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San Francisco's Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) doubtful for Week 3's game against Packers
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) doubtful to play in Week 3's contest against the Green Bay Packers.
Mitchell is unlikely to suit up after the 49ers' running back suffered a shoulder injury during Week 2's victory. Expect Trey Sermon to see increased touches against a Green Bay unit ranked 16th in FanDuel points allowed to running backs this season.
Sermon's Week 3 FanDuel salary stands at $5,400.
Raiders' Josh Jacobs (ankle) doubtful for Week 3's game against Dolphins
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) is doubtful for Week 3's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Jacobs will carry the doubtful tag into Week 3 after sitting out Week 2's win over the Steelers and failing to practice during the week. All signs seem to point to another absence for Jacobs in Week 3, which would once again position Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber at the top of the Raiders backfield.
Drake's Week 3 projection includes 37.6 rushing yards, 16.1 receiving yards, 0.37 touchdowns, and 8.5 FanDuel points. His salary is $5,700.
Bengals' Tee Higgins (shoulder) doubtful for Week 3's clash with Steelers
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (shoulder) is doubtful for Week 3's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Higgins returned to practice on Friday after sitting out twice to open the week, but has officially been assigned the doubtful tag for Week 3. ESPN's Ben Baby said it "would not shock" him if Higgins ended up playing despite the doubtful tag. Expect more information on Sunday morning. If Higgins is active, our models expect him to see 8.2 targets against a Steelers defense ranked tenth-worst against the pass in numberFire's NFL Team Rankings.
Higgins' Week 3 projection includes 5.1 receptions, 63.9 yards, 0.38 touchdowns, and 11.2 FanDuel points. His salary is $6,200.
Kenny Golladay (hip) listed as questionable on Giants' Week 3 injury report
New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) is questionable to play in Week 3's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Golladay's Week 3 status is in question after the Giants' receiver logged limited practices due to a hip injury. Expect Sterling Shepard to see an uptick in targets if Golladay is unable to suit up against a Falcons' team ranked 23rd in FanDuel points allowed per game to wideouts this season.
Golladay's Week 3 projection includes 3.8 receptions for 59.7 yards on 6.8 targets.
Reich: Carson Wentz (ankle) game-time decision for Colts' Week 3 contest against Titans
According to head coach Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (ankle) is a game-time decision for Week 3's contest against the Tennessee Titans.
Wentz's limited practice on Friday gives him a chance to play in Sunday's division clash against the Titans. Expect Brett Hundley and Jacob Easton to share time under center if Wentz is inactive against a Tennessee unit ranked 31st in FanDuel points allowed per game to quarterbacks this season.
On 69 pass attempts this season, Wentz has produced 45 completions for 498 yards and three touchdowns.
Pittsburgh's Diontae Johnson (knee) ruled out for Week 3's game against Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (knee) will not play in Week 3's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Johnson will be inactive for Sunday's divisional showdown after suffering a knee injury during Week 2's loss. James Washington is on track to see more playing time while JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool should ultimately see more volume against a Bengals' defense ranked 21st in FanDuel points allowed per game to wideouts this season.
Smith-Schuster's current Week 3 projection includes 5.6 receptions for 43.7 yards on 8.2 targets while Claypool's expectation includes 4.5 receptions for 57.8 yards on 7.3 targets.
Minnesota's Dalvin Cook (ankle) questionable for Week 3's matchup against Seattle
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) is listed as questionable on Week 3's injury report against the Seattle Seahawks.
Cook's Week 3 status is currently in limbo after Minnesota's stud running back did not practice this week due to ankle injuries. Alexander Mattison will likely see a lead role in the Vikings' backfield if Cook is ruled out against a Seattle defense ranked last in FanDuel points allowed to running backs per game this season.
Cook's current Week 3 projection includes 19.3 rushing attempts for 91.8 yards and 3.8 receptions for 35.2 yards.
Kingsbury: Arizona's DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) 'will be a game-day decision' in Week 3
According to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) is a game-time decision for Week 3's contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hopkins' Week 3 status will be decided before game-time after Arizona's star receiver was unable to practice. Expect Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore to see more volume against a Jaguars' defense ranked 20th in FanDuel points allowed per game to receivers this season if Hopkins is inactive.
Hopkins' current Week 3 projection includes 7.4 receptions for 90.7 yards on 10.1 targets.
Baltimore's Lamar Jackson (illness) practicing on Friday
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness) participated in Friday's practice.
Despite a recent stomach illness, Jackson is on track to play in Week 3's matchup against the Detroit Lions. In a favorable opportunity against a Lions' defensive unit ranked 22nd in FanDuel points allowed per game to quarterbacks this season, our models project Jackson to score 24.5 FanDuel points at the salary of $8,400.
Jackson's Week 3 projection includes 18.0 completions for 209.0 yards and 1.9 touchdowns and 11.3 rushing attempts for 62.8 yards.
Stefanski: Cleveland's Odell Beckham (knee) will make season debut in Week 3
According to head coach Kevein Stefanski, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (knee) will play in Week 3's game against the Chicago Bears.
After a full week of practice, Beckham will make his return against a leaky Chicago unit ranked 29th in FanDuel points allowed per game to wideouts this season.
In a potential lead role without Jarvis Landry, Beckham's Week 3 FanDuel salary stands at $6,500.
Carson Wentz (ankle) participates in Colts' Friday practice
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (ankle) returned to practice on Friday.
Wentz's surprising participation on Friday is a positive sign towards playing Week 3's division showdown against the Tennessee Titans. Expect the Colts to designate their quarterback with a questionable label after today's practice.
If Wentz is unable to go against a Tennessee unit ranked 31st in FanDuel points allowed per game to quarterbacks this season, fantasy players should prepare for a quarterback platoon between Brett Hundley and Jacob Eason.
Kenny Golladay (hip) limited for Giants on Thursday
New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay was a limited participant on Thursday afternoon.
Golladay is dealing with a hip injury, which is concerning, as a hip ailment is what derailed the receiver's 2020 campaign. While head coach Joe Judge clarified that it's a different hip ailment than last year, it's still a worrisome situation nonetheless. Keep a close eye on Golladay's status over the next couple days. Should he sit or be limited, that would mean Darius Slayton becomes more utilized outside.
Our models currently project Golladay for 3.8 catches, 59.7 receiving yards, 0.3 touchdowns and 9.8 FanDuel points.
Miles Sanders (chest) limited for Eagles Thursday
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders was a limited participant in practice Thursday afternoon.
The Eagles play against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, so this was the first official injury report of the week for the team. As such, being listed as limited with an apparently new injury on a Thursday isn't as much a concern as it would be with a Sunday kickoff. Keep an eye on Sanders' status over the next few days. Should he sit or be limited on Monday, that would open up playing time for Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott.
Our models currently project Sanders for 60.1 rushing yards, 25.9 receiving yards, 0.5 total touchdowns and 12.5 FanDuel points.
Jamison Crowder (groin) DNP for Jets on Thursday
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder did not participate in Thursday's practice session.
Crowder didn't practice on Wednesday either, so this doesn't bode well for the veteran's chances of suiting up this Sunday in the team's game against the Denver Broncos. Keep an eye on his status over the next couple days, as participating Friday would at least give him a chance of playing. Should Crowder sit, Braxton Berrios figures to remain the team's top option in the slot.
In 12 games with the team last season, Crowder had 59 catches on 89 targets for 699 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Panthers' Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) ruled out for remainder of Week 3
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will not play for the rest of the team's Week 3 game against the Houston Texans.
McCaffrey was being fed touches early on, and he pulled up with a hamstring injury in the second quarter. He was subsequently ruled out of action almost immediately after going into the tent, which implies this could be a somewhat lengthy absence. For now, expect Chuba Hubbard to be the bellcow.
Before exiting, McCaffrey had 31 yards on 7 carries and 2 catches for 9 yards.
Damien Harris (finger) limited for Patriots on Thursday
New England Patriots running back Damien Harris was a limited participant in practice Thursday afternoon.
Harris is dealing with what seems to be a very minor finger injury, as it hasn't kept him off the practice field. Keep an eye on his status over the next couple days, but barring a major setback, he should be just fine for the team's Week 3 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
Our models currently project Harris for 80.0 rushing yards, 5.4 receiving yards, 0.6 total touchdowns and 12.1 FanDuel points.
Parris Campbell (abdomen) limited again for Colts Thursday
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell was a limited participant in Thursday's practice session.
Campbell missed last week's game due to the same abdomen injury, and now he's been limited in consecutive practices as a result. Friday's participation report will be the biggest indicator as to whether Campbell will suit up on Sunday in the team's game against the Tennessee Titans. Keep a close eye on his status over the next couple days. Should Campbell sit, Ashton Dulin and Mike Strachan could see more work.
In the season-opener, Campbell had just 1 catch for 24 yards on 3 targets.
Darnell Mooney (groin) limited again for Bears Thursday
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney was a limited participant in Thursday's practice ahead of Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns.
Mooney was limited on Wednesday as well due to the groin ailment, but then again, he was last week as well before ultimately playing through a back injury and a questionable tag against the Cincinnati Bengals. There's no current concern that Mooney will miss Sunday's game, but it's worth keeping an eye on as the weekend nears.
Our models currently project Mooney for 4.2 catches, 45.2 receiving yards, 0.2 touchdowns and 7.9 FanDuel points.
Chargers' Joey Bosa (foot/ankle) logs another DNP on Thursday
Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa (foot/ankle) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice.
Bosa's Friday designation will be key in determining his Week 3 status against the Kansas City Chiefs after consecutive absences on Wednesday and Thursday. The Chargers will have their hands full if Bosa is unable to play against a Kansas City offense rated second overall by numberFire's power rankings. In a 54.5 projected total, our models currently project the Chargers to allow 29.9 points on Sunday.
Per Pro Football Focus on 51 pass rush snaps this season, Bosa has produced six pressures, four hurries, and one sack.
DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) expected to play for Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) remained out of practice Thursday.
The Cardinals are likely going to manage Hopkins' practice reps throughout the entire season, but there's no concern about his availability for Week 3 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. “Hop don’t miss games," teammate A.J. Green stated. The stud wideout caught 4 passes on 4 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. He has scored three times on 12 targets through two games.
Hopkins is the WR6 in numberFire's Week 3 fantasy rankings and he has an $8,500 salary on FanDuel. The Jaguars have the fifth-worst pass defense in our advanced team rankings.
Josh Jacobs (ankle) registers DNP for Raiders again
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) did not practice again Thursday.
Jacobs appeared briefly in a non-contact jersey, but logged a DNP for a second straight practice. He will have a decent shot at playing on Sunday if he can get in at least a limited session on Friday. Kenyan Drake played 71% of the snaps and recorded 13 combined carries and targets with Jacobs sidelined in Week 2, but Peyton Barber siphoned away 13 carries.
The Dolphins are allowing the seventh-most FanDuel points per game to the running back position this season and they have the fourth-worst rush defense in numberFire's advanced team rankings. Drake has a $5,700 salary on FanDuel in Week 3.
Pittsburgh's Diontae Johnson (knee) remains sidelined on Thursday
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (knee) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice.
Johnson's second straight absence is a negative sign towards his Week 3 availability against the Cincinnati Bengals. Expect Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster to see an uptick in targets against a leaky Bengals' unit ranked 21st in FanDuel points allowed per game to wideouts this season if Johnson is inactive.
Claypool's current Week 3 projection includes 4.5 receptions for 57.8 yards on 7.3 targets while Smith-Schuster's expectation includes 5.6 receptions for 43.7 yards on 8.2 targets.
Odell Beckham (knee) to be Week 3 GTD for Browns
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (knee) will be a game-time decision for Week 3 against the Chicago Bears, per offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.
Beckham has turned in full practices in back-to-back sessions, but he was non-committal when asked if he'll be available for Sunday's matchup. Jarvis Landry (knee, IR) is out, so the Browns may have Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins, and Anthony Schwartz in three-wide sets if Beckham can't play or is limited. Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal inferred that Beckham could be on a snap count.
The Bears have the No. 16 pass defense in our advanced team rankings and they are allowing the fifth-most FanDuel points per game to the wide receiver position. Beckham has a $6,500 on FanDuel in Week 3. Landry is tied with Harrison Bryant and Schwartz for third on the team with a 12.5% target share, behind Austin Hooper and David Njoku, who have both drawn 16.7% of the targets through two games.
49ers' Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) missing from practice
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) was not seen during the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media.
Mitchell is dealing with a shoulder injury he suffered last Sunday and his status is in doubt for Week 3 versus the Green Bay Packers. Trey Sermon is expected to clear the concussion protocol and he would be the 49ers' likely lead back on Sunday night if Mitchell is sidelined. Trenton Cannon and Jacques Patrick, who was just promoted from the practice squad, are the only other two backs on the active roster.
The 49ers have earned the second-best team grade for run blocking this season from Pro Football Focus. The Packers run defense is No. 22 in numberFire's advanced team rankings and No. 18 in terms of FanDuel points allowed per game to the running back position.
Cincinnati's Tee Higgins (shoulder) DNP on Thursday
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (shoulder) did not practice on Thursady.
Friday's practice status will a key indication after Higgins missed two straight sessions with a "day-to-day" shoulder injury. Tyler Boyd and Ja'Marr Chase would see a boost in volume if Higgins can't suit up for Week 3's divisional showdown against a Pittsburgh Steelers' defense ranked 24th in FanDuel points allowed per game to wide receivers.
Higgins' current Week 3 projection includes 5.1 receptions for 63.9 yards on 8.2 targets.
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