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Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated

Mon Oct 21 11:30pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Sony Michel, Sam Darnold

New England Patriots' Terrence Brooks (25) intercepts a pass to New York Jets' Demaryius Thomas (18) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New England Patriots' J.C. Jackson (27) and New York Jets' Sam Darnold (14) fights for control of the ball in the end zone after it was snapped over the head of Darnold during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Patriots scored a safety on the play. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) points to Benjamin Watson (84) after a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) celebrates with Phillip Dorsett (13) after they connected for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center left, watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) recovers the ball fumbled by New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, left, after Darnold was sacked during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New England Patriots' Phillip Dorsett, left, catches a pass for a touchdown in front of New York Jets' Trumaine Johnson during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) celebrates with teammates Kyle Van Noy (53) and Stephon Gilmore (24) after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) gets away from New York Jets' C.J. Mosley (57) and Leonard Williams (92) for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady set the tone with a long slice-and-dice touchdown drive, New England's blitz-happy defense forced Sam Darnold into five turnovers and the Patriots remained undefeated by cruising to a 33-0 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night.

Brady threw a TD pass to Phillip Dorsett and Sony Michel ran for three scores to help the Patriots improve to 7-0 for the third time in franchise history, and first since 2015.

They also swept the two-game season series against their AFC East rivals for the fourth straight year, outscoring the Jets (1-5) 63-14 in the two meetings this year.

And, the top-ranked Patriots defense was a big reason in this one.

Darnold was the AFC offensive player of the week after leading New York to a 24-22 win over Dallas last Sunday in his return from missing three games with mononucleosis.

He was miserable against New England, finishing 11 of 32 for 86 yards and a 3.6 quarterback rating.

Player Notes
JJ Arcega-Whiteside Sep 23 2:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has been phased out of the offense and doesn't play on special teams at this point either. Despite a decent bit of hype around the second-year wide out before the season, Arcega-Whiteside has yet to catch a football in 2020. He was on the field for 41% of the offensive snaps in Week 1 and only 23% in Week 2. He shouldn't be anywhere near a fantasy roster at this point in his career.

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Justin Herbert Sep 23 2:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is expected to make his second straight start in Week 3 against the Panthers with Tyrod Taylor (lung) dealing with a punctured lung. Herbert had a costly interception late in Week 2, but he held his own and looked impressive on short notice against the Super Bowl champion Chiefs in an overtime loss. If the first-rounder puts on another solid performance in just his second NFL start, he could supplant Taylor as the Bolts starter under center, even though head coach Anthony Lynn said that Taylor is the starter when he's 100 percent healthy. Herbert has a great matchup this weekend, but he's still more of a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues.

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Zach Ertz Sep 23 2:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is still a top-tier fantasy tight end option despite the emergence of Dallas Goedert in Week 1. Ertz was on the field for 85% of the offensive snaps in Week 1 and followed that up with a 94% clip in Week 2. The Eagles will run most of their offense through their two tight ends along with running back Miles Sanders. Ertz and Goedert are both TE1 options, with a slight preference going to Ertz if choosing between the two.

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Greg Ward Sep 23 2:20pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward is not a viable starting option in any standard format of fantasy football in Week 3. Ward saw only one target in Week 2, catching it for a five yard gain. He was slightly more involved in Week 1, but still wasn't able to do much, catching five passes for 31 unexciting yards. With the Eagles offense struggling as a whole, the third wide receiver on a team that often plays with two tight ends on the field is not much of a fantasy asset. Ward can be left on the waiver wire in shallower formats.

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Chase Young Sep 23 2:20pm ET

Cleveland Browns right tackle Jack Conklin (ankle) is over his ankle injury and is "ready to go" according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Conklin appeared in the team's Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens but sat out last Thursday night in a Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. When asked, he said, "Ankles feeling great. Ill be back to 100% this week, rolling.'' Conklin's return is a big boost for the Browns as they get ready to contend with a Washington Football Team that employs a nasty defensive line, anchored by No. 2 overall pick Chase Young. Young is tied for the league lead with 2.5 sacks through two games. Conklin's return will also help the Cleveland running game, most specifically Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as they try to improve to 2-1 on the season.

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Jalen Reagor Sep 23 1:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor has seen his involvement increase in each of the first two weeks of the season. A good matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals Defense in Week 3 makes for a strong on-paper chance for him to continue moving up in terms of target share. Still, it's hard to trust Reagor as more than a WR4, especially given the fact that the Eagles offense has not looked functional at all through the first two weeks.

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DeSean Jackson Sep 23 1:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has some nice Week 3 upside despite the mess that has been the Eagles offense over the first two weeks of the season. Jackson hasn't done much so far this season, but the Cincinnati Bengals Defense doesn't really have anyone who can keep up with Jackson's speed. If there were ever a game for Jackson to blow up and get the Eagles passing game back on track, it's this one. All that being said, the Eagles offense was bad enough that the pre-recorded crowd noise booed them at one point in Week 2. Jackson is a solid WR3/FLEX play with upside this week.

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Chidobe Awuzie Sep 23 1:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the Week 2 game and will be sidelined for multiple weeks.

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Julio Jones Sep 23 1:30pm ET

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) further strained his hamstring in Week 2 against the Cowboys, and the team will take his injury "through the week," leading up to the game on Sunday against the Bears. So there's a real chance that the All-Pro receiver won't play this weekend, so you'll need to have a backup plan just in case. Jones had nine catches for 157 yards in the season-opener, but he caught only two passes for 24 yards despite the Falcons putting up 39 points last week. He's a must-start WR1 anytime he's on the field, but things might finally start to catch up with the 31-year-old while he seems to constantly be playing through injuries. If he sits out or is limited at all, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage would benefit from added targets.

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Christian McCaffrey Sep 23 1:30pm ET

The Carolina Panthers placed running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Wednesday with his high ankle sprain. The move will keep McCaffrey out for at least three weeks. The team placed a four- to six-week timeline on his return on Tuesday. Carolina wants to make sure that their star running back doesn't try to return too soon from his injury and aggravate it. Mike Davis is in line for lead-back duties in McCaffrey's absence, and he has become one of the top waiver-wire pickups heading into Week 3. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel could also see some snaps out of the backfield to help pick up the slack, beginning in Week 3 against the Chargers.

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Breshad Perriman Sep 23 1:23pm ET

New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman (ankle) may not be able to play in either of the next two games, according to head coach Adam Gase.

Fantasy Spin: The Jets have multiple injuries at the wide receiver position, so Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios may be the starters for Week 3. The team will be facing a solid Indianapolis Colts defense this week, but Hogan can be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.

From TheHuddle

Jamison Crowder Sep 23 1:23pm ET

New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) has not run since suffering a hamstring injury last week, and his status for Week 3 is uncertain.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players should check on Crowder's status later in the week to see if he has a chance to play. Braxton Berrios would be the slot receiver for the Jets if Crowder is unable to play but probably should only be a possible flex option in deeper point-per-reception leagues.

From TheHuddle

Boston Scott Sep 23 1:20pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott has an excellent matchup against a struggling Cincinnati Bengals run defense in Week 3, but is still not a recommended fantasy starter in most formats. Scott ran clearly behind starter Miles Sanders in Week 2, even though Sanders was just coming off a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 1. Scott is still worth rostering because he'd clearly take over if Sanders went down, but his standalone value is not significant with Sanders on the field.

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Corey Clement Sep 23 1:20pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement is not a Week 3 fantasy option in almost any formats. Clement got some unexpected action in Week 1 with Miles Sanders (hamstring) out and Boston Scott (undisclosed) missing time. With both running backs now healthy, Clement is likely to be on the field only as a member of special teams. Clement does not need to be rostered in standard 12-team leagues.

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Marqui Christian Sep 23 1:13pm ET

Chicago Bears practice squad S Marqui Christian was signed to the New York Jets 53-man roster Wednesday, Sept. 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Miles Sanders Sep 23 1:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders has an excellent Week 3 matchup and could be one of the top fantasy running backs for the week. There were concerns around Sanders in Week 2 mostly based on usage as he was coming off a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 1, but he was on the field plenty and did well enough to end up as the overall RB12. With a Week 3 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals Defense, Sanders could end up as a top-five fantasy performer at the position. The Bengals have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs through the first two weeks of the season.

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Tevin Coleman Sep 23 1:03pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) is likely headed to the Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury that's likely to keep him out for four weeks, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Fantasy Spin: Third-year man Jeff Wilson could get his shot this week with Raheem Mostert (knee) unlikely to go as well. Wilson is a flex option in fantasy.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Sep 23 1:03pm ET

San Francisco 49ers QB Nick Mullens is likely to start in place of QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) in Week 3.

Fantasy Spin: Mullens has minimal fantasy appeal even against the New York Giants.

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San Francisco 49ers Sep 23 1:00pm ET

The San Francisco 49ers signed pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah on Wednesday and promoted defensive lineman Dion Jordan to the active roster after they placed defensive ends Nick Bosa (knee) and Solomon Thomas (knee) on Injured Reserve. San Francisco is bringing in some replacements with Dee Ford (back) also out for Week 3 against the Giants. Ansah and Jordan will try to pick up the slack alongside Arik Armstead, DJ Jones and rookie Javon Kinlaw, but the Niners defense lost the heart and soul of their pass rush with Bosa. It'll make them a little less attractive in season-long leagues, but the 49ers Defense is still worth trotting out there in fantasy lineups this Sunday against a Giants offense now missing Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, arguably their two best offensive weapons.

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Carson Wentz Sep 23 12:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a great matchup on paper in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the Eagles offense has been such a mess this season that it's hard to trust him as anything more than a mid-range QB2. Wentz will have more upside than most other quarterbacks in that range, but fantasy managers in standard 12-team formats may find safer starting bets on the waiver wire this week. It stands to reason that the Eagles offense won't be this bad all year, but it's hard to predict when things will come together for them. They've struggled to the point that the artificial crowd noise actually booed Wentz in Week 2.

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