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  • Shanahan hints Aiyuk will get starting job back
    49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said WR Brandon Aiyuk "would've got his spot completely back" if not for a hamstring injury before the team's final preseason game. 

    Advice: Shanahan said the Niners "planned on rotating" Aiyuk with WR Trent Sherfield in Week 1 "and you get a big reaction to that." "It's not personal," he said. "Things are a bigger deal because of fantasy football." At least Shanahan knows his roster decisions are triggering millions of fantasy managers. With a full practice on Wednesday, Aiyuk appears recovered from the hamstring issue he dealt with since the end of August. Aiyuk will be impossible to trust for fantasy purposes unless we get more clarifying reports before the 49ers play the Eagles on Sunday. 21 minutes ago
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  • Dyami Brown plays 89 percent of snaps vs. Giants
    Dyami Brown played 89 percent of Washington's offensive snaps in Week 2 against the Giants and ran the second most pass routes on the team.

    Advice: Terry McLaurin was the only Football Team pass catcher to run more routes than Brown on Thursday night. Brown caught three of his six targets for 34 yards, netting an end zone target late in the contest. Brown's usage through two weeks has been better than any fantasy manager could have expected. The explosive rookie is behind only McLaurin in the team's wideout pecking order. The production will come, perhaps next week against the Bills. 41 minutes ago
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  • McDermott indicates Moss will be active vs. MIA
    Bills head coach Sean McDermott said RB Zack Moss was inactive in Week 1 due to health concerns and that Moss has "looked good" in practice this week. 

    Advice: Moss struggled through some August injuries and was a scratch for Buffalo's Week 1 loss to the Steelers. Devin Singletary played 75.2 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps and saw 11 carries for 72 yards and three catches for eight yards. Moss' return to the lineup will cap Singletary's usage in Week 2 against the Dolphins. Last year, Singletary averaged 8.7 rushing attempts and three targets per game when Moss was active. Both Singletary and Moss will be iffy RB3/4 options this week. Today, 8:42 am
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  • Flores: Will Fuller (personal issue) out vs. Bills
    Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said Will Fuller will miss Week 2 against the Bills with a personal issue. 

    Advice: Far more consequential for the Dolphins: Flores refused to say Fuller will return to the team in 2021. He was set to make his Miami debut this week against the Bills after serving the final game of a PED suspension handed down near the end of the 2020 season. The team has offered no details on Fuller's "personal issue," but it sounds like one that could affect his status with the team. The Dolphins signed Fuller to a one-year, $10 million fully-guaranteed deal this offseason. DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle profiles as the team's top two wideouts with Fuller out. Fantasy managers should hold Fuller for now. Today, 8:03 am
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  • Niners OC says Sermon will be active vs. Eagles
    49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniels said RB Trey Sermon will be active for Week 2 against the Eagles. 

    Advice: McDaniels said Sermon displayed "extra aggressiveness" in practice this week after being a shocking healthy scratch in Week 1 against Detroit. "Kyle [Shanahan] always says to the players and coaches, ‘Don’t tell me, show me.’ And (Sermon) showed, I think, all of us that he really wants an opportunity, which he’ll get this Sunday," McDaniels said. Sermon apparently did enough to exit Shanahan's cavernous doghouse, though he'll likely play behind Elijah Mitchell a week after Mitchell rushed 19 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Mostert out with a knee injury opens a narrow path for Sermon to see touches in the coming weeks. He should be stashed in 12-team leagues. Today, 7:57 am
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  • Saquon Barkley plays 84% of Giants snaps vs. WFT
    Saquon Barkley played 84 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps in their Week 2 loss to Washington. 

    Advice: It's a considerable uptick for Barkley after he played 47.5 percent of the team's snaps in Week 1 against Denver. Barkley handled 13 carries and caught two passes on 27 pass routes while Elijhaa Penny and Devonate Booker each had two rushing attempts in Week 2. Though he hardly looks like the pre-ACL injury Barkley, the team's commitment to increasing his usage should be encouraging for fantasy managers who took a chance on Barkley in the first or second round this summer. Barkley now gets ten days of rest before facing one of the NFL's worst defenses in Atlanta. Today, 7:37 am
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  • Kadarius Toney vents after going touch-less vs. WFT
    Kadarius Toney did not receive a touch in the Giants' Week 2 loss to Washington. 

    Advice: Toney and fellow wideout Kenny Golladay were visibly upset on the sideline Thursday night while the Giants went back and forth with Washington. Toney, who played 19 snaps Thursday night, stormed off after head coach Joe Judge pulled him aside in the third quarter and spoke to him briefly. After the game, Toney posted to Instagram: “i don’t be mad, s—t just be lame to me." The 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft missed most of training camp with COVID-19 and was hardly utilized in New York's opener against Denver, catching both of his targets for -2 yards. Toney should only be rostered in the deepest fantasy formats. Today, 5:21 am
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  • Adam Humphries catches seven passes vs. Giants
    Adam Humphries caught 7-of-8 targets for 44 yards in Washington's Week 2 win over the Giants. 

    Advice: An empty calorie night from the slot man, though the eight looks were six more than he saw in Sunday's opener. Humphries played fewer snaps than rookie No. 2 Dyami Brown but comfortably out-targeted him. There is zero upside here, but Humphries could emerge as an emergency PPR fill-in. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
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  • Logan Thomas goes scoreless 5/45 vs. Giants
    Logan Thomas caught 5-of-7 targets for 45 yards in Washington's Week 2 win over the Giants. 

    Advice: Thomas has been gobbling up snaps but has only 8/75/1 to show for it through two games. Reserve Ricky Seals-Jones managed to haul in a go-ahead fourth quarter touchdown this evening. It stands to reason Thomas' targets will increase as soon as he get comfortable with fill-in QB Taylor Heinicke, who has few other places to go outside of Terry McLaurin. Thomas' snap counts and target upside will keep him in the top 10 at tight end, including for Week 3 against Buffalo. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
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  • Kyle Rudolph has another two-catch night
    Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-2 targets for 25 yards in the Giants' Week 2 loss to Washington.

    Advice: Rudolph now has just four grabs for 33 yards in two games with Evan Engram (calf) on the shelf. Engram did not seem particularly close to suiting up this week, but he has 10 more days to rest up for Week 3 against the Falcons. Rudolph can't be considered a viable streamer even if Engram once again sits. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
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  • Darius Slayton goes 3/54/1 vs. Football Team
    Darius Slayton caught 3-of-6 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 2 loss to Washington.

    Advice: Slayton's touchdown was a 33-yarder where he ran right by William Jackson III. He could have had an even bigger night after coming open for a would-be 43-yard score on a blown coverage, but he committed a "drop" on a Daniel Jones pass that was ever so slightly overthrown. Both were to blame. Slayton struggled with drops in Week 1, though he has so far remained Jones' preferred deep target even with Kenny Golladay on the roster. The Falcons' talent-less defense is on tap for Week 3. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
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  • Kenny Golladay held to 3/38 vs. Football Team
    Kenny Golladay caught 3-of-8 targets for 38 yards in New York's Week 2 loss to Washington. 

    Advice: Golladay could have had a bigger night, but a would-be 22-yard touchdown was wiped out by a blatant William Jackson III DPI. He also had a borderline "drop" that was really an inaccurate Daniel Jones throw. Jones had a laughable deep overthrow in the first half. It was Jones whom Golladay did not seem terribly pleased with, as FOX's cameras found him exchanging words with his quarterback on the sideline. The duo has combined for just 7/102 through two games, not what either side thought they were getting for $72 million. Golladay has a Week 3 get-right spot in the pathetic Falcons, but it is unclear if Jones' skill-set will meld with his in any matchup. Jones is going to have trouble finding you unless it is over the middle of the field or you are wide open outside. Golladay is a sideline tactician who does not create huge cushions. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
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  • J.D. McKissic posts career-high 83 receiving yards
    J.D. McKissic caught 5-of-6 targets for 83 yards in Washington's Week 2 win over the Giants, adding four rushes for 10 additional yards. 

    Advice: McKissic came back to life this evening after Antonio Gibson out-touched him 23-1 in Week 1. Gibson's advantage was a more modest 15-9 against the Giants, while McKissic won the yardage war 93-73. That was largely due to a 56-yard reception in the fourth quarter where McKissic faked to the flat before jutting up the sideline and coming completely wide open. Six targets isn't blowing the doors off, but it has complicated the post-Week 1 narrative heading into a tough matchup with the Bills. Gibson still has a ways to go to cut into McKissic's advantage on third downs and in the two-minute drill. Meanwhile, McKissic having seven targets through two games isn't exactly screaming PPR FLEX. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
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  • Antonio Gibson posts modest 73 yards vs. Giants
    Antonio Gibson rushed 13 times for 69 yards in Washington's Week 2 win over the Giants, adding two receptions for four yards.

    Advice: Whereas Gibson out-touched J.D. McKissic 23-1 in Week 1, McKissic came roaring back this evening, turning nine touches into 93 yards, 56 of which came on a critical fourth quarter reception. For his part, Gibson showed plenty of rushing juice against a tough defensive front, but he was never fully established in what became a surprising shootout. Fill-in QB Taylor Heinicke attempted a whopping 46 passes. For whatever reason, in these kinds of games, the Football Team has decided McKissic is their man. That was never more clear than Washington's two-minute drills, where McKissic scarcely came off the field. Gibson has the pass-catching pedigree to cut into that advantage, but it was wishful thinking to believe everything had changed after a Week 1 where McKissic still played 36 percent of the snaps. Gibson will be a high-end RB2 for a tough Week 3 date with the Bills. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
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  • Terry McLaurin catches career-high 11 passes
    Terry McLaurin caught 11-of-14 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in Washington's Week 2 win over the Giants. 

    Advice: This was the kind of effort McLaurin provided several times early last season before injury and quarterback issues took hold. The 11 catches were a new career high. Fill-in starter Taylor Heinicke decided on a McLaurin-or-bust strategy after a quiet first quarter and McLaurin responded with one critical chain-moving grab after another. He is far and away the most important weapon in this passing attack, and Heinicke was able to make that critical determination on only three days' rest coming out of his Week 1 relief appearance. The duo should continue to hook up for a targets bonanza, stabilizing McLaurin's WR1 value. He does face a stiff Week 3 test in Tre'Davious White and the Bills. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
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  • Shepard gobbles up 10 more targets, posts 9/94
    Sterling Shepard caught 9-of-10 targets for 94 yards in the Giants' Week 2 loss to Washington. 

    Advice: Operating as the Giants' WR1 to begin the year, Shepard will enter Week 3 having turned 19 targets into 16/207/1 in one five-day period. Of course, both games were Giants losses, while big-dollar free agent addition Kenny Golladay was already visibly frustrated with Daniel Jones on Thursday evening. Shepard continuing to lead the Giants in targets nevertheless makes too much sense. He is the perfect conservative option for a conservative quarterback taking plays from a conservative offensive coordinator working for a conservative coach employed by a conservative general manager cashing checks from a conservative owner. Shepard will have WR2 juice for Week 3 against the horrid Falcons. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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  • Daniel Jones rushes for career-high 95 yards
    Daniel Jones completed 22-of-32 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 30-29, Week 2 loss to Washington, adding nine carries for 95 additional yards and a touchdown. 

    Advice: Crazy Legs Jones was the story of the evening for the G-Men, but it still wasn't enough in yet another devastating defeat for an accursed organization. Jones appeared to have a 58-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter on a read option keeper, but a ticky tack holding penalty turned it into merely a 46-yard gain. The Giants then, unsurprisingly, settled for a field goal. For the rushing score he did convert, Jones cashed in a quarterback draw. As a passer, Jones was under siege in the first half before finding more time after the break. He nearly turned it into a 43-yard touchdown strike to Darius Slayton, but the receiver could not corral a ball thrown inches too far. It will be labeled a drop, but it should have been a better pass. The touchdown Jones did convert was a 33-yard strike to Slayton in the third frame, where the wideout simply ran by William Jackson III. Elsewhere, Jones' timing looked off with Kenny Golladay, and the high-dollar free agent addition was spotted yelling at Jones on the sideline. He had a point. Jones has 10 days to lick his wounds before a golden matchup in the Falcons. Up to 122 yards rushing through two starts, Jones is punching way above his weight as a fantasy option. It will be hard to keep him out of the QB1 streamer mix for Week 3. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
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  • WFT walks off Giants in gloriously TNF fashion
    Taylor Heinicke completed 34-of-46 passes for 336 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Washington's 30-29, Week 2 win over the Giants. 

    Advice: Making his second career regular season start, Heinicke got over some early nerves — his first two drives went nowhere, with the Football Team's wideouts having to leave their feet on nearly every pass attempt — to settle in and do what the coaching staff wanted him to do: Relentlessly target Terry McLaurin and J.D. McKissic. Fantasy managers might disagree on the latter point, but McKissic provided the biggest play of the game with a 56-yard sideline reception in the fourth quarter, while McLaurin came up with one monster grab after another following the break. Heinicke's ball placement isn't the greatest the NFL has ever seen, but it was better than replacement-level this evening, just as it was in the Wild Card Round. He did nearly throw the game away with a horrific fourth quarter pick on a pass that should have never left his hands. Either way, it's possible Heinicke is the best quarterback on the Football Team's roster. They will have more than a month to find out with Ryan Fitzpatrick out 6-8 weeks with a hip injury. There are going to be valleys for a journeyman like Heinicke, but we have already gotten peaks that could not have been taken for granted. The Bills represent a stiff Week 3 road test, keeping Heinicke merely in superflex territory. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
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  • Pharaoh Brown (ankle, shoulder) DNP again
    Texans TE Pharaoh Brown (ankle, shoulder) remained sidelined on Thursday. 

    Advice: The Texans' No. 1 pass-catching tight end if Week 1's usage is to be believed, Brown is now in real danger of sitting against the Browns. If he can get out there, there would be targets for the taking in a contest where the Texans are nearly two-touchdown road 'dogs. Jordan Akins is the next man up in the seam. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
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  • Anthony Schwartz limited with knee injury
    Browns WR Anthony Schwartz was limited in Wednesday and Thursday's practices with a knee issue. 

    Advice: There does not appear to be any concern over the rookie's status for Week 2 after he started over Donovan Peoples-Jones in Odell Beckham's Week 1 absence, though it is something to keep an eye on ahead of a plum matchup with the Texans. The No. 91 overall pick of the draft is worth a WR5 flier in 12-14 team leagues. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
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