With Spencer Ware out this week due to a concussion and Jamaal Charles on IR, it leaves the door open for Charcandrick West to be the workhorse against the Jaguars. He should be a solid RB 1 this week.
Perkins came into the game averaging a paltry 1.9 yards per carry, and although he received his highest carry allotment of the season, he only barely managed to improve on that figure. Orleans Darkwa appeared to be the preferred back at times, but he left with a back injury, allowing Perkins to carry on. The second-year back has been quite disappointing this season, and although some of his struggles can be attributed to poor blocking, he certainly hasn't taken full advantage of his opportunities. Due to a lack of alternatives, however, Perkins could lead the team in carries once again next week against the Buccaneers.
Gore powered in a four-yard touchdown to stretch the lead to 28-7 late in the first half, giving him rushing scores in consecutive games. The veteran running back's game average of 2.5 yards per carry dropped his season mark to 3.0, but Gore's near monopoly on snaps at his position and goal-line work keeps him relevant in most formats.
It turns out that this is the same shoulder he had surgery on in January. Although he was able to return to the game, he'll have to undergo a MRI to prove there isn't any more damage. Keep an eye on Spence's recovery as he will likely continue to be deployed more on a battered defensive line in Tampa Bay.
Another week removed from Beckham's ankle injury, he looked more like himself, hauling in a beautiful 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter before pinning the ball to his chest for a four-yard score less than two minutes later. He didn't seem to run many deep routes, recording a long gain of just 14 yards, and may continue to work the intermediate channels until he's back at full capacity. Nonetheless, it appears Beckham can be trusted to produce from a fantasy standpoint and again he will look to build off of this strong performance next week against the Buccaneers.
Allen notched three tackles (two solo) during Sunday's tilt before heading to the sideline with concussion symptoms. If he's unable to clear the league's concussion protocol by Week 4's matchup against the Bills, Sharrod Neasman and Kemal Ishamel could be in line for additional snaps at safety.
Manning got off to a miserable start to the game, throwing a pair of picks as his team was held off the board through the first three quarters. He caught fire in the fourth, however, completing two short touchdown passes to Odell Beckham before Sterling Shepard took one 77 yards to the the score. Unfortunately, Manning was unable to do much with his last possessions and saw the hosts convert a 61-yard field goal as time expired to win it. Despite the loss, the veteran finally broke out for a big performance and will look to do the same next week against the Buccaneers.
Hilton took advantage of Cleveland's shoddy cornerback play, piling up 145 yards and a touchdown by halftime thanks in part to a 61-yard score on which he outran the defense after getting the ball in his hands. The explosive wide receiver has had trouble producing with quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) sidelined, but fill-in starter Jacoby Brissett looked Hilton's way early and often in this one while not targeting anyone else more than five times. Building on this effort won't be easy next week against star Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
On the bright side, David's X-rays were negative, according to Roy Cummings of WFLA NewsChannel 8. There will likely be more tests on the star linebacker's knee, but this injury further dwindles the Bucs' defensive corps since Kwon Alexander (hamstring) is also out for a few more weeks. David is the fifth defensive starter to end Sunday's game with an ailment of some degree.
Brissett called his own number on 3rd-and-goal from the 5-yard line to open the scoring late in the first quarter and scored again with his legs after spinning away from a defender on a seven-yard touchdown during the next drive. He later added his first career passing touchdown, hitting T.Y. Hilton for a 61-yard score to finish the first half over 200 passing yards. Things slowed down with Indianapolis sitting on a large lead for most of the second half, but Brissett still did enough to make fantasy owners happy. He'll have a much tougher matchup on Sunday Night Football in Seattle next week.
Funchess' career-high 10 looks came as a result of top wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee) being forced to exit during the first half. Depending on Benjamin's prognosis, Funchess could quickly find himself as Carolina's No. 1 traditional pass catcher, as tight end Greg Olsen (foot) has already been ruled out with an injury of his own. Besides Funchess, tailback Christian McCaffrey could also stand to benefit from the injuries to Olsen and Benjamin, as was evidenced by the rookie's team-high nine catches for 101 yards Sunday.
The 26-year-old defensive end had five tackles (four solo) and one sack before leaving Sunday. Vernon has been a workhorse prior to this injury, logging 132 defensive snaps through the first two weeks -- the most out of any Giants' defensive linemen. The Giants head to Tampa Bay in Week 4, and Vernon will shift his focus to getting back to full health for that contest.
McDonald's knee injury leaves the Seahawks thin in terms of linebacker depth, though starters K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner and Terence Garvin remain healthy. If McDonald is forced to miss an extended period of time, D.J. Alexander (hamstring) could be in line for additional snaps on defense when healthy.
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