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Ravens promote LB Kyle Van Noy to active roster

Sat Sep 30 11:19am ET
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The Baltimore Ravens promoted linebacker Kyle Van Noy to the active roster, NFL Network reported on Saturday.

The reported move comes four days after Van Noy joined the Ravens' practice squad. It likely came out of necessity, as Baltimore (2-1) ruled out outside linebackers Odafe Oweh (ankle) and David Ojabo (knee/ankle) for Sunday's game against the host Cleveland Browns (2-1). Fellow linebacker Tyus Bowser in on the non-football injured list.

Van Noy, a two-time Super Bowl champion, recorded 46 tackles, five sacks and two fumble recoveries in 17 games (13 starts) with the Los Angeles Chargers last season.

Van Noy, 32, has totaled 470 tackles, 33.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries in 128 career games (86 starts) with the Detroit Lions (2014-16), New England Patriots (2016-19, 2021), Miami Dolphins (2020) and Chargers (2022).

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Dameon Pierce Sep 30 12:20pm ET
Dameon Pierce

Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce is hoping to build off his touchdown performance at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4. Pierce has struggled to get going out of the gate, averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. But he'll enter this week with a favorable matchup. Pittsburgh has allowed the third most rushing yards through three weeks and the fifth most fantasy points to running backs this season. Despite Houston being down multiple starting offensive linemen, Pierce is an RB2 in fantasy in Week 4.

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Nico Collins Sep 30 12:20pm ET
Nico Collins

Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins will look to bounce back at home in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers following a down week. Collins was non-existent on offense in Week 3, catching just two passes for 34 yards. The 24-year-old wideout started the season with back-to-back double-digit PPR fantasy performances, and that is certainly possible to happen again for the former Michigan star in Week 4. Pittsburgh has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers in the first three weeks, which boosts Collins's fantasy value. He'll be a strong flex option this weekend.

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C.J. Stroud Sep 30 12:10pm ET
C.J. Stroud

Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud has exceeded expectations so far, and he'll look to continue his rookie campaign in a Week 4 matchup at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's a favorable matchup for Stroud, who faces a Steelers defense that just allowed over 300 passing yards to the Las Vegas Raiders a week ago. The rookie quarterback has officially entered into QB2 status after an extremely strong start to the season. He has thrown for 906 yards and four touchdowns in three games. Stroud is a nice streaming option in deeper one-quarterback leagues and a solid QB2 in Superflex formats.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 30 12:00pm ET
Saquon Barkley

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) will practice again on Saturday, and head coach Brian Daboll expects to take the decision on whether Barkley plays on Monday against the Seattle Seahawks up to game time. Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 2 and did not suit up in the Week 3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. However, the 26-year-old has apparently made solid progress this week and has been practicing on a limited basis the last two days. Given the nature of his injury, it would be somewhat of a surprise for Barkley to miss just one game, and he's an extremely risky fantasy lineup option in Week 4 with the game being on Monday. Even if Barkley is active, he could be very limited in what he can do. Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell and rookie Eric Gray would likely form a committee again if Barkley is ruled out.

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Derek Carr Sep 30 11:40am ET
Derek Carr

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (shoulder) wants to play in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it's likely going to come down to a game-time decision on Sunday, according to a source. He's likely 50-50 at this point. NewOrleans.Football's Nick Underhill points out that the Saints are already down an offensive lineman, so they need to be smart if Carr is banged up. The 32-year-old suffered an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder in the Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but he practiced on Friday and looked pretty good. The good news is fantasy managers will know on Sunday morning whether Carr will be active. If the Saints play it safe and hold him out, backup Jameis Winston will make his first start of 2023. Carr will be a QB2 in fantasy if he suits up.

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Justice Hill Sep 30 11:30am ET
Justice Hill

Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill (toe), who is listed as questionable to play in Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday due to turf toe, is expected to play, according to sources. Melvin Gordon III is also likely to get another call-up to the active roster from the practice squad to serve as RB depth behind Hill and Gus Edwards. Hill did not play in the Week 3 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but it looks like he'll end his absence at just one game and return to complement Edwards in Baltimore's backfield this weekend. Although Hill has two rushing touchdowns in two games in 2023, he's also averaging a measly 2.6 yards on 19 carries. Edwards is the more interesting fantasy play as an RB3/flex in a tough matchup on the road.

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Charlie Jones Sep 30 11:30am ET
Charlie Jones

The Cincinnati Bengals placed rookie wide receiver Charlie Jones (thumb) on Injured Reserve and acquired linebacker Devin Harper off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in a corresponding move on Saturday. Jones, a rookie from Purdue, suffered a thumb injury in the Monday night win over the Los Angeles Rams, will now have to miss at least the next four games. The earliest the 24-year-old pass-catcher can return will be on Nov. 5 against the Buffalo Bills. In his first three NFL games, the fourth-round selection had just one catch for a six-yard gain on two targets. Jones also returned eight punts for 150 total yards on special teams.

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Kyle Van Noy Sep 30 11:20am ET
Kyle Van Noy

The Baltimore Ravens are signing free-agent linebacker Kyle Van Noy to their 53-man active roster on Saturday, according to a source. The move comes just four days after the team added Van Noy to their practice squad, and now he inks a deal that positions him to be on the roster for the rest of the 2023 season. The 32-year-old 10-year veteran and three-time Super Bowl champion will give the Ravens some more depth in the middle of their defense the rest of the way after injuries to Tyus Bowser, Malik Hamm, David Ojabo and Odafe Oweh. The former second-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2014 out of BYU played 17 games (13 starts) for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2022 and had five sacks, 46 tackles (30 solo), eight tackles for loss and nine QB hits.

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Will Dissly Sep 30 11:20am ET
Will Dissly

Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (shoulder) was limited for the second straight day in practice on Friday. Dissly was held out of the Week 3 win over the Carolina Panthers, but he appears to at least have a shot at returning on Monday night this week on the road in New York against the Giants. In his absence last Sunday against Carolina, Noah Fant saw more playing time for Seattle and finished with four catches on five targets for 41 yards. The 27-year-old Dissly has done very little in his first two games of 2023, catching all five of his targets for 52 yards. Even if Dissly is able to make a return in Week 4 on Monday night, fantasy managers in single-tight end leagues should be able to find better options for their starting lineups.

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Dak Prescott Sep 30 11:10am ET
Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have ruled left tackle Tyron Smith (knee) out for the Week 4 game on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Smith didn't actually miss the Week 3 upset loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but he didn't play at all and stayed on the sidelines, so he'll effectively be missing his second straight contest. Not having the 32-year-old All-Pro left tackle on quarterback Dak Prescott's blind side isn't ideal against a pretty strong Patriots defense. Expect Chuma Edoga to make another start for the Cowboys this weekend. Smith has played 19 games since the start of 2020 and has missed 35 games, including this week. All-Pro right guard Zack Martin (ankle) and center Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) are questionable, but the team is optimistic they will be able to play.

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Chad Ryland Sep 30 9:40am ET
Chad Ryland

New England Patriots kicker Chad Ryland is not a viable fantasy option for Week 4 versus the Dallas Cowboys. The rookie simply hasn't seen enough volume to justify rostering him in fantasy leagues. As the Patriots head into a tough matchup with Dallas, their offensive stagnation could persist. To make matters worse, Ryland missed two field goals last week, dropping him to 8-for-10 on total kicks this year. He belongs on waivers in fantasy football.

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Hayden Hurst Sep 30 8:20am ET
Hayden Hurst

Carolina Panthers tight end Hayden Hurst has become an afterthought in his team's offense after a solid Week 1, drawing just six targets over his past two games. Hurst will look to get things going again in Week 4's home matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota has been a decent matchup for tight ends through three weeks, allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the position. Hurst remains a risky play thanks to his lack of involvement in the offense of late, leaving him as a low-end TE2 in Week 4.

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Eddy Pineiro Sep 30 8:20am ET
Eddy Pineiro

Carolina Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro made two of his three field goals and added three extra points in his team's Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Pineiro will now take on the Minnesota Vikings at home in Bank of America Stadium in Week 4. The Vikings have been solid against kickers this season, allowing just the 17th-most fantasy points per game to the position. Pineiro has made six of seven field goals on the year, including two from 50+ yards, but the Carolina offense isn't moving the ball into scoring position frequently enough to trust him as a fantasy starter this weekend.

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Adam Thielen Sep 30 8:00am ET
Adam Thielen

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Adam Thielen turned in a huge performance in a Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, finishing with 11 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. He will look for more success in Week 4 when he takes on the Minnesota Vikings at home. The Vikings have been a dream matchup for receivers through the first three games of the season, allowing the third-most fantasy points per game. Thielen could also be forced into a larger role as Jonathan Mingo (concussion) was limited all week and is questionable for Sunday's game. Fantasy managers can trust Thielen as a quality WR3 heading into Week 4.

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Chuba Hubbard Sep 30 8:00am ET
Chuba Hubbard

Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard was quiet in Week 3, seeing just one carry and three targets in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Hubbard will look to bounce back in Week 4's home matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. While struggling against the pass, Minnesota's defense has been effective against the run through the first three weeks, allowing the 22nd-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. That being said, Miles Sanders (groin) missed practice on Friday after getting in limited sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. A late-week downgrade is never great news, so Hubbard could be the Panthers' starter on Sunday if Sanders isn't ready to go. Treat Hubbard as a solid RB3 if Sanders is inactive in Week 4.

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Brett Maher Sep 30 6:40am ET
Brett Maher

Los Angeles Rams kicker Brett Maher is locked in as a top-five option at the position. Maher has hit three field goals in each of his first three games of the season and is connecting on them. The 33-year-old has made nine of 11 field goal attempts and is five-of-five on extra point tries. Maher is a must-start going forward and will continue to get these opportunities, considering how great the Rams have been at getting down the field at will. He is a great play and should not be on any waiver wires, as he faces the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4.

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Van Jefferson Sep 30 6:20am ET
Van Jefferson

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson put together his best game of the season in Week 3, as he hauled in a 46-yard deep ball from Matthew Stafford. This was Jefferson's only catch of the game and one of just three targets, despite playing 93% of all offensive snaps. The 27-year-old receiver has been out-targeted by four different Rams through the first three games, making it clear that he's not someone Stafford is looking for often. Jefferson should be approached as a low-end WR4 at best, and a DFS dart throw in the team's Week 4 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Tutu Atwell Sep 30 6:10am ET
Tutu Atwell

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tutu Atwell has established himself as a go-to target for Matthew Stafford early on. The speedy receiver out of Louisville has caught 17 of his 26 targets for 246 receiving yards and is the overall WR11 through the first three weeks of the season. Atwell faces a struggling Indianapolis Colts' secondary this week and has a great opportunity to continue this level of playing. He is a strong WR2 option and has a moderately safe floor in Week 4.

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Kyren Williams Sep 30 6:00am ET
Kyren Williams

Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams has played 97% of offensive snaps in his two starts without Cam Akers, which is the highest rate for any RB over the last two games. The second-year back is the overall RB6 in half-PPR leagues and has solidified himself as an every-down player for the Rams. Williams faces the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4, who are allowing just 3.5 yards per carry through the first three weeks of the season. However, this shouldn't scare you as Williams has 17 targets over the last two games and will continue to be an integral part of the team's offense. He is a high-end RB2 with a safe floor this week.

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Matthew Stafford Sep 30 5:50am ET
Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is the overall QB19 through the first three weeks of the season. While Stafford does have the second-most pass attempts in the entire league, he is completing just over 60% of his throws and has thrown four interceptions. He now faces the Indianapolis Colts in the team's Week 4 matchup, who are currently a bottom-10 pass defense. With his top wide receiver Cooper Kupp (hamstring) still out for at least another game, Stafford is a low-end QB1 at best in Week 4 and should mainly be an option in super flex and deeper leagues.

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