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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif announces retirement from NFL

Thu Sep 21 10:23am ET
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Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is retiring from the NFL.

The Super Bowl champion made the announcement on social media on Thursday.

Duvernay-Tardif, who also is a doctor, walked away from football in 2020 to work in medicine in his native Canada at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For his efforts, Sports Illustrated named him the Sportsperson of the Year.

"I've had the chance to play in the NFL for 9 years and even today, I sometimes can't believe I was able to experience this adventure," Duvernay-Tardif wrote Thursday on Instagram. "Being a professional athlete is a privilege as well as an extremely enriching human and personal experience. The victories, losses and injuries have all been moments to learn how to win and lose as a team while managing a wide range of emotions."

Duvernay-Tardif, 32, played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2015-19, appearing in 60 games (57 starts). He decided to return to football in the fall of 2021, and the Chiefs traded him to the New York Jets on Nov. 2 as part of a four-team deal.

He has played in 73 career games (65 starts) and won a Super Bowl title with the Chiefs during the 2019 season.

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Player Notes
Baker Mayfield Sep 21 10:40am ET
Baker Mayfield

The Philadelphia Eagles defense will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in Week 3 on Monday night. After forcing three fumbles last week and generating a couple of sacks against a potent Minnesota offense, the Eagles will put the 2-0 Buccaneers and quarterback Baker Mayfield to the test. Philadelphia has been a fine fantasy start each of the first two weeks, even after allowing Minnesota to put up 28 points against them last Thursday. The Eagles were missing some key pieces on defense last week but could have them back this upcoming Monday night. As for Tampa Bay, the team has yet to commit a turnover and allowed Mayfield to be sacked just once through two games. The Eagles' defensive line will look to change that, but it makes them a riskier option for fantasy than usual. Consider Philadelphia's defense a top-10 option in Week 3.

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Matthew Stafford Sep 21 10:20am ET
Matthew Stafford

The San Francisco 49ers D/ST unit will be a top-two option when they host the New York Giants in San Francisco's home opener on Thursday. The Giants offense spent their first six quarters of football this year struggling to find the end zone but came to life against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half last week. Record-setting comeback aside, New York is undertalented at wide receiver and will be without All-Pro running back Saquon Barkley (ankle). Last week against the Rams, the 49ers disappointed fantasy managers. Although they had two interceptions, they only recorded one sack and allowed 23 points. The game film shows the 49ers' excellent defensive line beating their opponents, but quarterback Matthew Stafford doing a great job of getting the ball out quickly and picking apart San Francisco's zone defense. The 49ers' D/ST should rebound this week. Start them with confidence.

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Dallas Goedert Sep 21 10:20am ET
Dallas Goedert

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert will go on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3 on Monday night. The 28-year-old has gotten off to an incredibly slow start, tallying just six receptions for 22 yards through the first two weeks. While he was peppered with targets last Thursday against Minnesota, he got nowhere with them. This week's matchup against Tampa Bay is not much better. The Buccaneers have let up just 105 yards on 15 receptions to the position so far and have kept tight ends out of the end zone entirely. Goedert is talented enough to overcome a tough matchup, but it would be wise to manage expectations after the past few performances. Consider him a back-end TE1 in Week 3.

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Jake Elliott Sep 21 10:20am ET
Jake Elliott

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in Week 3 on Monday night. The 28-year-old is on pace to smash last year's production. Through two games, he has already converted 6-of-7 field goals, with three of them being from 50 or more yards away. For context, Elliott converted just 20 field goals in 2022. Philadelphia has to settle for more three-point attempts than last year, much to the fantasy benefit of the veteran kicker. Tampa Bay's defense has not let up a ton of points through two games, but the matchup matters little when it comes to the Eagles' offense. Elliott should have plenty of chances to convert kicks and carries a high fantasy-scoring floor and ceiling heading into the prime-time matchup. Elliott is a must-start option in Week 3.

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DeVonta Smith Sep 21 10:10am ET
DeVonta Smith

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in Week 3 on Monday night. The 24-year-old has outproduced teammate A.J. Brown by a wide margin in the past two weeks, posting 178 yards and two touchdowns. Brown is likely to get the squeaky wheel treatment in a plus matchup against Tampa Bay, but that does not mean there will not be enough left for Smith to have a top-tier fantasy performance. The Buccaneers have given up the seventh-most receiving yards to wide receivers through two weeks, even though they allowed just 140 last week to Chicago. Keep firing up the former Heisman winner as a top-tier WR2 with top-12 upside on a weekly basis.

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A.J. Brown Sep 21 10:00am ET
A.J. Brown

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown will go on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3 on Monday night. It has been a slow start for the Eagles' top target. Through two weeks, Brown has just 11 receptions for 108 scoreless yards. Meanwhile, teammate DeVonta Smith has 11 receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. This matchup against Tampa seems like the perfect situation to apply grease to the squeaky wheel in Week 3 for Brown and the Eagles. The Buccaneers have struggled to stop top pass catchers the past two weeks, allowing Justin Jefferson to gain 150 yards in Week 1 and DJ Moore to go for over 100 yards last week. After being visibly upset on the sideline last week about his lack of involvement, expect Brown to see a heavy target share in Week 3. Consider the 26-year-old a top 10 option.

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Alexander Mattison Sep 21 9:50am ET
Alexander Mattison

Philadelphia Eagles running back D'Andre Swift will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in Week 3 on Monday night. The 24-year-old exploded for 175 yards and a touchdown in replacement of Kenneth Gainwell (ribs) last Thursday. With just one carry the week prior, Swift made a statement and has secured an increased role whether Gainwell is healthy or not. This week's matchup against the Buccaneers is not great, but not one you need to shy away from. Tampa Bay stifled the Chicago run game last week and held Alexander Mattison in check in Week 1, but neither of those teams has an offensive line close to Philadelphia's. Even if Gainwell is active, Swift should be considered an RB2 heading into Week 3.

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Jalen Hurts Sep 21 9:40am ET
Jalen Hurts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers on Monday night. After getting back on track and scoring three total touchdowns in Week 2 against Minnesota, the 25-year-old will look to continue to roll against a solid Tampa Bay defense. The Buccaneers were able to shut down Justin Fields and the Chicago passing attack last week but will struggle to put as much pressure on Hurts. While the Eagles offense has not looked as in sync as they were during their Super Bowl run, it started to click in the second half of last week's Thursday night matchup and should continue to adjust. With a high-scoring floor due to his rushing ability, the Eagles starting quarterback should be considered a top-tier option in Week 3.

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Foster Moreau Sep 21 9:30am ET
Foster Moreau

New Orleans Saints tight end Foster Moreau (ankle) logged a DNP at Wednesday's practice. The ex-Raider snagged his first two catches as a member of the Saints in the team's win over the Panthers on Monday Night Football. There's no word on the severity of the ankle issue Moreau is dealing with, but he'll get two more chances this week to return to the practice field. The Saints will travel to Green Bay for their Week 3 matchup on Sunday.

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Tyson Bagent Sep 21 9:20am ET
Tyson Bagent

Less than 24 hours after releasing Nathan Peterman, the Chicago Bears have re-signed the veteran quarterback to the active roster. Peterman will presumably be the Bears' backup to Justin Fields in Week 3 against the Buccaneers. Undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent will serve as the emergency quarterback. The 29-year-old Peterman has played in 13 games in his five-year NFL career.

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Ernest Jones Sep 21 8:30am ET
Ernest Jones

Fantasy managers rostering Los Angeles Rams linebacker Ernest Jones may want to follow the Cincinnati Bengals' injury reports. If Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow misses the Week 3 matchup against the Rams, Jones should be in line for a huge game. Jones has been productive in his first season as the Rams' every-down linebacker, having made 19 combined tackles in the first two weeks, and he is best at playing the run. Jones has made about 70% of his solo tackles on running plays, according to PFF. If Burrow misses the game, the Bengals will start Jake Browning, who has spent most of his four-year career on various practice squads and only attempted a single pass. The Bengals may lean on the run, and Jones would be in a good position to pile up the tackles.

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Alex Anzalone Sep 21 8:30am ET
Alex Anzalone

Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone has an excellent matchup in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are by far the most run-heavy team in the NFL, and they present a good opportunity for Anzalone to have a high-tackle game. While Anzalone is known to miss a tackle from time to time, he gets enough opportunities to make up for it. Anzalone made six tackles in Week 1 and seven tackles plus a sack in Week 2. Opponents are averaging 70 team tackles per game against the Falcons.

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Jason Pinnock Sep 21 8:30am ET
Jason Pinnock

New York Giants safety Jason Pinnock is having a breakout in his third season. Last week, Pinnock made 13 combined tackles against the Arizona Cardinals. This week, he faces the 49ers, whose opponents are averaging more tackles per game than Cardinals opponents average. Niners running back Christian McCaffrey is tough to tackle, and there is a good chance he will be able to slip past the Giants' mediocre linebackers a couple of times, leaving Pinnock to have to play cleanup. Through two weeks, McCaffrey has already made six runs of over 10 yards and three runs of over 15. Pinnock has a chance to make double-digit tackles again this week.

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Micah Parsons Sep 21 8:30am ET
Micah Parsons

Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons looks to continue raining destruction on opposing offenses against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3. Parsons has already made 3.0 sacks, six QB hits, one forced fumble, one pass defense, and one fumble recovery in two weeks. The Cardinals are an extremely weak team on paper. Their offensive line was picked as one of the bottom few by most preseason rankers. But so far, they have been merely mediocre, not terrible, on the field. They are allowing sacks at a rate of 4.6%, the 12th-lowest. Parsons is a must-start every week, but he might not have as big a week as expected.

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Talanoa Hufanga Sep 21 8:30am ET
Talanoa Hufanga

San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga has a big, juicy matchup against the flailing New York Giants in Week 3. The 49ers are one of the most disruptive defenses in the league. They rank No. 2 in the league with four interceptions and No. 11 with six sacks. The Giants, meanwhile, rank second in most sacks allowed, second in sack percentage, and fourth in giveaways per game. Hufanga is a playmaker who roams the entire field. He has already made an interception this season, and he made four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two sacks last season. Week 3 could be another big game for the third-year player.

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Jake Moody Sep 21 1:30am ET
Jake Moody

San Francisco 49ers rookie kicker Jake Moody has had a solid start to his NFL career, hitting six of six field goal attempts, including one from 57 yards, and making all six of his extra point chances. The 49ers will host a suspect New York Giants defense in their home opener on Thursday night which should make Moody a decent floor play since his team is likely to take quite a few snaps in New York territory. Wind shouldn't be much of a factor, as the forecast at Levi's Stadium includes gentle to moderate breezes throughout the game. Moody checks in as a playable option in 10-12 team leagues in Week 3.

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George Kittle Sep 21 1:10am ET
George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has been quiet so far in 2023, averaging four half-PPR points per game through two weeks. Against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, Kittle caught all three of his targets for 30 yards. On Thursday night, the 49ers will host the New York Giants in their home opener. The Giants' defense, while getting beat up on the scoreboard through two weeks, has been middle-of-the-pack against tight end production. It's worth noting that Kittle is among those who may see an increased target share if Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) is ruled out before kickoff. Either way, it's only a matter of time before Kittle makes a splash for his fantasy managers. Lock him in as a mid-range TE1 in Week 3.

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DeVante Parker Sep 21 1:00am ET
DeVante Parker

New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Parker has dealt with this knee issue for quite some time now, which caused him to miss Week 1. However, the veteran returned in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins and played 100% of the team snaps. He caught six passes for 57 yards on eight targets in his season debut. With Parker practicing in a limited fashion this early in the week, he should be a full-go in Week 3 when the Patriots play the New York Jets. The 30-year-old wideout will have two more chances to practice in full before Sunday.

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Logan Thomas Sep 21 1:00am ET
Logan Thomas

Washington Commanders tight end Logan Thomas (concussion) did not practice to start the week. It was expected that Thomas would sit out Wednesday's practice after suffering a concussion in the team's 35-33 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 2. The veteran tight end left the contest in the second quarter following a hit to the head by Broncos safety Kareem Jackson on his touchdown grab. Thomas will need to clear the concussion protocol before returning to the field. He'll have two more chances to practice before Sunday's Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Taysom Hill Sep 21 12:50am ET
Taysom Hill

New Orleans Saints tight end Taysom Hill (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Fresh off nine carries for 75 yards in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, Hill appears to be nursing a knee issue. He'll have two more chances to practice in full before Sunday's game versus the Green Bay Packers. If he does suit up, the Saints could rely on the versatile playmaker even more in Week 3 with Alvin Kamara (suspended) and Jamaal Williams (hamstring) both likely out for the contest. Hill could see more designed runs this week, making him an interesting TE1 play.

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