Two Minute Warning - Week 3
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups.
Injuries are quickly mounting throughout the league, particularly at the running back position, making lineup construction difficult for many fantasy owners in Week 3.
Below is the latest information to help you make your last-minute decisions.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami - Tannehill was limited in practice for most of the week, but is expected to be on the field when the Dolphins face off with a tough Falcons team. He's averaging 295.5 ypg through the air and is a viable fantasy option.
Tom Brady, New England - Brady is healthy, he just doesn't have many receivers he can trust. Likely without tight end Rob Gronkowski or wideout Danny Amendola, Brady's options are limited and if you have a viable backup you should seriously consider sitting Brady.
Running Backs -
Ray Rice, Baltimore - Rice is not expected to play in Week 3. The result is that backup Bernard Pierce, who we hope you handcuffed at your draft, will be a solid RB1 choice against Houston as he should be the Ravens' workhorse back.
Reggie Bush, Detroit - Like Rice, Bush isn't likely to play in Week 3. Joique Bell has played well when asked over the first two weeks (115 rushing, 145 receiving) and should post big numbers as the primary back against Washington. Latest update - Bush is inactive.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati - Bernard had a "coming out" party last week in Pittsburgh. He scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown showing the versatility and elusiveness that fantasy owners love. He missed some practice time due to a hamstring injury, but is expected to share the workload with BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville - He's not healthy (ankle) and even if the game-time decision is to play he faces a tough Seattle team on the road where they are almost impossible to beat.
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona - Mendenhall missed the first two practices this week, but did get back on the field Friday and is expected to play. Facing the Saints, Mendenhall could post solid numbers. Latest update - Mendenhall is active.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay - The rookie is dealing with a concussion and almost no one expects him to be in uniform on Sunday. James Starks will get the majority of the work against a solid Bengals defense. Latest update - Lacy is inactive.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans - Ingram is inactive leaving more opportunities for Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.
Wide Receivers -
Andre Johnson, Houston - Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Friday that Johnson will be in the lineup. Start him as usual.
Mike Wallace, Miami - Local writers said he was moving without a limp in practice, so we're still expecting Wallace to be in the lineup Sunday. Wallace showed in Week 2 what he's capable of (9-115-1).
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis - He was limited all week in practice, but the team listed him as probable which means despite a game-time decision tag, he's likely to play.
Danny Amendola, New England - Though he's listed as doubtful, we don't think there is any way he gets on the field. Continue to use Julian Edelman as he's Brady's only reliable target.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona - Fitzgerald missed two practices this week, but is expected to play Sunday and should be started as always. Latest update - Fitzgerald is active.
Roddy White, Atlanta - White continues to play and disappoint fantasy owners. He'll be on the field again this week and he'll probably be a decoy for the third consecutive week. Avoid starting him if you have another receiver who can get you double-digits.
Julio Jones, Atlanta - He's fine and his listing on the injury report is misleading. The superstar should be started in every league.
Tight Ends -
Rob Gronkowski, New England - There is pressure for Gronkowski to return to help the Patriots' struggling passing game, but he's simply not ready and the best thing for the team and player is if he sits another week. However, if he plays he must be started because he's that talented.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago - Bennett injured his shoulder last weekend, but he practiced in full Friday and should be a go against the Steelers. He's Jay Cutler's No. 3 option behind Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco - There is concern because Davis didn't practice Friday and will be a true game-time decision. It's a late Sunday afternoon game which won't leave fantasy owners many options if he sits so if you own a viable alternative you should probably use it.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh - Miller is expected to play, but he'll probably be on a "pitch count."
Kai Forbath, Washington - There are too many other options out there to be worrying about a kicker's health - just pick up someone else.
Carolina secondary - The Panthers' secondary is a complete mess with Charles Godfrey (IR), D.J. Moore, Josh Thomas, Josh Thomas and Quintin Mikell are all sidelined. Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are must start players and even Rueben Randle could post solid RB3 numbers.
09/22 11:42:48 ET