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San Francisco 49ers' LB Reuben Foster has served his two-game suspension for offseason misconduct and will return to the field for their Week 3 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He will likely start at weak-side linebacker. (Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Fantasy Impact: Foster returns just in time to help an overmatched defense against KC's steamroller of an offense. He is an absolute star when he's on the field. If Foster is available in your league somehow, pick him up now. You won't get another chance.

Seahawks' FS Earl Thomas was present at practice Friday but did not participate for "personal reasons." His status for Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys is unknown. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas went to the University of Texas, and after last year's matchup with the Cowboys chased down Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to tell him to "come get me" in a trade. The Seahawks and Cowboys did discuss a trade, but ultimately it didn't happen. It's probably nothing, but check on him Sunday morning when the inactives list is released just to be safe.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) has been removed from the Week 3 injury report. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Gronkowski appeared on the Week 3 injury report with an ankle injury -- he was also limited at Thursday's practice -- all is well with the elite tight end. Following a Friday morning report via Ian Rapoport suggesting that Gronkowski's ankle injury was "nothing to worry about," he was ultimately taken off the injury report and deemed good to go for Sunday's matchup against the Lions. Despite his Week 2 letdown, Gronkowski is primed for a bounce-back game in Detroit.

Seahawks beat writer Brady Henderson is reporting WR Doug Baldwin (knee) is officially ruled out for Week 3. (Source: Brady Henderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Baldwin will not play Sunday against the Cowboys. He has yet to practice since suffering his knee injury in the season opener. With Baldwin out, it is safe to fire up Tyler Lockett and Brandon Marshall. However, since the Cowboys defense is improved, plus, the fact that Seattle's offensive line has difficulty keeping Russell Wilson clean, Seahawks' weapons should be started with tempered expectations. In PPR formats, Lockett is the recommended play, but in standard, Marshall is your opportunity/ touchdown-dependent option for Week 3.

49ers beat writer Eric Branch is reporting WR Marquise Goodwin (thigh) is a game-time decision for Week 3. (Source: Eric Branch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After missing last week's win over the Lions with a bruised thigh, Goodwin returned to practice this week in a limited capacity. Listed as questionable to play on the Week 3 injury report, Goodwin is officially a game-time decision against the Chiefs. And while head coach Kyle Shanahan told the press that Goodwin is "not there yet," the team is hopeful that he will be ready on Sunday. In a game that will not be short on offensive production or points, Goodwin would garner WR2 upside or better if he is indeed active. If he sits for the second straight game, Pierre Garcon and Dante Pettis would be in line for an increase in targets. For Pettis, he could bounce back from a disappointing Week 2 with Goodwin out.

According to Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane, running back Corey Clement has been added to the injury report with a quad injury that he suffered in practice on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: This is turning into an ugly situation with the Eagles running backs, as both Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles have already been ruled out for Week 3. The Eagles did call-up Josh Adams from the practice squad this week, but may need to make another move if Clement can't go. McLane did say that he still expects Clement to play on Sunday, but it adds a layer of risk that was already present with Doug Pederson's timeshare ways. If Clement plays on Sunday, consider him an RB3 who is no sure thing. If he can't go, you should expect Wendell Smallwood to lead the timeshare in snaps/touches.

Darren Sproles was ruled out for Week 3 with a hamstring injury. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: There was expectation that Sproles would miss this game earlier in the week, and he has indeed been ruled out. Fellow RB Jay Ajayi has also been ruled out due to injury, leaving Corey Clement, who is questionable to play himself, as next in line for significant touches this weekend.

Jay Ajayi ruled out Week 3

Fri, Sep 21st 2:55pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

The Eagles have ruled out RB Jay Ajayi Week 3 with a back injury. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Ajayi was considered surprisingly doubtful early in the week by the team, and this has come to be the case. He was able to return from the back injury in Week 2, but it's enough to keep him out for Week 3. In his absence, along with Darren Sproles being ruled out as well, Corey Clement is expected to take over as the team's primary RB. However, owners will also need to monitor Clement as he's questionable with a quad injury.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Vikings have ruled running back Dalvin Cook out for their Week 3 game against the Bills. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is what we should've expected after Cook worked off to the side from the team the last few days. When playing against the 0-2 Bills who may not be able to score a single point in Minnesota, there was no reason to risk re-aggravation to his hamstring. The injury is also to the leg that he had surgically-repaired this offseason, so it requires additional attention by the Vikings and their medical staff. Seeing that he's been ruled out on Friday, his status for Week 4 may also be in doubt. The aftermath is that Latavius Murray is now a legitimate RB1-play in Week 3 against the Bills. They've now allowed 21 running back touchdowns in their last 11 games, which included 138 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to backup running backs alone in Weeks 1 and 2. Make sure he's in your lineup.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle has been ruled out for Week 3 with a hip injury. Doyle hasn't practiced all week and his being ruled out this early indicates he was never really close to playing. (Source: Jim Irsay via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Colts have run the third most two-tight end formations in the league, so Doyle's absence will make Eric Ebron a full-time player this week. Indianapolis is also expected to activate Erik Swoope from the practice squad. Doyle should be back for Week 4 but while he's out, Ebron should be a top-10 fantasy option.

Colts running back Marlon Mack (foot/hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Source: Jim Irsay on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mack missed Week 1 but played in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, rushing 10 times for 34 yards and catching one pass for two yards. With Mack out, look for Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines to split time at running back for the Colts.

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Titans. (Source: Hays Carlyon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old should be ready to roll in a great matchup at home versus Tennessee. Hamstring injuries can have a tendency to linger, but Fournette has been able to practice since Wednesday (though he was limited). If T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is unable to go, Corey Grant will back up Fournette.

Christian Kirk (back) was held out of Wednesday's practice as a precaution after getting rear-ended in a car accident. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kirk should be fine for this Sunday's game versus the Bears. However, he'll need a change at the quarterback position to have a chance at fantasy value this year.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been ruled out of Thursday night's game against the New York Jets with a concussion, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic. He has been replaced in the game by rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Taylor left the game towards the end of the second half and was evaluated for a concussion. He was 4 for 14 for just 19 yards before being injured and struggled to get anything going for the Browns on offense. If Mayfield has any kind of success in relief of Taylor, he may lose the quarterback job for good this season.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has entered the game for an injured Tyrod Taylor in Thursday night's matchup against the New York Jets. With 1:42 left in the first half, Taylor left the game to be evaluated for a head injury, and Baker replaced him in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Tyrod Taylor struggled mightily on Thursday night and then had to leave the game with an injury. With how bad Taylor was playing, it was possible that Mayfield was going to enter the game even without an injury. If he can play well in this audition, he could very well take the job and run with it going forward.

Carlos Hyde, who is expecting the birth of his child any minute now, has arrived for Thursday Night Football. He was planning to wait for the birth and then head straight to the field. Reports are that the baby is not born yet. (Source: Omar Ruiz)

Fantasy Impact: Looks like Hyde has committed to playing in the game at the expense of potentially missing the birth of his child. I would expect him to play fully in this contest and given that the Browns are home favorites, it looks like a good game script for Hyde. He's always touchdown dependent since he doesn't catch too many passes, but should be considered as a flex play at worst.

Jarvis Landry is officially active for Thursday Night Football and will play against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Landry is a must-start in all formats in a decent matchup especially now with Josh Gordon out of town. Landry will be a Target Monster in all likelihood. Expect him to eat.

Russell Wilson (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. (Source: John Boyle on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 29-year-old franchise quarterback is in no danger of missing Week 3, but the injury might limit him a bit. Wilson is once again being forced to run for his life behind a dreadful offensive line this year. He's a low end QB1 versus Dallas.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has reported to the team on Wednesday. Brown's Monday absence caused a firestorm of speculation that he was unhappy with the franchise. This came after he was seen arguing with coaches during his team's Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. (Source: Ray Fittipaldo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Head coach Mike Tomlin didn't offer much insight into Brown's Monday absence, although in reading the tea leaves, the absence appears to have been unexcused. Brown being back with the team on Wednesday is a good sign that fantasy owners have nothing to be concerned over. He sets up as a top-three fantasy wide receiver for his team's Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Free agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews is signing with the Philadelphia Eagles and should play in the team's Week 3 matchup against the Colts, Jordan Shultz of Yahoo Sports reports. In a corresponding move, the team placed wide receiver Mike Wallace on injured reserve. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Matthews met with the Eagles yesterday, and the match made sense for both sides as long as the receiver's injured hamstring was healthy enough to pass a physical. The Eagles are the team that drafted Matthews, and he knows their offensive system and has a great relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz. How he fits into their offense remains to be seen. During his time in Philadelphia, Matthews operated primarily out of the slot, which is also where Nelso Agholor usually lines up. He is too risky to start in fantasy this week, but he is worth a stash in deeper leagues.