Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is expected to play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, head coach Anthony Lynn said Friday, Sept. 22.
Huddle Up: Gordon hasn't had much running room this year, but his work in the passing game and lack of competition for snaps has allowed him to remain an effective fantasy option. As long as he suits up, he should be in your lineup despite the tough matchup.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been cleared to play in the next two games after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th District set a Oct. 2 court date for the case involving his six-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Elliott was limited to eight yards against the Denver Broncos last week and will be facing an Arizona Cardinals rush defense that ranks in the top-10 in the NFL. Elliott should have more success in Week 3 and can be a No. 1 or No. 2 fantasy running back for owners this week.
Tyler Kroft - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Kroft is expected to see an increase in targets in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers with TE Tyler Eifert (back, knee) ruled out.
Huddle Up: Kroft isn't a terribly attractive fantasy play, although he could be worth a look in the deepest of leagues for his work in the red zone if you need an emergency replacement for Eifert. Kroft might be a nice salary saver in DFS play, too.
Case Keenum - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum will be the starter again in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with QB Sam Bradford (knee) on the shelf.
Huddle Up: Keenum being under center means a decrease in fantasy appeal for Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, etc. Diggs and Thielen should be treated as WR3 or WR4 options, while Rudolph is still a red zone threat and a solid low-end TE1. The Buccaneers DST will be a popular fantasy option against the backup QB.
Sam Bradford - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) is out for Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he is seeking a second opinion on his ailing knee.
Huddle Up: It's uncertain when Bradford will be able to return to game action, so it will be Case Keenum under center again this Sunday. That news immediately means a downgrade to the fantasy value of Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, etc. Diggs and Thielen should only be considered as WR3 or WR4 plays, while Rudolph remains a low-end TE1 for his ability in the red zone. The Buccaneers DST is also a favorable unit to play against Keenum.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Thomas is off to a solid start this season with 11 catches and 138 yards in two games. He will continue to be a focal point in the passing game for Denver and should be considered a No. 2 fantasy receiver in all leagues.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (non-injury) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Charles has been productive as the No. 2 running back for the Broncos and has rushed for at least 40 yards in each of the first two games of the season. He probably will receive a similar workload in Week 3 and probably should only be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.
Paul Richardson - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (finger) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 22, and he is no longer on the injury report for Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Richardson dislocated a finger, had it popped back into place, and then he scored the game-winning touchdown in Week 2. He is expected to be fine for Sunday's visit to Nashville and he remains a solid WR4 or flex fantasy play.
Jimmy Graham - TE - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) was able to take part in a full practice Friday, Sept. 22, but he is still listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Graham 'did everything' in practice, according to head coach Pete Carroll, and he is expected to play in Week 3. Start him as you normally would in fantasy.
DeMarco Murray - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Friday, Sept. 22, and he is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Murray was facing a tough matchup if he were at 100 percent, but it's especially difficult if he is a little banged up. Look for Derrick Henry to shoulder some of the lost against the Seahawks, and perhaps start if Murray is out or limited. The fantasy back of choice in Nashville this weekend appears to be Henry.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 22.
Huddle Up: Brown is not expected to play this week, so owners should avoid him. Jaron Brown and JJ Nelson will have bigger roles in the passing game and could be No. 3 receivers or flex options in most leagues.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 22.
Huddle Up: Palmer continues to receive practices off during the season but will be fine for Week 3. He has thrown for 600 yards two touchdowns and four interceptions in the first two weeks of the season and will be facing a solid Dallas Cowboys defense. He should be avoided this week and will only be a starting option against favorable matchups.
Rex Burkhead - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice Friday, Sept. 22, and he has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: With Burkhead out, Mike Gillislee and James White will likely see a few more touches in the New England backfield, and Dion Lewis should also see a few extra snaps.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and officially is listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski told reporters earlier in the day that he ready to play, so the questionable tag appears to be a formality rather than something to worry about for fantasy owners. Still, it's always disconcerting to see that red plus or injury designation. Don't hesitate to use him this weekend in all fantasy formats.
Danny Amendola - WR - New England Patriots
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and he is considered questionable for Week 3 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: The veteran proclaimed himself 'good to go' earlier in the day, so the injury report designation looks to be a formality. He opened with 100 receiving yards in Week 1 and could be a valuable fantasy asset if he can stay on the field.
Dontrelle Inman - WR - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman (groin) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Inman has not been targeted in the first two games of the season but should still receive some playing time against the Kansas City Chiefs. Owners probably should look for other options to use in their lineups and can avoid Inman.
Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 22, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Gordon should have a good chance to play, but owners will need to check the inactive list to see if he will be in uniform. Gordon would be facing a tough Kansas City Chiefs defense but can still be a starting fantasy option if he plays.
Amari Cooper - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (knee) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 22, and was removed from the injury report heading into Week 3 against the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Cooper faces a Redskins pass defense allowing 266.5 yards per game, so there is opportunity for a big stat line. He remains a solid WR2 in all fantasy leagues for Week 3.
Chris Thompson - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (back) was able to practice in full Friday, Sept. 22, and he has been removed from the injury report ahead of Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Despite his full bill of health, and Rob Kelley's questionable status, Thompson is still expected to be the third-down back against the Raiders. The coaching staff feels he is a bit smallish and unable to take the full beating of being the featured back, so look for Samaje Perine to be relied upon more if Kelley is out, limited or needs a rest.
Rob Kelley - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ribs) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 22, and is questionable for Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders. He remains in pain, and has been trying different things to alleviate the discomfort including sleeping with pillows on his back. He added that he might wear a protective vest if he plays.
Huddle Up: The second-year back out of Tulane has managed 10 or more carries in each of his first two games and he'll remain the lead back for the Redskins when healthy, with Chris Thompson working in a third-down capacity and Samaje Perine seeing work in relief. Kelley is best used as a RB3 or flex play when healthy.