Rivera decides to rest Newton, other star players vs. Bills

Fri Aug 16 7:02pm ET

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton jokes with a player during an NFL football training camp with the Buffalo Bills in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, speaks with Buffalo Bills' Kurt Coleman while Bills' Mike Love (56) and Shaq Lawson (90) look on during an NFL football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton poses with children before the first half an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton hands off to Christian McCaffrey during an NFL football training camp with the Buffalo Bills in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) laughs beside Christian McCaffrey (22) during an NFL football training camp with the Buffalo Bills in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers say quarterback Cam Newton and four other key starters will not play Friday night against the Buffalo Bills.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera had indicated on Wednesday that all of his starters would play against the Bills, including Newton.

However, the ninth-year head coach had a change of heart and he will also not play running back Christian McCaffrey, tight end Greg Olsen and linebackers Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson.

None of those decisions are injury-related.

Newton has not played in a game since Dec. 17 and underwent offseason surgery on his right shoulder but has been practicing. Kuechly got dinged up in practice two weeks ago, but has since returned and participated in both joint practices against the Bills earlier this week.

Kyle Allen will start at quarterback for Carolina.

Player Notes
DeVante Parker Sep 16 4:20pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker tied for the team-lead with his seven targets in a 43-0 loss to the Patriots on Sunday but the perennial breakout candidate was unable to haul in even a single catch. Some concessions can be made given that Parker drew primary coverage from shutdown corner Stephon Gilmore but getting blanked is still unacceptable from a fantasy perspective. With the hapless Miami Dolphins going on the road to face the Dallas Cowboys and Ryan Fitzpatrick still leading the impotent offense, there are no good reasons to start Parker in Week 3.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Sep 16 3:23pm ET

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for Week 3 versus the Dallas Cowboys, although head coach Brian Flores made it clear to the media Monday, Sept. 16, that the team is 'evaluating all positions.'

Fantasy Spin: Nothing much to see here. The Dolphins have been horrendous thus far, averaging five points and 192 yards of offense. It doesn't seem like it will take much longer before Miami pulls the plug here, but the question is whether Josh Rosen will be given much of a chance to prove himself behind the same poor offensive line. Pretty much any Dolphin player is not worth using in fantasy at the moment.

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Michael Gallup Sep 16 3:03pm ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (knee) is expected to miss two to four weeks with a torn meniscus in his knee, according to the Dallas Morning News' Calvin Watkins via a source. Gallup is not believed to have suffered any structural damage to his knee, however.

Fantasy Spin: It's a bit of a blow to the Cowboys in that Gallup was really beginning to thrive as the vertical threat in Kellen Moore's offense, but the good news is he could be back as soon as Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers. Devin Smith makes for a strong fill-in in fantasy and reality in the interim, while Amari Cooper and perhaps even Jason Witten could see one to two more targets while Gallup is recovering.

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Michael Gallup Sep 16 3:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery to trim the meniscus in his knee and will miss two to four weeks, according to sources. Gallup should be able to return relatively soon since no structural damage was found besides the meniscus tear. This is a tough one for his fantasy owners, as Gallup was off to a great start to his sophomore season, catching 13 passes (15 targets) for 226 yards in the first two weeks. The 23-year-old should remain stashed everywhere while he's out. Devin Smith, who caught three passes for 74 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown, should be inserted into three-wide sets. However, before this Sunday Smith hadn't scored since 2015. Randall Cobb and Amari Cooper should benefit the most from more targets with Gallup sidelined.

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James Conner Sep 16 2:53pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) is not expected to miss much - if any - time with the knee injury that sidelined him late in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, multiple teammates believe the injury is not serious, and Conner appeared to be moving fine walking around the locker room after the game.

Fantasy Spin: While this isn't exactly getting clearance from a doctor, this news combined with the fact he is expected to do his usual Monday radio interview are good signs all is well. It hasn't been a good start to the season for Conner, but the Steelers may need to rely on him more now than ever with Ben Roethlisberger done for the year. Jaylen Samuels would get the start if Conner misses a game, but it looks like fantasy owners of Conner may have lucked out here.

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Willie Snead Sep 16 2:50pm ET

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Sneadcaught his only target for five yards in Sunday's win against the Cardinals. Through the first two weeks of the season, Snead has three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. Snead is the third receiving option on the depth chart but has one more catch and 30 more yards than second option Miles Boykin heading into Week 3. Snead should be left off fantasy rosters for now.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Sep 16 2:50pm ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick remains the team's starter heading into Week 3 against the Cowboys, according to head coach Brian Flores. There has been zero Fitzmagic in Miami in two games to begin the 2019 season, and the 36-year-old veteran was 11-for-21 for 89 yards and three interceptions, including two pick-sixes, in the 43-0 beatdown by the Patriots in Week 2. Fitzpatrick was benched for backup Josh Rosen for the second straight week in the fourth quarter, and he has completed half of his 50 attempts for one touchdown and four picks through two games. Fitzpatrick shouldn't even be a consideration in fantasy going up against an improved Dallas defense this weekend. It probably won't be long before Rosen is starting games for this rebuilding franchise.

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James Conner Sep 16 2:40pm ET

Multiple teammates believe that Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner's (knee) injury is not serious, but Jaylen Samuels is prepared to start in Week 3 against the 49ers on the road if necessary. Conner walked through the locker room following the Week 2 loss to the Seahawks and appeared to be moving fine. Keep a close eye on Conner's practice status this week, although he could be questionable either way for an afternoon game this Sunday in San Francisco. All skill players for Pittsburgh need to be downgraded with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) out for the year, but Samuels could have RB2 upside in Week 3 if Conner doesn't play. Samuels will be a popular waiver wire addition this week, especially for those that own Conner.

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Gus Edwards Sep 16 2:30pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards rushed for 11 yards on three carries in Sunday's win against the Cardinals. Quarterback Lamar Jackson led the team with 120 rushing yards on 16 carries and starting running back Mark Ingram led the backfield with 47 yards on 13 carries. No one from the Ravens backfield rotation got in the end zone Sunday. At this point in the season, it's hard to see Edwards have any relevance for your starting lineup as the second option in Baltimore, but he could prove to be a valuable bench-stash handcuff to Ingram in the event that Ingram goes down. Ingram exited the game briefly Sunday with an apparent back injury but returned shortly after.

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Corey Clement Sep 16 2:13pm ET

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles RB Corey Clement (shoulder) is expected to miss one to two weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Noah Fant Sep 16 2:00pm ET

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant saw a slight uptick in production on Sunday afternoon versus the Chicago Bears. The rookie out of Iowa hauled in all four of his targets for 33 total yards. While Fant has yet to show the signs of being a tight end that will break onto rosters, it is clear that he is slowly getting more acquainted with the offense. At this point, the athletic rookie should only be on rosters if being stashed in a deep league or dynasty setting, as owners wait for him to have a breakout game.

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Sep 16 1:53pm ET

New York Jets QB Luke Falk was added to the active roster Monday, Sept. 16. The Jets waived S Bennett Jackson to make room for him on the roster.

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Sean Davis Sep 16 1:53pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers S Sean Davis (shoulder) underwent an MRI on his injured right shoulder Monday, Sept. 16.

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David Moore Sep 16 1:53pm ET

Seattle Seahawks WR David Moore (shoulder) 'has a chance' to play in Week 3 versus the New Orleans Saints, according to comments made by head coach Pete Carroll on Monday, Sept. 16.

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DaeSean Hamilton Sep 16 1:50pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Daesean Hamilton struggled once again in Week 2, as the Broncos lost their home-opener versus the Chicago Bears. In similar fashion to Week 1, the Penn State product failed to haul in the targets thrown his way, only catching two of six passes that signal-caller Joe Flacco threw his way. This tallied 15 yards on the game, far below the production of the other pass catchers on the team. Hamilton has yet to provide any reason for owners to consider starting him, let alone keep him on their roster, as he should be a scratch in all leagues in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.

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Courtland Sutton Sep 16 1:50pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton saw a decrease in production in Week 2 relative to his outstanding Week 1 performance. The switch flipped, and teammate Emmanuel Sanders was the go-to target for quarterback Joe Flacco against a stout Chicago Bears Defense. Sutton's final stat-line on the afternoon was four catches for 40 yards. The upside was that Sutton managed to see volume while his teammate was having a phenomenal game and he was playing one of the league's best defenses. The 2nd-year pass catcher will be a stretch flex play against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3, as their secondary has looked solid to kick off the 2019 season.

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Ezekiel Ansah Sep 16 1:43pm ET

Seattle Seahawks DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) could make his debut with the team in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints after sitting out the first two weeks due to injury, according to comments made by head coach Pete Carroll on Monday, Sept. 16.

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Eli Manning Sep 16 1:10pm ET

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur declined to name quarterback Eli Manning the starter for Week 3 against the Buccaneers. Manning went 26-for-45 (57.8 percent) for 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 2 loss against a tough Bills Defense. To be fair, Manning was without Sterling Shepard (concussion) and lost Cody Latimer to a concussion during the game. He was forced to work with Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard and T.J. Jones in the passing game. The 38-year-old signal-caller is near the end, but it's hard for him to be productive when those are his options to throw to. If the G-Men turn to rookie Daniel Jones, it might be more of the same or worse. Getting Sterling Shepard back will help -- and eventually Golden Tate from his suspension -- but Jones would be nothing more than a low-end QB2 in two-QB leagues if he's thrust into the starting role.

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Tre'Quan Smith Sep 16 12:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith finished with just three catches for 49 yards during the loss to the Rams. After finding the end zone in Week 1, the sophomore wideout didn't do much in this one, with most of the team not producing as well, to his credit. Smith will likely continue to have a seesaw season unless he develops a rapport with backup Teddy Bridgewater, who will start in place of Drew Brees (thumb) for at least six weeks. Keep an eye on Smith's production over the weeks ahead.

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Mohamed Sanu Sep 16 12:40pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had a weak showing on Sunday, catching four passes for just 16 yards on seven targets. The target number was certainly what you like to see for Sanu. It was one more than he'd received in Week 1 and he also had one more target than tight end Austin Hooper, which is encouraging. However, the fact he was able to do essentially nothing with those seven targets is extremely discouraging. Sanu has some low-end value in deep PPR leagues as he should consistently grab about four or five catches per game, but his yardage outputs won't be reliable and he can remain on waivers in most formats until further notice.

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