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Week 3 Fantasy Busts: Aaron Jones, Chris Carson among risky 'starts' in committee situations

  • Night net Starting a bust is the most frustrating part of fantasy football. Sometimes, it's easy to see who is going to put up a dud performance in a tough matchup. Other times, it comes out of nowhere and players just fail to live up to expectations (like Antonio Brown and his 67 yards last week). Either way, it's important to know potential busts for weekly fantasy football rankings so you can have a strategy planned out to help you win.Our bust picks actually exceeded expectations last week, as we were banking on a regression from the Bucs, and in particular, Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeSean Jackson, were able to prove us wrong. At RB, Carlos Hyde and Marshawn Lynch each put up TDs, so they weren't busts either. But now with another week of data under our belts, we should have a better chance to predict the top busts for this week. Week 3 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerThis week, it's going to be best to go with high-volume guys who are going to have chances to produce. If you rely on the guys in this list as they deal with frustrating timeshares or nagging injuries, you could find yourself on our "How You'll Lose" list for Week 3. If possible, you're better served to target our potential sleepers for this week, but if you can't, still try to avoid these potential busts. Week 3 fantasy football busts: Running backsChris Carson, Seahawks vs. Cowboys (Jacob Camenker). Carson was the best RB for the Seahawks on Monday night, yet the team didn't give him a carry for the better half of two and a half quarters. Pete Carroll said he was "gassed" from playing special teams, which makes no sense. As long as Carroll continues to use a frustrating split, Carson can't be trusted.Phil夜网论坛lip Lindsay, Broncos @ Ravens (Vinnie Iyer). The rookie will be stood up by the Ravens' defense.Aaron Jones, Packers vs. Redskins (Matt Lutovsky). Jones has plenty of long-term value, but we’re guessing he’ll split touches (at best) with Jamaal Williams this week. The Redskins have been solid against the run, too (4.0 yards per carry).Full Week 3 RB rankings​WEEK 3 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsWeek 3 fantasy football busts: QuarterbacksMarcus Mariota, Titans @ Jaguars (Camenker).  Mariota is dealing with a nerve issue in his elbow. He didn't play last week and even if he comes back in Week 3, he'll be squaring off against one of the league's toughest defenses. Definitely sit Mariota this week unless you have no other option at QB.Andy Dalton, Bengals @ Panthers (Iyer). Don't go chasing his hot start because the Panthers will scratch him down.Andrew Luck, Colts @ Eagles (Lutovsky). Luck hasn’t looked particularly rusty – and the Eagles just got roasted by Ryan Fitzpatrick – but a road matchup against a tough defense is still a bit of a worry. T.Y. Hilton will probably break a big play, but Luck’s overall ceiling isn’t particularly high.Full Week 3 QB rank[......]

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    Andrew Luck, still not throwing, running out of time to ease Colts' anxiety

  • Night net null With less than two months until training camp and as the Colts’ offseason program winds down, Andrew Luck still is not throwing in team drills. Despite proclamations of the Indianapolis front office that the quarterback will be ready to go full tilt on Day 1 of camp, there surely is plenty of nervousness being kept under wraps.I understand it's important for the leadership of an organization to put on a good public face to keep concern from turning into panic when the face of the franchise is the focal point. When I was a GM, thankfully I never had to deal with our starting quarterback missing the entire prior season and ensuing offseason as he tried to return from a major injury. But I was plenty uneasy with situations such as that involving our Vikings first-round running back Robert Smith, who came back from two ACL surgeries. Things turned out well in Smith’s case; he had several Pro Bowl seasons after overcoming his injuries. In the Luck case, we're talking about Colts owner Jim Irsay, general manager Chris Ballard and coach Frank Reich trying to reassure players, coaches, team staff, fans, media and sponsors that the team's best player will indeed be steering the ship this season as the team seeks to rebound from last year's 4-12 disaster. And they also want Luck to know they believe in and are counting on him.The party line is that Luck has been working diligently through a carefully constructed rehab process; he will begin throwing without limitations in the weeks between minicamp and training camp so he can be ready in late July when the Colts report. He has been building his upper and lower body to take pressure off his surgically repaired right shoulder. And he reportedly has moved from tossing lighter to heavier balls in order to increase his arm speed and build strength. Related News Colts now have a motivated Andrew Luck, new offense waiting for him Night net QB RANKINGS:Luck slides ahead of 2018 seasonBack in February, there were lots of positive Luck-related quotes, such as Ballard saying, "I'm very confident and he's very confident that he's going to come back and prove a lot of people wrong." Irsay said in March that Luck will "throw quite a bit" during the offseason program.That has not been the case, and it likely will not occur during next week's mandatory minicamp, the most important pre-training camp activity. Ballard and Irsay have not been as talkative on Luck lately as they await his return.Reich, a first-year head coach, is installing an offense similar to the Eagles’ aggressive, quick-strike passing attack that he as offensive coordinator and head coach Doug Pederson parlayed to a Super Bowl title. There will be more no-huddle a[......]

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    Fantasy Injury Updates: Aaron Rodgers, DeSean Jackson, Davante Adams impacting Week 2 start 'em, sit 'em decisions

  • Night net null A couple of big-name quarterbacks suffered injuries in the first week of the Night net season, with Aaron Rodgers and Marcus Mariota both exiting games early (and coming back, in Rodgers' case). This will have a major impact on Week 2 fantasy football rankings and start/sit decisions, and the health of these two will have a major impact on other parts of their respective offenses. In addition to these quarterbacks, there are some banged-up pass catchers, including DeSean Jackson, Davante Adams, Marquise Goodwin, Will Fuller, and DeVante Parker, who fantasy owners will be searching for updates on.We'll keep you updated through the weekend on all the latest injuries that are impacting passing games for Week 2 (Go here for updates on RBs, including Leonard Fournette, Devonta Freeman and more). MORE FANTASY: RB Handcuffs Chart | Week 2 Waiver PickupsIs Aaron Rodgers playing in Week 2?The injury saga surrounding Rodgers has dragged on throughout the week with minimal clarity being provided about the left knee injury he suffered against the Bears. While Rodgers returned to the game and led an improbable comeback, it was clear that he wasn't at 100 percent and wasn't putting a lot of weight on his injured leg. Despite this, little had been confirmed about his injury after the Sunday night contest. Now, there is a bit more clarity. According to Rodgers himself, via ESPN's Rob Demovsky, he is dealing with a knee sprain that has made him feel "pretty sore the last three days." He hasn't committed to suiting up against the Vikings either, and he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he said he's just taking it a day at a time. However, Mike Zimmer and the Vikings are expecting him to play, so they will be creating a defensive game plan to combat him either way.Obviously, if Rodgers plays, it's tough to bench him. He's one of the best QBs in fantasy, and even in a bad matchup, he still falls within our top 12. That said, if he does end up missing this game and DeShone Kizer has to play, the Packers offense will be significantly downgraded across the board. Few players would be worth starting if Rodgers is out. His status could have a major trickle-down effect, so it will be important to see if he can do anything at practice over the next few days. But even if he is on the field, don't expect him to be 100 percent.Week 2 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerMarcus Mariota injury newsAccording to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online , Mariota is "feeling good" and should see the field this Sunday barring a se夜网论坛tback. Mariota was dealing with an elbow injury that he suffered in the season-opening loss to the Dolphins, but it seems that the Titans will try to play him against the Texans.Given that Mariota is dealing with an elbow injury, it's hard to recom[......]

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    And the winner of Night net Draft coverage is... ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit

  • Night net null And the winner of the Night net Draft is...  ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit.Working his first Night net Draft, the "Colleg夜网论坛e GameDay" analyst outshined more experienced draft TV veterans on ESPN. With his in-depth knowledge of college players, and easy confidence on camera, Herbstreit was a big improvement from the late, unlamented Jon Gruden. His performance made some viewers wonder what took ESPN so long to add him to its draft coverage? And wow, did ESPN ever need a casting coup as Fox Sports and Night net Network teamed up for the first time this year to challenge the Worldwide Leader's 39-year stranglehold over draft coverage. The one-two punch of Herbstreit and front office insider Louis Riddick put even bombastic draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. in the background, and made host Trey Wingo's job easy as he continues to undertake the almost impossible job of replacing Chris Berman on ESPN's draft coverage.SIGN UP to stream the Night net Draft LIVE on DAZN in Canada Prognostication is almost everything during the Night net Draft.  You're either right or you're wrong. So you have to tip your hat to Herbstreit. Besides ESPN's plugged-in Night net Insiders Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson, Herbstreit was the only major on-air talent at ESPN, Fox or Night net Network I saw who predicted Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma would go No. 1 to the Browns.Not only that, but Herbstreit explained why he thought Mayfield was the legit No. 1 — while dismissing the argument he'll be another Johnny Football. When Kiper thought it was too risky for the Browns to take a smallish, 6-foot tall QB, Herbstreit countered Mayfield had the flamboyance of Brett Favre and the best downfield accuracy in the draft. Herbstreit's performance vindicated the judgment of ESPN TV czar Seth Markman, who predicted he would be a game-changer. Related News Night net Draft grades: Winners & losers, best & worst of first-round picks "If one of these guys separated themselves, based on their evaluations, in my mind it is Baker Mayfield," Herbstreit said before the Browns made their pick. "It's not just that he scrambles around and makes plays. This guy can sit in the pocket — and he’s the most accurate of any of these quarterbacks in this draft. And he brings all the intangibles that you want. Forget the off-the-field issues, in my opinion. [He's] not Johnny Manziel. This kid is a proven winner."Over on rival Fox/Night net Network simulcast, the consensus was USC's Sam Darnold would go No. 1. Troy Aikman, Herbstreit's fellow draft TV rookie, thought the Mayfield rumors were a "smoke-screen."  Said Aikman: "I think the guy who is the safest pick for them, who checks most of the boxes is Sam Darnold. I think he[......]

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    Johnny Manziel hospitalized after reaction to prescription medication, according to report

  • Night net null null Johnny Manziel was hospitalized Monday night in Texas after having a reaction to prescription medication, according to TMZ Sports:"Sources connected to the QB tell us ... he was admitted to a hospital in Humble, TX on Monday. He had been in the area to attend the JMBLYA concert with friends after playing in a golf tournament hosted by friend and former Texas A&M teammate Mike E夜网论坛vans.Manziel's rep, Denise Michaels, tells us ... 'It seems like he had a reaction to an adjustment in his prescription. He’s fine and headed home.'"Photos: Johnny Manziel through the years The 25-year-old free agent quarterback, who recently revealed he suffers from bipolar disorder, has been working on making an Night net comeback over the last several months.  Manziel was in Humble, Texas, for JMBLYA, a music festival, and also attended a golf tournament hosted by former Texas A&M teammate Mike Evans.[......]

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    Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 2 preview

  • Night net Our Week 2 fantasy football podcast answers every single fantasy question you c夜网论坛ould possibly have. Aaron Rodgers? Leonard Fournette? Phillip Lindsay? Amari Cooper? Mike Gesicki? We talk about them all and then some. Yes, you read right -- we talk about Gesicki!We also discuss things we were wrong about last week (well, some of the things we were wrong about...it's only a 50-minute show, after all), the week's most searched players, sleepers and busts, starts and sits, ditching all Packers, weather overreactions, being a healthy scratch, seeing a customized "McLovin" Texans jersey in Las Vegas, Patrick Mahomes' misleading stat line, Aaron Rodgers conspiracy theories, an underrated Paul Rudd film, Will Grier​'s dad helping him pad his high school stats, whether two-point conversations are a harbinger of future touchdowns, Derek Carr's inability to throw the ball more than five yards downfield, rocket science and Harvard degrees, benching star QBs, being on a first-name basis with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, and much more. Week 2 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker Fantasy Football PodcastTimestamps:WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF? (0:50)Calling Saquon Barkley a bust and Ronald Jones a "breakout" in Week 1 (1:00)Being excited about Allen Hurns, Josh Doctson, and Nelson Agholor as bench WRs (2:18)Saying Mike Gesicki is a Week 1 "sleeper" (3:40)GOOGLE 'EM: Most searched players of the week (5:18)Greg Olsen/Delanie Walker (and possible TE replacements) (5:46)Leonard Fournette (8:28)Aaron Rodgers (10:17)Phillip Lindsay/Austin Ekeler (14:14)Amari Cooper (17:40)Le'Veon Bell (21:58)SLEEPERS & BUSTS: Players we're excited/worried about for Week 2 (23:00)QBs: Alex Smith, Tyrod Taylor, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, more (23:22)RBs: Matt Breida, Dion Lewis/Derrick Henry, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Carson, more (22:23)WRs: Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, DeSean Jackson, Amari Cooper, more (35:01)TEs: Ricky Seals-Jones, Antonio Gates, Tyler Eifert, Jared Cook, more (39:34)RANDOM S*@# (43:53)Aaron Rodgers: Why we love sports or overhyped drama queen?Ridiculous personalized football jersey sightings in Las VegasWeather overreactionsHurricane preparedness[......]

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    Cowboys vs. Redskins: Time, TV channel, how to watch Thanksgiving game

  • Night net null null null null The Redskins head to Dallas in Week 12 to take on the Cowboys, who continue their longstanding tradition of playing on Thanksgiving.Washington quarterback Alex Smith is out for the year after breaking his tibia and fibula while going down on a sack in Washington's Week 11 loss to the Texans. Smith's injury happened exactly 33 years to the day after the Redskins lost quarterback Joe Theismann to a famously gruesome broken leg.   MORE: Watch Cowboys vs. Redskins live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Former Texas Longhorns star Colt McCoy filled in for the injured Smith against the Texans and will be the Redskins starter moving forward. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are coming off a 22-19 victory over the Falcons, their second in a row to move to .500 on the season. Ezekiel Elloitt leads the team on the ground with 953 yards rushing. Quarterback Dak Prescott has thrown for 2,138 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.The Redskins (6-4) enter in first place in the NFC East, but the surging Cowboys (5-5) are the hottest team in the division. They're Washington's biggest threat, especially with Smith out for the year. This is the second meeting of the year between the teams, with the Redskins winning 20-17 when they played in Week 7.  The Cowboys and Redskins have played head to head eight times on Thanksgiving, with Dallas winning seven of those matchups. The Cowboys' only Thanksgiving loss to the Redskins came in 2012. MORE: Why do the Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving?What time does the Cowboys-Redskins game start?The Thanksgiving game between the Cowboys and Redskins is scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET.What channel is the Cowboys-Redskins game on?Fox will broadcast this year's Cowboys vs. Redskins game. The network's top Night net team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews is on the call.How to live stream Cowboys vs. RedskinsYou can watch the game live online with fuboTV by signing up for a seven-day free trial. Fox also has a live stream available to cable subscribers via its Fox Sports Go platform.Cowboys-Redskins halftime showThe Night net booked Grammy-winning artist Meghan Trainor as the headlining act at halftime of the Cowboys vs. Redskins game. Cowboys all-time record on ThanksgivingThe Cowboys are 30-19-1 playing on Thanksgiving in their history. YearOpponentResult1966Cleveland BrownsW, 26-141967St. Louis CardinalsW, 46-211968Washington RedskinsW, 29-201969San Francisco 49ersT, 24-241970Green Bay PackersW, 16-31971Los Angeles RamsW, 28-211972San Francisco 49ersL, 31-101973Miami D[......]

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    Colts' impressive revival has GM Chris Ballard's fingerprints all over it

  • Night net null Andrew Luck signed his $140 million contract extension with $87 million guaranteed in June of 2016. That same year, the Colts quarterback’s shoulder issues intensified to the point where he had offseason surgery and missed the entire 2017 season.When general manager Chris Ballard was hired in January of 2017, his top priority was to vastly improve the offensive line so his franchise QB would have the best chance to stay healthy and return Indianapolis to prominence. Things started rocky for Ballard with a 4-12 record last season. But with Luck's return to top form behind one of the league's best offensive lines, we can now say it.Mission accomplished. STEELE: Why Colts' turnaround looks familiarBallard knew that, in order for the Colts to be successful, Luck was the key, and protecting him was paramount. He was sacked 41 times in 2016, second most in the league, and things got worse for Luck's replacements last season with a league-high 56 sacks allowed.The Colts already had first-round picks from previous years in tackle Anthony Castonzo and center Ryan Kelly who were drafted by Ballard's predecessors, Bill Polian and Ryan Grigson, respectively. The new GM added solid guard Mark Glowinski off waivers in 2017, and then it was all about the O-line at the top of the draft this year. Guard Quenton Nelson was picked sixth overall, and tackle Braden Smith was taken in the second round. Both rookies are starting and playing well, and Nelson, now a Pro Bowler, is quieting the critics who wanted a player at more of an impact position when selecting so high.Well, Luck is certainly not complaining.With this talent infusion, Indianapolis' offensive line has turned into one of the league's top units. It has thrived even after the season-ending injury to veteran guard Matt Slauson, who was a free-agent signing by Ballard last March.With pass-blocking help from tight ends Eric Ebron, Ryan Hewitt, Mo Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle (now on injured reserve), the Colts have given up just 16 sacks this season, tied with the Saints for fewest in the league.WEEK 16 PLAYOFF PICTURE:Clinching scenarios | Analysis of seedingThe line and tight ends also have opened more holes in the running game. Two fourth-round picks of Ballard at running back — Marlon Mack last year and rookie Nyheim Hines — have been productive. Mack is coming off a 139-yard rushing day with two touchdowns in Sunday's shutout win over the Cowboys. He now has 755 rushing yards on the season, and Hines has run for 308 yards and caught 56 passes for 359 yards.Luck only had to throw for 192 yards against Dallas, but he's still the main man for Indy, as demonstrated by his eight straight games with at least three touchdown passes earlier this season. In new coach Frank Reich's offense, Luck ranks seventh in passing yards (3,951), 10th in QB rat[......]

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    Night net trade news: Patriots deal TE Hollister to Seahawks

  • Night net null null New England is moving on from Jacob Hollister.The Patriots announced Monday they have traded the tight end to the Seahawks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Night net Media reports New England received a seventh-round pick in 2020 from Seattle.The move is somewhat surprising considering the team didn't select a tight end in last week's draft in Nashville in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement in March. Hollister was expected to compete for a larger role in 2019 given the void left by the veteran. The most experienced player left on the Patriots' roster at the position is Austin Seferian-Jenkins.Hollister, 25, signed with New England as an undrafted rookie out of Wyoming in 2017夜网论坛. He played in 15 regular-season games as a rookie but was limited to just eight last season due to injury before ending up on injured reserve and missing the team's playoff run to a Super Bowl 53 win. Related News Steelers place Ryan Shazier on PUP list, will pay him for 2019 season He has tallied eight catches for 94 yards over two seasons while primarily making an impact on special teams.[......]

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    Panthers vs. Steelers results: Score, highlights from Pittsburgh's one-sided victory

  • Night net null null null null It was all Steelers at Heinz Field on "Thursday Night Football."Pittsburgh improved to 6-2-1 and continued its winning streak, which is now at five games, by beating Carolina 52-21. The Panthers fall to 6-3. MORE:  Watch the Night net live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger had as good of a game as a quarterback can have. The 36-year old went 22 for 25 for 328 yards and five touchdowns. He finished the game with a perfect quarterback ranking of 158.3. The Steelers set a record for points at Heinz Field with the help of multip夜网论坛le playmakers. JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner, Jesse James, Vance McDonald, Antonio Brown, Jaylen Samuels each had a touchdown on offense, and Vince Williams ran back an interception for a score.GAME CENTER: Panthers-Steelers statsPittsburgh was dominant in all three phases. The pass rush regularly got to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, forcing the interception and a fumble in the first half, and the special teams forced a fumble by Curtis Samuel on a kickoff return at the end of the third quarter.HAISLOP: Bell's presence not felt much at HeinzNewton threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns, both to Christian McCaffrey, while going 23 of 29 with one interception. McCaffrey also recorded a rushing touchdown, making him the only Carolina player to reach the end zone in the game. Sporting News provided live scoring updates and highlights from Panthers vs. Steelers  (all times Eastern):Panthers vs. Steelers: Score, results, highlightsPanthers: 21Steelers: 52Final: Steelers 52, Panthers 2110:58 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Panthers.  Christian McCaffrey with a hat trick. The Panthers running back takes it in from the 1-yard-line. The extra point is good. Steelers 52, Panthers 2110:48 p.m.:  Ben Roethlisberger sits out the rest of the game. Joshua Dobbs comes in as quarterback for the Steelers. 10:41 p.m.:  James Connor heads into the locker room after an apparent injury. 10:37 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Jaylen Samuels records his first touchdown of the year. The extra point is good.  Steelers 52, Panthers 14.End of third quarter: Steelers 45, Panthers 1410:32 p.m.: FUMBLE, Panthers. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel fumbles the kickoff. The Steelers recover at the Carolina 9-yard line. 10:27 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. The Steelers are on the board again, this time with a Jesse James 8-yard receiving touchdown. Steelers 45, Panthers 14. 10:24 p.m.:  Ben Roethlisberger takes it himself and gets the first down and more. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Er[......]

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