Originally posted: October 26, 2017
Washington missing five O-Linemen during Thursday’s practice
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 3:06pm
Four of the O-Linemen not practicing (LT Trent Williams, RT Morgan Moses, RG Brandon Scherff, and C Spencer Long) are starters. Replying to a tweet, ESPN’s John Keim guessed that at least two will play this week.
Missing anywhere from two to four starting O-Lineman will be a blow to the offense, especially QB Kirk Cousins. We currently have Cousins ranked as our No. 5 QB in a great matchup versus the Cowboys, but that ranking may change if Washington is missing a couple of key pass-protectors. Check back on Sunday for an update to our rankings.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) missed practice
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 2:55pm
Sanders, who missed last week’s game, did not practice on Thursday,
Fantasy owners should hope Sanders recovers fully and plays this week, as the matchup versus the Chiefs is as good as it gets. According to our aFPA metric, Sanders would have the second-best matchup of the week and the Chiefs are allowing the most fantasy points to the WR position this season, at a clip of 30.4 per game. It would also be a boon to QB Trevor Siemian, who had his worst fantasy game of the season last week without Sanders in the lineup.During his Denver career, Sanders has averaged 5 catches and 76 yards versus the Chiefs.
As it currently stands, we have Demaryius Thomas ranked as our No. 14 WR in PPR leagues and our No. 13 WR in standard leagues, while Simian is our No. 21 ranked QB.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) puts in full practice
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 2:46pm
After missing the last two games and being limited in yesterday’s practice, Diggs put in a full practice today.
If Diggs does return this week he would do so in a decent matchup versus a Browns defense allowing 18.4 fantasy points per game to WRs. We don’t currently have Diggs ranked for the week, but if it turns out he is active that will change. For reference, we have Adam Thielen ranked as our No. 11 WR in PPR and our No. 17 WR in standard leagues.
Lions WR Golden Tate iffy for Week 8
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 2:41pm
Tate, who’s dealing with a shoulder injury, is unsure of his playing status for Week 9 and said it’s up to the coaches and training staff to determine whether he suits up or not.
This definitely throws a monkey wrench into things, as it’s hard to trust a player who isn’t sure if he’ll play. Until we have a clearer sense of Tate’s injury recovery and status, we can’t trust him in our fantasy lineups this week. Monitor the injury reports and check back with our rankings on Sunday for an update.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston: shoulder feels better
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:59am
Winston said his shoulder feels better and that he “knows how it’s going to feel Sunday.”
Looks like we can add psychic to the skills of Winston, as he can predict the future, apparently. Heading into Week 7, we were unsure of Winston’s status and whether or not he would be healed up enough to play in what was a tough matchup versus the Bills. Not only did he play well, he put up a great fantasy stat line, throwing for 384 yards and 3 TDs en route to a 23+ fantasy points day. Winston, by far, had the best performance by a QB against the Bills this season.In what our aFPA deems a neutral matchup versus the Panthers, we have Winston ranked as our No. 10 QB this week. If we discard Mitch Trubisky’s Week 7 performance versus the Panthers, Carolina allowed multiple passing touchdowns in four straight weeks and an average of 19.5 fantasy points during that span. We’re pretty confident Winston will attempt more than 7 passes this week, so feel free to fire him up as a QB1 this week.
Jay Gruden: Doctson vs. Pryor will be a ‘hot hand’ situation
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:23am
“We’ll see how it goes moving forward,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “Right now we wanted to get Josh in there a little bit more and see how he did. Josh did some good things, some things we need to clean up, same with Terrelle every week. Just going to continue to coach those guys up, try to play the hot hand, play the guys who are fresh and go from there.”
The dreaded ‘hot hand’ coachspeak. Lovely. Pryor has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season after being a trendy offseason pick. He only has one game of over seven fantasy points and was outproduced by Doctson last Week. Doctson had more targets (5 to 4), receptions (3 to 2), and receiving yards (39 to 14). Doctson was also in on more of the offensive snaps (54 to 30) than Pryor.It appears the tide is turning in Washington, and our fantasy ranks this week reflect that. We have Doctson ranked ahead of Pryor in both standard (No. 33 vs. No. 48) and PPR (No. 36 vs. No. 47) leagues. In fact, Doctson is our highest-ranked Washington WR period.
Sean Payton: WR Michael Thomas’ knee injury not a long-term issue
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:09am
Despite missing yesterday’s practice, Payton said Michael Thomas’ knee injury isn’t a long-term concern.
Thomas has been a target-hog this season in the Saints’ offense. He only has one game of under 8 targets and is averaging 9 targets per game. While our aFPA metric deems Thomas’ matchup versus the Bears as extremely difficult this week, we still have him ranked as a top-5 WR in both standard and PPR formats.
Dolphins QB Jay Cutler expected back in Week 9
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:55am
Even after having his ribs cracked recently, it appears Cutler will be back next week to face the Raiders.
It will be Matt Moore (our No. 25 ranked QB) versus Joe Flacco (our No. 24 ranked QB) in tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup.Cutler hasn’t played well this season, averaging 165.83 passing yards and sporting a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 7:5. If the ribs don’t heal quickly enough and Matt Mooreplays exceedingly well tonight, it could lead to an extended rest period for Cutler. While it doesn’t matter much in traditional start-one quarterback leagues, Moore would make for an intriguing QB2 streaming option in 2QB or Superflex leagues next week, in what would be a great matchup versus the Raiders, according to our aFPA metric. Something to keep in mind, especially with six teams on a bye in Week 9.
Eagles to keep Lane Johnson at RT
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:48am
There was some talk of shifting RT Lane Johnson to the left side of the Eagles’ O-Line in the aftermath of Jason Peters’ season-ending injury, but that seems to have been nothing but talk. It’s also a sigh of relief to Johnson, who prefers to man the RT position in Philadelphia.
“I think I’m better on the right for now. I haven’t had any reps over there. Not to say I can’t do it, but as far as what I’ve been playing,” said Johnson
Lane Johnson remaining at his more natural position is a boon to QB Carson Wentz. As noted by Joe Paeno, Wentz averaged 4.17 more fantasy points per game last season when Johnson played (19.28 with, 15.11 without). Wentz, who is averaging 21.7 fantasy points per game this season, is our No. 1 ranked QB of Week 8 in a great matchup versus a 49ers defense allowing 20.8 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
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