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Detroit Lions rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs and tight end Sam LaPorta are both expected to play significant roles early on in their first NFL seasons, and they have both been impressive in showing their playmaking abilities this spring. Gibbs is a smooth and fluid runner with excellent burst and balance, but he has really impressed with his route-running abilities as a pass-catcher. His versatility will allow Detroit to use both him and David Montgomery on the field together. LaPorta is explosive and is able to gain separation from defenders effortlessly. He's been a favorite target in the red zone in practices. LaPorta has plenty of intriguing characteristics, but it will most likely be Gibbs with more fantasy upside in his rookie season.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle had his best game of the young season on Thursday night against the New York Giants. The colorful tight end out of Iowa grabbed seven of his nine targets for 90 yards, helping pick up the offensive slack with receiver Brandon Aiyuk sidelined by injury. While fantasy managers are still waiting for Kittle's first touchdown, it was good to see Kittle beat projections after duds in the first two weeks. Next up for Kittle's 49ers is a home matchup against the Arizona Cardinals where he'll remain a TE1.
San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Ronnie Bell scored his first career touchdown on his first career reception in Thursday night's 30-12 win over the New York Giants. The seventh-round pick in this year's draft had a modest day otherwise, catching both of his two targets for 24 yards. While Bell looks like a good fit in the 49ers offense after tonight and a solid preseason, he probably would have remained catchless if not for starting receiver Brandon Aiyuk being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Bell still has a long way to go before fantasy relevance and should be left in the free-agent pool, except in the deepest dynasty leagues.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel had the game fantasy managers have been waiting for against the New York Giants on Thursday night. Samuel, 27, lit up the New York defense to the tune of six receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown while tacking on one carry for two yards. With receiver Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) on the sideline, Samuel was clearly the focal point of San Francisco's passing attack. He was targeted 12 times in the game, which was not only a season-high for Samuel but represented the most targets in a single game for any 49ers player this year. Samuel will have another favorable matchup in Week 4 when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals.
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey tied Jerry Rice's all-time 49ers record by scoring a touchdown for the 12th straight game in Thursday night's dominant win against the New York Giants. McCaffrey, 27, finished the night with 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. He also caught all five of his targets for 34 yards receiving. In a juicy matchup against a New York defense that had struggled to stop the run, McCaffrey was his usual self, combining elusiveness with power. His fantasy day was limited by head coach Kyle Shanahan keeping his promise to get other running backs involved, though his 23 touches matched last week's. He has plenty of time to rest up before an October 1 date at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. The 26-year-old was limited on Wednesday with a shoulder problem, but this progress sets him up to be active for Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts. Duvernay once flashed as a fantasy pickup early last season, but the two-time Pro Bowler is characterized by his kick/punt-returning prowess. Even so, Duvernay may be forced into more three-receiver sets on Sunday with Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) looking very iffy for that one. The Colts have been torched for the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so far, but fantasy managers would really be scraping at the bottom of the barrel if settling on Duvernay even as a WR5 on Sunday.
New York Jets kicker Greg Zuerlein (groin) was a limited participant at practice on Thursday, per Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record. The 35-year-old missed Week 2 with a groin injury while Austin Seibert filled in, but Thursday's return to the field puts him on track for a possible Week 3 return against the division-foe New England Patriots. Fantasy managers will want to check back for Friday's injury report to clarify Zuerlein's status if they're looking to play him on Sunday. "Legatron" could be worthy of streaming consideration in what projects to be a closely-contested matchup against the Pats, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to kickers over the first two weeks.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy had his best fantasy day of the year in Thursday night's 30-12 victory over the New York Giants. He was 25-for-37 for 310 yards passing, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. The former "Mr. Irrelevant" of the 2022 draft has continued making the moniker itself irrelevant, winning his 11th consecutive game tonight. Purdy handled the absence of receiver Brandon Aiyuk without missing a beat, spreading targets all around, including getting Aiyuk substitutes Jauan Jennings and rookie Ronnie Bell involved. Early in the game, Purdy got away with a couple of risky throw decisions and while New York's defense did a commendable job bringing pressure, he consistently hung in and made tough throws. Purdy will take on the Arizona Cardinals at home in Week 4, where he'll be a worthy play in standard leagues.
New York Jets running back Breece Hall (knee) remained a limited participant at practice on Thursday. This is nothing new for the 22-year-old off last October's ACL tear, but it remains worth mentioning until he becomes a full participant again. Hall's snap share is in line to gradually rise as the season elapses, receiving 31% in the season opener and splitting evenly with Dalvin Cook at 36% in Week 2. Fantasy managers will need to exercise patience with the explosive Hall, as the Jets are likely to lean on the running game all year with Zach Wilson in the saddle. Hall doesn't appear to be in any real danger of missing Week 3 versus the division-rival New England Patriots, but this version of him translates to a volatile RB2 choice until the opportunity grows.
Coming into the 2023 season, the Denver Broncos defense/special teams was expected to be a top-10 unit under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. But so far through two games, they've been a pretty big disappointment. They've allowed under 100 yards rushing per game but have given up 249.5 yards per game through the air, have generated just four sacks and one takeaway through two games for a grand total of six fantasy points, which ranks them 28th in the league out of 32 teams. They could be facing the Miami Dolphins this Sunday without receiver Jaylen Waddle (concussion), but that alone shouldn't be reason to leave the Broncos D in starting fantasy lineups. Denver's defense has allowed 26 points per game so far, while Miami's offense has scored 30 points a game and leads the league with 462.5 points a game.
New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker (knee) remained limited in practice Thursday, per Evan Lazar of the team's official site. The 30-year-old is likely having his reps managed after his 2023 debut was delayed until Week 2 due to a knee injury. Parker looked no worse for wear in that one, tallying six receptions on eight targets for 57 yards as an every-down player. The veteran wideout is likely to be fine for Week 3's divisional tilt against the New York Jets, and might already be pushing JuJu Smith-Schuster for quarterback Mac Jones' attention. Even assuming Parker gets the green light for Sunday, he may not be an exciting fantasy play in what could be a slow-paced defensive slog.
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