The Huddle’s Blitzed Fantasy Football Podcast: Episode 175

Talking NFL news, Week 4 daily fantasy, and how to react to a poor start.

 

In this episode, Steve and Harley bring you B.P.N. NFL news, a segment helping you decide if you should “shake it off or shake it up” based on your record, and their DFS pay-ups, stay-aways and value plays. So Huddle up, tune in, and get Blitzed!

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Fantasy Football Market Report: Week 3

Addressing key risers and fallers heading into Week 3.

One of the things fantasy football players learn with experience is that sometimes having the teams your players are on are getting clubbed early in their games can be a positive.

I call it the “Romo Rule.” From the fantasy perspective, the best thing that could happen if you had Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was for Dallas to fall behind by 14 points early. Invariably, Romo would abandon the run, throw 50 times, and post eye-popping numbers.

Last Sunday, we saw the Romo Rule explode. In Baltimore, Tua Tagovailoa had 150 passing yards and one touchdown at halftime trailing 28-7. In the second half, he threw for 319 yards and five TDs.

In Detroit, at halftime Carson Wentz had 59 passing yards and no touchdowns with the Washington Commanders trailing 22-0. In the second half, he threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns.

In Las Vegas, at halftime Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had thrown for 53 yards with no touchdowns and an interception – trailing the Raiders 20-0. After halftime, he threw for 224 yards with a passing and a rushing touchdown.

The next time a team falls down by 20, don’t necessarily consider all is lost. Romo made a career of inflating his stats in early blowout games. If Week 2 taught us anything, the Romo Rule may be in play a lot more.

Here is the Week 3 Fantasy Market Report.

Fantasy Football: 10 utilization stats to know from Week 2

Here are the utilization stats you should know from Week 2 of the NFL season.

We now have a two-game sample size of fantasy football data to work with from the 2022 NFL season.

It’s still a relatively small sample size, but trends are starting.

Before you make any roster cuts or waiver claims for Week 3, here are 10 utilization notes to know following Week 2.

The Huddle’s Blitzed Fantasy Football Podcast: Episode 174

Buy, sell or hold reactions after two games and a look at Week 3 lineups.

In this episode, Steve and Harley bring you B.P.N. NFL news, buy, sell or hold players, and their DFS Pay-ups, Stay-aways, and Value Plays. So Huddle up, tune in, and get Blitzed!

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Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings: Week 3

Forecasting where all of the notable players net out over the remainder of the season.

These fantasy football rankings track a player’s value for the remainder of the season and are intended to be used as a tool, not necessarily a definitive guide to player valuation.

The scoring system is performance PPR. There is no exact science behind season-long rankings, considering all of the variables and situational uncertainties at work.

Rankings key:
UP/DN is trending up or down from week’s ranking.
NR means the player wasn’t ranked last week.
UP/DN numbering shows where the player was ranked the prior week.

Fantasy football rest of season rankings

Quarterbacks
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Josh Allen, BUF 7 making it look easy right now
2 Justin Herbert, LAC 8 UP3 suffered a rib injury in Wk 2; he is considered day-to-day
3 Patrick Mahomes, KCC 8
4 Lamar Jackson, BAL 10
5 Jalen Hurts, PHI 7 keeps solidifying his place as a weekly start
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
6 Kyler Murray, ARI 13 made some great ad-lib plays late, but ARI’s base offense looks terrible
7 Joe Burrow, CIN 10
8 Russell Wilson, DEN 9 still a work in progress, and his WR corps is thinned by injuries
9 Matthew Stafford, LAR 7
10 Tom Brady, TB 11 36 completions in two gms? this ain’t Bruce Arians’ world anymore
11 Aaron Rodgers, GB 14 looked better in Wk 2, but still a ways to go for GB’s passing attack
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
12 Kirk Cousins, MIN 7 DN9 with a game’s worth of film, PHI dominated MIN’s offense and made Cousins look awful
13 Derek Carr, LV 6
14 Tua Tagovailoa, MIA 11 UP16 …but now you have my attention
15 Dak Prescott, DAL 9 UP18 DNP in Wk 2 w/ a thumb injury; he’s expected to miss several games
16 Trevor Lawrence, JAC 11
17 Jared Goff, DET 6 UP25 DET has some legitimate weapons
18 Matt Ryan, IND 14 DN17 the move from ATL has not gone smoothly
19 Jameis Winston, NO 14
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
20 Ryan Tannehill, TEN 6 DN18 pulled in a blowout loss; ugly start for TEN
21 Justin Fields, CHI 14 DN19 does the coaching staff trust Fields? like at all?
22 Carson Wentz, WAS 14
23 Marcus Mariota, ATL 14 UP27 at least there’s some athleticism w/ Mariota
24 Mac Jones, NE 10
25 Daniel Jones, NYG 9
26 Davis Mills, HOU 6
27 Jimmy Garoppolo, SF 9 NR enters the rankings w/ Lance (ankle) lost for the season
28 Baker Mayfield, CAR 13 maybe it wasn’t the shoulder…
29 Zach Wilson, NYJ 10 missed first 2 gms w/ a knee injury; he’s not expected to return prior to Wk 4
30 Cooper Rush, DAL 9
31 Jacoby Brissett, CLE 9
32 Mitchell Trubisky, PIT 9 KEN-NY! KEN-NY! KEN-NY!
33 Geno Smith, SEA 11
34 Deshaun Watson, CLE 9 suspended until Dec. 4
35 Kenny Pickett, PIT 9
36 Desmond Ridder, ATL 14
Running backs
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Jonathan Taylor, IND 14 might be time to recommit to the running game in Indy
2 Austin Ekeler, LAC 8
3 Christian McCaffrey, CAR 13 topped 100 yds rushing in Wk 2
4 Joe Mixon, CIN 10
5 Derrick Henry, TEN 6 DN4 back to the drawing board for the Titans
6 Nick Chubb, CLE 9 his decision not to slide was a good one for fantasy owners at least
7 Dalvin Cook, MIN 7 DN6 Zimmer used Cook too much; O’Connell isn’t using him enough
8 Najee Harris, PIT 9 UP9
9 Alvin Kamara, NO 14 DNP in Wk 2 w/ a rib injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
10 Saquon Barkley, NYG 9 UP11
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
11 D’Andre Swift, DET 6 played through an ankle injury in Wk 2; so much talent, but durability remains a real concern
12 Aaron Jones, GB 14 UP14 feels like he could be in for a really big year as both a runner and receiver
13 Leonard Fournette, TB 11
14 Javonte Williams, DEN 9
15 David Montgomery, CHI 14 UP17 looked like CHI’s best offensive player in Wk 2
16 James Conner, ARI 13 suffered an ankle injury in Wk 2 and did not return; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
17 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL 9
18 J.K. Dobbins, BAL 10 missed first 2 gms w/ a knee injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
19 AJ Dillon, GB 14
20 Kareem Hunt, CLE 9 UP23
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
21 Breece Hall, NYJ 10 DN20 basically splitting work w/ M. Carter
22 Miles Sanders, PHI 7 UP29 PHI’s ground game is looking dangerous again this season
23 Antonio Gibson, WAS 14
24 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC 8 maximizing his touches, but steadier usage would make his value feel more secure
25 Travis Etienne, JAC 11 DN18 had 9 carries to Robinson’s 23 in Wk 2; his descent could continue in the weeks ahead
26 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL 14 being used like a more traditional RB thus far
27 Josh Jacobs, LV 6
28 James Robinson, JAC 11 UP35 was the focal point of the offense in Wk 2; if that continues he’ll jump another tier
29 Chase Edmonds, MIA 11 DN25
30 Dameon Pierce, HOU 6 had 15 carries to Burkhead’s 0 in Wk 2
31 Damien Harris, NE 10
32 Cam Akers, LAR 7 logged 17 touches in Wk 2 w/ Henderson posting 10
33 Devin Singletary, BUF 7 DN28 when BUF pulled Allen, the 3 RBs had 36 yds rushing combined
34 Tony Pollard, DAL 9
35 Jeff Wilson, SF 14 UP41 was the primary runner until late when SF used Davis-Price w/ the lead
36 Darrell Henderson, LAR 7
37 Michael Carter, NYJ 10 UP39
38 Rashaad Penny, SEA 11
39 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE 10 DN32
40 Melvin Gordon III, DEN 9
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
41 Kenneth Walker III, SEA 11 returned in Wk 2 after missing a game w/ a hernia
42 Nyheim Hines, IND 14
43 Raheem Mostert, MIA 11 UP51 more work than Edmonds in Wk 2, but given his injury history I don’t want to bump him too much
44 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI 7
45 Jamaal Williams, DET 6
46 Khalil Herbert, CHI 14 still feel like he could have a major role this year, especially if they don’t trust Fields
47 Tyler Allgeier, ATL 14 UP57 split carries w/ Patterson in Wk 2, which is an encouraging sign for the rookie
48 J.D. McKissic, WAS 14
49 Isiah Pacheco, KC 8 DN43 had no real role in a close game v LAC, which tells you he’s third on the depth chart
50 Alexander Mattison, MIN 7
51 Rachaad White, TB 11 DN47 not seeing much work yet, but hard to believe Fournette can sustain his currrent usage over 17 gms
52 Mark Ingram, NO 14
53 Darrel Williams, ARI 13 UP66 he’d have some waiver wire appeal if Conner misses time
54 Zack Moss, BUF 7
55 Tyrion Davis-Price, SF 9 Will miss a few weeks with ankle sprain
56 James Cook, BUF 7 DN50 led the Bills in rushing in Wk 2, but it all came in garbage time
57 Brian Robinson Jr., WAS 14 will miss at least the first 4 gms w/ a knee injury; he could return in Wk 5
58 Jerick McKinnon, KC 8
59 Rex Burkhead, HOU 6 DN55 zero carries in Wk 2
60 Dontrell Hilliard, TEN 6
61 Eno Benjamin, ARI 13
62 Elijah Mitchell, SF 9 suffered a sprained MCL in Wk 1; he’s expected to miss around 2 months
63 Gus Edwards, BAL 10 Edwards (Achilles) will miss at least the first 4 gms of the season on the PUP list
64 Zamir White, LV 6
65 Sony Michel, LAC 8 has been less effective than Joshua Kelley thus far
66 Kenyan Drake, BAL 10 DN59 can’t get anything going, and that’s w/ Dobbins still out
67 Matt Breida, NYG 9
68 Isaiah Spiller, LAC 8
69 Samaje Perine, CIN 10
70 Ty Montgomery, NE 10 NR on IR w/ a knee injury; eligible to return in Wk 6
Wide receivers
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Cooper Kupp, LAR 7
2 Justin Jefferson, MIN 7 turns out using your best CB to cover Jefferson is beneficial
3 Stefon Diggs, BUF 7
4 Davante Adams, LV 6 bad game; it happens
5 Tyreek Hill, MIA 11 UP7
6 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN 10 DN3 those protection woes are a real concern for the passing game in Cincy
7 Deebo Samuel, SF 9
8 Keenan Allen, LAC 8 DNP in Wk 2 w/ a hamstring injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
9 Mike Evans, TB 11 ejected from Wk 2 and has been suspended for Wk 3 (pending an appeal)
10 Michael Pittman Jr., IND 14 DNP in Wk 2 w/ a quad injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
11 A.J. Brown, PHI 7
12 Jaylen Waddle, MIA 11 UP18 Hill/Waddle is on the short list for best 1-2 WR combo in the NFL
13 D.J. Moore, CAR 13 DN12
14 Tee Higgins, CIN 10
15 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET 6 UP22 no sign his strong close to 2021 was anything other than a legit ascension
16 CeeDee Lamb, DAL 9 DN11
17 Brandin Cooks, HOU 6
18 Courtland Sutton, DEN 9 UP20
19 Diontae Johnson, PIT 9 need to see more from PIT’s offense in Wk 3 or Johnson could drop
20 Terry McLaurin, WAS 14 DN16 w/ Samuel and Dotson around, McLaurin’s production may decline
21 DK Metcalf, SEA 11 same way w/ Metcalf as Johnson; need better QB play
22 Mike Williams, LAC 8 capable of huge things, but he needs more consistency
23 Marquise Brown, ARI 13
24 Jerry Jeudy, DEN 9 suffered a shoulder injury in Wk 2 and did not return; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
25 Allen Robinson, LAR 7 much more involved in Wk 2; had a second TD taken off the board
26 Michael Thomas, NO 14
27 Christian Kirk, JAC 11 UP30 maybe we shouldn’t have laughed at how much the Jags paid him in free agency?
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
28 Gabriel Davis, BUF 7 DNP in Wk 2 w/ an ankle injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
29 Amari Cooper, CLE 9 UP33 looked every bit the lynchpin of CLE’s passing game in Wk 2
30 JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC 8
31 Chris Godwin, TB 11 DNP in Wk 2 w/ a hamstring injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
32 Rashod Bateman, BAL 10 UP35 has a pair of big TD grabs, but the low volume is mildly concerning
33 Curtis Samuel, WAS 14 UP50 looks like he’s carved out a sustainable role in WAS’ offense
34 Adam Thielen, MIN 7
35 Hunter Renfrow, LV 6 may have suffered a concussion on the final play of the game; monitor his status
36 Drake London, ATL 14 UP39
37 DeVonta Smith, PHI 7 UP44
38 Darnell Mooney, CHI 14 DN23 that CHI passing game looks lost
39 Tyler Lockett, SEA 11
40 Jakobi Meyers, NE 10 more than twice as many targets as anyone else in NE for Wk 2
41 Garrett Wilson, NYJ 10
42 Elijah Moore, NYJ 10 DN37 hard to accurately evaluate NYJ WRs until Wilson returns
43 Allen Lazard, GB 14 returned in Wk 2 after missing a game w/ an ankle injury
44 Robert Woods, TEN 6
45 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI 13 suspended until Oct. 20
46 Jahan Dotson, WAS 14 UP48 I still have concerns about the long-term viability of Wentz leading this offense
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
47 Chris Olave, NO 14 UP56
48 Brandon Aiyuk, SF 9 UP53 short term, Aiyuk might be better off w/ Jimmy G at QB
49 Robbie Anderson, CAR 13
50 Jarvis Landry, NO 14 DN46
51 Chase Claypool, PIT 9
52 Treylon Burks, TEN 6 UP59
53 Tyler Boyd, CIN 10 DN47 being the No. 3 WR on a team only works if the offense is clicking
54 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE 9
55 K.J. Osborn, MIN 7
56 Mecole Hardman, KC 8 right now Kelce is the only sure bet among KC’s pass catchers
57 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, KC 8 DN49
58 George Pickens, PIT 9 DN52
59 Julio Jones, TB 11 DNP in Wk 2 w/ a knee injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
60 Romeo Doubs, GB 14
61 Michael Gallup, DAL 9 missed first 2 gms w/ a knee injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
62 DJ Chark Jr., DET 6 DN58 looks like St. Brown and then everyone else in DET right now
63 Rondale Moore, ARI 13 UP67 missed first 2 gms w/ a hamstring injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
64 Zay Jones, JAC 11
65 Sterling Shepard, NYG 9 NR
66 Josh Palmer, LAC 8
67 Noah Brown, DAL 9 NR off to a good start, but what will his role be once Gallup returns?
68 Christian Watson, GB 14
69 Van Jefferson, LAR 7 missed first 2 gms w/ a knee injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
70 Russell Gage Jr., TB 11 minimal production in Wk 2 w/ both Godwin & Jones inactive
71 DeVante Parker, NE 10 DN64 zero impact thus far
72 Nico Collins, HOU 6
73 Alec Pierce, IND 14 DNP in Wk 2 w/ a concussion; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
74 Marvin Jones, JAC 11
75 Devin Duvernay, BAL 10 suffered a concussion in Wk 2; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
76 Jameson Williams, DET 6 Williams (knee) will miss at least the first 4 gms on the RES/NFI list as he recovers from a torn ACL
77 Kadarius Toney, NYG 9 DN62
78 Skyy Moore, KC 8
79 Corey Davis, NYJ 10
80 Jauan Jennings, SF 9
Tight ends
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Travis Kelce, KC 8
2 Mark Andrews, BAL 10
3 Kyle Pitts, ATL 14 how is he not being targeted more???
4 George Kittle, SF 9 missed first 2 gms w/ a groin injury; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
5 Darren Waller, LV 6 UP6
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
6 Dalton Schultz, DAL 9 suffered a knee injury late in Wk 2; his status for Wk 3 is TBD
7 Pat Freiermuth, PIT 9
8 T.J. Hockenson, DET 6 DN7
9 Zach Ertz, ARI 13 UP11
10 Dallas Goedert, PHI 7
11 Tyler Higbee, LAR 7 UP19 20 targets through 2 gms
12 Dawson Knox, BUF 7
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
13 Hunter Henry, NE 10
14 David Njoku, CLE 9
15 Mike Gesicki, MIA 11
16 Gerald Everett, LAC 8 UP26 playing well in his return to LA
17 Irv Smith, MIN 7
18 Hayden Hurst, CIN 10 UP22 10 catches on 15 targets through 2 gms
19 Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN 9
Rk Fringe plays/roster depth Bye Up/Down Notes
20 Cole Kmet, CHI 14 DN12 doesn’t have a reception this season
21 Noah Fant, SEA 11 DN16
22 Austin Hooper, TEN 6
23 Evan Engram, JAC 11 UP25
24 Robert Tonyan, GB 14
25 Isaiah Likely, BAL 10
26 Logan Thomas, WAS 14
27 Tyler Conklin, NYJ 10
28 O.J. Howard, HOU 6
29 Juwan Johnson, NO 14 NR
30 Taysom Hill, NO 14
Defensive teams
Rk Never leaves lineup Bye Up/Down Notes
1 Bills, BUF 7 dominant
2 Buccaneers, TB 11
3 Rams, LAR 7 got sloppy late, but this is still an elite group
Rk Lineup regulars Bye Up/Down Notes
4 Packers, GB 14 that late-game run defense was a bit scary
5 49ers, SF 9
6 Cowboys, DAL 9 UP9 Micah Parsons; that’s it, that’s the note
7 Dolphins, MIA 11
8 Patriots, NE 10
9 Saints, NO 14 DN7
10 Eagles, PHI 7 UP14
11 Chargers, LAC 8
Rk Weekly matchup plays Bye Up/Down Notes
12 Steelers, PIT 9
13 Colts, IND 14 DN5 nothing looks good in Indy right now
14 Broncos, DEN 9 UP14
15 Ravens, BAL 10 DN11 woof
16 Chiefs, KC 8
20 Jaguars, JAC 11 NR 6 sacks and 5 INTs in 2 gms; still skeptical, buuuuut…
18 Bengals, CIN 10
19 Browns, CLE 9
17 Vikings, MIN 7 DN17

The best fantasy football gamble of Week 4

With all eyes on Tom Brady’s return, QB Mac Jones has a chance to thrive in fantasy.

Every week, at least one player becomes my fascination of whether he’s worthy of a fantasy football start or bench. The decision can be a mental wrestling match, but for the purpose of brevity, only one player can be chosen as the fantasy football gamble of the week.

The best fantasy football gamble for Week 4

Tracking my predictions: 0-3-0
Win: Player produces ≥ 75% of projected fantasy points
Loss: Player produces >75% of projected fantasy points
Tie: Player is ejected or leaves with an injury

Sitting 0-3 isn’t a great feeling, but I’ve been close enough with my rationale each week that sooner or later a break will go my way. Even through three unsuccessful attempts, sticking to the process is a must.

QB Mac Jones, New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In Week 4, my approach is slightly different than usual, because there won’t be too many scenarios in redraft or keeper leagues in which gamers are compelled to gamble at quarterback.

New England will see Tom Brady return to Gillette Stadium, but the more interesting storyline in fantasy is not necessarily the pressure of a primetime showdown vs. football royalty but how the rookie rebounds from a three-INT outing. Brady and Jones aren’t playing against each other in the way the broadcast narrative likes to paint it, so Jones mentally shaking off the worst outing of his young career is the more important factor.

The Buccaneers present the second-worst defense of the position in fantasy football, and the only reason Washington ranks worse is due to giving up a pair of QB rushing scores. There also is a strong possibility we see Tampa come out swinging for the fences, which puts the Patriots in a “keep pace” mentality, at least to a degree more than usual.

The ideal game plan for the Patriots is a ground-control approach that disrupts Tampa from getting into a rhythm by keeping Brady at bay. If that is how New England addresses the game and is able to stick with it, this doesn’t do much for Jones, so understand it is a legitimate concern. It’s unlikely the Patriots can contain all of these weapons and keep Brady’s guys out of the end zone for long.

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The Bucs have given up 403-3-1 to Dak Prescott (Week 1), 300-2-3 to Matt Ryan (Week 2 garbage time), and 343-4-0 to Matthew Stafford (Week 3). Jones isn’t close to being on the same level as any of those veterans, but serious injuries to Tampa Bay’s secondary can make the rookie look like a seasoned pro. Pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) missed last Sunday and began this week of practice with a DNP. The Buccaneers have the fewest sacks in the league, and no team has a worse percentage of sacks in relation to opposing QB drop-backs (2.04 percent).

New England’s unheralded cast of receivers stepped up last week, and these guys are capable of making some noise against a battered Tampa secondary. The tight ends should be a larger factor after James White (hip) was lost for the year, and running against the Bucs is never ease, which promotes more short-area passing as an extension of the running game. This was a favorable matchup for tight ends in 2020, and it has carried over into this season.

If you’re in a two-QB setting, or face a tough matchup for a rotational passer, Jones should be on your radar. Don’t get cocky and bench a safe starter for the rookie. Play Jones only where you feel comfortable taking a sizeable risk. This recommendation isn’t for everyone, and it will require the Alabama first-rounder to play his best football to date in the NFL.

My projection: 295 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and 10 rushing yards (26.75 fantasy points)

Gameday inactives, injuries and weather: Week 3

Week 3’s weather, injury updates and gameday inactives.

Sunday updates will begin when teams start releasing official pregame inactives and starter information to the league. This is typically around 60-90 minutes prior to the kickoff of their game.

Weather forecasts are courtesy of The Football Database.

Week 3 gameday inactives, weather and notes

TODAY’S KEY GAME-TIME DECISIONS

Early games: WR DeAndre Hopkins (active), TE Evan Engram (active), WR Kenny Golladay (active), QB Lamar Jackson (active), WR Marquise Brown (active), WR Tee Higgins (inactive), QB Carson Wentz (active)
Afternoon games: RB Josh Jacobs, RB Darrell Henderson, RB Dalvin Cook
Sunday night: RB Elijah Mitchell
Monday night: none

Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy

Football Team

Inactives: TE Sammis Reyes, DE Shaka Toney, CB Darryl Roberts, DT Matt Ioannidis and OT Saahdiq Charles

Lineup notes: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) went on IR and will miss at least eight weeks. WR Curtis Samuel (groin) is on IR, too, and will miss a couple more weeks. RB Antonio Gibson (shoulder) managed a full practice Thursday and Friday and is off the report.

Bills

Inactives: RB Matt Breida, OT Tommy Doyle, LB Efe Obada, DE Carlos Basham Jr. and DT Harrison Phillips

Lineup notes: WR Gabriel Davis (ankle) practiced fully Friday and is good to go.

Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy

Bears

Inactives: QB Andy Dalton, S Tashaun Gipson, CB Artie Burns, TE Jesper Horsted, WR Breshad Perriman and DL Eddie Goldman

Lineup notes: QB Andy Dalton (knee) is out. WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle) overcame a questionable designation.

Browns

Inactives: S Richard LeCounte III, LB Sione Takitaki, OL Michael Dunn, DT Tommy Togiai, OG Chris Hubbard and DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

Lineup notes: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) came off the injury report and will make his season debut. WR Jarvis Landry (knee) went on IR and will miss at least three weeks. WR Anthony Schwartz (knee) and QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) practiced Friday and are good to go.

Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: Dome stadium

Ravens

Inactives: OT Ronnie Stanley, DL Derek Wolfe and S Ar’Darius Washington

Lineup notes: OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) is out for Week 3. WR Marquise Brown (ankle) was limited all week but will play. QB Lamar Jackson (illness) was able to practice fully Friday and is starting, despite a questionable tag.

Lions

Inactives: LB Jamie Collins, RB Jermar Jefferson, WR Tom Kennedy and LB Trey Flowers

Lineup notes: WR Tyrell Williams (concussion) landed on IR and will miss at least a couple more weeks. RB D’Andre Swift (groin) was limited again this week and also is active again. WR Kalif Raymond (thigh) is questionable after he was limited all week. Just like last week, he is again active.

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 71 degrees, clear

Colts

Inactives: RB Marlon Mack, WR Mike Strachan, CB BoPete Keyes, DT Taylor Stallworth, OG Braden Smith, OG Will Fries and DL Isaac Rochell

Lineup notes: QB Carson Wentz (ankles) will play with a pair of sprained ankles. QB Brett Hundley was activated from the practice squad and is expected to start if Wentz cannot. WR Zach Pascal (illness) practiced Friday and is good to go. Starting RT Braden Smith will not play. RB Jordan Wilkins, and not RB Marlon Mack, will serve as RB Jonathan Taylor’s primary backup.

Titans

Inactives: TE Anthony Firkser, WR Josh Reynolds, DT Naquan Jones, LB Derick Roberson, FB Khari Blasingame, CB Caleb Farley and OT Dillon Radunz

Lineup notes: WR A.J. Brown (knee) practiced fully Friday and will play. TE Anthony Firkser (knee) is again inactive.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 78 degrees, clear

Chargers

Inactives: LB Amen Ogbongbemiga, QB Easton Stick, RB Joshua Kelley, DT Justin Jones, OT Brenden Jaimes, TE Tre’ McKitty and CB Chris Harris Jr.

Lineup notes: RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) practiced fully all week and is fit to play. LB Joey Bosa (foot, ankle) was idle all week and is questionable but active.

Chiefs

Inactives: OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, DE Frank Clark, C Austin Blythe, WR Daurice Fountain and CB Charvarius Ward

Lineup notes: No noteworthy injuries for fantasy

New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 73 degrees, clear

Saints

Inactives: QB Ian Book, DL Albert Huggins, WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey, CB Desmond Trufant and C Erik McCoy

Lineup notes: WR Michael Thomas (ankle) remains on the PUP and can return in Week 7. WR Kenny Stills has been activated from the practice squad. Starting C Erik McCoy remains out.

Patriots

Inactives: RB Rhamondre Stevenson, LB Ronnie Perkins, CB Shaun Wade, TE Devin Asiasi, OT Trent Brown and LB Josh Uche

Lineup notes: RB Damien Harris (finger) was a full participant Friday and will play.

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 70 degrees, clear

Falcons

Inactives: CB A.J. Terrell, WR Russell Gage Jr., DL John Cominsky, RB Wayne Gallman, WR Frank Darby and TE Parker Hesse

Lineup notes: WR Russell Gage (ankle) is expected to miss multiple weeks because of an ankle injury.

Giants

Inactives: CB Sam Beal, CB Josh Jackson, FS Nate Ebner, LB Justin Hilliard and RB Devontae Booker

Lineup notes: WR Kenny Golladay (hip) and TE Evan Engram (calf) were limited all week and drew the questionable tag, but both are active. RB Saquon Barkley (knee) practiced fully Friday and is off the injury report.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 64 degrees, clear

Bengals

Inactives: CB Nick McCloud, CB Trae Waynes, OG Fred Johnson, DT Tyler Shelvin, WR Tee Higgins and OG Xavier Su’a-Filo

Lineup notes: WR Tee Higgins (shoulder) was declared doubtful and is inactive.

Steelers

Inactives: CB Ahkello Witherspoon, LB Alex Highsmith, LB T.J. Watt, WR Diontae Johnson, QB Dwayne Haskins and OG Rashaad Coward

Lineup notes: WR Diontae Johnson (knee) has been ruled out. QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral) was limited Thursday but practiced Friday and is off the report. LB T.J. Watt (groin) has been downgraded to out. LB Devin Bush (groin) and CB Joe Haden (groin) will return.

Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (1:00 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 78 degrees, clear

Cardinals

Inactives: WR Andy Isabella, CB Luq Barcoo, CB Tay Gowan, DE Victor Dimukeje, RB Eno Benjamin, QB Chris Streveler and OT Kelvin Beachum

Lineup notes: WR DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) was out of practice all week but will play through a questionable tag.

Jaguars

Inactives: DE Jordan Smith, CB Tre Herndon, DL Roy Robertson-Harris, CB CJ Henderson and DT Jay Tufele

Lineup notes: WR Laviska Shenault (shoulder) practiced fully all week and is good to go. Two of the top three CBs are inactive for Jacksonville.

New York Jets at Denver Broncos (4:05 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 88 degrees, clear

Jets

Inactives:

Lineup notes: WR Jamison Crowder (groin) was out of practice all week and is doubtful to play. OT Mekhi Becton (knee) was placed on IR and will miss several weeks after knee surgery. RB Tevin Coleman (illness) is out. QB Zach Wilson (groin) practiced fully all week and is good to play.

Broncos

Inactives:

Lineup notes: TE Noah Fant (knee) practiced fully all week and is off the report. WR Jerry Jeudy (ankle) went on IR and is expected to miss several weeks.

Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders (4:05 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: Dome stadium

Dolphins

Inactives:

Lineup notes: QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) is out for Week 3 after being placed on IR. WR Will Fuller (personal) is expected to debut this week. WR Preston Williams (foot) and WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) were full participants Friday and will play.

Raiders

Inactives:

Lineup notes: RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) was out of practice all week and is doubtful.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams (4:25 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 68 degrees, clear (open-air dome)

Buccaneers

Inactives:

Lineup notes: WR Antonio Brown (illness) landed on the Reserve/COVID list this week. He did not travel with the team and has been ruled out.

Rams

Inactives:

Lineup notes: RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) sat all week and drew the questionable tag.

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (4:25 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy (retractable-roof dome)

Seahawks

Inactives:

Lineup notes: RB Rashaad Penny (calf) has been ruled out again. WR DK Metcalf (knee) popped up Wednesday as a full participant. It’s unlikely to be something that will affect him this week, but it’s worth monitoring.

Vikings

Inactives:

Lineup notes: RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) didn’t practice all week, but they intend to play him. He’s questionable.

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (8:20 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 69 degrees, clear

Packers

Inactives:

Lineup notes: LT David Bakhtiari (knee) remains on the PUP list, while OG/OT Elgton Jenkins (ankle) has been ruled out.

49ers

Inactives:

Lineup notes: RB Raheem Mostert (knee) was lost for the season and placed on IR. RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) was limited Friday but is doubtful. RB JaMycal Hasty (ankle) also has been put on IR. RB Trey Sermon (concussion) finished a full practice in Friday and is good to go. He may see all the looks he can get this week with the injury-depleted backfield. RB Kerryon Johnson was added to the active roster.

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (8:15 p.m. EST)

Kickoff Weather: 84 degrees, mostly cloudy (retractable-roof dome)

Eagles

Lineup notes: RB Miles Sanders (ankle) was a full participant Friday and Saturday. He will play in Week 3. LT Jordan Mailata (knee) has been ruled out. TE Zach Ertz was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Cowboys

Lineup notes: WR Michael Gallup (calf) went on IR and will miss a few weeks with a calf strain. WR Amari Cooper (ribs) fully practiced Friday and Saturday, evading an injury designation.

The best fantasy football gamble of Week 3

How high will this Eagle fly in Week 3 fantasy lineups?

Every week, at least one player becomes my fascination of whether he’s worthy of a fantasy football start or bench. The decision can be a mental wrestling match, but for the purpose of brevity, only one player can be chosen as the fantasy football gamble of the week.

The best fantasy football gamble for Week 3

Tracking my predictions: 0-2-0
Win: Player produces ≥ 75% of projected fantasy points
Loss: Player produces >75% of projected fantasy points
Tie: Player is ejected or leaves with an injury

Not off to a great start, but that’s why this is about gambles and not locks … The Week 2 selection was Jared Cook, and while it amounted to a loss, my train of thought was on the right track.

The Chargers threw him a short touchdown pass that was called back for an illegal shift, but even with the would-be score, my projection remained outside of the “win” range. If the TD stood, his final line of 3-30-1 (12 PPR) still was short of the 16.4 points I projected. Instead, the final number was way off the mark by 10.6 PPR points.

One thing I hadn’t accounted for was the possibility Dallas would move linebacker Micah Parsons to defensive end to cover an injury. I was banking on the rookie’s experience getting used against him by the veteran Cook.

Shake off the second straight loss and on to Week 3 we go. …

WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Let’s pick on the Cowboys again! In Week 1, Reagor landed all six of his targets for 49 yards and a score at the Atlanta Falcons. The next game brought the San Francisco 49ers to town, and the 2020 first-rounder was a total flop for fantasy purposes. He caught only two of his five looks, registering a whopping five yards of offense.

It wasn’t all bad, though, because Reagor would have scored a 36-yard touchdown if he had not barely stepped out prior to the catch to nullify the play. Even with one fewer target than in the previous contest, quarterback Jalen Hurts is clearly looking for the maturing receiver, and there’s a blossoming connection unfolding before our eyes.

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From the other side of the matchup, the Cowboys have surrendered the second-most yards to the position through two games of action. The three touchdowns allowed have come on 32 receptions, or one every 10.67 snags. That’s a neutral rate at 13th, but it leans toward the positive.

A definitively strong metric working in Reagor’s favor: 16 catches per game granted by this divisional foe. Only five teams have permitted more to the position. This opponent is ninth for average yards per reception, and just 10 teams have allowed more PPR points per catch.

Dallas lost pass-rushing team leader DeMarcus Lawrence in Week 1, and the defense is in only its third game of learning Dan Quinn’s system. There shouldn’t be a ton of pressure on Hurts, and even when he feels the rush, his athleticism allows for he and Reagor to go into scramble-drill mode. Downfield wideouts are exceptionally dangerous in this situation.

While the Eagles have played well on defense, Dallas’ offense is capable of posting points with the best of them, so there’s a slightly stronger than remote chance for a high-scoring contest. The Over/Under is 52.5 for this Monday Night Football tilt, and it’s tough to see either team scoring something like 38-14 or worse of a blowout, which suggests Philly is likely to score two or three times, at a minimum, if this game reaches the over (probably doesn’t). If that is indeed how it plays out, Reagor is bound to be a large part of the offense. If not, he’s still a factor and can’t score from anywhere on the field.

My projection: 7 targets, 5 catches, 88 yards, 1 TD (19.8 PPR)

Fantasy football start/bench list: Week 3

Check out where your roster options fit into our Week 3 start/bench tiers.

Player analysis and projections can be found in our Start/Bench Tool customized to your myHuddle league scoring and rosters. All player listings by groups are in no particular order.

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QUARTERBACKS WIDE RECEIVERS
BEST BETS Opp BEST BETS Opp
Kyler Murray @JAC DeAndre Hopkins @JAC
Russell Wilson @MIN Stefon Diggs WAS
M. Stafford TB Cooper Kupp TB
GREAT STARTS Opp GREAT STARTS Opp
Jalen Hurts @DAL Marquise Brown @DET
Josh Allen WAS Tyler Lockett @MIN
Patrick Mahomes LAC Adam Thielen SEA
Lamar Jackson @DET Robert Woods TB
SOLID STARTERS Opp DK Metcalf @MIN
Aaron Rodgers @SF A.J. Brown IND
Trevor Lawrence ARI SOLID STARTERS Opp
Derek Carr MIA J. Jefferson SEA
Ryan Tannehill IND CeeDee Lamb PHI
Justin Herbert @KC S. Shepard ATL
Tom Brady @LAR Jalen Reagor @DAL
Daniel Jones ATL Mike Williams @KC
Dak Prescott PHI Kenny Golladay ATL
FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp K.J. Osborn SEA
T. Bridgewater NYJ DeVonta Smith @DAL
Joe Burrow @PIT Marvin Jones ARI
Jimmy Garoppolo GB Brandin Cooks CAR
Kirk Cousins SEA D.J. Moore @HOU
Sam Darnold @HOU C. Sutton NYJ
Matt Ryan @NYG Julio Jones IND
B. Roethlisberger CIN Davante Adams @SF
Justin Fields @CLE A. Robinson II @CLE
SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp Calvin Ridley @NYG
Mac Jones NO Tee Higgins @PIT
Taylor Heinicke @BUF Chase Claypool CIN
Davis Mills CAR Jaylen Waddle @LVR
Baker Mayfield CHI Rondale Moore @JAC
Jacob Eason @TEN Mike Evans @LAR
Zach Wilson @DEN Robby Anderson @HOU
Carson Wentz @TEN J. Smith-Schuster CIN
Jacoby Brissett @LVR Tyreek Hill LAC
Jameis Winston @NE Keenan Allen @KC
Jared Goff BAL Tyler Boyd @PIT
RUNNING BACKS Cole Beasley WAS
BEST BETS Opp FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp
Dalvin Cook SEA D. Peoples-Jones CHI
C. McCaffrey @HOU O. Beckham Jr. CHI
Derrick Henry IND E. Sanders WAS
GREAT STARTS Opp M. Pittman Jr. @TEN
Ty’Son Williams @DET Cedrick Wilson PHI
Aaron Jones @SF Bryan Edwards MIA
James White NO D. Robinson LAC
Chris Carson @MIN DJ Chark Jr. ARI
SOLID STARTERS Opp KJ Hamler NYJ
Joe Mixon @PIT M. Valdes-Scantling @SF
Chase Edmonds @JAC R. Gage Jr. @NYG
Kenyan Drake MIA Deonte Harris @NE
D’Andre Swift BAL A.J. Green @JAC
Najee Harris CIN Jakobi Meyers NO
J. Williams NYJ Terry McLaurin @BUF
Nick Chubb CHI Henry Ruggs III MIA
M. Gordon III NYJ Quintez Cephus BAL
Myles Gaskin @LVR Darnell Mooney @CLE
Saquon Barkley ATL DeVante Parker @LVR
Kareem Hunt CHI Deebo Samuel GB
Ezekiel Elliott PHI Hunter Renfrow MIA
C. Edwards-Helaire LAC Diontae Johnson CIN
Austin Ekeler @KC Christian Kirk @JAC
FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp Tim Patrick NYJ
Alvin Kamara @NE Mecole Hardman LAC
James Conner @JAC Ja’Marr Chase @PIT
Zack Moss WAS Amari Cooper PHI
Latavius Murray @DET Zach Pascal @TEN
Miles Sanders @DAL Quez Watkins @DAL
Nyheim Hines @TEN L. Shenault Jr. ARI
J.D. McKissic @BUF Corey Davis @DEN
Mike Davis @NYG Chris Godwin @LAR
Michael Carter @DEN Adam Humphries @BUF
Antonio Gibson @BUF Van Jefferson TB
D. Montgomery @CLE Freddie Swain @MIN
C. Patterson @NYG Sammy Watkins @DET
James Robinson ARI SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp
Peyton Barber MIA Dyami Brown @BUF
Elijah Mitchell GB A. St. Brown BAL
Damien Harris NO Brandon Aiyuk GB
Jonathan Taylor @TEN Parris Campbell @TEN
Tony Pollard PHI Gabriel Davis WAS
Jamaal Williams BAL Chris Conley CAR
L. Fournette @LAR Rashard Higgins CHI
SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp Kalif Raymond BAL
David Johnson CAR Chester Rogers IND
K. Gainwell @DAL Antonio Brown @LAR
Phillip Lindsay CAR Will Fuller @LVR
Giovani Bernard @LAR Darius Slayton ATL
Ronald Jones @LAR Nelson Agholor NO
Ty Johnson @DEN Jalen Guyton @KC
AJ Dillon @SF Randall Cobb @SF
Devonta Freeman @DET M. Callaway @NE
Sony Michel TB T. Marshall @HOU
Trey Sermon GB Trent Sherfield GB
D. Singletary WAS A. Schwartz CHI
D. Henderson TB Jamison Crowder @DEN
TIGHT ENDS Elijah Moore @DEN
BEST BETS Opp DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Darren Waller MIA BEST BETS Opp
T.J. Hockenson BAL Broncos NYJ
Travis Kelce LAC Panthers @HOU
GREAT STARTS Opp GREAT STARTS Opp
Mark Andrews @DET Patriots NO
George Kittle GB Cardinals @JAC
Robert Tonyan @SF Raiders MIA
SOLID STARTERS Opp SOLID STARTERS Opp
Rob Gronkowski @LAR Ravens @DET
Logan Thomas @BUF Titans IND
Noah Fant NYJ Rams TB
Tyler Higbee TB Bills WAS
Kyle Pitts @NYG Steelers CIN
Jared Cook @KC FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp
FRINGE FANTASY PLAYS Opp Packers @SF
Dalton Schultz PHI Browns CHI
Mike Gesicki @LVR Bears @CLE
Pat Freiermuth CIN Buccaneers @LAR
Austin Hooper CHI Saints @NE
Dallas Goedert @DAL Chiefs LAC
David Njoku CHI Cowboys PHI
Jonnu Smith NO Bengals @PIT
Dawson Knox WAS Giants ATL
Jack Doyle @TEN SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp
SIT ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM Opp Jets @DEN
Kyle Rudolph ATL Colts @TEN
Maxx Williams @JAC Seahawks @MIN
Tyler Conklin SEA Chargers @KC
Adam Trautman @NE Jaguars ARI
Cole Kmet @CLE Falcons @NYG
Juwan Johnson @NE Football Team @BUF
Evan Engram ATL 49ers GB
Anthony Firkser IND Vikings SEA
Zach Ertz @DAL Lions BAL
Tyler Kroft @DEN Eagles @DAL
Pharaoh Brown CAR Dolphins @LVR
Dan Arnold @HOU Texans CAR
Hunter Henry NO
C.J. Uzomah @PIT

The Huddle’s Blitzed Fantasy Football Podcast: Episode 149

Reassessing fantasy football values after an injury-filled Week 2.

In this episode, Steve and Harley bring you B.P.N. NFL news, navigating fantasy value changes due to QB injuries, and “DFS Pay-ups, Stay-aways and Value Plays.” So Huddle up, tune in, and get Blitzed!

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