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Shockingly, the Los Angeles Rams have been one of the most run-heavy offenses through the first two weeks of the season. With Cam Akers out against the Bills, that makes both Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown very interesting flexes options for Week 3 in Fantasy football. .

Brown was injured himself in Week 2, but had pinky surgery on Monday and was practicing in full by the end of the week. Due to that injury, I'm projecting Henderson for all of the running back targets, which makes Henderson the better start in all formats. But there's still a lot of uncertainty, which led to me ranking Henderson below where I'm projecting him below.

If Brown is 100%, I'd expect him to handle short yardage work, and he'd be much more likely to score than Henderson. But I do think there's at least some chance that the team will lean on Henderson due to concerns about how well Brown can hold on to the ball. That risk makes me really not want to start Brown in a 12-team league unless you need multiple flexes. 

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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 3 at this time. Here's what it means:

Who's Out
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CAR Carolina • #22
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Mike Davis should be the primary back for the Panthers. He's a priority on the waiver wire.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #26
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
We expect Dion Lewis to lead the Giants backfield in Week 3, but it should eventually be Devonta Freeman's job.
SF San Francisco • #31
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Tevin Coleman is also out. That makes Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson high-end flexes.
LAR L.A. Rams • #23
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Brown and Henderson are fine flexes but their roles remain uncertain.
BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
With Moss out, Devin Singletary should be a solid No. 2.
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Numbers to know
  • 4.74 -- Raheem Mostert was averaging 4.74 yards before contact. Any running back can be a Fantasy starter in this system.
  • 4.59 -- James Conner is averaging 4.59 yards after contact. I don't think Benny Snell is taking that job.
  • 312 -- Aaron Jones has 312 yards from scrimmage, 54 more than any other running back.
  • 17 -- Alvin Kamara leads running backs with 17 targets. That should remain the case for as long as Michael Thomas is out.
  • 8 -- Mike Davis caught eight passes in relief of Christian McCaffrey.
  • 4.5 -- David Johnson is averaging 4.5 air yards per target, second only to Aaron Jones.
Matchups that Matter
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR LAC -6.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
10th
PROJ PTS
13
RB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
177
REC
5
REYDS
58
TD
0
FPTS/G
13.5
LAC L.A. Chargers • #27
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR LAC -6.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
NR
PROJ PTS
13.1
RB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
124
REC
2
REYDS
49
TD
1
FPTS/G
12
ARI Arizona • #41
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET ARI -5.5 O/U 54.5
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
11.1
RB RNK
25th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
146
REC
4
REYDS
14
TD
1
FPTS/G
12
IND Indianapolis • #28
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ IND -10.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
NR
PROJ PTS
12.1
RB RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
123
REC
8
REYDS
76
TD
1
FPTS/G
16
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 3 Adds
SF San Francisco • #30
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG SF -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
10th
RB RNK
30th
ROSTERED
27%
So you missed Mike Davis, Darrell Henderson, Jerick McKinnon, and Dion Lewis? Jeff Wilson is a pretty great consolation prize. He should lead the 49ers in carries in a good matchup against the Giants.
Stashes
TEN Tennessee • #32
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Evans will make his debut in Week 3 and we expect the Titans to use him in the passing game. If he looks like he's ready for the NFL he'll become one of the most coveted handcuffs.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
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PHI Philadelphia • #26
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN PHI -6.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
19
RB RNK
17th
FANDUEL
$7,400
DRAFTKINGS
$6,400
Sanders received 20 carries and seven targets in his season debut. Now he's facing a Bengals defense that just surrendered 234 total yards and four touchdowns to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. I don't often have 100% exposure to any player, but I may have 100% exposure to Miles Sanders this week.
Contrarian Play
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LAR L.A. Rams • #27
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -2.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
15th
PROJ PTS
7.6
RB RNK
NR
FANDUEL
$5,800
DRAFTKINGS
$5,400
Even with Brown back, I want some exposure to Henderson. He's already the team's best pass-catching back and the Bills defense is so banged up I'm not sure this is actually a difficult matchup.
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Heath's Projections

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