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  • Baker Mayfield - QB - Cleveland Browns
    Posted 9/24/18 10:06am ET

    Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield was named the team's starting quarterback Monday, Sept. 24.

    Huddle Up: This is a move that has been expected since Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor and led the Browns back from a 14-0 deficit in Week 3 against the New York Jets. His promotion figures to be good news for the entire offense, although Jarvis Landry, David Njoku and Antonio Callaway could end up benefiting the most given how Mayfield's accuracy. He belongs on the QB2 radar for now, beginning in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders.

  • Evan Engram - TE - New York Giants
    Posted 9/24/18 8:22am ET

    Updating an earlier report, New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) had an MRI reveal no significant tears in his right knee, but he was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament. His timetable sounds like it could be four to six weeks.

    Huddle Up: The Giants have a bye in Week 7, and that would give him five weeks to heal. It's a stretch to expect him before that. Rhett Ellison caught all three of his targets for 39 yards and a score in Week 3 and could be worth a fringe TE2 spot.

  • Evan Engram - TE - New York Giants
    Posted 9/24/18 8:11am ET

    Updating previous reports, New York Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) has a sprained medial collateral ligament, and he'll be viewed as week to week.

    Huddle Up: MCL sprains can generally take anywhere from two to six weeks to heal. It's possible the team could hold him out of the next three games to get through the bye week. Rhett Ellison caught all three of his targets for 39 yards and a score in Week 3. He doesn't have the skill set you'd want to have if you just lost Engram, but he could be worth owning as a backup. Hold on to Engram if you have the roster space.

  • Devontae Booker - RB - Denver Broncos
    Posted 9/24/18 6:42am ET

    Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker had seven of his 10 touches after the team fell behind by 13 points in the third quarter as the team trusts him in the passing game as a blocker and receiver. He had 26 snaps on offense overall for 38 percent of the offense.

    Huddle Up: Booker isn't doing much with his touches. He has 10 rushes for 31 yards and seven catches for 45 yards. He's unplayable right now, but he's still worth holding as depth.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
    Posted 9/24/18 5:40am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski confirmed a report that he was nearly traded to the Detroit Lions, but he wouldn't have reported there or anywhere else. That nixed the deal. 'Yeah it happened,' Gronkowski said. 'Brady's my quarterback.'

    Huddle Up: Gronk is starting to lose ground after being in a tier of his own for the last few years in fantasy. He's still a great TE1, but the sputtering offense has drifted him to the pack a bit.

  • Jamison Crowder - WR - Washington Redskins
    Posted 9/24/18 1:06am ET

    Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder caught all four of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown while adding one carry for six yards in Week 3 versus the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: Crowder has attracted exactly four targets in each of his first three games, making him something of a disappointment for fantasy purposes considering how his well his ability to win on shorter routes complements Alex Smith's conservative ways. After Washington comes off its bye in Week 4, he'll be on the low-end flex radar in Week 5 versus the New Orleans Saints.

  • Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 9/24/18 12:57am ET

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 27-of-36 for 262 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception in Week 3 against the New England Patriots.

    Huddle Up: Stafford took a bit of a backseat to the rushing attack in this one, as Detroit piled up 159 yards on the ground. And despite the fact that he completed 75 percent of his passes, he overshot Marvin Jones on a potential touchdown and threw a bad interception early in the second half. Nevertheless, his last two games have got a long way in removing the stench of his Week 1 stinker. He'll be a low-end fantasy QB1 in Week 4, however, as the Dallas Cowboys have played good pass defense so far this season.

  • Sony Michel - RB - New England Patriots
    Posted 9/24/18 12:49am ET

    New England Patriots RB Sony Michel ran 14 times for 50 yards and lost a yard on his only catch in Week 3 versus the New England Patriots.

    Huddle Up: Michel finished with 14 of the team's 18 carries coming from the backfield, but it is still hard to read too much into his usage, as Rex Burkhead only played a few snaps before leaving due to injury. The rookie showed the ability that made him an attractive draft pick this spring when he got the opportunity to do so, but New England really struggled to block the Lions' defensive line for most of the night. If Burkhead is forced to sit in Week 4, Michel could be a serviceable flex option versus Miami Dolphins.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
    Posted 9/24/18 12:35am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught four of his five targets for 51 yards in Week 3 versus the Detroit Lions.

    Huddle Up: Detroit sold out to stop him in critical situations throughout, including using the kind of jam at the line usually reserved for gunners on punt coverage on at least one play late in the game. Owners probably aren't going to be overly thrilled with six catches and 66 scoreless yards combined over the last two weeks, but life is going to get better as soon as defenses have to start accounting for Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman. Gronkowski remains an elite TE1 play in fantasy in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins.

  • Kerryon Johnson - RB - Detroit Lions
    Posted 9/24/18 12:18am ET

    Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson rushed 16 times for 101 yards and added two receptions for nine yards in Week 3 versus the New England Patriots.

    Huddle Up: Johnson became the first Detroit running back to rush for over 100 yards since Reggie Bush did so in Week 13 of the 2013 season. Much as was the case at Auburn and over his first two games as a pro, the second-round pick looked light on his feet and is a smooth runner who doesn't turn in many negative runs. The Lions seem to want to keep him in a committee for now, but it is clear he is the best all-around back they have. He's very much in the flex discussion entering Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 9/24/18 12:18am ET

    Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett logged four receptions, 77 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3. Lockett also carried once for five yards.

    Huddle Up: Without Doug Baldwin around Lockett is the best of an uninspiring bunch in the Emerald City. With bye weeks already beginning Lockett might hold some appeal next Sunday against a winless Arizona squad.

  • Chris Hogan - WR - New England Patriots
    Posted 9/24/18 12:11am ET

    New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan converted three of his four targets into 31 scoreless yards in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.

    Huddle Up: Hogan has been completely unpredictable from a fantasy standpoint so far, doing next to nothing in two favorable matchups and scoring twice against a Jacksonville Jaguars secondary that is as stingy as they come. While it's possible Josh Gordon's integration in the offense could open up some looks for Hogan, it's just as likely his value will bottom out once Julian Edelman returns. Hogan has quickly descended into WR3 territory entering Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins.

  • Brandon Marshall - WR - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 9/24/18 12:10am ET

    Seattle Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall caught two passes for 30 yards on Sunday, Sept. 23, against the Dallas Cowboys.

    Huddle Up: Taken in combination with his performance in the second half of the Chicago game, Marshall has now caught two passes in the last six quarters of game action. Even with Doug Baldwin out Marshall isn't posting fantasy-relevant numbers. At best he's someone to stash at the back end of your roster in the hope he's got something left in the tank.

  • Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 9/24/18 12:03am ET

    Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 16 of 26 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 23.

    Huddle Up: While 192 yards was a season-low for Wilson, he kept a clean sheet on the turnover front for the first time this season and passed for his sixth and seventh scores on the year. Probably the bigger story, however, is that Wilson simply isn't running any more -- he's on pace for 112 rushing yards in 2018 after averaging 546 in his first six seasons. Without the added value, Wilson is more of a high-end backup than a weekly fantasy starter.

  • Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
    Posted 9/24/18 12:01am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady finished 14-of-26 for 133 yards and a touchdown to go along with an interception in Week 3 versus the Detroit Lions.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots only had three receivers active, which obviously did little to help his cause. Detroit also enjoyed nearly a 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession in this contest, so Brady was hardly ever on the field either. Better days are likely ahead if and when Josh Gordon works his way into Brady's circle of trust, but it's also a bit concerning it has come to that for New England. Brady should bounce back with a better effort in Week 4 versus the Miami Dolphins.

  • Rashaad Penny - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 9/23/18 11:55pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny gained five yards on three carries against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3.

    Huddle Up: After gaining 43 and 30 yards, respectively, in his first two games, Penny was invisible in Week 3 and has done nothing thus far to reward Seattle's faith of investing a first-round pick on him. It's too early to cast Penny aside, but keep him out of your lineup until further notice.

  • Allen Robinson - WR - Chicago Bears
    Posted 9/23/18 11:53pm ET

    Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson turned seven targets into three receptions for 50 yards in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.

    Huddle Up: Taylor Gabriel actually led Chicago receivers with 10 targets. Robinson has yet to find the end zone through three weeks despite seeing 28 targets, although Mitch Trubisky's uninspiring play thus far is to blame for most of that. As long as that continues, Robinson figures to be on the WR2/WR3 borderline, although he'll get a favorable matchup next week versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Chris Carson - RB - Seattle Seahawks
    Posted 9/23/18 11:50pm ET

    Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson carried the ball 32 times for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 23. Carson added a pair of receptions for 22 yards.

    Huddle Up: After logging just six touches due to "fatigue" in Week 2, Carson looked fresh and ready to go against Dallas, burying rookie first-rounder Rashaad Penny in the process. While Carson isn't the most reliable of options at the moment he does hold RB3 value.

  • Sam Bradford - QB - Arizona Cardinals
    Posted 9/23/18 11:43pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals QB Sam Bradford went 13-of-19 for 157 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 versus the Chicago Bears, but he also threw two interceptions. He was replaced by rookie Josh Rosen for the final two drives after committing a fourth-quarter fumble.

    Huddle Up: At this point, it's hard to know for sure if Bradford or offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is to blame for the mess that has become Arizona's offense, but Rosen's insertion into the game late in the fourth quarter with the game still on the line would seem to suggest Bradford may not get another chance anytime soon to prove he's not the one at fault. Neither Bradford nor Rosen are worth using in fantasy for the foreseeable future.

  • Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
    Posted 9/23/18 11:41pm ET

    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott registered 16 carries for 127 yards (7.9 YPC) in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. Elliott added three catches on eight targets for 11 yards.

    Huddle Up: While Elliott's 127 rushing yards were nice, you'd be hard pressed to say he played a good game. First, he inexplicably stepped out of bounds before catching what would've been an easy touchdown (resulting in a penalty) and later was stripped of the football as Dallas was driving. When Dallas loses they tend to get back to basics, which consists of handing the ball to Elliott. Make sure he's in your starting lineup next week.

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