NFL PLAYER NEWS
Seattle's Chris Carson nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson has been nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week after his 20 carry 93-yard performance against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.
A seventh-round pick from Oklahoma State, Carson has emerged as the favorite for early-down carries in Seattle with Thomas Rawls either injured or ineffective and Eddie Lacy seemingly fallen out of favor. The rookie is averaging 5.1 yards per carry on 26 rushes this season.
Our models project Carson for 48.6 total yards and 0.2 touchdowns on 9.2 touches for 7.5 FanDuel points in Week 3 versus the Tennessee Titans.
Trevor Siemian turning Broncos into believers
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian's performance through two games is not just turning heads around the league but in the Broncos' locker room as well.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, cornerback Aquib Talib, and guard Ron Leary were just a few of the Broncos singing Siemian's praises after another dominant performance in Week 2. Through 2 games the former seventh-round pick from Northwestern is leading the NFL with 6 touchdown passes. Siemian has completed 39-of-60 passes for 450 yards while adding 33 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground.
Our models project Siemian for a more modest week 3 with 250.9 yards, 1.6 touchdowns, and 0.9 interceptions for 16.8 FanDuel points versus the Buffalo Bills.
Chiefs' Alex Smith may find himself on the trading block this offseason
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is expected to be on the trade block this offseason, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
After the drafting of Patrick Mahomes this year, the veteran signal caller has long anticipated 2017 being his last season with the Chiefs. Since Smith is under contract for one more season a trade makes the most sense for both parties with the 33-year-old likely being in high demand. With the way Smith has played through 2 games -- 619 passing yards and 5 touchdowns -- the Chiefs will be well positioned recoup some of the picks they spent trading up for Mahomes.
Our models project Smith for 235.7 yards, 1.7 touchdowns, and 0.7 interceptions for 17.3 FanDuel points versus the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.
Dolphins acquire Stephone Anthony in trade with Saints
The Miami Dolphins acquired linebacker Stephone Anthony from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick.
In 2015, Anthony was the 31st overall pick out of Clemson. Since then, he's struggled in his two years with the Saints. He made 111 tackles and a single sack in his rookie year, but then followed that up with just 16 tackles in 12 games a year ago. He's worthy of what is probably a late-round price for a Miami team in need of linebackers and defensive help. But Anthony will have to get over a high-ankle sprain before playing his first snaps with his new team.
When Anthony returns, we project him to tally 76.3 tackles, 1.66 pass defenses and 0.12 sacks this season.
Pierre Garcon expected to pace 49ers in targets Week 3
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon is projected to lead the team with 6.9 targets in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football, per numberFire's projections.
Through the first two games, Garcon is first on the 49ers with 15 targets, followed by Carlos Hyde (12) and Marquise Goodwin (12). He finished with 3 catches on 5 targets for 26 yards in a tough Week 2 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, but things should be a little easier versus the Rams on Thursday night.
numberFire's models expect Garcon to catch 4.1 passes on 6.9 targets for 61.9 yards and 0.41 touchdowns against the Rams on Thursday, tying him as our 24th-ranked fantasy receiver in Week 3. He's pegged for 10.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,400.
Tyler Higbee projected for another quiet day as Rams face the Niners
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee is not projected to see much action in Thursday night's game versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Higbee is coming off a one-target, zero-catch performance versus the Washington Redskins in Week 2 and is expected to be another non-factor in Week 3's game as well. He has just 2 catches for 17 yards on the season.
Our models project Higbee for 1.8 targets, 0.8 catches, and 8.9 yards for 1.5 FanDuel points on Thursday night.
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