As was expected based on earlier reports, neither Jordan Reed nor Rob Kelley will suit up on Sunday night. Vernon Davis will try to fill Reed's void as the TE1 and his DFS asking price does put him into play for prime time slates, although Jared Cook is the preferred play. Much like we saw after Kelley left in Week 2, expect Perine to eat up the large majority of early down work with Chris Thompson checking in on passing downs.As reported by Mike Garafolo Other tagged players: Robert Kelley, Vernon Davis, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson
With Randall Cobb out, Jordy Nelson is expected to slip into the slot quite a bit this afternoon against the Bengals. Nelson smashed last season without Cobb on the field, averaging 22.8 PPR points with a 6.33/8.67/104.67/1.0 line across the three games Cobb missed, 4.5 points more than when Cobb played. On top of that, he'll be defended by Darqueze Dennard when in the slot, who's allowed a 77% catch rate and 0.33 fantasy points per route defended, per PFF. Green Bay will also be without LT David Bakhtiari, so the fact that Bulaga is playing today is welcome news. The tackle had the fourth-best PFF pass blocking grade among 76 qualifying players last season and his 34 pressures allowed across 679 passing snaps provided him the 14th-best pass blocking efficiency at his position.
Green Bay is currently dealing with a bunch of injuries. Also inactive for this week: LT David Bakhtiari, DT Mike Daniels, CB Davon House, and LB Nick Perry. That means the Packers will be without a defensive starter at each level, which could provide the struggling, Eifert-less Bengals solid fantasy value. A.J. Green will be working on Damarious Randall, who's allowed 0.48 fantasy points per route defended this season (per PFF), although he'll have to fight through double teams. His market share should climb through the roof without Eifert, especially considering new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is expected to focus on getting the ball in the hands of his best players (Green). Lazor is also expected to increase Joe Mixon's workload. If DT Daniels qualified, he would be PFF's fifth-highest ranked interior defender against the run (84.2). While their quarterback Andy Dalton has struggled mightily, it hasn't helped that his offensive line has allowed 31 total pressures and ranks 29th in pass blocking efficiency. The good news is they've faced two strong defensive front sevens to start the season and Nick Perry, the eight-highest ranked edge defender in pass rushing (per PFF), will be watching from the sidelines.Other tagged players: Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Joe Mixon
He's going to play but he's banged up and the Titans are expected to limit his workload against the Seahawks this afternoon. Taywan Taylor will move into the WR3 role with Davis out. Derrick Henry picked up 92 yards and a score on just 14 touches against Jacksonville. He would've been an interesting GPP play against a tough defensive front if Murray was sidelined today. Although he should still pick up plenty of work, it's not a great spot and now it'll be challenging for him to get enough volume for a huge day. Seattle got gashed by Carlos Hyde in Week 2 for 124 rushing yards on 15 carries but it's possible that was due to some Kyle Shanahan outside zone magic or an off day for a formidable defensive line. A week prior, they contained Ty Montgomery, limiting the back to just 54 rushing yards on 15 attempts.Other tagged players: Taywan Taylor
After being a healthy scratch in Week 2, Lacy will suit up for the Seahawks this afternoon. Graham is dealing with an ankle injury but he's going to play, as Pete Carroll promised. A broken finger won't stop Richardson from getting on the field against the Titans this afternoon. Graham is off to a slow start but he may be able to find his rhythm this week. Although Tennessee hasn't really been tested by the position yet this season, they did allow Jared Cook to haul in all five of his targets for 56 yards. If the Seahawks offense can put some drives together, Graham should pick up some usage around the goal line; he's tallied two end zone targets this year. Chris Carson still figures to get the majority of the work in the backfield, even with Lacy active. Still, the Seahawks will have four running backs active today and it's possible they go with a hot hand approach if Carson stumbles out of the gates.Other tagged players: Eddie Lacy, Paul Richardson
The Saints will be without their best corner, Lattimore, when they take on the Panthers this afternoon. On the offensive side of the ball, they'll be missing both of their starting tackles, Armstead and Zach Strief. The injuries in the secondary are big for quarterback Cam Newton and receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was expected to be shadowed by Lattimore. The Saints will now have to rely on P.J. Williams and De'Vante Harris at cornerback, which is bad news for them considering they've given up 10/13/182/1 and 6/7/110/1 lines, respectively. Without Greg Olsen on the field, Benjamin's market share should rise and he should be able to feast. Devin Funchess will have an excellent matchup as well, but he may have been more appealing if Benjamin was going to be defended by Lattimore the whole game. Not surprisngly, both receivers are in the top ten in projected ownership on DraftKings and Newton is tied for first at quarterback.
D'Onta Foreman will continue to operate as Lamar Miller's primary backup and he could continue to see an increased workload. It won't make him a viable fantasy asset, but it will cut into Miller's upside. Houston is very limited in their passing game with Fuller and C.J. Fiedorowicz sidelined and Jaelen Strong off to Jacksonville. DeAndre Hopkins should keep seeing a ton of targets and Tyler Ervin will likely serve more as a receiver than runner. New England is well known for taking away their opponent's top weapon, which could make it difficult for Hopkins to be effective today.Other tagged players: D'Onta Foreman
It's a downgrade for their pass rush as it initially looked like Tuitt could play today. In 2016, he led their interior defenders with 46 pressures, which was 14th in the league at his position, per PFF. The rookie Watt has forced four pressures and has an interception. Even without them, the Steelers have a nice matchup against the Bears, who have allowed 34 pressures through two games, the third-most in the NFL.
Goodson will miss his second game in a row. It's a big loss as the linebacker currently ranks fifth at his position with an 84.6 PFF grade. While his replacement, Calvin Munson, didn't score a high grade (39.4), he showed up on the stat sheet with four tackles and three run stops, which was tenth at his position in Week 2, per PFF. The rookie rushed the passer on just three snaps but still managed to sack Matthew Stafford. Although he wasn't tested too much in pass coverage, he allowed a reception both times he was targeted. Hart started against the Lions Monday night but exited after two snaps. Center Brett Jones stepped in for him and promptly earned a poor 39.5 grade and allowed two hurries. As a unit, this offensive line ranks 27th in pass-blocking efficiency (PFF) and 22nd in adjusted line yards per carry (FO).
Tyler Larsen will start in his place. Larsen has excelled in pass protection so far, earning an 80.2 PFF grade across his two appearances, the second-best mark among 32 qualifying centers. He struggled in run blocking though, scoring 57.4 (18th).
Landry was able to play through his knee injury last week and amassed 13 receptions while DeVante Parker battled Casey Hayward. Parker was only able to haul in four of his nine targets but Cutler was looking for him downfield; the receiver finished with 18.3 air yards per target. With Landry targeted so close to the line of scrimmage (3.2 air yards per target) and only three other guys receiving looks during the game, Parker ended up accounting for 47.66% of the team's total air yards. He has a much more favorable matchup this week against a poor Jets secondary, which should enable him to be more efficient with his opportunities. However, even in a close game that had them trailing heading into the fourth quarter, Miami ran the ball 32 times in Week 2. With the Dolphins heading into Sunday as 6-point favorites, they could break out to an early lead and lean on Ajayi. It's a nice spot for the running back against a Jets defensive line that ranks 14th in adjusted line yards per carry (3.83) and has allowed a league-worst 185.0 rushing yards per game. When they do pass, both Landry and Parker should be effective. Parker may come with higher upside given his large market share and downfield opportunities. The pair combined for 72.8% of Cutler's targets against the Chargers and the Jets have permitted the third-highest quarterback rating in the league (116.2) through two games.Other tagged players: Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry
Tight ends Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Will Tye are both active for the Jets Sunday. Seferian-Jenkins is returning from a two-game suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He reportedly made drastic changes with his health in the offseason, cut 20 pounds, and was very impressive at training camp. A week ago, Hunter Henry tore up the Phins for seven catches and yards on seven targets. Fellow tight end Antonio Gates got in on the fun with a touchdown.Other tagged players: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Will Tye
With Davis (groin) and Wilson out for Week 3, the Colts have to go further into their bench. Kenny Britt could now face Kenny Moore or T.J. Green, who've combined for a 4/81/1 line on six targets. The receiver has struggled out of the gates, posting a disappointing 2/5/15/0 line, but with Corey Coleman sidelined, someone needs to step up for the Browns. Britt is a potential high-risk GPP pivot option off of Rashard Higgins based on the very favorable matchup. Head coach Hue Jackson challenged him to improve his performance and that could be a great spot to deliver.
Washington's absence has elevated Zach Zenner to the active roster to fulfill a similar role, which isn't all that big; Washington has averaged 10.5 snaps and 4.5 touches per game so far. In terms of fantasy, the injury doesn't change much. Ameer Abdullah will continue to pick up the early down work and Theo Riddick will get work on passing downs. In Week 3, they play the Falcons, a great spot for Riddick as Atlanta can't seem to defend pass-catching backs. Last week, Ty Montgomery caught 6-of-7 targets for 75 yards and a score. A week prior, rookie Tarik Cohen had his breakout game with eight receptions for 47 yards and added a touchdown. Riddick is averaging 5.0 targets per game and he could see that volume increase this week. The Lions are currently three-point home dogs in a game with the second-highest total on the slate (50).
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