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Nick Chubb out for season, but injury not career-threatening

Sat Sep 23 7:53pm ET
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Tests show that Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb's gruesome injury is not as bad as initially feared, and though he will be out for the rest of this season, the injury is now not considered career-threatening, according to ESPN.

Initial indications were that Chubb, 27, sustained a torn left anterior crucial ligament, but doctors now reportedly believe that although he stretched the ACL on the play, it was not a complete tear.

Chubb is now believed to have torn only his medial collateral ligament, which is not considered a career-ending injury, per ESPN. He is still expected to need six to eight months to recover.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski had announced Tuesday that Chubb would undergo season-ending surgery, which reportedly is expected to take place this week.

In Cleveland's 26-22 loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, Chubb rushed up the middle for a gain of 5 yards with 14:14 left in the second quarter and was in the process of being tackled by Pittsburgh linebacker Cole Holcomb when safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped his shoulder and ran directly into Chubb's left knee.

The hit by Fitzpatrick caused Chubb's leg to bend, and Chubb sat up and grabbed his knee and could be heard yelling in anguish through the field microphones.

Chubb rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries before exiting. He has 170 yards on 28 carries this season.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons, gaining a career-high 1,525 last season. Chubb had 996 yards as a rookie in 2018 before beginning his streak of 1,000-yard seasons.

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Pick'em Plays: Week 3

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Skyy Moore Sep 23 10:10pm ET
Skyy Moore

Wide receiver Skyy Moore emerged to lead the Kansas City Chiefs in receiving with a career-best 70 yards and his first career touchdown in Week 2's low-scoring defensive battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 22-year-old will try to build on that big day in Week 3 versus the Chicago Bears, who haven't seen much go right for them defensively this year besides wipe out slot receivers for 2.4 fantasy points per game this year, per Razzball. Moore takes a significant portion of his snaps from the slot, but Chicago will be without star defensive back Eddie Jackson (foot), potentially enhancing Moore's outlook slightly. Even if Kadarius Toney (toe) happens to not suit up on Sunday, Moore is still only a WR4 with just seven targets on 60 routes run this season.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling Sep 23 9:50pm ET
Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is yet to mesh with quarterback Patrick Mahomes in 2023, administering four catches (five targets) for 61 yards across Weeks 1 and 2. The 24-year-old at least hopes in Week 3 versus the Chicago Bears to run into the coverage of struggling 2023 second-rounder Tyrique Stevenson, who was dwarfed by Mike Evans and company in Week 2 for a 5/140/1 receiving line against him. Stevenson also had trouble defending a short-handed Green Bay Packers receiving corps in the season opener for a 3/42/1 line opposing him. Valdes-Scantling could draw a few extra looks if Kadarius Toney (toe) is missing or limited on Sunday, considering the latter has commanded 10 targets on a mere 28 routes despite his well-known struggles. MVS participated in 87% of K.C.'s offensive snaps a week ago, but he would only be Hail Mary WR4 recourse whether Toney is active or not.

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire Sep 23 9:30pm ET
Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire may be called upon for a more noticeable role if Isiah Pacheco (hamstring) is absent or limited for Sunday's game. The 24-year-old hasn't done much of note with his 10 touches this year, but could be looking at an advantageous setup in Week 3 versus the 0-2 Chicago Bears, who were pierced for fantasy's overall RB1 and RB9 finishes out of Aaron Jones and Rachaad White respectively in the first two contests. Chicago's defense has caved in as a run funnel unit in the early goings, and Edwards-Helaire could check in as a reasonable RB3/FLEX bet as the favorite for base work, but only if Pacheco is inactive for this one. Whoever handles the bulk of K.C.'s backfield touches should display plenty of touchdown upside with the Chiefs projecting as heavy favorites to come out on top.

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Jerick McKinnon Sep 23 9:20pm ET
Jerick McKinnon

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon remained without a meaningful role in Week 2, scraping up three catches for 28 yards in a favorable matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 31-year-old will look to recapture some semblance of his 2022 late-season magic in Week 3 versus the Chicago Bears, who have witnessed fellow pass-catching tailbacks Aaron Jones and Rachaad White combine for a 7/116/1 receiving line out of the backfield during the season's initial two outings. McKinnon could be pushed into a larger role if Isiah Pacheco (hamstring) is out or limited in this one, ultimately setting him up along the RB3/4 boundary ahead of Sunday's affair. McKinnon will be difficult to trust if Pacheco is active, but the matchup is close to ideal for fantasy managers needing a stopgap solution in PPR-heavy formats.

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Brett Maher Sep 23 9:20pm ET
Brett Maher

Los Angeles Rams kickerBrett Mahershould now be rostered in all leagues as he's ranked top-five at the position. The team faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, an excellent spot for the former Cowboys kicker. The Bengals have surrendered five field goal makes on six attempts through the season's first two games. The team's young defense has been struggling, and the Rams will have opportunities to drive down the field consistently, putting them in field-goal range. Maher is a must-start and a great option in Week 3.

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Joe Burrow Sep 23 9:20pm ET
Joe Burrow

The Los Angeles Rams defense has played much better than expected through the first two weeks, considering the unit's youth and lack of experience together.Joe Burrow(calf) could miss Monday night's game, and 26-year-oldJake Browningsteps in as the Bengals' starter. If this is the case, the Rams' defense is a solid option and should be locked in as a top-15 unit in their Week 3 matchup with Cincinnati.

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Tutu Atwell Sep 23 9:10pm ET
Tutu Atwell

Los Angeles Rams wide receiverTutu Atwellhas proved to be a reliable target forMatthew Staffordin two straight games. The speedy receiver out of Louisville has caught 13 of his 17 targets for 196 yards through the first two weeks of the season. Atwell looks to be a critical part of this pass-heavy offense and will continue to build chemistry with Stafford as the season progresses. The 23-year-old is a solid flex play in the team's Week 3 matchup against the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals.

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Van Jefferson Sep 23 9:10pm ET
Van Jefferson

Los Angeles Rams wide receiverVan Jeffersonhas been the disappointing fantasy option from the team's receiving trio. Despite leading all Rams' receivers in snaps through the first two games, Jefferson has caught just five of his nine targets on the season for 33 yards. It is clear thatMatthew Stafford favors Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwellover the 27-year-old receiver. Jefferson should only be started if necessary in deep leagues. He offers a very low floor and a relatively low ceiling and should be avoided in most formats in the team's Week 3 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Tyler Higbee Sep 23 9:10pm ET
Tyler Higbee

Los Angeles Rams tight endTyler Higbeewill look to get back on track after two underwhelming weeks to start the season. DespiteCooper Kupp(hamstring) being out, Higbee has accounted for a mere 10% team target share and is the overall TE24 through the season's first two weeks.Puka Nacua,Tutu Atwell, andKyren Williamshave all out-targeted Higbee and seem to be the centerpieces of the offense with Kupp out. The 30-year-old tight end should still be rostered, but you should temper expectations for him in the team's Monday night matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Travis Kelce Sep 23 9:00pm ET
Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will look to jump-start his season after missing Week 1 with a hyperextended knee and producing a passable 4/29/1 receiving line on nine targets in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 33-year-old could be in position to impose himself in Week 3's opportunity versus the 0-2 Chicago Bears, who have already let unproven names Luke Musgrave and Cade Otton catch a combined 9-of-10 passes for 91 yards over the season's first two games. Chicago's defense does feature a solid linebacker combination of Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards, but neither are known for their coverage skills and should have their hands full dealing with Kelce. After commanding nine targets (four in the red zone) on just 25 Week 2 routes, the four-time All-Pro is the no-brainer top TE1 play on a Week 3 slate where the Chiefs project to score more points than any other squad.

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Matthew Stafford Sep 23 9:00pm ET
Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams quarterbackMatthew Staffordhas a much easier matchup this week than he did in the team's Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Stafford has thrown for over 300 yards in each of the first two games this season. Despite the extreme passing volume, the 35-year-old has averaged just over 14 fantasy PPG and is the overall QB22 through two weeks. While the Rams' Week 3 matchup, Cincinnati Bengals, have given up more on the ground than through the air, they still have a very young and inexperienced secondary. Stafford is a low-end QB1 for Week 3 and is mainly an option in superflex leagues.

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Kyren Williams Sep 23 9:00pm ET
Kyren Williams

Los Angeles Rams running backKyren Williamshas completely taken over the team's backfield and looks like a fantasy league winner. The second-year back out of Notre Dame is the overall RB2 behind onlyChristian McCaffreythrough the season's first two weeks. The 23-year-old totaled 100 yards and had two trips to the end zone in his first start withCam Akersinactive. Williams played in 95% of offensive snaps during Week 2 and is a three-down back, with Akers now traded to the Vikings. Fantasy managers can confidently start Williams as an RB1 in Week 3, as he's facing a Bengals defense that has given up the second-most rush yards in the league.

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Richie James Sep 23 8:50pm ET
Richie James

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Richie James (knee) has been placed on the injured reserve on Saturday. He wasn't able to practice all week due to an MCL injury. James only played three offensive snaps in Week 2, but has an important role on special teams. There will now be a void to fill on special teams with James out for at least the next four games. He'll be eligible to return for the Week 7 matchup versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Fantasy managers can continue to ignore James in all fantasy formats.

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Patrick Mahomes Sep 23 8:40pm ET
Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes squares off with the Chicago Bears in Week 3 after exceeding the 300-yard threshold in last Sunday's clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 28-year-old hopes for his first three-touchdown effort of the campaign after accomplishing this feat on eight occasions a year ago. The Bears defense has submitted the NFL's highest opponent passer rating (118.3) to Jordan Love and Baker Mayfield over the opening two games, and have only posted one sack thus far. It's a glaring smash spot for Mahomes on Sunday perhaps as Week 3's top-ranked QB1 after Chicago's defensive coordinator suddenly resigned ahead of this contest. While there's some blowout risk attached to this game that could reduce passing volume, season-long managers can obviously trust the reigning MVP as perhaps Week 3's most bankable play at the position.

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Kadarius Toney Sep 23 8:40pm ET
Kadarius Toney

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney (toe) is currently listed as questionable for the Week 3 matchup versus the Chicago Bears. The 24-year-old wasn't able to practice on Wednesday or Thursday this week. He was able to get through a limited practice session on Friday, so that appears to be enough for him. The team will take another look at Toney ahead of Sunday's contest. Barring any setbacks, Toney should be fine to suit up. He should be considered a risky flex play for this upcoming matchup with the Bears.

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D.K. Metcalf Sep 23 8:30pm ET
D.K. Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (ribs) will play in Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. He missed the first two practices to open the week, but was able to get in a full session on Friday. That appears to be enough for Metcalf as he'll suit up this weekend. Last week, Metcalf caught five of his 10 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Lions. Fantasy managers can safely pencil Metcalf back in their lineups for Week 3.

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DeAndre Hopkins Sep 23 8:30pm ET
DeAndre Hopkins

Tennessee Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) is expected to suit up for the Week 3 matchup versus the Cleveland Browns. The veteran wideout has been dealing with an ankle issue for over a week. Despite that, he suited up in Week 2 and continued to play well with four receptions for 40 yards. Hopkins opened this week with a full practice before being limited and then not practicing at all on Friday. He's listed as questionable for Sunday, but is fully expected to suit up for this game. Fantasy managers should check back closer to game time on Sunday.

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Isiah Pacheco Sep 23 8:20pm ET
Isiah Pacheco

Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (hamstring) is listed as questionable for the upcoming Week 3 matchup against the Chicago Bears. Pacheco has been limited during practice this week, but still appears to be in good shape for this contest. Right now, the plan is for Pacheco to warm up with the team and see how his hamstring feels. That being said, Pacheco appears to be a legitimate game-time decision for Sunday's contest. If he sits out, Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire would likely split up the reps in the backfield. Neither of them have great fantasy appeal, but could be possible deep league options if Pacheco is unable to play.

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Nick Chubb Sep 23 8:00pm ET
Nick Chubb

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (knee) suffered a season-ending injury during the Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. At first glance, this looked like possibly a career-ending injury for the superstar back. Luckily, it ended up being better than some people originally thought. Chubb has suffered a torn MCL and given a recovery timetable of six to eight months. The surgery hasn't happened yet, so this timetable could change. However, it sounds like Chubb could be back in action as early as the beginning of next season.

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Melvin Gordon Sep 23 5:10pm ET
Melvin Gordon

Baltimore Ravens running backs Melvin Gordon and Kenyan Drake have been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster ahead of the Week 3 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Justice Hill (toe) will miss Sunday's contest, leaving Gus Edwards as the only healthy running back on the active roster. The Ravens elevated Gordon last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yet, the veteran didn't see the field. Meanwhile, Baltimore added Drake to the practice squad earlier this week. Edwards will be the lead running back and the only viable starting option for fantasy players. However, expect Gordon and Drake to see some work tomorrow against the Colts.

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