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.
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.
Crowder and Perriman didn’t participate in practice the entire week, and head coach Adam Gase officially confirmed to reporters that they’ll both be inactive and won’t play in Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts due to a hamstring injury. This leaves Chris Hogan as the Jets de facto number one receiver with both Perriman and Crowder sidelined for the foreseeable future. Following Perriman’s exit in last Sunday’s loss, Hogan, Braxton 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.
Moss and Knox didn’t participate in practice the entire week, and Bills head coach Sean McDermott already confirmed on his weekly radio spot that both players will be inactive for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams due to their respective ailments. This leaves Tyler Kroft and Reggie Gilliam as the top two remaining tight ends at quarterback Josh Allen’s disposal in the passing game. As for Moss, he has played roughly 45% of snaps in a split backfield timeshare with Devin Singletary through two games, so with Moss officially unable to give it a go this weekend, Singletary will suddenly become the clear lead running back in the Bills’ offense and is an intriguing daily fantasy option in tournament formats on Sunday’s main slate.
Chark wasn’t able to participate in practice on Tuesday and has officially been downgraded to out on the Jaguars’ injury report for Thursday night’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins due to chest and back ailments. The initial reaction is that Chark’s absence would create a massive void in the Jacksonville passing game, but that just hasn’t been the case to this point since Chark hasn’t commanded nearly as much of the target market share through two weeks as he did last season, and he is even trailing both Keelan Cole and Laviska Shenault in air yards thus far. His place on the active roster should be filled by Dede Westbrook, who was inactive in Week 2, but he still may be behind Cole, Shenault, Chris Conley, and Collin Johnson in the pecking order for snaps at the wide receiver position.
The hits keep on coming for Reagor and the Philadelphia Eagles as the promising rookie wide receiver has been diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right thumb, and he’ll need surgery to repair the aforementioned ligament. Additionally, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Eagles are expected to place Reagor on injured reserve, which would force him to miss at least the next three weeks. Reagor managed to lead all Eagles’ wide receivers with an 85% snap rate in last Sunday’s Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, so there will certainly be plenty of opportunity for J.J. Arcaega-Whiteside and John Hightower to run additional routes opposite of DeSean Jackson on the outside. Reagor’s absence could also force head coach Doug Pederson to utilize more 12-personnel than he already does, which would open up an even higher percentage of the target market share for Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz and limit the playing time of Greg Ward, who has only played 29.7% of snaps to date.
Shepard suffered a turf toe injury in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, and the results of an MRI he underwent on Monday must have not been promising as the Giants have placed him on injured reserve, effectively ruling him out for at least the next three weeks. His place on the active roster will be filled by Devonta Freeman, who officially signed his new contract on Tuesday evening and figures to be the leading candidate to eventually lead the Giants’ backfield committee following the loss of Saquon Barkley for the season. As for Shepard’s absence, Damion Ratley should continue to see the largest increase in snaps and routes run on the outside opposite of Darius Slayton whereas Golden Tate will likely dominant slot routes and see higher than the 60.3% of snaps he played in Week 2 as he works his way back from a hamstring injury.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Giants and Freeman have agreed to terms on a contract pending Freeman’s successful passing of a physical and intake COVID-19 testing. As long as everything goes to plan, Freeman could reportedly participate in practice as early as Wednesday, which could potentially put him on track to at least play a limited role in the offensive gameplan come Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. This should keep Dion Lewis in the backup running back role once Freeman is up to speed, while Wayne Gallman would likely remain as the third-stringer to provide depth at the position after being a healthy inactive for this past week’s loss to the Chicago Bears.
Ruggs was able to return to practice on Saturday and is now officially active for Monday night’s Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints despite battling a knee injury that kept him limited the entire week. There have been no reports of a potential snap count for Ruggs, and he would have easily led the Raiders’ wide receiver corps in routes run in Week 1 if he wasn’t forced to exit briefly with the aforementioned knee injury. He’ll still be a viable option in daily fantasy formats for tonight’s single-game slate, especially if Las Vegas is forced into a more pass-heavy game script, and Ruggs is able to maintain a similar 17.9% target share that he amassed in last Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers.
Lock suffered a severe rotator cuff strain and will be sidelined at least two weeks before being re-evaluated, effectively ruling him out for the Broncos next two games and making him a candidate for short-term injured reserve. Even though Lock is expected to miss extended time, Denver is still hopeful he’ll be able to get back under center before the team’s Week 8 bye, which likely puts his timetable for a return closer to four weeks than the two that’s been reported. In his absence, Jeff Driskel will take over as the starting quarterback, and he was serviceable in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers despite only completing 18-of-34 passing attempts and tossing an interception.
Campbell suffered a sprained MCL and PCL during Sunday’s Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings and will be out indefinitely. The Colts haven’t ruled out a potential return for Campbell later in the season, but if he winds up needing surgery to repair the ligament damage in his knee, there’s certainly a possibility the team decides to place him on injured reserve for the remainder of the year and effectively end the standout second-year wide receivers’ 2020 season. With Campbell sidelined for a lengthy period of time, it should be expected for T.Y. Hilton to reassert himself as the clear number one wide receiver in the Colts’ offense, while Zach Pascal and rookie Michael Pittman Jr. figure to see more snaps on the outside with Hilton likely moving inside on three-wide receiver sets.
An MRI performed on Monday morning revealed that Sutton suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Broncos’ standout wide receiver is slated to miss the remainder of the 2020 season. According to multiple reports, the Broncos’ don’t currently plan to bring in any additional players to provide depth at the wide receiver position, so rookie Jerry Jeuy and second-year tight end Noah Fant should become the top-two pass-catching options for quarterback Jeff Driskel, and eventually Drew Lock, once he returns from a shoulder injury. Additionally, KJ Hamler made his NFL debut in Sunday’s contest and surprisingly amassed seven targets while playing primarily in the slot, which will likely limit the appeal of DaeSean Hamilton’s in any type of fantasy formats moving forward.
Dorsett and Dallas will both be inactive the for Seahawks Sunday night. Dorsett had been working this week in practice to return, but clearly didn’t progress far enough. Given that he also missed Week 1, the Seahawks offense should not be significantly changed this week.
Edelman and Harry are both active, as has been expected. James White is a surprise inactive, reportedly due to a family tragedy. His absence opens up significant targets from the running back position, of which Rex Burkhead should absorb the majority.