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Fantasy Football For Breakfast is the place where you can wake up and take in the latest NFL news with a touch of Fantasy insight to go along with it. Every morning, look forward to a recap of each of the Fantasy-relevant headlines.

Friday, September 7

Dalvin Cook may be on “pitch count”

“There’s nothing that hasn’t told us that he can’t carry the load,” said Vikings OC John DeFilippo. “If that does arise where he needs a break, we’re confident in all the guys that we’re able to put in the football game.” It makes sense to not push Cook too hard and really, that’d be a good problem to have since leaning more on the running game typically translates to having a significant lead. Cook should stay in the starting lineups of Fantasy owners.  (Courtney Cronin via Twitter)

No forcing touches to Rashaad Penny

“We don’t necessarily have, ‘OK, gotta get this guy so many carries, gotta get this guy so many touches,'” Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said. “We’ll just kind of see how the flow of the game goes.” Chris Carson is the No. 1 so we will have to see how Seattle opts to split up snaps and touches. Penny sounds like a risky start in Week 1 before we get a feel for his usage. (Brady Henderson)

Seth Roberts will play slot role

Roberts was supposed to be an afterthought once the Raiders traded for Martavis Bryant and more recently Ryan Switzer. However, even if Roberts gets lots of playing time, he’s been in the league now for a few years with little to show for it to Fantasy owners. This Oakland offense is unlikely to be productive enough to support Roberts as a Fantasy option. (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Carson Wentz sidelined for “several more weeks”

Months ago, this was my concern. Going back before the NFL Draft, we were all wondering why the Eagles opted not to trade Foles. Well, Wentz’s delayed return and the decision to not trade Foles makes a lot more sense now. The Eagles are lucky the Falcons played such inefficient football. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Steelers guessing Le’Veon Bell reports Saturday to avoid missed game check

Cameron Meredith’s role unclear in Saints’ depth chart

Mack Hollins placed on injured reserve

Limited during Thursday practice: Marshawn Lynch (groin), Sony Michel (knee), Jermaine Gresham (Achilles), Will Fuller (hamstring), Jermaine Kearse (abdomen), Marlon Mack *

Did not practice Thursday: DeAndre Washington (knee scope), Jermaine Kearse (abdomen), Vance McDonald (foot), Hayden Hurst (foot)

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Thursday, September 6

Rex Burkhead will be “eased into the mix”

Burkhead is not on the injury report. Considering the Patriots have so much “mix”, meaning so many RBs, there’s no reason to rush him. They have James White, Sony Michel (who is listed as questionable) and Jeremy Hill. I would still try to avoid starting Burkhead if I didn’t have to. (ESPN)

Rishard Matthews (meniscus) feels his snaps will be limited in Week 1

“That (limited snaps) is kind of the plan, so wherever they need me,” Matthews said. “The young guys have been doing good, so wherever they need me to contribute, I am ready to go in there and do what I have to do.” I’m not sure there’s enough of a passing attack to sustain Matthews because they have Corey Davis, Delanie Walker and Dion Lewis so at best he’s even with Lewis on the totem pole. (TitansOnline.com)

Josh Gordon on a “pitch count”

“My concern is if we give him too much, we might be leaving him out there for potential injury,” Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson said. I think it’s a ploy. Gordon’s been working out the whole time. (Akron Beacon-Journal)

Antonio Gates optimistic he will play Week 1

Gates was signed on Sunday and practiced for the first time on Wednesday. At 38 years old, if you are stuck starting Gates, that’s your own fault! Let’s wait and see how the Chargers use him. (Akron Beacon-Journal)

Rashaad Penny (hand) full participant Wednesday

Steelers will not rescind Le’Veon Bell’s franchise tag

Delanie Walker (toe) not on injury report

Vance McDonald (foot) limited Wednesday

Adrian Peterson the Week 1 starter officially

Doug Baldwin (knee) practiced fully Wednesday

Sony Michel (knee) limited Wednesday

Frank Gore practices fully despite Achilles injury listing

Antonio Brown (quad) not on injury report


Wednesday, September 5

Keelan Cole & Donte Moncrief listed as starters

Dede Westbrook is at WR3 and rookie D.J. Chark is the WR4. Moncrief is the highest paid WR among this foursome so my expectations are for him to see the slight majority of targets. However, given the Jaguars leaning toward a run-first offense, I don’t know that Cole or Moncrief will be able to produce consistent results. I felt that way about Lee as well. When Allen Robinson was dominating as a WR1 on this team, that’s when the Jags weren’t very good and you could count on a lot of garbage time for the passing game. That’s no longer the case so I’m not as confident in this unit. (FOX Sports)

Geoff Swaim is the Cowboys starting TE

It’s been a long time coming for Swaim to emerge from this group. Blake Jarwin saw a lot of snaps in preseason and training camp. Rico Gathers was supposed to be the favorite. The Cowboys even drafted an option when they selected Dalton Schultz. In the end, Swaim is the starter but I wouldn’t consider him much more than low-end TE2. Barely qualifies as a Top 25 TE in my book. (Calvin Watkins via Twitter)

Ronald Jones is RB3 on Bucs’ depth chart

Peyton Barber, Jacquizz Rodgers and then Jones. It’s a long season, Fantasy fans. Stash him and try to be patient. Let’s give him two weeks and re-assess.  (Rick Stroud via Twitter)

Mike Gillislee listed RB2 on Saints’ depth chart

Rookie Boston Scott is actually the RB3, Alvin Kamara is of course the starter and Gillislee is sandwiched in between. Gillislee isn’t on my radar, especially once Ingram returns. If you need somebody like Gillislee right now, you drafted very poorly. Your punishment is needing Gillislee.  (Nick Underhill via Twitter)

Rex Burkhead continues to practice

Both Burkhead and Sony Michel are questionable for Week 1. Typical Bill Belichick. Burkhead isn’t a starter for me but I understand the temptation to plug in Burkhead (or Michel) into your starting lineup and seeing what happens. “It’s no doubt [once he’s done] rehabbing, I know that he’s going to come out and give you everything he’s got. He’s going to be ready to go,” said Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears.  (MassLive)

49ers will use hot hand approach at RB

That groan you just heard is the collective Fantasy Football-playing community bemoaning this decision all at once. We know injuries happen but “hot hand” is coach speak for “we don’t know what we’re going to do so we’re going to just throw it all at the wall and see what sticks each week. Morris isn’t a starter for me. I’ll keep him on my bench and like the 49ers, I will wait and see what happens and if he gets hot, I’ll play him.  (Matt Maiocco via Twitter)

Chad Williams WR2, Christian Kirk WR3

I wouldn’t read into this too much and I won’t be jumping at the chance to have either one of these guys. I look at it like if one was so much better than the other, they’d have locked up the job awhile ago. Considering J.J. Nelson and Brice Butler were also in the mix suggests to me that the whole group is good and not great at best. Of course, that could be wrong and the coaching staff has been playing this one close to the vest. (Darren Urban via Twitter)

Rashaad Penny is the RB2 behind Chris Carson

Nothing new here. Carson has been the man all offseason. Hang on to Penny as long as you can though if you’ve got him. (Seahawks.com)

Curtis Samuel recovering from procedure to correct irregular heartbeat

That’s a new one. I only consider a dynasty league stash at this stage. The potential is high, I’m just feeling cautious with him. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

DeVante Parker feeling “substantially better”

Parker is wearing a protective covering on his injured hand (finger). Parker is in my dog house and I own him on zero of my many Fantasy leagues. Kenny Stills is the guy to own here and we’ll see if Albert Wilson can catch lightning in a bottle. Very worried about this offense if Kenyan Drake isn’t the savior the coaching staff thinks he can be. (Miami Herald)

Chris Godwin “or” DeSean Jackson listed as starter

The Bucs literally put out a depth chart that says Godwin or DJax as the starter. In these sorts of situations, not that they happen often, but I’m going for the newcomer. If the team liked Jackson, they’d stick with him. Obviously, the incumbent (DJax) hasn’t shown enough and Godwin has shown up. I don’t know if I’d start Godwin in Week 1 but he has breakout candidate written all over him. (Jenna Laine via Twitter)

Jay Ajayi “full” practice participant

Le’Veon Bell still a no show


Monday, September 3

Nathan Peterman will start Week 1

The Bills traded away A.J. McCarron and will opt to start Nathan Peterman for Week 1. Hopefully Peterman can move past last season and his struggles filling in for Tyrod Taylor. In the meantime, Josh Allen learning on the sideline is the best thing for his long-term development. I wouldn’t say Peterman has really done much to impress. Maybe within the underwhelming context of the Buffalo Bills. I don’t like anybody on this team for our Fantasy purposes. Hard pass. (Buffalo Bills via Twitter)

Antonio Gates signs one-year deal

Gates is a Fantasy backup at best. He has no speed, no burst. I don’t doubt his ability to work zones and find soft spots in defenses but he retired for a reason. The Chargers groomed Hunter Henry for a reason. I’ll cap Gates with 40 catches for 600 yards and four TDs. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Jay Ajayi will play Week 1

He’s not elite but Ajayi is the primary back in a good, above-average balanced offense. Ajayi has been recovering from some kind of unspecified “lower body” injury. Be aware and prepared that Ajayi is injury prone and could disappear at any moment. Follow the points of the waiver wire if they are there and don’t stay too loyal to Ajayi if he starts slow. (Jeff McLane via Twitter)

Sony Michel participates in drills

Michel’s Week 1 status is unknown so this is a good sign. He’s still recovering from a knee scope back in early August. He hasn’t seen any practice time until recently after having missed the entirety of preseason. Long-term, teams are worried Michel has a bone-on-bone knee condition that will limit the potential length of his career.  (Kevin Duffy via Twitter)

Saints add Mike Gillislee

Gillislee is automatically the Saints No. 3 RB behind Alvin Kamara and Boston Scott. In deeper formats, he’s worth a speculative add as a handcuff. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Jordan Wilkins frontrunner to start Week 1 if Marlon Mack can’t play

Adam Shaheen placed on injured reserve

Lamar Jackson will be No. 3 QB on depth chart


Saturday, September 1

Khalil Mack headed to the Bears

I don’t usually talk about defense since most Fantasy leagues don’t cover IDPs, but man, trading Khalil Mack? Really? I’m posting this as it’s happening but the Bears are giving up two first-rounders for Mack. Which is huge obviously. Mack is only under contract for 2018 so I’m not sure on the particulars. If the Bears only get him for one season, this is a huge fail on their part. I can only assume they’ll give Mack a mega extension not too far off what Aaron Donald just received from the Rams because you don’t give up this much for a rental. All this said, the Bears defense overachieved in my estimation last year but they should be just as good, if not better, now that they have Mack). They ranked 10th in total yards allowed and 9th in points allowed in 2017. There are some interesting things happening here. Remember, the Bears drafted LB Roquan Smith. His instincts in the middle are off the charts. I’d compare him to Patrick Willis. Yes, P-Willie. I really like Adrian Amos as a safety. He reminds me of a young Reshad Jones. Danny Trevathan is a very good LB. Nick Kwiatkoski is one of the better LBs you’ve never heard of and he’ll be their third ILB. DE Akiem Hicks is solid (8.5 sacks last year). DT Eddie Goldman will be very good this year. CB Kyle Fuller isn’t elite, but he’s better than average. Throw in an absolute game-changer like Mack and the whole defense gets better. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

David Johnson and Cardinals “far apart” on extension

Tough situation for Johnson because he was injured last year. Cardinals are probably looking for a discount because of it, meanwhile DJ wants to get paid based on his 2016 numbers. Can’t fault either side, assuming the Cards don’t let him walk after this season ends. That would be a huge mistake. (PFT)

ESPN writer guesses Nick Foles will start Week 1

Alshon Jeffery is already scheduled to miss the first couple weeks and now the speculation is that Carson Wentz could miss the first two games. Slow starts can be overcome but the Eagles have a pretty tough schedule. They play the AFC South so we can assume Houston and Indy will be better (with Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck back). Jacksonville is a tough game and Tennessee isn’t a pushover. They NFC games outside the NFC East aren’t easy either. They play the NFC South (ATL, at TB, CAR, at NO). In these eight games, only Tampa Bay and Indy do I feel comfortable penciling in as a win. Then their final two non-divisional games are against Minnesota and at the Los Angeles Rams. There are a lot of tough defenses here. The wild card of course is the divisional games. (Mike Clay via Twitter)

Alshon Jeffery passes physical

He is still expected to miss the first two weeks of the season. Weeks 1 and 2 would be one of the few teams I wouldn’t mind starting Nelson Agholor. I think he’s a bench option at best in any other week. (Ben Volin via Twitter)

Bucs GM won’t commit to starting Jameis Winston in Week 4

Winston is suspended for the first three games of the season and Tampa Bay won’t commit to saying they’ll start him in Week 4 because maybe Ryan Fitzpatrick will be hot to start the season. If I was Winston, I’d ask for a trade. “I don’t think it’s fair to say right now that he’s going to be the guy,” said GM Jason Licht. “[If] Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin, whoever it is, is playing lights out, I don’t think it’s fair right now just to say, ‘Yes, automatically, [Jameis] is going to be the guy.” Winston is coming up on his fifth year, meaning he is under contract under his fifth year option which is only guaranteed due to injury. So technically, Winston could get cut after this season at no penalty to the Bucs. So Tampa Bay has some flexibility even though they’re already playing hardball by keeping Winston on the fence about his playing status. (NFP)

C.J. Prosise’s roster spot “up in the air”

A few teams have expressed interest in trading for Robert Griffin III


 

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