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Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa downgraded to doubtful vs. Raiders

Sat Sep 30 5:39pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Joey Bosa was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the visiting Las Vegas Raiders due to his hamstring and toe injuries.

Bosa was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

Bosa didn't participate in practice at all this week. The team has a bye week following the contest against the Raiders.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection has three sacks in three games this season. He has 63.5 in 87 games (80 starts) in eight seasons with the Chargers, the first in 2016 when the team was located in San Diego.

Star safety Derwin James Jr. (hamstring) also didn't practice all week and is listed as doubtful. Standout running back Austin Ekeler (ankle) is doubtful and hoping to return after missing the previous two games.

The Chargers also placed center Corey Linsley and safety JT Woods (illness) on the non-football illness list and signed safeties Dean Marlowe and AJ Finley to the active roster. Linsley was diagnosed with a heart issue earlier this week and will miss at least four games.

Los Angeles also elevated receiver Keelan Doss and outside linebacker Andrew Farmer from the practice squad.

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George Kittle Sep 30 5:10pm ET
George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will look to maintain momentum when the team hosts the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Last week with receiver Brandon Aiyuk sidelined, he caught seven of nine targets for 90 yards, good for his most productive fantasy game of the year. Against Arizona, he could be leaned on similarly if Deebo Samuel (knee, rib) can't play. Even if Samuel does play though, Kittle has a good matchup in front of him. Arizona brings to Levi's Stadium a pass defense that ranks 21st in the league in yards allowed and is fourth-worst in yards allowed to tight ends. Kittle, who is still looking for his first touchdown, shapes up as a high-end TE1 option for fantasy managers this week.

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Ka'imi Fairbairn Sep 30 3:30pm ET
Ka'imi Fairbairn

Houston Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn has been sharp in his seventh NFL season, and he'll look to continue that at home in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fairbairn went a perfect 7-for-7 on kicks last week, including 3-for-3 on field goal attempts. The Texans kicker now ranks tied for fifth with eight field goals made on the year. With Houston's offense being a surprise early in the year, Fairbairn is someone to monitor on the waiver wire. He's ranked 11th among all kickers in points so far and is a solid streaming option in Week 4.

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Josh Allen Sep 30 3:00pm ET
Josh Allen

The Miami Dolphins defense didn't have to do much in Week 3's triumph over the Denver Broncos. In fact, they could've surrendered 69 points and still won the game after the offense went nuclear for 70 points in the victory. Miami's defense will be in for a far stiffer assignment in Week 4's divisional tilt on the road against the Buffalo Bills. They project as one of the slate's lowest scoring fantasy defenses opposing this high-octane offense, so they're not at all a recommend play. Fantasy managers can hang their hats on quarterback Josh Allen leading the way in PlayerProfiler's interceptable passes metric (nine) and placing second in danger plays (10), but that's about the extent of the promise if banking on Miami's D. Offense figures to be the story of Sunday's clash when it's all said and done.

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Rico Dowdle Sep 30 3:00pm ET
Rico Dowdle

New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. This will be the third consecutive game that the eighth-year DB has missed. Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez, who has been excellent so far to begin the season, will need to continue to step up. All Dallas pass-catchers, including wide receivers CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Brandin Cooks, Rico Dowdle, and tight end Jake Ferguson have a plus matchup against a short-handed New England secondary.

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KJ Hamler Sep 30 2:50pm ET
KJ Hamler

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver K.J. Hamler signed with the Colts' practice squad on Saturday. Hamler was waived by the Denver Broncos during camp with a non-football illness designation. He worked out for the Colts in early September and now finds himself a member of their practice squad. It's doubtful that he the 5'9" wideout will make any fantasy impact whatsoever this season.

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Jason Sanders Sep 30 2:50pm ET
Jason Sanders

Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders managed to etch his name into the history books during Week 3's 70-point barrage versus the Denver Broncos, breaking the NFL record for most extra points in a single game (10). Miami's blazing-hot offense has seen the 27-year-old attempt only six field goals (four makes) with a league-high 17 extra points. The Dolphins may need to keep scoring touchdowns at a frenetic pace to match the equally impressive Buffalo Bills offense in Week 4. Even so, Sanders could be summoned for more action in what projects to be a neutral scoring environment that may not see game script glaringly oppose either side at any point. The former All-Pro is a top-notch option for Sunday's probable shootout.

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Devon Achane Sep 30 2:40pm ET
Devon Achane

Miami Dolphins running back De'Von Achane took the league by storm in Week 3 with an otherworldly 233-yard, four-touchdown showcase. Week 4's top waiver add is sure to be immediately shoved into fantasy lineups by many managers, and the 21-year-old slots in as a realistic RB3 with RB2 upside in a potentially high-scoring environment against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Buffalo has surrendered the seventh-most receiving yards to RBs (121) in its first three games, which could work to Achane's advantage as a pass catcher. We should still temper expectations based on last Sunday's outburst and the rookie's likely lesser role alongside TD leader and fantasy's overall RB1, Raheem Mostert. Achane should be treated as an instant top-24 play in the backfield's 1B role rather than a backup, however, with gobs of upside despite a prospective workload south of 15 touches.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 30 2:30pm ET
Saquon Barkley

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) is being listed as doubtful ahead of Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks. Earlier on Saturday, Barkley was said to be a game-time decision for Monday but after the Giants' final practice of the week, he's now doubtful. Even with Barkley's practice progress this week, this news isn't too surprising considering that the 26-year-old is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. With Barkley doubtful, expect Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, and rookie Eric Gray to work as a committee against a Seahawks defense that has been stout against the run this season.

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Raheem Mostert Sep 30 2:20pm ET
Raheem Mostert

Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert saw a new backfield threat emerge during Week 3 in the form of De'Von Achane's absurd 233-yard, four-touchdown blow-up. Even so, Mostert accumulated 142 yards and four scores of his own amid Miami's 70-point avalanche. Fantasy managers should not fear that the Dolphins might go away from the veteran amid Achane's breakout; the 31-year-old has looked spry with a league-high 22 evaded tackles. While the cat is out of the bag on the rookie's sheer talent, Mostert remains the best bet for carries in a Week 4 date with the Bills in Buffalo. Fantasy's top scorer through three weeks on the strength of seven scores, Mostert belongs in the high-end RB2 conversation with Jeff Wilson Jr. (ribs) out for at least one more week. We saw Mostert and Wilson maintain fantasy-starter usability during 2022's second half, so this backfield should be fruitful enough to support that treatment for two players.

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David Njoku Sep 30 2:10pm ET
David Njoku

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (face) is being listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens. According to beat writer Jake Trotter, Njoku suffered burns to his face and arm while trying to light a fire pit in his backyard on Friday evening. As a result, he's now being listed as questionable for Week 4. There's no report on the severity of the burns so it's unclear if he has a real shot to play or not. Either way, fantasy managers should have a backup plan in place in case the seventh-year tight end can't suit up.

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Tyreek Hill Sep 30 2:00pm ET
Tyreek Hill

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has made opposing defenses look silly in the early goings, leading all wideouts in target rate (40.7%), deep targets (nine), and red-zone targets (seven) to go with 412 receiving yards and four touchdowns. The seven-time Pro Bowler will face his toughest test yet in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills, who have stymied enemy WRs for the third-fewest fantasy points per game (25.23) so far. Hill hasn't been at his best in his last four games against star cornerback Tre'Davious White and the Bills, averaging 5.3 receptions on 8.3 targets for 46.3 yards with only one touchdown in this period. But an attractive setting featuring the slate's highest projected point total should offer plenty of excitement for Hill's fantasy managers despite a daunting task on paper. The four-time All-Pro is one of fantasy's most confident weekly WR1s, especially with safety Jordan Poyer's (knee) absence perhaps leaving Buffalo more vulnerable to big plays in Sunday's possible track meet.

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Tua Tagovailoa Sep 30 1:40pm ET
Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is off to a scintillating start this year, standing first in yards per attempt (10.1) and passer rating (121.9), and second in passing yards (1024) and touchdowns (eight) over three games. The Buffalo Bills, who are on tap for Tagovailoa in Week 4, have shut down opposing QBs for the fewest fantasy points per game (5.43), but they haven't squared off with an offense of Miami's caliber yet. The 25-year-old has mostly struggled in five career starts against the Bills, though, throwing for a 58.4% completion rate with four touchdowns to four interceptions for a subpar 76.4 passer rating. Look for the Dolphins to scheme the ball out of Tagovailoa's hands quickly against a Buffalo pass rush that just feasted on Sam Howell for nine sacks last Sunday. Tagovailoa looks like a great bet for 250 yards and multiple scores as a top-10 option with Jaylen Waddle back from a concussion in a game that figures to see plenty of points.

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Dalton Schultz Sep 30 12:40pm ET
Dalton Schultz

Houston Texans tight end Dalton Schultz hasn't been utilized much in the passing game this season. In a Week 4 matchup at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he'll have to overcome a tough matchup. Schultz has just seven catches for 47 yards through three contests with two games under 2.5 PPR fantasy points. The Steelers have been solid against tight ends so far, holding San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku to under 10 PPR fantasy points. Schultz should only be started in deeper formats in Week 4.

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Nathaniel Dell Sep 30 12:30pm ET
Nathaniel Dell

Houston Texans wide receiver Tank Dell has stepped up big-time in the early going. He'll look to continue that success in a Week 4 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. Since Noah Brown (groin) went on the injured reserve list before Week 2, the rookie wideout has been a huge part of Houston's passing game. Dell has caught 12 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks. Now, he'll have a favorable matchup in Week 4 against a Steelers defense that has allowed the fifth most points to wideouts in fantasy in half-PPR formats. Dell is a strong flex play option in Week 4.

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Robert Woods Sep 30 12:30pm ET
Robert Woods

Houston Texans wide receiver Robert Woods will enter a Week 4 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a team-high 25 targets. The veteran has seen at least six targets in every game this season. He is also tied with two other Texans for a team-high 15 catches through three weeks. Woods has been a fantasy surprise so far and has two double-digit fantasy performances in PPR formats. In a favorable matchup facing a Steelers secondary that has given up the fifth most fantasy points to wideouts in half-PPR formats, Woods is a flex option in most 12-plus team leagues in Week 4.

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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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