Cam Akers (ribs) officially ruled out for Sunday
Michael Thomas (ankle) officially ruled out for Sunday night
Berrios is a surprise addition to the Jets’ injury report and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers due to a hamstring injury he apparently sustained in Friday’s practice. Head coach Adam Gase already confirmed to reporters this morning that Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman will inactive for this weekend’s contest, so this leaves Chris Hogan as the Jets current de facto number one receiver with the aforementioned duo sidelined for the foreseeable future. Following Perriman’s exit in last Sunday’s loss, Hogan, Berrios, and Josh Malone surprisingly saw nearly 70% of the targets from Sam Darnold while, for reasons unknown, Chris Herndon only ran a route on 64.2% of passing plays and accumulated just four total targets.
Spencer Turnbull has just a 7.7 K-BB% with a 91.4 mph EV. A 50.4 GB% has held his Barrels/BBE to 7.0%, but even then, just two of his 10 Barrels have left the yard, resulting in a 3.83 ERA and 3.59 FIP with all remaining estimators at least half a run higher. The Royals have just a 91 wRC+ and 16.5 K-BB% vs RHP, but with the wind blowing out to left tonight, conditions are favorable for right-handed power. The hottest hitter in baseball over the last 30 days is Salvador Perez (287 wRC+), who now has a 188 wRC+ and .306 ISO vs RHP this season. The cost has risen to $3.7K on FanDuel tonight, but Perez has homered three times in the past two games. While Turnbull doesn’t have much of a split, batters from either side of the plate are above a .310 wOBA and xwOBA against him in his career.
James White (personal) officially ruled out for Sunday
Henry Ruggs III (hamstring) won’t play Sunday
Kirk was held out of practice and individual drills all week, and according to Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury, he won’t play in Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions due to a groin injury. Kirk has accumulated just nine targets despite being among the team leaders in air yards through two weeks, so his absence will likely only buoy the league-leading 35.7% target market share of DeAndre Hopkins in this weekend’s contest. However, there’s some uncertainty on who will absorb a majority of the snaps opposite of Hopkins on the outside, though Andy Isabella appears to be the leading candidate after running a route on 26.3% of passing plays last week Even though Isabella has historically been utilized as the second slot wide receiver in four-receiver sets, the hope is the Cardinals finally decide to free him and allow him to play outside, but it’s equally as possible that Trent Sherfield runs cardio on the boundary all afternoon instead.
Jeudy has officially been listed as questionable on the Broncos’ injury report, but he is still reportedly expected to play in Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite dealing with a ribs injury. Jeudy has managed to record 21.4% of the target market share from quarterbacks Drew Lock and Jeff Driskell, and he could see that number rise as the season progresses with Courtland Sutton now on injured reserve with a torn ACL injury. The other top two wide receivers for Denver moving forward appear to be KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick as they each logged at least a 70% snap rate in last Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, though Hamler was tied with Jeudy for the team lead in targets in the aforementioned contest.
Johnson and Stills were limited participants in practice all week and have officially been listed as questionable on the Texans’ injury report for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to their respective ailments. Even if Johnson is cleared to play, he doesn’t figure to have much of a role in Houston’s offense as it’s currently configured since starting running back David Johnson handled every single backfield touch in the Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday afternoon. As for Stills, he appears more likely to be active than Johnson after practicing in the full the past two days, but if he’s unable to go for some reason, DeAndre Carter or Keke Coutee would likely assume his snaps as the fourth wide receiver behind Will Fuller IV, Brandin Cooks, and Randall Cobb.
Dylan Cease has ceased to pitch competently in 2020. Over his last five starts, he’s walked 20 with just 17 strikeouts, yet still has just a 4.09 ERA over that span (.220 BABIP, 9.5 HR/FB). He’s allowed just two HRs and Barrels during this run with a 49.2 GB%, but 89.8 mph EV. The 78.9 LOB% doesn’t hurt the results either. His numbers are a mess everywhere except for the scoreboard right now and it’s going to be tough for the White Sox to trust him this post-season. The Cubs haven’t been hitting anything recently though (31 wRC+, 3.4 HR/FB last 30 days), so maybe the magic continues tonight. Just three batters in the projected lineup are above a 100 wRC+ over the last 30 days. One of those guys though, is Ian Happ, who also has a 140 wRC+ and .313 ISO vs RHP since 2019. He costs just $3K on FanDuel. Considering the fact that LHBs have a .387 wOBA (.367 xwOBA) against Cease since he arrived in the majors, Happ could be one of the top values on the board tonight.
Brown didn’t participate in practice the entire week and has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings due to a bone bruise in his knee that’s now forced him to miss two games. In his absence, Corey Davis logged 86.2% of snaps, but there was no clear second wide receiver in last Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars as Cameron Batson, Adam Humphries, and Khalif Raymond all saw between 40-60% of snaps at the remaining wideout positions. Humphries was at least targeted when he was on the field, but make no mistake, Davis and Jonnu Smith will likely continue to be the primary options in a low-volume passing game for Ryan Tannehill while Brown is sidelined.
Yu Darvish has allowed 10 runs (nine earned) over his last 19 innings, but has still struck out at least seven in eight straight starts, walking more than two just once this year. That gives him a board topping 27.6 K-BB% that even a 27.7 LD% can’t spoil. While a 2.23 FIP matches his 2.22 ERA, additional estimators range as high as a 3.37 DRA, which is still quite impressive. It may account quality of strength of opposing offenses, while also pitching in favorable Wrigley weather a few times. His first four starts were against the Brewers, Royals and Pirates, but he hasn’t faced a non-playoff contender since then. The White Sox have a dangerous offense (107 wRC+, 18.3 HR/FB vs RHP), but this spot is not without upside (White Sox 18.9 K-BB% vs RHP, 31.9 K% last seven days). Only four batters in the projected lineup are above a 99 wRC+ over the last 30 days. Another positive are Darvish’s splits. The White Sox are predominantly a right-handed lineup and batters from that side have just a .260 wOBA against Darvish since 2019. Darvish is the most expensive pitcher on FanDuel at $11.2K. He’s $400 more than Carlos Carrasco, who looks great in a fantastic matchup against the Pirates, but Darvish has the higher strikeout rate by 3.6 points in a more dangerous matchup (which could lower his ownership rate), but one with just as much upside.
Davante Adams (hamstring) “probably doubtful” for Sunday night
Doyle was able to practice for a second consecutive day after being held out of Wednesday’s session with an ankle injury that forced him to miss the Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday afternoon. It still remains to be seen if Doyle is categorized as a full or limited participant on Friday’s practice report, but either way, he’s been given the all-clear to play in the Week 3 matchup against the New York Jets this weekend. Now that Doyle is on track to be active, he still won’t have much fantasy value individually in daily fantasy formats, but his mere presence on the field will cap the projections of Mo Alie-Cox, who produced a stellar stat line on a 67.7% snap rate and six targets in Doyle’s absence.
Kittle was a limited participant in practice all week, and according to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, will be inactive for a second straight game after already missing Sunday’s Week 2 win over the New York Jets due to a knee injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter originally reported that Kittle was expected to return in Week 3 to face the New York Giants, but given the concerns over the condition of the turf at MetLife Stadium in recent weeks, the Niners ultimately decided to hold out their All-Pro tight end at least one more game even though he may feel he’s healthy enough to play. With Kittle officially unavailable, Jordan Reed and Ross Dwelley will assume the vast majority of the tight end responsibilities once again, though Reed ran 18 routes to Dwelley’s 10, a gap that will likely only increase following Reed’s two-touchdown performance in last week’s contest.