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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith (illness) will play Week 3. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite dealing with an undisclosed illness, Smith will play Sunday against the Giants. Although he caught 4-of-8 targets last week for 66 yards, he is not expected to garner that much of Carson Wentz's attention on a weekly basis -- he only snagged one ball in Week 1. Smith should remain in fantasy obscurity as long as Nelson Agholor maintains his early 2017 success.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (ankle) is not expected to play Week 3. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Blue, who has yet to be active in 2017, is on track to miss his third consecutive game with an ankle injury. In his absence, D'Onta Foreman will continue to spell Lamar Miller. With Miller healthy, however, Foreman has no legit fantasy value for Week 3 or moving forward without an unexpected burst of production.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West (calf) is expected to play Week 3. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although West was sidelined at practice earlier in the week with a calf injury, he returned for Friday's session and expects to play Sunday morning against Jacksonville in London. However, while Buck Allen is viewed the better fantasy option -- he out-touched West 19-to-10 last week -- West will likely continue to receive the short-yardage opportunities. Consider West a hit or miss Flex option, who is TD-dependent, for Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler (concussion) is expected to play Week 3.

Fantasy Impact: Fowler is on track to play Sunday at Buffalo despite dealing with the lingering symptoms of a concussion this week. However, facing a tough Bills defense that plays well at home, Fowler is not a reliable fantasy option for Week 3. When healthy and they are, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders garner too much of Trevor Siemian's attention, which translates to targets, for Fowler to be considered a safe fantasy play.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is "more than likely" to play in Week 3. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although he was sidelined for practice earlier in the week with a knee injury, Murray returned for a limited session Friday and appears on track to play Sunday's home matchup with Seattle. Murray, who has been out-produced by Derrick Henry thus far in 2017, will be a difficult fantasy asset to bench if he is active facing a Seahawks defense playing softer than usual against the run. They currently rank 15th in fantasy production allowed to opposing RBs yielding an average of 17.2 FPG. Despite the risk, I'd still start Murray in Week 3 for his upside.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (quad) is expected to play Week 3. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite missing the bulk of last Sunday night's loss to Atlanta with a quad injury, Nelson has practiced in full this week and is on track to play this afternoon versus Cincinnati. Although he is facing a Bengals defense that's allowed the second least fantasy points to WRs, Nelson should still be inserted in starting fantasy lineups with confidence in Week 3. While the Bengals contained Ravens and Texans wideouts through the first two games in 2017, it will be a lot more difficult to shut down Aaron Rodgers and company.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is expected to play Week 3. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon, who is dealing with soreness in his injured knee, expects to play Sunday against Kansas City despite unexpectedly popping up on the injury report this week. Facing a Chiefs defense who he's had success against in his career -- in three games he's accumulated 129 yards rushing and two TDs on the ground while hauling in five targets for 40 yards as a receiver -- Gordon should be in all fantasy lineups, if he indeed plays, in Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (chest/ shoulder/ toe) is a game-time decision for Week 3. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Schefter is reporting that Reed is a game-time call for Sunday night's plus matchup against Oakland, the NFL Insider believes the ailing TE is more on the "unlikely" side of ultimately playing. Since this game falls as the Sunday night finale, Reed's playing status is not expected to be known until pregame warmups, making him a risky fantasy consideration. It is safe to say that barring an unforeseen turn of events, fantasy owners should roll with another option at TE for Week 3. Vernon Davis, whose had success filling in for Reed in his tenure in Washington, will start if Reed cant go.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Washingon Redskins running back Rob Kelley (ribs) is not expected to play Week 3. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kelly is dealing with fractured ribs suffered last week against the Rams. As a result, he practiced in a limited capacity this week and is unlikely to play Sunday night against the Raiders. Since this game is the Sunday night finale, Kelley's fantasy owners are left in a difficult spot with his playing status. However, with the slight emergence of Samaje Perine, there is a good chance a banged up Kelley would lose snaps to the rookie even if he is active. Kelley is not a startable fantasy asset for Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (ankle/ shoulder) will start Week 3. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Newton practiced as a limited participant throughout the week, he is a full-go for Sunday's favorable matchup against New Orleans. Facing a defunct Saints defense, Newton could be in line for his breakout game of the young 2017 season. He could be started with confidence as a borderline QB1/ QB2 in Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates


Ryan Kalil has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Saints. Tyler Larson will take over at center in Week 3. (Source: panthers.com)

Fantasy Impact: It's never a good sign when Kalil is out but the Panthers are playing the Saints. Get Newton, McCaffrey, Stewart and Benjamin in fantasy lineups this week.

Category: Injury Updates


LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Week 3 vs. Minnesota. (Source: pewterreport.com)

Fantasy Impact: Rookie LB Kendell Beckwith will likely fill in for Alexander in the middle and LB Adarius Glanton for Beckwith at the strongside. Beckwith should be in for a good game for fantasy owners.

Category: Injury Updates


The New Orleans Saints have ruled out rookie starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (concussion) and veteran backup cornerback Sterling Moore (chest) for Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: With both CB Latimore and CB Sterling out the Panthers can make this interesting if they decide to go pass heavy Sunday. FS Marcus Williams and CB P.J. Williams might be strong plays this weekend for fantasy owners.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set their hearing date for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for October 2. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set their hearing date for Oct. 2, Elliott will be able to play for at least the next two games. However, if the court rules in the league's favor, his suspension could begin as soon as Week 5. If Elliott is ultimately suspended, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will handle the Cowboys' RB duties in his absence.

Category: Rumors


Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even though Burkhead is ruled out for Week 3 the injury does not look to be one that will keep him out for an extended period of time. Expect Dion Lewis to see an increase in touches on Sunday with Burkhead sitting the game out.

Category: Injury Updates


New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) was removed from the Week 3 injury report. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now that Beckham has been removed from the Week 3 injury report, the elite wideout is fully on track to play Sunday against the Eagles, which is outstanding news for his fantasy owners. In six career games versus the NFC East division rival Eagles, Beckham has shown up to play. He's compiled 41 receptions for 524 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 12.8 YPC. Despite a struggling Giants offense thus far in 2017, Beckham remains a must-start Fantasy option for Week 3. This could be his coming out party for the year.

Category: Injury Updates


Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) is a game-time decision for Week 3. (Source: Arond the NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even if Graham, who is a game-time call for Sunday's matchup against Tennessee, plays, the veteran TE could be limited, which doesn't bode well for his already grim fantasy value. Facing a Titans defense that is ranked 28th in fantasy production surrendered to TEs through two games in 2017 yielding a meager 2.8 FPPG, Graham is a risky fantasy option for Week 3.

Category: Injury Updates


Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has officially ruled out quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) for Week 3. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Bradford is out for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers. He felt pain in his knee at practice this week and will seek a second opinion on the injury from Dr. James Andrews. With Case Keenum under center for the Vikings once again in Week 3, temper expectations for Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and company.

Category: Injury Updates


Indianapolis Colts beat writer Zak Keefer is reporting running back Matt Jones was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday. (Source: Zak Keefer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Marlon Mack already ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Browns, the Colts had a void at running back in which they filled with Jones. While not appearing in a game as of yet in 2017, he'll more than likely be active for Week 3 in a limited role behind Frank Gore and Robert Turbin.

Category: Transactions


Danny Amendola, who missed Week 2's win over the Saints with a concussion, said he's "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "I feel really good. I had a strong week," Amendola said Friday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like Amendola will definitely be playing on Sunday. With the injuries to the Patriots wide receiver corp, he could be in line for a good amount of targets. Fantasy owners may want to have a backup plan in case Amendola does end up inactive.

Category: Injury Updates