Ware, Mathis among 1st-year eligibles for Pro Football Hall

Wed Sep 22 1:02pm ET

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Ten first-year eligible players, including defensive standouts DeMarcus Ware and Robert Mathis, and receivers Andre Johnson, Steve Smith and Anquan Boldin are among 122 nominees for the 2022 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Other first-year eligibles are kick returner Devin Hester; offensive linemen Jake Long and Nick Mangold; defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and defensive back Antonio Cromartie.

The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January before the selection committee discusses and chooses the class of 2022 that will be enshrined in August.

The roster of nominees consists of 65 offensive players, 46 defensive players and 11 special teamers.

Finalists from 2021 re-nominated for next year are wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt; tackle Tony Boselli; defensive end Jared Allen; defensive tackle Richard Seymour; linebackers Sam Mills and Zach Thomas; and defensive backs Ronde Barber and LeRoy Butler.

Recently selected as a senior finalist was receiver Cliff Branch. The contributor finalist is former referee and league officiating chief Art McNally. The coach finalist is Dick Vermeil, who won the Super Bowl in 2000 with the Rams.

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Carson Wentz Sep 22 1:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (ankles) said that his right sprained ankle is much worse than his left one. Wentz wasn't wearing a walking boot on his right ankle, but he will not practice on Wednesday and is very questionable for Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans. Fantasy managers in superflex leagues should be preparing as if the 28-year-old won't be available this weekend. Wentz hasn't been 2020 bad, but he also hasn't been excellent in his first two games with the Colts, going 45-for-69 for 498 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while being sacked six times. Second-year backup Jacob Eason went 2-for-5 with an interception in relief of Wentz last week. He'll merely be an emergency QB2 streamer in superflex leagues, albeit in a good matchup, if Wentz is inactive.

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James O'Shaughnessy Sep 22 1:20pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed tight end James O'Shaughnessy (ankle) on Injured Reserve on Wednesday after he suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos. O'Shaughnessy will now be forced to miss at least the next three games. Through two games played in 2021, he has seven receptions on nine targets for 72 yards for the Jags. In the 29-year-old's absence, Chris Manhertz and Luke Farrell are the next men up at the position, with Jacob Hollister also in the picture. Fantasy managers can avoid the tight end picture in Jacksonville in the majority of the leagues. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence is already going through growing pains and has struggled to deliver accurate passes to his receivers.

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Justin Fields Sep 22 1:10pm ET

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced on Wednesday that rookie quarterback Justin Fields will get the start in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns with Andy Dalton (knee) battling a bone bruise in his knee. The Bears said that Dalton will remain the starter when he's healthy, but Fields has a chance to change the organization's mind on Sunday. Fields didn't look all that great in relief of Dalton in last week's win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but he will get to face a Cleveland defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to QBs in the first two weeks. The 22-year-old first-rounder has more upside than Dalton, but remember that it'll be just his first career NFL start. Temper expectations for him as a QB2.

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Antonio Brown Sep 22 12:10pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. In order to be eligible to play in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams, Brown would need to have two negative tests 24 hours apart. The 33-year-old came out firing in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys with five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, but he was quiet in the Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons (one catch for 17 yards). Fantasy managers won't know until later in the week if Brown has a chance at playing, but for now you'll need to make other plans at the receiver position. Scotty Miller would likely see more snaps if Brown doesn't play while working behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is a top-10 tight end, should remain heavily involved.

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Russell Gage Sep 22 12:03pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (ankle) is considered week to week, and he appears to be a long shot to play this week.

Fantasy Spin: Tajae Sharpe should see more looks, but he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups with the mess that the Falcons are right now.

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Russell Gage Sep 22 11:50am ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage (ankle) is considered week-to-week with an ankle injury that he suffered in the Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source. The Falcons will wait until Friday to see if Gage can possibly suit up in Week 3 against the New York Giants, although he appears to be more of a long shot as things stand now. Gage was a popular sleeper in fantasy during the preseason with Julio Jones out of town, but he has just five catches on nine targets for 28 yards through two weeks and now looks likely to sit out this Sunday and possibly beyond. He's an early season drop candidate in standard-sized leagues. If Gage misses Week 3, Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus should see more playing time, but they aren't realistic weekly starting options for fantasy managers. If anything Calvin Ridley and tight ends Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst will see more targets.

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Ifeatu Melifonwu Sep 22 11:40am ET

The Detroit Lions placed rookie cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu (quadriceps) on Injured Reserve on Wednesday and signed cornerback Daryl Worley to the active roster from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Melifonwu will miss at least the next three weeks after getting injured in the Monday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Dan Campbell said that the third-rounder will miss significant time, so he could be out longer than three weeks. Former first-rounder Jeff Okudah (Achilles) is already out for the season, so Detroit's secondary has thinned out considerably early in the year. Amani Oruwariye and rookie A.J. Parker could be forced to start in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Lions defense will be attackable all season from a fantasy perspective.

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Nevin Lawson Sep 22 11:33am ET

Free-agent CB Nevin Lawson (Raiders) agreed to a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, Sept. 22. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Tua Tagovailoa Sep 22 11:30am ET

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores announced on Wednesday that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) was diagnosed with fractured ribs after further testing and he will not play in Week 3 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Tagovailoa was knocked out of the Week 2 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills and is in danger of missing multiple weeks with this injury. Backup Jacoby Brissett went 24-for-40 for 169 yards with no touchdowns and an interception and was sacked four times after he relieved Tagovailoa last Sunday. Against an improved Raiders defense, Brissett will be nothing more than a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues, while all of Miami's skill offensive players should be downgraded slightly. Tagovailoa should only be stashed in dynasty and superflex leagues if you don't have better options.

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Randy Gregory Sep 22 11:00am ET

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is back at the team's facilities on Wednesday, as expected, according to a source. Gregory missed the Week 2 win over the Los Angeles Chargers while dealing with COVID-19, but he will be available for the home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in Week 3. He tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic. It's good news for a Cowboys defense that is without top pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence (foot) for the foreseeable future. Gregory was able to pick up one tackle and a fumble recovery in the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dallas' defense looked much better against the Chargers last Sunday, but without Lawrence, they should be avoided on Monday against Philly.

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Ben Roethlisberger Sep 22 10:50am ET

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral) should be able to play in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he will be dealing with pain when he throws. Roethlisberger suffered a left pectoral injury in the Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Big Ben should be out there this Sunday, but don't be surprised if he misses practice time this week. The 39-year-old veteran gunslinger has completed 62.5 percent of his throws through the first two weeks for 6.7 yards per attempt, 483 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Bengals defense shouldn't scare fantasy managers, but Roethlisberger's injury and the team's poor offensive line are what you need to be concerned about. He'll be a low-end QB2 heading into Week 3 while managing pain.

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Daryl Worley Sep 22 9:43am ET

Detroit Lions CB Daryl Worley was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Sept. 22.

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Nick Folk Sep 22 9:30am ET

The New England Patriots have signed kicker Nick Folk to the 53-man roster Tuesday. He was promoted to the Patriots' active roster before each of the first two games this season. In Week 2, the 36-year-old drilled four field-goal attempts in the 25-6 win over New York Jets. Folk is 7-for-7 in field goal attempts, and 2-for-3 in extra-point tries in 2021. Quinn Nordin (abdomen) is on the injured reserve. Folk will continue to handle kicking duties until Nordin returns. Fantasy managers can use Folk as a streamer in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Bruce Arians Sep 22 9:10am ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones has been limited to 10 carries over two games in 2021. According to head coach Bruce Arians, Jones' "play isn't as good as it should be" and that he trusts RB Leonard Fournette more in pass protection. "Yeah, it speaks for itself," Arians said. "Ro, that's his guy. He's got to get out of those types of situations. I thought he ran hard and protected the ball, but again, you can't have those mental errors. It's just attention to detail, like missing that blitz. He is a great runner, caught the ball well. I would have liked to see him run for the first down. His mind is fine. It's just his play isn't as good as it should be." Fournette has outsnapped Jones 73 to 32 over the first games of the season. Fantasy managers should continue to stash Jones on their benches for now, but his usage in the Buccaneers' backfield continues to wane. "Fournette is ahead of Jones by any measure, with twice as many snaps (73-32), carries (20-10) and rushing yards (84-41), getting nine catches for 51 yards while Jones has that single 9-yard reception." Giovani Bernard is also in the mix and is the team's third-down back. "Gio is our third-down back and our two-minute back, so if we're in those situations, he's playing," Arians said. "The other two guys are going to take most of the carries and most of the other time. That's something we'll evaluate, but not really. I think RoJo has just got to do his job."

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Carson Wentz Sep 22 8:40am ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (ankles) plans to test both ankles during Wednesday's practice. He is dealing with injuries to both of his ankles. The 28-year-old was seen in a walking boot after Sunday's game after hurting both ankles during Week 2's 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Wentz plans to participate in practice Wednesday or work out to the side to test his ankles. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor Wentz's practice status throughout the week, and he's considered questionable for Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans. Jacob Eason would be the Colts starting QB on Sunday if Wentz is unable to suit up. Eason threw an interception over five pass attempts in Week 2 and is not a recommended streaming option. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Baker Mayfield Sep 22 8:30am ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) underwent an MRI on Monday. His MRI results came back negative and showed no structural damage. He hurt his shoulder in Week 2's win over the Houston Texans. "He's sore,'' coach Kevin Stefanski said. "He's doing fine.'' Mayfield's shoulder is sore and is expected to be limited in practice this week. The former No.1 overall pick should be all systems go for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Mayfield has completed 40-of-49 attempts for 534 yards and 1:2 TD: INT over both games in 2021. He does lead the NFL in completion percentage with 81.6%. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor Mayfield's practice participation throughout the week, and the 26-year-old is considered questionable for Week 3 against Chicago.

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Emmanuel Sanders Sep 21 11:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has quickly built chemistry with his new quarterback Josh Allen. Through two games, Sanders has at least six targets in each of the contests. However, he was only able to haul in two receptions for 48 yards in Week 2. It's not likely going to get easier against the Washington Football Team. A defense that surrendered the second-lowest amount of touchdowns to receivers last season. Sanders should see his share of targets, but he'll be a low-end flex option in PPR formats for Week 3.

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Dawson Knox Sep 21 11:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has done his job when called upon this season. Through two games, Knox has six receptions on seven targets with one touchdown. Sadly, things aren't going to get easier for him against the Washington Football Team defense in Week 3. A defense that allowed the fourth-fewest amount of yards to tight ends last season. Knox could see a few targets in Week 3, but won't be anything more than a touchdown-dependent TE2.

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Cole Beasley Sep 21 11:30pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has proven himself to be a fairly reliable fantasy option in PPR formats over the last season or so. He was somewhat held in check last week with four receptions for 36 yards, but the Bills weren't forced to air it out in what was already a blowout victory. Beasley in is line for a bounce back performance, but Washington isn't normally an easy team to pass against on a weekly basis. Despite that, Beasley should get his share of targets, but will be a low-end WR3 in PPR formats.

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Zack Moss Sep 21 11:20pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss saw his first action of the season versus the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. He rushed eight times for 26 yards and scored two touchdowns. Let's be honest, Moss is mainly going to be the Bills red zone back. Otherwise, Devin Singletary is going to see the bulk of the work in the backfield. Moss will get a tough matchup against Washington who allowed the second-fewest amount of scores to running backs last season. Fantasy managers should consider Moss a touchdown-dependent option, but he should be on the bench in most leagues for Week 3.

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