By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Drop Jonathan Stewart for Chris Thompson? I know Thompson's touches are limited, and Stewart is getting all the goal line carries outside of Newton. Just wavering back and forth.
Jason: I probably sit tight with Stewart. I'm just not sure Thompson is going to get enough weekly touches to outproduce Stewart. Plus, I think the touchdowns for Thompson are a bit of a fluke. He has not scored much his entire career, serving more as a pass-catching back than anything. I like Stewart's touchdown potential better and I think he'll get more weekly touches, especially with Christian McCaffrey pretty ordinary to start his career.
Who to start, Jamies Winston or Philip Rivers and Carlos Hyde or Jacquizz Rodgers?
I really think it is a coin flip with Winston and Rivers. I guess I might lean Rivers. He gets a Chiefs team that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. WInston probably has a slightly tougher matchup on the road against the Vikings. It is a close call. I like Hyde over Rodgers, though. Hyde had a big game last week and gets a Rams team that has struggled to stop the run this year. Los Angeles allows the fifth most fantasy points to running backs and struggled to stop the Redskins running game last week, which hasn't been good to date. I like Hyde for another good showing.
I need your advice. I have four receivers and I can play two. Mike Evans, Martavis Bryant, Devante Parker or Chris Hogan? Evans will be in the lineup regardless, but I am torn between Parker and Bryant. Both have a good matchup and Ben is not as good on the road, but the curse of Cutler always looms. What do you think? Oh, between Marcus Mariota and Carson Palmer, what is your pick?
Kwon: Tough call at receiver. I also like Hogan this week, meaning you can start any three of those guys you are debating in my opinion. I probably lean towards Parker out of that group. I like his matchup the best and think he might be a little more steady than your other options. Bryant is really boom or bust right now. If he doesn't break a big play, his numbers are going to be pretty bad. I like Parker for a little more consistent work, which is why I give him the edge. And at quarterback, neither are off to good starts, but I like Mariota a tad better. Just hard for me to trust Palmer right now. He has really struggled to start the season.
Indianapolis Colts' rookie running back Marlon Mack (shoulder) was limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2. Mack hasn't had very heavy usage in the Colts' offense thus far in the regular season, but his smaller frame isn't doing him any favors in avoiding injury. He isn't a useful fantasy asset until Frank Gore goes down, but his ceiling will still remain limited unless Andrew Luck returns.
New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (knee) practiced on Wednesday, but in a limited capacity. Hogan stood out during the team's week 2 win over New Orleans, catching five receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. However, though he played efficiently, he also took a beating throughout the contest, injuring his knee and at one point, his hand. His status for week 3 against the Houston Texans is unknown at this time but fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on things as we get closer to kickoff on Sunday.
Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday ahead of the team's game against the Denver Broncos in Week 3. Clay had the same designation last week in practice and managed to play 83% of the Bills snaps in Week 2. Thus, this shouldn't be a huge cause for concern, though it is worth noting that the injury listed was to his knee, an injury that has caused him problems throughout much of his career. Assuming he makes it on the field, Clay will likely remain a highly targeted option in the Bills offense. Given the tough matchup against the Broncos, however, it may be best to look elsewhere even if Clay is able to take the field.
Tennessee Titans WRs Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews are set to start in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks with rookie WR Corey Davis (hamstring) sidelined.
New York Giants TE Evan Engram (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The Tennessee Titans placed LB Aaron Wallace (back) on the Reserve/Injured list on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and he will have surgery. The team also promoted WR Zach Pascal from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
New York Giants LB B.J. Goodson (shin), OG Bobby Hart (ankle), CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle) and LB J.T. Thomas (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Keenan Robinson (concussion) was limited during practice.
New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. This undoubtedly was good news for the team as they have been slammed by injuries since the preseason. Though his status for the week 3 matchup with the Houston Texans is still up in the air, just his presence on the field was a good sign that things are heading in the right direction for the routinely injured wideout. Amendola was impactful in the week one loss to Kansas City and was one of the team's offensive leaders prior to leaving the game early with the injuries. His status will be updated as the week continues to progress so fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on him as we get closer to Sunday.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.
Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor might see a bump in reps in practice this week with WR Corey Davis (hamstring) already ruled out for Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20, and he has already been ruled out for the Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (groin) was present at practice today even though he wasn't technically listed as a participant. Nevertheless, Gronkowski was in full pads while getting in some light blocking drills with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen. Though his official status for today is slightly alarming for fantasy owners, the fact that he was out there and moving around is a good sign that he may be good to go for Sunday's showdown with the Houston Texans. The next few days should serve as an even better indicator regarding his status for week 3 but expect him to be listed on the injury report right up until kickoff.
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has 33 carries through two games and is in a good spot to hit pay dirt in Week 3. The Panthers will face the Saints in Charlotte on Sunday, who rank as the fourth-worst defense against fantasy RB, and Stewart had three touchdowns in two games against New Orleans last season. Stewart will also get more red zone opportunities since Greg Olsen is out and did have 85 yards in his first game against the Saints last season. A lot of Stewart's value will come from him scoring a touchdown, but there is a good chance that he does score, making him a strong flex play.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has not been sharp to open the season, but a matchup against the league's worst defense against QB could change that. The Panthers will host the Saints in Week 3 and Newton had 514 yards and three touchdowns against New Orleans last season. While Newton was only 14-for-33 with 192 yards when the Saints traveled to Charlotte last season, and has 399 yards this season, the Saints have seen their defense regress and Marshon Lattimore (their top cornerback) may be out as well. Look for Newton to approach 300 yards of total offense, score a few touchdowns, and regain his value as a top QB.
Washington Redskins S Deshazor Everett (knee), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle, shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder) and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) were limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. WR Josh Doctson (hamstring) and C Spencer Long (knee) fully participated in practice.
Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley (hamstring), OT Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and DT Courtney Upshaw (ankle, knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20, and have already been ruled out for Week 3. RB Brian Hill (ankle) was a full participant in practice.
Chicago Bears OT Tom Compton (hip), LB Nick Kwiatkowski (chest), QB Mark Sanchez (neck) and OG Josh Sitton (ribs) were unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. CB Prince Amukamara (ankle), RB Benny Cunningham (ankle), DE Akiem Hicks (shoulder), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder), OG Kyle Long (ankle) and WR Kendall Wright (shoulder) were limited participants, while S Deon Bush (hamstring) and WR Markus Wheaton (finger) practiced in full.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will likely see the majority of the targets without Greg Olsen in the lineup and opportunities like that could lead to a massive game. Benjamin and the Panthers will play the Saints in Week 3, who rank last against fantasy WR, and he had 11 catches for 142 yards against New Orleans last season in two games. The Panthers are likely to throw frequently against the Saints on Sunday and Benjamin was targeted 10 times or more three times last season; he posted 84, 86, and 91 yards in those games. If Benjamin is able to snag a touchdown, which is likely considering that he is the top red zone target without Olsen, look for him to approach 20 points in PPR leagues.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has 30 touches over his first two games and could really break out against the Saints in Week 3. McCaffrey only has 129 total yards over the first two games of his NFL career, but New Orleans has the fourth-worst defense against running backs and just allowed James White to catch eight passes for 85 yards in Week 2. If the Saints are unable to cover McCaffrey, look for him to run wild and take advantage of New Orleans' porous defense. He is valued as a low-end RB2 or strong flex play.