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Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) week-to-week

Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:29am

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants' TE Evan Engram sprained his MCL and will be considered week to week, per source.

Related players: Rhett Ellison

Fantasy Impact:

While things could have been worse, one would have to assume Engram could possibly miss this week. We also reported yesterday Ellison is more of a blocking TE so may not be a quick option to fill in behind Engram on your fantasy team for those in a bind.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert becomes part of offense

Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:45am - [Full Article]

Sunday, Dallas Goedert played 55 snaps, most inline as a tight end, some out of the slot and even three split out wide. He was targeted early and often, and finished by catching all seven of his targets for 73 yards and that one touchdown. The Eagles often used three tight ends, even at the same time, with Goedert, Joshua Perkins and star Zach Ertz.

Fantasy Impact:

Goedert only played 17 snaps in each of the first two weeks. In Week 2, he wasn't even targeted. This despite a nice preseason and camp where he was a top target in that time. With all the injuries on offense for the Birds, the team needs Goedert to emerge. The story feels Goedert should continue to play a vital role even with the return of WR Alshon Jeffery.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he'd retire before accepting trade

Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:39am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski confirmed on Sunday night that he threatened to retire in April when he got word that the Lions were trying to acquire him in a trade.

Asked after the Patriots lost to the Lions about the report that he put the kibosh on a trade between the two teams, Gronkowski confirmed that he did.

“Yeah, it happened,” Gronkowski said.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronk said he only wants to play for QB Tom Brady. Although he’s only 29 years old, Gronkowski has indicated that he won’t play in the NFL much longer. And he apparently won’t play at all without Brady. So he has effectively blocked the Patriots from trading him by saying that if he does get traded, he won’t show up to the team that acquires him.

ESPN: Opposing teams feel they can throw on Broncos

Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Broncos are three games into the season, and it's clear that opposing quarterbacks now think they can do what would have been considered unthinkable two seasons ago. They feel that the best way to win against the Broncos' defense is to throw early and throw often.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say only seven days after Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr set a league completion-percentage record with a 29-of-32 passing performance against the Broncos, Joe Flacco threw for 224 yards and a touchdown in the first half Sunday, as the Broncos did little to unsettle the veteran. Flacco finished the game 25-of-40 for 277 yards and the score. Flacco was quoted in the story as saying the Ravens could have throw the ball 55 times in their victory this week over Denver.

Jets may have to find new WRs next year for QB Sam Darnold

Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the Jets to surround quarterback Sam Darnold with quality wide receivers next season and beyond, they probably will have to buy them in free agency. General manager Mike Maccagnan tried to build a pipeline at the position, but it all but dried up when they released former draft picks ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen in a span of 18 days. Stewart is back on the practice squad after clearing waivers, but his stock has taken a precipitous fall.

Quincy Enunwa, Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor and Andre Roberts will be unrestricted free agents after the season, meaning the Jets have the 2019 rights to only two of the six receivers on the 53-man roster: Robby Anderson (restricted free agent) and Charone Peake (special-teamer).

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, in a perfect world, Stewart and Hansen -- third- and fourth-round picks in 2017, respectively -- would be ready to step into starting roles next season. That's how winning organizations operate. When they lose good players in free agency, they replace them with up-and-comers from previous drafts. It's the most cost-effective way to build a team under the salary cap. While the story doesn't expect that to happen, the good news is the Jets are expected to be about $90 million under the cap in 2019.

Chargers WR Mike Williams earning time in offense

Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:23am - [Full Article]

Philip Rivers isn't picky -- he just throws to the guy who's open.

But more often this season that guy is second-year pro Mike Williams, who continued his bounce-back year by finishing with four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the Los Angeles Chargers' 35-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

With speedster Travis Benjamin missing his second straight game due to a foot injury, Williams was targeted a team-high seven times, as Rivers looked to get the ball to his big-bodied target in the middle of the field.

According to NFL Next Gen stats, all three of Williams' scores this season have been on tight window throws (a yard or less of separation). A.J. Green (2) is the only other player with multiple tight window receiving touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers commented in the story he feels Williams is going to continue to trend up. "He's going to continue to be more of a factor for us," Rivers was quoted as saying.

Cardinals don't commit to Week 3 QB

Monday, September 24, 2018, 9:17am

Darren Urban on Twitter - [Full Article]

Wilks: Will watch tape on Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen before determining starter at QB next week.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford was pulled in the fourth quarter after throwing two INTs and losing one of two fumbles. He did throw two TD passes. Rosen didn't exactly come in and light the world on fire. He was 4-for-7 for 36 yards and also threw an interception. The Cards should make a decision early this week leading up to their Week 4 game, at home against Seattle.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (groin) doesn't believe he'll miss time

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:17pm

Joe Dannemann on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals WR A.J. Green thinks he'll be "fine" and good to go for next week after a groin injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Green described the play as coming down on his hip and his bones hit against one another. He said he didn't feel anything pop and should be fine and expects to play. It's all good news, but as we've learned in the past, we can't always take what players say as fact. We'll have to monitor Green this week.

49ers fear torn ACL for QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The injury to 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo appears to be the worst-case scenario.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed after today’s loss to the Chiefs that the team fears Garoppolo tore his ACL.

Related players: C.J. Beathard

Fantasy Impact:

If true, that would be a season-ending injury to the quarterback the 49ers traded a second-round draft pick to acquire and gave one of the biggest contracts to in NFL history. It's a big hit to the 49ers offense, which also lost Jerick McKinnon at RB before the season. Beathard likely takes over but is a downgrade over Garoppolo.

Lions WR Marvin Jones (ankle) will play on SNF vs. Patriots

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:09pm

Lions Inactives
Ezekiel Ansah DE
Joe Dahl OG
Andrew Donnal OT
Kerry Hyder DE
Brandon Powell WR
Michael Roberts TE

Related players: Marvin Jones

Fantasy Impact:

Jones (ankle) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week. Normally that is worrisome, but Jones is a go on SNF.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) OUT for Week 3

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:05pm

Patriots Inactives
Patrick Chung DB
Cole Croston OT
Trey Flowers DE
Josh Gordon WR
Jacob Hollister TE
Eric Rowe DB
Brian Schwenke C

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon doesn't play in Week 3 because of a hamstring issue that's still lingering. Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett should be the main targets for SNF.

Cowboys Cole Beasley ACTIVE for Week 3

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3:10pm

Cowboys Inactives
Mike White QB
Brice Butler WR
Maliek Collins DT
Chris Covington LB
Travis Frederick C
Dalton Schultz TE
Zavier Su'a-Filo OG

Related Cole Beasley

Fantasy Impact:

Beasley is good to go despite an ankle injury.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald ACTIVE for Week 3

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3:06pm

Cardinals Inactives
Rudy Ford DB
Mike Glennon QB
T.J. Logan RB
Korey Cunningham OT
Deatrick Nichols CB
Olsen Pierre DT
Andrew Smith OT

Related players: Larry Fitzgerald

Fantasy Impact:

Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday but is good to go this week.

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3:03pm

Bears Inactives
Marcus Cooper DB
Rashaad Coward OT
Kyle Fitts LB
DeAndre Houston-Carson DB
Isaiah Irving LB
Javon Wims WR

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3:02pm

Seahawks Inactives
Doug Baldwin WR
Poona Ford DT
Delano Hill DB
Ethan Pocic C
C.J. Prosise RB
Jordan Simmons OG
K.J. Wright LB