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Broncos rule out OLB Frank Clark, S Justin Simmons vs. Dolphins

Fri Sep 22 9:06pm ET
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The Denver Broncos will be without two important players on defense against the host Miami Dolphins in Week 3, ruling out outside linebackers Frank Clark and safety Justin Simmons with hip injuries Friday.

Clark will miss his second straight game, but Simmons popped up on the injury report Wednesday. They both missed practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Defensive tackle Mike Purcell (ankle) also missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned as a limited practice participant Friday and was ruled questionable for the Miami game.

Simmons, 29, was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and a second-team All-Pro selection in 2019, 2021 and 2022. He had 14 tackles through two games for the Broncos this season.

Clark, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowler who joined the Broncos in the offseason. He had two tackles in Week 1 and has racked up 58.5 sacks in his first eight NFL seasons with Seattle and Kansas City.

The Dolphins listed running back Salvon Ahmed (groin) as doubtful. Ahmed returned to practice in limited fashion Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (concussion) and tackle Terron Armstead (back, ankle, knee) are among seven Dolphins players listed as questionable.

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Pick'em Plays: Week 3

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Julian Love Sep 23 5:40am ET
Julian Love

The Seattle Seahawks have opened the season allowing at least 30 points in back-to-back games. They hope to turn things around in Week 3 against a Carolina Panthers team who have averaged only 13.5 points per game in the first two weeks of 2023. Seattle has ruled out defensive back Coby Jones and listed cornerback Riq Woolen as doubtful for Week 3. Safeties Julian Love and Quandre Diggs are all listed as questionable, as well. Still, after the signs of life shown last week against the Lions (three forced turnovers, two sacks, and one touchdown), the Seahawks are worth a look against a Panthers offense that has turned the ball over four times and allowed six sacks through their first two games of the season.

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Jason Myers Sep 23 5:30am ET
Jason Myers

Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers has made three of his six field goal attempts so far this season. The ninth-year veteran will look to improve in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers, who are averaging 22 points allowed so far in 2023. Myers has a long enough track record to be trusted in Week 3, but if he turns in another subpar performance then fantasy managers can't be shy about seeking out another option for the weeks ahead.

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Noah Fant Sep 23 5:20am ET
Noah Fant

Seattle Seahawks tight end Noah Fant brought in all four of his targets for 56 yards in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. It was a modest stat line but a refreshing change from being a complete non-factor in Seattle's season opener. With fellow tight end Will Dissly (shoulder) doubtful to play in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers, Fant should see a substantial boost to his snap share. Whether that turns into meaningful fantasy production is another question as the triumvirate of DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba are the priorities in Seattle's passing attack. Fant can be left on the bench for another week.

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Jaxon Smith-Njigba Sep 23 5:00am ET
Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba was targeted five times in Week 1 and six times in Week 2, but he is not yet threatening the workloads of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. The 21-year-old has only been on the field for 58% of snaps and the targets he has seen are at an average depth of just 1.9 yards. In Week 3 against the Panthers, Smith-Njigba will line up against Jimmy Chinn or Troy Hill, who have managed most of the slot corner snaps for Carolina in the first two weeks of the season. Smith-Njigba is definitely worth holding but the only reason to start him in Week 3 is if Metcalf (ribs) is ruled out.

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Tyler Lockett Sep 23 4:50am ET
Tyler Lockett

In the first two weeks of the new NFL season, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett has had two wildly different games. In the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, he was held to 10 receiving yards on two catches. Last week against the Lions, Lockett came back to life and caught eight balls for 59 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 3, the Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers, their opponent from Week 14 last season. In that matchup, Lockett caught five passes for 60 yards and a score. So far this season, the ninth-year veteran is on the field for 87% of snaps and is leading the team in targets per game. Even with Jaxon Smith-Njigba nipping at his heels, Lockett's usage dictates that he be started in Week 3.

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D.K. Metcalf Sep 23 4:30am ET
D.K. Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (ribs) practiced in full on Friday after missing the previous two days. He was on the receiving end of a hard shot to the ribs on Seattle's opening drive against the Lions in Week 2. He is listed as questionable for Seattle's Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers but is expected to play. Sunday's game is a rematch of their Week 14 showdown last season, which the Panthers won 30-24. Metcalf caught five of 10 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in that game. Metcalf should be in starting lineups if he is active on Sunday. If he has any setbacks, Tyler Lockett and Jaxon Smith-Njigba stand to benefit the most.

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Kenneth Walker III Sep 23 3:40am ET
Kenneth Walker III

So far in 2023, Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III has been utilized as the team's featured back. After the team selected Zach Charbonnet in the second round of the NFL Draft, there was speculation that Walker's workload was under threat. The second-year player has 34 touches through the first two weeks of 2023, while Charbonnet and DeeJay Dallas have yet to break double digits. Against the Lions in Week 2, Walker only ran for 43 yards but was able to get into the end zone twice. This Sunday the Seahawks face the Carolina Panthers who have given up 264 yards on the ground so far this year. Walker is a must-start in Week 3.

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Geno Smith Sep 23 3:20am ET
Geno Smith

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith bounced back in a big way in Week 2. After signing a three-year, $105 million contract in the offseason Smith fell flat in the Seahawks' season opener, passing for just 112 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. Last week in Detroit, the 32-year-old veteran found his groove and went 32-for-41 for 328 yards through the air and threw two touchdown passes. The Seahawks will next take on the Carolina Panthers, who held Derek Carr to 228 passing yards and intercepted him once in their Week 2 matchup on Monday night. Smith is a viable starter in Week 3 and should put up high-end QB2 numbers.

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Marlon Humphrey Sep 23 1:50am ET
Marlon Humphrey

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (foot) will be out of the Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. The sixth-year veteran has yet to play in the 2023 season after undergoing surgery on his foot in August. In the first two weeks of the season, the Ravens' defense has only been tested by rookie quarterback CJ Stroud and Joe Burrow, whose play has been hampered by a lingering calf injury. In Week 3, the Ravens get another manageable showdown when they face off against the Colts' backup Gardner Minshew, who is 8-16 over his previous four years in the NFL. Baltimore hopes that another week of rest will get Humphrey back on the field for Week 4's intradivisional matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

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Richie James Sep 23 1:20am ET
Richie James

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) will not play in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears. The 28-year-old veteran did not practice this week due to a knee injury sustained in Week 2. James has had little impact on the Chiefs' offense, registering just one catch on three targets over the first two weeks of the new season. He does serve as the team's primary punt returner, though, leaving a void on special teams that will have to be filled by one of Kansas City's other wide receivers with returning experience such as Skyy Moore or Justin Watson.

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Andy Dalton Sep 23 12:50am ET
Andy Dalton

Carolina Panthers quarterback Andy Dalton will be starting against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 after Bryce Young (ankle) was ruled out. Dalton took first-team reps in practice all week in anticipation of Young missing the game. The 13-year veteran will be starting for his fifth different team in the last five seasons. In 2022, Dalton went 6-8 as a starter for the New Orleans Saints, throwing for 2,871 yards, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Seattle's defense has given up back-to-back 300-yard passing games in the first two weeks of the season, making Dalton worth starting in two-quarterback leagues and a viable streamer in traditional leagues with a thin wire.

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Tyler Conklin Sep 22 11:20pm ET
Tyler Conklin

New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin led the team in receptions last week and will hope to stay productive in a Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately for Conklin, the Patriots have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season. It's possible that Conklin continues to be a trustworthy target for quarterback Zach Wilson and thus is a name worth monitoring, but there are likely better options available on most fantasy waiver wires.

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Garrett Wilson Sep 22 11:10pm ET
Garrett Wilson

New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson was able to salvage his Week 2 performance with a 68-yard touchdown, and will likely need another big play to have a strong fantasy showing against the New England Patriots in Week 3. Wilson was only able to secure two of his eight targets last week as many of his looks were uncatchable passes thrown by Zach Wilson. With Sunday's divisional matchup having the lowest projected point total of the week, it's difficult to rely on the young receiver to post significant fantasy production. That being said, Wilson has proven that he is talented enough to overcome his situation and can be started as a WR3 or flex option.

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Tyler Boyd Sep 22 11:10pm ET
Tyler Boyd

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd has played as well as expected so far this season. While he didn't do much in Week 1, he had a better showing in Week 2 versus the Baltimore Ravens, catching six of his eight targets for 52 yards. However, with Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins in the mix, it will be tough for Boyd to remain involved consistently throughout the 2023-24 campaign. The Bengals will meet the Rams in Week 3, a team that's allowed the sixth-fewest yards to opposing wideouts this season. For that reason, Boyd is a risky fantasy option. But considering Joe Burrow (calf) might not be under center, it may be best to give Boyd the week off.

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Allen Lazard Sep 22 11:10pm ET
Allen Lazard

New York Jets wide receiver Allen Lazard has been quiet to start the 2023 campaign and will look to get more involved in a Week 3 divisional matchup against the New England Patriots. New England has allowed a fair amount of production to opposing wideouts so far this season, but Lazard has just four catches through two games despite playing on the vast majority of New York's offensive snaps. With Zach Wilson at the helm, it's hard to expect substantial fantasy output from any of the Jets' pass-catchers. Lazard should not be considered in starting fantasy lineups this week and can remain on waiver wires in most leagues.

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Dalvin Cook Sep 22 11:00pm ET
Dalvin Cook

New York Jets running back Dalvin Cook has had an inefficient start to the 2023 campaign and will hope to turn things around in a Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots. Although Cook currently leads New York's backfield in touches and snaps this season, it hasn't amounted to much fantasy production. It's unclear what the split between Cook, Breece Hall, and Michael Carter will look like going forward, but they are all risky fantasy options with Zach Wilson leading the offense. Cook shouldn't be considered as anything more than a flex play in deeper fantasy leagues this week.

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Tee Higgins Sep 22 11:00pm ET
Tee Higgins

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins didn't catch any of his eight targets in the Week 1 loss to the Browns. Yet, he turned it around during the Week 2 meeting with Baltimore, amassing eight receptions (12 targets) for 89 yards and two touchdowns. At this point, Higgins appears to be a safer fantasy option than Ja'Marr Chase, who hasn't played at an elite level yet in 2023-24. As a result, the 24-year-old should remain in every fantasy starting lineup in Week 3 despite a challenging matchup with the Rams on tap. However, it will be tough for Higgins to have another solid showing, even more so if Joe Burrow (calf) can't suit up.

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Breece Hall Sep 22 10:50pm ET
Breece Hall

New York Jets running back Breece Hall (knee) was listed as a full participant in practice on Friday and carries no injury designation into a Week 3 bout with the New England Patriots. The 22-year-old only received four opportunities in Week 2 after an explosive performance in New York's season opener. While Hall will likely remain on a pitch count this week, he should be expected to see more action than he did last week. Still, it's difficult to rely on the Jets' offense with Zach Wilson under center, especially against a solid New England defense. Fantasy managers should view Hall as an RB3 or flex option for Sunday's contest.

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Ja'Marr Chase Sep 22 10:50pm ET
Ja'Marr Chase

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase hasn't produced at an elite level through the first two weeks of the 2023-24 campaign. The former LSU Tiger has just 10 grabs this season, five fewer than he had at this point last year, and he still hasn't found the end zone. Unfortunately, fantasy managers aren't optimistic regarding a bounce-back performance from Chase on Monday night against the Rams, considering Los Angeles has allowed the sixth-fewest receiving yards to opposing wideouts this season. Even worse, Joe Burrow (calf) may not play, which could significantly lower Chase's ceiling. However, he's one of the best offensive options in the National Football League, so there's no way to justify benching him in Week 3.

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Zach Wilson Sep 22 10:40pm ET
Zach Wilson

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson struggled in Week 2, throwing three interceptions in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 3, Wilson will get a home matchup against the New England Patriots, who have been stout against fantasy quarterbacks so far this season. This divisional showdown has the lowest projected point total of the week, so Wilson shouldn't be expected to put up big numbers. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere for a streaming option this week as Wilson should only be rostered in superflex and 2QB leagues.

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