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Rob Gronkowski (knee) played on 42-of-73 snaps in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Raiders.

It's 57.5 percent, up from the 43.1 percent Gronkowski had played through the first two weeks. Remember that Gronk wasn't a full-time player last season until five games after coming back from forearm surgery. If anyone is selling, we're buying Gronk as he rounds into form.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 9:46 PM

Marvin Jones (foot) is expected to return following the Week 4 bye.

Jones' timetable has been unchanged since breaking his foot early in camp. Given how much time he's missed, expect him to be eased in as a rotation player with Mohamed Sanu. Eventually, expect Jones to be the man on the outside opposite A.J. Green, leaving Sanu in a slot role. Deep leaguers should make a stash.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 9:41 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh offered praise for rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro following Sunday's 18-91-1 rushing performance against the Browns.

Although Bernard Pierce is tentatively expected to remain the Ravens' starter, he may be on a short leash going forward. "I think the results speak for themselves with Lorenzo," Harbaugh said after Sunday's win. "He was running downhill, physical and was hard to tackle. That is an element that is a big plus for an offense." Taliaferro needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 9:31 PM

A source tells PFT that Adrian Peterson will try to accelerate his trial date.

Peterson won't be allowed to return to the NFL until his child-abuse case is fully resolved. The trick here will be to do that (and get exonerated) without exposing himself to a suspension under the personal-conduct policy. Or perhaps Peterson could get away with a short suspension by pleading guilty and making a public apology. Either way, the Vikings seem very willing to welcome him back. Perhaps we'll gain more clarity this week when a trial date is expected to be announced.
Sep 21 - 9:30 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes that "in all likelihood" Bernard Pierce remains Baltimore's starting tailback when healthy.

Pierce was inactive for Week 3 with a thigh injury. "We thought we'd get him into the game, but it didn't work out," coach John Harbaugh said. "We should have a good chance of getting him back next week." Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro piled up 91 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries (5.06 YPC) in Sunday's win over the Browns. Pierce may remain the starter in name, but he's likely on a short leash. Pierce is averaging 4.04 YPC with a lost fumble on the year.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 21 - 9:28 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Jake Locker will remain his starting quarterback.

Considering Locker's backup is Charlie Whitehurst, it speaks volumes that the question even has to be asked. Locker was bad again Sunday, posting a 41.9 passer rating in an ugly 33-7 loss at Cincy. This comes on the heels of a 26-10 home loss to Dallas. "One of the things that you asked me when I first got here was what would I do differently," Whisenhunt said. "One of the things was patience with the quarterback. Jake has to play better." Locker has a plus matchup against the Colts in Week 4, but he'll be extremely hard to trust.
Sep 21 - 9:17 PM

Julius Thomas caught three passes for 17 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Oddly, Thomas was not a part of the gameplan even though Antonio Gates put three touchdowns on this Seattle defense last week. Luckily for owners, he got the nod on a shovel pass from Peyton Manning in the fourth quarter and scored from three yards out -- his fifth touchdown in the first three weeks. The best news for owners is that after the Week 4 bye, Thomas gets to face a Cardinals defense that is inept at covering the tight end.
Sep 21 - 9:10 PM

Jacob Tamme caught two passes for 22 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Tamme came on in "12" sets after Virgil Green left with a concussion. He scored a 26-yard touchdown to bring the Broncos within two points with 18 seconds left in regulation, which will likely be his biggest play of the season. Tamme had one catch in the first two games even though Wes Welker was suspended.
Sep 21 - 9:06 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught four passes for 31 yards in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

Thomas did salvage his day slightly with a tough, game-tying two-point conversion near the end of regulation. But he was off his game again, dropping a couple bubble screens and luckily avoiding a fumble on replay. He did see a lot of Richard Sherman, but was not shadowed by any stretch and struggled to get open against Byron Maxwell as well. The good news is that Thomas has the bye to get right and then gets plus matchups against the Cardinals, Jets and 49ers. He's a nice buy-low.
Sep 21 - 8:59 PM

Making his 2014 debut, Wes Welker caught six passes for 60 yards in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

The Broncos went into this game wanting Welker to be a role player on passing downs only. But that plan went out the window when they fell behind 17-3 late in the third quarter, and Welker became a favorite target of Peyton Manning. He's still plenty capable of getting open in the slot, meaning he'll be good for 5-7 catches per game going forward. But with his snaps in doubt and Emmanuel Sanders shining, Welker won't get near 2013 levels. He's also a concussion away from an extended absence.
Sep 21 - 8:54 PM

Mike Wallace caught 5-of-12 targets for 74 yards and added a 12-yard rushing attempt in the Dolphins' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.

The usage and targeting were nice to see, but Ryan Tannehill frequently misfired on throws to Wallace, particularly at the intermediate level. Still, with at least 80 total yards and/or a touchdown in each of Miami's first three games, Wallace continues to pay serious fantasy dividends for drafters who bought him at a lowered ADP. He'll be a rock-solid WR2 against the Raiders in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 8:53 PM

Ronnie Hillman rushed two times for two yards and caught one pass for seven yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Seattle.

Montee Ball lost a fumble on his first carry of the game, but was not benched. Hillman did appear to play ahead of C.J. Anderson as this backup position remains fluid heading into the Week 3 bye. It's a competition.
Sep 21 - 8:51 PM

Brian Hartline caught 3-of-7 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' Week 3 loss to Kansas City.

Hartline rarely scores touchdowns -- so the score was nice to see -- but he dropped a pass and now hasn't hit the 40-yard mark in any game this year. He only had 25 on Sunday despite 43 pass attempts from Ryan Tannehill. Hartline is a low-upside WR5 in fantasy. We wouldn't even roster him in 14-team leagues.
Sep 21 - 8:51 PM

Charles Clay managed three catches for 21 yards on four targets in the Dolphins' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.

Reportedly playing at less than 100 percent due to a knee injury, Clay has managed stat lines of 2-27, 7-31, and 3-21 to open the season. He's a TE2 until he shows better production. Clay won't even be a TE1 against the Raiders in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 8:48 PM

Montee Ball rushed 14 times for 38 yards and caught two passes for six yards in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

Ball lost a fumble on his first carry of the game, but encouragingly was not benched. He just had no shot against a Seattle defense that was able to crowd the line of scrimmage most of the game before Peyton Manning finally abandoned the run. Things won't get much easier for Ball after the Week 4 bye, as he'll have to face the Cardinals, Jets and 49ers in Weeks 5-7. We still think his touchdown potential gives him borderline RB1 status the rest of the way. Don't sell low.
Sep 21 - 8:46 PM



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