With the Chargers losing Hunter Henry for the season, they’ve signed veteran TE Lance Kendricks. The Chargers TE targets will be split between Virgil Green and Kenricks, with neither a strong DFS option.
Marqise Lee looks ready to make his 2019 debut, but his role in the offense appears to have diminished. Chark and Conley have been the most effective receiving options for the Jaguars, each with at least 10 catches, 170 yards and 17 yards per catch. Gardner Minshew threw for just 213 yards in his first start, so the offense could be limited through the air. Conley’s status is in doubt for the Thursday night Week 3 game and should be monitored as kickoff approaches.
Both players appeared on the injury report earlier this week, but both should be ready to play Thursday night. A.J. Brown has been Mariota’s most effective receiver, catching 6 of his 9 targets for a team leading 125 yards through 2 weeks. Mariota is only averaging 201 yards per game, and his play will continue to cap Brown’s ceiling.
Kirkwood was battling a hamstring injury before being placed on IR. The second year player had a few productive moments last season with the Saints, but wasn’t able to get healthy this year.
Anderson appeared to have a role as the backup RB to start the season, getting 11 carries Week 1. However, he was matched Week 2 by Ty Johnson with just 5 carries, while Kerryon Johnson remains the clear lead back. Paul Perkins was signed by the Lions, but he should be at the bottom of the RB depth chart.
Jackson is expected to miss 2 weeks with an abdominal strain. Alshon Jeffery’s status is unknown for Week 3, meaning Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor will see a significant amount of targets.
Thomas was active for Week 2 despite not practicing once for the Jets, but finished with 1 catch for -1 yards on 2 targets. Thomas was working back from a hamstring injury that he appeared to aggravate Monday night. The knee has also been added to his injury status, so it’s possible he tweaked that as well. The Jets offense is a mess currently, so even when healthy Thomas is not in a good position until Sam Darnold returns.
Siemian tore ligaments in his ankle Monday night, knocking him out for the rest of the season. Luke Falk will take over as the starter until Sam Darnold is able to return. The Jets are more than 3 touchdown underdogs Week 3 against the Patriots, and it is hard to see anyone except Le’Veon Bell producing for the Jets until Darnold can return.
Newton was not at practice Tuesday for the Panthers. He reportedly aggravated a foot injury, according to Ian Rapoport. This will put his Week 3 status in question.
Williams is working through a hip pointer but said he expects to play Week 3. This is far from a guarantee that he will play, but it is a positive sign. Continue to monitor his progress throughout the week. Williams has been the biggest beneficiary of Antonio Brown leaving for the Patriots, as he has caught 11 of his 14 targets for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns. TE Darren Waller (15 targets) is the only Raider with more targets this season. If healthy, expect Williams to continue to be heavily featured in the passing attack.
McCoy got good results from his MRI, avoiding any serious damage to his ankle. He could play Week 3, but his status will need to be monitored throughout this week. The role for RB’s in the Chiefs’ offense is limited, but McCoy has been their most effective runner, totaling 104 yards on 21 carries. Damien Williams would see an increased workload if McCoy is out.
Jeffery’s injury isn’t reportedly too serious, but it still could keep him out a week or two. With both Jeffery and DeSean Jackson leaving Week 2 with injury, Zach Ertz (16 targets) and Nelson Agholor (11 targets) carried the load through the air for the Eagles. Both will continue to see huge target shares if either Jeffery or Jackson miss Week 3.
The Bills are still gathering information about Devin Singletary’s injury, but he is considered day-to-day at this point. Monitor his status as the week progresses.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said David Johnson should be good to go Week 3 against the Panthers. Johnson suffered a wrist injury yesterday but was able to continue playing in the game. It will be worth monitoring his status throughout the week, but he doesn’t appear at risk of missing any time. Week 2 was a big step back for Johnson, with only 7 carries for 14 yards (1 TD) and 1 catch on 1 target for 0 yards. He had 137 yards from scrimmage and 6 catches Week 1, and if healthy, should be closer to that level Week 3.
Conner suffered a knee injury Week 2 and the details aren’t known yet. The injury isn’t believed to be serious, but that is coming from his teammates. We will still need to get more concrete information before penciling him in for Week 3. Jaylen Samuels would be the starter if Conner is out.
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