Player Notes

  • 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. 15 minutes ago
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  • 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. 25 minutes ago
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  • 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. Today, 2:52 pm
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  • 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. Today, 2:31 pm
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  • 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. Today, 1:32 pm
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  • 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. Today, 1:17 pm
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  • 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. Today, 12:28 pm
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  • 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. Today, 12:26 pm
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  • Jarvis Landry back at practice on Tuesday
    Jarvis Landry (shoulder) returned to Dolphins practice Tuesday.

    Advice: The Dolphins were just managing Landry's reps on Monday. He'll be good to go against a Bengals defense that's been surprisingly vulnerable against the pass thus far this season. Today, 12:20 pm
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  • 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. Today, 12:18 pm
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  • Tyler Eifert gets in another limited practice
    Tyler Eifert (ankle) remained "limited" in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: ESPN's Bob Holtzman has reported Eifert will not play on Thursday. The limited practices make him a good bet to make his 2016 debut in Week 5. Today, 12:10 pm
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  • Pats 'hopeful' Garoppolo will be ready for Week 4
    ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Patriots are "hopeful" Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) will both be available for Week 4 against the Bills.

    Advice: Garoppolo almost played against Houston last week and has reportedly made steady progress in his recovery from a sprained AC joint. Meanwhile Brissett wasn't wearing any protective covering on his sprained thumb during the Patriots' media availability on Tuesday. The Pats only need to cobble together one more week of Garoppolo and Brissett before Tom Brady makes his return in Week 5. Today, 9:30 am
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  • 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. Today, 9:14 am
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  • 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. Today, 7:56 am
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  • 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. Today, 6:14 am
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  • Jared Cook dealing with high-ankle sprain
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jared Cook suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 3 against the Lions.

    Advice: Cook was seen on crutches and in a boot after the game, but ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported the injury was not season-ending. A high-ankle sprain fits on both accounts. Cook will try to heal up during the Week 4 bye, but he will almost certainly miss games. Richard Rodgers will handle the bulk of the work with Cook sidelined. Today, 5:29 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
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