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News: Chargers QB Justin Herbert and WR Keenan Allen were listed as limited at Wednesday’s practice.
What it means in fantasy: Herbert has broken rib cartilage and is day-to-day, according to head coach Brandon Staley. Herbert participated in individual drills, while Chase Daniels participated as a team in team drills. Allen missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury and also participated in individual drills. Herbert’s playing status will depend on him, Staley says. Fantasy managers would be wise to have a contingency plan. Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jared Goff are three options managers should stream with Herbert on the roster to consider. Allen will probably play, but it’s important to have a backup plan as well. Treylon Burks, Noah Brown and Sterling Shepard are all free agents to add to your watch list.
News: Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. (quad) and WR Alec Pierce (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday.
What it means in fantasy: Matt Ryan was doing a happy dance in his head. Without his top two receivers against the Jaguars on Sunday, he had 1.8 fantasy points. Pittman can be viewed as a low-end WR1 against the Chiefs this week after posting 27.1 fantasy points in Week 1. Pierce shouldn’t be on anyone’s fantasy radar in Week 3.
News: ESPN’s Nick Wagoner reported that George Kittle practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday.
What it means in fantasy: Kittle’s chances of playing against the Broncos on Sunday night are increasing as he recovers from a groin injury. Kittle averaged 13.5 fantasy points in 41 career games with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center.
News: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL has upheld a one-game suspension for Buccaneers WR Mike Evans.
What it means in fantasy: Fantasy managers are now awaiting status updates on Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee). It was recently announced that Cole Beasley would be added to the practice squad as a way for the team to add depth behind Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman and others. Fantasy managers in 12-team or deeper leagues should have Gage and Perriman on their radar. These two can be seen as flexible options while Tom Brady is more of a QB2.
News: Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site reports that RB James Conner remains day-to-day with an ankle injury.
What it means in fantasy: Conner was seen at practice on Wednesday. While his participation will likely be limited, he appears to be on track to play in Week 3. Conner has a significant history of ankle problems. If he were to miss time, Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams would form the Week 3 committee.
News: Ravens RB JK Dobbins practiced with the full squad on Wednesday.
What it means in fantasy: Despite practicing with the full squad last week, Dobbins was inactive for the Ravens’ second straight game. He has been itching to get back on the court since suffering a torn ACL last summer. He said his LCL, hamstrings and meniscus were affected. With Dobbins injured, it makes sense for the team to be extremely cautious. There’s a good chance he’ll make his regular-season debut against the Patriots, but it’s unlikely he’ll have a major role in his first game back.
News: Cardinals WR Rondale Moore remains day-to-day at practice after not practicing Wednesday.
What it means in fantasy: This was confirmed by coach Kliff Kingsbury. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported over the weekend that Moore could be out for several more weeks with a hamstring strain. In his absence, Greg Dortch will continue to fill the void and remain on fantasy radars. Dortch has been the most consistent hitter so far. Through two games, he’s averaging 6.5 targets and 14.4 fantasy points, and should see favorable coverage in Week 3 against the Rams as Marquise Brown will battle cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
News: Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy did not practice Wednesday.
What it means in fantasy: Jeudy suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday’s game against the Texans. Kendall Hinton could be cut from the practice squad if Jeudy doesn’t play Sunday. KJ Hamler, who was limited in Wednesday’s practice, should be on your fantasy radar. Hamler looks set to return to the lineup against the 49ers on Sunday night after missing Week 2 with a knee/hip injury. It is available in 97% of ESPN leagues.
News: The Athletic’s Tashan Reed reported that Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow did not practice Wednesday.
What it means in fantasy: Renfrow suffered a concussion during the Week 2 game against the Cardinals. Mack Hollins would replace him in the starting lineup if he is unable to play against the Titans in Week 3. Hollins had eight targets last week, and if Renfrow goes out, he could do it again against the Titans.
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• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Mike Clay and Daniel Dopp review Thursday Night Football before telling us the best WR matchups for the week, including how to manage expectations for bad matchups. Then Adam Schefter joins in to talk about the storylines we’ll be watching this week and tell us why Kyle Pitts needs more targets. Listen | Look
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The Mike Clay Handbook: Projections and Analysis for Every Game
Week 3 preview by Eric Karabell
• Daniel, Liz and DJ’s Fantasy Improv: the lighter side of fantasy
• Fantasy Focus podcast now at 10:00 a.m. ET
In case you missed it:
Mike Clay’s Shadow Report: Analysis of wide receiver vs. defensive back matchups
Eric Karabell’s Week 3 Flex and Superflex Rankings
Seth Walder’s Next Generation Stats Advantage: Mismatches to Exploit
DFS Cheat Sheets for DraftKings and FanDuel
• Week 3 standings for individual defensive player leagues
• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Stephania Bell and Daniel Dopp play “Start, Bench, Cut” with Week 3’s biggest names, including how to manage stars like Derrick Henry and Tom Brady. Plus, Liz Loza joins in to give us what QB needs to be in your lineup. Listen | Look
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