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Fantasy Football Players to Avoid in Week 3

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is on the list of fantasy football players to avoid in Week 3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is on the list of fantasy football players to avoid in Week 3. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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It’s the third week of the 2022 NFL season. 

There have already been many fantasy explosions from players such as Nick Chubb, Saquon Barkley and Stefon Diggs. But there have been some considerable duds to start the season as well, including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Alvin Kamara. 

Sports Injury Central is here to help you make the best decisions to win your Week 3 matchups.

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Keenan Allen, SIC score 38

The Los Angeles Chargers' veteran possession receiver missed last week's Thursday night loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after suffering a left hamstring strain during the second half of Week 1.

While Allen is trending towards suiting up against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, he will likely have a limited role or be used as a decoy. 

Mike Williams is coming off of an 8/113/1 line with Allen sidelined last week, but Justin Herbert may miss Sunday's game with a rib injury.

Since Herbert became a starter in 2020, Allen is averaging 10.78 targets in the 27 games he hasn't left with injury. He has 20 games with 10+ targets and only two games with fewer than 8 targets.

Gabe Davis, SIC Score 81

Gabe Davis is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound deep threat that has built a rapport with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

In the team’s Week 1 matchup versus the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, Davis had 4 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

He picked up an ankle injury ahead of the team's Week 2 Monday Night Football matchup with the Tennessee Titans, however, and missed the game. He's listed as questionable for Week 3's divisional tilt against the Miami Dolphins.

Nevertheless, according to Matt Parrino of Syracuse.com, Davis is “100% optimistic that he’s playing against the Dolphins on Sunday.”

According to our Pro Football Docs, Davis likely suffered an inversion ankle sprain and doesn’t look like he’ll be effective if he plays this week. 

In the videos provided, he was still limping and favoring his ankle immensely. If he does play, look for him to be about 80% of his pre-injury self.

Jerry Jeudy, SIC Score 67

Jerry Jeudy is listed as questionable heading into Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Denver Broncos are already without starting wide receiver Tim Patrick after he tore his ACL in training camp and KJ Hamler, who was inactive last week while trying to make it back from hip and knee procedures in the offseason.

According to our Pro Football Docs, Jeudy can play if he receives a pain-numbing injection. If he does so, he will likely not risk further damage to the SC joint.

Jeudy had 1 reception for 11 yards on 3 targets before exiting Week 2's game against the Houston Texans. Look for his volume to stay similar to this if he plays.

Packers WRs, SIC score 81.1

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was expected to face a difficult transition this season after losing top wideout Davante Adams, and that has bore out in the first two weeks.

Heading into Week 3 in Tampa Bay, four of the team's top receivers are listed as questionable or out, with rookie Romeo Doubs as the only standout. 

Sammy Watkins (hamstring) will miss the contest, while Christian Watson (hamstring) and Randall Cobb (illness) are questionable. Allen Lazard (ankle) will suit up for the second straight week but had only 2 catches for 13 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears last week.

Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, who have combined for 12 catches, 117 yards and a touchdown through the air, remain the only reliable Packers in fantasy football. 

J.K. Dobbins, SIC Score 63

J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL, LCL, hamstring, and meniscus just over a year ago. His road to becoming the running back he was before the injury is steep, but he is inching closer to a return.

Dobbins participated in pregame warmups last week and is eyeing a potential return against the New England Patriots in Week 3.

However, our Pro Football Docs say Dobbins is unlikely to get a lot of touches if he’s active for the first time in over a year. Look for the Ravens to slowly work him back into the offense over the next couple of weeks.

It would be best to stay patient and look for October as a month to start playing him.

Tom Brady, SIC Score 91

Since training camp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have suffered injuries to their starting center, left tackle, multiple wide receivers and multiple key defensive players, but 45-year-old Tom Brady has still led the team to a 2-0 start.

Against the Packers in Week 3, Brady will be facing a highly-regarded passing defense without Chris Godwin, while Julio Jones, Russell Gage Jr. and Leonard Fournette are all questionable.

While Brady has a solid SIC score while dealing with a slight ring finger injury, Tampa Bay's passing and rushing offenses post scores of 69.4 and 70, respectively--two of the lowest of the Week 3 slate.

The seven-time champion has thrown for just 402 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception with a 59% completion rate, ranking as QB29 thus far. That's a slow start for last year's NFL MVP runner-up.

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