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Saints confirm QB Winston will miss London game vs Vikings

Sat Oct 1 4:47pm ET

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston speaks during an NFL press conference in London, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 ahead of the NFL game against Minnesota Vikings at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


LONDON (AP) Saints quarterback Jameis Winston will not play in New Orleans' game against the Minnesota Vikings in London because of a back injury, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Andy Dalton is set to start Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the NFL's first international game of the season.

Winston's status was downgraded from doubtful to out. The team signed quarterback Jake Luton to the active roster from the practice squad.

Versatile tight end/quarterback Taysom Hill also took reps this week behind Dalton, who started for nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

On Friday, coach Dennis Allen said: ''Our plan right now is to have Andy ready to go.''

In other moves, the Saints waived fullback Adam Prentice and elevated tight end J.P. Holtz and running back Latavius Murray from the practice squad to the active roster.

Winston this week said he was preparing to play against the Vikings, though he didn't practice. He has thrown for 858 yards with four TD passes and five interceptions in three games. He has completed 63.5% of his passes.

Dalton started nine games for the Cowboys in 2020 after Dallas starter Dak Prescott's season-ending ankle injury. Dalton completed 64.9% of his passes that season, throwing for 2,170 yards with 14 TDs and eight interceptions.

Last season, Dalton appeared in eight games and made six starts for the Chicago Bears, completing 63.1% of his passes for 1,515 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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Starts, Sits, Sleepers: Week 4

Player Notes
Harrison Butker Oct 1 3:00pm ET
Harrison Butker

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (ankle) was sidelined in Weeks 2 and 3 and will miss a third consecutive game with an ankle injury. Matt Ammendola replaced Butker for the past two weeks but was released after a loss to the Colts in which he missed a field goal and an extra point. The Chiefs elevated Matthew Wright from the practice squad on Saturday to start in a Sunday night showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wright most recently kicked for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021 where he converted on 21 of 24 field goal attempts. Despite the firepower of the Chiefs' offense, Wright is a dicey fantasy play this week against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed just nine points per game this season.

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Taven Bryan Oct 1 2:50pm ET
Taven Bryan

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (biceps, shoulder) has officially been ruled out ahead of a Week 4 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Garrett was involved in a car accident on Monday and was unable to practice all week, so it's no surprise that the team wants to play it safe with the 26-year-old All-Pro. With Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) currently questionable and defensive tackle Taven Bryan (hamstring) also inactive, Cleveland could be without three of its starting defensive lineman, making the Browns DST an unappealing fantasy option and the Falcons' offensive starters more intriguing.

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Michael Badgley Oct 1 2:40pm ET
Michael Badgley

Fifth-year kicker Michael Badgley was signed by the Chicago Bears on Saturday after working out for the team on Friday. He was quickly elevated to the active roster with starting kicker Cairo Santos (personal) questionable to suit up in Week 4. Badgley began 2021 with the Tennessee Titans but was later added by the Indianapolis Colts, for whom he started 12 games and converted on 18 of 21 field goal attempts. Santos and Badgley can both be left on waiver wires as Chicago's offense has not been effective enough to warrant fantasy consideration for either.

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Jakobi Meyers Oct 1 2:30pm ET
Jakobi Meyers

New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (knee) was a limited participant in practice all week but will be sidelined for a second consecutive game when the team faces off against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. In Meyers' absence last week, it was DeVante Parker that stepped up, and he will likely operate as the team's WR1 once again in Week 4. With Mac Jones (ankle) also declared out, though, no Patriots' pass-catchers can be trusted in starting fantasy lineups with Brian Hoyer under center against a stingy Packers defense.

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Mecole Hardman Oct 1 2:20pm ET
Mecole Hardman

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (heel) was removed from the team's final injury report and will be active in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hardman missed practice on Wednesday but was a limited participant on both Thursday and Friday. He has been playing behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) in regards to targets and snaps so far this season, but could have an opportunity this week with Valdes-Scantling questionable to play. Still, fantasy managers should not be considering Hardman in starting lineups unless pivoting from MVS in deeper leagues on Sunday night.

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Cairo Santos Oct 1 2:20pm ET
Cairo Santos

Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos (personal) did not participate in the team's practice on Thursday or Friday and is officially listed as questionable for a Week 4 matchup against the New York Giants. The Bears elevated Michael Badgley to their active roster as Santos did not travel with the team to New York. Although Santos had a solid outing in Week 3, the Bears offense cannot be relied upon on a weekly basis to move the ball and score. Neither Santos nor Badgley should be considered viable fantasy options this week.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling Oct 1 2:10pm ET
Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) is listed as questionable on the team's final injury report ahead of a Week 4 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Valdes-Scantling was a limited participant in practice on Friday after being sidelined on Thursday. Although he hasn't produced much for fantasy yet this season, Valdes-Scantling is third on the Chiefs in targets and has played on over 70% of snaps in each of the first three weeks, so there would be a clear opportunity for other weapons to step up if MVS were to miss Sunday night's contest. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman, Justin Watson, and rookie Skyy Moore could all see a bump in usage, with Smith-Schuster and Hardman being the most appealing flex options. Fantasy managers should check in on Valdes-Scantling's availability on Sunday before deciding to deploy any Kansas City wideouts in their starting lineups.

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Jerick McKinnon Oct 1 1:10pm ET
Jerick McKinnon

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon has seen an increased role as the season has gone along, with McKinnon now appearing to share this backfield with Clyde Edwards-Helaire in a near split. McKinnon had seven carries last week, but finished with just 20 yards. With a tough Buccaneers defense on deck this weekend, McKinnon probably shouldn't be in fantasy lineups, but he should be added off waivers based on his current usage.

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire Oct 1 12:50pm ET
Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has put up some strong numbers so far this season, but a lot of his production has come from touchdowns. Last week, he found the end zone, but totaled zero yards on seven carries. Regression is likely coming for Edwards-Helaire. A Week 4 matchup against a Buccaneers team that allows the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game might be the time for that regression. Edwards-Helaire is a risky flex option.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Oct 1 11:30am ET
JuJu Smith-Schuster

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is a WR3 play for Sunday night's contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith-Schuster has had two good showings since joining the Chiefs, but sandwiched in the middle was a 10-yard game against the Chargers. Tampa Bay allows fewer points per game than any team in the NFL, so Smith-Schuster's definitely a risky play this week, even if he looks like the No. 1 receiver for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

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Patrick Mahomes Oct 1 11:00am ET
Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is always a must-start player in season-long fantasy leagues, but Sunday night's matchup against the Buccaneers projects to be a tough one, making him a potential fade in DFS. The Bucs allows the 12th-fewest passing yards per game this season and the fewest points per game, with opponents averaging just 9.0 points per game through the first three games. Mahomes and the Chiefs rank sixth in passing yards per game and fourth in scoring offense. Something's got to give. Play Mahomes in season-long fantasy and hope the defense is what gives. Sit him in DFS in case he's what gives.

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Travis Kelce Oct 1 11:00am ET
Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce hasn't been as dominant this season as he has in the past, but he remains one of the top tight ends in the NFL and in fantasy football. Kelce has been targeted at least seven times in each game and he's found the end zone twice already, plus has a two-point conversion. While this meeting with the Buccaneers is scary, fantasy managers should start Kelce with confidence because of his key role in this offense.

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Khalil Herbert Oct 1 10:50am ET
Khalil Herbert

Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert will be the No. 1 option out of the backfield against the Giants on Sunday. Herbert looked fantastic in the Week 3 win over Houston, finishing with 157 yards and two touchdowns off 20 attempts. With David Montgomery (ankle, knee) out for Week 4, it will be all Herbert versus a Giants defense that has allowed 138 rushing yards per game on the year. Managers must start him in all fantasy setups without thinking twice about it.

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Ka'imi Fairbairn Oct 1 10:40am ET
Ka'imi Fairbairn

Houston Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn has been a consistent player so far this season, making all seven of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra point attempts. Houston's offense has been decent at getting into field goal range and bad at finishing drives, which has helped give Fairbairn opportunities. That trend is likely to continue against the Chargers, but at some point, Fairbairn's going to regress to the norm, as he's an 84.6% kicker for this career.

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Mark Ingram Oct 1 10:40am ET
Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram finished Week 3 against Carolina with only 18 yards off five carries. However, he salvaged what would have been an underwhelming fantasy showing by scoring a touchdown. With Alvin Kamara (rib) questionable heading into Week 4, there is a chance Ingram may be the No. 1 option out of the backfield versus the Minnesota Vikings. Yet, regardless of his role on Sunday, he will remain an unpredictable fantasy option with limited upside, giving him value for fantasy managers with nowhere else to turn.

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Brandin Cooks Oct 1 10:20am ET
Brandin Cooks

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks was thought to be a high-floor WR2/3 option in fantasy this season, but the Texans have spread the ball around more than anticipated so far. With a tough matchup against the Chargers on Sunday, Cooks is more of a WR3/4 play than a WR2/3 play. He'll still likely lead the Texans in targets, but players like Chris Moore and Nico Collins might cut into his target share a little too much for comfort.

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Nico Collins Oct 1 10:20am ET
Nico Collins

Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins had just two receptions for 41 yards in Week 3 against the Bears. Heading into this week's meeting with the Chargers, Collins is a low-end flex option at best in deep leagues. He was targeted nine times back in Week 2, so there's always a chance that quarterback Davis Mills looks his way a good bit, but we'd like to see him put together a strong fantasy night before we start to really trust him as a fantasy play. A breakout could be coming though, so Collins is an intriguing player to have on your roster.

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Cameron Brate Oct 1 10:20am ET
Cameron Brate

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate is coming off his best showing of the season. In Week 3 against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, he caught five of his six targets for 52 yards, surpassing his production from the first two weeks of the season combined. With that said, Brate's outlook heading into the Week 4 meeting with the Chiefs hinges on the availability of Chris Godwin (hamstring), Russell Gage (hamstring), and Julio Jones (knee). If one or more of those guys are out on Sunday, Brate's ceiling will increase, giving him a slight bump in value in deep leagues. However, he'll have limited fantasy expectations regardless of who plays, making him a risky starting option for managers either way.

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Davis Mills Oct 1 10:10am ET
Davis Mills

Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills is a risky fantasy football option for Sunday's meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers. While LA has allowed the 20th-most passing yards per game this season, the Chargers have also faced the Chiefs already, which has skewed that number. Mills threw for a season-high 245 yards last week, but was picked off twice. He's a low floor and low ceiling player who should be avoided in most formats this week.

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Dameon Pierce Oct 1 10:10am ET
Dameon Pierce

Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce is a fantasy RB2 option this week against a Chargers team that allows more rushing yards per game than any other NFL team. Pierce opened the season in a timeshare with Rex Burkhead, but he's emerged as the clear No. 1 option on this team and saw 20 carries last week. Expect a lot of volume for Pierce in this one, especially on early downs as the Texans try to keep the ball out of the air.

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