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Titans' Rishard Matthews faces tough assignment in Week 3
Tennessee Titans' wide receiver Rishard Matthews is off to a decent start in 2017, but will take on the vaunted Seattle Seahawks' secondary in Week 3.
Matthews is leading Titans' receivers with 114 yards on eight receptions. With Corey Davis sidelined this week, Matthews figures to see an uptick in volume against the Seahawks, who have allowed 5.9 yards per pass attempt through two games this year.
Our models project Matthews as the 38th-best wide receiver in Week 3. We expect him to total 8.9 FanDuel points with 3.06 receptions for 46.62 yards and 0.45 touchdowns on 5.37 targets.
Mark Ingram projected to lead Saints backfield in Week 3
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is projected for 8.5 rushes, 36.4 yards and 0.34 touchdowns for this week's road game against the Carolina Panthers.
Through two weeks, Ingram has led the Saints' crowded running back group with 62 snaps, or roughly 48.82% of possible offensive snaps. Because of that, Ingram has been the most steady and productive of the three. Despite poor game scripts, the veteran has totaled 147 yards on 23 touches while averaging 9.6 FanDuel points per game.
Pitted against a Panthers team that ranks 1st against the run, by our metrics, Ingram is projected for 10.3 FanDuel points at a deflated price of $5,800 this week.
Austin Barnes returns to Dodgers' bench on Thursday
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher/second baseman Austin Barnes is back on the bench Thursday versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
After going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in last night's start, Barnes will turn over catching duties to Yasmani Grandal today in Philadelphia.
Over 18 plate appearances, we project Barnes to tally 4 hits, 2 RBI and 2 runs the rest of the season for Los Angeles.
Nick Williams in the Phillies' starting lineup on Thursday
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams is in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Rhys Hoskins will be moving back to first base while Tommy Joseph is out this afternoon, and Williams will enter the lineup starting in right field and batting third against Dodgers righty Kenta Maeda.
numberFire's models have Williams as a weak value on FanDuel today, projecting him to score 9.3 fantasy points while priced at $3,300.
Phillies' Odubel Herrera batting sixth against the Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera will bat sixth against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Herrera was hitting out of the three-hole last night, but Nick Williams is in the lineup and batting third this afternoon, so Herrera slides down a few spots against Dodgers righty Kenta Maeda.
numberFire's models project Herrera for 9.9 FanDuel points in this one, representing poor value while he's priced at $3,700.
'Fearless' Mohamed Sanu garnering praise from Falcons' coaches and teammates
Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will go toe-to-toe with the Detroit Lions in Week 3.
Sanu has made 11 catches on 15 targets for 132 yards this year. His productive play has turned some heads in his own locker room. “He is unique because often times a person that plays in the slot is a smaller guy who has really good change of direction,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “He just happens to be a taller guy who can bend and still change direction. So you can imagine how difficult that is for option routes to cover somebody who has the change of direction beat man to man and still have aggressive hands. He’s a very difficult matchup inside.” On Sunday, Sanu will face a Lions' secondary that has allowed 6.0 yards per pass attempt, the 11th-best mark in the league, in 2017.
Our models rank Sanu as the 36th-best wide receiver in Week 3. We project him for 9.6 FanDuel points with 4.15 receptions for 48.15 yards and 0.5 touchdowns on 5.33 targets. The veteran wideout will run you $5,400 this weekend.
Philadelphia's Jorge Alfaro starting at catcher
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro is in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Andrew Knapp is getting the day off, and Alfaro will take over catching duties while batting seventh against Dodgers righty Kenta Maeda.
numberFire's models have Alfaro as one of the day's worst values on FanDuel, projecting him for 5.4 fantasy points while priced at $2,900.
J.P. Crawford back in the Phillies' lineup on Thursday
Philadelphia Phillies infielder J.P. Crawford is in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Crawford got the day off on Wednesday, but he's back at third base and batting eighth against Dodgers righty Kenta Maeda today. His return sends Maikel Franco to the bench.
numberFire's models have Crawford as a very poor fantasy value today, projecting him for 6.0 FanDuel points while priced at $2,800.
Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal starting at catcher Thursday afternoon
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is getting the start behind the plate as the Dodgers take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon.
Grandal allowed Barnes to get the start last night, but with the quick turnaround Grandal will be asked to make the start and hit seventh today against the Phillies' Mark Leiter.
Sporting a .324 wOBA and .224 ISO against righty hurlers, Grandal is projected for 10.5 FanDuel points at $2,700 this afternoon.
Dodgers' Chase Utley starting on Thursday
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is back in the starting lineup Thursday versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
Utley was the recipient of a rest day on Wednesday, but with Corey Seager (ankle, elbow) sitting, he'll play second as Logan Forsythe moves to short today. On the offensive side, he'll be hitting sixth for today's road matchup with Mark Leiter and the Phillies.
With a .219 average and 1 home run in September, Utley is projected for 9.5 FanDuel points while costing $2,400 on the early slate.
Curtis Granderson batting fifth for the Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson has been moved to fifth in Thursday's order against the Philadelphia Phillies.
For today's series finale, Granderson will remain in left but go from seventh to fifth as the Dodgers combat righty Mark Leiter.
Granderson is batting just .173 with 23 strikeouts from the five-hole. Nevertheless, our models project him for 11.3 FanDuel points at $2,900 in today's matchup.
Tommy Joseph out of the Phillies' lineup on Thursday
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph is out of the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Joseph got the start on Wednesday, but Rhys Hoskins will slide back to first base while Nick Williams enters the lineup starting in the outfield as Joseph returns to the bench this afternoon.
Joseph is slashing .239/.288/.436 with a .306 wOBA, 22 home runs and 68 RBI through 135 games in 2017. numberFire's models project him to bat .270 while adding another 2 home runs and 6 RBI in 41 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.
Phillies' Andrew Knapp out against the Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp is out of the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Knapp started behind the dish on Wednesday, but he returns to the bench this afternoon while Jorge Alfaro handles catching duties.
Knapp has a .313 wOBA through 53 games in 2017, and numberFire's models project him to bat .231 while adding 1 RBI in a small sample over the remainder of the season.
Corey Seager (ankle, elbow) out of Dodgers' Thursday lineup
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is not in the lineup on Thursday as he deals with a pair of injuries.
Seager has been easing his way back from an elbow issue, but he also fouled a ball off his ankle last night. That's more likely the cause for Seager's absence today, but he was already expected to get routine rest days down the stretch. In his stead, Logan Forsythe will move to short as Chase Utley reenters at second.
After an 0-for-5 night on Wednesday, our models have Seager pegged for 1 home run, 6 RBI and a .316 average over 44 plate appearances the rest of the year.
Maikel Franco out of the lineup for Philadelphia
Philadelphia Phillies infielder Maikel Franco is out of the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Franco got the start at third base on Wednesday, but he returns to the bench this afternoon while J.P. Crawford starts at the hot corner.
Franco is slashing only .230/.282/.396 with a .288 wOBA through 146 games in 2017. numberFire's models project him to bat .256 while adding 1 home run and 6 RBI in 42 plate appearances over the remainder of the season.
Saints' Adrian Peterson to see similar production in Week 3
New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson is projected for 7.5 rushes, 26.2 yards and 0.14 touchdowns in Sunday's matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
Through two weeks, Peterson has been the least productive player in the Saints' three-headed backfield. On 14 carries, he's produced just 44 yards and 4.4 FanDuel points, which trail both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. We expect the same type of game from him in Week 3.
At a price of $5,500, Peterson's projected output of 4.7 FanDuel points trails both Kamara (6.3 FD points) and Ingram (10.3 FD points) going into Carolina this weekend.
Nelson Agholor continues to play as Eagles' number-three wideout
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor continues to serve as the team's number-three wideout.
Agholor was third among Eagles receivers in snaps in both Week 1 and Week 2, behind Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. He did see an increase in action after his 6-reception, 86-yard Week 1 performance, seeing his offensive snap percentage jump from 62% to 76%.
numberFire's models project Agholor to turn 6.3 targets into 3.3 receptions, 43.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns in Week 3 against the New York Giants. He is our 52nd-ranked fantasy wideout for the week.
Saints' Alvin Kamara draws praise from Panthers' Luke Kuechly
In reference to New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said, "If you're Drew Brees, I think you're happy to have a guy like him."
Kuechly also noted that Kamara and Panthers teammate Christian McCaffrey have the same "box of plays" that make them versatile players out of the backfield. And on the other side, Kamara said that McCaffrey is "a big play waiting to happen." It should be fun to see the two rookie backs go head-to-head in Week 3.
Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson have, to this point, limited Kamara's role for the Saints. Until something changes, we don't expect anything big from Kamara. At a cost of $5,200, we project the back to total 37.2 yards, 0.21 touchdowns and 6.3 FanDuel points on 8.1 touches this week.
Browns' Myles Garrett (ankle) making 'huge progress' in recovery
Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said that defensive end Myles Garrett has made "huge progress" in his recovery from a high-ankle sprain.
During Wednesday's practice, Garrett was seen riding a stationary bike. That sight has to be encouraging, but the defense end still won't play this week. He will have a chance at making his pro debut in Week 4. In the meantime, Carl Nassib will serve as the team's primary defensive end opposite Emmanuel Ogbah.
Garrett, the number-one overall pick in this year's draft, is projected for 51.9 tackles, 5.6 sacks and 1.5 forced fumbles in his rookie campaign with the Browns.
Jamie Collins (concussion) unlikely to play in Browns' Week 3 matchup
Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jamie Collins is unlikely to suit up this week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Collins did not practice Wednesday and has yet to be cleared of the concussion he suffered in Week 2. It doesn't seem like he'll be playing on Sunday, so look for James Burgess to replace him in the starting lineup. Burgess has just three tackles, a sack and a pass defensed in his two weeks as a backup in Cleveland.
If he can somehow play this week, Collins is projected for 6.6 tackles, 0.1 sacks and 0.1 pass defenses against the Colts. According to our metrics, Cleveland ranks 7th against the rush through a pair of contests.
Bears' Kendall Wright (shoulder) limited at Wednesday's practice
Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright (shoulder) was limited at practice on Wednesday.
It doesn't seem like Wright is at risk of missing any game-time with the injury, having played a full complement of snaps in Week 2. Look for him to be full-go against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
numberFire's models project Wright to turn 4.6 targets into 2.7 receptions, 35.6 yards and 0.3 touchdowns, making him our 59th-ranked fantasy wideout for Week 3.
Bears' Prince Amukamara (ankle) limited in Wednesday's practice
Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara was limited in Wednesday's practice.
The 28-year-old corner has been out since suffering an ankle injury in the Bears' third preseason game. He was also limited all of last week, but he couldn't make the Week 2 start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If he can suit up at or close to 100%, Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers might face a little stiffer test in the passing game on Sunday.
Our models project Amukamara for 3.9 tackles, 0.2 pass defenses and 0.1 interceptions this week. His Bears are 7-point underdogs at home against a Steelers team implied at 25.5 points for Week 3.
Seahawks' Eddie Lacy remaining 'positive' after healthy scratch
Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy said that he is staying "positive" after being a healthy scratch for Week 2's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Lacy said that was the first time he's ever been a healthy scratch so it was just an odd situation for him. He is being nothing but professional about it, though, saying that he just has to "go out and practice the same way." Coach Pete Carroll was also positive, saying that he wished Lacy could've been active and that the 27-year-old will have a role moving forward. With Chris Carson, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise all healthy, it's unclear if there's room for Lacy to be active in Week 3.
Lacy rushed 5 times for 3 yards in Week 1 and is unlikely to be fantasy relevant this week against the Tennessee Titans. At $5,100 on FanDuel, we project him for just 1.7 yards and 0.02 touchdowns on 0.5 rush attempts.
Browns' Kenny Britt played far fewer snaps in Week 2
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt played significantly fewer snaps in Week 2 than he did in Week 1.
Britt ranked second among Browns wideouts, playing 52 snaps (79% of the offensive total) against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, but that mark fell to 42 (59%) in Week 2. With only 5 targets, 2 receptions and 15 yards on the season, Britt's role could continue to shrink, which would mean increased opportunity for Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis and Sammie Coates.
numberFire's models project Britt to turn 5.0 targets into 2.8 receptions, 40.4 yards and 0.2 touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
76ers' Ben Simmons (foot) expected to be without restrictions in rookie season
Philadelphia 76ers president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said that he does not expect forward Ben Simmons to be limited this season, reports 94WIP's Jon Johnson.
Simmons said out all of last season after suffering a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot back in late September. The former number-one overall pick recently said that he's "feeling great" while Colangelo adds that he's been "dominating the gym" in 5-on-5 drills. It was a possibility that Simmons would see a restriction similar to the one we saw for Joel Embiid to begin last season, but it's been nearly a full year now since Simmons' season-ending injury. He's poised to be the team's primary creator, whether he's labeled a point guard or not.
Now 21 years old, Simmons, in his one year at LSU, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists across 34.9 minutes a game. He'll be a welcome sight for 76ers fans, who saw their team 23rd in our power rankings a year ago.
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