Daily Notes: Cowboys in Odell Beckham Jr., Josh Allen elbow concern, Leonard Fournette frustrated
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News: ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that owner and general manager Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan that free agent Odell Beckham Jr. look “pretty good” in a Cowboys uniform.
What it means in fantasy: Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy recently also spoke positively of Beckham. Last week, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Odell Beckham Jr. be completely cleaned by the end of the week. Beckham suffered a torn ACL in the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory over the Bengals. Among the teams interested in him are the Bills, Cowboys, Rams, Giants, 49ers, Chiefs and Packers. There’s a good chance he’ll need weeks of practice to get back up to full speed and learn the playbook for his new team before he makes his debut in 2022. Fantasy managers should have realistic expectations when Beckham returns. Beckham could become a flex option rather than the WR1 we remember from his early days. Fantasy managers to whom that sounds appealing would be wise to hide it; Beckham is in just 17.8% of ESPN leagues.
News: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Josh Allen will be limited in practice this week by a right elbow injury involving his ulnar collateral ligament and associated nerves.
What it means in fantasy: Allen should be able to play through the season-ending injury, but he may not play against the Vikings in Week 10. Given that it’s on his throwing arm, this could be a major concern as the Bills prepare for their matchup against the Vikings. Fantasy managers would be wise to pick up another quarterback in case Allen misses time. Justin Fields, Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Jones are excellent alternatives.
Going deeper: Before the regular season began, there was similar optimism regarding Matthew Stafford’s elbow injury. He is averaging just 11.7 fantasy points per game this season.
News: Ravens RB Gus Edwards is expected to return after the Week 10 bye.
What it means in fantasy: Edwards is expected to return to the lineup against the Panthers in Week 11 after missing Monday night’s game against the Saints with a hamstring injury. DeSean Jackson, who played just 11 snaps against New Orleans with a hamstring injury, is also expected to return, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
Going deeper: Edwards and Kenyan Drake will face a Panthers defense that just gave up 211 total yards and five touchdowns to Joe Mixon on just 26 carries. Both will be very good flex options in this matchup.
News: Tracy Wolfson of CBS reported that Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette was “extremely frustrated” about being held from a drive late in the first half.
What it means in fantasy: Fournette finished the game with 60 total yards on 14 touches. Rookie Rachaad White continues to consume the veteran’s opportunity, rushing eight times for 27 yards. Wolfson also reported that White comforted Fournette during the game, telling him “we need you.” Both running backs have struggled to produce for a Buccaneers team that ranks last in the league in rushing (60.7 yards per game) and 22nd in winning percentage. Fournette can be viewed as a low-cost RB2 against the Seahawks in Week 10. There’s no better time than now to stash Rahaad White, who is listed in just 20.2% of leagues. As the rookie’s workload increases, he may become fantasy relevant come playoff time.
News: Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice.
What it means in fantasy: Last week, Hubbard participated in limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, but was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Bengals after not playing Friday. The Panthers still aren’t using D’Onta Foreman in passing situations, which is the role Hubbard would most likely play. He can be seen as a flexible option in deeper formats. Hubbard is in 30.3% of ESPN leagues.
News: Titans WR Treylon Burks is eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 10 against the Broncos.
What it means in fantasy: Head coach Mike Vrabel wasn’t sure if Burks would be activated this week. Before getting hurt, he was emerging as an every-man receiver in a run-heavy Titans offense that ranks sixth in rushing attempts per game at 31.1. Burks is in just 22.5% of ESPN leagues. In the first four games of the season, he caught 10 passes for 129 yards and rushed for 12 yards on two carries. In the Titans’ game against the Chiefs, rookie backup Malik Willis started for the injured Ryan Tannehill, and Tennessee’s receivers failed to catch a pass on five targets. Burks is talented enough to provide a spark for the Titans in the passing game for the rest of the season, so fantasy managers should stash him now.
Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and on the ESPN Fantasy app:
Mike Clay’s Shadow Report: Analysis of wide receiver vs. defensive back matchups
Seth Walder’s Next Generation Stats Advantage: Mismatches to Exploit
DFS cheat sheets for DraftKings and FanDuel
• Rankings for individual leagues of defensemen
• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10 a.m. ET)
Field Yate’s Fantasy Field Pass for Week 10
Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Falcons vs Panthers
Position map of Tristan H. Cockcroft
Matt Bowen’s Fantasy Movie Room
Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS Best Buys for Week 10
• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10 a.m. ET)
In case you missed it:
• Week 10 in fantasy football rankings at every position (PPR and non-PPR)
Matt Bowen’s Portable Transfers: Deeper Picks for Deeper Leagues and Urgent Needs
Eric Karabell’s Flex and Superflex Rankings for Week 10
• NFL Nation’s Fantasy Fallout: beat reporters answer our most pressing fantasy questions
• Eric Karabell trade index and rest-of-season rankings for Week 10 and beyond
• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp and Stephania Bell recap MNF and give an injury update to stars like Josh Allen before going through which roller coaster players are missing for the rest of the season. Plus, Eric Moody joins the show to discuss the must-add players for Week 10. Listen | Look
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