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Malcolm Butler unsure if he will start Week 3, Patriots may be looking for trade

New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler is unsure if he will start in Week 3 against the Houston Texans.

What It Means:

After a brutal showing against the Kansas City Chiefs in the opener, Butler came off the bench behind Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe versus the New Orleans Saints in Week 2. He wound up playing 49-of-65 snaps in the victory, but there's some belief that Butler won't be in New England much longer. When asked if the fourth-year undrafted free agent would be traded, NESN's Doug Kyed replied, "it's looking that way."

Entering Week 3, the Patriots are fourth-worst in the NFL in terms of schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points allowed per play. numberFire's models project Butler to record 3.5 tackles, 0.8 deflected passes, 0.2 interceptions, and 0.04 touchdowns versus the Texans.

Source: Jeff Howe

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Andre Ellington leads Cardinals running backs in snaps

Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington leads the team's backfield in snaps this season.

What It Means:

Ellington out-snapped Kerwynn Williams 20-9 after David Johnson went down in Week 1, and he led the backfield with 30 snaps (compared to 18 for Williams and 17 for Chris Johnson) in Week 2. Despite the solid snap count, Ellington has only 2 carries for 11 yards and 5 receptions and 47 yards on 8 targets on the season.

numberFire's models project Ellington for 22.7 yards and 0.1 touchdowns on 2.9 receptions as well as 10.9 yards and 0.1 touchdowns on 3.2 carries against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. He is our 58th-ranked fantasy running back for Week 3.

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49ers' Carlos Hyde finds the end zone twice on Thursday

San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde rushed 25 times for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

What It Means:

Hyde was shutout in the first half but scored on a pair of one-yard runs as the Niners racked up 26 second-half points. The touchdowns were the running backs' first of 2017 and helped salvaged what was looking like a mediocre night for Hyde. He added 3 catches for 10 yards in the loss.

Our models projected Hyde for 13.8 FanDuel points, and the back exceeded expectations with 22.9 points on Thursday night.

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Sammy Watkins scores twice for the Rams before leaving with injury

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins recorded 6 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns before exiting in the fourth quarter with a head injury on Thursday.

What It Means:

Watkins got off to a slow start as he brought in just 2 catches for 30 yards in the first half. The former Buffalo Bills wideout scored a one-yard touchdown in the third and followed it up with a 13-yard catch and score in the fourth quarter before leaving with a suspected concussion. Fortunately for Watkins, the Rams now have 10 days before they play again, allowing the receiver to clear the NFL's concussion protocol.

numberFire's algorithms projected Watkins for just 9.2 FanDuel points on Thursday, but the receiver came up big with 25.6 points against the San Francisco Rams.

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Rams' Todd Gurley dominates in unexpected Thursday night shootout

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley racked up 149 total yards and 3 touchdowns in Thursday's 41-39 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

Gurley not only had his best game of 2017 but perhaps his career as he totaled 113 yards on the ground with 2 scores while adding 5 catches for 36 yards and a score through the air. His 33 touches were a career high as he tied for the team lead with 7 targets on Thursday.

Gurley racked up 35.4 FanDuel points on Thursday, doubling his projection of 15.7 points by our models.

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DeMarco Murray (hamstring) misses another Titans' practice

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (hamstring) missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday.

What It Means:

Murray hurt his hamstring in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been limited to running a treadmill this week. The veteran back does not need to practice to be available to play but looks headed to a dreaded game-time decision on Sunday. Derrick Henry may be the lead back even if Murray can suit up versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Our models project Murray for 67.9 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns for 10.6 FanDuel points versus the Seahawks on Sunday.

Source: Cameron Wolfe, ESPN

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Thomas Rawls could get more touches for Seattle moving forward

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls could be in line for more touches as head coach Pete Carroll told reporters there would be changes to the team's sluggish offense.

What It Means:

With the Seahawks scoring just 21 points in 2 games, changes are coming to Seattle. After missing Week 1 with an ankle injury and the Seahawks limiting him to just 16 snaps in Week 2, Rawls could be a bigger factor moving forward. Rawls does have his work cut out for him as rookie Chris Carson has emerged as the 'Hawks best back so far.

Our models project Rawls for 33.7 total yards and 0.1 touchdowns for 4.7 FanDuel points against the Tennessee Titans.

Source: ESPN

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Joe Mixon still trying to get up to speed in Bengals' offense

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon along with fellow rookie, wide receiver John Ross, admitted they are still studying and learning the Bengals' playbook.

What It Means:

Mixon told reporters, "we’re actually taking that extra step of studying with more of our guys trying to break things down.” The rookie led the Bengals in touches (17) in Week 2, but with the team changing offensive coordinators this week, it is unclear how the backfield touches will shake out between Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and Mixon.

Our models project Mixon for 38.2 total yards and 0.2 touchdowns for 6.6 FanDuel points versus the Green Bay Packers in Week 3.

Source: Dayton Daily News

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Raiders' Jared Cook (shoulder) limited in practice

Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (shoulder) has been limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.

What It Means:

Cook has been nursing a minor injury, but it appears the Raiders are just limiting the veteran tight end's reps during practice. He is expected to suit up against the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football. Cook has 9 catches for 81 yards through 2 games this season.

Our models project Cook for 3.4 catches, 38.5 yards, and 0.3 touchdowns for 7.5 FanDuel points in Week 3.

Source: Raiders.com

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Colts' Marlon Mack (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday.

What It Means:

Mack was able to get in a limited practice on Wednesday, but the downgrade on Thursday makes Mack a bigger question mark for Sunday. If Mack is unable to play versus the Cleveland Browns, Robert Turbin will see more snaps as the backup to Frank Gore.

Our models project Mack for 37.3 total yards and 0.1 touchdowns for 5.4 Fanduel points if he can suit up in Week 3.

Source: Colts.com

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