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Ty Nsekhe Headshot

Nsekhe exited Sunday's game against the Redskins with a groin injury.

The extent of Nsekhe's injury isn't clear. More information will likely be available after he undergoes further testing.
12:58 am (EST)
Chris Thompson Headshot

Thompson rushed eight times for 38 yards and caught six of seven targets for 150 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-10 victory over the Raiders.

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.
12:54 am (EST)
Kirk Cousins Headshot

Cousins completed 25 of 30 attempts for 365 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 27-10 victory over the Raiders.

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.
12:41 am (EST)
Marshawn Lynch Headshot

Lynch carried six times for 18 yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Redskins. He also caught his lone target for eight yards.

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.
12:28 am (EST)
Amari Cooper Headshot

Cooper caught one of five targets for six yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Redskins.

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.
12:22 am (EST)
Derek Carr Headshot

Carr completed 19 of 31 passes for 118 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Redskins. He added five rushing yards on two carries.

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.
12:06 am (EST)
Michael Crabtree Headshot

Crabtree (chest) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Redskins.

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.
Yesterday 11:09 pm (EST)
Samaje Perine Headshot

Perine left Sunday's game against the Raiders in the fourth quarter with a a hand injury and is questionable to return.

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.
Yesterday 11:05 pm (EST)
Darren Sproles Headshot

Sproles is believed to have suffered a broken arm and is out indefinitely, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.
Yesterday 10:33 pm (EST)
Kyle Rudolph Headshot

Rudolph brought in one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Buccaneers.

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.
Yesterday 10:30 pm (EST)
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