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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers: 'Hope meter trending upwards'

Fri Sep 22 3:00pm ET
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Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers once convinced legions of Packers fans to r-e-l-a-x. Perhaps his latest spin brings a new measurement tool for h-o-p-e to football fans in New York.

Rodgers said in an interview Friday that he's feeling optimistic about playing football again and will return to the Jets' facility in New Jersey in the near future. He didn't want to place a timeline on when he could be back on the field, now only three weeks removed from a torn Achilles tendon.

"There's been some progressions with the rehab the last couple days," Rodgers said in a video interview with Pat McAfee that aired on ESPN. "That kinda gets the hope meter trending upwards."

The Jets (1-1) started Zach Wilson at Dallas in a 30-10 loss last week, the first game since Rodgers' season-ending injury on the opening drive of New York's Week 1 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Rodgers said he watched the game and was hoping the Jets would double-team block Cowboys pass rusher Micah Parsons.

"It's really tough, knowing you should be out there," Rodgers said.

Immobile for the first 10 days after the surgery, Rodgers has taken in plenty of football. He said he watched former Packers understudy Jordan Love put up three TD passes at Chicago in Week 1 and reached out to the first-year starter via text.

The text read: "Congrats for keeping the ownership in place," Rodgers said, a reference to his statement to fans at Soldier Field that he "owns" the Bears.

The Jets are hoping to get Rodgers back in the team facility soon, head coach Robert Saleh said on Friday.

"Hopefully, I'd like to be able to get back there at some point, but I'd like to be walking," Rodgers said.

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C.J. Stroud Sep 22 4:30pm ET
C.J. Stroud

The Jacksonville Jaguars defense has looked great to start the year and now get another rookie QB when they take on Houston in Week 3. Mike Caldwell's unit has allowed an average of 15.5 offensive points through two games so far, which includes spotting only 17 to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs last week. C.J. Stroud looked sharp against Indy, but against the division leader on the road is a much tougher environment to succeed in. With Vegas giving the Texans an implied team total of just 18, Jacksonville should be able to contain the Houston offense making the D/ST a strong play this week.

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Terry McLaurin Sep 22 4:30pm ET
Terry McLaurin

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin is coming off a nice outing in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos. Now in Week 3, the Commanders are taking on the Buffalo Bills at home. The Bills are a tough matchup, but it could be made even more challenging due to the incoming weather. According to reports, the D.C. area will likely be hit by heavy rain and wind gusts this coming Sunday. With that in mind, McLaurin may be a very risky play due to the weather severely impacting a team's ability to pass the ball. However, if the weather remains calm, he should be considered a low-end WR2. Monitor the weather reports before trusting him in Week 3.

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Kirk Cousins Sep 22 4:30pm ET
Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins looks like a must-start QB1 option in Week 3 as the veteran takes on the Los Angeles Chargers at home. Cousins has thrown for 708 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games of 2023, and he now faces the Chargers' secondary that has given up the most passing yards through the first two games of the season. Although he doesn't offer much in terms of rushing production, 88 pass attempts in two games improves the fantasy outlook of the Minnesota signal-caller. In what should be a high-scoring affair, another week of expected heavy passing volume makes Cousins a strong option for fantasy managers this week.

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Jamaal Williams Sep 22 4:20pm ET
Jamaal Williams

New Orleans Saints running back Jamaal Williams (hamstring) has been ruled out for the Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers. With the veteran back sidelined for this contest, rookie Kendre Miller and backup Tony Jones Jr. look to split the backfield work. The Saints haven't been able to get much going on the ground so far this year, as Williams has only posted 74 yards on 27 carries. Both Miller and Jones are hard to trust in this offense and shouldn't be on the fantasy radar unless for those managers who might be in desperate need of backfield help.

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Amari Cooper Sep 22 4:10pm ET
Amari Cooper

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (groin, shoulder) has officially been removed from the injury report after logging back-to-back limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He'll remain the go-to option for Deshaun Watson and could even see more action than before since the run game took a hit after Nick Chubb (knee) went down for the season. Cooper can be deployed into lineups as a high-level WR2 as he played 62% and 72% of the team's snaps in the first two games respectively. He's already seen 17 targets and should see plenty more in this contest against the Titans.

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DeAndre Hopkins Sep 22 4:10pm ET
DeAndre Hopkins

Tennessee Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) has been listed on the injury report as questionable heading into their Week 3 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. The veteran wideout went in the wrong direction this week as he went from full participant on Wednesday to a DNP on Friday. The good thing to note is that he didn't practice last week either and ended up on the field for kickoff. Fantasy managers will want to monitor his status, but if he does suit up, then he should be considered a lower-level WR3.

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Tyler Bass Sep 22 4:10pm ET
Tyler Bass

Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass was called upon for just one field-goal attempt, a 29-yarder, in Week 2's 38-10 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. The 26-year-old hit five extra-point tries in the blowout, but he could be summoned for additional FG tries in Week 3 against the 2-0 Washington Commanders. Though, Washington allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game (4.41) to kickers in 2022. Bass' presence in such a potent offense, however, should maintain his status among the top-five kicking plays for Sunday's clash. He's a perfect 10-for-10 on kicks this season, but fantasy managers should monitor the weather forecast ahead of Sunday's contest with significant rain headed all across the East Coast this weekend.

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Calvin Ridley Sep 22 4:10pm ET
Calvin Ridley

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley looks to bounce back from his poor performance last week in a critical divisional matchup with the Houston Texans. After bursting onto the scene once again with a WR6 finish to begin the year, the 28-year-old wideout was held to just 32 yards on two catches (eight targets) last week, as the whole Jacksonville offense slowed. Based on volume alone, Ridley should enjoy a nice rebound here against the Texans, even if their obvious weakness is stopping the run. Ridley sits just outside the top-10 league-wide in targets through two weeks, suggesting a strong rapport with quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He will likely see a lot of underrated cornerback Steven Nelson this coming week, but it shouldn't be enough to scare anyone. Start Ridley if you have him and expect rock-solid WR2 numbers.

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Darnell Mooney Sep 22 3:50pm ET
Darnell Mooney

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (knee) was a full participant at practice on Friday and is officially good to go for their Week 3 matchup against the Chiefs. His knee injury was believed to be minor when he left their last game against Tampa Bay and it looks like that is confirmed. He was unable to record any stats in Week 2 but did have four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Even though he's healthy for this matchup, Mooney is a low-level flex play at best in deeper leagues. The Chiefs have proven to have a good defense and Justin Fields is still working through some accuracy issues.

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Deebo Samuel Sep 22 3:40pm ET
Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (ribs) escaped any major injuries as the team didn't find any fractures on Friday. His ribs are sore and he's being considered day-to-day which is very good news for the team and his fantasy managers alike. Samuel played a big part in the team's win over the Giants on Thursday night after he posted six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. Managers will want to monitor his status, but the longer rest until their Week 4 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals should do wonders.

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Sam Howell Sep 22 3:30pm ET
Sam Howell

The Buffalo Bills defense looked like a stronger Week 3 play against the Washington Commanders before quarterback Sam Howell engineered a furious 299-yard, two-touchdown display for a successful comeback against the Broncos in Denver last Sunday. Sean McDermott's unit is already down Von Miller (knee), but they're difficult to ignore while opposing a mostly unproven signal-caller in this one. Washington's offensive line, while not the most dominant group, remains stable, having not yet succumbed to significant injuries like several units across the gridiron. Buffalo's D has forced four turnovers through two outings, cementing them as a top-10 play at worst on Sunday.

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Latavius Murray Sep 22 3:20pm ET
Latavius Murray

Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray seems to have usurped Damien Harris as the team's No. 2 tailback behind James Cook through the opening two weeks of play. The 33-year-old has surprisingly out-snapped Harris in consecutive outings, and he was even seen participating in two-minute drills in Week 2's romping of the Las Vegas Raiders. Murray has also unexpectedly led the backfield in red-zone touches (five), putting a frustrating damper on Cook's ceiling potential in the early goings. As it appears, Buffalo exhibits more trust in the power backs, Murray and Harris, on the goal line than Cook at this interval of the year, so Murray's usage is worth monitoring moving ahead. As far as Week 3 against the Washington Commanders goes, the veteran journeyman is a last-gasp RB4 at best with extreme touchdown dependency.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Sep 22 3:20pm ET
Odell Beckham Jr.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) has officially been ruled out for the Week 3 matchup against the Colts. Originally, the team believed that this injury wasn't going to cause the veteran wideout to miss any time. He was unable to practice at all this week which led up to ruling him out altogether. Beckham has yet to make his presence felt with this receiving corps as he only has five catches for 66 yards through two games. While he's on the sidelines, Nelson Agholor, who posted a solid game in Week 2, will see more opportunities. Agholor is still just a deeper league, low-end flex option as Mark Andrews and Zay Flowers will likely see their value increase even more.

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Christian Watson Sep 22 3:00pm ET
Christian Watson

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) has drawn a questionable tag for the Week 3 game on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Watson has been held out of the first two games of the year, but he practiced on Wednesday and Friday this week while being rested on Thursday. The 24-year-old second-year pass-catcher could end up being a game-time decision, so fantasy managers will need to check back on Sunday morning before deciding whether to plug him into their lineups. Watson is expected to be quarterback Jordan Love's top target this year when healthy, but he'll be a risky flex play for fantasy managers if he makes his debut on Sunday because of the fact that he could be eased into the offense with a hamstring injury that has been bothering him since late in training camp.

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Dalton Kincaid Sep 22 3:00pm ET
Dalton Kincaid

Buffalo Bills tight end Dalton Kincaid saw his role expand just a bit in Week 2's trouncing of the Las Vegas Raiders. After catching five out of six balls for 43 yards last Sunday, the 23-year-old is now up to nine receptions on 10 targets for 69 yards over the first two games of his career. Dawson Knox, on the other hand, has generated nine targets for a less impressive six receptions and 35 yards, but he did manage a short touchdown catch in his last time out. On tap for the duo in Week 3 are the Washington Commanders, who have restricted Zach Ertz and Adam Trautman to 21 scoreless yards on 11 combined targets across two games. Kincaid loses a bit of appeal as a fringe TE1/2 after Knox returned to a full practice on Friday, but the first-round rookie should be stashed wherever possible. It will be hard to grade Kincaid as a confident fantasy starter until he pulls away in the even opportunity split with Knox.

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Justice Hill Sep 22 3:00pm ET
Justice Hill

Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill (toe) didn't practice all week and has been officially ruled out for Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. Hill picked up turf toe in the Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in his first game with a bigger role due to J.K. Dobbins' season-ending Achilles injury. Turf-toe injuries can be pretty painful, so there's no guarantee Hill will be ready to roll for a Week 4 contest on the road against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday, Oct. 1. With Hill out, Gus Edwards should handle an even heavier workload and now has clear RB2 upside in a nice matchup against Indy. Melvin Gordon III will serve as Edwards' clear backup. The Ravens also signed Kenyan Drake this week for more RB insurance.

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Cam Akers Sep 22 2:50pm ET
Cam Akers

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said it's too soon for running back Cam Akers to make his team debut in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday after the team just acquired him in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams earlier this week. Akers will likely be inactive with an eye toward playing in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. Akers' fantasy value could be salvaged this year as a complement to Alexander Mattison after wearing out his welcome with the Rams, but fantasy managers must remember that the 24-year-old now has to learn a completely new offense in short order. Mattison will continue to operate as Minnesota's clear lead back this Sunday, with Ty Chandler serving as a change-of-pace option in the backfield.

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Aaron Jones Sep 22 2:50pm ET
Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (hamstring) is being listed as questionable to play in Week 3 on Sunday at home against the visiting New Orleans Saints. Jones didn't practice all of last week and was inactive in the Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He missed practice on Wednesday but was able to return to a limited session on Thursday, which gives him a chance to play this weekend. The 28-year-old could be a true game-time decision, so fantasy managers will need to check back Sunday morning before finalizing their weekly lineups. Jones is trending as a shaky RB3/flex in Week 3 because of his hammy injury, but if he's active, it's hard to recommend sitting him after he went for 41 yards and a touchdown on nine carries on the ground while adding two catches for 86 yards and another score through the air in the season opener. If he sits again, AJ Dillon will get another crack as the lead back.

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Jason Sanders Sep 22 2:40pm ET
Jason Sanders

Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders is on the lower end of the top-12 kicking options heading into Week 3 against the Denver Broncos. He posted a great game in Week 1 during the shootout against the Chargers but only made one of his three field goal attempts in Week 2 against the Patriots. Sanders seems to be more relevant in streaming situations when the Dolphins are in for a high-scoring affair. The Broncos don't have a great defense but kickers have only averaged seven fantasy points per game against them so far. There are better options out there, but Sanders isn't the worst play this week.

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Kirk Cousins Sep 22 2:40pm ET
Kirk Cousins

Minnesota Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw (ankle) returned to practice this week and was removed from the final injury report on Friday, meaning he will return to play against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 on Sunday. Darrisaw suffered an ankle injury in the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was forced to sit out in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on a short week last Thursday night. The 24-year-old wasn't officially inactive last Thursday, but the Vikings chose not to put him in the game, even after fill-in left tackle Olisaemeka Udoh was injured in the game. Darrisaw's return will be great news for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense as they seek their first win of 2023.

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