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Chargers RB Justin Jackson (calf) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and spotted in a walking boot on Friday, so this might be a significant injury. Jackson, of course, was already set to drop off the fantasy radar with Melvin Gordon back. Jackson’s absence this weekend locks in Austin Ekeler as an every-down back — at least until the game gets out of hand. RB Troymaine Pope is next up on the depth chart. We’ll see if the Chargers call up RB Detrez Newsome from the practice squad.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams was carted off the field in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's game against the Eagles after taking a helmet to helmet hit. The good news is that Williams was moving, but he's obviously done for the night. We'll update his status when we learn more. Aaron Jones will serve as Green Bay's feature back the rest of the way.

Chargers RB Justin Jackson was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a calf. We'll see if he's able to practice tomorrow and then how he's listed on the final injury report. Jackson's absence would make RB Austin Ekeler an even more elite fantasy play vs. Miami.

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis is active for today's game against the Eagles. It'll mark his 1st game back since the preseason ankle injury. Davis carries risk for your IDP lineup, but he did enter each of the 1st 2 games questionable and on limited practices. There's upside to Davis as well.

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis (ankle) is inactive for the 2nd straight week. He increased his practice work in Week 2, though, and appears to be trending toward a return soon from his preseason ankle injury. We'll see about his status for Week 3. Rookie Jahlani Tavai will remain in Davis' starting spot against the Chargers.

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis is once again questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He turned up inactive after a "questionable" tag in Week 1 and is still working back from his preseason ankle injury. The Detroit News reports that Davis was "more active" in practice this week, but he remained limited in every session. IDP owners should probably wait until we get at least a full game from Davis before popping him back into fantasy football lineups.

The Colts have placed WR Devin Funchess on IR with his broken collarbone. That knocks him out until at least Week 10, so Funchess can be dropped in redraft leagues. We'll see who picks up his snaps going forward. The 6'2, 202-pound Deon Cain might be a sneaky bet. Parris Campbell, Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal are other candidates.

Colts WR Devin Funchess suffered a broken collarbone in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Funchess is likely heading for surgery. Expect the wideout to miss at least half the season. His injury will leave more available for fellow WRs Deon Cain and Parris Campbell.

Colts WR Devin Funchess appeared to hurt his left shoulder late in Sunday's game against the Chargers. We'll pass along an update on his status when we get one.

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis is inactive for today's game against the Cardinals. The fact that he was even questionable after the nasty-looking ankle injury he suffered in the preseason is good news for his overall fantasy outlook, though. Rookie Jahlani Tavai carries some deep-sleeper appeal in Davis' absence.

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis is officially questionable for Sunday's opener against the Cardinals with the ankle injury that looked like a potential season-ender when he suffered it. Davis managed to put in limited practices all week, but mLive's Kyle Meinke says he "sure doesn’t look like a guy who is ready to play in Arizona." We'd try to not use Davis even if he's active for Week 1 -- especially because the late Sunday afternoon kickoff makes him tough to wait for. But Davis looks like he'll return to the lineup soon.

The Rams and QB Jared Goff have agreed to a 4-year, $134 million extension. That $33.5 million average annual salary is the 3rd highest in the league, behind only Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger. Goff is receiving an NFL-record $110 million in guarantees. It's a huge investment in a guy with just 2 quality seasons under his belt. But HC Sean McVay and the Rams clearly view Goff as their guy. The extension stabilizes Goff as a top 10 dynasty QB.

Lions HC Matt Patricia told reporters on a conference call Saturday that MLB Jarrad Davis' ankle injury will not end his season, according to multiple outlets. The coach also reportedly said that Davis isn't even a candidate for short-term IR. Patricia apparently didn't give any further details on the injury, though, and put no timetable on the LB's return. We've added Davis back into the LB rankings with a 10-game projection. He's still not worth drafting in most IDP leagues.

Lions MLB Jarrad Davis went down with a non-contact leg injury in Friday night's preseason game against the Bills. Davis then left the field with help, putting absolutely no pressure on his right leg. And he left the sideline on a cart after a brief examination. This has the look of a potential season-ender. Rookie Jahlani Tavai took over for Davis. We've removed Davis from our LB rankings for now.

Update: ESPN reports that Davis has a foot injury and will have an MRI Saturday. Ian Rapoport called it an ankle injury.

10:08pm EDT 8/22/19

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark sustained a concussion in Thursday night's preseason game against the Dolphins. He'll have 17 days to get cleared before the opener. Chark was in line to open the season as 1 of Jacksonville's top 3 WRs. We'll see if this injury changes that.

Jaguars OC John DeFilippo loves what he's seen from WR D.J. Chark in training camp. “DJ is greatly improved from the spring," DeFilippo said. "I think you see confidence level in the offense, in himself at a really high level right now." Chark mustered just 14 catches for 174 scoreless yards as a rookie last season. But the Jags spent a 2nd-round pick on him a year ago after he blazed a 4.34-second 40 time and earned a 96th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. There's upside here -- and Chark has been running as a top-3 WR in camp, alongside Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley. Add Chark to your list of intriguing late-round WR fliers.

Lions beat writer Kyle Meinke showered TE T.J. Hockenson with praise for his training camp performance. Meinke notes that the rookie “hasn’t put a catchable football on the ground,” while he’s also dominated red zone drills. Targets will likely be an issue for the run-heavy Lions, but it’s encouraging to hear Hockenson's playing like a top-10 pick. He's draftable around TE20.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told NFL Network's Michael Silver that he's "looking for big things" from Justin Jackson. Jackson has become a much bigger fantasy story with RB Melvin Gordon's holdout threat. As a 7th-round rookie last year, Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 50 attempts and 9.0 yards per catch on 15 grabs. In the 3 games Gordon missed and Austin Ekeler played in, Ekeler out-touched Jackson 52 to 21. But that split could shrink this season if Jackson takes a step forward. It'll be a situation to monitor, especially if Gordon's holdout extends deep into August.

Colts insider Kevin Bowen calls Devin Funchess the "heavy, heavy favorite" to be the team's #2 WR this season. That's been our belief since Funchess inked a 1-year, $10 million deal with Indy back in March. The addition of 2nd-round rookie WR Parris Campbell clouded the picture a bit, but Campbell is expected to serve in a part-time role this season. Funchess is coming off a rough 2018 campaign in Carolina. But he went for 63-840-8 the previous year, is still just 25 and has that 6'4, 225-pound frame that should make him a red-zone weapon for a Colts squad that racked up 39 passing TDs last season. Funchess is a nice value at his current WR56 ADP.

The Lions selected Iowa TE T.J. Hockensen with the 8th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. After playing 2nd fiddle to Noah Fant in 2017, Hockensen emerged as Iowa’s top dog this past season. He led the Hawkeyes with 760 receiving yards, finishing 2nd to WR Nick Easley with 49 catches and 2nd to Fant with 6 TDs. A seam-stretching threat, Hockensen averaged 15.5 yards per catch and ranked 4th in this TE class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. He made a ton of catches in traffic and dropped just 1 pass all season. Hockensen boosted his stock by registering an 85th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’s also a plus blocker and projects as an every-down TE for Detroit. Hockensen should at least be a spot-start fantasy option as a rookie and brings difference-making long-term upside.

Check out T.J. Hockensen's scouting report.

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