Fantasy Football Week 3: Austin Ekeler out again, updated injury news

- Two rookie QBs already down

- Will OBJ suit up?

- What to do with Austin Ekeler out of the lineup

Sep 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30)
Sep 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Injuries are already playing a huge part in the 2023 NFL season and that means your fantasy football lineups are already impacted, potentially severely impacted. And there is still a long way to go.

As you get set to put your lineups in ahead of the games in Week 3, here are some injuries to consider and the future outlook for each of these players.

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

Colts: QB Anthony Richardson (OUT)
Ravens: WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (OUT), RB Justice Hill (OUT)

Analysis: Richardson is dealing with a concussion. While it's tough to see him get sidetracked as he was already starting to look good, he shouldn't miss too much time and if you are a manager that grabbed him in a keeper or dynasty league, it certainly looks like the ceiling is high. Gardner Minshew draws the start in this game.

OBJ is off to a slow start and once again, as has been the case throughout his career, health is an issue. A manager in my 16-team league flat out dropped him this week and many other managers are likely losing their patience with him. The same can be said for running back Justice Hill, just to a lesser extent.

Hill was a recent waiver wire gem following the season-ending injury suffered by J.K. Dobbins. But now he's already hurt. At wide receiver, the Ravens will likely turn to guys like Devin Duvernay and Rashod Bateman, guys who have been career underachievers, to step up. At running back, expect the team to turn to veterans Melvin Gordon or Kenyan Drake, who are both currently on the practice squad.

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns

Titans: WR DeAndre Hopkins (Questionable)
Browns: No major injuries other than RB Nick Chubb, who is done for the year

Analysis: Hopkins is dealing with an ankle injury and will reportedly travel with the team to Cleveland, but his status is up in the air. Even if he does play, he's become a marginal option at best at this point so you should seek better ones.