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Falcons' Julio Jones still has chance to play against Bears

Fri Sep 25 3:52pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a catch in front of Dallas Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie (24) in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)


ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones still has a chance to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday after missing practice this week with a hamstring injury.

Jones was listed as questionable on Friday.

''We'll take it all the way to the game with Julio,'' coach Dan Quinn said, noting that Jones has been involved with the game plan.

Atlanta's secondary will be without safety Ricardo Allen (elbow) and cornerback Kendall Sheffield (foot).

It is not unusual for Jones to play in games after missing most or all of the practices.

''He has the rare ability to do that when called upon if he is available,'' Quinn said. ''We'll give him and a couple others all the time and space they need.''

Jones aggravated a hamstring injury in last week's loss to Dallas.

If Jones is limited or held out, there would be more pressure on Calvin Ridley, who shares the NFL lead with 239 yards and leads the league with four touchdown catches.

Among other starters listed as questionable are right tackle Kaleb McGary (knee), linebacker Foye Oluokun (hamstring) and defensive ends Dante Fowler (ankle) and Takk McKinley (groin).

Player Notes
Antonio Gibson Sep 25 6:30pm ET

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson led the team in carries in Week 2 and should continue his ascent up the fantasy football ranks in a good matchup in Cleveland. Gibson handled 13 carries in Week 2 and started over veteran Peyton Barber and pass-catching specialist J.D. McKissic. Gibson only has three receptions thus far in 2020 but should get more involved in the passing game as he gets more comfortable with the NFL game. Start the rookie as a high-upside RB2.

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Terry McLaurin Sep 25 6:20pm ET

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin has a tough matchup versus former Ohio State teammate Denzel Ward, but is still a WR1 for a matchup in Cleveland. McLaurin typically sees the opposing team's top corner, but the sophomore receiver has beaten good cornerbacks before as he went for 125 yards and a touchdown versus Patrick Peterson in Week 1. Washington has struggled on offense but they tend to force-feed McLaurin targets making him solid starter for fantasy managers.

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Logan Thomas Sep 25 6:10pm ET

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas made four catches in each game so far this season and is a streamable tight end in a good matchup with Cleveland. Thomas hasn't eclipsed 40 yards in a game yet this season so he is a touchdown-dependent option in fantasy, but he has been getting a good amount of targets in an offense that lacks playmakers. Cleveland has given up a touchdown to tight ends in two-straight weeks so Thomas has a chance to pay off as a streamer in Week 3.

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Tre'Quan Smith Sep 25 6:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith could be a sneaky play in Week 3 against the Packers. In the first game without Michael Thomas (ankle), Smith played 53 snaps, compared to Emmanuel Sanders' 47, and caught five passes for 86 yards. He out-targeted Sanders seven to three. You can't feel entirely great about playing Smith, especially against a solid Packers' pass defense. Still, he has had a knack for finding the end zone in his career and saw the most targets of any pass-catcher not named Alvin Kamara. Smith is a sneaky play in all formats.

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Dwayne Haskins Sep 25 6:10pm ET

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins has played efficiently in 2020, but is not a quarterback to target in fantasy. Haskins is quickly earning the dreaded "game manager" tag as he has thrown for under 225 yards and exactly one touchdown, but no interceptions, through the team's first two games. The Browns are a solid matchup and Haskins could play well again, but fantasy managers should aim higher with their QB. In 2QB leagues Haskins can be considered a low-end starter, but he should be left on waivers in most leagues.

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Evan Engram Sep 25 6:00pm ET

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram has struggled thus far in 2020 and things won't get easier in Week 3 versus San Francisco. The 49ers won't be at full strength on defense after several injuries in Week 2, but they have still allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends through two weeks. Engram has just eight catches for 74 scoreless yards this season as New York has struggled on the offensive side of the ball. Engram isn't the slam-dunk fantasy starter he was after the draft but remains a low-end TE1 for this matchup at a weak tight end position for fantasy.

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Darius Slayton Sep 25 5:50pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton had a letdown game in Week 2 with just 33 yards after he exploded for 100-plus yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Slayton should be in a position to see more targets this week as Sterling Shepard (toe) was placed on Injured Reserve. New York has struggled to move the ball on offense but will catch a break this week facing a 49ers Defense decimated by injuries. Slayton should be in line for seven-plus targets giving him appeal as a WR3 in fantasy.

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Latavius Murray Sep 25 5:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray gets a favorable matchup against the Packers in Week 3. Green Bay has surrendered the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and has allowed a back to score in each of their two games so far. Murray saw far less touches in Week 2, though it can't be forgotten that he carried the ball 15 times in Week 1, against a much tougher Buccaneers' run defense. With Michael Thomas (ankle) ruled out, it's possible New Orleans opts for a run-heavy approach. If the veteran halfback sees at least 10 touches, he could do enough to return flex value in Week 3. The risk is the week-to-week uncertainty with his role and the fact that Kamara could gobble up all the backfield touches once again.

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New York Giants Sep 25 5:40pm ET

The New York Giants Defense will have streaming appeal versus a banged-up 49ers team in Week 3. The Giants Defense hasn't shown much through two weeks to warrant consideration in fantasy, but they are playable as a low-end starter this week. The 49ers will be without starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo and superstar tight end George Kittle making this matchup much friendlier than it looked before last week. Throw in the fact San Francisco will be making their second consecutive cross-country trip for an early afternoon kickoff and there is definitely sleeper appeal with this New York defensive unit.

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Michael Thomas Sep 25 5:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. Thomas will miss his second straight game as he continues to deal with a high-ankle sprain that he suffered late in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. The All-Pro wideout hasn't practiced yet since spraining his ankle, though there was a sliver of hope that he would be available for last week's game. If that's the case, there's probably a realistic shot at this point that Thomas is progressing and that he suits up for a Week 4 matchup against the Lions, as it would be the third week in his latest 2-4 week timeline. Receivers Tre'Quan Smith, Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should all see an uptick in targets against Green Bay in Thomas' absence.

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Ryan Tannehill Sep 25 5:40pm ET

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has thrown six touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season while star running back Derrick Henry has yet to find the end zone. It's possible that the Titans offense is veering away from the run first mentality that they've been known for. Week three should be another good week for Tannehill as he goes up a against a Vikings Defense that has surrendered 578 passing yards and five touchdowns through its first two games this season. Tannehill should play as a high-end QB2 but could be without his top wide receiver, A.J. Brown.

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Golden Tate Sep 25 5:40pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate should see a bigger target share in Week 3 with Sterling Shepard (toe) on Injured Reserve. That being said, it would be tough for fantasy managers to start Tate this week as he had just five targets for 47 yards in his first game of the season last week. New York has struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball as QB Daniel Jones has not taken the next step in his development thus far in 2020. Tate has more appeal in PPR formats as he should see plenty of short-area targets, but it'll be hard for him to finish as a top-40 receiver without finding the end zone.

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Devonta Freeman Sep 25 5:30pm ET

New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman signed with the team on Tuesday and will immediately be thrust into action vs the 49ers this Sunday. Freeman is a former Pro-Bowler with the Falcons but has battled various injuries over the past couple of seasons. He spent the entire offseason as a free agent and signed with New York after Saquon Barkley (knee) was declared out for the season. Freeman is behind Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman in terms of knowing the offense, but Freeman is the most talented back on the team and head coach Joe Judge will likely look to get him some touches. Freeman is a dart-throw flex option in Week 3, but has higher upside rest of season as he gets acclimated with the team.

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J.K. Dobbins Sep 25 5:30pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins will look to get back on track against the Chiefs on Monday night. After an impressive debut in Week 1 that resulted in the 21-year-old rushing for two scores against the Browns, he regressed in Week 2 against the Texans. While fantasy managers could be pleasantly surprised with a solid effort in Week 3, the rookie should only be in starting lineups for those with no other alternatives, primarily with Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram II, and Gus Edwards, also looking for touches.

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Wayne Gallman Sep 25 5:30pm ET

New York running back Wayne Gallman was a hot waiver wire pick-up in 2019 when Saquon Barkley went down with an injury, but won't have the same role this time around. Gallman was inactive in Week 2 and Dion Lewis took over RB1 duties after Barkley's injury. Lewis should still be ahead of Gallman in the pecking order and the team also went out and signed former Falcons RB Devonta Freeman. As a result, it will be impossible to predict how the carries shake out but fantasy managers can skip over Gallman for now unless there is another injury or he shows something in Week 3.

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Gus Edwards Sep 25 5:20pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards shouldn't be counted on for fantasy production in Week 3 against Kansas City. While the 25-year-old racked up 10 carries against the Texans, one more than Mark Ingram II, the presence of Ingram, quarterback Lamar Jackson, and rookie J.K. Dobbins makes him a risky option on Monday night. For those in deeper formats with no other alternative, Edwards has an upside, although it still isn't nearly as high as the other rushers on the team. Fantasy managers should proceed with extreme caution against the Chiefs.

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Dion Lewis Sep 25 5:20pm ET

New York Giants running back Dion Lewis will need to assume a larger role in the offense as Saquon Barkley (knee) is out for the season. Barkley certainly leaves big shoes to fill, but Lewis will not be alone in trying to replace the Pro-Bowl running back as Devonte Freeman and Wayne Gallman should also see snaps in the New York backfield. Lewis should get the first crack at carries as he was the only one of the trio to be active for the Giants last week and he scored a touchdown after Barkley departed. Lewis is familiar with the offense and has a strong history as a receiving back as evidenced by his 400 yards on 59 catches in 2018 with Tennessee. Lewis is a fine flex option in PPR leagues but the best thing to do with this backfield would be wait a week and see how the carries are distributed.

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Alvin Kamara Sep 25 5:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara gets a great matchup in Week 3 against the Packers. Green Bay is a perfect example of a funnel defense, as they rank 13th in pass DVOA but 30th in rush DVOA. Kamara comes into the contest averaging 19 touches, 120 scrimmage yards and two scores per game while ranking as fantasy football's RB2. The 24-year-old was the only running back to rank in the top-15 in both receptions and receiving yards in Week 2- and he should see a similar workload through the air yet again with Michael Thomas (ankle) ruled out. Kamara is a must-start in all formats and he could easily finish within the top-five at the position in Week 3.

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Mark Ingram Sep 25 5:10pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II is a risky fantasy option in Week 3 against the Chiefs. The veteran was able to find the end zone in Week 2 against the Texans. However, he received one less carry than Gus Edwards, who ran for 73 yards on 10 attempts, and seven fewer than quarterback Lamar Jackson, who had 16. Although the 30-year-old shouldn't be relied upon for consistent production in most formats, fantasy managers with no other option should hope for the best and expect the worst from him on Monday night, primarily with Jackson, Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins, who had two touchdowns in Week 1, all looking for reps.

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Daniel Jones Sep 25 5:10pm ET

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has gotten off to a rough start in 2020, but will look to right the ship in a home matchup against San Francisco. Jones has just two touchdowns and three interceptions through two games while also losing a fumble. Turnovers were Jones' primary issue as a rookie so it is not ideal for fantasy managers to see his carelessness with the football in his sophomore campaign. The matchup with the 49ers looks rough on paper, but the 49ers will be missing several key players due to injury and are traveling to the East Coast for the second straight week. Jones shouldn't be started in one-quarterback leagues but he has upside as a QB2 in superflex formats.

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