Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Damien Harris, James Conner affect Week 3 waiver pickups – Sporting News

  • October 13, 2022

As Week 3 of the NFL season nears, fantasy football owners need to keep an eye on the notable players who exited in Week 2. Damien Harris and James Conner were the most notable half-backs to get hurt during game action, and their statuses for Week 3 are up in the air. Knowing the latest injury updates for these players is important as you ready your Week 3 rankings and waiver wire pickups.
Below, we’ll give you the latest news on these RBs and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 3 fantasy landscape. For news on banged-up players Trey LanceJustin HerbertJerry Jeudy, and Dalton Schultzclick here; for updates on injured WRs Keenan AllenGabe DavisMichael PittmanChris Godwin, and Julio Jonesclick here; for more on ailing RBs JK Dobbins and Alvin Kamarago here
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Harris (knee) limped off the field in the fourth quarter of New England’s 17-14 road victory over Pittsburgh in Week 2 and has the chance to land on the Patriots’ injury report come Wednesday. Harris came up clutch for fantasy owners on Sunday, posting 71 rushing yards and a rushing TD on 15 attempts to go along with hauling in two receptions for 16 yards.
Harris did all of this despite being out-snapped by fellow RB Rhamondre Stevenson 42-27, but if active, Harris is still a worthwhile RB2/flex play heading into the Patriots’ Week 3 home contest against the Ravens. It’s hard to get concrete answers regarding players’ injury statues in New England, but considering Harris said “I’m fine, dog” in the postgame presser, that’s a good sign. We’ll continue to monitor his status as the week progresses. If he’s out, Stevenson would become a high-end RB2.
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UPDATE: Conner’s ankle injury is not considered “long-term or serious,” but his Week 3 availability is still up in the air.
Conner (ankle) left Arizona’s Week 2 come-from-behind victory over Las Vegas in the third quarter and didn’t return to action. His Week 2 ended with 10 carries for 26 yards along with five receptions for 29 yards.
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If Conner were to miss the Cardinals’ Week 3 contest against the Rams, fellow RBs Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams are the next RBs up. Once Conner exited, Benjamin logged five carries and saw four targets while Williams logged eight carries and three targets. He had more yards and got the call on a one-yard touchdown plunge. Conner still has RB2/flex value if he’s healthy for the Cardinals’ Week 3 road test against the Rams, but if he’s unable to go, Benjamin and Williams have flex appeal in deeper formats. Pending positive news on Conner, both Williams and Benjamin are worth picking up, as we don’t know who the lead guy will be.