Fantasy Football Trust'em or Dust'em - Week 8 (Video)
Brandon Marianne Lee gives us her take on what player we should trust and what players we should be looking to move on from heading into Week 8 of the NFL season.
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A. Patton - WR
Patton signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Patton has spent the past two seasons on the team's practice squad, impressing in both preseasons. He recorded nine receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown in the 2018 preseason.
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V. Mayle - TE
Mayle signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Mayle spent the majority of the season on the team's practice squad after appearing in 23 games over the past three seasons split between the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. While Antonio Gates future remains up in the air, the Chargers still retain Hunter Henry, Virgil Green and Sean Culkin -- leaving Mayle as the long shot tight end.
Added 11:19 pm (EST)
J. Liggins - WR
Liggins signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Liggins spent the offseason with the Bolts before ultimately being cut ahead of Week 1. However, the former CFL wideout joined the team's practice squad in early December and will now get another offseason with the team this year.
Added 11:13 pm (EST)
C. Jones - QB
Jones signed a futures deal with the Chargers on Monday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Jones will remain with the Chargers through the offseason and into OTAs after spending the past two seasons on the team's practice squad. Backup quarterback Geno Smith will enter free agency this offseason, which could leave Jones the opportunity to compete for backup role heading into the season.
Added 11:09 pm (EST)
T. McKinley - DL
McKinley was detained by Los Angeles police on Tuesday after his friend grew concerned for his well being and called 911, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It was reported that McKinley cooperated and left with police without being booked for any sort of crime.
McKinley's status remains unclear, as it was reported that he was spending time at a Los Angeles hotel when his friend became concerned and called local police. In a statement released Tuesday, head coach Dan Quinn reflected on the situation by saying, "Any time a situation occurs that (could be) related to mental health issues we take it very seriously. We will do everything we possibly can to support and assist (McKinley) as our players' mental and physical well being are always our top priority."
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F. Cox - DL
Cox will not play in the Pro Bowl due to a foot injury, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Cox injured his foot in Sunday's NFC divisional-round loss to the Saints. It is unclear how serious the injury actually is, as he would likely only play in the exhibition contest if he was at full health. The defensive end posted a career-high 12 sacks this season. He will be replaced in the game by DeForest Buckner.
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C. Newton - QB
Owner David Tepper admitted Tuesday that a decision hasn't been made regarding surgery on Newton's right throwing shoulder, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We have to recognize we may have to do things through the year if it doesn't [get better]," Tepper said. "We have to make sure we have our options in all ways possible."
Upon first glance at his game log from the 2018 season, Newton was more or less himself for most of it, accounting for at least two touchdown passes in each game from Week 2 through Week 13. On top of that impressive run, he posted a career-high 67.9 completion percentage, averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored four TDs on the ground. After Week 7, he regularly was rested in practice due to lingering soreness in his right shoulder, and the lack of reps seemed to catch up to him in his final two appearances Weeks 14 and 15, the latter of which was a 131-yard performance with no touchdowns and one interception on 16-for-29 passing. The Panthers opted to shut down Newton thereafter, leading to Taylor Heinicke (elbow) and Kyle Allen (shoulder) getting starts down the stretch. The initial remedy for Newton appears to be rest, but Tepper's comments indicate a procedure will be considered if his condition doesn't improve in a timely manner.
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N. Rose - K
Rose was waived by the Chargers on Tuesday, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.
Rose's release by the Chargers comes less than a week after he was signed to help with kickoffs in the divisional round. He was on the field for three kickoffs and such had no potential fantasy value while Michael Badgley was handling field goals. Rose will set his sights on making a roster in 2019 after failing to make a team during the 2018 regular season.
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