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FFL: Week 3 | NFL: Week 3

Wolford hits Greene for TD in Rams' 10-6 win over Broncos

Sun Aug 25 12:17am ET
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

Players: Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, Kevin Hogan, Brandon Allen, Jared Goff, Jake Butt, Brett Rypien, Drew Lock

Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson, left, runs against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Los Angeles Rams quarterback Brandon Allen (8) looks to throw as Denver Broncos defensive end Dre'Mont Jones (93) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


Denver Broncos quarterback Kevin Hogan (9) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Steven Parker during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Denver Broncos quarterback Kevin Hogan (9) throws against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Brandon Allen passed for 162 yards, and Jalen Greene caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from John Wolford with 12:38 to play in the Los Angeles Rams' 10-6 preseason victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday night.

Both coaches sat nearly all of their starters for the final NFL preseason game at the 96-year-old Coliseum, and neither team managed a touchdown before Wolford led a 52-yard drive spanning the final two quarters and capped it with a sharp pass to Greene.

Wolford, who went 6 of 12 for 64 yards, is competing for the Rams' No. 3 quarterback spot with Allen, who had the job last season. Allen went 12 of 19 and mostly looked sharp while Jared Goff and backup Blake Bortles watched from the sideline.

Almost every Rams player expected to make a significant contribution this season skipped this game in keeping with coach Sean McVay's total disinterest in risking his starters' health for meaningless exhibitions. McVay also followed the strategy last August, and the Rams matched the NFL's best regular-season record at 13-3 before reaching their first Super Bowl in 17 years.

Kevin Hogan went 8 of 12 for 69 yards in the Broncos' fourth of five preseason games.

Hogan and undrafted rookie Brett Rypien ran the Broncos' offense with rookie Drew Lock sidelined by a sprained thumb on his throwing hand. Hogan is expected to back up Joe Flacco this season.

Rypien went 14 of 23 for 80 yards with an interception in his first preseason action since the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1. He led the Broncos to the Rams 25 in the final minutes, but Los Angeles stopped them on downs with 1:08 to play.

BIG TACKLE

Kieshawn Bierria started for the Broncos as an inside linebacker, and his bid for playing time this season got a boost when he made a huge defensive play in the third quarter. Bierria wrapped up Rams tight end Johnny Mundt at the goal line and forced him out of bounds before Mundt could get his short reception over the goal line on fourth down.

BUTT BACK

Denver tight end Jake Butt had two catches for 17 yards while playing for the first time since the third game of last season, when he tore a knee ligament and required his third knee surgery. Butt also missed the entire 2017 season due to knee problems after the Broncos chose him in the fifth round out of Michigan, but his continued health could be a boost for an offense that likes to use tight ends.

NOT SPECIAL

Most of the Rams' few remaining positional competitions revolve around the players' roles on special teams, and those weren't all great: Los Angeles committed penalties on each of its first two punt returns.

NEXT UP

Broncos: Finish their extra-long preseason by hosting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.

Rams: Rest their starters again when they visit the Houston Texans on Thursday.

Player Notes
Jason Witten Sep 22 7:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught three passes in a Week 3 win. His three catches gained 54 yards, as Witten rumbled for way more yardage than his usual "catch-and-fall" game. Many fantasy owners likely expected Witten to come down with a score against the Miami Dolphins "defense," but the Cowboys actually were only able to score 31 points in what was still ultimately a blow out. Witten will continue his role as quarterback Dak Prescott's safety valve, and will continue as a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.

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Devin Smith Sep 22 7:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Smith caught two passes in Week 3, gaining 39 yards. Smith was expected to have an expanded role with Michael Gallup (knee) out, but with the Cowboys easily coasting against the Miami Dolphins, the passing game was mostly not needed. Smith should have a decent role next week, but will take a back seat as soon as Gallup returns.

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John Brown Sep 22 7:20pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown put up a ho-hum fantasy line on Sunday, catching 4-of-5 targets for 59 yards in a 21-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown did reel in a 27-yard catch from quarterback Josh Allen but saw his usage cut into by Cole Beasley (10 targets) and Dawson Knox, who caught 3-of-4 targets for 67 yards and a score. The Bills face off against the Patriots in Week 4 and while Brown is still Buffalo's clear No. 1 receiver, his owners have to worry about Knox's increasing role.

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Randall Cobb Sep 22 7:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb caught just two passes in Week 3, gaining 23 yards. Cobb was thought to perhaps take on a larger role with the absence of Michael Gallup (knee), but the Cowboys passing game as a whole took a break as the team coasted to an easy win against the fish-out-of-water Miami Dolphins. Cobb will have some possible big games this season, but overall he's not a reliable fantasy option in weekly leagues.

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Miles Sanders Sep 22 7:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders had some ups and downs in Week 3. He ran the ball 13 times for 53 yards and added two catches for 73 yards, but fumbled twice, losing one. Sanders had real fumbling issues in college and they seem to have followed him to the NFL, but he showed his ability when he can keep the ball in his hands. It was a very rookie game for Sanders, who was schemed into several plays and should see more and more run going forward as long as he can keep the ball off the ground.

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T Y Hilton Sep 22 7:10pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad) left the team's Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons with an injury, but it didn't matter. He got his work done early on, as he finished with eight catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. He lead the team by a mile with 10 targets on the day. The next closest was three players tied with four. As long as Hilton remains healthy, he has proven that you have to start him every week.

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Jordan Howard Sep 22 7:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard found the end zone in Week 3. Howard ran the ball 11 times for just 37 yards, but ran in a one-yard goal line score in the first quarter. Howard didn't make an impact in the passing game. Rookie running back Miles Sanders saw 13 carries, so Howard was only two behind the lead for the team. He'll continue to have a role in the Eagles backfield, but his fantasy value will be very touchdown-dependent in this offensive scheme.

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Darren Sproles Sep 22 7:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles recorded just two touches on offense in Week 3. He ran the ball twice, gaining just four yards. He was unable to come up with anything in the passing game. With Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) out, some expected Sproles to take on an increased role, but he worked in a similar role as he did in Week 2. Sproles will only have real fantasy value if he takes the place of an injured back ahead of him on the depth chart.

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Amari Cooper Sep 22 7:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper scored two touchdowns in Week 3. He caught six passes, gaining 88 yards. His first touchdown was on a first quarter five-yard pass from Dak Prescott, and his second came on a 19-yard strike in the third quarter. Cooper played well in a game against the useless Miami Dolphins Defense, and while most fantasy owners were likely expected a 100-yard game, the two touchdowns made up for the relatively modest yardage total.

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Jacoby Brissett Sep 22 7:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett was one completion away from breaking former quarterback Peyton Manning's team record. On the day, he finished 28-of-37 for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Brissett takes care of the ball, and he makes low-risk throws. On a day where running back Marlon Mack was limited, those throws eventually added up. Brissett is unlikely to have nearly 30 completions every week, but he showed this week that he can have QB1 upside in the right circumstances.

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Carson Wentz Sep 22 7:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was solid in Sunday's Week 3 loss, tossing two touchdowns. He completed 19 of his 36 passes for 259 yards. He added 33 yards on four carries as well. Wentz's touchdowns came on a 20-yard pass and a two-yard pass, both to wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Even without his top two wide receivers, Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) in the game, Wentz was still able to move the offense for most of the game.

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Ezekiel Elliott Sep 22 7:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran the ball 19 times in Week 3, picking up 125 yards on the ground. He added two catches for 14 more yards. Elliott's 125 yards were clearly great, but his fantasy owners were likely expecting at least one touchdown against the sport's worst team, the Miami Dolphins. Elliott was on the sidelines when his backup, Tony Pollard, scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter since the Cowboys were running down the clock in an obvious win. Elliott looked back to his usual workload, and should be an easy RB1 going forward.

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Marlon Mack Sep 22 7:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack continues to be a consistent player for fantasy footballers. Despite being a questionable game-time decision coming into Sunday, he was able to suit up, and he had an effective day. He finished with 16 carries for 74 yards and one touchdown. He also added two catches for 14 yards on the day. Unless he sustains a more serious injury, Mack is proving to be a consistent starter on a weekly basis.

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Tony Pollard Sep 22 7:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Tony Pollard had an excellent game in Week 3, running the ball 13 times for 103 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 25 more yards. Pollard scored on a fourth-quarter run from 16 yards out. In a game where the Cowboys had control all afternoon, Pollard got a bit more run than he would have in a closer contest. This game showed how much value Pollard could have if Ezekiel Elliott were forced to miss any time.

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Dak Prescott Sep 22 6:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a productive Week 3, throwing two touchdowns and running one in as well. Prescott completed 19 of his 32 passes for 246 yards. His passing touchdowns both went to Amari Cooper, one for five yards and another for 19. His rushing touchdown was on an eight-yard run in the third quarter. Overall, it was a solid performance for Prescott, although his owners may have expected even more with him taking on the listless Miami Dolphins.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 22 6:40pm ET

After leaving the game shortly before halftime with an ankle injury suffered against Tampa Bay, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley returned to the sidelines with a protective boot on his right foot. While the results of his x-rays have not yet been released, Barkley was using crutches to get around on what appeared to be a severely sprained ankle. If this is the dreaded high-ankle sprain, Barkley could be in for an extended absence and his owners are in for an extended punch to the stomach. Backup Wayne Gallman needs to be added in all leagues until more is known about the severity of Barkley's injury.

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Frank Gore Sep 22 6:20pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore saved his best production for last, plunging in for a late one-yard touchdown to put Buffalo up for good over the Cincinnati Bengals 21-17 on Sunday. With Devin Singletary declared inactive prior to the game, Gore rushed 14 times for 76 yards, outpacing T.J. Yeldon who rushed eight times for thirty yards - and who also had a costly second-half fumble. With the likely return of Singletary in Week 4 and facing a Patriots teams that will likely require a pass-heavy game script, Gore will be relegated to the fantasy doldrums.

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New York Jets Sep 22 6:10pm ET

The New York Jets Defense got shredded by Tom Brady and the Patriots but salvaged their fantasy day late. With the Patriots up 30-7 in the fourth quarter backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham came into the game. His third pass hit Jamal Adams right between the numbers and the star safety returned it 61-yards for a garbage-time touchdown. The Jets also scored a touchdown on special teams after Gunner Olszewski muffed a punt and Arthur Maulet fell on it to score the Jets first touchdown since Week 1. Despite the scores, the Jets defense only recorded one sack and looked like a defense that shouldn't be owned in fantasy, especially with a bye in Week 4 followed by a tough matchup at Philadelphia.

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Josh Allen Sep 22 6:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen completed 22-of-36 passes for 243 yards on Sunday, with one touchdown and an interception as the Bills held off the Cincinnati Bengals for a 21-17 victory. Allen also added 46 yards on nine rushes and a two-point conversion, with Buffalo moving to a surprising 3-0 on the season. Allen still has trouble with his decision-making at times but continues to have a high floor considering how often he's willing to run. Allen and the Bills will get their first real test of the year in Week 4 when the Patriots come into town for a showdown of the AFC East undefeated.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 22 5:40pm ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is questionable to return after suffering an ankle injury against the Tampa Bay Bucs. He suffered a minor injury earlier in the game but returned. This one appears to be more severe and with the Giants already down 25-10, they may choose not to rush their star back. This would obviously be a massive hit to the entire Giants offense if it proves to be a multi-week injury.

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