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Rams WR Puka Nacua questionable for Week 3 vs. Bengals on MNF, expected to play

We break down the news that Puka Nacua is dealing with an oblique injury. What it means for Week 3.

Puka Nacua #17 of the Los Angeles Rams runs after making a catch during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on September 17, 2023 in Inglewood, California. The 49ers defeated the Rams 30-23. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

Update, Sept. 23 — Nacua is going to be listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Bengals, although head coach Sean McVay added he expects the emerging wide receiver to play. Nacua has been a fantasy star early in the season and he should be able to power through this injury once again and deliver a strong outing against a Bengals defense that has been suspect to start the year.

Update, Sept. 22 — Nacua was back at practice on Friday and as long as he doesn’t have a setback, he should be good to go for Monday night against the Bengals.

The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals as part of the Week 3 Monday Night Football doubleheader. Players will have an extra day to prepare, and Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua may need it. He is starting the week not practicing and is dealing with an oblique injury. The good news is that head coach Sean McVay said that the expectation is that Nacua will be able to suit up.

Fantasy football implications for Week 3

Nacua has dominated his first two career games. He and Matthew Stafford have been on the same page as the rookie has stepped into Cooper Kupp’s shoes in the offense. Nacua has 25 receptions on 35 targets for 266 yards through two games. His target share has been unreal, and he typically benefits from Los Angeles not having a sustainable run game. If he is active, Nacua has become a must start until he has a dud.

If Nacua is inactive, then Tutu Atwell will likely see an increase in targets. He could be started in deeper leagues of at least 12 teams. Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek could also be involved more, but they are too risky to rely on, especially with this game taking place on Monday night with fewer options to pivot to.