Of which desperation move do you speak of, Mr. Tide? Of late, they all have been!
Would it be the complete purging of my “RBBC” backfield (“running back by committee” ) this week? They actually scored less than 20 pts. a week ago- combined!
Or the ill advised benching of A. Peterson today, who had a chip on his shoulder and did just what i thought he would?
I needn’t go on....
one small managerial victory today...benched my No. 1 overall pick and his replacement scored higher! Tell you somethin’?
What do you do for an encore this weekend? I didn't think that Watkins (1) was playing this week, or (2) would score two TDs this season. Nice job!
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play in Week 8 against Washington, after Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied the NFL's request to expedite Elliott's hearing. The hearing will be held on Monday, the day after the Dallas-Washington game. Elliott's status beyond Week 8 remains completely up in the air, but at least for another week, fantasy owners will have their RB1 in their starting lineups.
Houston Texans corner back Kevin Johnson, who has missed four games after spraining his MCL, is back at practice and should play Sunday if he doesn't suffer any setbacks during the week. Johnson's addition would help the Texans defense, who have already lost two key starters for the rest of the season in J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, as they enter a match-up with a Seahawks offense that has been very hit-or-miss with their passing game in 2017. Even with Johnson, Houston is a risky play, but his presence can help provide their secondary with some much-needed consistency.
Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown has ended his holdout and could be available to play as soon as Sunday's matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Brown, a former Pro Bowler, should provide a boost to Houston's offense as he solidifies the all-important left tackle position. Provided he's back for the team's Week 8 match-up, feel even more confident starting your Texans players, especially running back Lamar Miller, who should benefit from improved run blocking.
In yet another chapter of the Martavis Bryant/Pittsburgh Steelers mini-drama, the fourth-year receiver did not show up for required team meetings on Monday morning. According to several teammates, Bryant "called in sick." NFL insider Ian Rapoport later tweeted that he followed up with Tom Santanello, Bryant's agent, who did confirm that Bryant went to the doctor on Monday morning. Of course, it is expected that Santanello would say whatever it takes to protect his client. Whether Bryant's illness was legitimate or not, this is yet another piece to an increasingly jumbled puzzle. As the old adage goes, where there's smoke, there's fire. While the organization is not making much known publicly, it is clear that Bryant is unhappy whether he's willing to admit it to the media or not. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, October 31 at 4:00 PM EST. Bryant is looking more and more likely to be playing for another team by then.
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said quarterback Jay Cutler (ribs) is dealing with multiple cracked ribs. Cutler will not play on a short week Thursday against the Ravens and is expected to miss two to three weeks. The Dolphins will likely bring in another quarterback, but Matt Moore will be the one replacing Cutler under center as the starter. Moore entered the game after Cutler exited and went 13-for-21 for 188 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Miami to a comeback 31-28 win over the Jets. Cutler had been a bottom-of-the barrel second fantasy quarterback, so he can be dumped to the waiver wire. Moore faces a tough matchup on a short week against Baltimore, but he's worth a look for the QB-needy in two-quarterback leagues. Cutler is expected to take over the starting job again when he's back to full health.
An MRI Monday confirmed that Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas suffered a torn left triceps during Week 7's loss to the Tennessee Titans. Thomas was placed on injured reserve Monday and the team has announced that his season is over. Spencer Drango filled in for Thomas at left tackle this past Sunday but there's a chance the Browns could shift Joel Bitonio or Shon Coleman down the line to fill the opening. Thomas will see a streak of 167 consecutive starts snapped this Sunday when he doesn't take the field in London. He is scheduled to go for surgery to repair the tear.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has stated that the team will be going with backup quarterback Drew Stanton over veteran Blaine Gabbert until Carson Palmer gets back from his injury. Either situation would have been bad news for fantasy owners with Cardinals players, as neither quarterback projects to be more then a backend QB2 on the season. Temper expectations for all facets of the Cardinals offense. Running back Adrian Peterson is now a borderline RB2/3 while the only receiver worth having should be Larry Fitzgerald, who is a high-end WR3 in most formats going forward.
Free-agent TE Gavin Escobar (Cowboys) signed an undisclosed deal with the Baltimore Ravens Monday, Oct. 23.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said no major changes are in the works for the team's offense after a 23-7 loss to the Patriots on Sunday night. Atlanta put up a league-best 33.8 yards per game in 2016 under Kyle Shanahan, but they were only able to score seven points against a Patriots defense ranked dead last in the NFL in yards allowed and passing yards allowed. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian continues to be on the hot seat with his play calls. Atlanta also went 2-for-9 on third downs and were 1-for-4 in the red zone. Wide receiver Julio Jones thinks the players just aren't on the same page yet with Sarkisian. The Falcons are now 3-3 after winning their first three games, and fantasy owners should be a little worried with the lack of explosiveness from this offense. Still, you should keep faith in weapons like Jones and Devonta Freeman.
The Minnesota Vikings do not want quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) to risk further injury in Week 8 during the team's trip to London to take on the Browns, according to a source. London's field is notorious for having a slippery playing surface. That means that Bridgewater wouldn't be an option to start until Week 10, with the Vikes being on a bye in Week 9. Case Keenum has filled in admirably but lacks upside, while Sam Bradford (knee) has no timetable for a return. Bridgewater may be Minnesota's best option under center if he can gain clearance to play in games. For now, he's a second-quarterback stash in deeper leagues.
The Baltimore Ravens already short-handed offense finished with just two healthy receivers (Michael Campanaro and Griff Whalen) in the 24-16 loss to the Vikings in Week 7. They had just 208 total yards of offense Sunday, and the offensive line failed to protect quarterback Joe Flacco consistently. "It just is what it is," Flacco said. "It obviously isn't the best situation, but we have to make it work." Jeremy Maclin, Breshad Perriman and Chris Matthews were inactive, and Mike Wallace suffered a concussion early in the game and was forced out. The Ravens became vertically-challenged, and Flacco was sacked five times and averaged 6.8 yards per completion. Other than a decent running game with Javorius Allen and Alex Collins, Baltimore really struggles to move the ball on offense, and it's not getting better with so many wide receivers banged up. You can't trust anyone in this offense in fantasy besides Allen in PPR leagues.
Cleveland Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas is believed to have torn his left triceps during Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Thomas went down in the third quarter, snapping his streak of 10,363 consecutive snaps, which dated back to his first NFL game back in 2007. Thomas will go for an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury. If it is confirmed he tore his triceps it will be a season-ender for Thomas. The loss of the future Hall of Famer downgrades an already struggling Browns offense. Spencer Drango replaced Thomas at left tackle during the game, although it isn't clear whether it will be him as the long-term solution at left tackle. Joel Bitonio and Shon Coleman were both mentioned as possible replacements at left tackle, as well.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara secured five passes for 50 yards and 57 more yards on the ground in Week 7. It's the first time the rookie has gone over 100 total yards in a game in his brief NFL career. Kamara is still playing behind Mark Ingram in the offense, but will continue to maintain a comfortable floor in PPR leagues. He now has a tremendous 6.3 yards per carry average and could see a huge boost in value should Mark Ingram suffer injury, making him worth owning in nearly all formats.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. had an atypical game in Week 7, but it was a good one for fantasy owners. Rather than being used as a deep threat, Ginn was kept busy with seven targets and secured all of them for a total of 141 yards. He had a long of 47 yards, but didn't find the end zone this week. Ginn once again took advantage of Willie Snead's absence and could keep increasing his role in the offense if he can gain Drew Brees' confidence.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate saw his touchdown streak of four straight games come to an end this Sunday vs the Bills. Brate was overshadowed at the tight end position, by rookie O.J. Howard, who had a massive day. Brate ended the game with six receptions on nine targets for 60 yards and no touchdowns. Fantasy owners shouldn't panic, as Brate has shown himself to be one of the more trusted and more reliable targets for quarterback Jameis Winston. Brate will face two division opponents in the next two weeks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson had very modest numbers in the Bucs Week 7 loss to the Bills. Coming into this game, the expectations weren't that high for Jackson, since the Bills defense is among the best in the league, and there were health concerns with quarterback Jameis Winston. Jackson ended the day with five receptions on eight targets for 73 yards and no touchdowns. His usual big play potential was limited by the Bills secondary, but fantasy owners should continue to have faith in him as the season goes on. They face two divisional opponents in the next two weeks.
Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano hadn't made an appearance in the box score this season, but in Week 7 he finally made an impact. Fasano grabbed his first three catches of the year, but also scored his first touchdown. He spent five seasons with the Dolphins early in his career and was brought back to be a veteran presence and a run blocker, not a pass catcher. He won't make too many trips to the end zone, but it's interesting to note that starter Julius Thomas has yet to score as a Dolphin.
Keelan Cole caught two passes, including a 52-yard bomb from quarterback Blake Bortles as the Jaguars coasted to a 27-0 win over the Colts. Cole was targeted three times and joined in the fun as Bortles passed for 330 yards. Cole performed well in the preseason but has not been able to earn significant playing time this season. Cole is another weapon the Jaguars can deploy when they decide to open up the passing game. Cole, however, is not fantasy viable right now.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers top wide receiver Mike Evans had a successful day, despite facing a tough defense on the road. He ended the day with seven receptions on 10 targets for 88 yards and one touchdown. Fantasy owners should be happy with the numbers he put up today, considering the Bills have one of the best pass defenses in the league. Evans is a PPR machine, so seeing the 10 targets a game is a very encouraging sign, considering there were health concerns with Jameis Winston coming into this game. He faces two divisional opponents in the next two weeks.
Marqise Lee caught four passes for 72 yards, including a big-time 45-yard catch in the Jaguars 27-0 blowout win. Everything in the Jaguars offense was clicking against the Colts and Lee made the most of his six targets. The future fantasy value of Lee is tied completely to quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jaguars coaching staff's willingness to challenge the opposing defense down the field. There's no question Lee possesses the most talent among the team's wide receivers but could continue to disappoint in the land of fantasy in the near future.
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