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Ravens call up Devonta Freeman from practice squad

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 16, 2021

Le’Veon Bell waiting in the wings

Ravens are signing veteran RB Devonta Freeman to their active roster, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: He joins Ty’Son Williams and Latavius Murray in the Baltimore backfield. The Ravens gave the cold shoulder to Williams in the second half of Week 1 after a botched pass protection assignment and a couple shaky ball-handling situations with Lamar Jackson on the read option. This isn’t good news for Williams fantasy outlook. Le’Veon Bell remains on the practice squad.

Odell Beckham Jr. out for Week 2

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 15, 2021

Injury Still recovering from ACL injury

Browns’ HC Kevin Stefanski said today that WR Odell Beckham Jr. will not play Sunday vs. Houston. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This is somewhat surprising considering Beckham seemed close to playing Week 1 against the Chiefs. His absence will give more work to Donovan Peoples-Jones and rookie Anthony Schwartz although both aren’t recommended fantasy options this week against Houston as the Brown could easily rush for 200 yards.

Evan Engram out for Week 2

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 15, 2021

Injury Calf injury

The #Giants ruled out TE Evan Engram with a calf injury, as he’ll miss his second straight game. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Engram missed Week 1 with a calf injury and will sit the bench again on a short week. In his absence Kyle Rudolph posted a 2-8-0 line on five targets against the Broncos. Both tight ends are off the fantasy radar for now.

Kenny Stills working out for Saints

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 14, 2021

Veteran WR could return to his old team

Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) via Twitter: “The #Saints worked out a group of receivers today that included veterans Marqise Lee and Kenny Stills.” (Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Stills could make for a speculative add in deeper formats if he signs with the Saints, who are pretty thin at WR this season — especially with Tre’Quan Smith injured and Michael Thomas on IR until midseason.

Raheem Mostert likely out two months

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 13, 2021

Injury Torn knee cartilage

Raheem Mostert will go on IR for approximately eight weeks with torn knee cartilage. (NBCS Bay Area – Matt Maiocco)

Nerdy Football Analysis: It’s hard to pin something like this specific injury to anything Mostert did wrong, but his injury history and running style have long made him a risky option for fantasy. Elijah Mitchell ran for over 100 yards in his pro debut, but that after Trey Sermon was a healthy scratch. Did Sermon fall down the depth chart that quickly or was he scratched because Mostert started and Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty offered more value on special teams? Either way, Mitchell figures to the top priority on waivers for many fantasy squads this week.