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Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson a spectator at practice

Thu Sep 21 2:04pm ET
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Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson did not participate in practice on Thursday, per multiple media outlets.

Richardson, the fourth overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, assumed the role of a spectator for the session while he remains in concussion protocol.

Richardson exited the Colts' 31-20 victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday in the first half. Backup Gardner Minshew relieved Richardson and completed 19 of 23 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown toss to tight end Kylen Granson.

Minshew is in line to start if Richardson isn't available this Sunday against the host Baltimore Ravens (2-0).

Richardson was forced out of last Sunday's contest for the second time in two career games when he absorbed a hard hit.

The Colts led the Texans 14-0 behind two Richardson TD runs when he left to be evaluated for a concussion. In Week 1, he was assisted to the sideline in the final minute of the game after trying to run the ball in for a score against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Richardson, 21, is 30-of-47 passing for 279 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also has 13 carries for 75 yards and three touchdowns.

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Jake Ferguson Sep 21 2:10pm ET
Jake Ferguson

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson has an excellent matchup in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals. Ferguson scored a touchdown in Week 2 and finished as the overall TE11, but he only has a 15.9% target share, likely leaving him as a touchdown dependent streaming option at best. Still, the Cardinals defense allowed the most yards to tight ends last season and they've allowed the third most yards to tight ends this year. The matchup doesn't get much better than this for a tight end, but Ferguson is still just a high-end TE2.

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Brandon Aubrey Sep 21 2:10pm ET
Brandon Aubrey

Dallas Cowboys kicker Brandon Aubrey is a strong fantasy option again in a Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Aubrey has made all seven of his field goals and only missed one of his six extra point tries through the first two weeks of the season. Playing on a team that has proven the ability to move the ball and score, Aubrey should remain among the top-12 fantasy options at his position most weeks this season.

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Amon-Ra St. Brown Sep 21 2:10pm ET
Amon-Ra St. Brown

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has racked up 173 yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions so far this season. He is picking up where he left off the last two seasons and continues to be one of the top players in all of fantasy football. Although he did not practice on Wednesday with a toe injury, he is not considered to be at risk of missing the Week 3 contest against the Atlanta Falcons. As long as he's active, he's a must-start in all matchups and has No. 1 overall wide receiver upside. With David Montgomery (thigh) looking doubtful for Week 3, the Lions could opt to pass more in this NFC showdown.

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Tony Pollard Sep 21 2:00pm ET
Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard is a strong fantasy option in Week 3 despite a tough matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Pollard has been the overall RB6 through the first two weeks of the season, but he hasn't done much in terms of breaking tackles (43rd out of 48) or yards after contact (32nd). Still, the volume of his workload and the general effectiveness of the Cowboys offense makes him a good bet to put up RB1 numbers even though the Cardinals defense has been strong against the run this year.

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CeeDee Lamb Sep 21 2:00pm ET
CeeDee Lamb

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb will look for another WR1 finish in a Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Lamb was the overall WR10 last week, finishing with 20 fantasy points. He has a good matchup this week against a Cardinals defense that has been good against the run but hasn't done much in the secondary. With Brandin Cooks (knee) expected back, Lamb could lose a target or two, but he's still the clear alpha WR1 on a team with a solid offense. He's a top-10 option at the position in Week 3.

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Joe Burrow Sep 21 2:00pm ET
Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (calf) participated in Thursday's practice and was seen wearing a sleeve on his right calf. The 26-year-old strained the calf during training camp in July and missed most of the preseason as a result. So far this season, Burrow has struggled to live up to the expectations placed on him after signing his 5-year, $275 million contract extension just before the Bengals' season started. Through the first two weeks, Burrow has 304 passing yards and has completed 57% of his passes, leading to speculation that the calf injury may be hampering his performance. Burrow is considered day-to-day and is questionable for his Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

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David Montgomery Sep 21 1:50pm ET
David Montgomery

Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery (quad) missed his second consecutive day of practice on Thursday. The fifth-year veteran was injured in the Lions' Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks, suffering a deep bruise to his thigh on a play in the third quarter. So far, Montgomery has seen the most work out of the backfield, getting 37 rushing attempts to rookie Jahmyr Gibbs' 14. Gibbs could have the breakout fantasy managers drafted him for his Montgomery misses time. The Lions take on the Atlanta Falcons at home in Week 3.

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Derrick Henry Sep 21 1:50pm ET
Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has rushed 40 times for 143 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 71 yards through two weeks of the 2023 NFL season. His efficiency (3.6 yards per carry) leaves a lot to be desired thus far, but he continues to be a must-start option given his hefty workload. He was limited at practice with a toe injury early in the week heading into the matchup with the Cleveland Browns, but the 29-year-old will likely be given a limited practice schedule all season long. Cleveland looks like it has a fierce defense, but even a relatively healthy Henry must always be locked into fantasy lineups.

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Dak Prescott Sep 21 1:50pm ET
Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has a great on-paper matchup in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals. Prescott has put up just 26 fantasy points through the first two weeks, but he's been playing well. Game script in Week 1 limited him to just 13 completions. He's been throwing short passes, ranking low in yards per attempt, average depth of target, and other similar metrics, but with the Cardinals defense coughing up plenty of big plays already this season, we could see Prescott go off in Week 3. There's also the chance that the Cowboys defense dominates again and their offense ends up not needing to do much, so that risk places Prescott in the QB2 conversation, but with QB1 upside.

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Jared Goff Sep 21 1:40pm ET
Jared Goff

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff threw for 323 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. When the veteran signal-caller plays at home, he is much more efficient and has big-time upside as a passer. In Week 3, the Lions host the Atlanta Falcons, who gave up three passing scores to Jordan Love last week. With David Montgomery (thigh) likely out of action, Detroit could be more inclined to dial up the passing attempts. Although Goff does not possess rushing upside and is reliant on big passing numbers and touchdowns, he's a solid play at quarterback this week and has a low-end QB1 outlook.

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Amon-Ra St. Brown Sep 21 1:30pm ET
Amon-Ra St. Brown

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (toe) returned to practice on Thursday. The 24-year-old injured his toe in the second half of the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and finished the game with a metal plate in his shoe for support. St. Brown sat out Wednesday's practice and was deemed "day-to-day" by head coach Dan Campbell. His participation today leaves room for optimism that he will play on Sunday but fantasy managers should monitor the situation for any setbacks or changes. Wide receivers Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond would see increased targets if St. Brown is out or limited. In Week 3, the Lions host the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field.

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Bryce Young Sep 21 1:20pm ET
Bryce Young

Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) sat out his second consecutive practice this week. The rookie reportedly injured his ankle during the Panthers' Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, though he was able to finish the game. The first overall pick of the 2023 draft, Young has not had an easy start to the season, committing three turnovers and passing for a total of just 299 yards in his first two games. Thirteen-year veteran Andy Dalton has been taking first-team snaps this week and will take the reins in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks if Young is out.

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Deshaun Watson Sep 21 1:00pm ET
Deshaun Watson

The Tennessee Titans defense looks dominant up front thus far this season, allowing just 65.0 rushing yards per game and racking up seven sacks through two weeks. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns offense has struggled in year two under quarterback Deshaun Watson, meaning this could be a spot for Tennessee's fantasy defense/special teams unit to have streaming value. Its secondary is still a concern, but this sets up to be an ugly offensive game with a projected game total of 39.5. Cleveland should have trouble running the ball, especially since Nick Chubb (knee) is out of action. There are likely better options available, but Tennessee's defense does have upside on the road in this contest.

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Nick Folk Sep 21 12:40pm ET
Nick Folk

Tennessee Titans kicker Nick Folk made five field goals in the Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints then made two field goals, including a game-winner in overtime, in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He has made all of his field goal and extra point tries through two weeks, placing him on the fantasy football radar. However, the Titans' offense will likely struggle to move the ball against the fierce Cleveland Browns defense in Week 3, making Folk a risky play at the kicker spot. He is the No. 6 kicker in total fantasy points so far, but he carries a boom-or-bust outlook into Week 3 given the matchup.

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Chigoziem Okonkwo Sep 21 12:30pm ET
Chigoziem Okonkwo

Tennessee Titans tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo has caught just four passes for 35 yards through two weeks of the 2023 NFL season. Heading into Week 3, he ranks tied for fifth in targets among all Titans players with six. Now, he'll head into a tough matchup with the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends up to this point. Unless Okonkwo finds the end zone in Cleveland, it'll be a difficult road to finding fantasy production. So far, the addition of All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins has forced Okonkwo into fantasy irrelevance. That will likely continue in this AFC bout on Sunday.

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DeAndre Hopkins Sep 21 12:20pm ET
DeAndre Hopkins

Tennessee Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins saw just five targets in Week 2 after drawing 13 targets in Week 1. However, the former All-Pro did not practice at all last week due to an ankle injury, so that could've impacted his ability to get open. Heading into Week 3, he is practicing in full, meaning the ankle injury is likely behind him. Although his next opponent, the Cleveland Browns, has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wideouts through two weeks, Hopkins is tough to bench in PPR formats given his target upside. He's a much riskier standard league option, but assuming he's healthy, he'll continue to have upside.

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Treylon Burks Sep 21 12:20pm ET
Treylon Burks

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks has just seven targets through two games, catching five of them for 94 yards. He delivered a 70-yard chunk play in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week but still didn't deliver a spike week for fantasy football. Until his targets see a dramatic uptick, he's tough to trust in fantasy lineups. Fantasy managers in deep leagues might be forced into starting him at the flex spot, but he faces a worrisome matchup in Week 3. The Cleveland Browns allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wideouts through the first two weeks of the season, and the Titans' passing offense is far from matchup-proof. Proceed with caution with Burks.

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Ryan Tannehill Sep 21 12:10pm ET
Ryan Tannehill

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a disastrous performance in Week 1, but bounced back in Week 2 and delivered a multi-touchdown game. However, next up on the schedule is a road contest against the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks thus far. In two games against Joe Burrow and Kenny Pickett, the Browns have given up just 304 passing yards and one passing touchdown. The Titans' offense is likely to have trouble in this AFC bout, meaning Tannehill should remain on the bench in single-quarterback formats.

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Austin Ekeler Sep 21 12:00pm ET
Austin Ekeler

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (ankle) gave an update on the ankle injury that he suffered in the season opener, saying it's more of a "day-to-day, week-to-week" type of situation and that he likes "the progress I've made so far." Ekeler didn't play in the Week 2 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and also didn't practice on Wednesday. He's going to need to get back on the field in the next two days to have a realistic chance to play this Sunday in Minnesota against the Vikings as the Bolts look for their first win of the season. As of right now, Ekeler should be considered very questionable to play. If he misses another game, Joshua Kelley will get another shot as the lead back for LA after a disappointing showing as the top option in Week 2.

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Derek Stingley Jr. Sep 21 11:30am ET
Derek Stingley Jr.

Houston Texans starting cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (hamstring) injured his hamstring in practice on Wednesday and could miss several games after undergoing an MRI exam, according to a league source. Stingley is now a strong candidate to land on Injured Reserve, which would require him to miss at least four games. He's expected to be replaced primarily by third cornerback Shaq Griffin in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stingley, the third overall pick in 2022, started the first two games and recorded nine tackles. He's allowed four catches for 37 yards and no scores on six targets through two games. With the 22-year-old potentially missing the next four games, Houston's secondary will be much more vulnerable.

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