Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 3? We’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice for your consumption. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets from multiple fantasy experts, addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.
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Jay Ajayi, RB, Eagles: Philadelphia promoted an undrafted rookie running back from the practice squad, meaning the back injury Ajayi suffered in Week 2 remains an issue. He missed his second straight day of practice Thursday. Darren Sproles is also nursing a hamstring injury, which means the Eagles likely will rely on Corey Clement (more below). Update: Both Ajayi and Sproles have been ruled out.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings: The second-year tailback missed his second consecutive practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. We’ll check back on his status Friday afternoon, but given Sunday’s opponent is the Bills, Minnesota might believe it can handle Buffalo while also allowing Cook to rest. If that situation develops, it means Latavius Murray stands to get a good chunk of playing time (more below). Update: Cook has been ruled out for Sunday. Murray is a go!!!
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: (See below).
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: Fournette had a limited workout Thursday after participating in some drills on Wednesday. All owners should have Fournette in their lineup if he’s good to go, but monitor his status as game-time approaches Sunday. Update: Fournette is questionable and his owners will need to monitor his situation.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: Freeman is expected to miss Week 3 with his knee injury, paving the way for Tevin Coleman to have another nice outing.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers: Goodwin continues to be hampered by a bruised thigh, which kept him from playing in Week 2. There’s some optimism he will be on the field, but he could be limited. Goodwin owners have been disappointed so far after he developed a nice rapport with Jimmy Garoppolo after the quarterback was acquired during the 2017 regular season. The lean here is to keep Goodwin on the bench for another week. Update: Goodwin will be a game-time decision. He doesn’t seem to be at full strength.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Hilton was one of several Colts to not practice Wednesday, but the durable wideout who has only missed two games over his six NFL seasons says he isn’t too concerned about his quad injury.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans: The elbow injury continues to nag at the QB, but even a healthy Mariota is a questionable play until he shows the form he displayed in 2016.
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals: A knee injury will sideline Mixon for two to four weeks. Giovani Bernard will pick up the slack in Week 3, but a tough matchup awaits down in Carolina against the Panthers.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: Nothing to really discuss here. Rodgers is following the same routine as last week and will play Sunday.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Simply put, the Arizona offense is not very good. Sam Bradford is at the helm and failing to generate much of an attack, causing a panic among David Johnson owners. Fitzgerald had a solid opening week while being matched up against Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, but he was pretty nonexistent against the Rams’ secondary in Week 2, sitting out the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, considering the QB situation and the team’s intent to get Johnson more involved in Week 3, it doesn’t bode well for Fitzgerald. Look for another option at WR2/flex and keep the Cardinals’ wideout on the bench.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos: We featured Royce Freeman in Week 2, suggesting both he and Lindsay could be successful in Denver’s backfield. And while Freeman was serviceable, it was Lindsay who received the lion’s share of touches in eclipsing the 100-yard mark. Lindsay has simply outperformed Freeman and is the more versatile tailback. Moving forward, Lindsay needs to be in lineups until further notice. For Freeman owners, he shouldn’t completely fall off the map, but at best he should be an RB3/flex play in Week 3. Consider other alternatives.
Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins: After suffering a season-ending fractured right fibula that derailed what was looking like a career year in 2017, Thompson has picked up where he left off and played great for Washington. There’s no reason that shouldn’t continue when the Redskins host the Packers on Sunday. At this point, Thompson has elevated to RB2 status with his role in Coach Jay Gruden’s offense.
James White, RB, Patriots: You’re not going to find a lot of pundits advocating for White. It’s easy to be dismissive of situational tailbacks such as White, who specializes in being a receiving threat out of the backfield for New England. White’s stock in standard fantasy football leagues is probably pretty low, but in PPR leagues he’s more than a serviceable option and is coming off back-to-back double-digit weeks. The matchup against the Detroit Lions is a tasty one for Tom Brady and Co. with White easily a consideration for a play at RB2/flex. Perhaps the only fear for White owners is that the Patriots build a comfortable lead and opt to give rookie Sony Michel some work.
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John Brown, WR, Ravens: Brown had a nice couple of seasons with Arizona and was serviceable at times in fantasy leagues. Having arrived in Baltimore in the offseason, Brown has emerged as the go-to wideout for the team in the season’s first two games. He was only targeted four times in the season-opener, and had the game been more competitive, perhaps he would have seen more opportunities. A week ago, Brown received 10 targets, finishing with 92 yards and scoring his second touchdown of the season. Brown’s speed has been able to stretch opposing defenses; he already has receptions of 45 and 29 yards. Whether you need depth or simply want to prevent another team from landing Brown, the time to grab him is now. He’s available in 55 percent of ESPN leagues.
Corey Clement, RB, Eagles: With Ajayi in danger of missing Sunday’s game, Clement’s value skyrockets for Week 3 when Philadelphia hosts the Colts. The second-year tailback received more playing time in Week 2 with Darren Sproles inactive, and now stands to get additional touches in Ajayi’s absence. While Carson Wentz will probably be a little rusty, Clement should pick up a few more carries and a few more targets, giving him a chance to be a solid producer in Week 3. Clement has been added to a lot of rosters this week, but remains available in 55 percent of ESPN leagues.
Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings: With Dalvin Cook dealing with a couple of issues (see above), and the fact that Minnesota’s Week 3 opponent is Buffalo, Murray stands to see a good amount of touches. Cook could be rested should the Vikings believe they can beat the Bills without him, or Cook could play and produce. Murray could very well produce in either scenario, especially if the Vikings get out to a comfortable lead. Cook didn’t practice Thursday after not practicing Wednesday. Murray’s been a popular pickup this week after being virtually un-owned. He still remains available in 62 percent of ESPN leagues and could be a nice producer against an overmatched Bills squad. Backup running backs have had their share of success vs. Buffalo in the first two weeks of the season.
***This post is updated each Friday afternoon for additional information on injuries and other player-related news.