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The news: ESPN’s David Newton reported that Panthers’ RB Christian McCaffrey appeared in the team’s injury report with an ankle injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: McCaffrey has to do with ankle stiffness, but the Panthers are adamant he will play the Saints on Sunday. Fantasy managers are understandably concerned about this as McCaffrey got injured in both of his previous two seasons. In 2020 he played in just three games due to a high ankle sprain and shoulder injury and then missed 10 games last season due to an ankle injury. D’Onta Foreman or Chuba Hubbard would replace if McCaffrey wasted time anytime this season; Hubbard rushed for 514 yards and four touchdowns in 10 starts last season in McCaffrey’s absence. He is available in 94.2% of leagues and I recommend prioritizing him as a benching addition for anyone who has invested in McCaffrey, as this is probably not the last time the running back appears on an injury report this season.
going deeper: McCaffrey has averaged 19.5 touches and 22.2 fantasy points per game in his career. He signed a $ 64 million four-year extension with the Panthers in April 2020; he has only played 10 of the 33 games since he signed.
The news: Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky completed 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards and no touchdowns against the Browns on Thursday night.
What does it mean in fantasy: With 10 days a week 4 against the Jets, the Steelers might consider switching to rookie Kenny Pickett. Trubisky has an anemic average of 5.5 yards per attempt after Thursday night’s game. This is the last of the quarterbacks who have started the most games. The presence of Trubisky below center lowers the ceilings of Diontae Johnson and the other directors in reception on the Steelers.
going deeper: Although Trubisky attempted 32 passes during the match, he only had 69 yards from inside the hole. Since ESPN began tracking pocket passes in 2009, this is the second fewer yard passes from pocket in a game where a quarterback has attempted 30 or more passes. Trubisky pulled 138 yards out of his pocket to bring his season total to 203, almost as many as Ben Roethlisberger had last season (206). A successful NFL quarterback must be able to come forward and pocket, and at least in the movie, Pickett has good pocket awareness.
The news: Browns TE David Njoku captured nine of 10 goals for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers on Thursday night, setting a new career record.
What does it mean in fantasy: Njoku’s performance was remarkable as he only had 6 targets, 4 receptions and 39 yards in reception in two games. He was the second Browns receiver behind Amari Cooper. The Falcons present him with one more match in week 4. Njoku can be seen as a low-end TE1.
The news: Cowboys WR Michael Gallup trained in full on Thursday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Gallup snatched an ACL in week 17 last season but is expected to play Monday Night Football against the Giants. Gallup’s return comes at a great time for an attack by the Cowboys struggling to find viable receiving options. CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz and the other Dallas directors could take advantage in the middle of the field by Gallup’s ability to threaten defenses down the field. Gallup is expected to play limited shots, so it’s hard to trust fantasy lineups in his first game.
going deeper: Gallup has averaged 15.0 yards per reception in his career.
The news: Athletic’s Tashan Reed reported that Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow did not train on Thursday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Renfrow also missed rehearsals on Wednesday. Mack Hollins will replace him in the starting lineup if he can’t play against the Titans in week 3. Hollins had eight goals last week and if Renfrow is out, he could replicate him against the Titans, although Darren Waller and Davante Adams will be the main participants in the passing game.
The news: ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg reported that Bills WR Gabe Davis is very optimistic that she will play in week three against the Dolphins.
What does it mean in fantasy: It looks like Davis is heading in the right direction after training for the past couple of days. The Bills and the Dolphins have the highest total score on this week’s list at 52.5. When Davis played against the Rams in the first week, he had 18.8 fantasy points. Davis can be seen as a high-end WR2.
The news: Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy did not train on Thursday due to a shoulder injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: Jeudy hasn’t trained at all this week as the Broncos prepare for a match against the 49ers in Sunday Night Football. Jeudy is unlikely to play if he doesn’t train on Friday. Fantasy managers should have KJ Hamler on their radars as a replacement. He looks set to return to training against the 49ers on Sunday night after missing week 2 with a knee / hip injury. Hamler is available in 97% of ESPN leagues.
The news: Packers WR Allen Lazard did not train on Thursday due to his ankle injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: Christian Watson (hamstring) and Sammy Watkins (hamstring) also did not train on Thursday. All three are expected to play against the Buccaneers, but Friday’s training report will provide more certainty. Neither of these are a great fantasy option for week 3, so those looking for a flexible option should look elsewhere. The trio of Treylon Burks, Nelson Agholor and Sterling Shepard are better options available in many leagues.
The news: Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin did not train on Thursday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Godwin is facing a hamstring injury. Julio Jones also did not train on Thursday due to a knee injury. Breshad Perriman, Russell Gage and Scotty Miller were all on the field Thursday after Wednesday’s free practice. With Mike Evans suspended for Week 3 against the Packers, the Buccaneers are poor at wide catchers. It looks like Godwin will be the furthest away from the action of all of them.
Reading: NFL Nation reporter Jeff Legwold wrote about how sliding the ball could be the solution to the Broncos’ red zone problems.
What does it mean in fantasy: The Broncos have amassed 783 total yards in attack in two games, but are averaging just 16.0 points per game. Denver is ranked ninth in the league for yards run per game (126.0) and tied in seventh place with 4.9 yards per run attempt, but does not have a running touchdown. So far this season, the Broncos have only attempted four running attempts in the red zone, and both of their fumbles were running out of the rifle, indicating that the Broncos have turned to their red zone running game instead of passing. . From a fantasy perspective, this bodes well for Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon in week three.
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