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The news: Buccaneers WR Mike Evans suspended for one game for infractions of unnecessary rudeness and unsportsmanlike conduct.
What it means in fantasy: Evans won’t be able to return until after the Buccaneers’ home game against the Packers. He plans to appeal the suspension, which he can do under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, and the hearing is likely to be held this week. Evans’ suspension would further exhaust a receiving corps already beset by multiple injuries. Chris Godwin and Julio Jones did not play on Sunday. Fantasy managers with Evans on their rosters should consider Curtis Samuel, Jahan Dotson, Treylon Burks, Noah Brown, Robbie Anderson or Greg Dortch as their Week 3 waivers.
The news: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Cardinals RB James Conner’s ankle injury is not considered a serious injury.
What it means in fantasy: No word on Conner’s availability for this week’s game against the Rams, but the report indicates he won’t be out for long. Fantasy managers should tread carefully given Conner’s history of ankle problems. Eno Benjamin (11 touches) and Darrel Williams (10) formed a committee after Conner left, with both finishing the game with a similar number of touches. The backfield could be split evenly if Conner misses the time.
The news: ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz has a “PCL problem” in his right knee.
What it means in fantasy:Schultz’s PCL issue may not prevent him from playing. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had a similar problem last season but didn’t miss any time. Head coach Mike McCarthy said the team would not know Schultz’s Week 3 status until later this week. Jake Ferguson would be the Cowboys starting a tight end against the Giants when Schultz is inactive. Fantasy managers in need of a streamer should consider Hayden Hurst and Tyler Conklin. Both are readily available in a high percentage of leagues and have soft matchups in week 3.
The news: The Colts are optimistic that WR Michael Pittman Jr. could return this week.
What it means in fantasy: Pittman is dealing with a quad injury. Pittman is the Colts’ top receiver when healthy, amassing 13 goals and 27.1 fantasy points in Week 1 against the Texans. The Colts offense missed him on Sunday against the Jaguars. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed just 16 of 30 passes for 195 yards and was released five times. Pittman should be on the WR1 radar in Week 3 against the Chiefs.
The news: ESPN’s Jeff Legwold reported that Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy is treated daily with a rib injury.
What it means in fantasy: Jeudy had a reception for 11 yards before walking out of Sunday’s game against the Texans. He caught four passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. A daily status for Jeudy indicates the injury may not be long-term. The Broncos host the 49ers in Week 3. Fantasy managers should consider Curtis Samuel, Jahan Dotson, Treylon Burks, Noah Brown, Robbie Anderson or Waiver Wire’s Greg Dortch if Jeudy is inactive.
The news: 49ers RB Tyrion Davis-Price with high ankle sprain.
What it means in fantasy: Davis-Price made a strong debut against Seattle on Sunday, rushing for 33 yards, but his momentum will derail for at least a couple of weeks. With Davis-Price and Mitchell out for several weeks, expect Jeff Wilson Jr. to get the bulk of the rushed tries. There will also be contributions from Jordan Mason and Deebo Samuel.
The news: 49ers TE Tyler Kroft is out with an MCL sprain.
What it means in fantasy: Kroft is expected to be out for a few weeks. Though his injury hurts the depths of the 49ers at the tight end, George Kittle, who trained Friday, is expected to return to action in Week 3 after missing out with a groin injury. He’s averaged 13.5 fantasy points per game with Jimmy Garoppolo under center.
The news: Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that it’s possible WR Michael Gallup could play the Giants in Week 3.
What it means in fantasy: Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said so on 105.3 The Fan. Gallup has had limited training since his cruciate ligament rupture last year. Gallup could be on the pitch on his return as the team reinserts him. It’s still available in 55.8% of leagues. Gallup is worth hiding for a Cowboys offense that’s struggling at the wide receiver position.
The news: Titans WR Treylon Burks hit four of six goals for 47 yards against the Bills Monday night.
What it means in fantasy: Burks has been targeted just 11 times in two games, but he averages 14.6 yards per reception. He led the team in goals and gained yards against the Bills. The Titans pulled their starting blocks late in the third quarter, but Burks ran as many distances as Robert Woods. Getting Burks more involved is essential for a Titans team without a playmaker. He’s on the flex radar in week 3 against the Raiders.
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