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Adrian Peterson rushed 22 times for 75 yards in the Lions' Week 3 win over the Cardinals, adding a 10-yard reception.
Peterson out-carried younger teammates Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift 22-3, with Swift failing to even register a tote. Peterson can still generate an unruly amount of momentum when he gets a head of steam, but he was having trouble finding the edge in Arizona. The Lions would be better served by treating Peterson as valuable depth who can handle however much work is thrown at him in any given situation, but featuring him like this is a net negative for the offense. Peterson will remain a low-upside FLEX for next week's date with the Saints.
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Leonard Fournette had seven carries for 15 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in Week 3 against the Broncos.
Fournette took a backseat after out-touching Ronald Jones and scoring two TDs last week. He averaged just 2.1 YPC on his seven attempts. Even with the Bucs playing with a three-score lead, Fournette didn't have much of a role in this one. Fournette is a touchdown-dependent RB4 for Week 4 against the Chargers.
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Ronald Jones rushed 13 times for 53 yards and caught 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards in Week 3 against the Broncos.
Jones out-touched Leonard Fournette this week, who had nine touches. The Bucs continued to rotate all three of their backs, with LeSean McCoy getting a few snaps on third downs. Jones is the touch-favorite moving forward but he's not getting a ton of goal-line of pass game work. He's an RB3 play against the Chargers in Week 4.
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Chris Carson (leg) left Week 3 against the Cowboys.
Carson was tackled on a fourth-quarter rush when a second defender landed on the back of his leg. Carson immediately grabbed for his leg, specifically in the knee/femur area. He was able to walk off with some assistance and entered the sideline medical tent. With only a few minutes left in the game, Carson's day is likely done. He 14 times for 64 yards, adding 3 receptions for 12 receiving yards. When healthy, Carson is a high-end RB2 in an explosive offense. Carlos Hyde is his direct backup.
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Melvin Gordon had eight carries for 26 yards in Week 3 against the Bucs.
He was more involved in the passing game, but caught 4-of-6 targets for just 12 yards. The entire Broncos offense took a hit with Jeff Driskel starting, and Gordon never got a chance to get going with Denver chasing points. His eight carries were the fewest of the season after Gordon had 15 carries in the opener and rushed 19 times last week. With Drew Lock out multiple games, Gordon could face another negative gamescript if the Broncos turn to Brett Rypien in Week 4.
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Justin Herbert completed 35-of-49 passes for 330 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Panthers, adding three rushes for 15 yards.
Herbert accumulated stats thanks for three quarters of negative game script, often checking down to Austin Ekeler and taking occasional downfield shots. He left the game briefly in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury but walked it off and returned before LA ran another play. Herbert's presence is a big plus for Ekeler and Keenan Allen. The rookie isn't an ideal streaming candidate next week against Tampa.
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Kyler Murray completed 23-of-35 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the Cardinals' 26-23, Week 3 loss to the Lions, adding five rushes for 29 additional yards and a touchdown.
Not the sophomore's finest hour, though fantasy managers will gladly take it. Murray's rushing touchdown featured an absolutely ridiculous juke near the goal line, and he's now found the end zone on the ground in 3-of-3 games. Murray has four total rushing TDs, the kind of thing that locks in QB1 floor regardless of shaky passing performances like this afternoon's. Relentlessly working his connection with DeAndre Hopkins and finally heating up with Andy Isabella, Murray also continues to make strides as a passer. The Panthers represent a Week 4 smash spot.
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DeAndre Hopkins caught 10-of-12 targets for 137 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Lions.
Hopkins has now reached 10 catches in 2-of-3 games as a Cardinal, and is already up to 32 grabs on the season. Even with an early lack of big of big plays and an unimpressive yards per catch, Hopkins is flirting with being a league-winner in PPR formats. With Larry Fitzgerald on his last legs, Kyler Murray lacks other reliable targets, and coach Kliff Kingsbury has had zero trouble scheming his Murray/Hopkins connection even after the nonexistent offseason. Hopkins is set up to go absolutely bonkers over an extremely soft stretch of the Cardinals' schedule that begins in Week 4 with the Panthers.
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