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John Elway says Case Keenum was his main man all along

Fri Mar 16 2:14pm ET
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer

Case Keenum, center, smiles as he holds up his new jersey as John Elway, left, general manager of the Denver Broncos, and head coach Vance Joseph look on during a news conference to introduce Keenum as the new starting quarterback of the team at the organization's headquarters Friday, March 16, 2018, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, left, shakes hands with Case Keenum during a news conference to introduce him as the new starting quarterback of the Broncos at the team's headquarters Friday, March 16, 2018, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Case Keenum responds to questions during a news conference to introduce him as the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos at the NFL football team's headquarters Friday, March 16, 2018, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Case Keenum smiles during a news conference to introduce him as the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos NFL football team, at the team's headquarters Friday, March 16, 2018, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Case Keenum looks over his new jersey during a NFL football news conference introducing him as the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Friday, March 16, 2018, at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Kirk Cousins was the unquestioned jewel of this year's free agent quarterback class in just about everyone's mind but John Elway's.

The Denver Broncos general manager declared, ''we got our guy, we got the guy that was our target,'' at quarterback Case Keenum's introductory news conference Friday.

Even so, several stars on Denver's roster, including Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., and Emmanuel Sanders, had issued public pleas for Cousins, who signed a three-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver, brushed aside that fawning over Cousins.

Keenum said, ''I applaud those guys for wanting to make their team better. I want guys that want their team to be great, that want to do everything they can to help the team. So, no, it's not awkward to me at all.''

Player Notes
Nyheim Hines Sep 22 10:20am ET

The Indianapolis Colts announced that running back Marlon Mack (foot, hamstring) will be inactive this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. While Jordan Wilkins should see the majority of touches this week, Nyheim Hines has some value in deeper PPR leagues. He doesn't have the same big-play ability that Mack does, but he gives quarterback Andrew Luck a great safety valve out of the backfield. With tight end Jack Doyle and Mack out, Luck could look Hines' way often, which could give him a ton of upside in PPR-scoring formats.

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Erik Swoope Sep 22 10:20am ET

The Indianapolis Colts promoted tight end Erik Swoope from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday and waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins in a corresponding move. The team also signed quarterback Phillip Walker to the practice squad. Swoope caught one pass for 13 yards in the season opener against the Bengals. He's merely depth for the Colts with Jack Doyle (hip) out for Week 3 against the Eagles. In Doyle's absence, Eric Ebron becomes a great TE1 play this weekend.

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Breshad Perriman Sep 22 10:20am ET

The Washington Redskins released wide receiver Breshad Perriman on Saturday, according to a source. However, the team could bring him back in the future. Perriman was a first-round bust with the Ravens and has failed to catch on elsewhere so far. He is well off the fantasy radar and is highly unlikely to produce at all this year with a team.

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Trent Murphy Sep 22 10:10am ET

Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson will miss his second straight week due to a lingering hamstring injury. Just as last week, Lawson did not practice at all this week, so it is not surprising that he is unavailable against the Vikings in Week 3. The 2016 first-round pick, who showed tremendous improvement in his sophomore campaign, registered one tackle and was credited with one pass defensed before suffering the injury in the season opener. Veteran Trent Murphy will likely start in place of Lawson once again. Reserves Eddie Yarbrough and Nate Orchard could also see significant action at both end positions.

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Ray-Ray McCloud Sep 22 10:10am ET

Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Phillip Gaines (elbow) and Taron Johnson (shoulder) are expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. Both players were limited practice participants all week and are officially listed as questionable on the team's injury report. Gaines, who started Week 1 opposite Tre'Davious White, was forced to leave Week 2's game against the Chargers early. If healthy enough, Gaines would likely start against the Vikings. In the meantime, Johnson has reportedly gotten healthier this week. Johnson missed Week 2's contest as he was hampered by the injury that forced him to leave the season opener early. Rookie wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (knee), who is also listed as questionable, could make his NFL debut in Week 3.

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Brandin Cooks Sep 22 10:10am ET

Los Angeles Rams wideout Brandin Cooks has always been a deep-ball threat with the ability to score from anywhere. He is looking to establish more of a deep-ball connection with quarterback Jared Goff. Cooks has the speed to run by most defenders, but he and Goff need to work on their chemistry on those long throws. This offense is already one of the best in the NFL, and this would just push Cooks further up the wide receiver rankings each week.

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Antonio Brown Sep 22 8:00am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown made plenty of headlines this week after he didn't report to work on Monday. Despite the drama, Brown will be in uniform and ready to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Brown will be an elite WR1 for that matchup as the Buccaneers have struggled to contain opposing wide receivers this season. Tampa Bay has allowed big performances to the opponent's No. 1 receiver this season, coughing up 16 catches, 180 yards, and two touchdowns to Michael Thomas in Week 1 and 8/88/1 to Nelson Agholor in Week 2. Start Brown with confidence as a top-two fantasy wide receiver in Week 3.

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Eric Ebron Sep 22 1:50am ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron has scored a touchdown in each week to start this season. This weekend his tight end partner Jack Doyle (hip) will be inactive, which puts Ebron in for an increase in targets. The Philadelphia Eagles have a strong front that could cause quarterback Andrew Luck to get rid of the ball quickly, which gives Ebron an increase in target opportunities in PPR formats. He is currently hovering between the 10-13 range in most ranking formats, but he could easily be a top-five play this week if he reaches his ceiling.

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Josh Rosen Sep 21 11:50pm ET

Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said it's "hard to determine" when the right time to play rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is, but ESPN's Josh Weinfuss would not be surprised if Rosen sees the field this Sunday against the Bears if the offense under Sam Bradford continues to struggle. The Cardinals have just one touchdown through two weeks, and the coaching staff had to scale down the playbook heading into this week. Rosen offers way more upside than Bradford, so don't be surprised to see him play this weekend if Bradford gets off to another bad start. Rosen will have plenty of ups and downs if he takes over as the starter eventually, making him a better stash in dynasty leagues.

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Kenyan Drake Sep 21 11:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (abdomen), wide receiver Devante Parker (finger) and quarterback Ryan Tannehill (ankle, knee) all practiced in full on Friday and have been removed from the Week 3 injury report against the Raiders. Drake will be the starting running back and is a strong RB2 against a weak Raiders front. Tannehill doesn't have much upside as a starting quarterback and should only be used in leagues that start two QBs. Parker could be making his season debut, but owners should take a wait-and-see approach with him even if he's active.

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Evan Engram Sep 21 11:40pm ET

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (ankle) and wide receiver Kaelin Clay (ankle) practiced in full on Friday and were removed from the final injury report for Week 3 against the Texans. Engram has nine catches on 12 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown in two weeks and is a strong TE1 option again this weekend. Clay can be ignored by fantasy owners.

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Derek Carr Sep 21 11:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones (shoulder), who is questionable for Week 3 against the Raiders, is expected to play on Sunday. Jones is one of the more attractive IDP safeties in the league and has six tackles and two interceptions through two weeks. If he's on the field, it'll be a downgrade for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and the deep passing game.

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Case Keenum Sep 21 11:10pm ET

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum (knee) practiced in full on Friday and was removed from the final Week 3 injury report against the Ravens. Keenum doesn't have a very high fantasy ceiling despite the team being 2-0, and he's thrown more interceptions than touchdowns through two weeks. The matchup against Baltimore isn't very enticing either, making him more of a low-end QB2 this weekend.

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James Washington Sep 21 10:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington remains a stash at this point in the season. After limited playing time in Week 1, Washington's snap count was upped to 66 in Week 2. With Pittsburgh playing from behind the entire game, Washington was able to see plenty of action. However, despite quarterbackBen Roethlisberger's 60 passes, Washington saw only five total targets. He was able to turn one into a 14- yard score in the first half, which was encouraging for the rookie. But until Washington becomes more targeted in the passing game, he can't be looked at as more than a stash. Keep him on your bench in Week 3.

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Dalvin Cook Sep 21 8:33pm ET

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 3 but is confident that he will be able to play in Week 4.

Fantasy Spin: The Vikings play on Thursday Night Football, so Cook has about a week to recover from his injury. Latavius Murray will receive a majority of the work at running back this week and can be a flex option.

Giovani Bernard Sep 21 8:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (ankle) was able to take part in a full practice session for the second consecutive day on Friday and he was removed from the injury report leading up to the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers. With Joe Mixon (knee) ruled out, Bernard is expected to do the heavy lifting. The team waived Tra Carson earlier this week, bringing in Thomas Rawls for veteran depth at the position. However, he won't be up to speed with the playbook, so it should be Bernard seeing a healthy amount of touches. Treat him as an RB3 in standard fantasy leagues and a legit low-end RB2 or flex option in PPR. He is also a strong DFS play even though Carolina sports a solid D.

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Tyler Eifert Sep 21 8:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (back) was able to participate in a full practice session for the third consecutive day Friday. As such, he has been lifted from the Week 3 injury report leading up to Sunday's road game with the Carolina Panthers. Eifert has been rather quiet in the passing game so far, absorbing just five receptions on seven targets for a paltry 67 yards with no scores. His best attribute is his work in the red zone, but it's rather disappointing to fantasy owners that the Bengals are averaging 34.0 points per game and he has been blanked so far. Treat him more as a low-end TE2 in most fantasy formats. Even the biggest contrarians in DFS should avoid him, too.

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David Amerson Sep 21 8:03pm ET

Free-agent CB David Amerson (Chiefs), CB Demetri Goodson (Packers), CB Tony Lippett (Dolphins), CB Herb Waters (Packers), OT Jeremiah Sirles (Panthers) and DT Garrison Smith (Cardinals) worked out for the Buffalo Bills Friday, Sept. 21.

Jamison Crowder Sep 21 8:00pm ET

Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder looks to snap out of his early-season funk with a big game in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. So far, Crowder has been lost in the offensive plan, racking up just five receptions for 40 yards on eight targets, including a dismal eight yards on two grabs last weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. QB Alex Smith is a signal caller who looks to his slot receiver early and often, but these two just haven't been on the same page to date. Normally, Crowder is a sharp WR4 in PPR formats, but fantasy owners will want to be patient and wait for him to show some consistency before plugging him back into the active lineup.

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Alex Smith Sep 21 8:00pm ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith heads into Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers facing a very favorable matchup. The Packers pass defense ranks 26th in the NFL through two games, yielding 283.5 yards per game with four touchdowns. They have also given up nine pass plays of 20 or more yards and one pass play yielding more than 40 yards. Smith flirted with 300 yards last week, settling for 292 yards, and he has not tossed an interception yet in 76 attempts wearing burgundy and gold. He is also completing 71.1 percent of his passes through two games. Bump Smith up to low-end QB1 status heading into Week 3.

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