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Injured RB Aaron Jones, WR Christian Watson ‘in similar spot’ for Packers

Mon Sep 25 3:53pm ET
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Ahead of a short week for the Green Bay Packers, it remains unclear whether running back Aaron Jones or wide receiver Christian Watson are ready to return from injury for Week 4.

The Packers did not practice Monday in preparation for Thursday night's home game against the Detroit Lions, but if they did, Jones and linebacker Rashan Gary would have been limited, coach Matt LaFleur said.

Watson would have been unavailable for practice, as would left tackle David Bakhtiari; left guard Elgton Jenkins; right tackle Zach Tom; linebacker De'Vondre Campbell; cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Carrington Valentine; and safety Zayne Anderson.

Jones and Watson would give the Packers their full arsenal of offensive weapons for the game against their NFC North rival. Neither played Sunday in the Packers' 18-17 win over the New Orleans Saints.

"We were hopeful for (Week 3) but it didn't work out," LaFleur said. "We'll see where we're at going into Thursday. I think we're in a similar spot. We'll see how they respond."

Jones sustained a hamstring injury at the end of his 35-yard touchdown catch-and-run in Green Bay's 38-20 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 1.

Watson, projected to be the Packers' No. 1 wide receiver, has yet to make his season debut due to his hamstring injury.

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Mike Williams Sep 25 4:13pm ET
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Chris Olave Sep 25 3:10pm ET
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Michael Thomas Sep 25 3:10pm ET
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas drew another nine targets in the Week 3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Thomas has consistently drawn targets in the short field, catching six passes for 50 yards this week. Every week, he has had between eight and nine targets, five to seven receptions, and between 50-61 yards. Thomas has failed to find the end zone yet this season. He is a reliable flex option with a safe floor in PPR leagues, but has a limited ceiling.

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Aaron Jones Sep 25 3:00pm ET
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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (hamstring) missed the game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, as he did the Week 2 game against the Atlanta Falcons. However, head coach Matt LaFleur said he would have been a limited participant in practice on Monday if the team took the field. The Packers play on Thursday Night Football against the NFC North rival Detroit Lions, and it sounds like he has a shot to suit up for the first time since Week 1. If he's active, he's virtually a must-start option despite any workload management concerns. AJ Dillon has been ineffective in his increased role. Since the game is on Thursday, fantasy managers will know his status in the next few days and should be ready to make the proper adjustment to fantasy lineups.

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Kendre Miller Sep 25 3:00pm ET
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New Orleans Saints rookie running back Kendre Miller made his NFL debut against Green Bay after missing the first two weeks with a hamstring injury. Miller carried the ball nine times for 34 yards, adding a reception for no gain. Miller split work with Tony Jones Jr. (eight carries) and Taysom Hill (four carries), and will cede work to Alvin Kamara (suspension) when he returns next week. Miller is an intriguing stash candidate with Jamaal Williams (hamstring) on injured reserve, but can not be started until he carves out a more definitive role.

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Latavius Murray Sep 25 3:00pm ET
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Buffalo Bills running back Latavius Murray rushed five times for 15 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for six yards in the win over the Washington Commanders. This was the 33-year-old's second touchdown in two weeks, so he looks to be the primary goal line back for Buffalo. That said, Damien Harris has also mixed in, and neither has a solid weekly fantasy floor. If James Cook has to miss any time moving forward, Murray might be the handcuff back to roster. He can be played as an ultra-deep league desperation option, but his value is limited in traditional formats.

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Jameis Winston Sep 25 2:50pm ET
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Andy Dalton Sep 25 2:40pm ET
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Andy Dalton completed 34 of his 58 passing attempts for 361 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the 27-37 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. It was an impressive performance for the 35-year-old, who started in the absence of Bryce Young (ankle). Wide receivers Adam Thielen and DJ Chark both racked up at least 86 yards and a touchdown. If Young is out again in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings, Dalton will have upside in another favorable matchup for quarterbacks. However, it's important not to overreact to his big performance. He should not be started over big-name fantasy signal-callers.

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Derek Carr Sep 25 2:40pm ET
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr (shoulder) exited the Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers with a shoulder injury. According to Katherine Terrell, Carr has an AC joint sprain and is considered week to week. The 32-year-old signal-caller has completed over 65% of his passes for 636 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions this year and looked to be headed toward a third straight win to begin his New Orleans career. The team blew a 17-0 lead after his exit. In his absence, veteran quarterback Jameis Winston will start for New Orleans. He has upside with a supporting cast of Chris Olave, Michael Thomas, Rashid Shaheed, Juwan Johnson, and Alvin Kamara (returns in Week 4), but the Saints will likely be unwilling to let him throw a ton of passes thanks to his well-documented turnover issues. Expect the Saints to lean on its running backs and defense while Carr is sidelined.

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Pat Freiermuth Sep 25 2:30pm ET
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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth caught three of his four targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in a 23-18 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Sunday night marked a welcome return to form for Freiermuth, who totaled just two receptions for five yards through the first two weeks of the season. With quarterback Kenny Pickett showing signs of improvement this week, Freiermuth should be trusted as a reliable fantasy option going forward. The 24-year-old will get a soft matchup against the Houston Texans in Week 4.

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Trey Sermon Sep 25 2:30pm ET
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Bryce Young Sep 25 2:20pm ET
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) missed the team's Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with an ankle injury. According to head coach Frank Reich, his status for the Week 4 contest with the Minnesota Vikings is uncertain early in the week. The rookie struggled in Weeks 1 and 2, completing under 60% of his passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He is averaging a putrid 4.2 yards per attempt. That said, he is not on the fantasy radar in single-quarterback leagues, and his return to the lineup could be a downgrade from Andy Dalton for wideouts DJ Chark and Adam Thielen. Check back later in the week for further updates on Young's status.

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Calvin Austin III Sep 25 2:20pm ET
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Calvin Austin III secured two of his six targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in a Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Austin's first career score came on a deep ball from quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first quarter, but the 24-year-old unfortunately didn't do much with his other opportunities. Although he should continue to see a fair share of targets until Diontae Johnson (hamstring) returns, Austin is currently only an interesting option as a flex in deeper leagues. He'll look to stay involved in a Week 4 bout with the Houston Texans.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Sep 25 2:20pm ET
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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (concussion) was evaluated for a concussion following the Sunday Night Football loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3. On Monday, he officially entered concussion protocol. It remains to be seen if he'll be ready to play against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4. If he's out, Brian Hoyer would presumably be the starter, and Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers would likely have lower floors. Neither Garoppolo nor Hoyer are high on the fantasy radar in single-quarterback leagues. Fantasy managers in superflex leagues might want to consider picking up Hoyer just in case he draws the start.

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Jonathan Mingo Sep 25 2:10pm ET
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Kenny Pickett Sep 25 1:50pm ET
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Mike Williams Sep 25 1:20pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) suffered a torn ACL in the Week 3 win over the Minnesota Vikings and is out for the rest of the season, an MRI exam confirmed, according to a source. It didn't look good when Williams needed help getting off the field in Minnesota on Sunday and then was carted to the locker room with a towel over his head. The team's and fantasy managers' worst fears have been realized, and now they'll be without him for the rest of 2023. The biggest beneficiary will be Joshua Palmer, who caught four of seven targets for 66 yards and his first touchdown of the year in Week 3. Fantasy managers that have Williams or are looking for a wideout should make Palmer a high waiver priority this week. Rookie first-rounder Quentin Johnston will also be thrust into a bigger role immediately.

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Dontayvion Wicks Sep 25 11:50am ET
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Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks caught four passes on a career-high six targets for 45 yards in the team's 18-17 comeback win on Sunday over the New Orleans Saints in their home opener in Week 3. Wicks didn't find the end zone like he did in Week 2, but he had career-highs in targets, catches and receiving yards with Christian Watson (hamstring) missing his third straight game to begin the 2023 regular season. The 22-year-old has showed well in the beginning of his career after being a fifth-round selection and warrant stashing in dynasty/keeper leagues, but his role in Green Bay's offense will most likely take a step back whenever Watson makes his season debut.

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