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Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins is expected to miss time with his hamstring injury, "possibly a couple weeks," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Watkins' absence will mean more playing time for WR Mecole Hardman, who's posted 65% and 69% snap rates with Watkins exiting early in Weeks 2 and 5. Hardman will be on the WR3 radar for next Monday night's game vs. the Bills.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins pulled up with a right hamstring injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Don't expect to see him back on the field today. Watkins' absence should open up more playing time for WR Mecole Hardman.

Packers DT Kenny Clark is inactive for tonight's game against the Falcons. He's been out since suffering a groin injury in Week 1. CB Jaire Alexander and OLB Za'Darius Smith are active and available for IDP lineups.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander (hand, knee) popped up on the injury report Saturday as questionable for Monday night's game against the Falcons. He missed practice Saturday after practicing in full Thursday and Friday. Don't wait for him Monday night unless you have a replacement from the same game. DT Kenny Clark (groin) and OLB Za'Darius Smith (ankle) are questionable for the game. Each put in limited practices all week. Clark has been out since suffering his injury in Week 1 and doesn't make for a great IDP bet. Smith is worth waiting for if you were planning to start him and have insurance available. Falcons LB Foye Oluokun looks like a potential replacement option.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Packers WR Allen Lazard had core-muscle surgery this week and is "out indefinitely." He seems likely to land on IR. We'll keep an eye out for more details on a return timeline. Lazard will likely prove droppable in many redraft leagues, but let's see if more info comes out over the next couple of days. Marquez Valdes-Scantling gains opportunity upside with Lazard out.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Packers WR Allen Lazard might need surgery on his core-muscle injury. Scans are being sent to specialist Dr. William Meyers, who will determine the next course of action. We'll look for another update on the situation, but it at least sounds like fantasy owners should plan on being without Lazard in Week 4.

Packers WR Allen Lazard missed Thursday's practice with a core injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it. Let's see if Lazard is able to get back on the practice field tomorrow.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is active for tonight's game against the Ravens. He should be available for his usual role. As always, Watkins is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy play.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Ravens. He put in a full practice on Saturday, though, so he seems likely to play. Watkins remains tough to trust in fantasy lineups, and his presence also knocks WR Mecole Hardman out of consideration.

Packers DT Kenny Clark (groin) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Saints. He left Week 1 early and then missed last Sunday's game. The late start for this one means you should go in another direction for your IDP lineup, if you can do so.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) returned to a limited practice on Friday. That gives him a shot to play against the Ravens on Monday night. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid confirmed that WR Sammy Watkins is in the concussion protocol and revealed that Watkins is also dealing with a neck injury. That obviously makes him iffy for Monday night's showdown with the Ravens. Watkins' absence would turn WR Mecole Hardman into a legit fantasy option.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins left in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Chargers after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. He's presumably getting checked for a concussion. We'll pass along an update on Watkins when we get one.

The Packers have ruled DT Kenny Clark (groin) out for Sunday's game against the Lions. "I know he's doing everything in his power to be back as soon as possible but he won't be able to play this weekend," HC Matt LaFleur said after Friday's practice, according to the team website. We'll see about Clark's status heading into Week 3.

Packers DT Kenny Clark left Sunday's game at Minnesota in the 1st half with a groin injury. The team has ruled him out for the game. We'll see about the seriousness of the issue beyond that.

Packers HC Matt LaFleur says TE Robert Tonyan is "absolutely" in the mix for the starting job. “We feel really good about Bobby,” LaFleur added. “I will tell you, he worked extremely hard this offseason. You can tell, his body, he looks like he's in great shape. He’s got a much better understanding of what we’re trying to do on the offensive side of the football." Tonyan has been a standout early in training camp while working with the 1st-team offense. We're still betting on 2019 3rd-rounder Jace Sternberger leading Packers TEs in fantasy points, but it's certainly a situation to monitor over the next few weeks.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins has missed the past few days of practice with a groin injury. No word on the severity, but Watkins has obviously had trouble staying healthy throughout his career. We'll let you know when he's able to get back on the field.

The Packers had a head-scratching draft, trading up for QB Jordan Love in the 1st round and taking power-back A.J. Dillon in the 2nd. They didn't draft a single WR, despite being 1 of the neediest teams in the league at the position. GM Brian Gutekunst said it's all part of the plan to be a run-leaning offense. “I think [HC Matt LaFleur has] talked to you guys repeatedly about how much he’d like to run the ball and have the pass work off of that,” Gutekunst told reporters on Saturday. Green Bay ranked 18th in run rate last season -- and it sounds like we should project them to run it more in 2020. It's all bad news for Aaron Rodgers, who might not sit in QB1 territory when release our initial projections next month.

The Packers added Boston College RB A.J. Dillon in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dillon served as his team’s workhorse in all 3 seasons on campus, registering rushing lines of 300-1,589-14, 227-1,108-10 and 318-1,685-14. His 4,382 career rushing yards and 38 career rushing scores are both school records. Dillon crushed the Combine, running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at 6’0 and 247 pounds to earn a 97th percentile Speed Score. He also posted 96th and 97th percentile marks in the vertical and broad jumps, finishing with a 97th percentile SPARQ score. Dillon doesn’t look like an uber-athlete on tape, though. He needs a runway to hit top speed and has very little wiggle. He’s also a near-zero in the passing game, totaling just 21 receptions over the past 3 seasons. Dillon joins Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in Green Bay’s backfield. HC Matt LaFleur has been hesitant to make Jones a feature back — and this pick likely means that will continue. Longer term, it's worth noting that both Jones and Williams are set to become free agents next offseason.

The Packers traded up to select Utah State QB Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. This comes 15 years after Green Bay drafted Aaron Rodgers to sit behind Brett Favre. Love is much more project than NFL-ready prospect. He has prototypical size (6’3, 224 pounds), a big arm and tested as a 76th percentile athlete at the Combine. “He has the most physical upside of any of [this year’s QBs],” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. But Love is coming off an ugly 2019 campaign that saw him post a 62% completion rate with 20 TDs and 17 INTs. His 70.6% adjusted completion rate ranked 67th among draft-eligible QBs, according to Pro Football Focus. He also ranked 101st in PFF’s turnover-worthy play rate. In his defense, Love was much better with a stronger supporting cast back in 2018, tallying a 64% completion rate with 32 TDs and just 6 INTs. There’s big ‘bust’ potential here. But if Love hits, his combination of arm and athleticism will give him exciting fantasy upside. He’ll obviously sit behind Rodgers for now. Rodgers is 36 years old and has 4 years remaining on his current contract.

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