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Browns coach: RB Kareem Hunt will play Sunday

Fri Sep 22 2:21pm ET
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Newly re-signed running back Kareem Hunt will see action Sunday for the Cleveland Browns against the Tennessee Titans.

"Kareem's going to play. He's ready to play," head coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday.

How much he plays remains to be determined as the Browns adjust to the loss of four-time 1,000-yard rusher Nick Chubb to a season-ending knee injury.

Hunt, 28, signed a reported one-year deal worth up to $4 million on Wednesday to rejoin Cleveland, where he played the previous four seasons.

Hunt has rushed for 4,025 yards and 31 touchdowns and caught 211 passes for 1,806 yards and 17 TDs in 76 games (36 starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs (2017-18) and Browns.

Hunt led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards as a Chiefs rookie in 2017, earning a Pro Bowl selection and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Kansas City drafted the Ohio native in the third round out of Toledo.

While Hunt's role is unclear, Stefanski said multiple times this week that Jerome Ford will be the featured back for the Browns (1-1) on Sunday against the visiting Titans (1-1).

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Damien Harris Sep 22 2:30pm ET
Damien Harris

Running back Damien Harris managed to find the end zone amid Week 2's smackdown of the Las Vegas Raiders for the first touchdown of his Buffalo Bills career. The 26-year-old finds himself in an intimidating matchup on deck against the Washington Commanders' stud nose-tackle combination of Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. Harris has played behind Latavius Murray for scraps behind lead back James Cook in the opening two weeks, so fantasy managers would really be grasping at straws by inserting Harris into Week 3 lineups. Murray has siphoned five of Buffalo's nine red-zone touches among the three RBs. The power back, Harris, is at least a better bet to hit paydirt than Cook after out-touching him in the red zone 4-0 to this point. Harris probably needs Sunday's meeting to get out of hand in favor of Buffalo to return value as a TD-or-bust RB4/FLEX.

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Jaelan Phillips Sep 22 2:30pm ET
Jaelan Phillips

The Miami Dolphins defense/special teams has seen extreme lows and moderate highs after the first two weeks of the season. They have the talent to force some turnovers and wrack up the sacks, but they've also shown some massive holes that offenses can exploit. On the brighter side, the Broncos offense is very inconsistent and has one of the lowest-ranked receiving and backfield groups in the league according to PFF. If Jaelan Phillips plays in this contest, it will improve the entire unit and they become a bit better of a play. For managers desperate for some defensive output, the Dolphins are a gamble, but have some solid upside.

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Jakobi Meyers Sep 22 2:20pm ET
Jakobi Meyers

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said that wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (concussion) is good to go to play in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the team's home opener on Sunday Night Football. Meyers was able to clear the league's concussion protocol and returned to a full practice on Thursday, setting the stage for him to return after missing the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The 26-year-old made a nice impression in his debut for the Raiders in the season opener, catching nine of his 10 targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns before suffering a concussion. He'll return to the No. 2 role behind Davante Adams against Pittsburgh and is back on the fantasy radar as a WR4/flex option for managers this weekend.

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Dawson Knox Sep 22 2:20pm ET
Dawson Knox

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (back) was upgraded to a full practice on Friday and was removed from the final injury report for Week 3 against the Washington Commanders on Sunday. Knox missed practices on both Wednesday and Thursday, so it was looking like he'd at least be questionable to play this weekend. It's bad news for those hoping for a big game from rookie Dalton Kincaid in the potential absence of Knox, but it looks like Knox will be active after all. Through two games, Knox has six catches on his nine targets for 35 yards and a touchdown. He has played more offensive snaps than Kincaid to this point, but Kincaid has outproduced him (minus the TD) with nine catches for 69 yards early in the year.

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James Cook Sep 22 2:10pm ET
James Cook

Buffalo Bills running back James Cook excited fantasy managers with a huge 159-yard showing in Week 2's dismantling of the Las Vegas Raiders. The 23-year-old next challenges the Washington Commanders, who have held James Conner and Javonte Williams to scoreless 14/62 and 12/44 rushing lines respectively in the opening two games. Washington's defense has proven to be slightly more vulnerable in the backend with their ravenous defensive line, if anything, so Cook will likely need to break away for some explosive runs on the outside to penetrate this unit. Buffalo has constantly utilized him on counter plays, so expect that usage to persist in an effort to get the dynamic Cook to the second level of the field. Due to zero red-zone touches on the young season, however, the 2022 second-rounder is stuck as a high-floor RB2 in Week 3 and until further notice.

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Anthony Richardson Sep 22 2:00pm ET
Anthony Richardson

Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson (concussion) will miss the Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday as he remains in the league's concussion protocol. However, a source said that Richardson is optimistic about playing in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams, assuming he passes through the protocols next week. The Colts and Richardson have been cautious this week in their discussions about his return. Veteran Gardner Minshew entered for the concussed Richardson in last week's win over the Houston Texans and threw for 171 yards on 19-for-23 passing with a touchdown and no interceptions. Minshew will make the start this weekend for the first time since Week 17 last season while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Gabriel Davis Sep 22 2:00pm ET
Gabriel Davis

Wide receiver Gabe Davis asserted himself as a legitimate No. 2 option alongside Stefon Diggs by leading the Buffalo Bills with 92 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 2's vanquishing of the Las Vegas Raiders. The 24-year-old is likely to square off frequently with top Washington defensive back Kendall Fuller, who helped lock down the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener, but gave way a bit for a 3/69/1 receiving line against him in Week 2 versus the Denver Broncos. There's not much else to be said about Davis on a weekly basis; his every-down role in a pass-heavy offense keeps him in the WR3 conversation. But the deep threat is of the boom-or-bust variety in Week 3, and Davis may not find breathing room as easily against the Commanders as it came last time out versus the inferior Raiders secondary.

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Boston Scott Sep 22 2:00pm ET
Boston Scott

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (head) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and returned to practice on Friday after being limited on Thursday. Kenneth Gainwell (ribs) is also practicing for the second straight day this week after he missed last Thursday's win over the Minnesota Vikings. Scott suffered a concussion early in the Week 2 game but has benefitted from the extra time off and should be ready to go on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unless he suffers a setback on Saturday. With Gainwell looking likely to play as well this week, the 28-year-old Scott will most likely have a limited role in Philly's backfield and won't be a viable flex play in fantasy. In the season opener when the backfield was fully healthy, he had just one carry for three yards and caught one pass for seven yards.

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Logan Thomas Sep 22 1:40pm ET
Logan Thomas

Washington Commanders tight end Logan Thomas (concussion) did not clear the league's concussion protocol and will not play in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The oft-injured Thomas made it just two games before picking up another injury, and he'll miss his first game of the 2023 campaign. The 32-year-old will need to clear the concussion protocol next week in order to have a shot at returning in a Week 4 contest on the road in Philadelphia against the Eagles. With Thomas out this Sunday against Buffalo, expect both John Bates and Cole Turner to see expanded roles in the passing game, but neither of them should warrant serious consideration as streaming options at the tight end position.

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Stefon Diggs Sep 22 1:40pm ET
Stefon Diggs

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs played second fiddle to teammate Gabe Davis' 92 yards and a score with 66 scoreless yards in Week 2's triumph over the Las Vegas Raiders. The 29-year-old next does battle with the Washington Commanders secondary, who just saw rookie Marvin Mims Jr. dust them up for 113 yards and a touchdown on two targets last Sunday. Diggs likely draws the more favorable matchup between himself and Davis in Week 3, as he looks to pick on first-round rookie Emmanuel Forbes Jr. in this one, while Davis perhaps deals more regularly with top Commanders corner Kendall Fuller. Having caught 17-of-20 targets for 168 yards to start the campaign after a rocky offseason, Diggs has relieved any fear that his harmony with quarterback Josh Allen would be compromised in 2023. The three-time Pro Bowler rates as a high-floor WR1 in this one with four red-zone targets thus far.

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Curtis Samuel Sep 22 1:40pm ET
Curtis Samuel

Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel (illness) missed practice on Friday due to an illness and is now questionable to play in Week 3 on Sunday at home against the visiting Buffalo Bills. We would be surprised if Samuel doesn't end up suiting up this weekend, but those that were planning on starting him in a flex spot against the Bills in deeper leagues will need to pay close attention to his final status on Sunday morning. Samuel has a low fantasy ceiling and floor as the No. 3 receiver in Washington, and he has eight catches on eight targets for 73 yards in the first two weeks of the season. If the veteran is out or limited in Week 3, Dyami Brown could have a decent role, especially with tight end Logan Thomas (concussion) already being ruled out.

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Kareem Hunt Sep 22 1:30pm ET
Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that newly signed running back Kareem Hunt is "going to play" in his season debut in Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans. However, how much Hunt actually plays on Sunday will be determined. The 28-year-old was a popular waiver-wire pickup this week after Nick Chubb went down with a gruesome season-ending knee injury on Monday night. It's unknown what kind of shape Hunt is actually in, but all signs point to the Browns leaning on Jerome Ford as their lead back moving forward. If anything, Hunt will merely be a thorn in Ford's side as he steals valuable touches away, mainly in obvious passing situations on third downs. We wouldn't recommend using Hunt right away as a flex option in PPR leagues in his first game in 2023.

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C.J. Stroud Sep 22 1:20pm ET
C.J. Stroud

Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud (shoulder) is close to being back to 100 percent despite being limited in practice this week. Stroud revealed that he suffered a similar right-shoulder injury in 2021 while at Ohio State. Despite being hurt and hit often in the Week 2 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he managed to go 30-for-47 for 384 yards and two touchdowns, which was the second-most passing yards by a rookie QB in a single game in franchise history. The Texans aren't taking any chances with Stroud's health, and he'll be managed accordingly throughout the week. Through his first two NFL games, Stroud has thrown 91 passes for 626 yards, setting the record for the fourth-most passing yards by a rookie QB in NFL history during that span.

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Anthony Richardson Sep 22 1:20pm ET
Anthony Richardson

Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson (concussion) has officially been ruled out for the Week 3 game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens due to a concussion that he sustained in the Week 2 win over the Houston Texans. With Richardson sidelined, veteran Gardner Minshew will make his first start in a Colts uniform on the road in Baltimore. The 21-year-old Richardson had two rushing scores and was well on his way to a big game last week before he became concussed. He remains in the league's concussion protocol and it remains to be seen if he'll be cleared in time to play in Week 4 at home against the Los Angeles Rams. Minshew will be in play as a low-end QB2 option for those in leagues that start two quarterbacks.

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Josh Allen Sep 22 1:20pm ET
Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen returned to form with a three-touchdown effort in Week 2's beatdown of the Las Vegas Raiders. The 27-year-old next takes on the Washington Commanders, who just allowed fantasy's overall QB3 finish out of Russell Wilson last Sunday after teeing off on journeyman backup Joshua Doubs in the season opener for Week 1's lowest score among starting QBs. Washington's fierce defensive line has already turned in 10 sacks, which is tied only with the Dallas Cowboys. The Commanders lost Wilson for 56 rushing yards in Week 2, so expect Allen to use his legs more than he had to a week ago after logging just seven rush yards in that one. With an NFL-high 10 red-zone completions, the two-time Pro Bowler ranks as a top-tier QB1 in Week 3. Allen's DFS rostership could offer leverage while in arguably the most imposing matchup of his elite QB1 peers.

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Bryce Young Sep 22 1:10pm ET
Bryce Young

Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) has officially been ruled out for the Week 3 game on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, and there's a chance he could also be sidelined next week. Veteran backup Andy Dalton will make his first start for the Panthers in a hostile environment on the road in Seattle, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect much from the offense in this one. At best, Dalton will be on the fantasy radar as a low-end QB2 option for those in superflex leagues. Jake Luton is expected to be called up from the practice squad to serve as Dalton's backup on Sunday. The Panthers could go with a more run-heavy game script with Young not playing, which would be good news for RBs Miles Sanders and Chuba Hubbard.

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Miles Sanders Sep 22 1:10pm ET
Miles Sanders

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (pectoral) was not listed on the team's final injury report on Friday heading into the Week 3 contest on Sunday on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. Sanders put in a full practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. He'll be a full-go and could be leaned on more on Sunday with rookie quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) ruled out. Sanders hasn't been very impressive in his first two games for Carolina, averaging just 3.6 yards a carry on 32 rushing attempts for 115 yards while catching seven of 11 targets for 30 additional yards. The 26-year-old will be looking to find the end zone for the first time in 2023 and should be treated as a solid volume-based RB2 in fantasy.

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Raheem Mostert Sep 22 12:50pm ET
Raheem Mostert

Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert looks like a younger version of himself so far this year and has turned into a bellcow back at the age of 31. After running for 121 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots, he sets his sights on a Broncos defense that allows the sixth-most missed tackles in the league so far. To go a step further, Mostert has played 73% of the team's snaps each week and it doesn't look like anyone will be challenging him for more carries. The Broncos even give up the tenth-most yards after contact. All of that makes for a quality week that could lead Mostert to a low-end RB1.

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Durham Smythe Sep 22 12:50pm ET
Durham Smythe

Miami Dolphins tight end Durham Smythe gave fantasy managers some hope in Week 1 with the amount of target he saw, but it hasn't turned into much at all. Smythe is better left on the waiver wire, let alone the bench. While Jaylen Waddle (concussion) has yet to clear concussion protocols, it doesn't necessarily mean that Smythe will see meaningful volume against the Broncos. Tua Tagovailoa is going to look for the receivers first and foremost while Raheem Mostert should get going on the ground as well. Until Smythe can put up some sustainable production, he'll remain off the fantasy radar.

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Tua Tagovailoa Sep 22 12:30pm ET
Tua Tagovailoa

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had an incredible Week 1 and then came back down to Earth against a tough Patriots defense in Week 2. The good thing is that he goes up against the Denver Broncos in Week 3 which is ranked in the lower third of the league in terms of points allowed. When it comes to the passing game, they've given up 233 yards per game and only have one takeaway to their name after two weeks. Even if Jaylen Waddle (concussion) doesn't play, Tagovailoa will have enough firepower to get back to QB1 range.

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