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Fantasy Football Today: Week 3 injury updates for Justin Herbert, Alvin Kamara & more; rankings updates

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We’re here to help you put together a squad and you’re likely to need help this week with all the injuries in the league. If this is what the third week on the injury report looks likeI’m not looking forward to how the rest of the season goes.

Jamie Eisenberg, Heath Cummings and Dave Richard are at CBS Sports Headquarters to answer your questions and bring you the latest injury news live before kick-off. And if you want more direct answers to your questions, I have two more ways to win: go to Twitter and use hashtag “#AskFFT”where our entire team will be answering questions all morning; and go to FFT YouTube channel for chatting with Adam Izer, Frank Stampfl and myself starting at 11:30.. We’ll be there until the very beginning and answer as many questions as we can, so make sure you get on the chat early to ask your questions.

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For more help on Week 2, here’s the rest of our preview content to get you ready:

  • Week 3: Start with them and sit with them: QB | RB | WR
  • Starts, sits down and sleeps for every game
  • Week 3 Cheat Sheets: PPR | Non-PPR
  • Week 3 Position Preview: QB | RB | WR | OUR
  • Week 3 Ratings: Jamie | Dave | Hit | Chris
  • My updated week 3 rankings: QB | RB | WR | OUR
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For the rest of this morning newsletter, I have updates on latest injury news as well as answers to your questions in the #AskFFT mailbox – email me at [email protected] during the week to get your emails included.

Injury Report at Week 3


  • Justin Herbert (ribs) is a legitimate game decision as he continues to heal from his second week injury. He is reportedly contemplating pain injections at the site of the injury to play with, and it doesn’t seem like a risk it’s one of re-injury – it’s more of a pain management issue. If he plays, you will probably start him, but Herbert is certainly at some risk due to injury. He’s not the obvious top-five quarterback he usually is. If he doesn’t play, Chase Daniel will be relegated for all offense.

running spins

  • JK Dobbins (knee) is expected to make his debut today after rehabilitating his reconstructed knee. He’s been training for a few weeks now but I still expect Dobbins to have limited reps so I don’t see him as a mandatory starter Fantasy RB just yet – he should reach that eventually but he’s more of a RB3 right now when he knocks down rust .
  • Alvin Kamara (rib) looks like he’s going to play after missing last week’s game. It is unclear if he will be limited due to injury – his role in the first week was not quite what we expected due to injury. I don’t treat Camara as a top 12 RB this week, but I’ll start with him where I have him.
  • James Conner (ankle) still looks like he made his decision during the game, but Sunday morning reports show he’s leaning towards the game. Maybe he has a smaller role than usual – maybe Eno Benjamin takes a few more shots to help Conner stay fresh – but Conner is still RB2 in my ranking if he plays.
  • Josh Jacobs (illness) joined the team in Tennessee on Saturday after missing his flight on Friday. It’s not yet clear if he’s going to play, but the fact that he ended up traveling seems to indicate that he will. If he doesn’t, Brandon Bolden and Zameer White will likely see a bigger role, with White probably handling fast downs and Bolden getting a bigger role in the passing game – I’d rather use Bolden if it comes down to it .
  • Leonard Furnett (hamstring) looks like he’s about to play after following the same training trends as last week.

Wide receivers

  • Let’s start with the Buccaneers receivers, just like last week. Chris Godwin (hamstring) is out, as is Mike Evans (suspended). Julio Jones (knee) is decided during the game and Russell Gage (hamstring) is to play. I think the same can be said about Breshad Perryman (knee). The Buccaneers have added Cole Beasley from their practice squad and I feel he will play the right role right off the bat. Gage is the only one from this group that I would trust in my lineups for the whole season, but even he is more like a low-level WR3 for me. He just doesn’t have enough confidence to trust anyone.
  • Keenan Allen (hamstring) looks like he has a chance to play, though it’s not a good sign that he missed Friday’s practice after being restricted the first two days of the week. If he plays, you will definitely start him, but there is a risk between his injury and Herbert’s injury.
  • Michael Pittman (ATV) doesn’t appear on the Colts’ injury report, so his absence lasts only one week. Alec Pierce (concussion) is also expected to return, so Matt Ryan will get two top WRs back. Pittman is a mandatory starting option.
  • Gabe Davis (ankle) is expected to play against the Dolphins. He’s going to test it in the warm-up to make sure, so don’t fix your lineup until you see the inactive ones, but he’s a WR3 if he’s actually playing.
  • Jerry Judy (ribs/chest) looks like he has a good chance to play based on Sunday morning reports. Whether he will play his typical role remains to be seen and the risk of re-injury makes him risky, but I expect him to be quite involved – I still see him as 1b for Cortland Sutton. 1a in this offence. Both are in the WR2/3 range of my rating.
  • The Packers have their own injury concerns in this game against the Buccaneers, with Randall Cobb (illness) and Christian Watson (hamstring) in doubt, and Sammy Watkins was named to the IR roster earlier in the week. Romeo Doubs is a great helper in the fight for rejection in case he shows up this week.
  • Michael Gallup (knee) is expected to play Monday night against the Giants if he passes his final warm-up tests. You should hide him, but don’t launch him in his first game.
  • Hunter Renfroe (concussion) will be out of Sunday’s game against the Titans.
  • Jacobi Meyes (knee) will not play, according to reports on Sunday morning. Nelson Agolor and Kendrick Bourne are looking forward to seeing bigger roles, but I don’t think anyone from this passing game should be used.
  • Kadarius Toni (hamstring) is a dubious fit for Monday’s game against the Cowboys. I still have some hope that he will sort things out, but his inability to stay on the field has been reportedly a problem with the coaches, so he has a lot of work to do to prove himself.
  • Rondale Moore (hamstring) remains on the sidelines and Greg Dortch remains an interesting PPR sleeper in his absence.
  • Kyle Phillips (shoulder) is a dubious fit for Sunday against the Raiders. Trailon Burks could see an even bigger role if Phillips stays out.

tight ends

  • George Kittle (groin) is expected to return this week after being taken off the training record on Friday. He is not expected to face any snap limits, so you should have Kittle in your roster.
  • Dawson Knox (leg) is questionable but looks like he’s set to play after upping his practice on Thursday and Friday. He is an extreme starter at this point.
  • TJ Hockenson (ribs) has been limited in training all week and we have no indication that he is going to play. It remains TE1 based on volume if active.
  • Dalton Schultz (knee) didn’t practice much on Saturday but I’d rather not rely on him going to Monday Night Football. I’m not sure I trust rookie Jake Ferguson to use him if Schultz is out and the Cowboys really don’t have a tight end to worry about – Tanner Hudson and Daniel Bellinger hit four targets together in two games.

#AskFFT Mailbox

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Send your questions to [email protected] to be included next week.

  • Doug: For 0-2 teams coming out after a good draft with under-drafting players (your version of Kyle Pitts/Darnell Mooney), do you bail relatively high-drafted players for off-wire hotshots or hang around? tight?

It all depends on the player, obviously. As for Mooney, I’m not far from giving up hope – the Bears need to demonstrate a willingness to act like a modern NFL offense for him to have any chance of realizing his potential, and they didn’t do that in two games. – They only have two games in the NFL with 20 or fewer pass attempts. They will throw more than they have going forward, but the early returns from this attack are bad enough that it’s wise to get impatient with Muni.

Pitts is a different matter, mainly because I honestly believe he is an elite talent. Maybe Drake London is even better – he’s damn good, you know – but I need more than two games before I’m ready to give up on a young player with Pitts’ skill set. Anyway, the rapid emergence of London must make Pitts life easier and I believe she will move forward. Even if Pitts has a bad game this week, I will still put him in the top 10 tight ends.

In other words, your preseason expectations should still carry significant weight. Of course, they don’t have to be everything – we have learned new information and I can’t tell you that there is an obvious rule when it comes to who deserves your faith and who doesn’t. It’s the “I’ll know it when I see it” kind of thing.

  • Bill: I’m worried about defending Wentz against the Eagles after seeing the Vikings fight. I took Flacco but changed my mind. So let’s start with Venza or Flacco?

I share your concerns about Wentz – he’s had some pretty bad stints so far, especially in the first half of games where he averaged 5.9 yards per pass attempt. So far, Wentz has managed to bounce back from his slow start, but this Eagles defense looks a little tougher than the Jaguars or Lions. Wentz has a great weapon, but Kirk has one too, and Darius Slay was able to take Justin Jefferson pretty convincingly. However, there are a lot of quarterbacks with questions right now, and I can’t say that Wentz is one of the riskiest. The fact that Wentz is in the top 12 options says a lot about the state of the position this week.


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