Originally posted: November 2, 2017
49ers place WR Pierre Garcon (neck) on injured reserve
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:46pm
49ers placing WR Pierre Garcon on IR, per GM John Lynch.
Entering last week, Garcon was the WR18 in PPR and the WR31 in standard scoring. The 49ersare left with Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne as their top four receivers.
Texans fear QB Deshaun Watson has a torn ACL, heading for MRI to confirm
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5:05pm
Sources: Texans QB fear Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL in practice today. A non-contact injury. MRI coming to confirm.
Update: Adam Schefter tweeted, “Deshaun Watson did tear his ACL, per source. Tests on-site revealed tear.”
Terrible break for Watson who was having a great rookie season. As we await word about the MRI, owners will need to plan for the worst. Senior Editor John Paulsen listed Tyrod Taylor, Jared Goff, Josh McCown and Jacoby Brissett as his favorite Sneaky Starts of the week. Tom Savage would also be a decent spot start given a great matchup against the Colts, though he wasn’t impressive early in the season. Watson owners should make sure that they have a quarterback on the roster for Week 9 because even if it’s just a knee sprain, he’s likely to miss this week at the very least.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah believes he can be a red zone back
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:32pm
Ameer Abdullah leads the Lions in rushing attempts with 101 carries on the season. Only 8 of those carries have occurred in the red zone, though, but that’s not stopping Abdullah from saying he could be the team’s red zone RB, saying “why not?”, when talking about the situation.
Abdullah also has 0 carries on third downs this year, but even though the Lions’ No. 1 RB believes he’s an all-around back, he’s not questioning the team’s decision making.
“I’m never going to tell the coaches what to do,” Abdullah said. “I mean, their job is to put us in situations, and it’s my job to execute under any circumstance. It don’t matter if he calls me a toss play with no blocking in front of me. I have to do my best. And I’m never going to tell the coaches what they should and shouldn’t do.”
Abdullah is tied with Dwayne Washington for the most red zone carries on the team (8), but Washington has out-rushed him (19 yards to 2 yards). And, of the team’s 20 total red zone rushes, the Lions have only scored twice—Abdullah and Zach Zenner each scoring once.More red zone carries would obviously benefit Abdullah’s fantasy owners, and his elusiveness points to him being able to fill the role—according to Pro Football Focus, Abdullah has 17 broken tackles on the ground this season.
In a great matchup versus the Packers this week, we have Abdullah ranked as a top-20 RB in both standard and PPR formats.
Cowboys to start Alfred Morris at running back in Week 9
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:15pm
NFL Network reporter Jane Slater said a source confirmed that Alfred Morris will start in place of Ezekiel Elliott this week.
With Elliott set to serve his six-game suspension this week, the Cowboys will turn to Alfred Morris to replace him. With Darren McFadden and Rod Smith also in the mix, we most likely won’t have a clear idea of how the RB snaps will play out until the Cowboys take the field. For Week 9, we currently have Morris ranked as our highest Cowboys RB in standard leagues, while McFadden ranks ahead of him PPR leagues.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman: shoulder is ‘fine’
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:07pm
Freeman put in a limited workout yesterday, as he deals with a shoulder issue, but he said today the shoulder is feeling fine.
There doesn’t seem much reason to worry about Freeman missing this week’s game, and you should view him as a No. 1 RB for fantasy purposes. While he’s only topped 100 yards rushing once this season, and hasn’t scored since Week 4, we have Freeman ranked as our No. 7 RB in standard leagues and our No. 11 RB in PPR formats.
Colts QB Andrew Luck put on Injured Reserve
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:53pm
The Colts placed QB Andrew Luck on injured reserve today, effectively ending his 2017 season.
Luck has missed every game this season thus far and now will miss the rest of the season. Jacoby Brissett is currently the No. 14 ranked fantasy QB on this season in total points, but his 13.4 PPG average slides him down to the No. 22 ranked QB. In plus matchups, Brissett can put up points (three games of 15+ points this season), putting him on the streaming radar in 1-QB leagues and as a QB2 option in 2-QB or Superflex leagues. And our rest-of-season rankings reflect that, as we have him ranked as our No. 23 QB the rest of the way.
Dolphins OC: RB Carries handled ‘by committee’
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:40pm
Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen said the team will split RB carries ‘by committee.’
The dreaded RBBC has landed in Miami following the trade of Jay Ajayi to the Eagles. It’s expected the Dolphins’ RB committee will consist of Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams. We have Drake ranked higher in both standard and PPR leagues (a top-21 option in both formats), while Williams is our No. 33 ranked RB for the week.Drake gets the slight edge as HC Adam Gase called him the No. 2 RB on the team earlier in the season, and he was also a Gase draft pick.
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