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Davante Adams, WR, Packers: The second-year wideout (sprained ankle) has been a bit of a disappointment after being a trendy mid-round pick following the season-ending injury to Jordy Nelson. Barring some major progress, there are reports Adams is out this week, or at the very least unlikely to play against the 49ers on Sunday. It’s too bad because San Francisco has given up 40-plus points in back-to-back weeks. This bodes well for anyone who has picked up Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints: The New Orleans is feeling “pretty good” and according to Coach Sean Payton, he’ll play this week against the Cowboys. Bree sat out Week 3 after suffering a rotator cuff injury in Week 2.
Eric Decker, WR, Jets: After a splendid Week 2 performance, the wideout missed Week 3 as he recovers from a posterior cruciate ligament strain. He’s traveling with the team to London, but probably best to look elsewhere if you were hoping to use him.
Arian Foster, RB, Texans: It would seem there’s a decent chance Foster will be on the field Sunday when Houston squares off against Atlanta. But with a Thursday night game to follow vs. Indianapolis, the Texans could be extra cautious and hold him out for the game against the Colts. It will be a game-time decision.
Chris Ivory, RB, Jets: As an owner of Ivory, it was a vicious blow when he was listed as active heading into his Week 3 matchup, then didn’t play. Chances are I wasn’t the only owner burned by that game-time decision. But he’s apparently good to go this weekend in what shapes up to be an attractive matchup against the division-rival Dolphins.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: Chicago is already without quarterback Jay Cutler and will once again be without the services of Jeffery, who has not played since the season-opener.
Andrew Luck, QB, Colts: Luck was limited for three straight days in practice and is listed as questionable, but Coach Chuck Pagano is not too concerned. Luck has struggled, but unless his owners drafted someone with upside, there’s no sense in considering to bench the play caller. Update: Luck is inactive for Sunday’s game.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks: According to teammate and close friend, running back Fred Jackson, the fact Lynch’s status remains in doubt for Monday night’s game is very telling. Lynch figures to be a game-time decision and likely sees a reduced workload even if he plays. If you have handcuffed the Seattle backfield by grabbing Thomas Rawls, then he’s worth using if Lynch is no-go. Lynch is off to a slow start; a hamstring injury isn’t going to help.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills: As a hamstring injury continues to nag him, Buffalo has ruled out McCoy for Sunday in an effort to provide him more time to get back to full strength. Karlos Williams has spelled McCoy often this season and turned in a great effort a week ago. He’ll continue to do so this weekend as the Bills go for a 3-1 start.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Eagles: Murray was a full participant in Thursday’s practice and should be in line to play Sunday when Philadelphia face Washington. The Redskins have been solid against the run, and if we’re being honest here, even if Murray’s health wasn’t an issue, at this point, how much confidence can an owner have inserting him into the lineup? Crazy that the NFL’s defending rushing champion is a borderline start in Week 4 of the 2015 season.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills: The wide receiver’s calf injury will keep him out this weekend when Buffalo meets the Giants. He had a so-so game in Week 2 and now misses out on a what would be an appealing matchup vs. New York.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders: While the former 49ers wideout has only one significant game when it comes to fantasy, consider that he’s had no fewer than eight targets in his three games with Oakland. David Carr and Amari Cooper will be the ringleaders of the Raiders’ passing attack, but Crabtree’s 33 targets can’t be overlooked (Cooper has 31). Carr and Co. have a pretty nice matchup against the Bears. Crabtree is worth a play.
Ted Ginn, WR, Panthers: Normally, talk of Ginn being fantasy relevant would have no place even among “fringe starters,” but 22 targets after three weeks is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, he’s second to tight end Greg Olsen in targets, receptions and receiving yards. Now Carolina heads to Tampa Bay for a tasty matchup … and gulp, it would seem, Ginn could be in line for a decent day.
Andre Johnson, WR, Colts: The thought going into the season was the former Houston receiver would thrive in joining Luck and Co. in Indianapolis. That hasn’t happened obviously and for owners of Johnson, who has just seven receptions and is coming off the a career first (172 games) in which he started and finished a game without a catch. It’s been three weeks so at this point, Johnson has to be placed on the bench until he proves he can be a factor.
Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals: Jones was mentioned in the lottery section in the Week 2 cheat sheet, but now that he’s put up touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, the idea that he could repeat his 10-TD output in 2013 isn’t that far-fetched. With Andy Dalton playing well and Cincinnati in position to take a commanding lead in the AFC North, the offense should continue to find success in a matchup against Kansas City. The Chiefs have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers and are coming off a horrendous performance in which the defense surrendered five touchdowns.
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Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks: To stick Rawls in your lineup this week would take some gumption, especially when you factor in that Lynch gets one additional day of rest for Monday night’s contest against the Lions. But, as mentioned above, Lynch is a game-time decision and the feeling here is he’s going to sit out or be very limited. Rawls looked terrific last week with 16 carries for 104 yards against the Bears. If you take out Detroit’s matchup vs. the run-challenged Broncos, the defensive unit has not been as strong against the ground game.
Willie Snead, WR, Saints: New Orleans seems to be giving Snead more playing time, and for good reason. Following his 63-yard touchdown reception in the season opener, his targets have increased each week despite playing with two quarterbacks. He has a chance to continue his progress in Sunday’s matchup against the Cowboys.