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  • Saints D shredded on MNF
    The injury-riddled New Orleans defense was shredded for 442 total yards and 45 points by the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

    Advice: Excluding a kneel down at the Saints' six-yard line as time expired, Atlanta scored point on six on eight drives. It was a horrific performance from the New Orleans defense, especially the Saints secondary that has been hit hard by injury. The Saints D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option anytime soon, as the group is coughing up an average of 32.0 points and 448.3 total yards per game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:09 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.85 (168th)
     
  • Rams using Aaron Donald at DE
    Los Angeles used DT Aaron Donald at defensive end in their Week 3 win at Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Donald was on the field for 77 of Los Angeles' 90 defensive snaps in the victory and was credited with two tackles and two quarterback hits. "Just like playing D-tackle — just lined up different. But it was good, anything I have to do to make sure we come out on top," Donald said after the game. The Rams D/ST faces a tough road test at Arizona in Week 4, where the group will be a mid-tier fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:59 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    7.27 (151st)
     
  • Spencer Ware gobbling up snaps
    Spencer Ware played 71 percent of the Chiefs' snaps in Week 3, compared to 22 percent for Charcandrick West.

    Advice: That's compared to 54 percent for Ware and 39 percent for West in Week 2. Ware is distancing himself from his committee partner, and should be in for another big workload against the Steelers on Sunday night. Jamaal Charles seems to be at least another week away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:52 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.25 (242nd)
     
  • Sammy Watkins testing foot later this week
    NFL.com's Mike Garofolo reports Sammy Watkins will test out his injured foot on Wednesday or Thursday, and that it will determine his Week 4 availability.

    Advice: Per Garofolo, "there are no structural issues" with Watkins' foot, and it remains "an issue of pain tolerance." Watkins tried to play through the injury on short rest in Week 2, but had a sub-par night against the Jets' leaky secondary. It sounds like Watkins will probably be listed as "DNP" on Wednesday. Even a limited session Thursday would have him tentatively on track to return against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:46 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Bernard Pierce works out for Seahawks
    Free agent RB Bernard Pierce worked out for the Seahawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Seahawks are in the market for running back help with Thomas Rawls (leg) out multiple weeks. Pierce's career has been in a steady downward spiral. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (794th)
     
  • Cards send TE Troy Niklas to injured reserve
    Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas on injured reserve with a wrist injury, ending his season.

    Advice: Niklas needs four months of rehab. The No. 52 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Niklas has been bitten by the injury bug, sandwiching a 16-game 2015 with injury-shortened affairs. He was viewed as a blocker coming out of Notre Dame, and has lived up to his rep with only eight career catches. Niklas won't be guaranteed to make the 53-man roster in the final year of his rookie contract. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:24 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.46 (314th)
     
  • Reggie Bush plays two snaps in two weeks
    Reggie Bush has played two snaps since Week 1.

    Advice: With Marcell Dareus and Seantrel Henderson both coming off suspension next week, ESPN's Mike Rodak believes Bush's roster spot is in danger. Bush has had a long, productive career, but he's just about out of gas. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:32 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.53 (379th)
     
  • Dion Sims gets in 'limited' practice
    Dolphins TE Dion Sims (ankle) remained "limited" on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sims is expected to be fine for Thursday's game against the Bengals. He has some TE2 appeal with Jordan Cameron (concussion) sidelined. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:17 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    5.57 (208th)
     
  • Falcons not worried about Ryan's status
    Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirms Matt Ryan (thumb) will be fine for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

    Advice: Ryan could have his practice reps scaled back a bit this week, but his status is not in doubt. Ryan will be more of a QB2 than QB1 against Carolina's still-elite defense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:28 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.54 (21st)
     
  • Falcons expect Julio Jones to practice more
    The Falcons expect Julio Jones (calf) to practice more in Week 4.

    Advice: Jones got in two DNPs and a "limited" before catching one pass for 16 yards against the Saints. It was a brutal letdown for fantasy owners, but one Jones escaped without setbacks. He'll be an elite WR1 for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • 49ers sign WR Keshawn Martin
    49ers signed WR/PR Keshawn Martin to a two-year contract.

    Advice: The 49ers have the league's most embarrassing receiver corps, but Martin's contributions should remain limited to special teams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (810th)
     
  • Bears add Joique Bell to banged up RB corps
    Bears signed RB Joique Bell.

    Advice: Bell hasn't been an effective player since 2012, averaging 3.8 yards per carry over the past three seasons, but the Bears needed to add a back with Jeremy Langford (ankle) and Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) down. Bell will probably have an immediate Week 4 role behind Jordan Howard, but won't be a recommended fantasy option in any format. Bell's arrival doesn't ding Howard's upside. Someone has to back the rookie up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:11 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1096th)
     
  • Jacoby Brissett practices Tuesday
    Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb) practiced Tuesday.

    Advice: As did Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder). The early signs suggest Garoppolo will start against the Bills, but Brissett wasn't spotted wearing a brace. It sounds like he'll be ready if Garoppolo misses his second straight start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (604th)
     
  • Rogers (turf toe) 'very questionable' for Week 4
    Eli Rogers (toe) is wearing a boot on his left foot.

    Advice: Rogers injured himself about halfway through Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Coach Mike Tomlin is calling him "very questionable" for Week 4 against Kansas City. That will be the Sunday night game this week. If Rogers can't go, Sammie Coates would start in three-wide sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (246th)
     
  • Zimmer: Treadwell needs to practice better
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said first-round WR Laquon Treadwell needs "to do better in practice."

    Advice: "He's working, just biding his time until he gets an opportunity like how [Stefon] Diggs was last year," Zimmer continued. "I still think he's thinking about the number of steps to take on each route and things like that, being at the right depth." The Vikings have brought their rookies along slowly in recent years, but Treadwell is a different situation. Charles Johnson has offered nothing opposite Diggs, and the Vikings need more from their passing game if they are going to keep winning. Minnesota needs to get Treadwell involved soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.53 (380th)
     
  • Matt Ryan not worried about thumb injury
    Matt Ryan said his thumb is "fine."

    Advice: Ryan appeared to suffer a thumb injury on his non-throwing hand against the Saints Monday night. He did not miss any snaps, but he did play the rest of the game with a glove on his left hand. "I took a hit on it in the game, but I'm fine," Ryan said. "Put a glove on just to make sure I'd get a good grip afterwards. But I'm fine. I feel pretty good." He should be good to go for a tough matchup with the Panthers this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.54 (21st)
     
  • Report: Gabbert better than Kap in practice
    Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports the 49ers are sticking with Blaine Gabbert in part because he is better in practice than Colin Kaepernick.

    Advice: Coach Chip Kelly insinuated Kaepernick could be given a shot to start when he is "100 percent." He was almost certainly talking about health, but Kaepernick could also still be behind with the playbook after sitting out most of the offseason. Neither of these quarterbacks is the answer, but the 49ers should at least give Kap a shot before the end of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.31 (321st)
     
  • Dwayne Washington could see more work
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein said "don't be surprised" if Dwayne Washington gets more work this week against the Bears.

    Advice: Coach Jim Caldwell blamed the line for Theo Riddick's struggles against the Packers, so they clearly have not given up the idea a career 3-YPC back handling the early-down work. Still, Washington was notably better as a runner against the Packers, and he should take on a bigger role soon enough. He already matched Riddick with 10 carries last week. Washington will be an upside FLEX play against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:14 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.82 (171st)
     
  • Caldwell blames line for Riddick's struggles
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell blamed the offensive line for Theo Riddick's struggles on the ground Week 3.

    Advice: "We’ve just got to block better for him," Caldwell said. "We didn’t get him going or give him an alley to get him going. It was more execution up front." The Lions apparently did execute well for Dwayne Washington, who sparked the running game in the second quarter and finished with 29 more yards on the same number of carries. Actually able to create yards on his own, Washington is a much better fit as the lead back than Riddick, and he should start to see more work this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:08 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.70 (86th)
     
  • Tommylee Lewis catches three balls in defeat
    Saints WR Tommylee Lewis caught 3-of-4 targets for 43 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: With Willie Snead (toe) inactive, UDFA Lewis played 11-of-82 snaps and also got one carry on a double-reverse that gained just one yard. Lewis is a tiny 5'7/168 rookie out of Northern Illinois who was recommended to the Saints by legendary coach Bill Parcells. He'll go back to the bench in Week 4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:38 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.55 (376th)
     
  • Travaris Cadet catches six passes in Week 3
    Travaris Cadet caught 6-of-6 targets for 32 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

    Advice: Cadet didn't register a carry. The Falcons have long been dreadful at covering opposing running backs out of the backfield, and Cadet whipped them all night in the flats and on wheel routes. He also had a long first-quarter catch called back on a weak offensive pass interference penalty. Cadet has a role in the Saints' pass game and is worth owning in deeper PPR leagues. He gets another strong matchup Week 4 at San Diego. Heading into Monday, the Chargers had allowed the most catches for the third-most yards to opposing running backs this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:30 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    3.76 (250th)
     
  • Brandin Cooks kept quiet with 2-13 in loss
    Brandin Cooks caught just 2-of-8 targets for 13 yards in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

    Advice: He was targeted just once after halftime. Even without Willie Snead (toe) in the lineup, Cooks was mostly a non-factor, drawing a lot of Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant's coverage. It freed up Coby Fleener (7-109-1) and rookie Michael Thomas (7-71-1) to do a ton of damage in the middle of the field. Cooks will draw another tough matchup with Chargers CB Jason Verrett in Week 4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:28 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.72 (67th)
     
  • Justin Hardy catches short TD in Week 3 win
    Justin Hardy caught 2-of-2 targets for 26 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: Hardy and Taylor Gabriel rotated in behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but Sanu left at halftime with a shoulder injury, leaving more snaps for the Nos. 3 and 4 guys. Hardy's touchdown came on a shovel pass from four yards away. Even if Sanu sits Week 4, Hardy won't be a recommended play against the Panthers. The running backs and Julio Jones would dominate looks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:25 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.87 (274th)
     
  • Mark Ingram totals 107 yards, TD in shootout
    Mark Ingram rushed 15 times for 77 yards and caught 4-of-6 targets for 30 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons, adding a two-point conversion.

    Advice: The five-yard touchdown catch came when Ingram motioned out wide left and caught a screen pass before waltzing into the end zone inside the pylon. It was his first receiving touchdown of his career. As evidenced by his 5.1 YPC average, Ingram had gaping holes to run through most of the night. He also had a lengthy run called back on a holding penalty by Coby Fleener. After seeing just 27 total touches Weeks 1-2, the 19 on Monday night gives Ingram owners a sigh of relief. Backups Travaris Cadet and Tim Hightower combined for nine touches. Ingram will be a locked-in RB1 next week at a Chargers defense that was gashed by Spencer Ware in Week 1 and Frank Gore this past Sunday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:19 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    16.00 (30th)
     
  • Jacob Tamme kept quiet in MNF victory
    Jacob Tamme caught 3-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Falcons' Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: After seeing eight targets in each of the Falcons' first two games, Tamme was an afterthought on Monday night with the Falcons' running backs doing all the damage and Matt Ryan spreading the ball around to eight different targets. Tamme's lone missed target was an end-zone try that sailed incomplete. Tamme will be a borderline TE1/2 next week against the Panthers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:17 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    5.99 (195th)
     
  • Rookie WR Michael Thomas goes 7-71-1 in loss
    Michael Thomas caught 7-of-11 targets for 71 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

    Advice: With Willie Snead (toe) inactive, Thomas played a full complement of snaps and got the start. His 11 targets tied for the team lead with Coby Fleener, who also broke out with a 7-109-1 line. Thomas was targeted on quick slant after quick slant after quick slant, and scored his touchdown on that route from three yards out. He was also the intended target on the same route on Drew Brees' back-breaking 90-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter. Thomas was Brees' featured player in the red zone, as he was also stopped at the two-yard line on one grab. Snead should be back for Week 4 against the Chargers, but Thomas has earned his role in three-wide sets. Treat him as an upside WR4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    8.12 (124th)
     
  • Julio Jones held to 1-16 line in blowout win
    Julio Jones was held to one catch for 16 yards on seven targets in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: Jones' seven targets were a team-high, but he and Matt Ryan just couldn't connect on much of anything on a night the Falcons' running backs -- Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman -- combined for 296 yards and four touchdowns dominated on offense. Jones came into the game with calf and ankle ailments, and he wasn't in on every offensive snap, but didn't look to be any worse for the wear. The Saints simply sold out to stop Jones, and the rest of the offense made them pay. Jones will look to bounce back next week at home against the Panthers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Falcons, Ryan hang 45 points on absent Saints
    Matt Ryan completed 20-of-30 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

    Advice: The Saints could have pulled 11 fans from the Superdome stands to play defense as good -- er, bad -- as the 11-man group they used Monday night. Granted, New Orleans has already lost half its starting defense to injury, but this was a totally pathetic effort. The Falcons hung the 45 points and 442 total yards of offense all with Julio Jones contributing just one 16-yard catch and Mohamed Sanu leaving before halftime with a shoulder injury. Ryan hooked up with Devonta Freeman on his first touchdown from 13 yards away and then hit Justin Hardy for a short score on a shovel pass. Ryan has been an elite QB1 through three weeks, but gets a tough test with the Panthers coming to town Week 4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:34 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.54 (21st)
     
  • Julio Jones (calf) 'good to go' Monday night
    Julio Jones (calf, ankle) is active and "good to go" for Monday night's Week 3 game against the Saints.

    Advice: There was never much doubt despite the questionable tag. Jones may not be 100 percent, but he came into the week as the elite WR1 play against a Saints defense that lost its Nos. 1 and 2 cornerbacks to injury Weeks 1 and 2. Hybrid S/slot CB Kenny Vaccaro (ankle) is also inactive. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:00 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Bills still 'wait and see' on Watkins playing
    Coach Rex Ryan said Monday he "can't say" whether Sammy Watkins (foot) will be ready for Week 4 at New England.

    Advice: Ryan said the Bills are still in "wait-and-see" mode regarding Watkins' playing availability week to week. The Bills will see how Watkins is feeling later in the week and make a decision thereafter. Watkins' injured foot was stepped on by a teammate last week. He may come down to a game-time decision. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:08 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Dion Sims listed as limited participant
    Dion Sims (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in the Dolphins' Monday practice.

    Advice: Sims played almost every snap in Miami's Week 3 loss to Cleveland after Jordan Cameron went out with an early-game concussion. Sims' ankle injury likely isn't severe. He will be on the streamer radar for Week 4 against the Bengals. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:36 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    5.57 (208th)
     
  • Troy Niklas has potentially 'severe' injury
    Cardinals TE Troy Niklas has a wrist injury that "could be severe."

    Advice: Niklas has only one catch, and played a modest 29.3 percent of the Cardinals' snaps. Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham have both been on the field more, and would see their playing time rise if Niklas misses an extended period. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:27 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.46 (314th)
     
  • Zimmer on Treadwell: 'He's thinking too much'
    Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that first-round pick Laquon Treadwell isn't playing because "he's still thinking too much."

    Advice: Treadwell was a healthy scratch in Week 3, even with Charles Johnson struggling mightily. Zimmer did praise Treadwell for having a "good attitude" while riding the bench. Current X receiver Johnson has just 20 receiving yards on ten targets through three games, and was held catch-less in Sunday's win over Carolina. It's only a matter of time before Treadwell supplants him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:26 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.53 (380th)
     
  • Kelly hints Kap could start at full health
    Speaking Monday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly hinted Colin Kaepernick could become the team's starter once he's back to full health.

    Advice: "I don’t think he’s 100 percent right now so that’s why he’s our No. 2," Kelly said. Kelly hinted change could come once Kap is "full-go." Blaine Gabbert has predictably been setting the quarterback position back decades as Kelly's starter. He's averaging 177 passing yards and has four total touchdowns. His rate stats are abysmal. Kap's game was in full-on collapse last season, but he deserves a shot to be a dual-threat in Kelly's run-heavy offense. It's starting to look like a matter of when, not if, Kap gets a chance to supplant Gabbert. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:13 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    1.31 (321st)
     
  • Spencer Ware sees 21 touches in Week 3 win
    Spencer Ware rushed 20 times for 75 yards and hauled in his only target for 8 yards in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Jets.

    Advice: The final line is not impressive, but Ware was again even against a tough run defense. He easily picked through traffic on inside runs, showed the burst to do damage in the open field, and had a great hesitation move to get the corner on what should have been a six-yard touchdown in the second half, although it was ruled he fumbled into the end zone on review. Ware has proven himself to be an above-average back, and he will have a role even when Jamaal Charles returns. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:54 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.25 (242nd)
     
  • Eli Rogers done for the day with toe injury
    Eli Rogers left the Steelers' Week 3 game against the Eagles with a toe injury and will not return.

    Advice: It's just been one of those days for the Steelers. Rogers is already the fourth player Pittsburgh has lost to injury today. He'll finish the afternoon with two catches for 32 yards on five targets. Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates will operate as the Steelers' top three wide receivers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:25 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (246th)
     
  • Dwayne Washington sparks rushing game in 1H
    Dwayne Washington rushed 10 times for 38 yards and caught his only target for -3 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

    Advice: The final line does not look great, but Washington sparked a struggling running game once he was finally given a chance in the first half and looked like a dynamic weapon on the ground. He is clearly a much better option on early downs than Theo Riddick, and he should start to see more work moving forward. He will be a FLEX option in a great matchup next week against the Bears. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:01 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.82 (171st)
     
  • Riddick averages less than a yard a carry
    Theo Riddick rushed 10 times for nine yards and hauled in 7-of-9 targets for 39 yards Week 3 against the Packers.

    Advice: Riddick tried his best to torpedo the offense early, losing ground on five of his first seven touches and finishing the first half with six carries for -11 yards. He found more success -- not a high bar -- on the ground in the second half, but it is painfully clear he cannot be the lead back while Ameer Abdullah is sidelined. Dwayne Washington needs to have a bigger role moving forward, and he needs to be owned in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:57 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.70 (86th)
     
  • Glazer: Julio full-go in Sunday's walkthrough
    FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Julio Jones (calf, questionable) was a full-go in Sunday's walkthrough.

    Advice: Coach Dan Quinn reportedly told Glazer the Falcons expect Jones to play Monday night against the Saints, but they will test him again before the game. All signs have pointed to Jones being active this week, and this news just solidifies his status. He is an elite WR1. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:54 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Laquon Treadwell healthy scratch vs. Panthers
    Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is inactive for Week 3 vs. the Panthers.

    Advice: Treadwell played only two snaps in Week 2, so it's not a huge surprise. It's still puzzling, as the Vikings need their first-rounder to get going as they transition to being more of a pass-heavy offense. Also inactive for the Vikings are RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton, DT Sharrif Floyd and TE MyCole Pruitt. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:35 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.53 (380th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins officially inactive vs. Arizona
    Sammy Watkins (foot) is inactive for Week 3 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Saving fantasy owners from trying to play him against Patrick Peterson. Beyond Watkins, the Bills' Week 3 inactives list is CB Ronald Darby, WR Greg Salas, LT Cordy Glenn, OL Patrick Lewis, S Colt Anderson, and QB Cardale Jones. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:32 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins (foot) to be inactive vs. ARZ
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Sammy Watkins (foot) will not play Sunday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Watkins tweeted something Saturday night suggesting he was planning on playing, but it sounds like he failed to receive medical clearance. Schefter reports the Bills will turn to one-trick speedster Marquise Goodwin opposite Robert Woods. Losing Watkins is a huge downgrade to Tyrod Taylor's outlook in an already-tough matchup. Watkins can only be considered week to week. Battling a recurring foot injury, he'll likely be week to week for the rest of the year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:51 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Tweet from Watkins indicates he plans to play
    A Saturday night tweet from Sammy Watkins (foot, questionable) indicated he plans to play Sunday against Arizona.

    Advice: The tweet -- linked below -- reads, "Ready to go out there and compete at the highest level." CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the day the Bills were "still holding out some hope" Watkins would give it a go against the Cardinals, despite Rex Ryan's Friday statement that chances were "not real good" Watkins would be able to play. If Watkins does play, he'll be a low-floor WR3 option against Patrick Peterson. The Bills' offense matches up poorly with the Cardinals' defense, which can shut down No. 1 receivers and the running game. Buffalo doesn't have much beyond that. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:58 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Bills 'holding out hope' for Sammy Watkins
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Bills are "still holding out some hope" Sammy Watkins (questionable, foot) can play Sunday.

    Advice: It's not much of an update. Watkins will go through pre-game warmups, but all signs continue to point to him sitting out. Marquise Goodwin will start in base sets if Watkins doesn't play, with Charles Clay the favorite to lead Buffalo in targets. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:21 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Justin Hardy (shoulder) expected to play
    Justin Hardy (shoulder) is expected to play Week 3 against the Saints.

    Advice: Hardy was limited all week, but coach Dan Quinn said he is fine and ready to go. Even playing, Hardy is not worth using in any fantasy format. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:04 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.87 (274th)
     
  • Julio Jones listed as questionable for MNF
    Julio Jones (calf) is listed as questionable for Monday night football.

    Advice: Jones has no doubt about his availability for Monday night. "I will play," he said. Julio is safe to fire up as an elite WR1. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:48 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Julio Jones (calf) back at practice Saturday
    Julio Jones (calf) returned to practice Saturday.

    Advice: Jones' participation was likely limited after sitting out Thursday and Friday, but coach Dan Quinn said he will play Monday night against the Saints barring any setbacks. Even at less than 100 percent, he is a must-start at New Orleans. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:09 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Shanahan plans to keep spreading ball around
    Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan plans to keep spreading the ball around in the passing game.

    Advice: "You don’t have to force it into tough looks. You can go where the coverage tells you," Shanahan said. "You might not have the same numbers for [Julio Jones] and stuff, but I think the result ends up improving the offense." Julio has nine catches for 172 yards and two scores already this year, but he is on pace for just 104 targets after seeing 203 last season. That pace will certainly pick up, but it seems clear he is not going to be the target monster he was the last two years. Even so, he will be an elite WR1 if he suits up Monday night. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:47 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Update: Brissett (thumb) won't need surgery
    ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that Jacoby Brissett only suffered a sprained thumb and will not require surgery.

    Advice: Russini added that Brissett is "going to be fine." The Twittersphere was panicking after his initial diagnosis but now there's growing optimism that Brissett will be available for next week's game against Buffalo. The Patriots may not even need him with Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) on the mend. Tom Brady (suspension) returns in Week 5. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:27 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (604th)
     
  • Rapsheet: Brissett's thumb injury not serious
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jacoby Brissett thumb injury isn't considered serious.

    Advice: Brissett tore a ligament in his right (throwing) thumb Thursday night against Houston but it doesn't sound like he'll miss much time. The Patriots have nine days to figure out their quarterback situation for Week 4 against Buffalo. Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) could both be back by then. Tom Brady will return from suspension against the Browns in Week 5. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:04 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (604th)
     
  • Report: Jacoby Brissett needs thumb surgery
    WEEI Boston's Mike Petraglia reports Jacoby Brissett will need thumb surgery after injuring the finger in Thursday night's win.

    Advice: It's a torn right (throwing) thumb ligament, which Brissett apparently suffered in the second half against the Texans but played through. We have no idea whom the Patriots are going to start at quarterback in Week 4 against the Bills. They have nine days to figure it out. Tom Brady has one more game to serve on suspension, while Jimmy Garoppolo is battling a painful shoulder injury. Julian Edelman has been working as the Patriots' emergency quarterback. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:28 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (604th)
     
  • Julio Jones misses another practice on Friday
    Julio Jones (calf, ankle) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: While he hasn't practiced each of the past two days, coach Dan Quinn has expressed optimism about Jones' status for Monday night. We'd love to see him practice on Saturday, but by all accounts he should be good to go for Week 3. Despite the minor injuries, Jones is maybe the top WR1 of the week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:01 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Chances 'not real good' Sammy Watkins plays
    Coach Rex Ryan admitted chances are "not real good" that Sammy Watkins (foot, questionable) plays Week 3 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Despite having 10 days between games, Watkins isn't ready to play. He missed every practice this week after getting his surgically-repaired foot stepped on in a walkthrough earlier this week. He's officially questionable and will be a game-time decision. If he sits, the Cardinals D/ST will be an elite play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:16 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins misses another practice Friday
    Sammy Watkins (foot) was not present for the start of practice Friday.

    Advice: It's officially time to start worrying about his Week 3 availability. Watkins hasn't practiced at all this week, even after coming off a long week with 10 days between games. If Watkins doesn't play, the Bills will certainly feed LeSean McCoy at will. Charles Clay would become the default top pass-game target. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:57 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Brissett does just enough as Pats rout Texans
    Jacoby Brissett completed 11-of-19 passes for 103 yards in New England's 27-0, Week 3 win over the Texans, adding eight carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: Making an emergency start on three days' rest, Brissett wasn't asked to do much, but set the tone with a 27-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Brissett briskly faked a handoff and was off to the races. He undressed Andre Hal on his way to the house. Brissett avoided mistakes, and had surprising command of the offense. More than once, he hurried the team to the line, a la Tom Brady. Teams can't win often with this kind of keep-it-hidden performance, but Brissett won't have to do much more in Week 4 against the Bills if Jimmy Garoppolo remains sidelined. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:32 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (604th)
     
  • Dan Quinn optimistic about Julio Jones
    Falcons coach Dan Quinn was optimistic talking about Julio Jones' (calf) status Thursday.

    Advice: "He’s making good progress as we are going," Quinn said. "We kind of just see his arrow keep going up as the week goes. ... Having the extra day this week has been a real plus for him, no doubt about it." Jones' injury isn't believed to be serious despite Thursday's missed practice. Owners can keep him locked in as an elite WR1 for a mouthwatering matchup. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:48 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • Julio Jones (calf) not practicing on Thursday
    Julio Jones (calf) didn't practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He was listed as a DNP despite attending the team's walkthrough. The Falcons play on Monday night this week so it's not time to panic yet. He's dealing with a bruised calf. Assuming he suits up and plays his usual snaps, Jones will be an elite play against the Saints' swiss cheese secondary. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:15 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    14.83 (35th)
     
  • 'Some concern' Watkins (foot) will miss Week 3
    Bills coach Rex Ryan said there is "some concern" Sammy Watkins (foot) will miss Week 3 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Watkins didn't practice for the second day in a row. His foot injury doesn't seem to be getting any better and at this point, sitting out might be the best thing for him. Even if he plays, Watkins has a tough matchup against ace corner Patrick Peterson. Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin would be the featured receivers if Watkins can't get the green light. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:56 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Sammy Watkins (foot) not at practice Thursday
    Sammy Watkins (foot) was not at the start of practice Thursday.

    Advice: Watkins will likely be limited in practice all year, but there are still no indications he will sit out against the Cardinals. At less than 100 percent and expected to be shadowed by Patrick Peterson, Watkins will be a risky play this week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:57 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.89 (80th)
     
  • Caldwell calls Theo Riddick 'the lead guy'
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell said RB Theo Riddick will be "the lead guy" with Ameer Abdullah (foot, injured reserve) sidelined.

    Advice: Riddick should start and play a big role, but he is not built to be an early-down workhorse. Riddick had never seen more than seven attempts in a game before last week, and he owns a career 3.23 yards per carry average. Dwayne Washington will have a big role on early downs and near the goal-line. It would not be surprising if Washington outscores Riddick in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.70 (86th)
     
  • Old friend: Joique Bell works out for Lions
    Free agent Joique Bell worked out for the Lions on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ameer Abdullah (foot) appears poised to miss Week 3, leaving the Lions a man short at running back. Bell hasn't been an effective player in four years, but knows the Lions' offense. Were Bell to re-sign, he'd back up Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:57 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1096th)
     
  • No reason to be concerned about Ingram?
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett isn't worried about Mark Ingram's production through two games.

    Advice: Ingram has a modest 27 touches, and has yet to find the end zone. Triplett blames Ingram's underwhelming numbers on the Saints' proclivity to abandon the run, something he admits will remain an issue going forward. The biggest concern from a fantasy perspective might be the 10 targets Ingram has ceded to Travaris Cadet in the passing game, though Ingram out-targeted Cadet 4-3 in Week 2. Ingram has a soft Week 3 matchup in the Falcons. He remains in the RB1 conversation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:47 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    16.00 (30th)
     
  • Lions RB Dwayne Washington's role to expand
    Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed rookie RB Dwayne Washington's role will expand following Ameer Abdullah's foot injury.

    Advice: At 6-foot-1, 223, Washington brings a much different element to Detroit's rushing attack than Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick. Washington has six carries for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' first two games. "He was productive obviously on the carries that he had and I think he’s coming along," Caldwell said. "I think without question he’s certainly capable of giving us some unique production in his way because he’s a little different type of back." Expect Riddick to start against the Packers in Week 3, with Washington handling 8-12 carries off the bench and vulturing any goal-line opportunities. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:56 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.82 (171st)
     
  • Laquon Treadwell plays only two snaps
    Laquon Treadwell played just two snaps in Week 2.

    Advice: He's behind Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, and Adam Thielen. Despite the lack of playing time, Treadwell should start to see more snaps. Johnson (three catches, 21 yards) has given Minnesota nothing opposite Diggs. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 10:04 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.53 (380th)
     
  • Justin Hardy catches 8-yard TD in Week 2
    Justin Hardy caught 1-of-3 targets for an eight-yard touchdown in the Falcons' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

    Advice: Hardy's touchdown was one of the luckiest ones you'll ever see, as Matt Ryan's pass ricocheted off of Tevin Coleman with a defender all over him and into the waiting arms of Hardy. The Falcons' lightly-used slot receiver, Hardy has no fantasy value and is not a must-hold in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 5:27 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    2.87 (274th)
     
  • Matt Ryan latest to light up Oakland defense
    Matt Ryan completed 26-of-34 passes for 396 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Falcons' Week 2 win at Oakland.

    Advice: If you haven't heard much about Khalil Mack, it's because he's on a milk carton. The Raiders have been blowtorched for 819 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns through two games, and on Sunday they only hit Ryan three times with one sack. On the other hand, the Falcons' offensive line has looked terrific early in the season. Expect Ryan to stay hot in Week 3 at the Superdome. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 5:22 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    17.54 (21st)
     
  • Tamme goes 5-75-1 against Raiders
    Jacob Tamme caught 5-of-8 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 2 win over the Raiders.

    Advice: Tamme has been a bigger part of Atlanta's offense than expected with back-to-back games of eight targets. Rookie Austin Hooper is getting playing time, but Tamme is locked in as the Falcons' primary pass-catching tight end. Tamme will be worth a long look as a streamer in Week 3 against the Saints. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 5:04 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    5.99 (195th)
     
  • Spencer Ware tops 100 total yards Week 2
    Spencer Ware rushed 10 times for 57 yards and added 48 yards on two catches Week 2 against the Texans.

    Advice: Ware had more competition for touches from Charcandrick West this week, but he still managed to top 100 total yards and ended up playing a bigger role in the passing game. Ware did lose a fumble, but he made something out of nothing all game. With Jamaal Charles expected back next week, Ware's days as an RB1 are over, but he should retain FLEX value against the Jets. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 4:14 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.25 (242nd)
     
  • Eli Rogers takes a step back Week 2
    Eli Rogers caught 1-of-3 targets for nine yards Week 2 against the Bengals.

    Advice: Rogers was expected to have an "expanded role" with Markus Wheaton out, but he took a step back from his seven targets Week 1. Rogers will have a role in the offense all season, but he is a low-upside PPR option at best. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 3:22 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (246th)
     
  • Dwayne Washington goes 4-31 against Titans
    Lions rookie RB Dwayne Washington rushed four times for 31 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Titans.

    Advice: The stat line isn't necessarily notable, but Washington is in position for more carries going forward after Ameer Abdullah left Sunday's game with a second-quarter foot injury and did not return. Theo Riddick will be the Lions' main back, but Washington could draw 8-12 carries in Week 3 at Green Bay. He is also Detroit's short-yardage/goal-line back of choice. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 3:05 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    6.82 (171st)
     
  • Riddick gets more playing time w/ Ameer out
    Theo Riddick rushed 11 times for 37 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 28 yards in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

    Advice: Riddick got a big bump in playing time when Ameer Abdullah left with a second-quarter foot injury, but couldn't capitalize beyond his passing-game contributions. Still, the arrow is pointing up on Riddick's fantasy value because he will be the Lions' primary back for as long as Abdullah is out. No. 3 back Dwayne Washington had only four carries in Sunday's loss to Tennessee. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 3:01 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    9.70 (86th)
     
  • Thomas notches 56 yards in Week 2 loss
    Michael Thomas absorbed four-of-five targets for 56 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Thomas got hot late in the first half with back-to-back catches for 40 yards but was otherwise held in check. He saw fewer targets than Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead and Coby Fleener. Thomas is still a work in progress but will probably have some big weeks playing with future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees in the Saints’ pass-first scheme. He gets the Falcons in Week 3. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:50 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    8.12 (124th)
     
  • Brandin Cooks goes for 7-69-0 in Week 2 loss
    Brandin Cooks delivered seven catches for 69 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Cooks was bottled up for 10 yards in the first half as the Saints sleepwalked to a 7-3 halftime deficit. He was more active in the second half but it was still a pretty pedestrian day by Cooks standards. He led the Saints in targets, so at least he can hang his hat on another steady workload. One so-so week isn’t going to ruin Cooks’ season. He’s still one of the better young wide receivers in football and a safe WR2 play against the Falcons in Week 3. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:35 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    10.72 (67th)
     
  • Mark Ingram held to 47 yards in Week 2 loss
    Mark Ingram rushed nine times for 30 yards while securing all four of his targets for 17 receiving yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Saints didn’t run much on Sunday and even when they did Ingram and Tim Hightower were both ineffective. Ingram disappeared after halftime, turning three second-half carries into only six yards. With just 27 touches through two games, perhaps we overestimated Ingram at the start of the year. Maybe he’ll find the light next week in a plus matchup against Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 2:30 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    16.00 (30th)
     
  • Jacoby Brissett attempts only nine passes
    Jacoby Brissett completed 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards in the Patriots' Week 2 win over the Dolphins.

    Advice: Jimmy Garoppolo was felled by a shoulder injury near the end of the first half, and Brissett was employed in extremely conservative fashion thereafter. The bulk of his yardage came on two safe screens to Martellus Bennett. Likely ticketed for a short-week start against the Texans' heating up defense for Week 3, Brissett won't be a recommended streamer. The No. 91 overall pick isn't ready for a role, in real life or fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 1:47 pm
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (604th)
     
  • Report: Rogers to have 'expanded role' Sunday
    According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Eli Rogers will have an "expanded role" against the Bengals in Week 2.

    Advice: Rogers is coming off a productive debut against Washington (six catches, 59 yards one TD) and should be in line for even more work in Week 2. Per La Canfora, the second-year wide receiver has been OC Todd Haley's "pet project" and the Steelers believe he can be an impact player. The future is bright for Rogers but it's still early in his development. He's in play as a WR4 this week. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 6:02 am
    Week 4 Projected Points & Rank
    4.04 (246th)
     
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