Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has underthrown his target 11 times in the last two games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Huddle Up: Could be that Rodgers is unable to step into throws because of oncoming pressure, could just be coincidence; either way, Rodgers has thus far been a fantasy disappointment. He's also faced a couple defenses that have traditionally given him trouble, so there's no reason to think things won't turn around going forward--and that makes Rodgers an attractive buy-low candidate.
Eddie Lacy - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy had five of 11 carries Sunday, Sept. 21, go for no gain or negative yardage. Lacy acknowledged defenses may know how to contain him with a year's worth of tape on him now. 'That could be it,' Lacy said. 'But no matter what it is, it's still my job. I'm still supposed to be able to run the ball in and make sure - not every run is going to be 10 yards - but make sure we get something positive.'
Huddle Up: Lacy has faced three of the better run defenses in the league, and while his schedule doesn't get a whole lot easier the toughest part is behind him. Expect Lacy's fantasy prospects to improve going forward
Rod Streater - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) suffered a fractured foot during his team's 16-9 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Sept. 21. Streater was wearing a walking boot and was on crutches following the game.
Huddle Up: Streater's expected absence opens the door for James Jones and Andre Holmes to get more looks in Oakland.
Danny Woodhead - RB - San Diego Chargers
With injuries to both RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and Danny Woodhead (ankle/leg), RB Branden Oliver could see more playing time going forward with the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Donald Brown isn't a full-workload kind of back, so with Ryan down at least a couple more weeks and Woodhead likely done for the season the Chargers will need someone to step up--and Oliver will get first crack at the gig.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (foot) is expected to be healthy enough to return in Week 5 after the team's bye.
Huddle Up: You may remember Jones from his 10 touchdowns a year ago. He'll have to battle Mohamed Sanu for wingman duties opposite AJ Green, so don't expect an immediate fantasy impact. But with the Cincy offense rolling, there is certainly upside to Jones going forward.
Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) was diagnosed with a right knee contusion. He did not return to the game.
Huddle Up: Shocking, really, that the über-brittle Stewart would suffer yet another injury in a game where he didn't have to fight DeAngelo Williams for touches. No word on if this latest malady will sideline him for any significant length of time.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Plenty of scuttlebutt about Peterson's future, with many opining that he's played his last game as a Viking. There's also word that his legal team wants to force the Vikings' hand by getting Peterson reinstated this season. From a strictly fantasy football perspective, only those banking on Matt Asiata aren't hoping for a quick resolution as to the availability of one of the league's elite backs.
Keenan Allen - WR - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin) was able to play in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, but he managed just two catches for 17 yards and he was targeted just the two times.
Huddle Up: That's three straight dogs for Allen. The first two can be attributed to difficult matchups, and the third a combination of an underrated Bills defense and Allen's groin injury. Assuming the injury isn't significant, Allen is an intriguing buy low candidate--or, conversely, launching one of the more impressive sophomore slump seasons in recent memory.
Nick Novak - PK - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers PK Nick Novak made a pair of field goals and he had two extra points in the Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills. He has made 23 straight successful field goal attempts, passing former PK Nate Kaeding for the second-longest streak in franchise history.
Huddle Up: Novak has just about everything you could ask for in your fantasy kicker: late bye, no weather concerns, and a prolific offense in addition to his consistency. If he's on your league's waiver wire grab him now and forget about the kicking position for the next two months.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will take over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 4 after QB Matt Cassel (foot) suffered fractured bones in his foot in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater will get the rest of 2014 to show the Vikings what he can do. If nothing else, Bridgewater's mobility in the pocket should give the struggling Minnesota offense a boost.
Blake Bortles - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said Sunday, Sept. 21, that QB Blake Bortles will start in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Jacksonville has mercifully sent Chad Henne to the bench in favor of Bortles. The rookie still has a ways to go but Bortles offers QB2 upside and gives the rest of the Jacksonville offensive players a fantasy boost.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) suffered a dislocated hip in the Week 3 game against the Cleveland Browns. He will have tests Monday, Sept. 22, to check for a possible fracture.
Huddle Up: Owen Daniels will be the Ravens starting tight end if Pitta misses time. Daniels is nothing more than a TE2 but he has more value in TD heavy leagues.
Danny Woodhead - RB - San Diego Chargers
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle, leg) suffered a severe high ankle sprain and fractured fibula in the Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills. A source said Sunday, Sept. 21, that season-ending surgery is likely.
Huddle Up: The Chargers will likely sign another RB this week but Donald Brown is in line for a heavy workload until Ryan Mathews returns. Brown is a strong RB2, then he'll take over Woodhead's pass catching role in San Diego's offense.
Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker remains the starting quarterback, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sunday, Sept. 21, that he never considered benching Locker despite a lopsided loss in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He said Locker is his quarterback, and the coach will be patient with him.
Huddle Up: Locker has been awful the last two weeks. If Tennessee's backup wasn't Charlie Whitehurst, Locker would be on a much shorter leash. He hasn't shown much so far in his NFL career.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) is questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Decker will be a game-time decision but the fact he plays Monday night makes him a risky start for fantasy owners this week. Decker would be a WR3 if he plays but owners need to have someone like Jeremy Kerley waiting in the wings if they roll the dice.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Marshall is expected to play but will be less than 100 percent against the Jets. However, he was less than 100 percent last week and still caught three touchdowns. Marshall is a WR1 as long as he's in the lineup.
Alshon Jeffery - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Jeffery is expected to play but will be less than 100 percent. He's still a WR1 against a suspect Jets secondary.
Darren McFadden - RB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to receive a heavy workload even if RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is active for Week 3.
Huddle Up: It's a good news, bad news scenario. It's great that McFadden will get most of the work but he's nothing more than a low-end flex option right now for fantasy owners in the Raiders struggling offense.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) could be a game-time decision for Week 3. Davis said he was encouraged with how he felt after some light running and catching drills Friday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: The 49ers play Arizona in the late game Sunday, so fantasy owners will need to have another option ready if Davis can't play. Derek Carrier would get the start in his place with Vance McDonald unlikely to suit up against Arizona.
Harry Douglas - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) had his MRI come back negative on the injured foot he suffered Thursday, Sept. 18. The team will not update his status until sometime next week.
Huddle Up: Looks like Douglas may avoid a serious foot injury and has extra time to recover from the Thursday night injury.
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