For our Week 3 injury report, the most important position to watch this week is the tight end position. A few big-name players didn’t practice on Wednesday, and some are dealing with injuries that could limit their effectiveness for the entire year.
Some Fantasy players will have to hit the waiver wire hard this week at the tight end position and take some chances.
But before we get into that, here’s a look at quarterback injuries to watch for Week 3…
Week 3 Injury Report
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton was limited in practice on Wednesday, but he’s still expected to play. However, you may need to start looking at the waiver wire for a backup quarterback.
Part of the reason Newton was so good in Fantasy in 2015 was because of his rushing stats. He ran for 636 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. But through two weeks this year, he’s only rushed for 30 yards.
At that pace, he may finish with under 300 rushing yards for 2017. He has a very friendly matchup against New Orleans, so let’s see if he can take advantage of it.
Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
West did not practice Wednesday, and he’s dealing with a soft-tissue injury.
He was able to score in Week 2, but Buck Allen received a lot more playing time. If Allen is still on your waiver wire for some reason, go out and grab him.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
Howard was limited in practice on Wednesday, but he would be tough to start even if he was healthy.
Howard was only on the field for 48% of the offensive snaps, while Tarik Cohen was on the field for 62% of the offensive snaps. Neither back was effective on the ground, but Cohen caught eight passes.
Even if Howard can play in Week 3, you have to sit him.
Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
Ajayi didn’t practice yesterday, but the Dolphins are most likely just trying to keep him fresh.
He finished Week 2 with a total of 30 touches, and he has a great matchup in Week 3 against the New York Jets. According to FFToday.com, the Jets have allowed the second-most Fantasy points to running backs this season.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
Murray didn’t practice on Wednesday and is dealing with a hamstring issue. He only had nine carries in Week 2.
Hopefully, you handcuffed him to Derrick Henry. The second-year back turned 14 carries into 92 rushing yards and a touchdown last week.
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
Brown did not practice yesterday, and he’s not expected to play in Week 3. In his absence, J.J. Nelson has been putting on quite the show.
Nelson posted a 5-43-1 stat line in Week 1, and he followed that up with a 5-120-1 stat line in Week 2.
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Benjamin is dealing with rib and knee issues, but he’s expected to play in Week 3.
He could get more work than normal, as tight end Greg Olsen was placed on injured reserve. Benjamin only caught one pass in Week 1, but he hauled in six passes last week.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb is considered day-to-day because of a chest injury. The 27-year old receiver has been a surprise this season, putting together two relevant Fantasy performances in PPR leagues.
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
Landry didn’t practice Wednesday, but he’s expected to play against the Jets. Fantasy players were wondering how effective he would be with Jay Cutler at quarterback, but it turned out that Landry still has a ton of appeal in PPR leagues.
He caught a whopping 13 passes in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk did not practice Wednesday, but the groin injury that forced him to leave in Week 2 is not considered serious.
However, check back Saturday and we will give you a full update.
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
Graham is now dealing with ankle and knee injuries, and he’s questionable for Week 3.
If you are relying on him as your main tight end this season, it’s time to hit the waiver wire and get some backup plans in place.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert is dealing with multiple injuries like Graham, and he did not practice on Wednesday. Just like with Graham, it’s time to get a backup plan for Eifert.
Before heading out, make sure to check out the video below to see the best matchups for Week 3.
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