Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday morning observations -- Week 3

Good morning, Fools. It's another beautiful day in Fantasyland, but after last week's bloodbath, it's a rough week to be an NFL player. So many injuries, so many backups playing and so much ground to cover. Let's get started...

So far, here's who we already know will NOT play today: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Jamaal Charles, Ameer Abdullah, Adrian Peterson (to state the obvious), Doug Martin, Thomas Rawls, Jonathan Stewart, Arian Foster, Sammy Watkins, Donte Moncrief and Virgil Green.

There's also a very good chance that Rashad Jennings, Willie Snead, Antonio Gates, Zach Ertz and Delanie Walker will sit out. The Saints play on Monday night, so you may have to make an early call on Snead. Shane Vereen will likely carry the load for the Giants.

Alshon Jeffery, on the other hand, is planning to suit up for tonight's matchup with the Cowboys, and will try to catch passes from Brian Hoyer. There's a chance he'll be on a snap count and/or be used as a decoy though, because his knee isn't yet 100%. So if you have a safer option, it would be wise to use it. (For my part, I'm rolling with Marvin Jones in Alshon's place.)

Brandon Marshall is also expected to play, though he'll be a game-time decision with his knee and foot injuries. He, too, is expected to be on a snap count against the Chiefs.

In somewhat of a surprise, rookie Kenyon Drake will start at RB for the Dolphins today, not Jay Ajayi. So if you decided to take a flier on Ajayi, you should probably re-think that. Drake, of course, scored last week after Foster went down, but I haven't seen enough of him to feel good about recommending him in your starting lineup. He has a tasty matchup, but you figure he won't be treated like a workhorse, so it's anybody's guess.

And in case you missed it, the Bucs waived TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins after he was charged with a DUI.

That's it for this morning. I'll be tweeting inactives and late-breaking news in a bit. Good luck today, Fools.

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