Adams is officially inactive Sunday night, not surprising after he was listed as doubtful. He was knocked out of Week 2 early, and just wasn’t able to progress enough to play. This obviously opens up a huge amount of targets on the Packers offense, as Adams had 17 targets in Week 1 alone. The Packers are not deep at WR, but Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are the top two options at the position, and both should see heavy work loads tonight. Aaron Jones should also be leaned on more with the star WR out.
Golladay is active and will play for the Lions today, giving Stafford back one of his top weapons. This will be Golladay’s first game of the season, and it comes in a likely high-scoring game against the Arizona Cardinals. It may take Golladay a little while longer before he is back to his usual self, as hamstring injuries can be tricky to return from.
Jerry Jeudy is active for the Broncos Week 3 and should be their top WR this week. Him being active cuts into the targets available for the rest of the team, but the absence of Courtland Sutton means there are already plenty of targets available. Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler both appear affordable this week, especially if you don’t believe Jeudy will be his normal self. Nick Vannett is inactive, meaning Jake Butt could get some run as the second TE behind Noah Fant.
Berrios had been questionable but reportedly was expected to play, and is in fact active today. The Jets have just four active WRs today, so Berrios should at least receive significant snaps, with Chris Hogan, Josh Malone and Lawrence Cager the only other options at the position.
Harry and Edelman are both active Week 3 and will be Cam Newton’s top targets. Both have 18 targets and 13 receptions through 2 games, leading the Patriots’ offense by a significant margin, although Edelman holds a 236-111 edge in yards. Dalton Keene was projected to return from injury this week, but was a surprising scratch. Ryan Izzo will remain the top TE and projects to have a modest role.
Jacobs and Waller are both active after being listed as questionable for Week 3. While both might still be working through their injuries, they also remain the main focal points of the Raiders’ offense, and therefore should see significant work against the Patriots.
Duke Johnson is inactive Week 3, meaning David Johnson should handle nearly every RB touch once again. Kenny Stills is active after dealing with a non-COVID illness on Friday. He remains low on the WR depth chart and is unlikely to have a significant role in the offense this week.
Jones being inactive is the big injury news of the early games for Week 3. He typically gets a huge target share, and his absence will open up more looks for Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Hayden Hurst in particular, although the entire offense may seem some increased opportunities. Those top three passing game options should be heavily targeted today by Matt Ryan, giving them high upsides. It did sound as if Jones was close to playing, so he may be able to return in Week 4.
Ian Rapoport did his usual early AM news dump, although all of these players’ statuses are ‘expected’, and not confirmed. Inactives will still need to be monitored closely today given the number of high impact players listed as questionable. Duke Johnson is the only player in this group not expected to play, and the Texans promotion of C.J. Prosise to the active roster would seem to confirm this fact. Texans RB usage should be similar to last week, when Duke Johnson was also out. David Johnson was the only RB to get a carry or a target Week 2, and should be the only viable option for Week 3.
Sammy Watkins is listed as questionable by the Chiefs for Monday night, an improvement considering he missed the first day of practice this week. He was a full participant in practice Saturday, but his status likely will not be clear until Monday. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would likely see the biggest boost if Watkins is out.
Akers was unable to participate in practice the entire week and has officially been downgraded to out for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions due to a ribs injury. Meanwhile, Malcolm Brown avoided the Rams’ final injury report but is still nursing a broken finger that could be a factor in limiting his total snap count in this weekend’s contest. Following Akers and Brown’s exits from last Sunday’s win, Darrell Henderson Jr. went on to total 121 yards on 14 touches, and he now figures to lead the Los Angeles backfield for a second straight week, making him the Rams running back to target for in daily fantasy tournament formats on Sunday’s main slate
As expected, Thomas has officially been ruled out and won’t play in Sunday night’s Week 3 matchup against the Green Bay Packers due to a high ankle sprain that’s now forced him to miss two games. This is obviously a devasting blow to the Saints offense, and with Thomas unavailable, it elevates Emmanuel Sanders to the de facto number one wide receiver for Drew Brees despite seeing just three targets in last Sunday’s loss, while Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook also figure to absorb a larger market share of the Saints’ targets. The absence of Thomas should allow for Tre’Quan Smith to continue seeing a significant increase in snaps and routes run, and he’ll be an intriguing tournament option once again on this weekend’s primetime and single-game slates across the daily fantasy industry.
White was understandably away from the team this entire week following the passing of his father, and he’s officially been ruled out of Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders as he continues to tend to personal matters. With White absent for last Sunday’s loss, Rex Burkhead predictably led the Patriots with a 72.5% snap rate and accumulated six targets, making him the clear running back to target if aiming to do so in daily fantasy formats this weekend. Sony Michel still only totaled seven carries in a relatively closely-contested game, so his role in this offense may be nonexistent unless the Patriots get out to a huge lead. Even then, there’s an abundance of value options to choose from in Week 3, so Michel can pretty easily be eliminated from consideration for fantasy purposes.
After being limited in Thursday’s practice, Ruggs didn’t participate in any individual or team drills on Friday and has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots due to a hamstring injury. Ruggs and the entire Raiders wide receiving corps has amassed a laughable percentage of the target market share through two games as the offense has definitively run through Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs, both of whom are listed as questionable on the official injury report heading into this weekend’s contest. Assuming they’re both cleared to play, there likely won’t be much extra target opportunity left for Bryan Edwards and Nelson Agholor to absorb, and the absence of Ruggs’ speed may bog down the Las Vegas offense even more with the lack of a credible deep threat at wide receiver.