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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

Player Notes
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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Joe Mixon Sep 22 10:30pm ET
Joe Mixon

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will continue his quest for his first touchdown of the 2023-24 campaign on Monday night against the Rams. The 27-year-old has hardly impressed anyone this season, totaling only 115 rushing yards off 26 touches for 4.4 YPC. He's also caught seven of his 10 targets for 53 yards. At this rate, some fantasy managers have already run out of patience, so you can't blame them for benching him in Week 3. However, there's no denying the talent level possessed by the former Oklahoma Sooner, considering he has a Pro Bowl appearance on his resume, keeping him at least a flex candidate in all fantasy setups. This won't change even if Joe Burrow (calf) doesn't play.

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Luke Musgrave Sep 22 10:10pm ET
Luke Musgrave

Green Bay Packers tight end Luke Musgrave will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. The 23-year-old has become a near-every-down player over the past two weeks and has seven targets on the season. However, this is not the matchup to look at streaming the rookie. New Orleans has allowed only three receptions to the tight end position through two games this year and will be a real problem for quarterback Jordan Love and the Packers offense. The only way fantasy managers will be happy with Musgrave in Week 3 is if he finds the end zone, and there is little chance of that happening. Safely leave the rookie tight end on the bench in favor of a better option this weekend.

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Anders Carlson Sep 22 10:10pm ET
Anders Carlson

Green Bay Packers kicker Anders Carlson will face the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. The rookie has attempted just two field goals in 2023 and has nailed all eight extra-point attempts. Carlson has a shallow ceiling in Week 3 against the vaunted Saints' defense. New Orleans ranks in the top 10 against most fantasy position groups and will likely keep the Packers out of scoring range for the majority of the contest. With a much easier schedule upcoming for Green Bay, the 25-year-old kicker could be a streaming option in the future. With that said, leave him on the waiver wire in Week 3 and look for a better streaming option.

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Eddie Jackson Sep 22 10:00pm ET
Eddie Jackson

Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson (foot) was carted off the field in Week 2 and continues to miss practice this week. The superstar safety missed Friday's practice, which puts his status in doubt for the Week 3 matchup versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Honestly, it's a bit surprising the Bears haven't ruled out Jackson for this upcoming contest. His absence would probably mean an increased workload for seventh-rounder Elijah Hicks. The loss of Jackson would be a significant hit to the Bears secondary that has already struggled this season.

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Jayden Reed Sep 22 10:00pm ET
Jayden Reed

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed will face the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. The rookie had a breakout performance last week, leading the team in targets and catching two touchdowns against Atlanta. However, the potential return of Christian Watson (hamstring) could cause Reed's target share to come down a bit. The matchup against New Orleans doesn't give fantasy managers much confidence in a repeat performance, either. The Saints have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position in 2023 and have not allowed one to score through two weeks. The 23-year-old can be used as a flex option if you are desperate, but it would be best to look for a different option with a better matchup in Week 3.

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AJ Dillon Sep 22 9:50pm ET
AJ Dillon

Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. After getting the start last week due to the absence of Aaron Jones (hamstring), the 25-year-old draws a tough matchup against the Saints. New Orleans has held opposing running backs in check through two weeks, allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position, and they have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. Dillon looked awful last week in replacement of Jones, averaging only 3.6 yards per carry and being taken off the field often for backups Patrick Taylor and Emanuel Wilson. Jones has a chance to return this week, but even if he doesn't, it will be tough to trust the Packers' No. 2 back as even a flex option in such a poor matchup. Dillon is nothing more than a desperate flex for those in need of running back help.

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Joey Bosa Sep 22 9:50pm ET
Joey Bosa

Los Angeles Chargers pass-rusher Joey Bosa (hamstring) is listed as questionable for the Week 3 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The oft-injured pass rusher played on his injured hamstring in Week 2. He went out and totaled two sacks and two tackles for loss while playing at less than 100 percent. He was able to get in two limited practice sessions this week. That being said, Bosa appears to be headed in the right direction ahead of Week 3. However, the Chargers will probably wait until closer to game-time before making a final decision.

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Romeo Doubs Sep 22 9:50pm ET
Romeo Doubs

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. The 23-year-old caught just two passes for 30 yards last week while playing through a hamstring injury. Rookie Jayden Reed took over as the top target and caught two touchdown passes against Atlanta. After an explosive output by Reed, the potential return of Christian Watson (hamstring), and a stiff matchup against New Orleans, Doubs is an easy fade for Week 3. New Orleans has given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the wide receiver position this season and has yet to allow one to score. With more competition for targets potentially coming his way and Reed looking to take over as the No. 2 target, the second-year receiver can safely be left on the bench this week.

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Jamal Adams Sep 22 9:40pm ET
Jamal Adams

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (knee) is listed as questionable for the Week 3 matchup versus the Carolina Panthers. The All-Pro safety was limited during Thursday's practice, but appears on track to play. Head coach Pete Carroll said that Adams is as close as you can get to playing in Week 3. It doesn't sound like he's locked into playing, but he's extremely close. The expectation is that Adams is going to suit up as long as he doesn't suffer a setback.

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Jordan Love Sep 22 9:40pm ET
Jordan Love

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love will face off against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3 this Sunday. The 24-year-old has thrown three touchdowns in each of the past two games but will have a tough time against a stiff Saints defense. New Orleans has held opposing quarterbacks to fewer than 10 fantasy points per game to open the season and has given up just one passing touchdown. Getting Christian Watson (hamstring) back would help a ton, but not enough to make Love a good streaming option in Week 3. The upcoming schedule for the Packers quarterback is great, with the Lions and Raiders back-to-back before the team's Week 6 bye, so holding onto him for future matchups is a good idea. However, he is better left on the bench this week in favor of a better streaming option.

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