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Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (ankle) is questionable for Week 3 against the Ravens.

Ramsey played through the injury last week but missed practice Thursday after participating Wednesday. We'd expect him to be out there in this London affair, but we may not find out officially until Sunday morning.
Sep 22 - 9:32 AM

Terrance West (thigh) returned to practice Friday.

We should have a final injury report soon, as the Ravens are across the pond in England. West's game status probably has more effect on Buck Allen's fantasy appeal than West's himself. Allen is worth starting no matter what.
Sep 22 - 9:28 AM

NESN's Doug Kyed replied "it's looking that way" when asked if the Patriots would trade CB Malcolm Butler this season.

Kyed didn't offer up any specifics, but Butler has seemed to fall out of favor in New England after being benched in Week 2 against the Saints and coming on as the No. 3 corner behind Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe. Butler is in the final year of his deal, and the Patriots could use some pass-rushing help. Butler has long been wanting an extension but hasn't gotten it from the Pats.
Source: NESN
Sep 22 - 9:09 AM

Tavin Austin is in the league's concussion protocol.

Austin has been phased out of the offense with the additions of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. He's caught just two passes for 12 yards through three games. Austin is likely a goner in 2018.
Sep 22 - 9:03 AM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Jaguars.

He didn't make the trip to London. It's a big deal for Leonard Fournette's outlook; Williams has been one of the NFL's most dominant run defenders for an extended stretch. The Ravens will need Carl Davis to play more.
Sep 22 - 7:40 AM

Jared Goff completed 22-of-28 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-39 win over the 49ers in Week 3.

What a difference a year makes with his career-high 145.8 passer rating in this one. In fact, Goff's passing rating improvement from his lowly 63.6 in his rookie season to his second-year rating of 118.2 is on pace to be the largest increase since 1970 among players making the jump to their sophomore season. Last year, he was also dead last in yards per attempt among quarterbacks with at least 200 attempts, but his air yards have transformed his approach as a passer. Coach Sean McVay is probably a slight improvement from the guy last year. While he's done a great job shedding the bust label so far this season, Goff is still going to be a risky fantasy play in Dallas for Week 4.
Sep 22 - 12:44 AM

Todd Gurley rushed 28 times for 113 yards and two rushing touchdowns and caught 5-of-7 targets for 36 yards and one receiving touchdown against the 49ers in Week 3.

This isn't that same old seven and nine stuff. Gurley's three TDs in the first half got him to six in the first 10 quarters of this season, which matched his entire total in 2016. His usage is headed to be among the league leaders and the Rams' sudden improvement on offense should lead to more scores. Coach Sean McVay blamed himself for Gurley's fumbling issues in Week 2 and talked about his own "uncharacteristic decisions" and "indecisiveness," so clearly he trusts his bell-cow back. Gurley looks like he will be an RB1 in his third season.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 12:36 AM

Sammy Watkins is in the concussion protocol following a win over the 49ers in Week 3, finishing with six catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns on his seven targets.

He was hit hard on his second touchdown, walked to the locker room under his own power, and the severity of the injury is not yet known, but let's focus on how marvelous he was before the injury for now. He scored his first touchdown as the primary read on a double slant from the one-yard line, and Watkins had one of the prettiest over-the-shoulder catches you'll ever see for a 47-yard completion earlier in the game. Coach Sean McVay talked about getting his key players in a better rhythm, so it would appear we won't see Watkins get 3.5 targets per game like he did in the first two outings this year. Hopefully, the extra days off before Week 4 will be enough for him to be ready for the Cowboys.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 12:32 AM

Robert Woods caught 6-of-7 targets for 108 yards against the 49ers in Week 3.

He led the Rams receivers in snaps for the first two games and he was even out there in one-wide sets near the goal line tonight. As impressive as this line is after a one-catch Week 2, the Rams do look to be involving Sammy Watkins more and running the rock will be essential to their success, so Woods will have tough time matching this output most weeks. Unless Watkins does have a concussion and needs to miss time, Woods isn't really a great fantasy pickup after this one.
Sep 22 - 12:24 AM

Cooper Kupp caught 2-of-2 targets for 17 yards against the 49ers in Week 3.

He played 37 of the 65 snaps in this game, but this win was all about Todd Gurley and Sammy Watkins. Jared Goff going down the field more than anticipated has cooled the hype on the slot man, but NFL defenses could make an adjustment to help make the rookie as more of a security blanket. Most owners in competitive leagues should just bench him, but he is trending down after his strong Week 1.
Sep 22 - 12:21 AM

Gerald Everett was not targeted in Week 3 against the 49ers.

He entered Week 3 as the leading rookie for receiving yards, but a 69-yard reception last week is the main reason. Everett isn't running enough routes or getting enough snaps to be counted on in re-draft leagues .
Sep 22 - 12:16 AM

Tavon Austin rushed three times for 14 yards and wasn't targeted against the 49ers in Week 3.

Late in the fourth quarter, he needed to be evaluated for a concussion. The Rams have been lining him up out wide and they had him in the backfield because they only had two active backs. He almost scored on a jet sweep from 11 yards out, but he was tackled just shy of the goal line. This week, coach Sean McVay said Austin "has a lot more in him, just as a complete receiver," but he's still getting most of his looks as a gadget guy.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 12:11 AM

Brian Hoyer completed 23-of-37 passes for 332 yards and two passing touchdowns with nine rushing yards and one rushing score in a 41-39 loss during Week 3 against the Rams.

It looked like he was in for a rough night with an interception on the first play that was nearly a pick six. Hoyer had three turnovers in the first two games and the 49ers didn't post any touchdowns in those two games, so there were some murmurs of C.J. Beathard pushing him sooner rather than later. It's a step forward for the 31-year-old Spartan, but he's still only a low-end QB2 against the Cardinals in Week 4.
Sep 22 - 12:09 AM

Carlos Hyde rushed 25 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams in a Week 3 loss, adding three catches for 10 yards.

He suffered a left hip injury in the first quarter and returned in the second quarter after some heat treatment. Hyde was able to score his first TD of the season with the 49ers running in four consecutive times on a goal-to-go situation, and his second TD came on another big fourth down in the fourth quarter. Additionally, coach Kyle Shanahan does appear to have plans of using Hyde as a pass catcher all season. He'll get a few extra days off to heal his hip, so his fantasy owners should plan on locking him in for Week 4 against the Cardinals.
Sep 22 - 12:08 AM

Marquise Goodwin caught 2-of-5 targets for 62 yards against the Rams in Week 3.

He showed why the 49ers brought him in with some deep balls going his way, including a 50-yard strike down the middle of the field. Goodwin is getting decent volume in the offense with 17 targets on the season, but he's only caught eight of those. His value will be tied to him making long catches, and he's not really worth owning in most leagues.
Sep 22 - 12:07 AM



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