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9/26/2017 Kyle Murphy, GB, T
Murphy (foot) has been placed on injured reserve.

Analysis: This is bad news for those who have Aaron Rodgers as their fantasy quarterback because Murphy had been protecting his blind side. He started at left tackle the past two games in place of the injured David Bakhtiari (hamstring), who might not be able to return in Week 4.
9/26/2017 Michael Crabtree, Oak, WR
Crabtree (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Though X-rays were negative, Crabtree might not be recovered in time to play in Week 4 after getting hurt on a hit in Sunday's loss to the Redskins. He's not an ideal play anyways this week, facing a tough matchup against the Broncos' vaunted secondary.
9/26/2017 Ethan Westbrooks, LAR, DE
Police say Westbrooks was arrested after an officer saw a stolen gun in his car when he was pulled over for speeding.

Analysis: California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Carr said Tuesday that Westbrooks was arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm and other charges. He said Westbrooks was stopped for speeding along Interstate 5 near Bakersfield on Friday. Carr said the officer spotted a gun in the glove box as Westbrooks was looking for the car's registration document.
9/26/2017 Harrison Butker, KC, K
The Chiefs have signed Butker off the Panthers' practice squad to presumably become their kicker after placing Cairo Santos on injured reserve.

Analysis: Butker was a seventh-round pick this year after finishing as Georgia Tech's all-time leading scorer. He was 15 of 17 on field-goal attempts as a senior, including 8 for 8 from 40 yards or more.
9/26/2017 Cairo Santos, KC, K
Santos (groin) has been placed on injured reserve.

Analysis: The Chiefs have signed rookie Harrison Butker off the Panthers' practice squad to replace Santos, who could return later in the season. Butler was a seventh-round pick who is Georgia Tech's all-time leading scorer and hit 15 of 17 field-goal attempts as a senior, including 8 for 8 from 40 yards or more.
9/26/2017 Jesse James, Pit, TE
James is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens due to a shoulder injury.

Analysis: James left the Week 3 loss to the Bears after getting dinged but came back in the game. Even if he's good to go Sunday, you're better off finding a different option at tight end after James totaled just 46 yards in the past two games without scoring.
9/26/2017 Phil Dawson, Ari, K
Phil Dawson converted one of two field-goal attempts Monday as the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Dallas Cowboys 28-17. He made a kick of 37 yards, and missed a 36-yarder. Dawson tacked on two PATs.

Analysis: The 42-year-old may be starting to show his age, as he's now missed two kicks in the 30 to 39-yard range through three weeks and has yet to make a field goal longer than 40. Dawson is clearly on the low end of the fantasy spectrum right now.
9/26/2017 Dan Bailey, Dal, K
Bailey tacked on four PATs.
9/26/2017 Jason Witten, Dal, TE
Jason Witten had one reception for three yards Monday in the Dallas Cowboys' 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Analysis: Those who started Witten with the hope he'd find the end zone for a third straight week were utterly disappointed. The 35-year-old is still one of the more reliable fantasy tight ends around, but Monday's line is a reminder that he's no longer a sure thing.
9/26/2017 Jaron Brown, Ari, WR
Jaron Brown had two receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown Monday in the Arizona Cardinals' 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Analysis: Brown had a second touchdown catch called back by a holding penalty, but still posted a decent line working as Arizona's No. 2 receiver for a second straight week. His fantasy outlook for Week 4 is fully dependent on whether John Brown is able to return from his quadriceps injury.
9/26/2017 Cole Beasley, Dal, WR
Cole Beasley had one reception for four yards Monday in the Dallas Cowboys' 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Analysis: With no more than four catches or 33 yards in any of the Cowboys' first three games, Beasley's reputation as a dependable but unspectacular option in PPR formats is beginning to tarnish. The slot receiver is still worth keeping an eye on, but he's not start-worthy at this moment.
9/26/2017 Terrance Williams, Dal, WR
Terrance Williams had three receptions for 47 yards Monday in the Dallas Cowboys' 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Analysis: This is pretty much par for the course for Williams, one of the more mediocre No. 2 receivers in the league. The Dallas native now has accumulated a pedestrian 13 catches for 132 yards and no touchdowns through the first three weeks.
9/26/2017 Brice Butler, Dal, WR
Brice Butler had two receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown Monday in the Dallas Cowboys' 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Analysis: Butler came up with two big plays in the second half to help get the Cowboys' offense rolling after a lethargic first two quarters. He's still unlikely to provide week-to-week fantasy contributions as a situational deep threat in a run-first attack.
9/26/2017 Dez Bryant, Dal, WR
Dez Bryant had two receptions for 12 yards and one touchdown Monday in the Dallas Cowboys' 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Analysis: Bryant saw only two targets on a night he was shadowed often by Patrick Peterson, but made one of them count with a 15-yard catch-and-run score in the third quarter for his second touchdown in as many weeks. The premier receiver should be more of a factor next Sunday against a Rams defense that was torched by 49ers No. 1 wideout Pierre Garcon in Week 3.
9/26/2017 Jermaine Gresham, Ari, TE
Jermaine Gresham had five receptions for 47 yards Monday in the Arizona Cardinals' 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Analysis: Gresham was surprisingly a big part of the Cardinals' game plan in his return from a one-week absence caused by a rib injury. The tight end could be worth inserting in fantasy lineups next week against the 49ers should John Brown remain out with a quadriceps issue.
9/26/2017 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari, WR
Larry Fitzgerald had 13 receptions for 149 yards and one touchdown Monday in the Arizona Cardinals' 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Analysis: Fitzgerald atoned for last week's three-catch, 21-yard output by abusing Dallas' secondary all throughout the evening, finishing with his highest yardage total since 2014 and tying a career high for receptions in a game. With 22 catches and 244 yards through the first three weeks, the 34-year-old is showing no signs at all of slowing down.
9/26/2017 Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB
Ezekiel Elliott ran for 80 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries Monday in the Dallas Cowboys' 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He added three receptions for 14 yards.

Analysis: Bottled up for much of the first half, Elliott avoided a second straight fantasy clunker by recording several tough runs after the break and a late TD that sealed Dallas' win. Though the Cowboys' offensive linchpin has averaged only 2.8 yards per carry over the past two weeks, those outings did come against two of the league's better run defenses in the Broncos and Cardinals.
9/26/2017 Kerwynn Williams, Ari, RB
Kerwynn Williams ran for three yards on one carry Monday in the Arizona Cardinals' 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Analysis: A trendy waiver-wire pickup after David Johnson sustained a multi-week wrist injury in Week 1, Williams has produced a mere 25 yards on 10 carries over Arizona's last two games. The journeyman will need an injury to Chris Johnson to hold any semblance of fantasy value.
9/25/2017 Quintin Demps, Chi, S
Demps suffered a broken arm in the 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will be out an indefinite period of time.

Analysis: Bears coach John Fox did not characterize Demps' injury as a season-ending one. Demps came out in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win and was replaced by former starter Adrian Amos. A 10-year veteran, Demps was acquired from Houston after the Bears struggled to defend against the pass and made a franchise record-low eight interceptions each of the last two seasons.
9/25/2017 Darren Sproles, Phi, RB
Sproles tore his ACL and broke his wrist on the same play in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: Coach Doug Pederson confirmed the injuries Monday, saying it's a "devastating" loss. The versatile Sproles has nine returns for touchdowns, including seven on punts. The 34-year-old veteran went to three Pro Bowls, including last season when he had a career-high 94 carries.
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