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Skins plan to give WR Josh Doctson more snaps

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:45am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Josh Doctson needs more snaps. The Redskins’ second-year wide receiver has served a limited role through five games, including during Sunday’s 26-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, in which he participated in just 19 of Washington’s 74 snaps on offense.

That means Doctson, the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick, was on the field for just more than 25 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. And during Monday’s news conference, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden addressed the deficiency, saying the coaching staff will look at getting Doctson more playing time moving forward.

“We are going to actively expand [his role], without a doubt,” Gruden said. “He didn’t get as many reps as I would like at the end of the day when you look at the numbers, but it’s our job. We have got to get him in there more and expand it.”

Fantasy Impact:

Doctson, 24, once again flashed his potential in a reserve role Sunday. He scored his second career touchdown during the opening drive on an 11-yard reception, his only catch in the game. Two of Doctson’s four catches this season have resulted in touchdowns. If you're looking to stash a player, Doctson might be worth it. However he won't be a safe play until the snap count rises.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston's (shoulder) status depends on pain tolerance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The team will make a decision to determine if QB Jameis Winston can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills later this week. The issue is more about pain tolerance than anything. HC Dirk Koetter said there is no risk of further injury.

Related players: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fantasy Impact:

The story said there is no danger to further damage the shoulder so it's all about the pain. It added Winston would have struggled to push the ball down field which is why Fitzpatrick remained in the game. He'll throw later in the week, but he's not ruled out as of yet, which the team thinks is good news.

Jags making a change at kicker

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:50am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Jaguars had a miserable special teams day against the Rams in Week Six and one member of the group lost his job on Tuesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is cutting kicker Jason Myers. Myers missed two field goals against the Rams, including a 54-yarder late in the game that would have cut the Jags’ deficit to one score with time for an onside kick.

The team is signing Josh Lambo.

Fantasy Impact:

Lambo was 52-of-64 on field goals for the Chargers the last two seasons, but got beaten out by Younghoe Koo this summer. The Chargers have since cut Koo and signed Nick Novak.

Dolphins Beat: Heavy dose of RB Jay Ajayi works best

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dolphins provided a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi on Sunday and it paid major dividends in a 20-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Pro Bowl tailback rushed for a season-high 130 yards on 26 carries. Ajayi also averaged a season-high 5.0 yards per carry and took the pressure off Miami's often-criticized passing game.

Miami’s coaching staff provided a clear blueprint of running the ball to keep the Falcons’ explosive offense off the field. Even when the Dolphins trailed 17-0 at halftime, Miami stuck with its running game. That wore down Atlanta (3-2) and spurred a surprising comeback -- 20 unanswered points by the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact:

The story backed this up with impressive numbers as well: Miami is 6-0 overall -- including 2-0 this season -- when Ajayi rushes for more than 100 yards. Ajayi had just 48 rushes for 139 yards the first three games. The story added the ankle injury to DeVante Parker simplified the game plan as the team ran more power sets.

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:10pm

Colts Inactives
Tarell Basham LB
Matt Jones RB
Henry Kreiger-Coble TE
Andrew Luck QB
Anthony Walker LB
Isaiah Williams OT
Quincy Wilson CB

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) ACTIVE as expected

Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:09pm

Titans Inactives
Johnathan Cyprien SS
Corey Davis WR
Darius Jennings WR
Corey Levin OG
Kalan Reed DB
Kevin Dodd OLB
Sylvester Williams NT

Related players: Marcus Mariota

Fantasy Impact:

Mariota likely isn't 100-percent with the hamstring injury, which could affect his running statistics and ability to buy time and move around, but he's got a nice home matchup against the Colts.

Falcons not satisfied with WR Julio Jones' touches

Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

"No,'' Dan Quinn said when asked if he's satisfied with how much Julio Jones is getting the ball. "No I'm not.''

Fantasy Impact:

Quinn mentioned that more offensive plays will help that situation, with Jones being such a dynamic player, the piece said. It's a good matchup against the Pats this week. The good news is teams have been lighting up the Pats D through the air, but the bad news is NE is known for taking away a team's top player. Jones is without a TD this year.

Skins K Dustin Hopkins dealing with hip injury

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:57pm

Redskins on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins has a right hip rotator muscle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

The tweet added that the team will work out kickers this week, according to HC Jay Gruden. It's a significant K injury as Hopkins was our top-rated kicker for Week 6.

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has minor shoulder sprain

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:54pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has a minor shoulder sprain, but team believes he should be able to play Sunday vs. Chargers, per source.

Related players: Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch

Fantasy Impact:

Siemian returned to the game after injuring his shoulder and giving way to Osweiler late in the second half.

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:51pm - [Full Article]

John Ross, last seen when he fumbled his first NFL touch back on Sept. 14, returned to practice Monday as the Bengals began preparations for Sunday’s game (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready for the Steelers.

But this is what he does know after he practiced in limited fashion for the first time in more than a month:

He feels good, he’s satisfied there’s nothing significantly wrong with the knee he injured in the Aug. 31 pre-season finale, and he’s been told it’s not related to the ACL he tore in the same knee during college.

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:49pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) was scratched before the game against Chicago, while Breshad Perriman (concussion) left in the second quarter after taking a blow to the head and did not return.

Fantasy Impact:

Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not have much of an update Monday on the health of either WR. Without the duo, quarterback Joe Flacco had two passes intercepted and was sacked three times and held to 180 or fewer passing yards for the third time this season.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers needs surgery on collarbone

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:45pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will require surgery on his broken collarbone.

Related players: Brett Hundley

Fantasy Impact:

The Packers will not sign a veteran QB, according to the story. Hundley should have some fantasy value with all the talent around him, and once the team adjusts the game plan to Hundley's strengths. The team could also use a more balanced attack. Also, nothing changes with Rodgers' timeline. He'll be out for the remainder of the season and miss a "significant amount of time," according to McCarthy.

Browns Beat: Team could go back to DeShone Kizer at QB

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:35pm - [Full Article]

DeShone Kizer's step back to the sidelines probably won't last long.

Coach Hue Jackson said he'll name his starter for Sunday's game against the Titans by Wednesday, and he sounded again like he'll go back to Kizer over Kevin Hogan, who threw three first-half interceptions during Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Texans.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson re-iterated that Kizer is 'huge part of the future here'' and that will be a big part of his thinking process. If the Browns are going to have a young quarterback out there struggling with a sub-par supporting cast, it might as well be their possible quarterback of the future, the story pointed out.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant: 'I'm good'

Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant said Monday that he hasn't request a trade and that he wants to move on.

"I'm good," Bryant said.

The NFL Network reported Sunday night that Bryant's unhappiness with his role in Pittsburgh's offense resulted in a trade request. ESPN's Dan Graziano confirmed the report.

Fantasy Impact:

Sources say early indications are the Steelers do not intend to trade Bryant, who is third on the team in targets (34) behind Le'Veon Bell (39) and Antonio Brown (74). Asked whether the Steelers have given him any indication about a possible trade, Bryant said he doesn't know and his agent handles those dealings, the story said.

Saints WR Willie Snead plays minimal role in first week back

Monday, October 16, 2017, 2:32pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Willie Snead played just 21 of 71 offensive snaps (30 percent) and finished the game with one catch for 11 yards on three targets.

Now, there's no reason to think this will be the norm for Snead. Coaches wanted to see Sunday how he handled his workload after missing three games due to suspension and then a fourth with a lingering hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints didn't commit to Snead immediately returning to his feature role the story said. We felt it was best to take a wait and see approach with Snead before putting him in lineups. At this point, owners may want to continue to wait until the snaps number increase. The Saints were also focused on running the ball.

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