SUSMarcell Dareus DL BUF (10) 29 minutes ago
While Dareus will return from suspension following this weekend's game against the Patriots, he likely won't be able to play a full workload Week 5 against the Rams, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said general manager Doug Whaley, "There is no conditioning or workout that can get you in total football shape. He's been working out with weights and aerobically during his suspension. I assume we'll get him in (the lineup) right away, but he'll rotate otherwise he'll be gassed ... it's going to take him a game or two to get in football shape where he can play a full game."
Dareus is certainly worth a look in IDP formats where he was cast aside due to his four-game suspension, though you might have to be willing to stash him on the bench for more than just this week. That said, he's one of the league's better defensive tackles when it comes to accruing stats, plus he has quite a bit to prove after the talented lineman let his teammates down yet again.
PUPShaq Lawson DL BUF (10) 34 minutes ago
Bills GM Doug Whaley said Tuesday that Lawson (shoulder) should be able to start practicing when eligible Oct. 18, BuffaloBills.com reports. "He's on schedule," said Whaley. "We just had a meeting yesterday so after the six weeks if there are no setbacks he'll be able to start practicing and we'll see where it goes after that. But everything we've heard from the medical staff is that he's ready and raring to go."
While second-round pick Reggie Raglund is definitely out for the season, the Bills seem convinced that Lawson, their first-rounder, will be part of the plan at some point. If he can make any kind of splash, the Bills might not have that bad of a defense after all. They've played strong in two of three games around a disaster against the Jets, while Marcell Dareus and Lawson haven't even set foot on the field yet.
Shane Ray LB DEN (11) 56 minutes ago
Ray tallied six tackles, three sacks and two tackles for a loss in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.
Last year's first-round pick was relentless while filling in for DeMarcus Ware, but it can't be said that it came out of nowhere. Ray was seen by some as a potential top 10 pick last year before an indiscretion involving marijuana pushed him down draft boards. Ray will have at least a few more weeks to shine with Ware out of the lineup and, given the Broncos' plans to keep Ware on a snap limit this season to begin with, it's quite possible that Ray will be able to sneak into the starting lineup in base packages even when the veteran returns.
Jeff Heuerman TE DEN (11) 1 hour ago
Heuerman caught his first NFL pass, a 29-yard reception, in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.
The pass, a deep corner down the left sideline late in the 4th quarter, gave a glimpse as to why Denver drafted him in the third round of the 2015 draft. Heuerman clearly has the ability to stretch the field, but it's fair to wonder whether he'll be able to secure more than a bit role in the short term once starter Virgil Green comes back. Heuerman's torn ACL last year and hamstring trouble in training camp have limited his reps in the offense. John Phillips provides a veteran backup to Green, making Heuerman - seen as the potential starter earlier in camp - the No. 3 at the moment.
Jacob Tamme TE ATL (11) 1 hour ago
Tamme caught three of four passes for 28 yards in Monday's win over New Orleans.
It was Tamme's weakest performance thus far this season, but the veteran should still be looked at as one of the steadier fantasy options at tight end. He has caught at least three passes in 15 of his 18 games in Atlanta and currently leads the team with 14 receptions - more than just five tight ends in the league. A lack of touchdowns, just two since arriving in Atlanta last year, still plague him, but Tamme is a solid low-risk, low-reward option week to week.
William Gholston DL TB (6) 1 hour ago
Gholston tallied six tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.
The 25-year-old turned in his best outing over the first three weeks, doubling his Week 2 rackle totals in the process. Gholston did not show up on the stat sheet at all in the opener against the Falcons, so he's significantly picked up the pace over the following two weeks. The boost in Gholston's numbers versus the Rams may have at least partly been due to Robert Ayers (ankle) missing the contest, a situation that could repeat itself in Week 4.
Justin Hardy WR ATL (11) 1 hour ago
Hardy caught two of two targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in Monday's win over the Saints.
Five Falcons have more catches than Hardy's four, but none of them have more touchdowns, as his two ties a team lead with Julio Jones. The Falcons brought Mohamed Sanu in to be the No. 2 receiver and have a collection of backs and tight ends to throw to, but the little shovel pass Matt Ryan used on Monday to find Hardy for the score was something the team could look to build off of. Coupled with Hardy's nifty touchdown catch off of a deflection in Week 2, it might be possible that the diminutive Hardy can find his niche where taller receivers typically thrive - near the goal line.
Clinton McDonald DL TB (6) 1 hour ago
McDonald collected seven tackles (four solo), including two for loss, in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.
The veteran defensive tackle was a force in the middle on the afternoon, helping limit Todd Gurley to 3.1 yards per carry on 27 totes. McDonald had only managed a total of four stops through the first two contests of 2016, so Sunday's production was certainly a welcome sight. Despite the Bucs defense's overall struggles, McDonald is an integral part of a unit that's only allowed a 3.5 YPC to opposing rushers through three weeks.
Luke Willson TE SEA (5) 1 hour ago
Willson caught two of three passes for nine yards in Sunday's win over San Francisco.
Willson was never able to capitalize on his opportunity with Jimmy Graham out of the lineup and now seams cemented into a catch-or-two-per-game role with Graham beginning to gain steam. Sometimes reserve tight ends can emerge as worth-while red-zone targets, but that isn't the case with Willson as he has scored just once since Week 16 of 2014.
Chris Conte DB TB (6) 1 hour ago
Conte totaled eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams. He also recorded a fumble.
The veteran safety tied Lavonte David for the team lead in stops and has already racked up 26 tackles through three games. He also alertly picked up a fumble by the Rams' Kenny Britt early in the second quarter and provided a nifty 10-yard return. Conte is providing above-average tackle numbers out of the free safey so far this season, a trend he'll look to continue in the Week 4 matchup versus the Broncos.