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New York Giants TE Evan Engram (calf) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Engram continues to suffer from a calf injury he sustained during the preseason but was able to log a limited practice on Wednesday. He's a risky fringe-TE1 if he starts against Atlanta on Sunday, mainly due to the nature of his injury. However, the Falcons have surrendered the second-highest (22.2 FPPG) points to opposing tight ends this season. QB Daniel Jones also gets a bump if he gets his top tight end target back in an already favorable matchup at home in Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) did not participate in Wednesday's practice. (Source: Around the NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers haven't had the best start to the season, particularly with their offense. However, Johnson is a lucrative fantasy wide receiver, commanding a 30.6% target share that ranks sixth-best in the league. Continue monitoring Johnson's status on Thursday and Friday, as he continues to suffer from a knee injury he sustained during the final play of Pittsburgh's Week 2 loss against the Raiders. If Johnson cannot play, Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster both become high-end WR2 options at home against the Bengals in Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) was sidelined during Wednesday's practice. (Source: Matthew Coller on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't sound like a serious issue, but it might be worth stashing Alexander Mattison in leagues where he's available just to be safe. A return to practice on Thursday would have Cook firmly on track to play in Week 3 against Seattle.

Category: Injury Updates

Per Art Stapleton, Giants WR Kenny Golladay was limited on Wednesday with a hip injury. (Source: Art Stapleton)

Fantasy Impact: After signing a four-year mega-deal in the offseason, Golladay has been faced with his fair share of injury concerns. A nagging hip injury cost him all of training camp and the pre-season and now is limiting him in practice. It's a good sign that he played last week on Thursday night and is limited. The injury likely won't hold him out of Sunday's game with the extra time to rest after playing on Thursday.

Category: Injury Updates

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) remained sidelined during Wednesday's practice. (Source: Levi Damien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It isn't an ideal way to begin the week. Jacobs missed Week 2 due to injury and is considered "very questionable" for Week 3, per Jon Gruden. Kenyan Drake will have FLEX appeal against the Dolphins if Jacobs ultimately isn't able to go.

Category: Injury Updates

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (knee) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barkley should ultimately be good to go for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Falcons. His snap rate increased from 48% in Week 1 to 84% in Week 2. Atlanta is a very favorable matchup.

Category: Injury Updates

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says RB Rashaad Penny (calf) won't play in Week 3 against the Vikings. (Source: Michael-Shawn Dugar on Twiter)

Fantasy Impact: Penny injured his calf in Week 1 and didn't play in Week 2. Travis Homer played 26% of the snaps in his absence.

Category: Injury Updates

The 49ers signed RB Chris Thompson to their practice squad. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: San Francisco's RB room is pretty banged up entering Week 3, so it makes sense to bring in more healthy bodies. Thompson is very unlikely to have fantasy value this season.

Category: Transactions

Raiders coach Jon Gruden says QB Derek Carr (ankle) practiced in full on Wednesday and is "ready to go" for Week 3 against the Dolphins. (Source: Adam Beasley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carr played through the minor ankle issue during Sunday's Week 2 win over the Steelers. Gruden had referred to him as questionable earlier this week, but fantasy players can expect Las Vegas to have their starting QB against Miami.

Category: Injury Updates

49ers RB JaMycal Hasty (ankle) was sidelined during Wednesday's practice. (Source: Nick Wagoner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) was also sidelined while Trey Sermon (concussion) was "limited." Hasty is considered week-to-week for now.

Category: Injury Updates

49ers RB Trey Sermon (concussion) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice. (Source: Nick Wagoner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sermon remains in the league's concussion protocol and is in a no-contact jersey at practice. However, coach Kyle Shanahan noted that he's making good progress. Both Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) and JaMycal Hasty (ankle) were sidelined on Wednesday.

Category: Injury Updates

49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) isn't practicing on Wednesday. (Source: Nick Wagoner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: JaMycal Hasty (ankle) is also sidelined while Trey Sermon (concussion) is limited. Mitchell could still very well play in Week 3 against the Packers if he gets in some limited practices to end the week. Stay tuned.

Category: Injury Updates

Kansas City Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (non-COVID illness) is expected to practice in some capacity on Wednesday, per head coach Andy Reid. (Source: Nate Taylor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Edwards-Helaire has not yielded the high-end production that fantasy managers expected when drafting him early in fantasy drafts. The second-year running back has a lower target share percentage (4.8%) than Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle through two games and has still not managed to find the end zone. He'll face the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3, a unit that has allowed the ninth-highest FPPG (27.1) to opposing running backs. Temper expectations from RB2 to RB3 production and you'll be satisfied with the outcome at home in Week 3, assuming he is no longer dealing with an illness by Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

Baltimore Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, per Jamison Hensley. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stanley signed a massive five-year, $98.7 million contract extension with the Ravens during the 2020 season but was injured shortly afterward. He injured his ankle again during their Week 1 loss to Las Vegas, leaving the team shifting their offensive line around to accommodate Lamar Jackson. Since the line adjustment seemed to work in an upset win over Kansas City in Week 2, Stanley's recovery becomes less alarming. Continue monitoring his status into the weekend in a favorable road matchup against a bad Detroit Lions defense in Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates

Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) will be a "full go" during Wednesday's practice, per head coach Kevin Stefanski. (Source: Jake Trotter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stefanski has not ruled his star wide receiver out ahead of Sunday's home contest against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, which is something he did do leading up to their Week 2 win against Houston. However, fantasy managers rostering Beckham Jr. will want to closely monitor his status throughout the week, as he could become an immediate WR2 in the absence of Jarvis Landry (knee), who was just placed on Injured Reserve.

Category: Injury Updates

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins did not practice Wednesday and is considered day-to-day, per Bengals' head coach, Zac Taylor. (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Higgins has seen the highest target share (27.3%) amongst the Bengals wideouts through the season's first two games. Despite finishing as the WR25 in PPR leagues against the Bears in Week 2, Higgins remains a solid WR2 against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3. If Higgins winds up sitting out Week 3 with his undisclosed injury, both Tyler Boyd and Ja'Marr Chase get a boost as WR2s despite a difficult matchup on the road.

Category: Injury Updates

Washington running back Antonio Gibson was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury. (Source: Sam Fortier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gibson was able to play through the injury during Week 2, so the limited practices appear to be precautionary. With that being said, he was not as effective as many had hoped with such an easy matchup, so perhaps the injury played a correlative factor in his role or efficiency. Despite the tough matchup and projected gamescript, Gibson is the RB12 for Week 3, according to ECR.

Category: Injury Updates

Detroit Lions wide receiver Tyrell Williams has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens. (Source: Eric Woodyard on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams is still in concussion protocol, and the early rule out suggests that he is not close to being cleared. Every concussion is a unique situation, so there is no timetable for his return to the team. Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond, and Amon-Ra St. Brown will continue to operate as the Lions top three receivers.

Category: Injury Updates

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed tight end James O'Shaughnessy on injured reserve with an ankle injury. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The tight end will now miss at least the next three weeks of action with the injury. O'Shaughnessy saw eight targets in Week 1, so a struggling Jaguars offense will miss his presence. Chris Manhertz, Jacob Hollister, and rookie Luke Farrell are behind him on the depth chart and will be asked to step into larger roles. Luke Farrell led the Jaguars tight ends in snaps in Week 2 and appears to be the next man up. Farrell is nothing more than a deep TE premium stash.

Category: Injury Updates

Bears coach Matt Nagy officially named Justin Fields the team's starting quarterback in Week 3 against the Browns. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Andy Dalton is battling a bone bruise in his knee, so the Bears are moving forward with Fields. If he plays well then there's a chance he never gives the job back to Dalton. Nick Foles will be the team's backup against Cleveland. Fields has the rushing upside to be worthy of streaming consideration this weekend.