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NFL Network: Elliott likely to play Week 1

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 5, 2017

If ruling delays past 4 p.m. today, Zeke will play Sunday night

NFL Network on Twitter: “If Ezekiel Elliott is still on the roster by Tuesday at 3pm Dallas time, he will be eligible to play in the opener.” (Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This is via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who reported that Elliott will play Week 1 if NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson does not hand down a decision before 4 PM EST on Tuesday. It’s not a 100 percent sure thing he’s a go for the opener, but it’s looking more and more like a probability.

Willie Snead gets 3-game suspension

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 1, 2017

Violating NFL policy on substances of abuse

#Saints WR Willie Snead is suspended 3 games for violating NFL policy on substances of abuse, per @NFL. It was reduced from 4 (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This would explain why Ted Ginn Jr. has been running and operating as the No.2 wide receiver during portions of the pre-season. Snead’s fantasy value takes a hit, but he will likely come at a bargain in drafts moving forward. Ginn and Coby Fleener get slight bumps.

Cardinals release RB Chris Johnson

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 1, 2017

Kerwynn Williams is the No.2 running back

Cardinals released veteran RB Chris Johnson, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Johnson lacked explosiveness in camp and was plagued by fumbling issues during pre-season games. Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Elijaah Penny are next up on the depth chart behind do-everything David Johnson.

Jaguars name Blake Bortles starter for Week 1

Fantasy Football, NFL News
August 26, 2017

Chad Henne returns to backup role

Doug Marrone has named Blake Bortles starting QB for Jaguars’ regular season opener against Houston on September 10. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: After being demoted for the all important third pre-season game, the Jags have elected to go with the uninspiring Bortles over the mediocre Chad Henne at quarterback for Week 1. Perhaps the mini-benching will light a flame under Bortles who has looked awful this pre-season. Bortles is back to being draftable in 2-QBs leagues but its a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.

Still no timetable for Andrew Luck’s return

Fantasy Football, NFL News
August 22, 2017

InjuryColts QB’s Week 1 status in doubt

Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) on Twitter regarding Andrew Luck: “Said he still doesn’t have a timeline and isn’t worried about it. Then he gave me a few cliches and laughed if off. I don’t have a good sense.”

Scott Tolzien would face the Rams in Week 1 if Luck were still on PUP or unable to go right away after a limited practice schedule. (Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This is bad for Luck owners who were assured by beat reporters from the Indy Star and other outlets throughout the month of July and into August that Luck would be removed from PUP and ready for Week 1. His draft value has to take an enormous hit, considering both the prognosis and his less-than-stellar 2016.