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Adam Gase: Dolphins' offense was 'garbage' in Week 3
Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase went off on the team's poor offensive performance against the New York Jets.
Gase hinted that a shakeup may be in order, saying that there was "a lot of bad football" and that he'd "find the guys that want to do it right, and those are the guys that will play." This is notable because Gase cut three offensive linemen the last time he was upside with his team's offensive showing.
With poor showings from Jay Cutler and Jay Ajayi, the Dolphins' pass offense now ranks 24th while their rush offense sits 22nd in our power rankings. Overall, they're 26th in offense, so some changes could certainly be coming in Week 4.
Dez Bryant scores again in Cowboys' victory
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant caught 2 passes (2 targets) for 12 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's Week 3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Dak Prescott attempted only 18 passes all night, but Bryant made the most of his opportunity on a 15-yard score where he battered his way through the Cardinals' defense on his way to the end zone. Look for Dez to be more involved at home in Week 4 versus the Los Angeles Rams.
Per numberFire Live, Bryant finished with 1.37 Reception Net Expected Points in Week 3, meaning a league average wide receiver would have scored 1.37 fewer points than Dez did if put in similar situations. His 8.2 FanDuel points didn't meet our expectations (12.5).
Cardinals' Chris Johnson rushes for 17 yards on Monday night
Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson rushed 12 times for 17 yards and caught 1 pass (2 targets) for 4 yards in a Week 3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Johnson led the Cardinals in carries, but he failed to get anything going and wound up being out-snapped by Andre Ellington 49-31 with the team playing in catch-up mode for most of the fourth quarter. This backfield offers no fantasy value outside of the deepest formats.
Per numberFire Live, Johnson finished with -6.07 Rushing Net Expected Points in Week 3, meaning a league average running back would have scored 6.07 more points than Johnson did if put in similar situations. His 2.6 FanDuel points didn't live up to our expectations (8.4).
Kareem Hunt to continue heavy workload for Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that the team will not change running back Kareem Hunt's workload moving forward.
According to the Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor, the Chiefs will continue to use the rookie back in the way they've been using him. While Charcandrick West has played 27.59% of offensive snaps, Hunt has played 66.09% of snaps as the Chiefs' workhorse running back.
Over 3 games, Hunt has totaled 538 yards and 6 touchdowns on 56 touches. He's the top-scoring player in standard PPR leagues and is projected at 18.5 FanDuel points while running $8,900 for Week 4's matchup against the Washington Redskins.
Chargers' Melvin Gordon says left knee is 'good'
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon missed most of the second half on Sunday with a sore knee, but he and coach Anthony Lynn said he should be fine for Week 4.
Gordon is believed to have suffered a minor bone bruise, but the worry stemmed from the fact that this is the same knee Gordon had microfracture surgery on after his rookie season. His comments should be encouraging for his Week 4 availability against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gordon rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown in the first half on Sunday, but he tallied just 1 yard on 2 carries in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs. If active, we project Gordon for 16.4 FanDuel points in his next matchup.
Carson Palmer throws for 325 yards and 2 scores in Cardinals' loss
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer completed 29-of-48 pass attempts for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.
In the first half, Palmer was the beneficiary of some great line play. He went 15-of-18 for 145 and a touchdown. However, after being sacked just twice in the first two quarters, Palmer completed less than 50% of his passes while going down four times in the second half.
At $7,300, Palmer finished the night with 21.7 FanDuel points, his best output of the year to date. He will look to repeat the performance next week against the 0-3 San Francisco 49ers.
Larry Fitzgerald racks up 13 catches in Cardinals' MNF loss
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald racked up 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Fitzgerald amassed a whopping 15 targets on Monday as he dominated the Cardinals' passing attack. He scored on a 15-yard strike from Carson Palmer in the third quarter for his first touchdown of 2017. Fitzgerald's 13 catches and 149 yards surpassed his output from the previous two games where he totaled 9 catches and 95 yards.
Fitzgerald blew away numberFire's projections of 11.3 FanDuel points as he finished Week 3 with 27.4 points.
Dak Prescott accounts for 3 touchdowns in Cowboys' win
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 2 touchdowns and ran one in as well in Monday's 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Prescott didn't rack up big passing starts as he attempted just 18 passes for 183 yards. He did find Dez Bryant on a 15-yard score in the second quarter, Brice Butler on a 37-yard strike in the second half, and had a 10-yard run to bounce back after a slow start for the Cowboys. He finished with 16 yards rushing, showing no ill-effects of an ankle injury he suffered in Week 2.
Our models projected Prescott for 17.4 FanDuel points and he finished with 23.0 points in Week 3.
Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott totals 94 yards and a score in Week 3
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown while adding 14 yards on 3 catches in Dallas' 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Elliott was off to a slow start as he rushed for 0 yards on his first 5 carries before ripping off a 30-yard run. He finished with 22 carries and a 3.6 yards per carry average as he bounced back from a dismal 8-yard rushing performance in Week 2.
numberFire's models project Elliott for 18.6 FanDuel points and he ended up with 16.9 points on Monday.
Giants' Orleans Darkwa dealing with just a 'minor' back injury
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa's back injury is considered 'nothing major,' per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
Darkwa sat out the final minutes of Week 3's loss with a back injury but thankfully avoided something serious. He had rushed 7 times for 22 yards before leaving on Sunday and could be in line for more carries, if healthy, as starter Paul Perkins has been atrocious.
Darkwa totaled 33 yards on 8 touches for 3.8 FanDuel points in Week 3.
J.J. Nelson (hamstring) is active for the Cardinals on Monday night
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (hamstring) is active versus the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.
Nelson was limited in practice but should be a full go on Monday night. He is expected to see another uptick in targets with John Brown remaining sidelined in Week 3. Nelson recorded 5 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in Week 2.
Our models project Nelson for 3.5 catches, 48.3 yards, and 0.4 touchdowns for 8.8 FanDuel points versus the Cowboys.
Jermaine Gresham (ribs) is active as Cardinals face the Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham (ribs) is active against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.
Gresham sat out Week 2 and was limited in practice with a rib injury. He is good to go on Monday, giving Carson Palmer another weapon to throw to in Week 3.
Our models project Gresham for 2.8 catches, 27.9 yards, and 0.2 touchdowns for 5.5 FanDuel points on Monday night.
Bengals' Tyler Eifert out multiple weeks with back injury
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss "multiple weeks" with a back injury, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Eifert won't need surgery, but it's worth noting that he went under the knife this past offseason after a back issue cost him the final two games of the 2016 campaign. Tyler Kroft will move forward as the Bengals' starting tight end, although he doesn't offer much fantasy appeal.
Entering Week 3, Eifert's 0.59 Reception Net Expected Points per target ranked 13th among the 28 tight ends with at least 5 targets this season. He has 4 catches for 46 yards on 5 targets across two games.
Randall Cobb (chest) listed as limited at Packers' practice Monday
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (chest) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's injury report for Week 4 against the Chicago Bears.
The Packers didn't hold an official practice on Monday, but teams playing on Thursday night are required to provide estimations on participation. Cobb didn't practice at all last week, so this seems to be a step in the right direction. If he winds up being held out again versus the Bears, Geronimo Allison would be a possible streaming option for owners in need.
In two games this season, Cobb has 145 yards and 15 catches on 22 targets. Among the 26 NFL players with at least 15 targets entering Week 3, Cobb ranked 21st in terms of Reception Net Expected Points per target.
Giants' Paul Perkins turns 11 touches into just 30 yards in Week 3
New York Giants running back Paul Perkins rushed 9 times for 22 yards and caught 2 passes for 8 yards in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Perkins led the Giants' backfield in touches with Orleans Darkwa a close second with 8 (7 rushes, 1 catch) touches on Sunday but still struggled to produce, gaining just 2.4 yards per carry. With Darwka nursing a back injury, Perkins may get one more chance to led the Giants next week.
Pekins totaled just 4.0 FanDuel points, falling short of our modest projection of 7.0 points before the game.
Andrew Luck (shoulder) ruled out for Colts in Week 4
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks, said head coach Chuck Pagano.
Pagano added that Luck may return to practice this week. Per a Sunday report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Luck is targeting a Week 6 season debut versus the Tennessee Titans. Jacoby Brissett will make a third consecutive start for the Colts in a road date with the Seahawks this upcoming Sunday.
numberFire's models project Luck for just the 31st-most fantasy points among quarterbacks over the rest of this season. We project him for 2,772.5 passing yards, 17.2 touchdowns, and 12.8 interceptions in 2017.
Chargers' Melvin Gordon reportedly dealing with 'minor' bone bruise
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has a "very minor" bone bruise on his knee, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Gordon played a season-low 33 offensive snaps (45.2 percent) in Week 3 due to the injury, which he apparently suffered in practice last week. Per Rapoport, the third-year back "wanted to go back in" versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but his status is uncertain for Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Per numberFire Live, Gordon finished with -0.69 Rushing Net Expected Points in Week 3, meaning a league average running back would have scored 0.69 more points than Gordon did if put in similar situations. His 13.9 FanDuel points didn't live up to our expectations (19.0), but he still produced 79 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries versus the Chiefs.
Charles Clay scores second touchdown of season in Bills' win
Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay caught 6 passes on 6 targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in a Week 3 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
Clay scored on a broken play in the red-zone that left him wide open for six. It gives him a pair of touchdowns on the year, but the 28-year-old tight end is averaging just 38.3 receiving yards per contest. Encouragingly, Clay's six targets were second-most on the team. The Bills travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in Week 4.
Per numberFire Live, Clay finished with 1.81 Reception Net Expected Points in Week 3, meaning a league average tight end would have scored 1.81 fewer points than Clay did if put in similar situations. His 12.9 FanDuel points surpassed what our models expected (7.0).
Buccaneers' Lavonte David dealing with 'medial' ankle sprain
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David has a "medial" ankle sprain.
This would be less severe than the initial report of a high-ankle sprain, which was expected to sideline David for "a month or more," according to NFL.com. He's now considered "week-to-week." After getting torched by Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, the Buccaneers are hoping David won't be out for long. They host the New York Giants in Week 4 before welcoming the New England Patriots to town for Thursday Night Football just a few days later.
David racked up 7 tackles (4 solo) before exiting with the injury, giving him 16 total (12 solo) this season.
Jets' Matt Forte avoids structural damage in toe
New York Jets running back Matt Forte's X-rays for his toe injury came back negative.
Fantasy owners should consider Forte day-to-day for now. He rushed 8 times for 25 yards against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday before leaving with a toe injury in the second half. His upside remains limited as the Jets continue to split backfield work between Forte, Bilal Powell, and sixth-round rookie Elijah McGuire.
Per numberFire Live, Forte finished with -0.76 Rushing Net Expected Points in Week 3, meaning a league average running back would have scored 0.76 more points than Forte did if put in similar situations. His 2.5 FanDuel points did not live up to our expectations for the week (8.8).
Washington's Jordan Reed (chest) remains day-to-day
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (chest) remains day-to-day.
Reed should have a decent chance of playing against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football in Week 4 after he was a game-time decision for Sunday's contest. Vernon Davis hauled in 5 catches on 5 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 while filling in for Reed. Due to the late start in Week 4, Davis could be worth adding for owners in need of a contingency plan.
Among the 14 tight ends with 10-plus targets entering Week 3, Reed was last of the group with 0.22 Reception Net Expected Points per target. He's averaging 7.0 FanDuel points per game with 11 catches (14 targets) for 84 receiving yards this season.
Rob Kelley (ribs) still day-to-day for Washington
Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (ribs) remains day-to-day, said head coach Jay Gruden.
Kelley seemed reasonably close to playing in Week 3, so he's likely closer to playing than not against the Kansas City Chiefs next Monday night. Chris Thompson is tearing it up for Washington in the passing game, but after rookie Samaje Perine mustered just 49 rushing yards on 19 carries Sunday, Kelley should step back in as the Redskins' primary option on early downs.
In Weeks 1 and 2, Kelley rushed 22 times for 108 yards (4.9 yards per carry). He's averaging 5.8 FanDuel points per game this season and entered Week 3 with the 7th-most Rushing Net Expected Points per carry among the 29 backs with 20-plus attempts on the year.
Tyler Eifert (back, knee) not sure when he will return for Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (back, knee) is uncertain when he will return.
This doesn't sound promising for Eifert's status against the Cleveland Browns in Week 4. Tyler Kroft finished with 3 receptions (4 targets) for 28 yards while filling in at tight end for the Bengals on Sunday.
Entering Week 3, Eifert's 0.59 Reception Net Expected Points per target ranked 13th among the 28 tight ends with at least 5 targets this season. He has 4 catches for 46 yards on 5 targets in two games this season.
Eric Ebron lays an egg in Lions' Week 3 loss
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron caught two passes for 9 yards as his team fell to the Atlanta Falcons 30-26 in Week 3.
Ebron saw seven targets today, but was able to haul just two of them in. It's the second time in three weeks he's been held under 10 yards. The 24-year-old will be tough to trust next week against the Minnesota Vikings.
Ebron scored 1.9 FanDuel points in Week 3 and totaled -0.79 Receiving Net Expected Points, per numberFire live.
Eagles' Carson Wentz has a quiet day in narrow victory over Giants
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz completed 21-of-31 passes for 176 yards and 1 touchdown in a 27-24 win over the New York Giants.
The Eagles needed a 61-yard field goal from rookie kicker Jake Elliot at the end of regulation to get the win. It was a disappointing performance for Wentz, and his first game below 300 yards passing this year. He'll look to get back on track on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4.
Wentz scored 13.24 FanDuel points in Week 3, which failed to meet his numberFire projection (16.8). He registered -3.22 Passing Net Expected Points, per numberFire Live.
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