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Jets' Darnold hopes to return to field in Week 5 vs. Eagles

Tue Sep 17 6:07pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Trevor Siemian, Sam Darnold

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


NEW YORK (AP) Jets quarterback Sam Darnold says he's feeling much better while recovering from mononucleosis and hopes to return to the field in Week 5 of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Darnold says Tuesday during his weekly spot on ''The Michael Kay Show'' on 98.7 ESPN New York that he has lost only about 2 pounds while recuperating.

It was Darnold's first public comments since becoming ill.

The 22-year-old quarterback says he's unsure how he contracted the illness, but adds that he began feeling some effects from it the night before the Jets' season-opening loss to Buffalo. He was 28 of 41 for 175 yards and a TD in that game.

Darnold watched New York's 23-3 loss to Cleveland on Monday night at his home and says he screamed and punched his pillow when quarterback Trevor Siemian went down with an ankle injury.

Player Notes
Carolina Panthers Sep 27 10:50pm ET

The Carolina Panthers Defense capitalized in Week 3 against a team starting a rookie quarterback on the Chargers. Carolina notched two sacks, eight quarterback hits, one pick, and three fumble recoveries. While this was an encouraging performance for a team that gave up over 30 points in the first two games, this type of performance should not be expected each week. The Panthers' defense is still a very young and inexperienced unit, and they face a tough test in a rising Cardinals team next week.

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Curtis Samuel Sep 27 10:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel ended Week 3 with four carries for seven yards and four receptions for 45 yards on four targets. The WR3 on the team has offered very modest value in the rushing and passing game so far in the season as he has not gotten more than five receptions, 45 receiving yards, or 26 rushing yards in a game. At this point, Samuel is only a low-end flex each week going forward.

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Ian Thomas Sep 27 10:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas got one reception for nine yards on two targets in the Week 3 win over the Chargers. The tight end was supposed to be the TE1 on the team this season, but only has two receptions for 16 yards on two targets total through three games. He's well off the fantasy radar at this point.

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D.J. Moore Sep 27 10:30pm ET

Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore finished Week 3 with two receptions and 65 yards on four targets. Though his receptions and targets may seem small, Moore still paced the team in yards. With a rich role as the WR1 on this team, his volume should remain stable. Therefore, the receiver remains a weekly starter.

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Robby Anderson Sep 27 10:30pm ET

Though it may not have been a 100-yard game for him, new Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson finished Week 3 with five receptions for 55 yards on six targets. Anderson has had a solid debut with Carolina thus far, seeing no fewer than five receptions and six targets in three weeks. It's clear the former Jet is now the WR2 on the Panthers, and he is becoming consistent enough that he should be in the flex conversation each week with room to elevate his value going forward.

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Teddy Bridgewater Sep 27 10:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went 22-for-28 for 235 yards and one touchdown in the Week 3 win over the Chargers. Through three games, Bridgewater's only impressive stat has been passing for 367 yards in Week 2. Other than that, he hasn't been explosive in terms of touchdowns. In fact, the QB has two passing touchdowns and two picks on the year. He's simply not consistent enough and has rather mediocre weekly numbers, making him an unappealing fantasy option.

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Mike Davis Sep 27 10:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Mike Davis finished the Week 3 win with 13 carries and 46 rushing yards, along with eight receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Davis proved valuable in both the passing and rushing game and was quite busy in place of the injured Christian McCaffrey. It's worth noting that he led the team in targets and carries. Davis' decent volume should keep him in the flex tier as long as he is the lead back on the team.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sep 27 10:10pm ET

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense was dominant in the Week 3 win over the Broncos, getting six sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and two picks. The Bucs took advantage of an injured Broncos offense and capitalized with a dominant performance. The schedule looks promising for next week as they will likely face rookie QB Justin Herbert when they play the Chargers.

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Jonnu Smith Sep 27 10:03pm ET

Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith saw a team-high eight targets in Week 3, finishing with five receptions for 61 yards in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Fantasy Spin: Smith failed to score for the first time this year, but he finished with a season high in catches and targets. Smith could be headed for a TE1 campaign, and he is at least worth streaming while A.J. Brown is sidelined.

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Derek Carr Sep 27 10:00pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tossed two touchdowns in a Week 3 loss against the Patriots. Carr's fantasy value continues to rise with six touchdown passes and no interceptions on the year. There are a lot of elite fantasy quarterbacks, so Carr probably isn't a starter quite yet. He generally has the same type of performance every week, so that makes his ceiling a bit lower than other players. With that being said, he can be counted on for consistency and he typically won't put up a terrible performance. He will have another challenge against the Bills next week who have one of the top secondaries in the league. He should probably stay on the bench but is worth considering for a start depending on who the other option is.

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Dalton Schultz Sep 27 10:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz made four catches in Week 3, gaining 48 yards. He was targeted six times and was still pretty well-involved in the passing game. He took a clear step back from being the featured receiver in Week 2, but he maintained enough playing time and passing routes to remain a relevant fantasy tight end, especially in deeper leagues. He should settle into a fantasy role much like traditional Cowboys tight ends: solid, with a high floor, but not much of a ceiling.

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Greg Zuerlein Sep 27 10:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein made both of his field goal attempts in Week 3 along with one of his two extra points. Zuerlein's field goals came from 43 and 42 yards out. He continues to be a solid fantasy kicker, and with the Cowboys offense clicking on most cylinders, he should continue to put up points for fantasy managers.

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Dallas Cowboys Sep 27 10:00pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense struggled again in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys defense allowed 36 points, recording four sacks and one fumble recovery. Through three weeks, the Cowboys defense has allowed 95 points, recorded six sacks, and just one interception. They won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns.

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Christian Kirksey Sep 27 9:53pm ET

Green Bay Packers LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder) left the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter and he is questionable to return.

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Corey Davis Sep 27 9:53pm ET

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis caught five of his six targets for 69 yards in a 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Davis continues to have a steady role in the passing game, and he is currently on pace for 80 catches and more than 1,000 yards. With A.J. Brown reportedly recovering slowly, Davis could have flex potential for the foreseeable future.

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Josh Jacobs Sep 27 9:50pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had an average performance against the Patriots, rushing for 71 yards and catching three passes for 12 yards. This is not the type of performance you would like from a star running back like Jacobs, but the Patriots are not an easy matchup. Jacobs has yet to rush for over 100 yards in the first three games of the season, and he will look to eclipse that mark for the first time next week against the Bills. The Bills have a solid defense but surrendered 167 yards on the ground in Week 3 against the Rams. The Raiders' offensive line is good at run blocking, so there is a good chance Jacobs sees more success in Week 4.

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Cam Newton Sep 27 9:50pm ET

The Las Vegas Raiders defense struggled again, giving up 36 points to the Patriots. They managed to grab an interception and sack Cam Newton twice but gave up over 400 yards in total offense. They have a young secondary, and their only real pass-rusher is Maxx Crosby. Through the first three weeks, the Raiders have not shown any signs that warrant them being on any fantasy team, let alone in the starting lineup. They take on the Bills next week who are showing signs of an elite offense through three weeks. It is reasonable to expect that game to be a shootout, so the Raiders would be a horrible play in Week 4.

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Cedrick Wilson Sep 27 9:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ced Wilson came out of nowhere in Week 3 to score two long touchdowns in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was targeted seven times, catching five for 107 yards and the two scores. Wilson's first score was on a 40-yard pass in the second quarter. He followed it up with a 42-yard score in the third quarter. There's a good chance this will be Wilson's best game of the season, as he's still no higher than fourth on the wide receiver depth chart. Still, it's hard to ignore his performance, so fantasy managers with a free bench spot can probably snag him off the waiver wire before Week 4.

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Amari Cooper Sep 27 9:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper made nine catches in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was targeted a team-leading 12 times, gaining 86 yards on his nine grabs. Cooper tied with Ezekiel Elliott for the team lead in targets and led the team in catches, but fell behind Michael Gallup and Ced Wilson in yards. Both of those guys scored touchdowns in this one as well, while Cooper is still looking for his first score of the season. The Cowboys have all kinds of options in the passing game, which may limit Cooper's upside this season. He may settle into the high-end WR2 range for most games, but he'll often have WR1 upside.

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CeeDee Lamb Sep 27 9:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb caught five passes in a Week 3 loss, gaining 65 yards. He was targeted six times in this one, ending up fifth on the team in targets. Ced Wilson came out of nowhere and Michael Gallup along with Amari Cooper took on most of Dak Prescott's targets in this one. Lamb should continue to have solid games like this one, but his upside is somewhat limited by all of the other strong options in the Dallas passing game.

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