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Chargers DL Justin Jones out of lineup for 2nd straight game

Sat Sep 25 4:14pm ET

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Chargers defensive lineman Justin Jones will miss his second straight game after being downgraded to out for Sunday's game at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jones suffered a calf injury in Los Angeles' 20-16 win over Washington on Sept. 12 and has not practiced the last two weeks. Christian Covington is expected to get the start in Jones' place.

Edge rusher Joey Bosa is questionable and remains a gametime decision due to ankle and toe injuries.

The Chargers also announced they have activated outside linebacker Emeke Egbule and defensive lineman Joe Gaziano from the practice squad.

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Player Notes
Lamar Jackson Sep 26 9:30am ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness) is likely to play in Week 3 against the Lions. Jackson practiced fully on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday's sessions due to a stomach illness, indicating that he was trending in the right direction. The dynamic signal-caller has thrown for 474 yards with two passing touchdowns and two interceptions, along with 193 yards and two scores on the ground. Jackson should have no trouble racking up fantasy points against a Lions defense that allowed the most to opposing quarterbacks last year- and the eighth-most through two weeks this season.

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Darrell Henderson Sep 26 8:50am ET

Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell HendersonJr. (ribs) is not expected to play in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Henderson injured his ribs against the Indianapolis Colts during Week 2 and is looking unlikely to play through the pain. With Henderson out, look for the Rams to lean on Sony Michel and possibly Jake Funk in their Week 3 clash with the Buccaneers. Michel sets up as an RB3 while Funk is on the board as a dart-throw flex option as both saw additional work in Week 2 after Henderson got hurt. Fantasy gamers counting on Henderson will want to make sure they have a contingency plan in place for the 4:25 PM EST kickoff.

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Tee Higgins Sep 26 8:30am ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (shoulder) is not expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Higgins has been listed as doubtful this week as his team geared up for a divisional showdown with the Steelers. There was originally a small amount of hope Higgins would be able to play if his injured shoulder checked out after a re-evaluation on Saturday, but for now it appears that will not be the case. If Higgins does miss Week 3, look for rookie wideout Ja'Marr Chase to operate as Joe Burrow's No. 1 receiver while slot man Tyler Boyd sees a larger role. Both Chase and Boyd should be locked into starting lineups in fantasy for Week 3.

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Dalvin Cook Sep 26 8:20am ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) is looking unlikely to play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cook injured his ankle during Week 2 and trended down throughout the week as he was unable to practice at all as the week progressed. The team had him listed as questionable on the final injury report, although the Vikings signing Ameer Abdullah to the 53-man roster on Saturday was a bad omen for Cook's availability. Backup running back Alexander Mattison is all of a sudden a low-end RB2 and an interesting name in DFS contests for this weekend. Fantasy gamers will want to check back for official inactives ahead of the 4:25 PM EST kickoff, but they should plan on being without Cook for Week 3.

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Carson Wentz Sep 25 9:43pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz (ankles) is planning on starting against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Wentz has posted pedestrian numbers in his first two games for the Colts, and while the Titans have been struggling on defense, taking a chance on a hobbled Wentz isn't recommended.

From TheHuddle

Carson Wentz Sep 25 9:30pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (ankles) is expected to be active against the Titans in Week 3. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was upgraded to limited on Friday. Through two games this season, he has gone 45-for-69 with 498 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The Colts do have contingency plans in place if Wentz experiences a setback during the game. One would speculate that they could carry three quarterbacks (Wentz, Jacob Eason, and Brett Hundley) into the contest. Regardless, Wentz getting the start provides a significant boost to the fantasy values of all the Indianapolis playmakers.

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Jacoby Brissett Sep 25 9:20pm ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett should fill the starting job for at least three weeks after Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) was placed on injured reserve. After relieving the latter in Week 2, the former completed 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception. He's worth rostering in superflex leagues and is a solid matchup-based play through at least Week 5 and perhaps beyond.

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Evan Engram Sep 25 9:10pm ET

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (calf) is trending in the right direction for Week 3. The team is confident that he'll be able to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday. The 27-year-old missed the first two weeks of the season, meaning this weekend's contest will represent his 2021 debut. Fellow veteran Kyle Rudolph had filled the team's No. 1 tight end role during Engram's absence. The Mississippi product falls into the TE2 range against a poor Falcons defense. He's worth rostering in both redraft and dynasty but should not be started in single-tight end leagues.

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Kenny Golladay Sep 25 9:10pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) is expected to play during Sunday's game against the Falcons. The team is reportedly "optimistic" regarding his status. Through two games this season, he has caught seven of 14 targets for 102 yards. Although the start to his tenure in New York has been disappointing, Golladay could bounce back against a poor Falcons defense in Week 3. He's worth starting as a flex option in what should be a pass-heavy game.

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Denzel Mims Sep 25 9:00pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Denzel Mims is expected to be a healthy scratch against the Broncos on Sunday. The second-year player out of Baylor caught one pass for 40 yards in Week 1 but was inactive against the Patriots last week. The Jets reportedly still believe in Mims, though evidently he's not at the point where they feel comfortable starting him despite an injury to Jamison Crowder (groin). It will be interesting to see how New York incorporates him into its offense throughout the 2021 season. For now, though, he's limited to the bench. He's only worth rostering in deeper dynasty formats.

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Andy Dalton Sep 25 8:50pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (knee) is not expected to be placed on injured reserve. In fact, the veteran signal-caller has a chance to return as soon as Week 4. This situation is truly perplexing as Dalton's injury seems like the perfect time to pass the torch to Justin Fields. Instead, the rookie will start on Sunday but return to the bench once Dalton is healthy again. Between Week 1 and part of Week 2, Dalton completed 36 of 49 attempts for 262 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Despite head coach Matt Nagy's refusal to make a permanent change, Fields is the quarterback to roster in this offense rather than Dalton.

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Kenny Stills Sep 25 8:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills was added to the active roster and will suit up for the upcoming matchup against the Patriots. With Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) and Michael Thomas (ankle) listed as occupants on the injured reserve list, Stills will add much-needed depth and stability to a team sorely lacking options outside of Alvin Kamara. While the 29-year-old isn't an everyday fantasy option, he does have some value in deeper formats. He also should be on the DFS radar as a potential sleeper option with upside for Week 3.

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Davis Mills Sep 25 8:40pm ET

Houston Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills drew praise from head coach David Culley for his performance against the Panthers on Thursday evening. Specifically, Culley spoke fondly of the Stanford product's ability during the two-minute drill. "When we went into our two-minute offense right before half, he did an excellent job of taking us down the field and making some nice throws and nice plays," he said. "I thought he did a nice job for us." Mills completed 19 of 28 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown during his first career start. He should only be rostered in superflex leagues. Even then, he's only worth starting in very favorable matchups.

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Buddy Howell Sep 25 8:40pm ET

Los Angeles Rams running back Buddy Howell has been promoted to the active roster. Howell was a member of the team's practice squad after having spent his first three seasons with the Houston Texans. While he likely won't get much action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the transaction possibly paints a more definite picture of Darrell Henderson Jr.'s (ribs) status heading into Week 3. If Henderson is confirmed absent on Sunday, Sony Michel would likely handle most of the reps out of the backfield, with rookie Jake Funk coming in for relief.

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Brett Hundley Sep 25 8:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts practice squad quarterback Brett Hundley was elevated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's game against the Titans. When Carson Wentz (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday, Hundley took the majority of starting reps over Jacob Eason. As of now, the Colts' quarterback situation remains very much up in the air. Wentz is a game-time decision. If he does play, Hundley would likely be inactive. However, if the former Eagle is ruled out, it's unclear whether Hundley or Eason would get the nod.

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Antonio Brown Sep 25 8:20pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (illness) will not play in Week 3. The veteran had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and didn't travel to Los Angeles with the team as a result. It's unfortunate news, primarily since Brown has been one of Tom Brady's favorite wideouts this season, currently ranked second on the team with 138 receiving yards. Without the 33-year-old in the equation, Scotty Miller may get more involved. However, the likely scenario would spell more targets for Rob Gronkowski, Chris Godwin, and Mike Evans in an anticipated shootout against Matthew Stafford and the Rams.

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Ameer Abdullah Sep 25 8:10pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah will be on the active roster for the Week 3 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran could get some chances out of the backfield, mostly on passing downs, if Dalvin Cook (ankle) can't suit up, with Alexander Mattison expected to do most of the heavy lifting in the run game. While Abdullah doesn't have appeal in standard leagues, he could be worthy of a roster spot in deep PPR formats.

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Kerryon Johnson Sep 25 7:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Kerryon Johnson has been promoted to the active roster. Johnson had been a member of the practice squad for the last few weeks. However, with the injuries to Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) and JaMycal Hasty (ankle), the veteran may provide relief for Trey Sermon (concussion), who is anticipated to handle most of the work against the Packers on Sunday night. Still, Johnson and Jacques Patrick could get a few touches in Week 3, classifying them as borderline adds in deep fantasy formats.

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JaMycal Hasty Sep 25 7:40pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back JaMycal Hasty (ankle) landed on injured reserve on Saturday evening. Hasty sustained a high-ankle sprain during the Niners Week 2 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles and will be on the shelf for at least the next three contests. With Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) also listed as doubtful for Sunday Night Football versus the Green Bay Packers, rookie Trey Sermon (concussion) may finally get his chance to shine. Kerryon Johnson was also promoted to the active roster from the practice squad in a corresponding move and could also get involved.

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Rashard Robinson Sep 25 6:53pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB Rashard Robinson and TE Deon Yelder were elevated from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements Saturday, Sept. 25.

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