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State court suit over 'no-call' can proceed against NFL

Thu Jul 18 6:06pm ET
Associated Press

In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. The non-call on the play involving Rams Nickell Robey-Coleman in the NFC championship game cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. (Or, at least that's how they see it in New Orleans) After taking tons of flak, then admitting the call was wrong, but doing nothing to alter the outcome of the game, the NFL rule-makers met a few months later and declared pass interference would now be reviewable.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A Louisiana judge won't stop a lawsuit against the NFL over the playoff ''no-call'' that led to the Rams beating the Saints and advancing to the 2019 Super Bowl.

State Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard ruled Thursday in the damage suit filed by attorney Antonio LeMon.

LeMon says that means Commissioner Roger Goodell and game officials can be questioned in depositions. The officials failed to call either pass interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the NFC title game. A lawyer for the NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

LeMon says he and three others filed the lawsuit to get at the truth of what happened in the game.

Player Notes
Albert Wilson Aug 19 12:40pm ET

Still recovering from offseason hip surgery, Miami wide receiver Albert Wilson is unlikely to play in the Dolphin's third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Still not ready for live-action, Wilson should move up to participating in 11-on-11 drills in the next few days and is still seen as being on track to be ready for the Dolphin's regular-season opener against the Ravens. A popular sleeper after flashing his big-play ability last year, Wilson has a 218 ADP in NFBC and could return big value; but only if Miami can figure out their quarterback play, as neither Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen have impressed so far.

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Dustin Hopkins Aug 19 12:40pm ET

Washington Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins has missed a field goal and an extra point this preseason, with one made FG and two successful PATs. While this is hardly a sample size worth reading into, there are a few other factors that stand to negatively impact his fantasy value in 2019. The Redskins will play all but two of their games (at Dallas, at Minnesota) this season at outdoor venues. They also have a three-week stretch in December that includes two home games and one road bout at Green Bay. The weather in the Mid-Atlantic around Christmastime usually isn't ideal for kickers, and we all know what it could be like at Lambeau that time of year. Hopkins does have the advantage of playing for an offense that could reasonably be expected to falter in scoring position a lot, providing him a surplus of FG opportunities. On the flip side, his chances for virtually free points after touchdowns could be minimal. Even at a weird and unpredictable position, there are better options on draft day.

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Case Keenum Aug 19 12:30pm ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum is probably going to be named the Week 1 starter, but he hasn't closed the door on rookie Dwayne Haskins yet. Keenum has completed just seven of 16 pass attempts this preseason, good for a 43.8% completion rate. Keenum's advantage over Haskins is that he brings experience to a team that genuinely believes it can compete for a playoff spot in 2019, but a reassuring performance from him in Week 3 of the preseason would go a long way. Haskins has seen a bulk of the work at QB through Washington's first two games, with mixed results but likely higher upside. It stands to reason that head coach Jay Gruden's decision will come down to whether or not the rookie's ceiling outweighs the veteran's higher floor. Keenum and the first-team offense should see enough work in Thursday's exhibition to allow the coaching staff to make a determination. Either way, this is not an especially fantasy-friendly quarterback situation.

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Austin Ekeler Aug 19 12:30pm ET

In the battle to be the team's possible starting running back, Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler barely saw the field in the team's second preseason game. That may be a good thing though, as Ekeler is already kind of seen as the favorite to win the starting gig with nothing to prove. Ekeler's known for his quickness instead of his power though, so it wouldn't be surprising that even if he is officially named the starter in Melvin Gordon's absence, he would likely carry a light load and regularly take breaks while Justin Jackson fills in. If his explosiveness can translate to heavier usage, Ekeler could be a surprisingly valuable back this season.

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Kenny Stills Aug 19 12:20pm ET

Perennially underrated, Dolphin's wide receiver Kenny Stills caught two of his three targets for 16 yards in a 16-14 preseason loss to Tampa Bay on Friday. With a 172 ADP in NFBC, Stills is the 67th wide receiver being taken, which is just a few spots after teammate Devante Parker. Stills was a top-30 WR in 2016 and 2017 and was still the #52 WR last year after a disappointing Dolphins season, catching only 37 passes for 538 yards and six touchdowns.

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Mike Boone Aug 19 12:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone picked up 66 yards on 21 carries and caught one pass for 45 yards during a 25-19 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 of the preseason. The 24-year-old is an explosive playmaker, but Dalvin Cook and rookie Alexander Mattison are ahead of him on the depth chart. At this point, Boone is a supremely deep sleeper, who still has to beat out Ameer Abdullah for the RB3 role. Nevertheless, Cook has failed to stay healthy through his first two seasons as a pro and Boone has an incredibly similar running style. If Cook gets injured again, Boone might be the biggest beneficiary. Look for him to lock up his roster spot with another strong preseason performance against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.

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Justin Jackson Aug 19 12:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson is embroiled in a battle with Austin Ekeler to see who could be the starter if star running back Melvin Gordon's holdout continues into the regular season, but neither looked particularly good in the team's second preseason game on Sunday. Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry in the game, but over half of his 33 yards came on a single 17-yard carry. Jackson isn't a bad running back, but it's likely that the two will share the load since both have struggled as the lead back in their limited opportunities. Obviously, Jackson's value crashes dramatically if Gordon comes back, though there are currently no indications that he's close to returning.

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Josh Doctson Aug 19 12:10pm ET

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson has seen just one target in the team's first two preseason games thus far. This isn't anything new, as projected veteran starters are routinely eased into action, so it isn't worth reading much into. Still, Doctson doesn't have the shiniest track record of production as Washington's number-one wide receiver, and the Redskins' two quarterbacks (Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins) are each in their first year with the team. It makes sense for a known quantity such as Jordan Reed to take it easy in the preseason, but it's at least a little bit surprising not to see Doctson get more work with either quarterback. In any case, he's on the fantasy back-burner when it comes to draft day.

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Easton Stick Aug 19 12:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick was the clean-up man for the team again in Week 2 of the preseason, but he didn't do much to impress this time around. Stick went just 5-for-13 through the air for 62 yards and threw an interception. Stick is pretty clearly in third place for the backup job for the Chargers this year, facing off against a pair of former starting quarterbacks trying to extend their careers. While he's shown moments that inspire some interest and hope for his future, he's clearly a few steps behind the other two and only likely to end up on the practice squad.

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Kalen Ballage Aug 19 12:00pm ET

Miami backup running back Kalen Ballage is now considered the starter in Miami's backfield until further notice, with starter Kenyan Drake still without a timetable to return from the foot injury he suffered in practice last week. With Drake likely to miss at least the rest of the preseason, Ballage sat out the Dolphin's second preseason game as a precaution. Even before the injury to Drake, Ballage had been impressive in training camp, getting an equal amount of work with the first-team. With a 101 ADP in the NFBC, owners that passed on the Drake for the upside of Ballage could be rewarded if Drake is unable to play in Week One.

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Jordan Reed Aug 19 11:50am ET

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has predictably not been featured in either of the team's two preseason games, as his health is a far higher priority than seeing what he's capable of on the field. All things appear just fine on the health front, though, as Reed came into 2019 training camp without lingering injury concerns for the first time in years. With this in mind, it's likely that the Redskins have simply elected not to tempt fate early on in the preseason. With their third exhibition contest approaching later this week, it stands to reason that Reed will see some action. His TE14 ADP (per Fantasy Football Calculator) could rise in the final few weeks of draft season if Reed gets on the field and performs well.

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Cardale Jones Aug 19 11:50am ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Cardale Jones took over from starter Tyrod Taylor in the team's second preseason game on Sunday, and he promptly led the offense on a 97-yard touchdown drive. The drive required a generous pass interference penalty to get out of the shadow of its own end zone, but Jones made a couple nice throws including a strike to Andre Patton for the 24-yard touchdown. Jones is fighting a bit of an uphill battle against the accurate but uninteresting Tyrod Taylor, but head coach Anthony Lynn has remained dedicated to the company line that the backup quarterback job will not be decided until the very end. If Jones can continue to shine while Taylor sputters, he could come out the victor.

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Kenyan Drake Aug 19 11:50am ET

Dealing with a foot injury suffered in practice last week, Kenyan Drake missed the Dolphin's second preseason game as expected and will likely miss the rest of the preseason as well. While Drake is expected to be ready for the start of the season, no exact timetable is set for his return. Drake is currently being drafted in the sixth round with a 72 ADP in NFBC and his owners can only wait to see how this injury shakes out, and hope that they had enough foresight to draft his backup Kalen Ballage.

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Tyrod Taylor Aug 19 11:40am ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor started Sunday's game against the Saints and struggled to move the ball with the first-team offense. He went 7-for-10 for 57 yards, but he also suffered his first interception of the season on a tipped ball that fluttered right to a Saints DB. Taylor was unable to drive the team across midfield on any of his four drives, and it won't help his chances that Cardale Jones played well after Taylor left the field. Of course, Jones was facing a different defense and Taylor's struggles were accentuated by a poor run game that is missing its star, but it's never good to struggle when battling for a roster spot.

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David Njoku Aug 19 11:40am ET

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (knee) returned to practice on Monday. Njoku had missed the previous week's action while nursing a knee injury, which held him out of the team's second preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts last Saturday. Njoku's ability to return indicates that the knee injury was never anything too serious. He is trending in the right direction ahead of the team's preseason dress rehearsal game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. Njoku is a mid-level TE1 in fantasy drafts this season.

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Byron Marshall Aug 19 11:30am ET

Washington Redskins running back Byron Marshall entered 2019 training camp vying for the fourth slot on the depth chart. In two preseason games, he has carried the ball six times for 19 total yards. He did add an 11-yard reception to his tally in Thursday's contest, but his output is not indicative of a player running away with a roster spot. There figures to be minimal fantasy value from Marshall even if he were to earn the reserve RB role in Washington, as Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice are the clear top options. This backfield is best left alone in almost any fantasy format after Peterson and Guice.

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Samaje Perine Aug 19 11:30am ET

Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine has carried the ball 11 times for 14 total yards in two preseason games. The fact that he has been slightly more utilized than Byron Marshall might indicate Washington's preference between the two, but his near-total ineffectiveness can't be doing him any favors as he seeks out the fourth RB role on the depth chart. Perine doesn't figure into the fantasy equation one way or the other at the start of the season. His inability to show any flashes in the preseason suggests he isn't even a viable option in the case of an injury to any of the Redskins' top options.

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Antonio Brown Aug 19 11:20am ET

In response to general manager Mike Mayocks all-in or all-out statement Sunday, Drew Rosenhaus, the agent of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, made a statement of his own. To say that AB is upset about the decision to not let him wear his helmet is accurate, but were still processing it and figuring it out. I wouldnt make too much about him not being there today. The fact that Brown himself hasnt issued a statement regarding this issue is a bit concerning, but Rosenhaus later said: "I do think hes going to be back soon. However long soon will take truly is a question mark, and the fact remains that Brown has yet to practice with the team in three weeks. The murkiness of this situation makes the veteran a player to fade with his off-field issues continuing to pile up.

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Chris Thompson Aug 19 11:20am ET

Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson has received just one touch so far in preseason action. His limited involvement could be interpreted simply as precautionary, as he spent much of last season injured. On the other hand, for a guy whose fantasy value is limited to begin with as a third-down back, you'd like to have something more to go by on draft day than one solitary touch in the preseason. There is still time, of course, and Thompson could be more heavily featured in the "dress rehearsal" third preseason game on Thursday. Until such a development occurs, our most recent evidence of what to expect from the former pass-catching machine is a 2018 season in which he was ineffective even when he was on the field. Thompson can't be considered a solid fantasy asset at the moment outside of deep PPR leagues.

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Dwayne Haskins Aug 19 10:20am ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins has completed 15 of 28 passes for 231 yards, a touchdown, and two picks in two games of preseason action. He has been on the field more than veteran Case Keenum. While it figures that the Washington coaching staff would prefer to get the rookie as many reps as possible over a known quantity like Keenum, the fact that Haskins hasn't looked totally in over his head has to at least keep him in consideration for the starting job out of camp. That said, the Redskins got off to a 6-3 start last year before swan diving to a 7-9 finish, and they have to believe they can compete again in 2019 behind a quality defense. Unless Haskins proves he gives them the best chance to "win now," Keenum is still likely to be the Week 1 starter. The Redskins' third preseason game on Thursday should provide more insight into just where the coaching staff stands.

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