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#223 Will Russell Wilson’s Streak Be Broken?

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter, we recap Thursday Night Football and take a look at the full practice report from yesterday. It's 10/8. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

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We didn’t quite get the shootout game we were hoping for, but there were plenty of solid fantasy performances from last night’s game where the Rams beat the Seahawks 26-17:

* Both Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson suffered hand injuries in this game. Stafford played through it, while Wilson was forced to leave and was replaced by Geno Smith

* Alex Collins (15-47, 3-2-25) took over for Chris Carson as expected and dominated the backfield in snaps, routes run, and carries. He’ll continue to be a great spot start for as long as Carson is forced to miss. 

* Robert Woods got off the schneid and turned in a monster game (12-150) on 14 targets. His production is still likely to be volatile in this newly configured Rams offense, but encouraging to see that he still has this kind of game in him. 

* Despite many being worried about Jalen Ramsey, D.K. Metcalf did grown ass man things (5-98-2). Tyler Lockett actually out-targeted Metcalf 10-5, but didn’t come close to matching him in production. It’s honestly hilarious that these two can never both have a great game together. I’m not tilting at all. I’m laughing. 

* Both Darrell Henderson (17-18-1, 1-17) and Sony Michel (11-37-1, 1-8) looked solid. Henderson would have had an even better stat line if not for a brief injury absence in the second quarter. Michel received 9 of his carries while Henderson was out, which indicates to me that this is still fully Henderson’s backfield. 

 

📚 THE FANTASY ARTICLES YOU MUST READ

Matthew Berry's Love, Hate and the Definitive Guide to Fantasy Football Trades. Matthew dishes a bunch of tips and tricks for executing trades in this week’s column: “Except in rare circumstances where I desperately need depth, I want to be the one getting the best player in a deal. I try not to do 2-for-1 deals unless I am getting the one.”

Do The Opposite: NFL DFS Week 5 Leverage Situations by Michael Dubner. This is shaping up to be a great week to go contrarian in DFS tournaments. Michael explains over at Rotoviz: “In GPP tournaments, we don’t need the highest possible score. Rather, we just need the highest score compared to our opponents. This is where leverage comes into play. The question I ask myself to gain leverage on the field is: “How can I exploit how the rest of the field is going to construct rosters?”

Get access to Matthew’s column on ESPN, Dubner’s piece at Rotoviz, and a host of other great sites with a Rotopass subscription

 

🚑 THE INJURY WARD

The big news from yesterday was that Calvin Ridley will not be joining the Falcons in London for this week’s game due to personal reasons. As a reminder, that London game is early on Sunday (9:30am ET) so make sure your lineup is set Saturday night if you have Jets or Falcons players. 

Here’s the full rundown from Thursday practices...

* Did Not Practice: Dalvin Cook (ankle), George Kittle (calf), Joe Mixon (ankle), Julio Jones (hamstring), Chase Edmonds (shoulder), Curtis Samuel (groin), Jimmy Garoppolo (calf), Rob Gronkowski (ribs, lung), Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Darius Slayton (hamstring), 

* Limited participants: Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), Antonio Gibson (shin), Aaron Jones (ankle), D’Andre Swift (groin), Ezekiel Elliott (knee), Amari Cooper (hamstring), Tee Higgins (shoulder), Chase Claypool (hamstring), T.J. Hockenson (knee), Elijah Mitchell (shoulder), Melvin Gordon (lower leg), Teddy Bridgewater (concussion), DeVante Parker (shoulder), 

* Full participant:  A.J. Brown (hamstring), Damien Williams (quadriceps), Elijah Moore (concussion), Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral, hip), Kenny Golladay (groin), Saquon Barkley (knee), 

* Out Sunday: Calvin Ridley (personal reasons), Russel Gage (ankle), Tyler Kroft (back), 

 

We’ll be back tomorrow with Waz’s updated Week 5 ranks and updates on a lot of these injury situations. 

Happy Friday. 

- Pete Overzet

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