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Buccaneers' Ryan Fitzpatrick sets NFL record with 3rd straight 400-yard game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-50 passes for 411 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in a 30-27, Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.

What It Means:

Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in league history to throw for 400 yards in three consecutive games. The interceptions were the result of ugly reads that led to a 30-10 halftime deficit, but the bearded one rebounded after the break, leading a furious 17-point second-half rally that left the Buccaneers just short of improving to 3-0. Entering Week 4, Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 1,230 passing yards and is 2nd to Patrick Mahomes with 11 touchdowns. Jameis Winston is set to return from suspension this week, but head coach Dirk Koetter has yet to say who will start against the Bears in Chicago on Sunday.

FitzMagic fired off 28.1 FanDuel points on Monday night. He's now averaging 33.8 FanDuel points per game this season, with 1,230 passing yards (1st in the NFL), 11 touchdowns (2nd), and 4 interceptions.

San Francisco's Matt Breida diagnosed with a hyperextended knee

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida suffered a hyperextended knee in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means:

Breida appeared to have suffered a more devasting injury as he fell in a non-contact play. He ultimately missed just one series and was able to finish the game with the knee injury. Breida is expected to be limited in practice -- if he participates at all -- and will be questionable at best to suit up in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Breida finished Week 3 with 69 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards (on 3 catches) for 11.1 FanDuel points.

Niners' Alfred Morris picks up ankle injury in Week 3

San Francisco 49ers running back Alfred Morris tweaked his ankle in Week 3's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

What It Means:

Morris was able to play through the injury on Sunday and is expected to be ok for Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Niners will re-examine Morris on Wednesday but will still likely be limited in practice this week.

Morris finished with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 3 for 12.7 FanDuel points.

Rams' Aqib Talib (ankle) may require surgery, will get second opinion

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Aqib Talib (ankle) may require surgery on his injured ankle but will get a second opinion before moving forward, per James Palmer of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Talib injured his ankle when rolled up on in Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He is expected to miss at least four weeks, but thankfully for the Rams fellow cornerback Marcus Peters is likely to suit up and play on Thursday following an injury of his own.

The Rams currently rank sixth in the NFL with less than 200 passing yards allowed through three games this season.

Christine Michael cut by Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have released running back Christine Michael.

What It Means:

The journeyman back had barely contributed this season, carrying the ball just twice for nine yards. Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins, and Nyheim Hines will tote the ball for the Colts from here on out.

Michael has rushed for a total of 1,089 yards, caught 26 passes for 135 yards, and scored 8 touchdowns in his career.

Jets express interest in trading for Steelers' Le'Veon Bell

The New York Jets have expressed interest in trading for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.

What It Means:

This weekend the Steelers declared they are willing to listen to trade offers for their disgruntled superstar. The Jets apparently have not made an offer but believe Pittsburgh is willing to trade Bell. No other teams have been linked to the running back yet.

Bell totaled 1,946 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Steelers in 2017.

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) confirmed by MRI to have torn ACL

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) had an MRI confirm he tore his ACL on Sunday.

What It Means:

The Niners' quarterback also suffered some damage to his MCL, but the ligament remains intact. The injury, as expected will end Garoppolo's 2018 season. He should make a full recovery in time to start in Week 1 of 2019. C.J. Beathard will take over the starting duties for San Francisco the rest of the year.

Garoppolo's 2018 season ends with the QB throwing for 718 yards and 5 touchdowns with 3 interceptions on 89 pass attempts.

Buccaneers' Ronald Jones a healthy scratch on Monday night

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones is once again a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What It Means:

The rookie has yet to be active for a regular season game. With the way the Bucs' offense has been playing, it might be a while before that happens. Peyton Barber will get the start, while Jacquizz Rodgers should get the bulk of the passing down work.

numberFire projects Jones for a paltry 60.2 combined rushing and receiving yards, 0.3 touchdowns, and 4.3 receptions this season.

Josh Rosen named Cardinals' new starting quarterback in place of Sam Bradford

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen will start at quarterback moving forward, head coach Steve Wilks announced Monday.

What It Means:

Rosen will replace Sam Bradford, who was benched late in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He threw an interception that sealed the game for Chicago but showed some promise and should provide a boost to an offense that has been among the league's worst through the first three weeks of the season.

Rosen completed 4-of-7 passes for 36 yards and 1 interception, and added a 12-yard rush, in his first brief taste of real NFL action.

Bears' Anthony Miller (left shoulder) currently 'day-to-day'

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller suffered a dislocated left shoulder in Week 3's win over the Arizona Cardinals.

What It Means:

Miller tried to play through Sunday's game with his injury but was forced to leave in the third quarter. Head Coach Matt Nagy told the media the rookie wide receiver's current status is day-to-day.

If Miller is active in Week 4, our models project him for 5.64 FanDuel points with totals of 36.58 receiving yards on 2.73 receptions.

Packers' Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) likely done for season

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson underwent ankle surgery Sunday night that is expected to be season-ending, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

Wilkerson was carted off the field in Sunday's loss against Washington after injuring his left ankle.

He made 3 tackles this season, his first with Green Bay.

Titans coach says Marcus Mariota (elbow) still can't make every throw

Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota still cannot make some throws, coach Mike Vrabel said on Monday.

What It Means:

Mariota did not start in the Titan's win over Jacksonville, but came in for a concussed Blaine Gabbert. He completed 12-of-18 passes for just 100 yards, but added 51 yards on the ground on 7 rushes.

Our models project Mariota to score 15.1 FanDuel points in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vikings' Dalvin Cook (hamstring) says there is a "good chance" he plays in Week 4

Minnesota Vikings running Dalvin Cook says he is "day-to-day," but added there is a "good chance" he plays in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports.

What It Means:

Cook is nursing a hamstring injury that kept him out of the team's Week 3 loss to the Bills.

He has rushed for just 78 yards on 26 carries and has yet to score a touchdown this season.

Rams' Marcus Peters (calf) will reportedly miss 2-4 weeks

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peter has a strained calf and is expected to 2-4 weeks, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

What It Means:

Peters left Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Rapoport also reports that initial tests indicate there is no structural damage, which could have meant an even longer absence. Aqib Talib is also battling an injury, which could spell trouble for the Rams' defense. ‏

He has 1 interception this season, bringing his career total to 20 in 48 games.

Andy Dalton tosses 2 scores, 4 picks in Bengals' loss

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 29-of-46 passes for 352 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions in a 31-21, Week 3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

What It Means:

Dalton didn't have as bad of an afternoon as the line suggests, as one of the picks was tipped up and the other was a desperate heave. A.J. Green exited with what is believed to be a minor groin issue, but if he is unable to play against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4, it would be a significant blow to Dalton's fantasy outlook.

Dalton scored 18.1 FanDuel points in Week 3. He's now averaging 20.7 FanDuel points per game this season, with 860 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.

Marshawn Lynch scores in the Raiders' loss to the Dolphins

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch ran for 64 yards and a touchdown in a 28-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

What It Means:

Lynch also caught 3 passes for 22 yards. His longest rush was only 9 yards, but he had a 52.6% success rate on the ground per our metrics (the league average is about 42%).

He scored 16.1 FanDuel points on Sunday and is averaging 13.9 per game this season.

Will Fuller surpasses 100 yards, scores again for Texans Week 3

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller caught 5 passes (12 targets) for 101 yards and a touchdown during a Week 3 loss to the New York Giants.

What It Means:

Fuller led the Texans in targets and receiving yards, while his touchdown was a short red-zone dumpoff late in the contest. He's topped 100 yards and scored in back-to-back games since sitting out the opener. Fuller and company draw an advantageous matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.

Fuller scored 18.6 FanDuel points (FP) in Week 3, more than doubling numberFire's projection of 8.6 FP. He's now averaging 20.0 FanDuel points through two games, with 13 receptions for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 targets.

Deshaun Watson does damage late in Texans' loss

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 24-of-40 passes for 385 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception, and also rushed 5 times for a team-high 36 yards in a 27-22, Week 3 loss to the New York Giants.

What It Means:

The majority of Watson's production came on two late scoring drives with the game pretty much decided, both of which resulted in short dumpoffs. He's thrown for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in back-to-back games after turning in a dud in the opener. The Texans visit the Indianapolis Colts in a plus Week 3 draw.

Watson scored 26.0 FanDuel points in Week 3. He's now averaging 20.6 FanDuel points per game this season, with 871 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions, in addition to 120 yards on the ground.

Jimmy Graham catches 5 passes for 45 yards in Packers' loss

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham caught 5 passes (7 targets) for 45 yards in a 31-17, Week 3 loss to the Washington Redskins.

What It Means:

Graham tied Ty Montgomery for third on the team in targets behind Davante Adams (9) and Randall Cobb (11). The Packers were unable to do much on offense, and Graham was no exception. They host the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.

Graham scored 7.0 FanDuel points in Week 3. He's now averaging 7.1 FanDuel points per game this season, with 148 scoreless receiving yards on 13 catches (19 targets).

Giovani Bernard solid despite Bengals' loss

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and also caught 5 passes for 25 yards in a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

What It Means:

Bernard played a large role in the Bengals' offense in the absence of Joe Mixon. He had a team-high 9 targets and had 12 of the team's 13 rushing attempts (receiver Tyler Boyd had the other).

His 17.1 FanDuel points are ninth-most among running backs in Week 3 thus far. He is averaging 8.2 per game this year.

Zach Ertz turns in 73 receiving yards for Eagles Week 3

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught 5 passes (10 targets) for 73 yards in Sunday's 20-16, Week 3 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

What It Means:

Ertz paced the Eagles in targets and matched Dallas Goedert for receiving yards. He still hasn't found the end-zone this season but leads the team in the other three receiving categories. The Eagles visit the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.

Ertz scored 9.8 FanDuel points in Week 3. He's now averaging 10.7 FanDuel points per game this season, with 21 receptions for 215 yards on 33 targets.

Travis Kelce leads Chiefs' Week 3 barrage with 8 catches, 114 yards

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught 8 passes (10 targets) for 114 yards in a 38-27, Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

Kelce didn't hit paydirt but he led the Chiefs in targets, catches, and yards. The tight end would have had an even busier afternoon if Kansas City would have been inclined to throw more in the second half. They battle the Denver Broncos in Week 4.

Kelce scored 15.4 FanDuel points in Week 3. He's now averaging 14.3 FanDuel points per game this season, with 229 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 catches (26 targets).

T.Y. Hilton catches 5 passes for 50 yards in the Colts' loss

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton caught 5 passes for 50 yards and no touchdowns in a 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

What It Means:

Hilton was targeted 10 times, behind only Eric Ebron for the team lead on Sunday. He did most of his damage on a 29-yard reception in the third quarter.

He scored 7.5 FanDuel points on Sunday and is averaging 12.8 per game this year. Hilton has been targeted 32 times this season, more than twice as often as the next Colts wide receiver (Ryan Grant, 15). Ebron, a tight end, is second on the team with 20 targets.

Lions' Kenny Golladay scores again in victory over Patriots

Detroit Lions sophomore wide receiver Kenny Golladay caught 6 passes (7 targets) for 53 yards and a touchdown in a 26-10, Week 3 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.

What It Means:

Golladay tied Golden Tate for the team-lead in receptions and was just a target short of doing the same in that category. He has either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown in each game through three weeks. The Lions face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4.

Babytron scored 14.3 FanDuel points (FP) in Week 3, beating out FanDuel's projection of 9.4 FP. He's now averaging 15.7 FanDuel points per game this season, with 256 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 catches (28 targets).

Cleveland Browns officially name Baker Mayfield their starting quarterback

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson announced that rookie Baker Mayfield will take over as the team's starting quarterback.

What It Means:

The news is not all that surprising, given Mayfield's strong debut last Thursday and Tyrod Taylor's struggles leading up to that point. Mayfield entered Cleveland's win over the Jets in the second quarter place of Taylor and completed 17-of-23 passes for 201 yards and led a 14-point comeback. The Browns will travel to Oakland in Week 4.

Mayfield scored 9.8 FanDuel points last week in just over a half of action.

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