NFL PLAYER NEWS
Chargers' Jason Verrett (knee) out for season
Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett will undergo season-ending knee surgery and be placed on injured reserve.
Verrett aggravated his previously surgically-repaired left knee earlier in the season, and did not play in Week 2. Casey Hayward will be the Chargers top cornerback in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
San Diego currently ranks 23rd, with 0.19 Adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play.
Titans' Taywan Taylor to see an increased role in Week 3
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor is expected to see an increased role with Corey Davis (hamstring) out in Week 3, per ESPN's Cameron Wolfe.
Taylor has only seen 3 targets on the season, but Davis has accounted for 13 of the team's 64 passing targets, and his absence will leave significant volume to go around.
numberFire's models don't expect this increased opportunity to translate into production for Taylor, projecting him for fewer than 1 target against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Dolphins' Jay Ajayi (knee) is 'feeling good'
Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi said that he was "feeling good" during practice on Friday.
Ajayi missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but with his return on Friday, it looks like he will suit up Sunday. It remains to be seen whether his workload will be limited at all though.
numberFire's models project Ajayi for 20.4 carries, 83.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns on Sunday, making him our 8th-ranked fantasy running back for Week 3.
Ezekiel Elliott will play at least Cowboys' next two games
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's hearing in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled for October 2.
Elliott will be eligible to play for at least the next two games as he awaits the appeal trial. If the NFL wins their motion to stay the suspension, Elliott could be forced to serve his six-game suspension beginning in Week 5.
After putting up a career-low eight rushing yards on nine carries in Week 2, our models project Elliott to rebound with 18.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,800 against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Marlon Mack (shoulder) ruled out for Week 3 by Colts
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 3.
Mack hurt his shoulder in the Week 2 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and was unable to practice on Thursday and Friday. The Colts will have Matt Jones active as the number-three back behind Frank Gore and Robert Turbin on Sunday.
After an impressive Week 1, where he totaled 42 yards and a touchdown, Mack regressed in Week 2, rushing 6 times for -3 yards versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Falcons' Matt Bryant projected for a top-five finish in Week 3
Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is projected for another big week as numberFire's algorithms see him leading the NFL in made extra points in Week 3.
Bryant has been busy, and perfect, so far this season. The 42-year-old has made all 6 of his extra points, and 5 field goal attempts through the first 2 weeks of the season. He has a tough matchup in Week 3, though, as the Detroit Lions have allowed an average of just 4.5 fantasy points per game to opposing kickers this season.
Our models see Bryant going 1.5-for-1.7 on field goal attempts while making 3.4 extra points for 8.7 FanDuel points, making him our 5th-best kicker in Week 3.
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