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Sterling Shepard (concussion) limited at Giants practice
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday in a non-contact jersey.
Shepard is making progress and has a decent chance of suiting up for Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Daniel Jones' first career start. Shepard sat out last Sunday.
Shepard caught 6 passes on 7 targets for 42 yards in the Giants' opener.
Browns 'would love' Nick Chubb to get more work
Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said he "would love" to give running back Nick Chubb more touches.
Kitchens says that could mean Chubb being used more on third downs. He's averaging a voluminous 21.0 touches through two games, but Dontrell Hillard and D'Ernest Johnson have been sapping away some work in passing-down situations. The Browns host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night in Week 4.
numberFire's models project Chubb for 85.9 rushing yards, 19.8 receiving yards, 0.72 touchdowns, and 16.2 FanDuel points versus the Rams, at a cost of $7,300. He's the RB9 in our Week 3 fantasy rankings.
James Conner (knee) 'good to go' for Steelers Week 3
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (knee) says he's "good to go" for Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Conner made an early exit from Week 2 with a knee injury, but it's believed to be a minor issue and he's maintained confidence about suiting up on Sunday. Jaylen Samuels may see a few more touches, but Conner remains locked-in as the Steelers' feature back.
numberFire's models project Conner for 61.5 rushing yards, 29.2 receiving yards, 0.54 touchdowns, and 13.8 FanDuel points versus the 49ers, at a cost of $7,400. He's the RB17 in our Week 3 fantasy rankings.
David Njoku (concussion) not practicing for Browns Wednesday
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, per head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Njoku remains in the concussion protocol after enduring the injury on Monday night. If he's not cleared in time for Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Rams, then Demetrius Harris will likely see a boost at tight end.
Njoku snagged 4 passes on 6 targets for 37 yards and 1 touchdown in the Browns' opener before making an early exit in Week 2.
DeSean Jackson (groin) day-to-day for Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (groin) is day-to-day, head coach Doug Pederson said.
Jackson is reportedly expected to miss Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions and will likely remain out for the Eagles' Week 4 Thursday night contest on the road versus the Green Bay Packers, so "day-to-day" seems a bit misleading. It also sounds like Alshon Jeffery (calf) is trending toward sitting, which would open up opportunities for JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins behind Nelson Agholor.
D-Jax caught 8 passes on 10 targets for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Eagles' opener before going down early in Week 2. The Eagles' receivers draw a plus matchup in Week 3 against a Lions defense that has given up the 9th-most passing yards so far this season.
Alshon Jeffery (calf) day-to-day for Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (calf) is day-to-day, head coach Doug Pederson said.
Jeffery is dealing with a calf strain that may keep him out of Sunday's Week 3 matchup with the Detroit Lions. DeSean Jackson is in the same boat due to a groin injury. JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins will take on starting roles if Jeffery and Jackson both sit.
Assuming Jeffery plays in Week 3, numberFire's models project him for 5.3 FanDuel points, at a cost of $6,700. He's the WR72 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Jalen Ramsey reportedly expected to remain with Jaguars through Thursday
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey is unlikely to be traded prior to Thursday night's Week 3 game against the Tennessee Titans, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Friday is the most likely day for Ramsey to be dealt, per Rapoport. Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said he expects the star corner to play Thursday, though an injury would obviously be a detriment in any potential trade. It also seems unlikely that Ramsey would play Thursday for the Jags and then also play for his new team on Sunday or Monday. The Jaguars are reportedly seeking two first-rounders in exchange for Ramsey.
Operating under the assumption Ramsey plays for the Jaguars on Thursday night, they are the 9th-ranked D/ST in numberFire's Week 3 fantasy rankings.
Baker Mayfield taking 'too many hits' in Browns offense
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is taking too many hits, according to head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Kitchens is taking responsibility and intends to put Mayfield in better position to get the ball out quicker behind the Browns' porous offensive line. Mayfield is tied for the fifth-highest sack percentage (9.9) through two games, so Kitchens understandably wants to switch things up, especially ahead of a Week 3 matchup with Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams.
numberFire's models project Baker for 286.2 yards, 1.74 touchdowns, 0.9 interceptions, and 18.6 FanDuel points versus the Rams, at a cost of $7,500. He's the QB12 in our Week 3 fantasy rankings.
Sam Darnold (mono) eyeing Week 5 return for Jets
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (mono) is targeting a Week 5 return.
Darnold will miss a second straight game on Sunday against the New England Patriots and then the Jets are on bye in Week 4. If he does return in Week 5, it will be on the road versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Luke Falk is starting for the Jets in New England. Trevor Siemian was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Darnold completed 28-of-41 passes (68.3 percent) for 175 yards (4.3 yards per attempt) and 1 touchdown in the Jets' 17-16 Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He finished with 13.5 FanDuel points.
Buccaneers say 'balls will come' for O.J. Howard
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said "the balls will come" for tight end O.J. Howard.
"We don't dictate who gets the ball, the defense does," Arians added in regards to Howard's slow start. "So sometimes it will spread around for different people every week." The logic is sound in theory, but Howard was not targeted in Week 2 and he has just 4 catches (5 targets) for 32 scoreless yards through two games. It's been a dreadful start for the popular breakout candidate, but there's some squeaky wheel potential at home in Week 3 versus the New York Giants.
Howard is the TE19 in numberFire's Week 3 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 3.2 targets, 2.2 receptions, 27.7 yards, 0.23 touchdowns, and 5.2 FanDuel points, at a cost of $5,800.
Antonio Brown remains eligible for Patriots, on track for Week 3
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown remains eligible to play in Week 3 against the New York Jets.
Brown is facing a civil lawsuit over allegations of sexual assault and rape. The league met with Brown's accuser for 10 hours on Monday, but there is reportedly "no timeline" to decide whether the receiver will be placed on the commissioner's exempt list. It looks like Brown will be out there again on Sunday against the Jets. He caught 4 passes on 8 targets for 56 yards and 1 touchdown in his Patriots debut last week.
AB is the WR18 in numberFire's Week 3 fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 7.3 targets, 4.5 receptions, 55.9 yards, 0.62 touchdowns, and 11.9 FanDuel points, at a cost of $7,700.
Kyle Allen to start for Panthers Week 3 if Cam Newton (foot) sits
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen will start Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals if Cam Newton (foot) is sidelined, head coach Ron Rivera said.
"I think Kyle's more than ready," Rivera said. "I think he's got a really good arm, makes good decisions. He just needs to speed himself up a bit." Allen, a second-year undrafted free agent, remains ahead of 2019 third-rounder Will Grier on the depth chart. He completed 16-of-27 passes for 228 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 17 last season in his first career start.
The Cardinals have allowed 619 passing yards and 5 touchdowns with 0 interceptions through two games.
Packers' Aaron Jones projected for 17.4 touches in Week 3
Green Bay Packers' running back Aaron Jones is projected by our models to produce 14.3 FanDuel points in Week 3.
Jones bounced back in a big way in Week 2 against the Vikings producing 116 rush yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 receptions for 34 receiving yards. The rushing production was impressive against a Vikings' run defense ranked 3rd overall by our power rankings, but it's the pass game involvement that enhances Jones' rest of season outlook. Next up for Jones and the Packers is a Week 3 meeting with a Denver Broncos' run defense ranked 19th by our power rankings.
Our models expect Jones to record 69.9 yards and .55 touchdowns on 14.9 carries in Week 3. He's priced at $6,900.
Cowboys' Amari Cooper ranked as Week 3's WR1
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is projected by our models to score 15.2 FanDuel points against the Miami Dolphins.
Week 3 is shaping up to be a perfect storm of fantasy opportunity for Cooper. The Cowboys' star wide receiver will face a Miami Dolphins' pass defense ranked 32nd overall by our power rankings. Combine that with the absence of Michael Gallup, the Cowboys' current leader in targets, and Cooper is well-positioned to build on his scorching hot start to the season in Week 3.
Our models project Cooper to record 5.5 receptions for 83.9 yards and .68 touchdowns on 8.7 targets in Week 3. He is priced at $7,700.
Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston ranked as Week 3's QB7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winton is projected by our models to score 20.2 FanDuel points against the New York Giants.
Winston has been a fantasy disappointment thus far this season with a combined 23.3 FanDuel points through two weeks. Some of his struggles can be attributed to his schedule, which has seen him face the 4th and 15th ranked pass defenses in our power rankings. That changes this week as the Buccaneers host the New York Giants, whose pass defense is ranked 31st overall by our power rankings.
Our models project Winston to produce 22.6 completions for 273.5 yards and 2 touchdowns against the New York Giants. He's priced at $7,300.
Jaguars' D.J. Chark projected for 3.9 receptions in Week 3
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark is projected by our models to produce 8.6 FanDuel points against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
Chark was heavily targeted in Week 2 against the Houston Texans, connecting with quarterback Gardner Minshew early and often for 7 receptions, 55 yards and a touchdown on 9 targets. The developing chemistry between the two will face a serious test in Week 3 against a Titans' pass defense ranked 3rd overall by our power rankings.
Our models project Chark to produce 3.9 receptions for 52 yards and .26 touchdowns on 6.4 targets in Week 3. He's priced at $5,700.
Jaguars' Dede Westbrook projected for 6.7 targets in Week 3
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook is projected by our models to produce 9 FanDuel points against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
Westbrook produced just 1 catch for 3 yards on 5 targets in Week 2. Coming into the season, Westbrook was projected to be the Jaguars' top wide receiver, but through two weeks that honor belongs to D.J. Chark. Westbrook will look to get back on track in Week 3 against a Titans' pass defense ranked 3rd overall by our power rankings.
Our models project Westbrook to record 48.8 yards and .27 touchdowns on 4.2 receptions in Week 3. He's priced at $5,200.
Jaguars' Leonard Fournette ranked as Week 3's RB11
Jacksonville Jaguars' running back Leonard Fournette is projected by our models to score 15.5 FanDuel points against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.
Fournette's FanDuel point production has been lacking through two weeks, but it's not due to a lack of opportunity. The former first-round pick has 36 touches this season, including an impressive 8 receptions. His usage in the passing game will keep him heavily involved in all facets of the Jaguars' offense against a Titans' defense ranked 5th overall by our power rankings.
Our models project Fournette to record 79.7 yards and .51 touchdowns on the ground and 23.7 yards on 3.1 receptions through the air.
Titans' Marcus Mariota projected to throw 29.1 times in Week 3
Tennessee Titans' quarterback Marcus Mariota is projected by our models to score 15.7 FanDuel points against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
Mariota's Week 3 FanDuel price against the Jaguars is $6,800. After crushing the Browns for 24.3 FanDuel points in Week 1, Mariota regressed significantly in Week 2, producing 13.4 FanDuel points against the Colts. In Week 3 he will face a Jaguars' defense that just held Deshaun Watson to 12.6 FanDuel points and is ranked 26th overall by our power rankings.
Our models project Mariota to produce 18.9 completions for 213.1 yards and 1.11 touchdowns.
Jaguars' Gardner Minshew projected for 246 passing yards in Week 3
Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback Gardner Minshew is projected by our models for 16 FanDuel points against the Tennessee Titans.
Minshews' Week 3 FanDuel price against the Titans is $6,400. After producing a respectable 16.1 FanDuel points against the Houston Texans in his first career start in Week 2, Minshew will attempt to improve upon that performance against a Tennessee pass defense ranked 3rd overall by our power rankings.
Our models project Minshew to produce 22.2 completions for 246.1 yards and 1.26 touchdowns.
C.J. Anderson released by the Lions on Tuesday
C.J. Anderson was released by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday afternoon.
Anderson saw his workload reduced in Week 2 and was released on Tuesday to make room for Paul Perkins, who the Lions claimed off waivers. The change could signal an increase in touches for Lions' second-year running back Kerryon Johnson who had been splitting carries with Anderson. With several teams around the league potentially needing help at running back, Anderson may not be a free agent for long.
In two games for the Lions this season, Anderson produced a total of 43 yards on 16 attempts.
Titans' Delanie Walker projected for 6.5 targets in Week 3
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker is projected by our models for 8.4 FanDuel points against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Walker's Week 3 FanDuel price against the Jaguars is $5,700. The veteran Titan has a good matchup against a leaky Jacksonville pass defense rated 26th overall by numberFire's power rankings.
Our models project Walker to haul in 4.2 receptions for 46.8 yards.
Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson (groin) reportedly expected to miss Week 3's game against Detroit
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (groin) is not expected to play in Sunday's matchup against the Detroit Lions.
According to Pelissero, Jackson is unlikely to suit up in Week 3 after suffering a groin injury. Philly's speedy receiver looks like he could be out for multi-weeks with Pelissero also adding Week 4's matchup on Thursday could be too soon for Jackson to return.
If Jackson is out for Week 3's game against Detroit, expect Nelson Agholor to play a bunch of snaps at receiver. Our models currently project Agholor to haul in 4.5 receptions for 55.6 yards on 7.4 targets.
Chiefs' LeSean McCoy's ankle reportedly has 'no significant damage'
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy's (ankle) MRI showed no significant damage, reports Tom Pelissero of NFL Network
McCoy 'has a shot' to play in Week 3 versus the Baltimore Ravens, per Pelissero. Damien Williams is also dealing with a knee injury, so sixth-round rookie Darwin Thompson may be tasked with more work in Sunday's showdown.
Operating under the assumption McCoy plays, numberFire's models project him for 9.1 carries, 37.4 yards, 2.1 receptions, 14.7 yards, 0.45 touchdowns, and 8.7 FanDuel points in Week 3. He costs $5,500 and is the RB33 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Cam Newton aggravates foot injury, could miss Week 3 for Panthers
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's (foot) status for Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals is uncertain, per NFL Network.
Newton reportedly aggravated the foot injury he initially suffered in the preseason. He will likely rehab throughout the week to try and heal in time for Sunday, but it sounds like there's a decent chance he sits. Kyle Allen backed up Newton in the first two games while third-round pick Will Grier has been a healthy scratch.
Newton has completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 572 yards (6.4 per attempt) with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception while rushing just 5 times for -2 yards. If he plays, Newton is currently the QB10 in numberFire's Week 3 fantasy rankings.
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