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Patriots' Kendricks suspended for regular-season opener

Sat Aug 24 6:50pm ET
By The Associated Press

Players: Benjamin Watson, Lance Kendricks, Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks has been suspended without pay for the first game of the season for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse.

Kendricks' suspension leaves the Patriots further depleted at the position. Benjamin Watson will miss the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancers and four-time All-Pro Rob Gronkowski retired after last season.

Kendricks is eligible to participate in all remaining preseason practices and the team's final preseason game. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 9, following the team's Week 1 game against Pittsburgh.

Kendricks signed with the Patriots last month after he spent his first eight seasons with the Rams and Packers. He has played in 125 games, catching 241 passes for 2,505 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Player Notes
Dwayne Haskins Sep 20 10:30pm ET

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins played efficiently for the second straight week in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Haskins completed 19-of-33 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown and didn't throw an interception for the second consecutive week. He did lose a fumble, but Haskins has just one turnover through two games which was an issue for him as a rookie. He won't put up the flashiest stats, but Haskins seems to be a quality QB2 in fantasy. He'll have a good matchup with Cleveland in Week 3 where he should be started in two-quarterback leagues.

From RotoBaller

Carolina Panthers Sep 20 10:30pm ET

The Carolina Panthers Defense allowed 31 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Week 2 loss. To make matters worse, Carolina didn't record a sack, but they did manage to pick up a fumble recovery and an interception. There may not be many promising days with this unit this year in fantasy, though there may be some weeks where they could be streamed. Perhaps they could be streamed in Week 3 against the Chargers, depending upon who they declare as their starting quarterback.

From RotoBaller

Joey Slye Sep 20 10:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers kicker Joey Slye made his lone field-goal attempt and both his extra-points in a Week 2 loss. Slye made the most of his opportunities, considering the limited amount of chances in the red zone. The 24-year-old has been efficient so far, making all four field-goals and missing just one extra-point. Slye should continue to be a solid, starting option for fantasy managers when he takes on the Chargers in Week 3.

From RotoBaller

Antonio Gibson Sep 20 10:10pm ET

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson handled 13 carried for 55 yards and his first career touchdown in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Gibson only had one catch for minus-three yards in the passing game, but it was good to see the rookie more involved than Week 1. Gibson's 13 carries were five more than anyone on the team and he was the one handling the red zone touches. Gibson is in a great spot to break out next week against a Browns Defense that's been gashed thus far in 2020.

From RotoBaller

Ian Thomas Sep 20 10:10pm ET

Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas wasn't targeted in a Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas has sleeper potential but completely disappeared in the gameplan, as he inexplicably didn't see a pass thrown his way. This comes a week after he saw two targets in the first game of the season. He could be a streamer down the line, but there's no way to justify using him in any format for fantasy football right now.

From RotoBaller

Keelan Cole Sep 20 10:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole posted six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans on seven targets.

Fantasy Spin: Cole averaged just 9.7 yards per reception, but he was still very productive. He is worth a look as a WR5 in most fantasy leagues, with a little more value in PPR formats, heading into Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

From TheHuddle

Curtis Samuel Sep 20 10:00pm ET

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel was targeted just twice against the Buccaneers, though he also had four carries for 26 rushing yards. Samuel did see eight targets in Week 1, but other than that, he has been disappointing so far. One positive to take from this game is that the Panthers utilized him more as a runner, which is something that could add a lot of diversity to their offense. That's a role Samuel could play if Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is forced to miss time. Unfortunately, Samuel will be hard to trust in fantasy lineups until he proves he can produce with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

From RotoBaller

Braxton Berrios Sep 20 9:53pm ET

New York Jets WR Braxton Berrios caught six of his eight targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in a 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

Fantasy Spin: Jamison Crowder was inactive for the contest, and Breshad Perriman and Chris Hogan both suffered injuries. Berrios could have flex value as the best receiver still standing for the Jets, especially if Crowder remains sidelined.

From TheHuddle

D.J. Chark Sep 20 9:53pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark Jr. registered four receptions for a game-high 84 yards on four targets in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans.

Fantasy Spin: Chark was unable to find the end zone like in Week 1, but his fantasy production was about the same with the big bump in receiving yardage. He remains a solid WR3 or flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

From TheHuddle

Christopher Herndon IV Sep 20 9:53pm ET

New York Jets TE Chris Herndon caught one of his four targets for five yards in a 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

Fantasy Spin: After catching six passes in the opener, Herndon was almost blanked in Week 2, and he is averaging just 6.0 yards per reception so far this season. Outside of dynasty formats, Herndon doesn't need to be rostered.

From TheHuddle

Robby Anderson Sep 20 9:50pm ET

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson looked great for the second consecutive game. Anderson caught nine of 10 targets for 109 receiving yards in a loss to Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old has been targeted an impressive 18 times in two games and has been very efficient with his looks. Anderson comes with some weekly risk because of how deep he's usually targeted. However, if he continues to see this kind of volume, he'll have no trouble smashing his ADP. Up next is a matchup with the Chargers, who struggled to contain Chiefs' deep-threat Tyreek Hill.

From RotoBaller

Frank Gore Sep 20 9:43pm ET

New York Jets RB Frank Gore became the oldest running back in NFL history to record at least 20 carries, rushing 21 times for 63 yards in a 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

Fantasy Spin: With Le'Veon Bell sidelined, Gore assumed a workhorse role. He should remain the lead back while Bell is out, but he only has so much upside in the Jets' struggling offense. At best, he is a volume-based flex option.

From TheHuddle

Mike Davis Sep 20 9:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Mike Davis caught all eight of his targets for 74 receiving yards against Tampa Bay in Week 2. Davis did his best Christian McCaffrey (ankle) impression after the star back left with an ankle injury and was pretty convincing as a receiver out of the backfield. Eight targets is nothing to sneeze at- if McCaffrey's injury is more serious than the team believes, Davis could be a nice waiver wire pickup, particularly in PPR formats.

From RotoBaller

Sam Darnold Sep 20 9:33pm ET

New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed 21 of his 32 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in a 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

Fantasy Spin: The Jets have been a mess on offense to start the year, and Darnold is averaging under 200 yards passing through two games. He isn't even a QB2 candidate at this point.

From TheHuddle

Christian McCaffrey Sep 20 9:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards with two touchdowns and caught four of five targets for 29 receiving yards in a Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers. McCaffrey left the game with an ankle injury and will have an MRI on Monday, though the team is optimistic that it's not too serious. If McCaffrey is able to suit up against the Chargers, he'll obviously be in fantasy lineups. However, backups Mike Davis and Trenton Cannon would pick up the slack in the event that he's unable to play. Stay tuned for the results of his MRI.

From RotoBaller

Darren Fells Sep 20 9:20pm ET

Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells caught two passes for 23 yards and a touchdown in a Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He was targeted four times. Fells is still a lethal red zone target for the Texans, but with the emergence of Jordan Akins as a viable option, Fells is likely going to have his ceiling capped and is a zero-floor option. Yes, the touchdown upside is there, but it's almost impossible to trust him at this point in fantasy with Akins taking over some of his role.

From RotoBaller

D.J. Moore Sep 20 9:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore enjoyed a nice bounce-back game in Week 2. Moore was targeted a game-high 13 times and hauled in eight of them for 20 receiving yards in the loss to Tampa Bay. While he has yet to find the end zone in 2020, he has seen elite-level volume in both games, as he has 22 targets so far. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a nice chemistry with Moore and should continue to look his way, particularly on the short and intermediate routes. Moore gets a good matchup in Week 3 against the Chargers, who have allowed a receiver to exceed 90 receiving yards in both of their games.

From RotoBaller

Anthony Miller Sep 20 9:13pm ET

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller was targeted three times in Week 2 against the New York Giants and he had a rough day with drops, including one in the end zone on a sure touchdown.

Fantasy Spin: Miller opened with a good day last week in Detroit, but he's lucky there were no fans in the stands at Soldier Field or they really would've let him have it. He is a talent with plenty of upside, but fantasy owners cannot stand his inconsistency and propensity for injury. The Bears meet the Falcons in Week 3.

From TheHuddle

Breshad Perriman Sep 20 9:10pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman (ankle) was forced to exit early during the Week 2 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Before exiting, Perriman was able to haul in both his targets for 12 yards. It's unknown if he'll be able to suit up for Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios could offer some PPR upside, assuming Perriman and Jamison Crowder (hamstring) remain sidelined. Perriman wasn't playing well anyway and is quickly becoming a cut-candidate.

From RotoBaller

Quandre Diggs Sep 20 9:03pm ET

Seattle Seahawks CB Quandre Diggs was flagged for an unnecessary roughness personal foul call in the first quarter of the Week 1 game against the New England Patriots and he was ejected.

From TheHuddle