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RB Cam Akers passes physical, trade to Vikings official

Thu Sep 21 4:38pm ET
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Running back Cam Akers passed his physical Thursday, making his trade to the Minnesota Vikings official.

The Los Angeles Rams moved Akers to the Vikings on Wednesday in exchange for a swap of 2026 draft picks. The Rams gave up a conditional seventh-round pick and will acquire a conditional Vikings' sixth-round selection.

To make room on the Vikings' active roster, wide receiver Jalen Nailor was placed on injured reserve with hamstring discomfort.

Akers lands on a Vikings team that is still coping with the offseason loss of Dalvin Cook. He is expected to be active for Sunday's home game against the Los Angeles Chargers, joining running backs Alexander Mattison, Ty Chandler and Myles Gaskin. Mattison has rushed for 62 yards in two starts.

Akers, 24, requested a trade last season after being dissatisfied with his role with Los Angeles. He returned to the team after the Rams failed to find a suitable trade partner.

Akers started in Week 1 for the Rams, rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a win at Seattle. But he was a healthy inactive last week against the San Francisco 49ers.

He has 360 carries for 1,443 yards and 10 touchdowns in 30 career games (15 starts) since being selected by Los Angeles in the second round of the 2020 draft out of Florida State.

Nailor, 24, has played primarily on special teams in two games this season. He had nine receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown as a rookie with the Vikings last season.

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Mike Evans Sep 21 5:20pm ET
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has put together back-to-back strong performances to open the season. The veteran wideout has hauled in 12 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns during the first two games of the season. The Bucs have targeted Evans heavy in the passing game and that is likely to continue going forward. Evans will now head into a matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3. A defensive unit that is normally solid, but has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season. That being said, Evans should remain in the WR2 conversation for the upcoming Monday night matchup.

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Rachaad White Sep 21 5:10pm ET
Rachaad White

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White struggled during the season opener, but looked much better in Week 2. Last week, White topped over 100 total yards and scored a touchdown in the victory over the Chicago Bears. The Bucs have made it known they want to pound the ball with White. He has 17 rushing attempts in both games to start the season. The expectation is that the Bucs are going to continue giving him the ball. However, White is likely to struggle versus the Philadelphia Eagles defense in Week 3. A defensive unit that has allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. That being said, fantasy managers should consider White a possible flex option for this upcoming matchup.

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Baker Mayfield Sep 21 5:00pm ET
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield is coming off his first 300-yard passing game in nearly two years. So far, the Mayfield experiment has worked out for the Bucs through the first two games of the season. Heading into Week 3, Mayfield has thrown for nearly 500 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Now, he'll head into a Week 3 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. A defensive unit that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Despite that, the Eagles still have a dangerous defense, so Mayfield should be considered a QB2 for this game.

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Cameron Dicker Sep 21 3:30pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Cameron Dicker should have another solid game in a Week 3 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Dicker has been perfect so far this season, nailing all five field goal attempts and all five extra point tries. In a game likely to be a high scoring shootout, Dicker is a good bet to put up his third straight top-10 fantasy finish at his position.

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Riley Patterson Sep 21 3:20pm ET
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Detroit Lions kicker Riley Patterson has connected on all eight of his placekicking opportunities (seven extra points, one field goal) through the first two weeks of the regular season. Head coach Dan Campbell likes to roll the dice on fourth down rather than kicking a field goal, so Patterson will likely have a low floor all season. That said, he's nothing more than a low-end streaming option in the Week 3 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Brandin Cooks Sep 21 3:20pm ET
Brandin Cooks

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brandin Cooks (knee) is good to go for his second straight day of practice on Thursday after missing the Week 2 win over the New York Jets with an MCL injury. Cooks was officially listed as limited on Wednesday and will likely be given the same designation on Thursday. In the 40-0 blowout win over the New York Giants in Week 1, Cooks wasn't really needed and finished with just two catches on four targets for 22 yards. With him absence in Week 2, Michael Gallup played the same number of offensive snaps as CeeDee Lamb but caught just one pass for three yards. For what it's worth, Cooks expects to return this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in another game that probably won't require the Cowboys to air it out much.

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Miles Sanders Sep 21 3:00pm ET
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Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (pectoral) was on the practice field again on Thursday after he was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday. Barring a setback, Sanders should be good to go for a Week 3 meeting with the Seattle Seahawks on the road. The Panthers may now be without rookie quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) in that game, which means veteran Andy Dalton would make the start under center. It could cause the Panthers to lean even more on their ground game, which would be good news for Sanders. Through his first two games with Carolina, the 26-year-old has underwhelmed with 32 carries for 115 yards (3.6 yards per carry) and no touchdowns. He's added seven receptions for 30 scoreless yards.

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Isiah Pacheco Sep 21 3:00pm ET
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After being held out of practice on Wednesday, Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (hamstring) was on the field on Thursday. Pacheco will likely be listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, but the return to action gives him a chance to suit up in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears. The 24-year-old second-year back dominated the team's backfield touches in the Week 2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking 12 carries for 70 yards. Through two games this year, he's had 20 rushing attempts for 93 yards (4.7 yards per tote), adding five catches for 31 yards, but he's yet to find the end zone. As long as he's active this Sunday in Kansas City, he should once again serve as the Chiefs' lead back.

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Anthony Richardson Sep 21 2:50pm ET
Anthony Richardson

Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson (concussion) will miss his second straight day of practice on Thursday as he remains in the league's concussion protocol. Richardson was on his way to a big day in his second career NFL game in the Week 2 win over the Houston Texans -- he had two rushing touchdowns -- but a concussion ended his day early and now he's in danger of missing a Week 3 tilt against the Baltimore Ravens on the road. Fantasy managers that have been rolling with the talented 21-year-old signal-caller as a QB2 with upside through the first two weeks of 2023 need to have a backup plan in place. If Richardson can't gain clearance by Sunday, veteran backup Gardner Minshew will make his first start for the Colts.

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Christian Watson Sep 21 2:50pm ET
Christian Watson

After returning to a limited practice on Wednesday, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) was unable to practice with the team on Thursday. Watson has missed the first two games of the season and might have tried to do too much at practice on Wednesday before he was ready, so now he's in danger of missing his third straight game to open the 2023 campaign. There's a good chance he'll be listed as questionable yet again on the final Week 3 injury report. The 24-year-old is expected to be quarterback Jordan Love's top target when healthy, but he's had trouble recovering from a lingering hamstring injury he suffered late in training camp. If he misses another game, Romeo Doubs and rookie Jayden Reed will have higher fantasy ceilings again against the New Orleans Saints.

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Gerald Everett Sep 21 2:40pm ET
Gerald Everett

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett isn't much of a fantasy option in a Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Everett has only put up nine fantasy points total through two games, and now he faces a Vikings defense that is fourth against opposing tight ends. Meanwhile, they struggle against wide receivers, so it's a safe bet that the Chargers will run the passing game through Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Everett has some season-long upside as the team adjusts into Kellen Moore's offensive scheme that has always featured strong tight end play, but Week 3 is unlikely to be Everett's first big game of the year. He's a middling TE2 option without much upside.

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Evan Hull Sep 21 2:40pm ET
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Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Evan Hull (knee), who was already placed on Injured Reserve, will now miss the rest of his first NFL season with a torn meniscus. The Colts were impressed with Hull when he was on the field and they still have high hopes for him in the future. The fifth-round selection had just one carry for one yard and caught one pass for a six-yard gain in the season opener over eight offensive snaps. The Colts still have Jonathan Taylor (ankle) on the Physically Unable to Perform list for at least two more games, but they added Trey Sermon to their practice squad earlier this week to give them more RB depth behind Zack Moss, Deon Jackson and Jake Funk. Hull is only worth stashing in deep dynasty/keeper leagues.

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Keenan Allen Sep 21 2:30pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen could have a big week in a Week 3 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Allen is fantasy's overall WR6 after a 27-point performance in Week 2, and he'll get to face a Vikings zone defense that quarterback Justin Herbert should be able to completely pick apart. Allen, his favorite target, should see double digit targets and could be setup for another 100+ yard game with a touchdown included. He's a top-10 fantasy option for this week's matchups.

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Aaron Jones Sep 21 2:30pm ET
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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (hamstring) is back at practice on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday and the Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons due to a left-hamstring injury he suffered in the season opener. Jones also missed all of last week with the injury. It's a good sign that the 28-year-old lead back is progressing, but it's still no guarantee he'll be active in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints at home. There's a good chance he'll be listed as questionable on Friday's final injury report, and he might be a true game-time decision. Jones could be on a snap count if he's active this Sunday, and the matchup against the Saints isn't the best. Backup AJ Dillon disappointed in lead-back duties last week in the one-point loss to Atlanta.

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Jahmyr Gibbs Sep 21 2:30pm ET
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Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs has rushed 14 times for 59 yards and caught nine passes on 11 targets for 57 yards in his first two NFL games. His usage is expected to see an uptick as the season progresses, and with David Montgomery (thigh) looking doubtful to play against the Atlanta Falcons, this could be the spot for him to produce a boom performance. The rookie should see the majority of touches if Montgomery is on the shelf, so he would become a virtual must-start option. Craig Reynolds would likely mix in on early downs, though. If Montgomery surprisingly plays, Gibbs will continue to have low-end PPR league flex value.

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Mike Williams Sep 21 2:30pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams could have a solid Week 3 performance against the Minnesota Vikings. Williams missed some time in Week 1 with an injury, but he's still put up 20 fantasy points through the first two weeks. Week 3 could be an even bigger week as Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense take on the Vikings zone defense. Keenan Allen is the clear number one in this passing game, but Williams is right behind him and should be the target of more of Herbert's deep balls going forward. Williams is a solid WR2 for this matchup, with some upside.

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Joshua Dobbs Sep 21 2:20pm ET
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The Dallas Cowboys defense should have another excellent game in a Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cowboys defense has finished as the overall DST1 and DST3 in the two games this season, and there's no reason to believe another top-three finish won't be in place against Joshua Dobbs and the Cardinals offense. The Cowboys have already put up 52 fantasy points on defense, 42 more than the 10 points they've allowed on the field. They're the top DST for Week 3.

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Justin Herbert Sep 21 2:20pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert has a mouth watering fantasy matchup in a Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Herbert is fantasy's overall QB3 through two weeks, and gets to face a Vikings zone defense that has coughed up fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Herbert has always done well against zone defense and should get plenty of yardage from Keenan Allen and his other pass catchers. It's a top-five ranking for Herbert this week along with a very high floor.

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Sam LaPorta Sep 21 2:20pm ET
Sam LaPorta

Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta has hauled in 10 of his 11 targets for 102 yards in his first two games as a pro. The Iowa product is the No. 5 tight end in total fantasy points (PPR) through two weeks, so he carries another TE1 outlook into Week 3. Amon-Ra St. Brown (toe) and Josh Reynolds (groin) are banged up this week and turned in limited practices. If one or both of those two wideouts are out for Week 3, LaPorta's ceiling would be even higher. If they both play, he's still becoming a virtual must-start at the always-scarce tight end spot in fantasy football. Start him with confidence against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Jaylen Waddle Sep 21 2:20pm ET
Jaylen Waddle

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol and missed a second straight practice on Thursday. Waddle took a hard hit to the helmet in the Week 2 win over the New England Patriots and is trending toward missing a Week 3 showdown at home against the Denver Broncos. The Dolphins aren't in any rush to clear the third-year pass-catcher either, so fantasy managers should already be making plans to be without him this weekend. All-Pro pass-catcher Tyreek Hill is already a weekly must-start, but he could see even more targets against a Denver defense that just allowed 35 points to the Washington Commanders. If Waddle is inactive this weekend, it will create more opportunities for Braxton Berrios, River Cracraft and Erik Ezukanma, as well as tight end Durham Smythe.

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