Week 3
September 19, 2017


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Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes

Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.

09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble

Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.

09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job

The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.

09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com

Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"

Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.

09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In

Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay

A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.

09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears

Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.

09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.

09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina

Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.

09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.

09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England

Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.

09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2

With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.

09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons

Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.

09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Double Hunt in KC

“Chiefs are releasing CJ Spiller again, per sources. This makes room on the 53 for RB Akeem Hunt, who can contribute on lots of special teams.”

Fantasy: Ok, this means absolutely nothing, but if you have that guy in your league that keeps sending annoying trades, you should pick up Akeem and send the guy an offer when you know he’s been drinking. All he’ll see is Hunt KC, if you make the right offer. Ask for someone good, but don’t get greedy.

09/16/17, 06:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Michael Crabtree

Oakland Raiders

Crabtree is the WR1 on Oakland yet again

Crabtree is the WR1a for the Raiders against a strong Jets defense in Oakland, but it’s the first home game of the year and they’ve already shown the ability to put up points. This game should end in a blowout which means more red-zone targets for Crabby, something that he didn’t see in Week 1. Look for another seven reception performance for around 100 yards and a touchdown.

09/16/17, 04:56 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders

Great matchup this week

Carr was very efficient against the Titans on the road but will break out in a major way at home against the withering Jets defense. Tyrod Taylor posted 18.7 FF points in Week 1 against NYJ and Carr has better weapons at his disposal. Carr could easily be the top QB this week and will continue to be the steal of the draft.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

Cooper scooper

Cooper had the big fantasy day with his 62 yards and a touchdown, but he had only five receptions on 13 targets! Something to be concerned about, but Amari also worked through a small knee injury. Use the eye-test in Week 2 to see if his efficiency improves, otherwise, Crabtree might re-take the WR1 spot on this powerful offense.

09/16/17, 04:54 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Emmanuel Sanders

Denver Broncos

2 inches short of explosion

Sanders was so close to a massive fantasy day but was overthrown by inches on two red-zone targets on Monday night. Sanders and Demaryius will mimic each other’s stat lines through the season, but ‘Manny usually sees the softer coverage. Over the course of the season, Demaryius will see a larger total FF point sum, but itll be Sanders that wins you the week.

09/16/17, 04:53 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Solid WR2 in all formats

Thomas will continue to be a solid WR2 especially in PPR leagues. Dallas is a similar test to the Chargers in defending receivers, so temper expectations for a breakout week, but you can definitely expect 6-8 receptions for just under 100 yards.

09/16/17, 04:52 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

Anderson has Charles breathing down his neck...

Anderson rushed 20 times for 81 yards but was often replaced near the goal line and in long yardage situations. It was odd to see and may be a legitimate concern with Jamaal Charles in the back-up role. All CJ owners should think about stashing Charles on the bench. Dallas only allowed 9.6 and 3.5 FF points to Giant RBs so we should expect a similar output in Week 2, making CJ a flex candidate.

09/16/17, 04:50 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.pyomaniac.com

K-Mills gives us insight into all the players that are hurt for week 9 of the NFL season

The #FF Injury Report Week 9

Posted by Stagg Party on 11/05/16

by   The Archer


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Week 9 Injury Report as of 11/5/2016

Bye Weeks: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington

TNF: Atlanta, Tampa


Baltimore Ravens

Player: Steve Smith Sr., WR

Injury: Smith is questionable for Week 9 with an ankle injury, and was a full participant at Friday’s light practice.

Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Fantasy Impact: With Smith logging full participation on Friday, it would be surprising if he did not play on Sunday. Monitor the situation, as ankle injuries are easily aggravated. Aiken and Wallace would be the main beneficiaries from his absence.


Player: C.J. Mosley. LB

Injury: Mosley is expected to be back in the middle of the Ravens defense after missing two games with a pulled hamstring.

Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Fantasy Impact: This would be a hug addition to the Ravens this week, as they really missed him last week as he is one of their best players overall.



Buffalo Bills

Player: LeSean McCoy, LB

Injury: McCoy practiced on Saturday and is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Since he logged three practices this week, he should definitely suit up for the Bills this week. McCoy is the central focus of the offense, so look for him to continue to get a whole lot of work going forward, health willing.



Carolina Panthers

Player: Luke Kuechly, LB

Injury: Kuechly is questionable for Week 9 with a groin injury.         

Source: David Newton on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With Kuechly missing the team’s last two practices, I would be cautious and check to make sure that he is playing on Sunday. Obviously, if he plays, you have to start this guy. Just check-in to be safe. I don’t like it when guys miss practices in the back-end of the week.



Dallas Cowboys

Player: Dez Bryant, WR 

Injury: Dez is listed as questionable with knee and back injuries, but was a full participant on Friday.

Source: www.thelandryhat.com

Fantasy Impact: Dez should be good to go as he is still a little banged up this season. Coming off a good week last week, look for the good times to continue to roll against the Browns.

Player: Barry Church, DB 

Injury: Church has been ruled out for Week 9 with a broken arm.

Source: www.thelandryhat.com

Fantasy Impact: Church will likely miss 3-5 weeks with this injury, and is a really big blow to this Dallas defense. He is worth hanging on to though, as he should be back before the season is over.



Detroit Lions

Player: Theo Riddick, RB

Injury: Riddick is listed as questionable with an ankle injury for Week 9.

Source: www.prideofdetroit.com

Fantasy Impact: Riddick logged a few limited practices this week, and should be available for fantasy owners this week. The backfield is crowded in Detroit, but remains the top pass-catching option at RB.



Green Bay Packers

Player: Randall Cobb, WR

Injury: Cobb is questionable with a hamstring issue and is deemed a game-time decision for Sunday.

Source: www.packers.com

Fantasy Impact: Cobb was held out last week and practiced in a limited capacity at times this week. Do not be surprised if Cobb is held out another week to be given time to rest. Check in before the game if you plan on using him. Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson would receive additional targets again.


Player: Clay Matthews, LB

Injury: Matthews is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury as well, and is considered a possible game-time decision by Mike McCarthy.

Source: www.packers.com

Fantasy Impact: Monitor this one, as Matthews hamstring continues to give him all sorts of problems. He would not be a surprising scratch either if he struggles before the game. Check in prior to kickoff.



Indianapolis Colts

Player: Mike Adams, DB

Injury: Adams has been ruled out for Week 9 with a groin injury.

Source: www.acmepackingcompany.com

Fantasy Impact: With Adams down, the colts are without their back-end communicator on defense. This is a positive for Aaron Rodgers as he should continue his hot streak.



Kansas City Chiefs

Player: Jeremy Maclin, WR

Injury: Maclin is questionable with a groin injury for Week 9.

Source: Adam Teicher on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Maclin got in a limited session on Friday and is fully expected to play against the Jaguars with intriguing backup QB Nick Foles at the helm.


Player: Alex Smith, QB

Injury: Nick Foles will start at QB for the Chiefs with Alex Smith getting the week off after being ruled out during last week’s game with a concussion.

Source: www.bleacherreport.com

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs actually said that he does not have a concussion. He is pretty banged up and may have some symptoms, so look for Nick Foles to leading the Chiefs in Week 9.



Miami Dolphins

Player: DaVante Parker, WR

Injury: Parker is questionable for Week 9 with a hamstring issue.

Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Parker logged full practices all week, so there is nothing to see here as he has dealt with hamstring problems all season.



Minnesota Vikings

Player: Eric Kendricks, LB

Injury: Kendricks has been ruled out for Week 9 after suffering a concussion.

Source: www.thevikingage.com

Fantasy Impact: The Vikes will be without their top linebacker for this one, leaving a hole for the Lions to try and exploit. Hopefully he clears protocol and will be available to play next week.


Player: Jerick McKinnon, RB

Injury: McKinnon is questionable with an ankle injury, but will likely suit up.

Source: www.thevikingage.com

Fantasy Impact: This is good news, as it gives the Vikings a change of pace to Asiata throughout the game. McKinnon does not hold much value due to the split workload.



New York Jets

Player: Muhammad Wilkerson, DL

Injury: Wilkerson is questionable to play with an ongoing ankle injury.         

Source: www.bleacherreport.com

Fantasy Impact: Wilkerson was able to play last week, and is expected to be a game-time decision this week, as he only recorded a limited practice on Friday. Keep an eye out here.



Oakland Raiders

Player: Amari Cooper, WR

Injury: Cooper is questionable with a back injury for Week 9, logging limited sessions this week.      

Source: www.silverandblackpride.com

Fantasy Impact: Cooper was limited at every practice this week, but is expected to not miss this huge game against the Broncos. I expect him to be out there. He gets a bump with Talib being ruled out for the Broncos.



Pittsburgh Steelers

Player: Ben Roethlisberger, QB

Injury: Ben is questionable for Week 9 as he recovers from a meniscus repair.          

Source: www.baltimoreravens.com

Fantasy Impact: Big Ben has actually put in limited practices all week just two weeks after his meniscus repair! This guy is crazy tough. He is expected to start and gives everyone on the Steelers’ offense a big time boost.



San Diego Chargers

Player: Hunter Henry, TE

Injury: Henry will miss Week 9 against the Titans with a knee injury.           

Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: With Henry missing out this week, Gates will further tighten his grasp on the primary spot at TE for the Chargers. Hopefully Henry heals up for next week.


Player: Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, WR’s

Injury: Williams and Benjamin were both full participants at Friday’s practice.         

Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: This ensures that Rivers will have his top pass-catching options at WR this week, and should both get a boost with Hunter Henry missing out this week.



San Francisco 49ers

Player: Carlos Hyde, RB

Injury: Hyde is still dealing with a sprained AC joint, and has been wearing a non-contact jersey.      

Source:  www.ninersnation.com

Fantasy Impact: This does not bode well for Hyde, as he is not even sure if he will play. This is a true game-time decision if it makes it that far, so keep your ear to the ground. DaJuan Harris is the primary backup.



Seattle Seahawks

Player: Jimmy Graham, TE

Injury: Graham is questionable with a knee injury, but has practiced all week.

Source: www.seahawks.com

Fantasy Impact: Graham is fully expected to play this week, as the Seahawks are just managing his workload to keep him healthy.


Player: Michael Bennett, DL

Injury: Bennett underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday.

Source: Liz Mathews on Twitter

Fantasy Impact: Bennett will miss 2-3 weeks with this injury, as the Seahawks will have Frank Clark fill in for him.



Tennessee Titans

Player: Delanie Walker, TE

Injury: Walker injured his groin at practice on Friday and will be a game-time decision for Week 9.  

Source: www.musiccitymiracles.com

Fantasy Impact: This is unfortunate. He is hopeful that he will still be able to play after a couple of days off, but he is a true game-time decision here. If he cannot go, look for Jace Amaro to continue to get work.




By: K-Mills, Twitter: @KM3SPT


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