Fri Aug 23 11:31pm ET
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Lions middle linebacker Jarrad Davis (40) is helped off the field by medical staff during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
DETROIT (AP) Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead touchdown in his first preseason game of the year and the Buffalo Bills came back to beat the Detroit Lions 24-20 Friday night in a preseason game that became significant because key players on both teams were hurt.
Detroit linebacker Jarrad Davis was carted off the field early in the first quarter with an injured right leg and center Frank Ragnow had to be helped off the field after appearing to hurt his right knee.
Bills guard Quinton Spain limped off the field with an ankle injury in the first quarter and cornerback Tre'Davious White left the game with a bruised quadriceps in the second quarter.
Stafford, meanwhile, got on and off the field unscathed.
He was 12 of 19 for 137 yards with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ty Johnson, perfectly connecting with the rookie running back in the flat while linebacker Matt Milano was covering him closely, to give Detroit a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter.
Lions kicker Matt Prater made a 61-yard field goal as the second quarter ended to narrow the Bills' lead to 14-13 at the half.
Buffalo's Josh Allen was 3 of 6 for 49 yards in the first half, playing against starters. Against reserves, Matt Barkley completed 12 of 14 passes for 142 yards and a 16-yard touchdown pass to Duke Williams late in the third quarter to give Buffalo an 11-point lead.
The Bills (3-0) were able to run out the clock on the final possession to stay undefeated, leaving the Lions (0-3) winless in the preseason.
Bills: Spain going to the sideline may add to the team's woes on the offensive line. Center Mitch Morse missed the game because he has been in concussion protocol. Ike Boettger replaced Spain in the lineup against the Lions. Levi Wallace left the game briefly in the second quarter after appearing to be injured, but the starting cornerback was able to return.
Lions: Davis' and Ragnow's potentially serious injuries put rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai, a second-round pick from Hawaii, on the field with starters on defense and guard Graham Glasgow was moved to center.
Bills: Host Minnesota on Thursday night.
Lions: Play at Cleveland on Thursday night.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 3
The Philadelphia Eagles Defense will look to bounce back after a rough Week 2 performance in their Week 3 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Eagles defense allowed the Rams to score 37 points last week, with Rams quarterback Jared Goff looking comfortable all game. The Eagles only recorded one sack. Going up against the Bengals this week, who have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, the Eagles should theoretically play well, but they've been too inconsistent even through just two weeks to trust as a high-end defense. They're somewhere in the 12-15 range of fantasy defenses in Week 3.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (hamstring) will be questionable heading into Week 3, but his injury may not be as serious as many thought last Sunday. Adams is the unquestioned No. 1 receiver on the team and was held out of the second half of the Packers 42-21 win over the Lions with the injury. But head coach Matt LaFleur downplayed the severity, telling reporters: "I know he wanted to go back in the game. I just told him, 'Hey, let's see how these next few series go and see if we need you.' ... If we don't need him, we didn't want to put him back in a position to do further harm to his own body." So the fact that the coaching staff was considering clearing him to return to play during the game should give fantasy managers a sigh of relief. Adams' status will need to be monitored all the way through the week, perhaps up to game time against the Saints.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is off to a hot start and will have a prime chance to keep it going in Week 3 against the Saints. Through two games, Rodgers already has six touchdowns, zero interceptions and 604 yards. The future Hall of Famer will go up against a Saints Defense that has already allowed five touchdowns and an average of 260.5 passing yards to Tom Brady and Derek Carr. No offense to Brady, but Rodgers is still a different breed of quarterback at the respective stages of their careers. Rodgers' fantasy value could be affected by the availability of star receiver Davante Adams (hamstring) but the veteran passer should be considered a QB1 for Week 3.
The Philadelphia Eagles are saying that rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor (thumb) is dealing with a UCL tear in his thumb. The first-round pick left the game in the Week 2 loss to the Rams but returned and played through the injury. With Reagor expected to miss a few weeks, the Eagles are expected to place him on the Injured Reserve, which means he'd have to miss at least three games. The talented 21-year-old out of TCU had five catches on eight targets for 96 yards through the first two weeks, and his role was growing before the injury. DeSean Jackson will continue to function as the team's No. 1 wideout, with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and John Hightower battling for playing time after that. Reagor has the talent to make it worth stashing him in deeper leagues, and fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper leagues should definitely be holding him.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert remains a TE1 option in fantasy lineups despite a struggling offense and the presence of Zach Ertz. Goedert was excellent in Week 1 before taking a step back in Week 2, but he was actually on the field more in Week 2. In Week 1, Goedert saw 79% of the team's offensive snaps, which went up to 89% in Week 2. The Eagles offense seems like it is going to be run through the running backs and tight ends, so there will be plenty of targets to go around for both tight ends. Ertz is the preferred play by a slight margin, but Goedert is still a solid, high-upside TE1 option.
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is a mid-range kicking option for a Week 3 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. Elliott has made three of his four field goal tries and all of his extra points so far this year. With the Eagles offense sure (maybe?) to get better this season, Elliott could improve in the rankings, but for now he's somewhere in the middle of the pack.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has been phased out of the offense and doesn't play on special teams at this point either. Despite a decent bit of hype around the second-year wide out before the season, Arcega-Whiteside has yet to catch a football in 2020. He was on the field for 41% of the offensive snaps in Week 1 and only 23% in Week 2. He shouldn't be anywhere near a fantasy roster at this point in his career.
Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is expected to make his second straight start in Week 3 against the Panthers with Tyrod Taylor (lung) dealing with a punctured lung. Herbert had a costly interception late in Week 2, but he held his own and looked impressive on short notice against the Super Bowl champion Chiefs in an overtime loss. If the first-rounder puts on another solid performance in just his second NFL start, he could supplant Taylor as the Bolts starter under center, even though head coach Anthony Lynn said that Taylor is the starter when he's 100 percent healthy. Herbert has a great matchup this weekend, but he's still more of a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is still a top-tier fantasy tight end option despite the emergence of Dallas Goedert in Week 1. Ertz was on the field for 85% of the offensive snaps in Week 1 and followed that up with a 94% clip in Week 2. The Eagles will run most of their offense through their two tight ends along with running back Miles Sanders. Ertz and Goedert are both TE1 options, with a slight preference going to Ertz if choosing between the two.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward is not a viable starting option in any standard format of fantasy football in Week 3. Ward saw only one target in Week 2, catching it for a five yard gain. He was slightly more involved in Week 1, but still wasn't able to do much, catching five passes for 31 unexciting yards. With the Eagles offense struggling as a whole, the third wide receiver on a team that often plays with two tight ends on the field is not much of a fantasy asset. Ward can be left on the waiver wire in shallower formats.
Cleveland Browns right tackle Jack Conklin (ankle) is over his ankle injury and is "ready to go" according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Conklin appeared in the team's Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens but sat out last Thursday night in a Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. When asked, he said, "Ankles feeling great. Ill be back to 100% this week, rolling.'' Conklin's return is a big boost for the Browns as they get ready to contend with a Washington Football Team that employs a nasty defensive line, anchored by No. 2 overall pick Chase Young. Young is tied for the league lead with 2.5 sacks through two games. Conklin's return will also help the Cleveland running game, most specifically Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as they try to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor has seen his involvement increase in each of the first two weeks of the season. A good matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals Defense in Week 3 makes for a strong on-paper chance for him to continue moving up in terms of target share. Still, it's hard to trust Reagor as more than a WR4, especially given the fact that the Eagles offense has not looked functional at all through the first two weeks.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has some nice Week 3 upside despite the mess that has been the Eagles offense over the first two weeks of the season. Jackson hasn't done much so far this season, but the Cincinnati Bengals Defense doesn't really have anyone who can keep up with Jackson's speed. If there were ever a game for Jackson to blow up and get the Eagles passing game back on track, it's this one. All that being said, the Eagles offense was bad enough that the pre-recorded crowd noise booed them at one point in Week 2. Jackson is a solid WR3/FLEX play with upside this week.
Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the Week 2 game and will be sidelined for multiple weeks.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) further strained his hamstring in Week 2 against the Cowboys, and the team will take his injury "through the week," leading up to the game on Sunday against the Bears. So there's a real chance that the All-Pro receiver won't play this weekend, so you'll need to have a backup plan just in case. Jones had nine catches for 157 yards in the season-opener, but he caught only two passes for 24 yards despite the Falcons putting up 39 points last week. He's a must-start WR1 anytime he's on the field, but things might finally start to catch up with the 31-year-old while he seems to constantly be playing through injuries. If he sits out or is limited at all, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage would benefit from added targets.
The Carolina Panthers placed running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Wednesday with his high ankle sprain. The move will keep McCaffrey out for at least three weeks. The team placed a four- to six-week timeline on his return on Tuesday. Carolina wants to make sure that their star running back doesn't try to return too soon from his injury and aggravate it. Mike Davis is in line for lead-back duties in McCaffrey's absence, and he has become one of the top waiver-wire pickups heading into Week 3. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel could also see some snaps out of the backfield to help pick up the slack, beginning in Week 3 against the Chargers.
New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman (ankle) may not be able to play in either of the next two games, according to head coach Adam Gase.
Fantasy Spin: The Jets have multiple injuries at the wide receiver position, so Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios may be the starters for Week 3. The team will be facing a solid Indianapolis Colts defense this week, but Hogan can be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.
New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) has not run since suffering a hamstring injury last week, and his status for Week 3 is uncertain.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players should check on Crowder's status later in the week to see if he has a chance to play. Braxton Berrios would be the slot receiver for the Jets if Crowder is unable to play but probably should only be a possible flex option in deeper point-per-reception leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott has an excellent matchup against a struggling Cincinnati Bengals run defense in Week 3, but is still not a recommended fantasy starter in most formats. Scott ran clearly behind starter Miles Sanders in Week 2, even though Sanders was just coming off a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 1. Scott is still worth rostering because he'd clearly take over if Sanders went down, but his standalone value is not significant with Sanders on the field.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement is not a Week 3 fantasy option in almost any formats. Clement got some unexpected action in Week 1 with Miles Sanders (hamstring) out and Boston Scott (undisclosed) missing time. With both running backs now healthy, Clement is likely to be on the field only as a member of special teams. Clement does not need to be rostered in standard 12-team leagues.