Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 3
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Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 3

It's only Week 3, and we already have a whole host of injured fantasy stars. In the early games alone, we'll be watching for the official playing statuses of Ray Rice @RayRice27, Reggie Bush @reggie_bush, Rob Gronkowski, Larry Fitzgerald @LarryFitzgerald, Rashard Mendenhall @R_Mendenhall, Mark Ingram @MarkIngram22 and many others. We have a pretty good idea on the status of some of those players, but it won't become official until about 11:30 a.m. Eastern. This post will be updated until the first kickoffs with the latest news to that end.

-- Texans WR Andre Johnson is active. It took him a few days to pass all of his tests after last week's concussion, but he's a locked-in WR1 today.
-- Lions RB Reggie Bush is officially inactive. Joique Bell will see 15-20 touches today and is a very solid RB2, especially in PPR leagues.
-- Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Danny Amendola are both inactive, as expected. Amendola has a torn groin muscle and will probably miss a few more weeks. Gronkowski is clearly making progress in his recovery from offseason surgeries as evidence by his "questionable" tag -- not the "doubtful" from the first couple of weeks on the injury report. I think he will play next week at Atlanta.
-- Ravens RB Ray Rice is inactive. He was listed as doubtful on the injury report with a hip flexor strain. Get Bernard Pierce into your lineups as an RB2. He has a tough matchup, but he should see a lot of work.
-- Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is active. That was expected, but it's hard to say how effective he will be. He didn't practice much this week, and had to leave last week's game early. Hamstring injuries tend to linger, so he's a risky play today. However, he carries a lot of upside in a high-scoring matchup versus the Saints. I think he's a WR2.
-- Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall is active despite being listed as questionable with a toe injury. He's a flex option versus the Saints.
-- This isn't an injury note, but Bobby Rainey is listed as the Browns' starting running back today. He should share carries with newly signed Willis McGahee and Chris Ogbonnaya. I want nothing to do with that backfield for fantasy purposes right now.
-- Rams running back Daryl Richardson is active, but Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets that he did "very little in practice Friday," and may not see his normal workload. He was already going to lose some touches with the return of Isaiah Pead. Richardson is a mediocre flex option.
-- Packers RB Eddie Lacy is inactive due to his concussion. James Starks gets the start against the Bengals and will get plenty of carries as he tries to build upon last week's 100-yard game. He's a flex play.
-- Saints RB Mark Ingram is inactive. Pierre Thomas should see more touches against the Cardinals.
-- Redskins TE Fred Davis is inactive. He popped up on the injury report Saturday with a knee injury. He was off to a very slow start and shouldn't have been in your starting lineups anyway. Jordan Reed will fill in for him.
-- Cardinals TE Rob Housler is active for the first time this season. He had been held back by an ankle injury until now. He is a guy to watch, not play, at the moment.
-- Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is active after being limited by back spasms for most of the week. He's ready to roll.
-- Bengals RB Giovani Bernard is active after dealing with a slight hamstring injury. He's a low-end RB2 against the Packers today. The Bengals will probably be throwing a lot to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and Co., and that should be good for Bernard.
-- Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson is active despite a groin injury. He should be far away from your lineups.
-- Lions WR Ryan Broyles is active for the first time this year. He is coming back from an ACL tear and surgery. He will probably be limited for a few weeks, but he is a guy you should try to add and stash, as he could turn into a major value as the Lions' No. 2 wideout.
-- Titans WR Kendall Wright has been cleared following his concussion last week and will play versus the Chargers. He is a WR5.
-- Chargers WR Keenan Allen will start in place of Malcom Floyd today versus the Titans. He's another player to watch but not pick up yet.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 3 include Steven Jackson @sj39 and Brandon Weeden @bweeden3.

Fantasy Analysis:

Jackson will miss at least a couple of games because of a hamstring injury. Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers will do their best to fill in for Jackson. Snelling a big body, a fullback more than a running back. Rodgers is small and quick. Snelling will get the goal-line carries. Rodgers is probably the better start in PPR leagues. I think Snelling will get the most snaps of the two, but I think Rodgers will ultimately be the most productive. Neither player is more than a deep flex, and this is kind of a long-winded way of saying Matt Ryan will probably have to carry Atlanta's offense today.
Weeden is out with a sprained right thumb. Brian Hoyer is starting at quarterback today against the Vikings, and there is reportedly a chance that he could keep the starting job with a good performance. The Browns' offense is in a major state of flux, and I think the presence of Hoyer hurts Josh Gordon in his first game this year. I'm not as worried about tight end/safety valve Jordan Cameron.

Source:
NFL.com

2 Comments | Add Yours

Does this mean that Reggie Bush is a DEFINATE no for this week?

Posted by:
Peterjmitchell 09/22/13 11:54 AM

That's what inactive means....

Posted by:
govno 09/22/13 12:33 PM

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