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Pats DE Matt Judon tears lower bicep tendon

Sun Oct 1 9:56pm ET
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New England Patriots defensive end Matt Judon tore his lower bicep tendon during a 38-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN reported Sunday night.

Judon was injured late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against Dallas. He did not return to action, and a timetable for his return is not yet known, per ESPN's report.

NFL Network reported that Judon will be getting an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. He is expected to miss time regardless of what the results yield.

In four games this season, Judon has totaled 13 tackles and four sacks, tied for fourth most in the NFL.

Judon, 31, is in his third season with the Patriots after spending five with the Baltimore Ravens. He posted a career-high 15.5 sacks during the 2022 campaign.

New England also lost rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez to a shoulder injury on Sunday. Gonzalez was the 17th overall pick at this year's draft.

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Courtland Sutton Oct 1 11:40pm ET
Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton now has touchdowns in three of the first four games of the season after finding the end zone a combined four times in the previous three seasons combined. His third touchdown of the year in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears in the Windy City on Sunday saved an otherwise lackluster performance for his fantasy managers. Sutton finished the 31-28 win, Denver's first of the year, with three catches on five targets for only 27 yards and the touchdown. The 27-year-old tied Jerry Jeudy in both catches and targets for the team lead on the day as quarterback Russell Wilson spread the ball around effectively. Sutton and Denver's offense have a much tougher matchup in Week 5 against the New York Jets, but he's proving to have a nose for the end zone this year as a WR3/flex for fantasy managers.

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Brandon Johnson Oct 1 11:40pm ET
Brandon Johnson

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Johnson scored one touchdown in his rookie season in 2022 in seven games. Through four weeks of his sophomore campaign, he already has three touchdowns after finding the end zone in the 31-28 comeback win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Week 4. Johnson's first two touchdowns came in the same game back in Week 2, when he had two receptions for 66 yards. Against Chicago, the 25-year-old scored on his only target of the game, a four-yard reception that found paydirt. Johnson has had a nose for the end zone so far, but as long as both Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy remain healthy, he's not worth rostering in fantasy outside of the deepest of leagues.

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Deebo Samuel Oct 1 11:20pm ET
Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel was not targeted in the passing game in the team's 35-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Samuel (knee, ribs) was questionable coming into the game and disappointed fantasy managers who, when it was announced he would play on Sunday morning, figured he was in line for his usual hefty target share. One can only speculate at this point whether it had anything to do with the injuries, or if this was just your run-of-the-mill clunker as he took a back seat to the Christian McCaffrey show. Samuel did receive three carries but only managed six yards. He'll look to rebound in Week 5 when he faces a robust Dallas Cowboys defense at home on Sunday Night Football.

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Marvin Mims Oct 1 11:20pm ET
Marvin Mims

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. has been pretty consistent through his first four NFL games. In three of the first four games of the year, he has caught exactly two passes, including in the Week 4 come-from-behind win over the Bears in Chicago on Sunday. In last week's blowout loss, he had three receptions. The 21-year-old is a big play waiting to happen, and he picked up 47 receiving yards (23.5 yards per catch) on his two receptions against Chicago, good enough for second on the team in this one. Mims will continue to flash deep down the field occasionally for the Broncos in his rookie campaign, but until he starts seeing more usage, he's going to be a frustrating boom/bust WR5/flex in deeper fantasy leagues.

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Evan Engram Oct 1 11:10pm ET
Evan Engram

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Evan Engram hauled in seven of eight targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 23-7 win over the Falcons. The veteran has proven to be one of the most consistent tight ends in fantasy this year, putting together another top-10 positional weekly finish, his fourth in as many weeks. Even though the Jaguars have struggled on offense this year, Engram has provided quarterback Trevor Lawrence with an incredibly reliable target in the passing game. Fantasy managers can continue playing the former Ole Miss star confidently, even against a tough defensive matchup next week when the Jaguars head to Buffalo.

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Jerry Jeudy Oct 1 11:10pm ET
Jerry Jeudy

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy only had three receptions in the 31-28 comeback win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday in Week 4, but that was enough to give him a team-leading 52 receiving yards. Jeudy also tied for the team lead (with Courtland Sutton) in targets on the day with five. The bad news is that the 24-year-old wasn't the recipient of any of quarterback Russell Wilson's three touchdown passes in the Windy City. Jeudy sat out of the season opener due to a hamstring injury and now has 11 catches on 17 targets for 158 yards and no touchdowns in his first three games of the 2023 season. It's been a pretty mediocre start, but Jeudy is still one of Wilson's favorite targets and should continue to be the rest of the way. He has a tough matchup with the stingy New York Jets defense in Week 5.

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Christian Kirk Oct 1 11:00pm ET
Christian Kirk

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Christian Kirk caught eight of 12 targets for 84 yards in Sunday's 23-7 win over the Falcons. It was the third straight fantasy relevant game for the ex-Cardinal, who now leads the team in receiving. Calvin Ridley caught the one touchdown pass on the day, but Kirk was once again the more trusted target of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Week 1 stinker was an outlier for Kirk, who has come on strong with 15-plus points in three consecutive games. He will look to lead the Jaguars in receiving yet again next week against Buffalo.

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Calvin Ridley Oct 1 11:00pm ET
Calvin Ridley

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught two passes on two targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in a win against the Falcons in London. The 30-yard touchdown catch saved the former Alabama star's day, as the two targets marked a season-low. Jacksonville's defense was surprisingly able to control the game, which could have led to Ridley's low volume, but it's still a bit concerning moving forward. Ridley takes on the stout Bills pass defense next weekend.

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Trevor Lawrence Oct 1 10:50pm ET
Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 23 of 30 for 207 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in Sunday's 28-7 win over the Falcons. It was yet another week with another disappointing fantasy performance from the former No. 1 overall pick. With Jacksonville electing to give running back Travis Etienne Jr. 20 carries and mainly controlling the game with their defense, Lawrence didn't necessarily have to push the ball much. He was able to add 42 yards with his legs, making his fantasy day not completely unusable, but Lawrence still needs to break through and live up to his ADP of QB7. It gets more challenging next week with a looming trip to Buffalo.

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Samaje Perine Oct 1 10:50pm ET
Samaje Perine

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine didn't take advantage of an opportunity for a bigger role in the 31-28 comeback win over the Chicago Bears in Week 4 on Sunday when Javonte Williams (hip) left the game for good in the first half. Perine handled six carries, one less than undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin, and picked up only 12 yards (2.0 yards per tote) on the ground. He added 23 receiving yards while hauling in both of his targets through the air. The 28-year-old could have a bigger role moving forward if Williams is forced to miss any time with his injury, but Perine has so far been a disappointment through his first four weeks with the Broncos and could be behind McLaughlin in the pecking order. Even if Williams is unavailable for a tough Week 5 matchup against the New York Jets, Perine will be hard to recommend as an RB3/flex.

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Travis Etienne Oct 1 10:50pm ET
Travis Etienne

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. rushed 20 times for 55 yards, adding three catches for 17 yards in Sunday's 23-7 win against the Falcons. Atlanta did a great job shutting down the running game, as Etienne struggled to find room all day. While the 24-year-old was held in check for the most part, he still reached double-digit fantasy points, giving fantasy managers a solid floor play yet again. The former first-round pick also continued his bell-cow status, reaching 23 touches for the third time this season. Etienne will look to continue his next week against the tough Bills defense.

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David Njoku Oct 1 10:40pm ET
David Njoku

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku caught six of his seven targets for 46 yards in a 28-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. Njoku, who burned his arm and face in an accident at his house on Saturday and was questionable to play on Sunday morning, wound up suiting up and emerged as rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson's favorite target in the blowout loss. The outing goes down as Njoku's best in 2023 as he came into the game with just 10 catches for 92 scoreless yards. Njoku will be on bye in Week 5 before he takes on the San Francisco 49ers at home in Week 6.

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Jaleel McLaughlin Oct 1 10:40pm ET
Jaleel McLaughlin

An injury to Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (hip) in the team's 31-28 come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 4 on Sunday allowed undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin to have his biggest day as a professional. McLaughlin led the team with seven carries for 72 yards (10.3 yards per carry) and also caught all three of his targets for 32 yards and his second touchdown of the year. Samaje Perine had one fewer carry than McLaughlin, but he mustered only 12 yards on the ground. The 23-year-old's TD came on an 18-yard screen pass for the team's first score of the day. The Youngstown State product has probably already leapfrogged Perine on Denver's RB depth chart, and if Williams misses any time, McLaughlin will be in play as an RB3/flex for fantasy managers.

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Kareem Hunt Oct 1 10:40pm ET
Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball five times for 12 yards and was not targeted in the passing game in a 28-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. Hunt has now played in two games for the Browns this season and has seen exactly five carries in each as the backup to Jerome Ford. Cleveland's rushing attack has struggled since Nick Chubb was injured in Week 2, with Ford averaging just 2.3 yards per carry in Weeks 3 and 4, so Hunt could possibly hear his number called more frequently going forward. Hunt will be on bye in Week 5 before he takes on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6.

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Elijah Moore Oct 1 10:30pm ET
Elijah Moore

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Elijah Moore caught two of his four targets for 20 yards and lost 20 yards on his lone carry in a 28-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. Moore and the rest of the Cleveland offense struggled to get anything going with rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson making his first NFL start on Sunday. After the quiet outing, Moore will head into his bye in Week 5 with 17 catches for 148 scoreless yards in four games. After his bye, Moore will take on the San Francisco 49ers at home in Week 6.

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Michael Thomas Oct 1 10:30pm ET
Michael Thomas

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas led the team in receiving in the 26-9 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Thomas was targeted six times, hauling in four receptions for 53 yards. The New Orleans offense struggled, failing to score a single touchdown. Thomas' six targets were his season low, but he still managed to lead the team in receiving yards. He continued to prove that he has a reliable floor but a limited ceiling. Thomas and the Saints take on the New England Patriots in Week 5.

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Amari Cooper Oct 1 10:20pm ET
Amari Cooper

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper caught one of his six targets for 16 yards in a 28-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. Cooper and the rest of the Cleveland offense struggled with rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson under center as normal starter Deshaun Watson was ruled inactive Sunday morning. Cooper's six targets tied for second on the team but he and Thompson-Robinson were unable to get on the same page throughout the contest. The owner of 259 yards and one touchdown on 18 catches in 2023, Cooper will enjoy a bye in Week 5 before he faces off against the San Francisco 49ers at home in Week 6.

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Chris Olave Oct 1 10:20pm ET
Chris Olave

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave had a disappointing outing on Sunday, grabbing only one of six targets for just four yards. Olave nearly hauled in a deep pass in the end zone which would have salvaged his fantasy day, but the attempt was broken up. While Olave's fantasy day was disappointing, he should remain in lineups. It was an overall bad day for the New Orleans offense, and Olave will remain the top target for quarterback Derek Carr.

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Russell Wilson Oct 1 10:20pm ET
Russell Wilson

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson didn't have his third straight 300-yard game on Sunday, but he did throw three more touchdowns without turning the ball over to lead the team to a big 31-28 come-from-behind win over the Bears on the road in Chicago for their first victory of the season. Wilson finished the contest 21-for-28 for 223 yards while taking one sack for a loss of nine yards. He added four carries for 13 yards. The 34-year-old signal-caller now has nine touchdown passes to only two interceptions through the first four games with new head coach Sean Payton. The Broncos may not be a playoff team, but Payton's influence has certainly had a positive impact on Wilson and has made him a QB1 streaming option in good matchups. Week 5 against the New York Jets will be more of a shy-away matchup, however.

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Jerome Ford Oct 1 10:10pm ET
Jerome Ford

Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford carried the ball nine times for 26 yards and added five receptions for 19 yards in a 28-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. The entire Cleveland offense struggled with Deshaun Watson (shoulder) unable to play, with Ford being no exception. The second-year running back averaged just 2.9 yards per carry, although he salvaged his day partially in PPR leagues with five catches. Ford and the Browns are on bye in Week 5 before a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6.

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