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The Cowboys will waive RB Darren McFadden, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's still unclear why McFadden was ever on Dallas' roster. Even with RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended, McFadden appeared in just 1 game and carried only 1 time. The Cowboys will continue to roll with RBs Alfred Morris and Rod Smith for the final 3 weeks of Elliott's suspension.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against the Eagles. He can be safely dropped from fantasy rosters. Alfred Morris figures to serve as Dallas’ primary ball-carrier, with Rod Smith playing on passing downs.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett confirmed on Wednesday that RBs Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith will all be in the mix during RB Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension. "We're not gonna over-analyze it," Garrett said. "We're gonna give each guy a chance to play." This sounds like a potential hot-hand situation. The only thing we can be relatively sure of here is that McFadden figures to handle most of the pass-catching duties. He has 254 career receptions vs. 51 for Morris and 4 for Smith. That makes McFadden the safest fantasy option this week, but the entire backfield comes with lots of risk.

The Jaguars have released K Jason Myers. He missed 4 FGs and 2 XPs in 6 games this season. Myers will be replaced by K Josh Lambo, who was cut by the Chargers before the season. He's drilled 81.3% of his FGs over the past 2 seasons. Myers ranked 5th in FG attempts through 6 weeks, so Lambo could bring some spot-start value.

When a federal circuit court last week lifted the injunction blocking Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension, the immediate question for fantasy owners became: Which Dallas backup do I want? "I think the feeling inside the organization is that Darren McFadden is the guy they're going to lean on," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday. McFadden, of course, has been a healthy scratch for every game so far this season. Morris has been active but logged just 8 total carries. The whole situation will bear watching.

The Cardinals have released RB Chris Johnson. He stumbled his way to 2.5 yards per carry on 45 attempts over the past 4 weeks. The 32-year-old's NFL career is likely over. Johnson's departure paves the way for Adrian Peterson to take over as Arizona's lead early-down back. Andre Ellington will continue to dominate passing-down work.

The Chargers have cut K Younghoe Koo. He connected of just 3 of 6 FG attempts, although all 3 of his misses came in the first 2 weeks. Los Angeles has signed K Nick Novak to replace Koo. The 36-year-old made 85.4% of his FG attempts for Houston last year and will be a spot-start option in plus matchups.

The Vikings have signed RB Stevan Ridley. The 1-time, 1,200-yard rusher has carried just 39 times over the past 3 seasons, averaging an anemic 2.5 yards per attempt. He's a mere depth signing who's unlikely to make a fantasy impact.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Chris Johnson's carries "will likely go up this week." Johnson led the backfield with 11 attempts and 44 rushing yards in the Week 2 win over the Colts -- although he wasn't targeted in the passing game. We'd still try to avoid this backfield in Week 3 fantasy lineups, but Johnson looks like the best bet if you need to dabble.

The Chargers are sticking with K Younghoe Koo, HC Anthony Lynn said Monday. The rookie missed the would-have-been game-winning 44-yard FG on Sunday. He missed a 43-yarder earlier in the game and had a 44-yarder blocked in the opener. Koo's leash can't be very long at this point. Find a safer option for your Week 3 fantasy lineups.

The Cardinals have signed RB Chris Johnson. The 31-year-old was released at final cuts after a rough preseason. He's now the most experienced back on Arizona's roster, but the fact that Kerwynn Williams was kept instead of Johnson a few weeks ago makes Williams the better fantasy bet. At least for now. With Andre Ellington and potentially Elijhaa Penny also involved, this is quickly becoming a backfield to stay away from.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. He wasn't listed on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. Alfred Morris will serve as Ezekiel Elliott's backup tonight. He's not a fantasy option, of course. But it's now unclear who the Elliott handcuff is.

The Bears on Sunday waived RB Jeremy Langford (along with TE Ben Braunecker). It's not a surprising move given Langford's huge fall from the starting role last season. He initially made the 53-man roster, but the team dumped him to make room for Baltimore castoff RB Taquan Mizzell. Langford's not worth clinging to even in most dynasty fantasy football leagues at this point. We'll see if he lands on another active roster.

After releasing kicker Josh Lambo, the Chargers are poised to role with Younghoe Koo atop the depth chart. A UDFA from Georgia Southern, Koo made just 1 FG this preseason (27 yards). He went 3 for 3 on XPs. We’d take a wait-and-see approach here, but the Chargers’ loaded offense certainly provides fantasy upside.

The Cowboys will be cutting QB Kellen Moore, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He indicated Moore might return "at some point," but the move indicates Dallas is leaning toward Cooper Rush as the backup to QB Dak Prescott

The Packers on Saturday dumped rookie 5th-round WR DeAngelo Yancey. Expect Green Bay to try to stash him on the practice squad, with a loaded WR corps already eating up spots on the active roster. Yancey makes for a decent down-the-roster dynasty stash but isn't a must-hold.

The Packers have waived 7th-round rookie WR Malachi Dupre, whom we didn't hear much from after he suffered a concussion in the 1st preseason game. Dupre could be a practice-squad candidate for a franchise loaded at WR. He's no more than an end-of-roster stash in dynasty fantasy football leagues.

Per multiple reports, Washington will be cutting rookie WR Robert Davis today. The team reportedly hopes to stash him on the practice squad, though the move frees him up to be signed by any team and added to the active roster. Davis is worth keeping at the bottom of deep dynasty rosters at this point but also isn't a must-hold. He brings terrific athleticism but produced just OK numbers at Georgia State.

Update: Davis has signed to the practice squad.

The Bears cut K Roberto Aguayo. He missed his only FG attempt in 3 preseason outings with Chicago. Connor Barth will handle kicking duties for the Bears but isn't a recommended fantasy pick on a shaky offense.

The 49ers have released RB Tim Hightower. The 31-year-old mustered just 1.8 yards per carry this preseason and was outplayed by undrafted free agent Matt Breida. Breida seems poised to open the year as San Francisco's #2 RB.

 
 
 

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