While many running backs have already been ruled out for Week 3, many wide receivers are listed as questionable, which adds to the challenge facing some fantasy owners when it comes to determining their starting lineups. Week 2 was rough on wide receivers, and many of these players missed practice time this week. Curtis Samuel has already been ruled out, same for Doug Baldwin. However, Baldwin should be returning soon, so if he is on the waiver wire for some reason, don’t hesitate to add him.
The quarterback/tight end injuries are not nearly as many compared to wide receivers, but be sure to check them (and running backs) out as well. As always, make sure a player is active before putting him in your lineup.
Note: All games are Sunday, Sept. 23 (unless otherwise indicated) and times are ET.
Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears, 4:25 p.m.
Fitzgerald suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 and missed practice on Wednesday. However, he was able to get in limited practices and will be active for Week 3. Fitzgerald was drafted as a WR1, but he’s playing more like a WR2 with Sam Bradford at quarterback. The Bears' defense is tough, and fantasy owners will start Fitzgerald if they have him, but don’t expect WR1 numbers.
Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Jeffery isn’t going to play. However, the questionable tag this week indicates that his return may be close. Keep an eye on his practice status in the coming week to see if it is possible that he returns for Week 4.
Marquise Goodwin (quad), WR, San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
After suffering the quad injury in the middle of Week 1, Goodwin missed some practice time and was questionable for Week 2. He ended up sitting out, but again earned the questionable tag for Week 3. He has put in some limited practices this week again, but will likely be a game-time decision. The good news is that the 49ers play in the early slate of games. The bad news is that if he does play, he won’t be 100 percent. Having him back on the field will help Jimmy Garoppolo and this would be a great matchup. If active, Goodwin should be started as a WR2. UPDATE: Goodwin is active for week 3.
Chris Godwin (toe), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (Monday)
Godwin made it onto the injury report early in the week with a toe issue, however, it did not seem to cost him any practice time. Media reports don't express any concern with him not being able to play, so he should be active. The game against the Steelers has the potential to be a high-scoring one and Ryan Fitzpatrick is on fire. That fire will go out at some point, but while he’s hot, Godwin — even with DeSean Jackson active — is a WR3.
Marvin Jones Jr. (ankle), WR, Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m.
Jones had eight targets in Week 1 and nine targets in Week 2. In both weeks, he had four receptions for 54 yards, although he did add a touchdown in Week 2. Jones has been a low-end fantasy option this year, and Week 3 should be no exception. While there should be plenty of passes thrown by Matthew Stafford, Jones is only a WR3. The ankle issue should not prevent him from playing.
Josh Gordon (hamstring), WR, New England Patriots at Detroit Lions, 8:20 p.m.
Gordon is expected to make his Patriots debut Sunday night. Even though the hamstring issue appears to be fine, he’s been a Patriot for less than a week. Odds are that he hasn’t mastered the playbook yet, but he will be active for the game. New England will have a few plays designed for him, and those might include getting him a touchdown. However, Gordon is a risky fantasy play.
Cole Beasley (ankle), WR, Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
Dealing with a sprained ankle, all signs point to Beasley playing in Week 3. He suffered the injury at the end of practice on Wednesday but was able to put in limited practices for the rest of the week. Beasley had eight targets in Week 1, but only three in Week 2. The Cowboys are still trying to figure out their offense, but Beasley will continue to rack up receptions. He’s a WR3 with more upside in PPR formats.
Travis Benjamin (foot), WR, Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
After being overthrown by Philip Rivers and dropping what would be a touchdown in Week 1, Benjamin suffered a foot injury that sidelined him for Week 2. He looks to be on track to be active Sunday, but shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. Benjamin is the third receiver for an offense that faces a tough matchup against the Rams.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.