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Packers' Aaron Jones back at practice; Christian Watson sits out

Thu Sep 21 1:52pm ET
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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones returned to practice Thursday after sitting out last Sunday's loss in Atlanta with a left hamstring injury.

While the presence of Jones is a promising sign, wide receiver Christian Watson sat out Thursday's session. Watson turned in a limited practice Wednesday due to a lingering hamstring issue that has prevented him from making his season debut.

Jones, 28, was injured at the end of his 35-yard touchdown catch and run in the Packers' 38-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 10. He finished with nine carries for 41 yards and a score and two receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Jones, who missed practice Wednesday, would give Green Bay's ground attack a boost after it rushed for just 84 yards on 21 carries in a 25-24 setback to the Falcons.

Watson, 24, recorded 41 catches for 611 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games (11 starts) as a rookie in 2022.

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David Montgomery Sep 21 1:50pm ET
David Montgomery

Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery (quad) missed his second consecutive day of practice on Thursday. The fifth-year veteran was injured in the Lions' Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks, suffering a deep bruise to his thigh on a play in the third quarter. So far, Montgomery has seen the most work out of the backfield, getting 37 rushing attempts to rookie Jahmyr Gibbs' 14. Gibbs could have the breakout fantasy managers drafted him for his Montgomery misses time. The Lions take on the Atlanta Falcons at home in Week 3.

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Derrick Henry Sep 21 1:50pm ET
Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has rushed 40 times for 143 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 71 yards through two weeks of the 2023 NFL season. His efficiency (3.6 yards per carry) leaves a lot to be desired thus far, but he continues to be a must-start option given his hefty workload. He was limited at practice with a toe injury early in the week heading into the matchup with the Cleveland Browns, but the 29-year-old will likely be given a limited practice schedule all season long. Cleveland looks like it has a fierce defense, but even a relatively healthy Henry must always be locked into fantasy lineups.

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Dak Prescott Sep 21 1:50pm ET
Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has a great on-paper matchup in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals. Prescott has put up just 26 fantasy points through the first two weeks, but he's been playing well. Game script in Week 1 limited him to just 13 completions. He's been throwing short passes, ranking low in yards per attempt, average depth of target, and other similar metrics, but with the Cardinals defense coughing up plenty of big plays already this season, we could see Prescott go off in Week 3. There's also the chance that the Cowboys defense dominates again and their offense ends up not needing to do much, so that risk places Prescott in the QB2 conversation, but with QB1 upside.

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Jared Goff Sep 21 1:40pm ET
Jared Goff

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff threw for 323 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. When the veteran signal-caller plays at home, he is much more efficient and has big-time upside as a passer. In Week 3, the Lions host the Atlanta Falcons, who gave up three passing scores to Jordan Love last week. With David Montgomery (thigh) likely out of action, Detroit could be more inclined to dial up the passing attempts. Although Goff does not possess rushing upside and is reliant on big passing numbers and touchdowns, he's a solid play at quarterback this week and has a low-end QB1 outlook.

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Amon-Ra St. Brown Sep 21 1:30pm ET
Amon-Ra St. Brown

Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (toe) returned to practice on Thursday. The 24-year-old injured his toe in the second half of the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and finished the game with a metal plate in his shoe for support. St. Brown sat out Wednesday's practice and was deemed "day-to-day" by head coach Dan Campbell. His participation today leaves room for optimism that he will play on Sunday but fantasy managers should monitor the situation for any setbacks or changes. Wide receivers Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond would see increased targets if St. Brown is out or limited. In Week 3, the Lions host the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field.

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Bryce Young Sep 21 1:20pm ET
Bryce Young

Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) sat out his second consecutive practice this week. The rookie reportedly injured his ankle during the Panthers' Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, though he was able to finish the game. The first overall pick of the 2023 draft, Young has not had an easy start to the season, committing three turnovers and passing for a total of just 299 yards in his first two games. Thirteen-year veteran Andy Dalton has been taking first-team snaps this week and will take the reins in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks if Young is out.

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Deshaun Watson Sep 21 1:00pm ET
Deshaun Watson

The Tennessee Titans defense looks dominant up front thus far this season, allowing just 65.0 rushing yards per game and racking up seven sacks through two weeks. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns offense has struggled in year two under quarterback Deshaun Watson, meaning this could be a spot for Tennessee's fantasy defense/special teams unit to have streaming value. Its secondary is still a concern, but this sets up to be an ugly offensive game with a projected game total of 39.5. Cleveland should have trouble running the ball, especially since Nick Chubb (knee) is out of action. There are likely better options available, but Tennessee's defense does have upside on the road in this contest.

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Nick Folk Sep 21 12:40pm ET
Nick Folk

Tennessee Titans kicker Nick Folk made five field goals in the Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints then made two field goals, including a game-winner in overtime, in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He has made all of his field goal and extra point tries through two weeks, placing him on the fantasy football radar. However, the Titans' offense will likely struggle to move the ball against the fierce Cleveland Browns defense in Week 3, making Folk a risky play at the kicker spot. He is the No. 6 kicker in total fantasy points so far, but he carries a boom-or-bust outlook into Week 3 given the matchup.

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Chigoziem Okonkwo Sep 21 12:30pm ET
Chigoziem Okonkwo

Tennessee Titans tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo has caught just four passes for 35 yards through two weeks of the 2023 NFL season. Heading into Week 3, he ranks tied for fifth in targets among all Titans players with six. Now, he'll head into a tough matchup with the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends up to this point. Unless Okonkwo finds the end zone in Cleveland, it'll be a difficult road to finding fantasy production. So far, the addition of All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins has forced Okonkwo into fantasy irrelevance. That will likely continue in this AFC bout on Sunday.

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DeAndre Hopkins Sep 21 12:20pm ET
DeAndre Hopkins

Tennessee Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins saw just five targets in Week 2 after drawing 13 targets in Week 1. However, the former All-Pro did not practice at all last week due to an ankle injury, so that could've impacted his ability to get open. Heading into Week 3, he is practicing in full, meaning the ankle injury is likely behind him. Although his next opponent, the Cleveland Browns, has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wideouts through two weeks, Hopkins is tough to bench in PPR formats given his target upside. He's a much riskier standard league option, but assuming he's healthy, he'll continue to have upside.

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Treylon Burks Sep 21 12:20pm ET
Treylon Burks

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks has just seven targets through two games, catching five of them for 94 yards. He delivered a 70-yard chunk play in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week but still didn't deliver a spike week for fantasy football. Until his targets see a dramatic uptick, he's tough to trust in fantasy lineups. Fantasy managers in deep leagues might be forced into starting him at the flex spot, but he faces a worrisome matchup in Week 3. The Cleveland Browns allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wideouts through the first two weeks of the season, and the Titans' passing offense is far from matchup-proof. Proceed with caution with Burks.

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Ryan Tannehill Sep 21 12:10pm ET
Ryan Tannehill

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a disastrous performance in Week 1, but bounced back in Week 2 and delivered a multi-touchdown game. However, next up on the schedule is a road contest against the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks thus far. In two games against Joe Burrow and Kenny Pickett, the Browns have given up just 304 passing yards and one passing touchdown. The Titans' offense is likely to have trouble in this AFC bout, meaning Tannehill should remain on the bench in single-quarterback formats.

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Austin Ekeler Sep 21 12:00pm ET
Austin Ekeler

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (ankle) gave an update on the ankle injury that he suffered in the season opener, saying it's more of a "day-to-day, week-to-week" type of situation and that he likes "the progress I've made so far." Ekeler didn't play in the Week 2 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and also didn't practice on Wednesday. He's going to need to get back on the field in the next two days to have a realistic chance to play this Sunday in Minnesota against the Vikings as the Bolts look for their first win of the season. As of right now, Ekeler should be considered very questionable to play. If he misses another game, Joshua Kelley will get another shot as the lead back for LA after a disappointing showing as the top option in Week 2.

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Derek Stingley Jr. Sep 21 11:30am ET
Derek Stingley Jr.

Houston Texans starting cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (hamstring) injured his hamstring in practice on Wednesday and could miss several games after undergoing an MRI exam, according to a league source. Stingley is now a strong candidate to land on Injured Reserve, which would require him to miss at least four games. He's expected to be replaced primarily by third cornerback Shaq Griffin in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stingley, the third overall pick in 2022, started the first two games and recorded nine tackles. He's allowed four catches for 37 yards and no scores on six targets through two games. With the 22-year-old potentially missing the next four games, Houston's secondary will be much more vulnerable.

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Tarik Cohen Sep 21 11:20am ET
Tarik Cohen

Carolina Panthers special teams coach Chris Tabor said they will rev up running back Tarik Cohen's repetitions in practice this week to see where he is. The punt returner/RB could add some explosiveness to an offense that has lacked it through two weeks of the season as well. Cohen is attempting to make an NFL comeback after some serious knee injuries, and he hasn't played in an NFL game since 2020. It wouldn't hurt the Panthers to see what he can give him on offense behind Miles Sanders and Chuba Hubbard, but it's unrealistic to expect the 28-year-old to contribute meaningfully outside of special teams anytime soon.

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Alexander Mattison Sep 21 11:20am ET
Alexander Mattison

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips deferred to head coach Kevin O'Connell on how the trade for running back Cam Akers could affect starter Alexander Mattison but also said, "we haven't lost confidence in Alex Mattison. I will say that." Mattison's poor start -- 19 carries for only 61 yards (3.2 yards per carry) -- had to factor into the decision to acquire Akers from the Los Angeles Rams. And the fact that nobody behind Mattison stood out in training camp or the preseason. The Vikings aren't suddenly going to go away from Mattison completely, but make no mistake, the trade for Akers isn't going to be good for his fantasy value in the long run during the 2023 season.

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C.J. Stroud Sep 21 11:10am ET
C.J. Stroud

Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud (shoulder) came into the Week 2 loss against the Indianapolis Colts already banged up, and he was sacked six times and hit nine times overall and still managed to throw for 384 yards. He ranks fourth in the league in passing yards and has no interceptions in the first 91 pass attempts of his career, which is an NFL record. Stroud has been dealing with a painful right throwing shoulder, but he said he's making strides and will be able to play in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I feel blessed, I feel good," Stroud said. "Football is a physical sport and that's what I signed up for, but my body is fine. I'll be all right." The first-round rookie will remain a low-end QB2, but he's creeping up the ranks after his first two games and gets a vulnerable Jags defense on the road in Week 3.

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Matt Breida Sep 21 11:00am ET
Matt Breida

With New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) sidelined for Thursday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers and possibly longer, expect Matt Breida to serve as the No. 1 back. Breida is a reliable veteran, but he has had more than 10 carries in a game only once since 2019, and The Athletic's Dan Duggan also writes that the Giants figure to use a committee approach to replace Barkley. Gary Brightwell has been the No. 3 back the first two games and has performed well in limited opportunities. Rookie Eric Gray hasn't played an offensive snap yet, but the Giants could get him some touches in Barkley's absence. The fifth-rounder's shaky pass protection in the preseason could prevent the coaches from trusting him. Breida is your best bet in fantasy lineups, but don't expect much against one of the best defenses in the league in Week 3.

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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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