Always known to be a receiving-oriented tailback, Thompson appears to be taking his game to new heights in 2017 behind his team-leading 19 targets in the passing game (tied with Terrelle Pryor). However, fantasy owners need to keep in mind he's topped 100 scrimmage yards only once in his previous 36 games leading up to Week 2 of this season, which suggests this statistical explosion is unlikely to persist.
Cousins put his past two weeks of poor play behind him by taking advantage of a porous Raiders secondary in primetime. This marked his sixth career game with at least 350 yards and three scores, reminding fantasy owners of the statistical upside he possesses. However, he won't get these favorable of matchups every week, and that certainly holds true in Week 4 when he travels to Kansas City to take on a Chiefs secondary that picked off Chargers QB Philip Rivers three times Sunday.
The entire Raiders team struggled Sunday and gained just 150 yards of offense by game's end, 32 of which came on the ground. While his workload was underwhelming, to say the least, no other player received more than two carries, so it's not as if he's losing his grip on the lead role. Unfortunately, things don't get any easier next week against a Broncos defense that limited Ezekiel Elliott to eight yards on nine carries in Week 2.
On a night his quarterback struggled, Cooper did little to help with his frustrating case of the drops. More concerning is his relatively-low usage, as Cooper saw just five targets for a second week in a row. Considering he saw at least six targets in 12 of 16 games last season, this trend shouldn't continue, especially if Michael Crabtree (chest) is forced to miss any time. However, he might have trouble getting back on track next week against a tough Broncos secondary.
The Raiders accrued just 150 yards of total offense Sunday and Carr was a big reason why. He was off-target on multiple occasions and noticeably couldn't get on the same page with either of his top two receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, despite the favorable matchup. Furthermore, his characteristically-strong offensive line yielded four sacks. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to right the ship in Week 4 when Carr travels to Denver to take on a vaunted Broncos secondary.
Crabtree took a hard hit trying to bring down a high pass from Derek Carr. Prior to exiting in the fourth quarter, he logged just one reception for seven yards on three targets. Look for Seth Roberts and Cordarrelle Patterson to see added playing time in his absence.
Raiders linebacker Cory James forced a fumble when his helmet connected directly with Perine's hand. The rookie running back took another hard hit on his way down and appeared to be bleeding from his mouth as he came off the field. He went to the locker room and is likely finished for the night, sitting at 19 carries for 48 yards and one catch for six yards, along with the lost fumble. With Rob Kelley inactive due to a rib injury, Chris Thompson and Mack Brown are left as the Redskins' only healthy running backs.
Sproles will undergo further testing Monday to determine the exact severity of his situation. In any event, his impending absence is a major blow to an Eagles offense in which Sproles is an integral part of the passing game. Both LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood figure to see added playing time moving forward, while rookie Corey Clement -- who carried six times for 22 yards and a touchdown against the Giants on Sunday -- could take on an expanded role as well. Smallwood, in particular, is the best fit for the passing downs that accounted for much of Sproles' playing time.
The sure-handed tight end hasn't quite been himself over the first three weeks of the 2017 campaign, as he now has just eight catches over that span. Rudolph's reception and yardage total Sunday were his lowest since Week 8 of last season, while his target share was his lowest since Week 17 of 2015. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have gobbled up 49 targets between them over the first three contests, while a renewed focus on the running game due to the early success of rookie Dalvin Cook has also affected Rudolph's overall opportunities. Given his established role within the Minnesota offense, Rudolph figures to still retain an important role in the Vikings passing attack, even if it isn't to the extent of previous seasons. He'll look to boost his production against the Lions in Week 4.
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