Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was not able to practice Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: Cook and the Vikings are on a short week as they play Thursday night, but he hasn't been ruled out yet and has a chance to play. If he cannot play or is limited at all then Latavius Murray deserves a look as at least a flex again, even after a dismally disappointing Week 3 outing.
Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) said Tuesday, Sept. 25, his injured hamstring 'feels great at this point' and expects to play Thursday, Sept. 27, against the Los Angeles Rams. 'Yeah, there's a good chance,' Cook said.
Huddle Up: The Cook-less Vikings only managed 14 rushing yards on six attempts in Week 3 with the game script flipped upside down by the Buffalo Bills, but consider Cook a low-end RB2 if he's able to go Thursday night.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was 1-for-9 for 12 yards targeting wide receivers outside the numbers during Weeks 2 and 3.
Huddle Up: Brady is off to a slow start, ranking 20th among fantasy QBs after Week 3, and the lack of an outside receiving threat has been glaring. That's why last week's signing of Josh Gordon shapes up as critical to Brady's -- and the team's -- success going forward.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell remains away from the team, and head coach Mike Tomlin refused to discuss the situation Tuesday, Sept. 25. 'I'm not talking Le'Veon -- I'm just not,' Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. 'There's nothing new to add.'
Sean Lee - LB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) is expected to miss time after suffering a hamstring injury for the second straight game in Week 3, but team owner Jerry Jones is hopeful his absence will be minimal. 'I hope it will be a short time, but I do think he will miss some play time,' Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Jesse James - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James posted just one reception for seven yards on his only target in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Yuck. Vance McDonald got off to a huge start with a 75-yard stiff arm and score in the first quarter and James was a forgotten man in the offense. James and the Steelers will welcome the Ravens to town in Week 4. Treat James as a TE2 for that matchup.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown hauled in six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Brown was third on the team in receiving yardage in this one, although he still was second in targets. JuJu Smith-Schuster is taking advantage of the attention paid to Brown, putting up monster numbers while AB84 has more modest stat lines. Brown and the Steelers host the Ravens in Week 4.
Vance McDonald - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald posted four grabs for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: McDonald made the highlight reel by a sick stiff arm on Chris Conte in the first quarter, just abusing the defensive back en route to a 75-yard touchdown to opener the scoring for the Steelers. Despite the big game, he has put up TE2 caliber numbers to this point. The Steelers host the Ravens in Week 4.
JuJu Smith-Schuster - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster posted nine receptions for 116 yards on 11 targets in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster has posted at least 116 receiving yards in each of his first three games, and he has racked up 22 catches with 30 targets over the past two outings. Smith-Schuster's huge numbers are not making those who own stock in Antonio Brown smile. The second-year receiver from USC has emerged as a legit WR1 in all fantasy leagues heading into Week 4 against the Ravens.
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed 15 times for 61 yards in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24, and he added five grabs for 34 yards on six targets.
Huddle Up: Conner hasn't had a big game since Week 1, but he did save his best for last with a long run to secure the victory in the fourth quarter. A total of 95 scrimmage yards and five receptions is nothing to sneeze at for fantasy owners in PPR leagues, he just set the bar so high in the opener. He remains a solid low-end RB2 in most fantasy leagues heading into Week 4 against the Ravens.
Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 30-of-38 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions in the Week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Big Ben has been slinging it over the first three games, passing for at least 335 yards in each outing while posting three touchdown strikes in each of the past two starts. The defense is atrocious, so this offense is going to have to pile up some serious points to overcome. That's good news for Big Ben's fantasy appeal going forward. The Steelers host the Ravens in Week 4.
Cameron Brate - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate racked up three catches, 34 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Brate hooked up with Ryan Fitzpatrick for what is believed to be the first touchdown in NFL history between a quarterback from Harvard and a receiver from Harvard. Despite the score, he remains more of a low-end TE2 in deeper leagues as long as O.J. Howard remains healthy. The Bucs meet the Bears in Week 4.
Peyton Barber - RB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber ran eight times for a team-best 33 yards in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Barber had a respectable 4.1 yards per carry in the game, but the Bucs abandoned the run rather early with a lopsided score on the board by halftime. It was a pass-happy offense in the second half as the Bucs rallied to get into the game. Barber and the Bucs run game face another tough matchup in Week 4 on the road against the Bears.
DeSean Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson ended up with just three grabs for 37 yards on five targets in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Jackson appeared to rip off a long punt return for touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the play was called back due to an illegal block by Isaiah Johnson, much to the dismay of D-Jax. Fantasy owners in leagues rewarding individual return yardage and scores were certainly angered. Jackson and the Bucs travel to Chicago for Week 4.
O.J. Howard - TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard posted six receptions for 72 yards on eight targets in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Howard took a shot in the back in the second half, so that's something to watch heading into the upcoming week. He didn't leave the game, however. He has posted 11 catches for 222 yards and one score through three games to serve as a decent low-end TE1. The Bucs travel to meet the Bears in Week 4.
Chris Godwin - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin ended up with five catches, 74 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Godwin had a good night, but he almost had a monster night. He appeared to have a 56-yard touchdown after going to the ground, getting back up and going in for a score, but officials claimed he was touched by a defensive back on his way down. Godwin also lost a fumble to splash some cold water on his night. He'll try and keep it going in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears.
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans posted six receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24. The TD was his 35th career score, passing former TE Jimmie Giles for the most in franchise history.
Huddle Up: Evans has scored a touchdown in each of his first three games this season, jelling nicely with Ryan Fitzpatrick. He has 23 grabs, 367 yards and 30 targets. He'll try to keep it going in Week 4 with a road game against the ferocious D of the Chicago Bears.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-50 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 24. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to go over 400 yards in three consecutive games.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick struggled in the first half, but he rallied his team in the second half after a series of early miscues. Jameis Winston's suspension ends on Monday, but will the Bucs make a change under center after such a prolific start to the season?
Tyrod Taylor - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion) is valued by head coach Hue Jackson and the organization and he won't be traded to another organization. 'He is going to be right here. He is not going anywhere,' Jackson said Monday, Sept. 24. 'I think that is important. Like I said, I think part of (Baker Mayfield) being able to play like he did was because of Tyrod and (Drew Stanton). I do not want to upset that room that way.'
Huddle Up: Taylor will be a free agent after the 2018 season, and it's possible a team might want his services if injuries occur at the quarterback position after the league. However, Jackson appears to want to keep him around. As long as he is a backup he obviously has no fantasy appeal.
Matt Breida - RB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (knee) suffered a hyperextended knee during the Week 3 game and is considered questionable for the Week 4 game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Huddle Up: Breida was able to return to the Week 3 game after the injury, but he should have a decent chance to play this week . Owners will need to monitor his practice participation during the week to have a better idea about his status. He can be a No. 2 running back if he plays, but he will be the focal point for opposing defenses with Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season.