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Eagles' Wendell Smallwood primed for larger role in Week 3
Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood is poised for a larger share of the running workload in Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts.
With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles ruled out and Corey Clement questionable to play on Sunday, Smallwood could lead the Eagles running backs regarding touches as one of only two healthy backs on the roster. Rookie Josh Adams, who was promoted off the practice squad this week, could see action as well.
numberFire's models project Smallwood for 56.0 total yards and 0.2 touchdowns on 12.8 touches for 8.2 FanDuel points on Sunday.
Corey Clement (quad) added to Eagles' injury report for Week 3
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (quad) was added to the injury report on Friday.
Clement is in line to start on Sunday with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles ruled out but was tagged as questionable to play against the Indianapolis Colts. He is still expected to play but we could see a larger role for Wendell Smallwood if Clement is hampered at all. Josh Adams will make his NFL debut as the third, or possibly seoncd string back on Sunday.
Our models project Clement for 80.0 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns on 12.7 touches for 11.7 FanDuel points in Week 3. He costs just $5,800 in DFS.
Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph projected as a top-6 tight end for Week 3
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is projected to finish as a top-six tight end in Week 3 by numberFire.com.
Despite the Buffalo Bills ranking in the middle-of-the-pack in terms of FanDuel points allowed to tight ends, Rudolph and the Vikings offense are in line for a big night as they are favored by 16.5 points and have the third-highest implied point total of the week (28.5).
numberFire's models project Rudolph for 4.5 catches, 50.4 yards, and 0.4 touchdowns for 9.4 FanDuel points in Week 3.
Vikings' Latavius Murray expected to start with Dalvin Cook ruled out for Week 3
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray is expected to be the starting running back against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
With Dalvin Cook ruled out on Friday with a hamstring injury, Murray will get all the touches he can handle in a dream matchup against the Bills. Third-string back Mike Boone was added to the injury report on Friday as well, possibly leaving only rookie Roc Thomas available to backup Murray on Sunday.
Our models project Murray as a top-15 back in Week 3 with 87.6 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns for 12.9 FanDuel points. His price tag of just $5,200 makes him our top-value running back option for DFS.
Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) removed from Raiders' injury report for Week 3
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) is not listed on the team's final injury report ahead of Week 3.
Lynch was limited in practice all week but was not given an injury designation, meaning he will be a full go against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Our models project Lynch for a top-20 running back finish with 73.1 total yards and 0.4 touchdowns for 10.7 FanDUel points on Sunday.
Earl Thomas (personal) not a lock to play for Seattle in Week 3
Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (personal) may not play in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Thomas did not practice on Friday, for personal reasons, and may not be ready to play on Sunday. Carroll did not go into details about what caused Thomas to miss practice but said "he's got some other stuff going on. It's personal..." The 'Hawks defense takes a hit if Thomas doesn't play but will get Pro Bowler Bobby Wagner (groin) back against Dallas.
The Seahawks' defense is our 12th-ranked D/ST for DFS purposes with a projected 7.8 FanDuel points versus the Cowboys.
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