RECEIVING YARDS ALLOWED BY POSITION
This new featured tool displays how each defense performs against their opponent’s receiving yardage gained by position.
So for example, if you see a team is ranked 1st vs. WR #1, that defense is currently the best at limiting their opponent’s WR #1 yardage compared to other teams. Or if you see a team is ranked 32nd against WR #2, that defense is the worst against WR #2’s or more accurately, the defense is allowing the most yards to WR #2’s compared to the other teams in the league. This a great tool to find and exploit useful matchups. Don’t forget to check out all the positions as well (WR #1, WR #2, Other WRs, TE & RB).
IND Colts DB Xavier Rhodes
After missing the first two weeks of the season with a calf injury, the Colts’ top corner returned to practice this week albeit in a limited capacity. He isn’t out of the woods yet, but he is trending in the right direction to make his season debut in Week 3. Indy can use all the help they can get after getting lit up by Tyler Locket and the Seahawks passing attack last week and starting 0-2. The task doesn’t get any easier this week as the Colts take on the Tennessee Titans who feature the duo of Julio Jones and A.J. Brown in their WR corps. The absence of Rhodes would give both a nice Fantasy bump.
DAL Cowboys SS Donovan Wilson
The Cowboys’ safety was forced to sit out Week 2 and is not trending in the right direction for Week 3 when Dallas takes on the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. If he is forced to miss another game we will once again see a combination of Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker filling the role. This would weaken an already thin secondary for the Eagles’ wideouts to feast on. We have WR DeVonta Smith projected extremely high in our Week 3 projections and would not hesitate to look at RB Myles Sanders or TE Dallas Goedert in this appealing matchup.
NO Saints DB Marshon Lattimore
Lattimore missed last week’s game after undergoing thumb surgery. He was a true game-time call last week and after only getting limited practices in all week he seems to be trending in the same direction for Week 3. Don’t anticipate knowing his status before Sunday morning. His absence would mean a massive boost for Patriots’ wideouts Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor. Fellow Saints’ corner Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is also banged up and listed as questionable so they could desperately use Lattimore in New England.
SF 49ers DB Emmanuel Mosley
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan is optimistic Mosley will make his season debut on Sunday Night Football after missing the first two weeks of the season with a knee injury. However, he’s not a lock to play as he has been a limited participant in practice this week. Already with a beat-up secondary, the Niners could use Mosley to try to stop a suddenly red-hot Aaron Rodgers and arguably the best receiver in the league Davante Adams.
CIN Bengals DB Trae Waynes
Waynes participated in his first practice of the regular season this week after injuring his hamstring this summer coming off a pectoral surgery. While not a lock to play there is a real chance he takes the field this week against the Steelers. There is a strong possibility Dionte Johnson could miss this game so if both Waynes and Johnson are sidelined, Chase Claypool and Juju Smith-Schuster should be looking at a ton of volume and potentially huge games this week.
Editor note: Johnson has been ruled OUT. Fire up Juju, Claypool, and even James Washington.
PIT Steelers DB Joe Haden
Haden sat out last week with a groin injury and is yet to be a full participant in practice this week. Although he could play without getting a full practice in, he’s not trending in the right direction to suit up against Cincy this weekend. The Steelers need their studs on defense to dominate the game with how poorly their offense has looked. Premier pass-rusher TJ Watt was also forced out of last week’s game with a groin injury and has not participated in full this week. If both are inactive this week and the Bengals are likely without stud WR Tee Higgins, J’Marr Chase should be in for a monster game and Tyler Boyd will receive a significant boost as well.
Editor’s note: Higgins is indeed OUT
ATL Falcons DB A.J. Terrell
Last week, Terrell was forced out of the game with a concussion and is yet to clear the concussion protocol. This injury is nearly impossible to predict and he can not suit up without being cleared. He is the best player in the Falcons’ already subpar secondary. We will likely find out his status for Week 3 at some point on Saturday. Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay fans should be looking out for this news as it could be the difference between them being bench options of Flex options.
CAR Panther DB Jaycee Horn
The 2021 8th-overall pick was forced out of Thursday Night Football and diagnosed with a non-contact broken foot. The exact nature of the fracture has not yet been made public, however, it’s hard to imagine this is anything less than a 4-8 week injury at a minimum. This is a brutal blow for the Panthers’ secondary and the rookie’s development. The Panthers take on the Eagles next week. Horn’s absence will have an impact on Carolina’s defense after their Week 3 victory in Houston. The Panthers have assembled the league’s top-ranked defense through three weeks.
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