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The news: Chargers QB Justin Herbert and WR Keenan Allen were listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice.
What does it mean in fantasy: According to head coach Brandon Staley, Herbert has fractured rib cartilage and is living hand to mouth. Herbert competed in individual drills while Chase Daniels took first team representatives in team drills. Allen missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury and also competed in individual drills. Herbert’s playing status will depend on him, according to Staley. It would be wise for fantasy managers to have a contingency plan. Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jared Goff are three streaming options managers with Herbert on their lists should consider. Allen is likely to play, but having a backup plan is also important. Treylon Burks, Noah Brown and Sterling Shepard are all free agents you can add to your watch list.
The news: Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. (quadruple) and WR Alec Pierce (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Matt Ryan was doing a happy dance in his head. Without his top two receivers against the Jaguars on Sunday, he had a fantastic 1.8 points. Pittman can be considered a low-end WR1 against the Chiefs this week after scoring a fantastic 27.1 points in Week 1. Pierce shouldn’t be on anyone’s fantasy radar for Week 3.
The news: ESPN’s Nick Wagoner reported that George Kittle trained on a limited basis on Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: The odds of Kittle playing against the Broncos on Sunday night are improving as he recovers from a groin injury. Kittle has averaged a fantastic 13.5 points in 41 career games with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center.
The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL has upheld a one-game suspension for Buccaneers WR Mike Evans.
What does it mean in fantasy: Fantasy managers are now awaiting updates regarding the status of Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee). It was recently reported that Cole Beasley would be added to the practice squad as the team adds depth behind Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman and others. Fantasy managers in 12-team leagues or deeper should have Gage and Perriman on their radar. Both can be seen as flexible options while Tom Brady is more of a QB2.
The news: Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official website reports that RB James Conner is still day to day with an ankle injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: Conner was seen training on Wednesday. Although his involvement is likely limited, he appears to be on track to play in Week 3. Conner has a significant history of ankle issues. If time ran out, Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams would form a committee in Week 3.
The news: Ravens RB JK Dobbins practiced in full Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Despite the full practice last week, Dobbins was inactive for the Ravens’ second straight game. He’s been looking forward to getting back on the court since suffering a torn ACL last summer. He said his LCL, hamstrings and meniscus were all affected. With Dobbins injured, it makes sense that the team is extremely cautious. There’s a good chance he’ll make his regular season debut against the Patriots, but he’s unlikely to play a major role in his first game back.
The news: Cardinals WR Rondale Moore remains day to day after not practicing Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: This was confirmed by coach Kliff Kingsbury. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported over the weekend that Moore could be out for a few more weeks with hamstring strain. In his absence, Greg Dortch will continue to fill the void and stay on fantasy radars. Dortch has been the most consistent offensive contributor so far. In two games, he’s averaging a fantastic 6.5 targets and 14.4 points, and he should see favorable coverage in Week 3 against the Rams as Marquise Brown takes on cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The news: Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy did not practice Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Jeudy suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s game against the Texans. Kendall Hinton could be lifted from the practice squad if Jeudy doesn’t play on Sunday. KJ Hamler, who was limited in practice Wednesday, should be on your fantasy radar. Hamler looks set to return to the roster against the 49ers on Sunday night after missing Week 2 with a knee/hip injury. It is available in 97% of ESPN leagues.
The news: Athletic’s Tashan Reed reported that Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow did not practice on Wednesday.
What does it mean in fantasy: Renfrow suffered a concussion in the Week 2 game against the Cardinals. Mack Hollins would replace him in the starting lineup if he can’t play against the Titans in Week 3. Hollins had eight targets last week, and if Renfrow is out, he could replicate that against the Titans.
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