NFL PLAYER NEWS
C.J. Beathard confirmed to be Niners' starting QB in Week 4
San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard was confirmed by head coach Kyle Shanahan to be the team's starting quarterback for Week 4.
No surprises here as Beathard was serving as the backup to Jimmy Garaopplo since last season. The team will activate Nick Mullens from the practice squad to serve as his backup for Week 4 but are expected to sign veteran Tom Savage following the showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Beathard completed 54.9% of his passes while throwing 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 7 games (5 starts) last season.
Our models project Beathard for 209.7 passing yards, 1.3 touchdowns, 0.9 interceptions, and 18.0 rushing yards for 15.0 FanDuel points in Week 4.
Tom Savage expected to sign with San Francisco next week
Free agent quarterback Tom Savage is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, possibly next week per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
The Niners are expected to head into their meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers with C.J. Beathard as their starter and practice squader Nick Mullens as his backup. They need roster spots at other positions so they won't sign Savage until after Week 4. The quarterback was most recently with the New Orleans Saints before being cut in training camp. He will bring veteran leadership to the QB room in San Francisco.
Savage posted a 56.1% completion percentage, 2.2% touchdown rate, and 2.7% interception rate in 223 pass attempts with the Houston Texans last season.
Raiders sign kicker Matt McCrane with Mike Nugent (hip) injured
The Oakland Raiders have signed kicker Matt McCrane to fill in for injured Mike Nugent (hip).
Nugent is dealing with a hip injury that is likely to cost him a couple of games. McCrane was an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State who spent some time in the Arizona Cardinals training camp before being released. He will be making his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
McCrane went 21-of-26 (80.8%) on field goals and 48-for-48 on extra points his senior season at KSU in 2017.
Vikings' Dalvin Cook (hamstring) a limited particpant in Tuesday's practice
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.
Cook getting in a limited practice is a good sign for his potential availability on Thursday night. The running back sat out Week 3 but is trending up in preparation for the meeting with the Los Angeles Rams. He is expected to be a game-time decision. Expect Latavius Murray to have a decent role in the running game this week, even if Cook plays.
Our models project Cook for 88.0 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns on 18.0 touches for 14.6 FanDuel points if he plays on Thursday.
Cooper Kupp projected to be the Rams' third-best receiver in Week 4
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp is projected to finish as the team's third-best fantasy receiver in Week 4 vs the Los Angeles Rams.
Kupp is third on the Rams (behind Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods) in targets (21), catches (15), and yards (186). He is tied for first in touchdowns (2) with Woods. Kupp is seeing the majority short routes as his averaged depth of target (aDOT) is only 6.1 yards.
Our models project Kupp to be a top-3o fantasy receiver in Week 4 with 3.7 catches, 56.7 yards, and 0.4 touchdowns for 9.9 FanDuel points on Thursday night.
Sean Lee (hamstring) could miss 2-to-4 games for Dallas
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) could miss two-to-four games after injuring his left hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The oft-injured linebacker will be out at least two games and could miss more as he is dealing with injuries to both of his hamstrings. Rookie Leighton Vender Esch will undoubtedly see more snaps at outside linebacker with Lee out of action.
The Cowboys defense ranks 13th in our overall and run defense ranks, but will likely fall without their best linebacker playing.
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