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Seahawks RB Chris Carson still on top of depth chart

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 7:15pm

Liz Mathews on Twitter - [Full Article]

Running back Chris Carson still sits on top of Seahawks Week 3 depth chart.

Related players: Rashaad Penny

Fantasy Impact:

HC Pete Carroll said Carson was "gassed" from playing special teams, thus the reason for not playing in the second half. He also said he wanted to get a look at Penny, who carried the ball 10 times for just 30 yards.

Redskins RB Rob Kelley goes on IR

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 7:11pm

John Keim on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Redskins placed running back Rob Kelley on injured reserve. He injured his toe in Sunday's loss to the Colts. This means Samaje Perine will be the third running back behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelley must stay on injured reserve for at least eight games.

Nagy: Bears RB Jordan Howard needs 'a few more carries'

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 7:10pm

Chicago Sun Times - [Full Article]

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that, typically, teams with a lead can give their running backs 8-10 fourth-quarter carries, though “that hasn’t been happening” with Jordan Howard.

He pointed to a fourth quarter series when Howard took two handoffs and a screen pass. On one of the carries, the Bears lost five yards.

“That’s hard — we as an offense can’t let that happen,” he said. “I think probably a few more carries is probably the answer to that, but we don’t go into any game saying, ‘You’ve gotta get X amount of runs or X amount of passes.’ We just kinda play it out as is.”

Fantasy Impact:

Through two games, 11 NFL players boast more carries than Howard’s 29. Eleven also claim more rushing yards per game than his 58.5, the story said. Strangely, Tarik Cohen has also been limited in his touches, but Howard is averaging 19 touches a game.

Carroll: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson 'over-trying'

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 4:19pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

The phase Pete Carroll used was “over-trying.”

That’s how the ninth-year Seahawks head coach described the play of veteran quarterback Russell Wilson on ESPN 710 on Tuesday morning, hours after Seattle dropped a 24-17 decision to the Chicago Bears to fall to 0-2.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson had one interception and a lost fumble in the defeat. He was also sacked six times, five of which occurred in the first half. Seattle’s 12 sacks allowed through two games ranks dead last in the NFL. Carroll added Wilson is pressing in difficult situations instead of getting rid of the ball. He has a tough matchup against the Cowboys in Week 3.

Bengals sign K Randy Bullock to extension

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 4:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

On his fifth team, kicker Randy Bullock finally seems to have found a home.

The Bengals signed Bullock to a two-year extension through the 2020 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

'Good chance' Eagles RB Jay Ajayi not available for Week 3

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 4:13pm

Reuben Frank on Twitter - [Full Article]

Mike Groh indicated that there's a good chance Jay Ajayi won't be available Sunday.

Related players: Corey Clement

Fantasy Impact:

The team signed Josh Adams off the practice squad today so it's possible this was insurance in case Ajayi can't go. If Ajayi is out, Clement could be in store for a big workload.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown doesn't want to be traded

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1:48pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Steelers' WR Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus: "The tweet yesterday was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate.”

Fantasy Impact:

There is still no word about Brown not showing up for Monday's meetings. The team will probably have to address that issue on Wednesday.

Browns want to get RB Duke Johnson more touches

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1:46pm

Nate Ulrich on Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns coach Hue Jackson said we've got to get Duke Johnson opportunities and we will, he's one of our better players.

Fantasy Impact:

So far this season Johnson has carried the ball eight times for 20 yards but what's really eye-opening is that he has just three receptions for 15 yards. He was targeted six times in sloppy conditions in Week 1, but he had just two targets last week against the Saints.

Jackson: Buccaneers need to stick with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:15pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers will have a decision to make after this week's Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers: continue to ride the hot streak of backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has brought them to 2-0 for the first time since 2010, or let starter Jameis Winston take back the reins when he returns from his three-game suspension.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson says they should stay with Fitzpatrick.

"He's been playing on fire right now," Jackson said on NFL Network on Monday. "With the way the team is rallying behind him and just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it. You know what I'm saying? You can't take the hot man out. You got the hot fire right now. It's like 'NBA Jam.' We used to play 'NBA Jam' -- whoever's got that hot fire shot, you got to keep shooting, man."

Fantasy Impact:

In two weeks, the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick has thrown for 819 yards—more than any other quarterback in the league. He's completing nearly 78 percent of his passes and has thrown for eight touchdowns, with one rushing touchdown. His 151.5 passer rating is also higher than any other quarterback in the league.

Payton: Saints need to get better at TE

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:12pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints had an uncharacteristically poor offensive performance in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns, but when breaking down the issues on Monday, coach Sean Payton called out one position in particular.

"We have to be better at the tight end position, that's for sure," Payton said while listing the problems with the offense. "You see that on tape, all right, and we'll get that all cleaned up."

Related players: Ben Watson, Josh Hill

Fantasy Impact:

Thus far, Watson has seven catches for 63 yards. He nearly had a two-yard touchdown on Sunday, but Brees overthrew him in the end zone. But as the story pointed out, it's not just receiving numbers, it's also blocking—the Saints are last in the NFL in rushing yards.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown doesn't show on Monday

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:06pm

Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did not report for work on Monday, one day after he appeared upset on the field and left the locker room in a hurry following a 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, several team sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It is not clear if Brown’s absence was excused by coach Mike Tomlin, but several sources indicated they did not know why Brown didn’t show up with the rest of his teammates for meetings and film review.

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers seem to be a bit of a mess right now. Earlier Monday, responding to a message on Twitter from a former Steelers employee who suggested Brown would not have the same success if he didn’t play with Ben Roethlisberger, Brown tweeted, “Trade me let’s find out.” The Steelers are off Tuesday and report back Wednesday.

Cardinals think WR Larry Fitzgerald will play Week 3

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:03pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald left Sunday’s 34-0 loss against the Los Angeles Rams with a hamstring injury. It was a decision made by coach Steve Wilks.

He said in his Monday meeting with the media that he has to “help Larry help himself,” and holding him out of part of the game against the Rams was doing that.

He anticipates, though, that Fitzgerald will play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. “We all now that it’s going to be tough to keep Larry off the field.”

Fantasy Impact:

Fitz may be limited this week in practice but it sounds like he'll be good to go for Week 3.

Rams K Greg Zuerlein out a few weeks

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 9:43am

Rich Hammond on Twitter - [Full Article]

McVay said K Greg Zuerlein will be out “at least a few weeks.”

Related players: Sam Ficken

Fantasy Impact:

Ficken will take over the kicking duties and should have some value on a team that can move the ball like the Rams.

Carroll: RB Chris Carson 'gassed' from playing special teams

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 9:39am

Gregg Bell on Twitter - [Full Article]

Pete Carroll says Chris Carson got “gassed” also playing special teams tonight, and coach wanted to see what Rashaad Penny could do.

Fantasy Impact:

Strangely, Carson had just six carries in the game for 24 yards, which makes one wonder why Carson was playing special teams. Meanwhile, Penny carried the ball 10 times for just 30 yards.

Bears RB Tarik Cohen (ankle) appears to be OK

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 9:35am

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Tarik Cohen (ankle) appears to be fine after exiting Monday's contest late in the game, Adam Hoge of WGN reports.

Fantasy Impact:

Head coach Matt Nagy said Cohen was dancing around in the locker room after the victory over the Seahawks. Still, Cohen finished the contest with just four rushes for eight yards and caught one pass for 17 yards prior to exiting.