Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) put in a full week of practice and will make his 2020 debut against the Giants on Sunday. HC Doug Pederson suggested on Friday that Jeffery will be limited in his 1st action since last December. He’s not a viable Week 10 fantasy play.
The Giants placed RB Devonta Freeman on IR with a hamstring injury suffered on Thursday. He'll miss at least the next 3 games and can be dropped in most fantasy leagues. With Freeman out the last 2 games, RB Wayne Gallman has totaled 26 carries and 3 targets to Alfred Morris' 17 carries and 1 target and Dion Lewis' 3 carries and 5 targets.
Giants RB Devonta Freeman suffered a "minor aggravation" of his ankle injury on Thursday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "His hope is still to play Sunday," Rapoport adds. We'll see what Freeman is able to do on Friday.
Giants RB Devonta Freeman (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a chance to play against the Eagles this weekend. Freeman would presumably return as New York's lead back, although he'd just be a RB3 or flex in fantasy lineups.
The Steelers have placed LB Vince Williams on the COVID list. Williams reportedly hasn't tested positive to this point but was in close contact with TE Vance McDonald, who has. We'll see whether Williams can gain clearance ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals. If he doesn't, Avery Williamson would likely take over most or all of Williams' snaps.
Giants HC Joe Judge said WR Golden Tate was back at team headquarters Monday and that he expects the veteran to play Sunday against the Eagles, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. Tate spent Week 9 inactive over behavioral issues. He totaled just 6 targets over the 3 games before that, though. So it's tough to imagine Tate being an option for fantasy football lineups in Week 10.
Chargers RB Troymaine Pope (concussion) is inactive for today’s game against the Raiders. L.A. promoted Kalen Ballage from its practice squad to join Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley in the backfield.
The forecast for tonight's Saints-Bucs game calls for a chance of rain with winds of 20 mph and gusts around 30. The wind is a concern for the passing and kicking games. Downgrade the QBs, WRs and TEs in this game a bit and try to avoid both Ks.
The Eagles expect WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) to be a full participant in practice after the bye. Jeffery, of course, has not played since suffering a Lisfranc injury last December but added the calf injury in the lead-up to Week 7. We'll see about his return to game action, and then how big a role he'll play. Jeffery won't be usable in fantasy lineups in most cases at least until we see a game from him. His role, however, could impact playing time for fantasy revelation Travis Fulgham.
The Ravens have elevated WR Dez Bryant from the practice squad to the active roster. That means we could see him in action as soon as Sunday against the Colts. We can't expect Bryant to become a fantasy factor quickly, especially in an offense that hasn't been able to support much consistent pass-catcher production outside of Marquise Brown so far. But we'll be interested to see what Bryant looks like -- 3 years after his last NFL game -- and what kind of role he can carve out.
The Giants plan to make WR Golden Tate a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against Washington, according to NFL Network's Kim Jones. "The decision was made due to overall issues with effort & performance," she tweeted. "Tate has a chance to return to the lineup next week." C.J. Board and Austin Mack are the next guys up on the depth chart, but we wouldn't consider either a meaningful fantasy option. Tate has totaled just 6 targets over the past 3 games -- only 2 of which included Sterling Shepard.
Chargers RB Troymaine Pope (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. He surprisingly handled 10 carries and 7 targets last week. So his absence is a boost to both Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley.
Giants RB Devonta Freeman (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against Washington. The G-Men went with a 3-man committee backfield with Freeman out last week: 13 touches for Wayne Gallman, 8 for Alfred Morris and 2 for Dion Lewis. Gallman is the best fantasy bet here but is just a low-upside RB3.
Packers RB Tyler Ervin is expected to get "the bulk of the carries" against the 49ers tonight, according to NFL Network's Peter Schrager. That presumably means RB Aaron Jones (calf) will be inactive, leaving the backfield to Ervin and Dexter Williams. Ervin goes just 5'10 and 192 pounds, so we're not expecting a big ball-carrying role. But he should also handle most of the pass-catching work, putting him on the RB3/Flex radar. Check out the updated projections for the Packers backfield.
49ers TE Jordan Reed (knee) will play against the Packers tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Reed has been out since spraining a knee back in Week 3. It's unclear how big a role he'll play tonight, so Reed is a high-risk fantasy play. His return also makes TE Ross Dwelley tough to trust in fantasy lineups.
The Dolphins have acquired RB DeAndre Washington from the Chiefs. Washington's only 4 touches of the season came last week -- but he caught 88 balls across 4 seasons with the Raiders. He's unlikely to make a fantasy impact in Miami, though, barring an injury to Myles Gaskin.
The Dolphins have traded WR Isaiah Ford to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Ford was almost exclusively a slot receiver for Miami this season. He caught 15 balls over the first 4 games but just 3 over the last 3. We'll see how Ford is deployed in New England, where Jakobi Meyers has replaced Julian Edelman in the slot, but he's not a great bet for 2020 fantasy value.
The 49ers are trading LB Kwon Alexander to the Saints for LB Kiko Alonso and a conditional 5th-round pick, according to multiple reports. Alexander has missed the past 2 games with a high-ankle sprain but should be back soon. San Francisco HC Kyle Shanahan said originally that the team believed it to be a "minor" sprain. Alexander should join Demario Davis in playing full-time snaps, likely sapping playing time from LB Alex Anzalone. We'll keep an eye on Alexander to see when he'll officially jump into the lineup. A healthy Alexander enhances the upside of the New Orleans team defense. The Niners, meanwhile, can now keep LB Dre Greenlaw in his full-time role alongside Fred Warner. He has seen increased playing time with Alexander out.
Jets RB Frank Gore (hand) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs. He’s fallen behind rookie La’Mical Perine in the pecking order and isn’t a viable fantasy play.
Giants RB Devonta Freeman (ankle) is out for Monday night's game vs. the Bucs. That leaves the backfield to Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis. Gallman should handle most of the rushing load and at least some of the pass-catching work. But he's still just a low-upside RB3 vs. a Tampa defense sitting 4th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.
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