Originally posted: November 7, 2017
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Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (hamstring) is practicing as expected this week, but according to ESPN, he stopped short of saying he definitely will play in Week 11 against the Packers following the team’s current bye. Woodhead didn’t want to make any assumptions until getting into his work next week.
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) was supposed to be on track to practice and return against New Orleans on Sunday, but ESPN reports Clay was held out of Monday’s session. The team remains optimistic about him returning to the lineup. With the Saints’ secondary playing well and able to contain new starting WR Kelvin Benjamin, Clay would immediately go back to being a busy target for QB Tyrod Taylor.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green avoided being suspended by the NFL despite being ejected for fighting with Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey in Week 9’s loss at Jacksonville. He will only be fined and will play at Tennessee on Sunday. Green should rebound in a much more favorable matchup against the Titans’ secondary, who allowed a big game to Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin last week.
Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman (hand) is expected to immediately assume the role of the team’s top receiver when he ‘s fully expected to return in Week 11, the team’s official website reports. The wideout corps has been a mess without him, and WR Josh Gordon cannot play until at least Week 13 following his reporting to the team.
Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch told the Denver Post that he’s ready to play and start for the team whenever needed after being fully healed from his right shoulder injury. HC Vance Joseph is going with QB Brock Osweiler for another week against the Patriots and has declared Lynch needing more time, but the leash is short given Osweiler proved against the Eagles he is not really an upgrade over QB Trevor Siemian. If Osweiler struggles again, against Cincinnati at home in Week 11 would be a reasonable time to turn to Lynch with a favorable schedule of Oakland, Miami, the New York Jets and Indianapolis around the corner.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) had successful surgery on Tuesday following suffering his season-ending injury last week, the Houston Chronicle reports. Watson is expected to make a full recovery and play next in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is fully expected to return from his one-game team-imposed suspension, HC Doug Marrone told reporters. Having not played in three weeks, Fournette will go back to having a full load against the Chargers’ porous run defense.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt saw a season-low 54 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in Dallas, the Kansas City Star reports. Hunt was only in on 31 plays in the game as the Chiefs operated with a big deficit for most of the second half, with Hunt ceding work to third-down RB Charcandrick West. The team is expected to make sure Hunt gets back to his normal effective volume when it returns from bye In week 11.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake pleased HC Adam Gase with his initial work as the team’s new top early-down back against the Raiders on Sunday. Gase told ESPN he felt the running game was headed in the right direction without RB Jay Ajayi. Drake and RB Damien Williams, however, step into a much tougher matchup at the Panthers on Monday.
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) was not able to practice Monday, the first day coming off a bye week, the Boston Herald reports. There’s a good chance Hogan will miss the tough matchup in Denver on Sunday night.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant got some first-team practice reps and HC Mike Tomlin confirmed he would return to play on Sunday against the Colts, the NFL Network reports. Bryant was in street clothes in Week 8 at Detroit while WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had his rookie breakout game. Bryant’s role going forward is a mystery, but it’s clear that Smith-Schuster is fully ahead of him in the pecking order behind WR Antonio Brown.
Tennesssee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will get the opportunity to run more out of designed plays, HC Mike Mularkey told reporters. The team is looking for something to help jump-start its traditional running game and also proactively get Mariota on the move to keep some would-be extra pass rushers worried about spying him. Mariota has had trouble avoiding pressure in recent weeks. His fully healed hamstring can now allow the team to be more aggressive with his mobility.
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Arizona Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson, with his 37 carries against the 49ers in Week 9, set a record for the most single-game volume for any running back of age 30 or older, the team’s official website notes. Despite that and having only three days between the team’s next game against the Seahwks’ brutal run defense on Thursday, HC Bruce Arians doesn’t plan on scaling back Peterson’s workload in Week 10.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (leg) is expected to be limited by a new injury all week in practice, the team’s official website reports. The team is certain, however, it won’t affect Jones’ availability against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) tore an ACL in Monday’s loss to Detroit and will miss the rest of the season, the NFL Network reports. It’s another big injury blow to an offense suddenly in a major funk with backup QB Brett Hundley.
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead saw his snaps increase in Week 9 against the Buccaneers, going from only 4 the previous week against the Bears to a whopping 18. During those plays, he didn’t see one target come his way. Snead is still far from being involved in the offense in any way anyone can trust.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning will keep his starting job for the 49ers game on Sunday and the foreseeable future, HC Ben McAdoo confirmed with reporters. At the same time, however, McAdoo didn’t rule out the team turning to look at either QB Davis Webb or QB Geno Smith before the end of the season.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle) won’t play against the Giants on Sunday, HC Kyle Shanahan told reporters. He joins a fellow rookie, WR Trent Taylor (ribs), as early scratches for the game, leaving rookie QB C.J. Beathard with few healthy receiving options following WR Pierre Garcon (neck-IR) being done for the season. WR Marqise Goodwin and WR Aldrick Robinson are in line to dominate targets.
Seattle Seahawks K Blair Walsh will remain the team’s top option on field goals despite more costly struggles in the Week 9 loss to Washington, HC Pete Carroll told reporters. Carroll had been pleased with Walsh’s work before he missed three critical attempts against the Redskins.
Tampa Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is expected to see a big role on Sunday against the Jets with WR Mike Evans suspended for the game, per multiple reports. The rookie from Penn State is the team’s best option to line up outside opposite WR DeSean Jackson. The Jets’ secondary has proved to be vulnerable against complementary wideouts all season.
Source: Fantasy Guru
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