoulder injury

The reporter in question says Jackson’s status in Week 2 is a “major question mark.” I’m not so worried about it because statistically speaking, DJax isn’t the type of player to have two mega weeks in a row. He’s a hit or miss player and we’ve already heard a million times over that Chris Godwin is special. We already know Mike Evans is special. So while it’s great that Jackson got back on track, Fantasy owners should not get sucked into thinking he is a dependable option if they have that inkling at all. (Greg Auman via Twitter)

Martavis Bryant signs one-year deal with Raiders

Bryant is still facing a possible year-long ban from the NFL due to substance abuse. I really don’t understand this one and why the NFL continues to drag this process out. (Dan Graziano via Twitter)

Raiders HC admits more needs to be done to get Amari Cooper going

Cooper caught one of three targets for only nine yards in Week 1. The hangover from his underwhelming 2017 campaign carried over into the first week of the season and head coach Jon Gruden said it was going to be “easier said than done” to ignite Cooper’s potential. Week 2 won’t be easy as the Raiders face off against a stiff Broncos D. (Dan Graziano via Twitter)

Greg Olsen hopeful he can play again this year, not yet placed on IR

Olsen re-fractured his surgically repaired foot and may miss a lot of time this season. The team hasn’t yet put him on IR, although this doesn’t make much sense to me. I suppose the doctors are telling him it will heal up to a certain point where he can play again this season and then they address it with another surgery in the offseason. Olsen is obviously a trooper but this sounds like one of those things where if he further damages it while playing, he’s going to walk with a limp for the rest of his life. That’s my completely unprofessional opinion but common sense tells me if you have a broken foot, you probably shouldn’t play football in the NFL until it’s taken care of. Maybe that’s just me! (Greg Olsen via Twitter)

Josh Gordon listed as starter for Week 2

Gordon played in about 75% of the Browns snaps in Week 1. For all intents and purposes, he was a starter then and a starter now. He didn’t do much but he did do a lot with his one catch for 17 yards since it was a touchdown. But he should be more involved in Week 2 against the Saints since New Orleans’ defense looked some kind of awful in Week 1 against Tampa Bay. Gordon owners will have to show a little patience but also understand that Tyrod Taylor isn’t the type of QB to throw three TD passes every week so there’s going to be inconsistency for these receivers. (Browns via Twitter)

Ian Thomas “pretty well prepared” to take over for Greg Olsen

Ben Roethlisberger dealing with minor elbow injury

Eagles to QB starter Wednesday, Nick Foles is the expected choice


Tuesday, September 11

Patriots sign Corey Coleman

The NFL revolving door continues to spin for Coleman as he is now a member of the Patriots. I’d have a tiny sliver of hope for him but the Pats spread the ball around. Every week, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, James White, Rex Burkhead and now Phillip Dorsett are going to get theirs. Coleman is a dynasty stash. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

LeGarrette Blount plays just 13 snaps

Blount couldn’t get anything going and was injured during the Lions’ loss to the Jets. He rushed 4 times for -3 yards. Even if he had stuck around, the Lions fell behind quickly and were forced to throw the ball far more than they likely anticipated. Theo Riddick had four rushes for 20 yards plus five catches for 15 yards. Kerryon Johnson had five carries for 17 yards and three receptions for 20 yards. The red flags are on full display in Detroit and while there are buy low opportunities here, tread carefully. (ESPN)

Bills HC has not named a Week 2 starter

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said he is still “going through it” in terms of deciding on a quarterback for Week 2. He added he will “continue to evaluate.” Whatever that means. The Bills looks really, really bad. I can’t think of a scenario where throwing Allen into the fire would be beneficial to him. (Mike Rodak via Twitter)

Delanie Walker (ankle) done for the year

Hayden Hurst (foot) did not participate in Monday’s walkthrough

Aaron Rodgers (knee) unclear if he’ll play, team “still collecting all the information”

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) injury believed to be “minor”

Marquise Goodwin (thigh) day to day

Marcus Mariota (elbow) “still being evaluated”

Jeremy Hill (torn ACL) done for the year, placed on IR

John Kelly inactive for Week 1


Monday, September 10

Aaron Rodgers avoid serious injury

Rodgers had a defender fall on his leg and was carted off during the second quarter. He was able to return to the game and led the Pack to a comeback victory. For now, I’d say he’s a safe bet to start in Week 2 but let’s see what the team says in the next 24 hours. (ESPN)

Delanie Walker dislocated and fractured ankle, out for the year

Update: Walker is officially out for the year. Walker rolled his ankle badly underneath a defender on Sunday. It wasn’t pretty. Jonnu Smith is still a pretty raw prospect, likely rostered in many Dynasty formats. He should see the bulk of playing time at the TE position in Walker’s absence. If not, Luke Stocker is another name to know. He caught two passes for 37 yards. Smith only managed to catch one pass for 12 yards. This isn’t an ideal situation so I would only consider one of these guys if there is basically nobody left on the waiver wire. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Doug Baldwin sprains MCL

Baldwin entered this game with a bad left knee and now he has a sprained MCL in his right knee. Not long ago, Baldwin suggested his left knee wouldn’t be 100% all season and now he’s injured his other knee. Tyler Lockett caught 3 passes on 4 targets for 59 yards and a TD. Brandon Marshall caught 3 passes on 6 targets for 46 yards and a TD. Jaron Brown also played, he caught one pass for seven yards. (Bob Condotta via Twitter)

Marcus Mariota sidelined with elbow injury

We don’t yet have an official diagnosis but Mariota was having a rough game, completing 9-of-16 apsses for 103 yards and two INTs. Blaine Gabbert took over when Mariota came out. We’ll know more soon. I have a bad feeling about Mariota and I wonder how much patience this franchise has for him. This is only my two cents and has no basis in anything concrete from the team, just saying! (CBS Sports)

DeSean Jackson concussed

Despite posting a huge game (five receptions for 146 yards and two TDs), Jackson came down hard after securing a 35-yard catch during the fourth quarter of the Bucs win over the Saints. Should he need to miss time, Chris Godwin (3 catches for 41 yards and a TD) moves up into the WR2 role and Adam Humphries (3 catches for 27 yards) would see some extra time as well. Kudos to DJax to the hot start. Think everybody and their mama was hyping Godwin this offseason and basically dismissing Jackson. He’s still going to be wildly inconsistent as a deep threat from week to week, but this is what we all wanted for him when he first joined the Bucs. (Jenna Laine via Twitter)

Marquise Goodwin injures quad

Goodwin left the 49ers loss to the Vikings during the second quarter because of a quad injury. He was able to return briefly but eventually went back to the sidelines. Goodwin saw one target but had zero production. We’ll know more about his injury in the next 24 hours. (Mercury News)

Greg Olsen on crutches, wore walking boot

Olsen re-injured his surgically-repaired foot that he suffered a fracture in last season. An official timeline should be coming soon. Ian Thomas was drafted this year and he has a ton of athleticism. Chris Manhertz will be in the mix also thanks to his excellent blocking talents. (Sporting News)

Leonard Fournette injures hamstring

Fournette went down in the second quarter of Jacksonville’s eventual win over the New York Giants. He was questionable to return and was later ruled out. The early look suggests it wasn’t a severe injury since he could walk around the sideline without any visible signs of a limp or pain. It seems likely he will be questionable for Week 2. For what it’s worth, head coach Doug Marrone says he is “pretty optimistic” about Fournette’s injury. T.J. Yeldon performed well in Fournette’s absence by rushing for 51 yards on 14 carries and also added three catches for 18 yards and a TD. Third-string back Corey Grant only rushed once for three yards. (Daniel Popper via Twitter)

Jeremy Hill injures knee

Hill absorbed a helmet to his knee and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game once team doctors carried him off the field. We’ll know more soon but Sony Michel (knee) is still recovering and was declared out for Week 1 a few days before the game. Rex Burkhead had a decent game (18 carries for 64 yards & 1 catch for 5 yards). James White caught four passes for 38 yards and a TD and also rushed 5 times for 18 yards. (Boston Herald)

Will Fuller (hamstring) & Keke Coutee (hamstring) did not play

Marlon Mack (hamstring) did not play

DeVante Parker (finger) did not play


 

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