By Jamal Murphy, Ourlads Chief Fantasy Analyst
Fantasy Football: Key Injuries (Week 3)
This is the NFL where injuries are part of the game. Here are the key injuries and the fantasy football ramifications for Week 3.
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Ravens vs. Jaguars (London)…Terrance West (questionable) is expected to play. He’ll take a few carries away from Javorius Allen, who has taken the lead in the Ravens backfield.
Broncos at Bills…None.
Browns at Colts…None.
Buccaneers at Vikings…Sam Bradford is out again with knee problems. That spells trouble again for Vikings wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen who will have to take whatever scraps backup quarterback Case Keenum can muster up.
Dolphins at Jets…Dolphins wide receivers Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker look good to go versus a struggling Jets defense.
Falcons at Lions…None.
Giants at Eagles…None.
Saints at Panthers…Despite being listed as questionable all week, Cam Newton is expected to be a full go Sunday, making him a must-play versus an inept Saints’ defense.
Steelers at Bears…None.
Texans at Patriots…The Patriots are dealing with a plethora of injuries this week, mostly involving their passing game. Rob Gronkowski should play despite a groin injury, Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan are expected to play after concussion and knee concerns, respectively. WR Phillip Dorsett looks to be in the worst shape among these pass catchers, but he too could suit up on Sunday. RB Rex Burkhead is out with a rib injury.
Bengals at Packers…The oft injured Tyler Eifert is out with back and knee issues. C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft will fill in for Eifert. Packers’ Randall Cobb is doubtful with a chest injury, which should create playing time for Geronimo Allison. Jordy Nelson is questionable but expected to play after practicing during the week.
Chiefs at Chargers…San Diego RB Melvin Gordon is expected to play through a sore knee on Sunday. Gordon has been a productive fantasy player, despite struggling in the run game this season. He’s likely a must-play for his owners.
Seahawks at Titans…Jimmy Graham is expected to play Sunday, despite a gimpy ankle and disappointing production so far this season. Titans’ rookie wide receiver Corey Davis is out with a hamstring, which is good fantasy news for owners of Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker. DeMarco Murray looks to be a game-time decision Sunday. That will frustrate Derrick Henry owners who would love to see Henry finally get free reign.
Raiders at Redskins…Washington is dealing with a couple injuries on the offensive side of the ball. RB Robert Kelley has a rib injury, but is expected to give it a go Sunday. However, owners would be wise to stay away from Kelley due to a high chance of re injury and the presence of Samaje Perine, who was productive in Kelley’s place last week. TE Jordan Reed will be a game-time decision Sunday afternoon. He is battling chest, shoulder and toe injuries, which could provide backup Vernon Davis with some playing time.
Cowboys at Cardinals…The Cowboys’ Terrence Williams and Cardinals’ J.J. Nelson are both gimpy game-time decisions with an ankle and hamstring, respectively. Both should be used at your own risk.