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Daily Notes: Uncertainty for Kyler Murray, Matthew Stafford, Ezekiel Elliott

Daily Notes: Uncertainty for Kyler Murray, Matthew Stafford, Ezekiel Elliott

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News: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray did not practice Wednesday.

What it means in fantasy: A hamstring injury prevented Murray from participating in training. This is significant given that he is a mobile defender. As the Cardinals only took a walk-through on Wednesday, that list is an estimate of what would happen. Murray’s status should be monitored on Thursday and the weekend. Arizona’s backup quarterback is Colt McCoy. Murray’s absence would affect fantasy-relevant players such as DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore and James Conner.


News: Rams QB Matthew Stafford entered concussion protocol Wednesday.

What it means in fantasy: Stafford was undergoing a routine exam following the Rams’ loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday when the decision was made to place him in the protocol. Stafford was hit eight times and sacked four times in the loss. His 28 sacks this season rank third in the league. Stafford’s absence would be detrimental to the Rams’ offense, which has scored fewer than 20 points in four of its last five games. Stafford has yet to score 19 fantasy points in a game and is averaging 11.7 fantasy points per game. John Wolford would start if Stafford is ruled out. The only Rams fantasy player I can trust is Cooper Kupp.


News: ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that the Cowboys will monitor RB Ezekiel Elliott’s workouts this week.

What it means in fantasy: Elliott wears a brace on his hyperextended right knee. Elliott missed his only game with an injury against the Bears in Week 8, and the Cowboys are coming off a bye week. Tony Pollard totaled 147 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries against Chicago. Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy and owner Jerry Jones, however, keep reminding fantasy managers that Elliott will remain the team’s leader, countering Pollard’s sails. Pollard can be viewed as a high-end flex option if Elliott is active, and as an RB1 if Elliott is inactive.


News: 49ers WR Deebo Samuel was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

What it means in fantasy: Samuel missed Week 8 with a hamstring injury before the 49ers’ Week 9 bye. His participation bodes well for his availability against the Chargers on Sunday. Samuel can be viewed as a WR2 against Los Angeles. He averaged 8.0 touches and 14.4 fantasy points this season.


News: Texans WR Brandin Cooks did not practice Wednesday, while WR Nico Collins was limited.

What it means in fantasy: The fact that Cooks didn’t get a deal before last week’s deadline and didn’t play against the Eagles last Thursday has raised concerns about his future in Houston. Although he was at the Texans’ facility last Friday and again Wednesday, Cooks did not participate in drills with his teammates during the open portion of practice. Coach Lovie Smith expects Cooks to practice at some point this week. Keeping an eye on this situation is crucial because it could escalate. Collins, who hasn’t played since Week 7 with a groin injury, could struggle against the Giants in Week 10. In the two games before the injury, he had seven receptions for 148 yards as the second receiver behind Cooks. Collins is in just 7.1% of leagues and should be hidden in deeper formats.


News: Giants WR Kenny Golladay was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice.

What it means in fantasy: Golladay has been sidelined with a sprained MCL since Week 4. With just two receptions for 22 yards before the injury, he didn’t do much, but the Giants have lost several receivers since then. There’s a good chance Golladay will be back on the field Sunday, as he said he’ll be “ready to go” this week. The 29-year-old receiver has been a disappointment after signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Giants before the 2021 season.


News: Titans WR Treylon Burks said the plan is to play against the Broncos on Sunday, and QB Ryan Tannehill was limited in Wednesday’s practice.

What it means in fantasy: Burks was placed on injured reserve after the Titans’ game against the Colts in Week 4. Since then, the Titans’ receivers have struggled, and the rookie is expected to see plenty of targets when he returns. Burks is in just 22.4% of ESPN leagues. Tannehill has been sidelined with an injured ankle for the past two weeks, but mentioned he’s starting to feel better. The Titans rank sixth in rushing attempts at 31.1 per game, but have been really one-dimensional, with rookie Malik Willis completing just 11 of 26 passes for 135 yards over the past two games.


News: Packers WR Sammy Watkins is still dealing with “bumps and bruises” according to coach Matt LaFleur and did not practice Wednesday.

What it means in fantasy: Watkins missed four games with a hamstring injury. Since returning, he has played 130 snaps and run 87 routes, but has caught just four of 10 targets for 48 yards. Allen Lazard is the only Packers wide receiver fantasy managers can trust. Christian Watson did not suffer a concussion against the Lions on Sunday; he was a full participant in training on Wednesday. Watson’s availability on offense is essential for the Packers as they prepare for Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys with Romeo Doubs facing an extended absence with an ankle injury. Watson was listed in only 17% of leagues.


News: Browns TE David Njoku did not practice Wednesday.

What it means in fantasy: Njoku is recovering from a high ankle injury but said earlier this week that he plans to play in Week 10 against the Dolphins. If active, Njoku can be seen as a cheap TE1 against the Dolphins in a high-scoring game. Cole Kmet finished with 22.0 fantasy points in Week 9 against Miami’s defense. In Weeks 3-7, Njoku averaged 7.2 targets and 14.2 fantasy points per game.


News: Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

What it means in fantasy: Brate has been out since Week 6 after suffering a neck injury. He returned to training for the first time last week. Cade Otton has scored at least 10 fantasy points in three of his last five games. With Brate back, Otto’s fantasy value would be diminished. Cole Kmet, Noah Fant or Greg Dulcich are all options for fantasy managers in need of a hard end streamer.


Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and on the ESPN Fantasy app:

Field Yate’s Week 10 Field Pass: Josh Allen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, tough backfields to call

Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Falcons vs Panthers

Tristan H. Cockcroft Map: Best and worst matchups at each position for NFL Week 10

Matt Bowen’s fantasy film room: Trevor Lawrence, Dak Prescott among Week 10 upgrades, cuts

Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS Best Buys for Week 10

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10 a.m. ET)

friday:

The Mike Clay Handbook: Projections and Analysis for Every Game

Eric Karabello’s Week 10 Hot Spot

• Fantasy Improv by Daniel Dopp and Liz Loza: the lighter side of fantasy

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10 a.m. ET)

In case you missed it:

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: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp and Stephania Bell talk players to target in late-season trades, players you can jettison and when you should take chances in your league. Plus, Liz Loza joins in to talk players to watch in the NFC North! Listen | Look


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