Fantasy Football Week 3: Wednesday's Daily Fantasy Market Report

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2016

Fantasy Football Week 3: Wednesday's Daily Fantasy Market Report

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    Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo
    Patriots QB Jimmy GaroppoloJim Rogash/Getty Images

    Thanks to an unusually high number of injuries in Week 2, we get to have the fun of figuring out who the heck to play in Week 3 of fantasy football.

    While it's never good to see a player get hurt, the good news is that a lot of these injuries are super easy to identify who is and isn't going to sit out...


    The most recent injury to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has created a frenzy of negative commentary surrounding the Vanderbilt product and has us wondering how this will impact the surrounding skill position players on the team.

    Well, let's find out.

    You guessed it: leading off the slideshow—Cutler and the Bears.

Bears QB Jay Cutler Has Sprained Thumb

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    According to Jeff Dickerson of, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a sprained thumb and it does not appear that he will need surgery.

    The injury occurred in the team's 29-14 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.

    Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer took over following the injury.

    While Cutler has been listed as day-to-day, the Bears are expecting the big-armed quarterback to miss an extended period of time, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

    Fortunately for the Bears, Hoyer has some NFL experience, so it's not a total loss at this point.

    The Bears are not a good team. We know that. Because of this, we could see Hoyer being forced to throw. However, this isn't all bad.

    Why? Well, Hoyer is no stranger to chucking it up—13.3 percent of his dropbacks resulted in a deep ball in 2015.

    The change at quarterback will likely hurt running back Jeremy Langford's value, but the receivers shouldn't be impacted.

Chargers Sign RB Dexter McCluster

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    Following the injury to San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead, the team has brought in a replacement—running back Dexter McCluster (N/A DraftKings; $4,500 FanDuel), according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

    In 2015, McCluster caught 31 balls in just 10 games.

    Due to his receiving ability, the Chargers will likely look to use the former second-round pick in a similar role to Woodhead's.

    McCluster is familiar with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's system from his days with the Tennessee Titans, where Whisenhunt was the head coach from 2014 to 2015.

    The Mississippi product has yet to be listed on DraftKings and has a modest price tag on FanDuel.

    For Week 3, I'd take a wait-and-see approach with this one.

Patriots Pressuring QB Jimmy Garoppolo to Play Thursday?

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    This has been a strange 72 hours for New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

    In Week 2, the third-year quarterback sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder, making him about as close to being out for Week 3 as a player can be, given the short week for the Patriots.

    On Tuesday, Garoppolo missed practice despite being listed as "limited," according to Courtney Fallon of NFL Network.

    However, the latest report from Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald seems, uh, well—you can be the judge.

    According to Howe, the Patriots are supposedly putting pressure on Garoppolo to be ready for Thursday, citing fellow quarterback Tom Brady and how he has played through the same injury on multiple occasions throughout his career.

    Although the Patriots are trying to give us an inkling of hope that Garoppolo will play, don't expect him to—let's be real here.

    With third-stringer Jacoby Brissett set to start Week 3 on Thursday Night Football for the Patriots, this greatly impacts virtually every skill position player's upside against the Houston Texans.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster Unlikely to Play in Week 3

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    According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster has a strained groin "but probably won't miss more than 1-2 games."

    Behind Foster, the Dolphins will employ fellow running backs Jay Ajayi ($4,000 DK; $5,700 FD), Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams in a committee-like way.

    Going up against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, one of these three backup running backs might have a decent game, but who knows which one it will be.

    There are better options out there, but if you're hellbent on a Dolphins runner, I'd give Ajayi a shot.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz to Be a Game-Time Decision

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    According to Reuben Frank of CSN Philly, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will be a game-time decision in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    However, given the nature of Ertz's injury (rib displacement), don't be surprised if he sits out once again this week.

    If Ertz is unable to go, backup tight end Trey Burton ($2,500 DK; $4,500 FD) is the go-to tight end on the Eagles.

    In Week 2, Burton was targeted six times, catching five of those for 49 yards and a score.

    Burton makes for an intriguing play—not only for his cost, but the Steelers have been picked on by opposing tight ends through the first two weeks.

    In Pittsburgh's first two games, opposing tight ends have been targeted a total of 23 times.

    Going up against the Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, expect this one to be high-scoring, thus giving Burton more opportunities to score points.

Case Keenum to Remain Rams' Starting QB

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    According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Timesthe Los Angeles Rams are opting to keep quarterback Case Keenum as the starter for Week 3.

    I mean, hey, after scoring just nine points and zero touchdowns in two games, it seems like a good idea—especially from a head coach who is just bound to finish 8-8 or worse.

    This Rams offense looks absolutely putrid through two games with Keenum.

    Running back Todd Gurley ($7,100 DK; $8,300 FD) has been essentially useless through the first two games, and you can just forget about the wide receivers.

    Going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, I'm staying away from every last Rams player, including Gurley.

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin Had MRI Tuesday

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    According to Jenna Laine of, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was scheduled to have an MRI on his injured hamstring on Tuesday.

    There have been no updates regarding the severity of Martin's injury since this report.

    Although the severity is not known, one has to think that Martin will sit out Week 3 at a minimum.

    In this case, fellow running back Charles Sims ($4,900 DK; $6,300 FD) is set to have a huge role against the Los Angeles Rams.

    The Rams have been an up-and-down team through the first two games, giving up over 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 and just 53 rushing yards and zero touchdowns to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2.

    Sims is one of the better pass-catching backs in the league, so that definitely helps his upside.

    Sims is a favorite of mine this week.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins to Play Through Foot Pain

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    After having offseason surgery on his injured foot, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins ($6,100 DK; $6,900 FD) plans to play through the pain, according to Chris Brown of the Bills official site.

    After two lackluster weeks in row, it can only go up from here for Watkins (right?).

    In Week 3, the Bills draw the Arizona Cardinals, a team that ranks middle of the pack in terms of receiving yards allowed per game.

    Watkins has high upside whenever he gets on the field, but it's always worrisome how much he'll play during those games given the injury.

    One of these weeks Watkins is going to pop. At his price tag in the $6,000 range on both premier DFS sites, Watkins is worth giving a shot in Week 3.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall Unsure If He'll Play Week 3

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    What was an awkward landing on his knee in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills could also lead to New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall being out for Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

    According to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily NewsMarshall himself was rather noncommittal when it came to his Week 3 status.

    "The school I come from is, don't rule me out until Sunday. I need all the way up until pregame warm-up to see if I'm good to go," Marshall said. "Right now, I feel stable. I feel good. And I'm going to work my tail off to get out there and be out there with the guys."

    To me, that's a long way of saying "yeah, probably not going to play."

    If Marshall sits this one out, fellow wide receiver and rising star Quincy Enunwa ($4,800 DK; $6,000 FD) will take over as the team's No. 2 wide receiver behind Eric Decker.

    Through the first two games this season, Enunwa has 13 catches for 146 yards and one touchdown and is tied for sixth in the league in receptions.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings Likely to Play in Week 3

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    According to Jordan Raanan of, New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings ($5,100 DK; $5,800 FD) is expected to play in Week 3, regardless if the cast on his left thumb comes off or stays on.

    This is good news for Jennings.

    In Week 3, the Giants will host the division-rival Washington Redskins. Through the first two games of the 2016 season, the Redskins are giving up the fifth-most rushing yards per game to opposing running backs and a league-high five rushing touchdowns on the year.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Jennings has a stellar game in Week 3.

    Get him in your lineups.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski 'Feels Decent,' Coaches Decision If He'll Play

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    Through the first two weeks of the 2016 season, the New England Patriots have managed to go 2-0 with backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and without future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski.

    When will Gronk return? That's the million dollar question.

    According to Ryan Hannable of WEEI, Gronkowski has said he "feels decent," but mentioned his availability for the Patriots' Week 3 matchup against the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football is a "coaches decision."


    With third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett likely to start, the Patriots could sure use Gronk's services, but this could also be a reason to let him sit out another game.

    We'll know more by Thursday morning in regard to Gronk's availability.


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