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Mike Florio and Chris Simms take a deep dive into how the 49ers’ offense has been so strong and outline why the Giants’ defense needs to “throw curveballs” against them in Week 3.
The Thunder’s youth movement headlines our list of players to reach for in Rotoworld’s Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide.

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  • MIN Running Back #2
    Maybe the Vikings haven’t lost confidence in Mattison, but it’s hard to imagine they love what they’ve seen so far. Through two games, the Vikings rank dead last in EPA per rush (-0.596) and Mattison has a mere 19 rushes for 61 yards (3.2 YPC) to show for his efforts. He’s also just one of two running backs (min. 15 attempts) to fail to record a missed tackle forced per PFF. The Vikings gave up nothing to acquire Akers, swapping future 2026 sixth-round picks with the Rams to get the deal done. Despite Phillips’ comments, it’s possible Akers gets every chance to takeover as the Vikes’ RB1, as Mattison has done little to prove he should remain in the role.
  • HOU Defensive Back #24
    According to Wilson, it’s possible the Texans place Stingley on injured reserve, which would require him to sit out a minimum of four games. Stingley saw his 2022 come to an end late last season due to a hamstring injury, but we don’t have word on whether or not this is the same hamstring as last time. Through two weeks, the former LSU Tiger has earned a 69.1 PFF coverage grade while allowing two catches for 63 yards on four targets. The team may wait until Saturday’s deadline to decide whether or not to place him on injured reserve.
  • HOU Quarterback #7
    Stroud was a late addition to last week’s injury report but suited up against the Colts and threw for 384/2 in the loss. The fact he was able to play so soon after his injury is a good sign, and Stroud was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Assuming he doesn’t take a turn for the worst, Stroud is an interesting streaming option against a Jaguars defense that’s ranked 25th in passing yards allowed. The Texans have also taken a pass-heavy approach in negative game scripts, with Stroud attempting 44 passes in Week 1 and 47 passes in Week 2.
  • NYG Running Back #31
    Given their lack of depth behind Barkley, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants split up their running back touches. Matt Breida is the presumed No. 1 back heading into Thursday night’s game, but Gary Brightwell and rookie Eric Gray also have a chance to see carries. Breida will be hard to trust as anything more than a RB3, and has had only four top-24 finishes dating back to 2020.
  • NYG Wide Receiver #17
    Robinson has been out since last season with a torn ACL. The Giants slot receiver will finally make his second-year debut on Thursday Night Football against the 49ers. Robinson caught 23 passes for 227 yards as a rookie prior to his injury and while he won’t carry fantasy relevancy immediately, he could develop into a flex play later in the season.
  • MIN Running Back #3
    Akers heads to Minnesota, where he will compete with Alexander Mattison for touches. He recently was put in trade talks by the Rams after he was a healthy scratch for Week 2. Akers has seemingly been halfway out of Los Angeles since last season and now the Rams officially move on to Kyren Williams. The Vikings add Akers hoping to electrify a run game to supplement a top-tier passing game.
  • MIA Wide Receiver #10
    Hill did not show a major indication of injury Week 2 against the Patriots, implying that this is more of a precautionary measure. Fellow WR Jaylen Waddle missed practice due to concussion, meaning Hill has a chance to see increased targets for Week 3. For now, Hill’s ankle is worth monitoring, but he still seems on track to play in Week 3 against the Broncos.
  • Quarterback #14
    Bears released QB Nathan Peterman.
    Peterman had beaten out undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent to start the season, but it now appears that Bagent will operate as Justin Fields’ back-up. Peterman has thrown four touchdown passes and 13 interceptions on 160 career passes, but has been on an NFL roster for five straight seasons since being drafted in the 5th round by the Bills in 2017.
  • CHI Defensive Coordinator
    Williams was away from the team on Sunday as he dealt with a personal matter, and it appears that same personal matter will keep him away from the Bears full-time. Williams released a statement saying, “I am taking a step back to take care of my health and family. ... I value the NFL shield and all that it stands for and after taking some time to address my health, I plan to come back and coach again.” Coach Matt Eberflus is expected to continue to call defensive plays for the time being.
  • SF Wide Receiver #11
    Aiyuk underwent testing on his shoulder that did not reveal any broken bones. He is expected to have suffered an AC sprain. Though it isn’t a long-term issue, the injury could prevent him from playing on Thursday. Given the short turnaround, it would make sense for the 49ers to hold him out this week and give him extra time to recover. If he can’t go, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle will both get big spikes to their Week 3 fantasy outlooks.


Fields makes 'dangerous comment' citing coaches
Mike Florio and Chris Simms evaluate if the Bears’ coaching staff is trying to make Justin Fields into something he’s not, after the QB cited the coaches as a reason for him thinking too much.

NBC Sports Podcasts

Premier League

Everything you need to know about the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League
A North London derby and Chelsea vs Aston Villa dot a landscape asking plenty of Premier League teams returning from the European slate
Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season
Will Manchester City complete its quest for an unprecedented fourth-straight title?


Get an assist with your draft with the Rotoworld Basketball Draft Guide, which includes player rankings, positional tiers, projections, mock draft and much more!
The Thunder’s youth movement headlines our list of players to reach for in Rotoworld’s Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide.
Dave Shovein explores a hot-hitting outfielder that continues to fly under the radar and an outstanding streamer of Thursday’s slate of MLB action.
Matthew Berry breaks down his positional rankings for Week 3 of the 2023 NFL season.
The 18th Solheim Cup
Everything you need to know about the 2023 Solheim Cup matches, which will take place Sept. 22-24 in Andalucia, Spain.
Here’s how to watch this week’s Solheim Cup and more golf action from the major tours.
The U.S. Solheim Cup captain wishes the two competitions had been tied more closely together this year.
Amy Rodgers, Cara Banks and Paige Mackenzie join Golf Today to break down Team Europe entering the 2023 Solheim Cup and how they stack up against the U.S. squad.
Seven-time U.S. Solheim Cup Cup team member Paula Creamer discusses her past Solheim Cup appearances and the nerves that come into play when playing in the event.
Amy Rogers joins Golf Today to discuss how U.S. captain Stacy Lewis helped Danielle Kang ensure her golf clubs were in Spain in time for the Solheim Cup.
Both Pettersen and Lewis believe the Europeans to be the favorites this week in Spain.


The Xfinity Series and Cup Series teams take on Texas Motor Speedway.
NBC Sports’ Dustin Long and John Newby highlight some important questions ahead of the trip to Texas.
Past Texas winners lead drivers to watch entering the Round of 12.
Last season’s playoff race had eight cautions related to tire failures.


The Chiefs and Bears will play one another this weekend in a matchup that will have a lot of eyeballs on it given that it’s scheduled for 4:25 p.m.
One of the first questions to come to mind when the Vikings traded for running back Cam Akers was what the deal means for Minnesota’s current starter.
The Falcons were down 12 points in the fourth quarter against the Packers last Sunday and the odds of a team quarterbacked by Desmond Ridder coming back from that deficit in the final 15 minutes weren’t great, but that’s exactly what happened.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a sneaky bet in the Week 3 Monday Night Football matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Big Ten on NBC, Peacock
Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle preview the Week 4 showdown between Ohio State and Notre Dame, including how Sam Hartman elevates the Irish offense and how the Buckeyes offense is finding its stride.
No. 9 Notre Dame hosts No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday night, the first true test for both teams this season as they look to keep alive Playoff hopes.
Vaughn Dalzell shares how he’s attacking the game of the week between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Brad Thomas and Vaughn Dalzell give bettors their best picks for the entire Week 4 slate of the Big Ten season.
Jason Garrett joins the Notre Dame on NBC Podcast to break down Notre Dame’s upcoming game against Ohio State and what the Fighting Irish must do to beat the Buckeyes on Saturday.
Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle preview the Big Ten Week 4 matchup between Penn State and Iowa, featuring a young QB in Drew Allar who must maintain his composure and a growing star in Cade McNamara.
Following a tough loss to Washington, Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle discuss how Michigan State can rebound against Big Ten opponent Maryland in Week 4, who has yet to lose a game.

2023 Rugby World Cup on Peacock

The best of the best are in action in France through October 28th for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the action as Italy battles with Uruguay at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Check out the best moments as Australia takes on Fiji at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Check out the best moments as South Africa takes on Romania at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.


Jorge Montanez highlights the latest in saves and steals, including Josh Hader’s big week, Ryan Helsley performing, and Bo Naylor providing speed at the catcher position.
The Angels’ two-way star is expected to be available as a hitter on opening day next season and return to the mound in 2025.
ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan joins Dan Patrick to discuss Shohei Ohtani’s elbow surgery and what it means for the Los Angeles Angels superstar’s contract situation moving forward.
The stadium and accompanying ballpark village are expected to cost about $2 billion, the largest public-private partnership in Kansas City history.


Tyrrell Hatton enters his third Ryder Cup as one of the best ball-strikers in the field, as he tries to help Team Europe win on its home soil at Rome’s Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
Matt Fitzpatrick’s consistency, poise under pressure and reputation as a closer will help Team Europe in what figures to be a tightly contested 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome.
Amy Rodgers, Cara Banks and Paige Mackenzie join Golf Today to break down Team Europe entering the 2023 Solheim Cup and how they stack up against the U.S. squad.
Wyndham Clark joins Golf Today to discuss his preparation for the 2023 Ryder Cup and what the U.S. team looks like ahead of the event.
Viktor Hovland and his ‘stellar’ game will head to Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome to represent Team Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup.
Seven-time U.S. Solheim Cup Cup team member Paula Creamer discusses her past Solheim Cup appearances and the nerves that come into play when playing in the event.


College Football

The Maryland Terrapins (3-0) take on the Michigan State Spartans (2-1) this Saturday afternoon on NBC and Peacock.
Notre Dame may need to emulate Michigan to beat Ohio State this weekend, something Irish fans should take as a compliment.
Notre Dame’s next four opponents all remain undefeated, with all four looking likely to be that way when they meet the Irish, obviously beginning with No. 6 Ohio State this Saturday night.


Vaughn Dalzell breaks down why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a sneaky bet in the Week 3 Monday Night Football matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vaughn Dalzell shares the best angle of attack in betting on the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down how to bet on the Week 3 matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Brother From Another

Michael Holley and Reeta Hubbard, “The NFL Chick,” parse Damian Lillard’s comments on the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant and explain some issues they had with them.
Rob Parker joins BFA to discuss the star of Deion Sanders and tell the folks who have gotten behind Colorado not to jump off the bandwagon if the Buffaloes lose a couple games.
Rob Parker joins BFA to explain why questions around Shohei Ohtani’s pitching future shouldn’t impact his upcoming payday and discuss the Padres pulling Blake Snell in the middle of a no-hitter.
Between Joe Burrow’s injury, the Browns’ issues integrating Deshaun Watson and the Steelers’ inconsistency, it’s looking like the Ravens are the class of the AFC North.

Local coverage

The winner of the 49ers-Los Angeles Rams Week 2 matchup Sunday will take sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
John Henry and Co. may have to overcome their own reputation.
The Chicago Bears caught an embarrassing stray in the wake of Justin Jefferson’s record-setting night against the Eagles on Thursday.
Swift had a career night in just his second game with the Eagles.


Netflix cameras were at Keegan Bradley’s home when U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson called to deliver the bad news
The written warning is not accompanied by a points’ penalty.
Texans starting cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. may miss several games after suffering another hamstring injury at practice Wednesday.
Veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey is calling it a career.