Recent 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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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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Ravens' Justin Tucker projected for most made field goals in Week 3

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is projected to lead all kickers in Week 3 in made field goals, per numberFire's algorithms.

What It Means:

Tucker has been his steady and consistent self, so far in 2017 as he has gone 5-for-5 on extra points and 3-for-4 on field goal attempts. His opponent in Week 3, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have been quite generous to kickers this season, allowing 13 points to Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop last week.

Our models project Tucker to make 2.0 of his 2.4 field goal attempts in Week 3 while adding 1.9 extra points for 8.8 FanDuel points versus the Jaguars.

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Panthers' Graham Gano projected for the most field goal attempts in Week 3

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano is projected by numberFire's algorithms for the most field goal attempts in Week 3.

What It Means:

Gano has been busy so far in 2017, connecting on all 6 of his field goal attempts so far, tying him for the NFL lead in made field goals. He is expected to have plenty of opportunities in week 3 as Carolina faces the NFL's worst defense in the New Orleans Saints.

Our models project Gano to go 2.0-for-2.6 on field goal attempts while adding 2.2 extra points for 9.0 FanDuel points.

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Cairo Santos looking to build on a strong Week 2 for the Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos made his first 2 field goal attempts of the season in Week 2 and is projected for 2 more attempts versus the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.

What It Means:

Santos has been busy this season, going 9-for-9 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals. He faces a Chargers team on Sunday that gave up 4 field goal attempts to Miami Dolphins' kicker Cody Parkey last week.

Our models see Santos making 2.5 extra points and 1.9 field goals for 9.1 FanDuel points in Week 3, making him our second-ranked kicker on the Sunday slate.

Raiders' Giorgio Tavecchio projected as Week 3's top kicker

Oakland Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio is expected to have a big week versus the Washington Redskins in Week 3.

What It Means:

Tavecchio has yet to miss a kick in his brief NFL career, going 8-for-8 on extra points and 5-for-5 on field goals including a pair of 52-yarders in Week 1. The rookie gets to face a Reskins' defense that has allowed 5 field goal attempts from their opponents through 2 games.

Our models project Tavecchio to make 1.8-of-2.2 field goal attempts while adding 3.1 extra points for 9.3 FanDuel points in Week 3.

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Ravens rule out Maxx Williams (ankle) for Week 3

Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

What It Means:

Not surprising at all as Williams did not practice at all this week after suffering an ankle injury in Week 2. Without Williams available, veteran tight end Benjamin Watson will see all the targets he can handle versus the Jaguars in London.

Williams caught all 4 of his targets in Week 2 for 21 yards versus the Cleveland Browns. He was projected for 1.3 catches for 13.7 yards and 2.6 FanDuel points in Week 3.

Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott guaranteed to play at least the next two weeks

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has had his hearing with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled for October 2, according to Ian Rapoport of

What It Means:

With the court hearing arguments on his injunction appeal the day after the Cowboys play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4, Elliott is guaranteed to suit up at least the next two games. At that point, if the court rules against the back, he would be forced to serve his six-game suspension starting in Week 5. Stay tuned as this is a story that will linger for awhile.

Our models project Elliott for a top-five finish in fantasy for Week 3 with 122.1 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns for 18.6 FanDuel points versus the Arizona Cardinals.

Seattle's Jimmy Graham (ankle) expected to play in Week 3

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters he expects tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) to play on Sunday despite being listed as questionable.

What It Means:

Graham sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers, but Carroll does not appear to be concerned. If the 'Hawks had the option of listing the tight end as 'probable,' it sounds like that is what they would have designated Graham as this week.

Our models project Graham for a quiet day with just 1.9 catches for 21.4 yards and 3.9 FanDuel points versus the Tennessee Titans.

Melvin Gordon (knee) listed as questionable for Chargers in Week 3

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable on the team's injury report for Week 3.

What It Means:

Gordon was a late add to the report after getting in only a limited practice session on Thursday and Friday. The fact the running back was able to practice, even in limited fashion, makes it likely the back will suit up versus the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Our models project Gordon as the second best running back option on Sunday with 122.8 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns for 19.0 FanDuel points versus the Chiefs.

Packers' Jordy Nelson (quad) is expected to play versus Bengals

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (quad) is officially listed as questionable for Week 3 but is expected to play versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

What It Means:

Nelson hurt his thigh and was forced to exit Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons but was able to practice in full all week. The Packers still list him as 'questionable,' mainly since there is no 'probable' designation on NFL injury reports anymore. Nelson is likely to take some reps in the slot with Randall Cobb tagged as doubtful for Sunday.

Our models project Nelson for 5.4 catches, 69.7 yards, and 0.7 touchdowns for 13.6 FanDuel points against the Bengals, making him a borderline top-10 receiver in fantasy for Week 3.

Rex Burkhead (ribs) ruled out by Patriots for Week 3

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Houston Texans.

What It Means:

Burkhead has been dealing with a rib injury all week and will not suit up in Week 3. His absence leaves more snaps available for Dion Lewis and James White on Sunday. Danny Amendola returning from injury will help pick up the slack as well.

Burkhead was projected for just 5.3 touches for 26.8 total yards on Sunday by numberFire's models. He has just 67 yards on 9 touches through 2 games.

Jason Witten projected to lead the Cowboys in receptions against Arizona

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is projected to lead the team in receptions against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.

What It Means:

Witten leads the league in receptions (17) this season, and his 22 targets are the most for a Cowboys player. He has turned that workload into 156 yards and 2 touchdowns.

numberFire's models project Witten for 8.1 targets, 5.8 receptions, 54.2 yards and 0.2 touchdowns, making him our 7th-ranked fantasy tight end for Week 3.

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David Njoku projected as the Browns' top tight end for Week 3

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku is project to be the team's top-producing tight end in Week 3's matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

What It Means:

Njoku leads Browns' tight ends in snaps this season, and he has 5 receptions, 47 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 targets.

numberFire's models project Njoku to turn 4.7 targets into 2.9 receptions, 34.1 yards and 0.2 touchdowns on Sunday, making him our 20th-ranked fantasy tight end for Week 3.

Dwayne Allen playing nearly half of the Patriots' offensive snaps

New England Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen has played 47% of the team's offensive snaps this season.

What It Means:

Allen is obviously firmly solidified as the number-two tight end in New England behind Rob Gronkowski, but he has played a significant role for the team. He has been primarily used as a blocker though, with no targets through two games.

numberFire's models project Allen for 2.2 targets, 1.3 receptions, 13.2 yards and 0.1 touchdowns this week, making him our 45th-ranked fantasy tight end for Week 3.

Vontae Davis (groin) doubtful for Colts versus Browns

Indianapolis Colts defensive back Vontae Davis (groin) is listed as doubtful for Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns.

What It Means:

Davis was limited in practice all week and, barring any setbacks, he appears to be on track for a Week 4 season debut versus the Seattle Seahawks. Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has been mentioned as an under-the-radar streamer for Week 3.

Entering the third week of the season, the Colts rank fifth-worst in the NFL in terms of schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points allowed per play

Amari Cooper (knee) practices in full on Friday for Raiders

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (knee) is listed as a full participant on team's injury report for Week 3 against the Washington Redskins.

What It Means:

For the third consecutive week, Cooper was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he played without any restrictions in Weeks 1 and 2, so it should be more of the same against Washington on Sunday night. He carries all sorts of upside as this matchup features the highest over/under of Week 3.

numberFire's models project Cooper to score 15.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,700 in Week 3. He's pegged for 9.2 targets, 5.9 receptions, 83.3 yards, and 0.59 touchdowns versus the Redskins, making him the 3rd-best wideout in our weekly fantasy rankings.

Steelers' Jesse James (ankle) was limited at practice on Thursday

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (ankle) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

What It Means:

After missing Wednesday's practice, this news is a good sign that James should be able to suit up against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He has 10 receptions, 68 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 targets to star the year.

numberFire's models project James to turn 4.4 targets into 2.8 receptions, 27.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns against the Bears. He is our 21st-ranked fantasy tight end for Week 3.

Randall Cobb (chest) doubtful to play for Packers in Week 3

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (chest) is listed as doubtful for Week 3's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

What It Means:

Cobb hasn't practiced all week with a chest injury and the designation of doubtful all but rules him out for Sunday. On a positive note, the Packers are expected to have Jody Nelson active and will likely have him play in the slot with Davante Adams and Geronimo Allision on the outside.

Cobb recorded 15 catches for 145 yards through 2 games and was projected for 3.0 catches for 32.7 yards in Week 3 if he were going to play.

Derrick Henry to see 'significant workload' Sunday for Titans

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is expected to get a "significant workload" against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 regardless of whether or not DeMarco Murray (questionable, hamstring) plays, according to ESPN Titans reporter Cameron Wolfe.

What It Means:

"Henry is the healthier and stronger performing back at this point so he'd be the safer start on your team as a solid RB2 this week even if Murray technically starts for the Titans on Sunday," Wolfe writes. "Henry should creep closer to RB1 status if Murray doesn't suit up." Despite the tough matchup, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner is worth considering across all formats in Week 3 versus the Seahawks. Henry rushed 14 times for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday.

While expecting Murray to play, numberFire's models project Henry to score 8.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,400 in Week 3 while totaling 54.9 offensive yards and 0.31 touchdowns on 11.1 touches (2.0 receptions), making him the RB35 in our weekly fantasy rankings.


Giants' Evan Engram clears concussion protocol, will play Week 3

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram cleared the concussion protocol and he is no longer questionable for Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

What It Means:

Engram was limited in practice all week, but he's good to go for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Eagles. Through his first two NFL outings, Engram has turned 12 targets into 93 receiving yards and a touchdown.

numberFire's models project Engram to score 7.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,100 in Week 3 on 3.5 receptions (5.5 targets) for 37.0 yards and 0.26 touchdowns. The rookie first-rounder is the TE17 in our weekly fantasy rankings.

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