As we head into week 3 there are a lot of players that we need to talk about. There was some injury news that we talked about earlier this week in our week 3 preview podcast episodes, so make sure to go check those out if you haven’t already. As the week went on, there were more and more players added to the injury report, so without further ado, here is the injury update for week 3!
Dionte Johnson (Pittsburgh Steelers)- Johnson is out for this week with a knee injury. This opens up some opportunity for Chase Claypool and Juju Smith-Schuster for this Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals. Both should be good flex starts.
Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns)- Landry was placed on the IR (Injured Reserve) early this week with a knee injury. Odell Beckham Jr. (who you will see later on this list) seems to be active for this Sunday’s game against the Bears and should be the WR 1. OBJ is a good start for this week and if you want to take risks, Anthony Schwartz could have his breakout game.
Carson Wentz (Indianapolis Colts)- Wentz will be a game-time decision this week against the Titans. I would sit Wentz for this week as he hasn’t been too impressive all season. When it comes to other Colts players, its only Jonathan Taylor (RB 1) and Michael Pittman (low-end flex) that I would start.
Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders)- Jacobs is actually listed as doubtful for this week which is not a good sign. Jacobs did not practice this week and I do not expect him to play Sunday against the Dolphins. Kenyan Drake would be a flex player in Jacobs’s absence as Drake has rushing and receiving value.
Darrell Henderson (Los Angeles Rams)- Henderson will be a game-time decision this week for a tough matchup against the Buccaneers. I’m going to tell you the same thing that I said earlier this week in the week 3 preview podcast episode; It doesn’t matter if Henderson plays this week or not, I am not playing any Rams RB this week against this defense.
Miles Sanders (Philadelphia Eagles)- Sanders popped up on the injury report this week with a chest injury. There hasn’t seemed to be too much concern about this injury and Sanders will have an extra day to recover, as he plays Monday night. I expect Sanders to play but it won’t be a bad idea to have a backup like Kenneth Gainwell.
Elijah Mitchell/Trey Sermon (San Francisco 49ers)- Mitchell is doubtful this week with a shoulder injury and Sermon just passed concussion protocol and has a chance of playing. The 49ers play Sunday night and we might have to wait until then to see who will be available. It’s best to sit both players this week.
Antonio Brown (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)- Brown is the next player to be out from COVID. He’s technically not ruled out just yet, but he needs two negative tests that are at least 24 hours apart. The likelihood of this happening less than a week after testing positive is very rare. Its best for fantasy owners to prepare for him to be out. There are no other players that I would start for this team, that you aren’t starting already e.g. Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski.
DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals)- Hopkins missed 3 practices this week and will be a game-time decision this Sunday. Luckily, this is an early Sunday game so we should no 90 minutes before game time. He is an obvious start if does play, but if he doesn’t then Rondale Moore (Who I recommend starting anyway) could have a top 10 performance this week.
Tee Higgins (Cincinnati Bengals)- Higgins missed multiple practices with a shoulder injury and is actually doubtful this week. In an already tough matchup against the Steelers, I would not trust an injured Tee Higgins even if he does play. Unfortunately, you will need to find a replacement for him this week in your starting lineup.
Kenny Golladay (New York Giants)- Golladay was limited all week in practice with a hip injury. It is a favorable matchup against the Falcons but I would not put him any higher than a flex this week. Sterling Shepard, on the other hand, should be a solid WR 3 with WR 2 upside.
Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)- Dalvin Cook has been dealing with an ankle injury since last Sunday. Head Coach Mike Zimmer stated that Cook will play with a full workload this week against the Seahawks as they “need to get a win”. Even though Cook is expected to play, it is not a bad idea to pick up Alexander Mattison just to be safe.
Damien Harris (New England Patriots)- Harris has been dealing with a finger injury that is causing him to be limited in practice. I have not seen any doubt so far about Harris’ availability for this Sunday’s game against the Saints and he should start unless there are any setbacks before the game. Harris should have a fine week against a tough Saints rushing defense.
D’Andre Swift (Detroit Lions)- Swift has been limited this week with a groin injury and is technically “questionable” for week 3 but he has been limited every week so far with this injury and always seems to play. I am confident that Swift will play and he should be a solid RB 2.
Antonio Gibson (Washington Football Team)- Ron Rivera, the Head Coach for Washington, stated that Gibson is “good to go” for week 3. There seems to be no concern here and Gibson should be a fine RB 1 but has a difficult matchup against the Bills.
Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)- Barkley owners rejoice! Barkley was not on the final injury report and should be a full go this week against the Falcons. I expect Barkley to have his best game yet as he faces an easier matchup this week against Atlanta.
Amari Cooper (Dallas Cowboys)- Amari Cooper said that he will be “good to go” for Monday night. This is a good sign and this means he will be available for this week. Cooper will be a WR 2 as he might be limited due to his bruised ribs, but still has a high upside.
Odell Beckham Jr. (Cleveland Browns)- Head Coach Kevin Stefanski stated that OBJ will play week 3 against the Bears. With the absence of Landry, OBJ should fit right back into the WR 1 role in this team. I have him as a flex this week, but he has the opportunity to finish higher than that.
Darnell Mooney (Chicago Bears)- Mooney was limited all week in practice but is expected to play. I really like Mooney this week with Justin Fields getting the start at QB. The upside is there for Mooney now and its only a matter of time before he explodes.
Marquise Brown (Baltimore Ravens)- Brown was dealing with an ankle injury earlier this week but returned to practice on Friday. This is always a good sign as a Friday return usually means they will play. I expect Brown to play and have a good week against the Detroit Lions.