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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.
Rams' Sammy Watkins expected to bounce back against the 49ers
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins is projected to bounce back against the San Francisco 49ers after a dismal 2 catch performance in Week 2.
Watkins was shadowed by All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman versus the Washington Redskins on Sunday, limiting his targets. With a trip to the Bay area and the under-manned 49ers' defense on tap for Thursday, the former Buffalo Bills wideout is projected for a nice bounce-back performance in Week 3.
numberFire's models project Watkins for 4.1 receptions, 61.2 yards, and 0.2 touchdowns for 9.2 FanDuel points while costing $6,900 on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.
Jaelen Strong claimed off of waivers by Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed former Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong off waivers on Tuesday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Strong was suspended for the first game of the season but was released by the Texans after seeing zero targets in last Thursday's game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The 23-year-old wideout joins a depleted Jaguars receiving corp providing the team with some much-needed depth behind Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee.
Our models project Strong for just 5.1 catches, 49.9 yards, and 0.3 touchdowns, the rest of the season.
Browns officially place Corey Coleman (hand) on IR
The Cleveland Browns have officially placed wide receiver Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand.
After suffering a broken right hand on Sunday, Coleman underwent surgery on Monday and has been placed on IR with the intent to return. He will be eligible for practice in six weeks and game play in eight. Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins figure to see Coleman's targets in his absence.
After tallying 6 catches, 62 yards and 1 touchdown through 2 games, Coleman is projected for 23.9 catches, 303.9 yards and 1.87 touchdowns upon his return to the team.
Dolphins' suspend Lawrence Timmons indefinitely
The Miami Dolphins have suspended linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely for violating team rules.
Timmons disappeared as he dealt with a personal issue Saturday night into Sunday. He didn't play on Sunday but did return to the team on Monday. Nevertheless, the Dolphins have decided to punish him for his actions. It's uncertain how long the suspension will last, but with the situation so murky Timmons' future with the team could be in doubt. In the meantime, Mike Hull will man the middle for the Dolphins' defense.
Timmons has yet to play a regular-season snap after signing a two-year, $12 million deal with the Dolphins in the offseason. If and when he returns, we project the veteran backer to tally 93.3 tackles, 1.6 sacks and 2.8 pass defenses in 2017.
George Kittle (hip) listed as non-participant on 49ers' injury report
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (hip) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's injury report.
The 49ers did not practice on Monday, due to the short week.If they had, Kittle would not have participated due to a hip injury. The rookie tight end has been dealing with a variety of ailments this season and is likely to be questionable for Thursday's game versus the Los Angeles Rams.
Our models project Kittle for 2.5 catches, 24.8 yards, and 0.3 touchdowns for 5.4 FanDuel points in Week 3.
Greg Olsen undergoes surgery for broken, Panthers place him on IR
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been placed on injured reserve with a broken foot after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.
The Panthers are optimistic Olsen will return this season. He's eligible to practice starting in Week 9, and for game action in Week 11. Ed Dickson will take over as Carolina's starting tight end in the meantime.
Among the 28 tight ends with at least 5 targets this season, Olsen is 23rd in Reception Net Expected Points per target.
49ers' Carlos Hyde looking to finish with scores in Week 3
In reference to his Week 2 performance, San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde said, "I put it on my shoulders. With those runs that I broke, I got to get to the end zone."
In a tough matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, Hyde ran his way to 124 yards on 15 rushes while also securing three catches (on six targets) for 19 yards. The 26-year-old running back was a beast but San Francisco threw for just 99 yards. It's nice to see him being a team player and taking some blame but Hyde's the least of the 49ers' worries going into Week 3.
With the 49ers hosting the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football, Hyde is projected to produce 90.3 total yards and 0.62 touchdowns on 20.9 touches. Priced at $6,600, his projected 13.8 FanDuel points place him 12th among all running backs for this week's slate.
Josh McCown remaining positive after Jets' 0-2 start
Despite the tough start, New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown is trying to remain positive and continue to be a good example for the Jets' young players heading into their home opener against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
“That’s the idea with these young guys — all of us,” McCown said when asked about his preparation and film watching. “Hopefully over time when you trust that process and you keep building into that you have a chance that you look up one day and put together a good team.” For Week 3, the Jets are currently 6-point home underdogs against the Dolphins in Las Vegas.
Our models project McCown for 221.5 passing yards, with 1.5 touchdowns and 1.3 interceptions. That's a net projection of 14.9 FanDuel points against Miami.
AJ McCarron: Bengals fans should 'ride with' Andy Dalton
Backup Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron defended starter Andy Dalton following the team's 0-2 start and poor play on offense.
"I wish people in this city would back him and go with it," McCarron said. "Ride with him. Trust the team. Trust the process. And trust what we are trying to do. And be a fan of who is playing." In a 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 2, Dalton completed just 20-of-35 passes for 224 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. The Bengals have yet to score a touchdown this season, and fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after the loss. Bill Lazor is now in charge of the offense. Dalton will look for that elusive first score against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3.
Our models rank Dalton as the QB21 in Week 3, projecting him for 243.9 yards, 1.5 touchdowns, and 0.9 interceptions. He projects for 16.5 FanDuel points off his $6,800 salary.
Eagles' Carson Wentz loves when Darren Sproles is in the backfield
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said, "I love when [Darren] Sproles is in the game out there" as he discussed the running back's Week 2 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to TheEaglesWire's David Hennessey, Wentz raved about Sproles' role in both the running and passing games. His presence on screen plays and as a decoy in other passing situations has been key to Wentz' early-season success so it's likely that Sproles continues to get a heavy workload over the rest of the Eagles' backs.
Through a pair of games, Sproles has totaled 123 yards with an average of 6.9 FanDuel points on 12 rushes and 7 receptions this season. Listed at just $5,200, he's projected for 9.0 touches, 46.6 yards and 7.9 FanDuel points as he gets set to face the New York Giants in Week 3.
Jeremy Maclin projected to lead Ravens in targets for Week 3
Jeremy Maclin is projected to lead the Baltimore Ravens in targets in Week 3.
Maclin has scored in each of his first two games this season and has been targeted nine times between the first two weeks. The veteran wideout did come off the field injured in the Ravens' Week 2 win over the Browns, but he returned on the next drive. Maclin and the Ravens will take on a Jaguars secondary that has allowed the fourth-fewest pass yards per game (160.5) to start the year.
Our models project Maclin, who will cost $6,700 on Sunday, as the 29th-best wide receiver in Week 3. We have him pegged for 10.1 FanDuel points with 4.6 receptions, 54.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns on 9.28 targets.
Texans say Deshaun Watson puts no limitations on play-calling
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien sad that he feels "no limitations," when it comes to calling plays with quarterback Deshaun Watson under center.
O'Brien went on to praise Watson's work ethic and said the rookie quarterback will see a majority of the first team reps in their preparation for the New England Patriots. Watson was 15-for-24 with 125 yards through the air, to go with 5 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. The Texans will need him to be even better in Week 3 if they want a chance to do something they've never done as a franchise; beat the Patriots in Foxborough.
Our models project Watson for 225.2 passing yards, 1.1 touchdowns and 1.0 interceptions, to go with 27.4 rushing yards on 5 carries in Week 3. That's a net of 15.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,000.
Brian Hoyer takes responsibility for 49ers' poor start
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer feels responsible for the team's 0-2 start this season.
“Really, when it comes down to it, I have to play a whole lot better. I’m disappointed with myself,” Hoyer admitted. “I don’t think there’s really any moral victories in the NFL. And especially with the way I played, I feel pretty bad about it right now." Hoyer completed 15-of-27 passes for 99 yards and an interception in the 49er's Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The offense will be looking for its first touchdown in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football.
numberFire's models project Hoyer for 252.9 passing yards, 1.69 touchdowns, and 1.1 interceptions versus the Rams. He's our QB25 for Week 3.
Steelers' T.J. Watt (groin) has shot to play Week 3
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that injured linebacker T.J. Watt has a chance of playing this coming week against the Chicago Bears, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
The rookie linebacker was given good news as he was diagnosed with nothing more than a low-grade groin strain following his exit from Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. The next couple days of practice should provide more clarity on Watt's potential availability for Week 3, but if he can't go it's likely that Anthony Chickillo and James Harrison split duties on the outside for Pittsburgh.
With 6 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 interception through less than two full games, Watt is projected to contribute 6.7 tackles, 0.3 sacks and 0.4 pass defenses for Sunday's road game in Chicago.
Martellus Bennett struggling with drops early in Packers' season
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett says tight end Martellus Bennett needs to, "go back to the fundamentals," to combat his problems with dropped passes through the first two weeks.
Bennett caught 5-of-11 passes thrown his way for 47 yards in Week 2, but he dropped 4 balls and had a bad offensive pass interference penalty that wiped away a 36-yard reception. With the injuries to the Packers' receivers heading into Week 3, they need Bennett to be more of a factor against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Our models project Bennett for 48.0 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on 3.8 receptions in Week 3. That's good for a net of 8.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,600.
Bengals' Brandon LaFell unlikely to breakout under new OC
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell is expected to remain a non-factor in his Week 3 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
Through two games, LaFell -- like the rest of the Bengals' offense -- hasn't been all that productive. On 12 targets, he's managed just seven catches and 54 yards. Going forward, under a new offensive coordinator, that could certainly change, but he's still just a third or fourth option behind A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and the Bengals' backs.
Our models reflect LaFell's place in the pecking order, projecting him for only 2.7 catches, 37.0 yards and 0.25 touchdowns on 4.7 targets this week against the Packers. His projected output of 6.5 FanDuel points isn't a good value despite just a $4,600 price tag.
Lions' Kenny Golladay out-snaps T.J. Jones again in Week 2
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay caught 1 pass on 3 targets for 8 yards on Monday night in a 24-10 Week 2 win over the New York Giants.
Golladay didn't have much opportunity to build off his two-touchdown NFL debut in a game where the Lions only attempted 21 passes. The positive takeaway is that the third-round rookie out-snapped T.J. Jones for the second consecutive week, and he seems to be locked in as Detroit's third receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. With a potential shootout against the Atlanta Falcons on tap for Week 3, Golladay carries some attractive fantasy upside.
numberFire's models expect Golladay to catch 2.6 passes on 4.7 targets for 36.1 yards and 0.07 touchdowns against the Falcons on Sunday, tying him as our 73rd-ranked fantasy receiver in Week 3. He's pegged for 5.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,900.
Bengals' Tyler Boyd unsure why he was inactive in Week 2
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd said, "I haven't gotten a specific answer" when asked about why he was a healthy scratch in Week 2.
Boyd suspected that the team needed more special teams players, but he's still uncertain about the reason for the move. Maybe it had something to do with John Ross' activation or maybe Boyd fell into the doghouse one way or another. There's a chance that he will return to the starting lineup with the change at offensive coordinator.
In his lone start this season, Boyd caught just 1-of-4 targets for 11 yards against the Baltimore Ravens. As of right now, we project him for 3.2 targets, 1.9 catches and 22.3 yards in Week 3, as part of 28.3 receptions, 312.7 yards and 1.55 touchdowns for the remainder of the year.
Lions' Theo Riddick totals 37 yards against Giants
Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick rushed 9 times for 20 yards and caught 3 passes on 3 targets for 17 yards on Monday Night Football in Week 2 against the New York Giants.
Riddick racked up some carries late in the fourth after Ameer Abdullah left with an ankle injury, but he didn't do much on a night where the Lions only threw the ball 21 times. Expect a better PPR performance from Riddick in what should be a high-scoring affair in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons.
At a cost of $5,600 in Week 3, numberFire's models expect Riddick to score 8.9 FanDuel points versus the Falcons, with 55.1 yards from scrimmage and 0.34 touchdowns on 10.2 touches (2.7 receptions). He's our RB33 for the week.
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