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The news: ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that free agent Odell Beckham Jr. would look “pretty good” in a Cowboys uniform.
What it means in fantasy: Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy also recently spoke positively about Beckham. Last week Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Odell Beckham Jr. will be fully free by the end of the week. Beckham suffered a cruciate ligament tear in the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win over the Bengals. Teams interested in him include the Bills, Cowboys, Rams, Giants, 49ers, Chiefs and Packers. It’s very likely he’ll need weeks of practice to get back on his feet and learn the playbook for his new team before making his debut in 2022. Fantasy executives should have realistic expectations when Beckham returns. Beckham could become more of a flex option than the WR1 we remember from its early days. Fantasy managers who find this tempting would do well to hide it; Beckham is in just 17.8% of ESPN leagues.
The news: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Josh Allen’s right elbow injury involving his ulnar collateral ligament and associated nerves will limit his practice this week.
What it means in fantasy: Allen should be able to manage the injury for the rest of the season but he may not play the Vikings in Week 10. Since it’s his throwing arm, it could be a big problem as the Bills prepare for a matchup against the Vikings. Fantasy managers would do well to bring in another quarterback in case Allen misses the time. Justin Fields, Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Jones are excellent alternatives.
go deeper: Before the start of the regular season, there was similar optimism about Matthew Stafford’s elbow injury. He’s averaged just 11.7 fantasy points per game this season.
The news: Ravens RB Gus Edwards is expected to return after the team’s Week 10 reunion.
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 and sustained a hamstring injury, is also expected to return, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
go deeper: Edwards and Kenyan Drake meet a Panthers defense that Joe Mixon gave up for 211 total yards and five touchdowns with just 26 touches. Both will be very good flex options in this matchup.
The news: CBS’ Tracy Wolfson reported that Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette was “extremely frustrated” at being disqualified 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 eat into the veteran’s chance portion, rushing eight times for 27 yards. Wolfson also reported that White comforted Fournette during the game, telling him, “We need you.” Both running backs are struggling to produce for a Buccaneers team that ranks last in the league in rushing (60.7 yards per game) and 22nd in run-stop-win rate. Fournette can be viewed more as a low-end RB2 against the Seahawks in Week 10. There’s no better time than now to hide Rahaad White, who only makes the roster in 20.2% of leagues. As the rookie’s workload increases, he can become fantasy relevant around playoff time.
The news: Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice session.
What it means in fantasy: Last week, Hubbard attended limited sessions on Wednesday and Thursday but was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Bengals after a DNP on Friday. The Panthers still don’t use D’Onta Foreman in transient situations, which is a role Hubbard would most likely fill. It can be viewed as a flex option in deeper formats. Hubbard is listed in 30.3% of ESPN leagues.
The 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 he was injured, he was an every-down receiver on the Titans’ heavy offense, which ranks sixth in rushing attempts per game with 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 two carries for 12 yards. In the Titans’ game against the Chiefs, rookie backup Malik Willis started for the injured Ryan Tannehill, and Tennessee receivers missed five goals. Burks is talented enough to add a spark to the Titans’ passing game for the rest of the season, so fantasy managers should hide him now.
Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and on the ESPN Fantasy App:
Mike Clay’s Shadow Report: Analyzing matchups between wide receivers and defensive backs
Seth Walder’s next-gen stat advantage: Mismatches to exploit
DFS cheat sheet for DraftKings and FanDuel
• Rankings for individual defensive player leagues
• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)
Field Yates Fantasy Field Pass for week 10
Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Falcons vs Panthers
Tristan H. Cockcroft’s positional matchup card
Fantasy film room by Matt Bowen
Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS best buys for week 10
• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)
In case you missed it:
• Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings at Each Position (PPR and Non-PPR)
Streaming pickups by Matt Bowen: deeper picks for lower leagues and emergencies
Eric Karabell’s Flex and Superflex Rankings for Week 10
• Fantasy Fallout by NFL Nation: Beat reporters answer our most pressing fantasy questions
• Eric Karabell’s trade index and rankings for the remainder of the season for week 10 and beyond
• “Fantasy Focus” podcast: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp and Stephania Bell round up MNF and update stars like Josh Allen on injuries before going over which rollercoaster players are letting them fade into the rest of the season. Also, Eric Moody is joining the show to discuss the players you need to add for week 10. Listen | watch