Andy Dalton - QB - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has not been hit once on 63 dropbacks so far this season.
Huddle Up: Pressure, as it is with most QBs, has been especially bothersome to Dalton. Still he's been kept clean and Dalton's responded with a 40-of-61 performance, 553 yards and a pair of TDs without a turnover against the Ravens and Falcons. Tougher tests loom, though, against the Patriots and Panthers after the team's Week 4 bye.
Tavon Austin - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) is dealing with a mild knee sprain but has a chance to play Week 3, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideout is off to a slow pass-catching start with only 4 targets, 3 catches and 34 yards through 2 games, and is going to have to get healthy and show something before he belongs on the fantasy radar.
Jordan Cameron - TE - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron's (shoulder) status for Week 3 is uncertain at this point, according to head coach Mike Pettine. The team will know more about his status Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Gary Barnidge filled in and caught all 4 of his targets for 41 yards in the win over the Saints, but Brian Hoyer and the Browns clearly could benefit from Cameron's athleticism. See what he's able to do in practice this week.
Ben Tate - RB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) likely will not be able to play Week 3, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: Rookies Terrance West (90 total yards, TD) and Isaiah Crowell (57 yards) stepped in ably Sunday, and their fantasy owners will again have them as starting options Week 3 against the Ravens.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) underwent an MRI on his injury, which came back negative. If he is not able to play Week 3, he should be ready after the team's Week 4 bye.
Huddle Up: Reason says the looming bye likely will lead to the Bengals giving the standout WR an extra week of rest and recovery, but see what the tone coming out of Cincy is during the week.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder), who is day-to-day with a shoulder sprain, said he plans to play in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source that has talked with Jackson. Head coach Jay Gruden said Jackson's playing status will be determined based on pain throughout the week.
Huddle Up: It's no secret Jackson would love to square off against his former team, but he's going to have to demonstrate he's ready in the next 6 days. Stay tuned ...
Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown is likely to fill the void as the team's every-down running back with RB Ryan Mathews (knee) sidelined.
Huddle Up: Brown will see 15-20 carries a game, depending on the flow. When the Chargers are behind and have to pass, Woodhead will be on the field more, just as he is when Mathews is healthy. Either way, Brown is going to have a big role while Mathews is out and deserves to be added in all leagues.
Chad Henne - QB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne is still the starting quarterback for now, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
Huddle Up: No Jaguar offensive player has much fantasy value as long as Henne is the starting quarterback and the offensive line is in shambles. It's that simple.
Lamar Miller - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) left the Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills in a walking boot Sunday, Sept. 14, and his status for Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs isn't known.
Huddle Up: Knowshon Moreno is already out, so Miller would be the main back on Sunday. If he can't can't go, Damien Williams is next in line.
Mark Ingram - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram (hand) is expected to miss roughly a month after injuring his hand in Week 2, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's a big blow to Ingram and the Saints. Ingram was finally starting to play well. Khiry Robinson will now see an expanded role in the Saints offense. He will be a hot waiver wire addition.
Ryan Mathews - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source. Mathews could miss four to five weeks, although he's hoping to return before that.
Huddle Up: Donald Brown will replace Mathews and he should see roughly 15 touches a game. Brown is a high-priority waiver wire addition this week.
Robert Griffin III - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) isn't dealing with a fractured ankle, according to an MRI exam, and he doesn't think surgery is necessary. The best-case scenario for Griffin to recover from the injury is six to eight weeks, according to several surgeons.
Huddle Up: Kirk Cousins will start for Washington in the meantime and could retain the job even when RG3 returns if he plays well. Cousin is a high-end QB2 with upside.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to play in Week 3 following his deactivation in Week 2, the team announced Monday, Sept. 15. He will participate in practice fully this week.
Huddle Up: Peterson was activated on Monday and he'll start Sunday against the Saints. He obviously resumes his place as a Top 5 fantasy RB.
Matt Cassel - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Despite throwing four interceptions in a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Sept. 14, Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will remain the starter. "As I've said before, I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "And I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook. Matt needs to play better. It's pretty obvious he needs to play better."
Huddle Up: Cassel wasn't the only issue for the Vikings in the Week 2 loss, but if they are to be without Adrian Peterson for any length of time it would likely expedite the rebuilding process--in which case no reason for Teddy Bridgewater not to get some on the job experience.
Marques Colston - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston was held without a reception Sunday, Sept. 14. It was the first time he didn't record a catch in a game since 2008.
Huddle Up: It wasn't all Joe Haden, who spent plenty of time trying to man up with Jimmy Graham. You know the Saints like to spread the ball around, but for Colston to go without a catch is highly disturbing.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) had X-rays on his ankle, which were negative. He'll still undergo an MRI to determine if he has any ligament damage.
Huddle Up: No word on how much time, if any, Charles will miss. Knile Davis looked great in his place and is a must-handcuff if you haven't done so already.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
Updating previous reports, New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) injured the same hamstring that bothered him in training camp Sunday, Sept. 14. However, this injury is believed to be more severe and will have an MRI.
Huddle Up: No bueno for a wideout to have a troublesome hammy. If you're banking on Decker for fantasy help you'll need to keep tabs on the situation as if the injury is severe he could be down for a while.
Tavon Austin - WR - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) sustained a knee injury during the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Austin will undergo more tests Monday, Sept. 15.
Huddle Up: More injury issues for the Rams, and another reason for the talented yet enigmatic Austin to fail to live up to his potential.
Gerald McCoy - DT - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (hand) reportedly suffered a broken hand during the team's game Sunday, Sept. 14, against the St. Louis Rams. The team and McCoy have not determined whether he will play through the injury.
Huddle Up: Defensive players were hardly immune to the spate of injuries that hit the NFL in Week 2. The Bucs were already without both starting defensive ends; now they could be down a tackle as well.
Knowshon Moreno - RB - Miami Dolphins
Clarifying a previous item, Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow) will miss at least four weeks, but it could be as many as eight weeks depending on his rehab.
Huddle Up: That's at least a four week window for Lamar Miller to shine, assuming he's healthy enough to do so after getting nicked in the Week 2 game as well. Moreno was running well until the injury, but he'll need to do a better job of staying in shape than he did in the offseason to return to his former workload as soon as he's cleared.
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