Matt Jones - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones needs to improve his ball security of he wants to continue to be part of the offense, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'Definitely you're concerned,' Gruden said. 'The two biggest traits in a back are durability and ball security, and he's proved to be pretty durable so far, but the ball security thing is an issue. We've got to get it corrected.' Jones has lost two fumbles in his last two games.
Huddle Up: The first-year back appears to have had a slight edge for the team's No. 1 role -- out-touching vet Alfred Morris -- over the last two games, but the fumbles certainly have slowed the rookie's roll. Another one could banish him to the bench for a bit.
Davante Adams - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams started the Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Sept. 28 but departed after the first series and was immediately seen on the bench with his shoe off and an ice pack on his left ankle. He will not return.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideout was targeted twice on the Packers' first series, but it looks as if he re-aggravated his ankle injury from Week 2 that had him listed as probable coming into the contest. Rookie WR Ty Montgomery capped the drive with a TD reception and likely will be the biggest playing-time beneficiary.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 28. Head coach Jay Gruden has said Jackson has a chance to play in the Week 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Sure there's a chance, but the more realistic expectation is that the speedy wideout, injured early in the season opener, will miss a couple more games. In the meantime, fellow WR Pierre Garcon (27 targets-17 receptions) and TE Jordan Reed (26-17) will remain Kirk Cousins' top targets.
Breshad Perriman - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 28.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick returned to practice last week after suffering a right-knee sprain on the first day of training camp, but reportedly aggravated the injury in pre-game warmups Sunday. Definitely don't expect to see him on the short week leading into Thursday's game at Pittsburgh, and after that the Perriman watch will drag on.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) is close to returning, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: The upcoming Week 4 game is the first solid opportunity Foster has of returning from his preseason groin/hernia surgery, but the Oct. 8 divisional home game against the Colts likely is more realistic.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (knee) has been diagnosed with a knee sprain, but injury does not appear to be very serious, according to head coach Jim Tomsula.
Huddle Up: Davis is second on the team with 15 targets and is looking like he'll have a significant bounce back following his deeply disappointing 2014 season. Let's monitor how Davis' week of practice goes, and see if his participation trends upward as Sunday approaches.
Charles Johnson - WR - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson's (ribs) status for the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos is uncertain at this point.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who was a trendy mid-round pick following his strong finish to the 2014 season, only has received eight targets with six receptions for 46 yards in the Vikes' first three games. We'll of course have to wait and see how the WR's week of practice plays but all Minnesota pass-catchers are being limited right now by the team's run-centric approach as Minnesota is averaging the fewest pass attempts (24.7) per game in the league through three weeks.
Chris Ivory - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (quadriceps) should be good to go against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Ivory will rest a couple days this week.
Huddle Up: It certainly short-changed the fantasy GMs who started him this past Sunday, but Ivory being active and not playing in Week 3 vs. the Eagles is a good sign that his injuries aren't too serious. Check and see how he does late in the practice week.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) will participate in practice in a limited fashion during the early part of the week, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ellington is expected back in Week 4 after missing the Cards' last two games, and if so, he should be able to put in full practices late in the week.
C.J. Spiller - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller is completely healthy and the team needs to have him touch the ball more often, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Huddle Up: We're thinking Spiller's fantasy owners might be sharing the same sentiment after seeing the RB get only seven total touches over the last two games. However, Mark Ingram is still the No. 1 back and Khiry Robinson likely also will still be involved so Spiller's volume remains somewhat limited.
Free-agent PKs Billy Cundiff (Panthers), Nick Novak (Chargers) and Caleb Sturgis (Dolphins) are among the kickers that are working out for the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Sept. 28. PK Cody Parkey (groin) is dealing with a groin injury.
Huddle Up: Parkey was injured in Sunday's game and won't play this week. The Eagles' offense got going against the Jets but there are better fantasy options out there right now at the kicker position.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) was diagnosed with a mild calf strain and is listed as day-to-day, according to a source informed of the injury. However, head coach Rex Ryan said there's a chance that Watkins won't be able to play in Week 4 against the New York Giants. Watkins had only one catch for 39 yards in Week 3 before he was hurt.
Huddle Up: If Watkins is out against the Giants, Percy Harvin, Robert Woods and tight end Charles Clay will see more targets. Watkins hasn't been a big part of the offense this year but quarterback Tyrod Taylor has still shined.
Devin Smith - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Devin Smith was on the field for 64 offensive snaps during the team's Week 3 game and caught three passes for 39 yards on nine targets.
Huddle Up: Smith saw more playing time with Eric Decker out. He's a player to monitor but Smith doesn't have fantasy value in re-draft leagues once Decker returns.
C.J. Anderson - RB - Denver Broncos
Huddle Up: Anderson has been an absolute disaster this season. Ronnie Hillman will continue to split carries with Anderson moving forward. This is a backfield to avoid for fantasy owners.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is optimistic that QB Drew Brees (shoulder) can play in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys. Brees remains day-to-day but has been making daily progress.
Huddle Up: It's too early to know if Brees will play this week but the Saints are saying all the right things. If Brees can't play, Luke McCown will get his second straight start. We'll know more about Brees' status later in the week.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
Huddle Up: Cruz is likely to make his 2015 debut on Sunday against Buffalo. He'll be a WR4 against the Bills' defense assuming he's active.
Todd Gurley - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley, who had only six carries for nine yards and one catch for five yards in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in his first game of the season, said it will take him some time to get back up to speed after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last year. Gurley doesn't expect his knee to be very sore this week.
Huddle Up: Gurley won't be on the fantasy radar for the next couple of games until the Rams start to give him more touches. Gurley is a talented player but keep him on the bench right now.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning worked mainly out of a pistol formation in a 24-12 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3, completing 31 of 42 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Huddle Up: The pistol is a compromise between Gary Kubiak's desire to run the ball more and Peyton's need to get the ball further back from the line of scrimmage because of his lack of mobility. As far as Manning was concerned, it worked like a charm--great news for fantasy owners of the Broncos' passing game.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald hauled in nine receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He was targeted 11 times.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald continues to thrive with Carson Palmer under center. Doesn't hurt that Michael Floyd has been slow to get back in the mix after his finger injury.
David Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson carried seven times for 25 yards in the Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers and he added three receptions for 16 yards.
Huddle Up: It was Johnson's busiest weekend as a pro, and also his least productive fantasy-wise. Chris Johnson handled the bulk of the backfield work for Arizona as they dominated the 49ers. Going forward, as Andre Ellington returns to the mix, it appears as if David Johnson has earned at least a larger share of the workload; given his explosiveness, that's excellent fantasy news.
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