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Week 3 Notes
- We get started this week with a few injury updates. Bobby Wagner was a late scratch and is suffering from a soft tissue injury. Mark Barron has yet to play this week and there really is no indication of when he will return. Trey Flowers and Darius Slay both suffered concussions this past week. Monitor the status all week to see if they may be cleared before Week 3 games. Finally, there are several players that are looking like they will be out for a few more weeks: Eric Berry, Joey Bosa, and we can add C.J. Mosley to the list, as he suffered what is reported to be a deep bone bruise.
- With all of the injuries, there are always players that benefit. Kenny Young in Baltimore looks like he could play his way into a job with Mosley out. Young played 75% of the team’s snaps and was productive with 8 total tackles. Mychal Kendricks played 82% of snaps after joining the team late in the week. While Wagner is out he will be an immediate plug and play but there is no telling what his role is after that.
- Indianapolis LB Darius Leonard burst on the scene last week with 15 solo tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. He played every snap and is well on his way to a huge tackle season. Scour your wire this week because he should be a hot pickup.
- As expected Duke Riley replaced injured Deion Jones in Atlanta and registered 7 solos and 2 assists. While De’Vondre Campbell looks to be the three down LB, both players should expect good production moving forward.
- Minnesota DE Danielle Hunter is playing like it’s 2016 again. He has 2 sacks in as many weeks plus a handful of stuffs behind the line. After one year of struggling in a full-time role, Hunter may turn a corner this year and become the player the Vikings paid him to be.
- San Francisco LB Reuben Foster returns from a 2-game suspension and should immediately slot in a starting every-down role. SF linebackers have played well but Foster is an immensely talented player. Give it one week before putting him in your line-up.
- Justin Simmons in Denver is balling out early in the year and is living up to his potential heading into the season. He’s a player that should be a strong DB1 the rest of the year.
- In Chicago, rookie LB Roquan Smith earned a start after a strong performance in Week 1. It was only a matter of time before the young stud got on the field but now that he is there he will be a LB2 option for owners all year.
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