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Fantasy Football Week 3 Injury Updates: Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffery, T.Y. Hilton

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After two weeks of a relatively small injury report for fantasy owners to digest, Week 3 is back to analyzing what seems like half the league. Week 2 was a brutal one, especially for running backs.

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However, most of those running back injuries were revealed earlier in the week, and those players have been ruled out. The guys that are questionable are the ones that are problematic for fantasy owners.

Before we begin, here are the players that have already been ruled out for Week 3: Adrian Peterson (knee), Doug Martin (hamstring), Arian Foster groin), Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), Donte Moncrief (shoulder), Corey Coleman (hand), Josh McCown (shoulder), and Virgil Green (calf). Also, Danny Woodhead (ACL) and Ameer Abdullah (foot) have been placed on injured reserve.

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Here is a look at the key wide receivers that appear on this week’s injury report. Don’t forget to check out the running backs.

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Jones missed practice Thursday and Friday because of a calf strain, but was able to put in a limited practice on Saturday (the equivalent of a Friday practice before the Sunday games). He has said he’s playing and has been able to produce before even when he’s not at 100 percent. He's a WR1 in a great matchup, so fantasy owners should cross their fingers and pencil him in their lineups.

Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Owners of Jeffery know that every week is another one with him being listed as questionable. Last season it was week after week of wondering if he was going to play, and this season is shaping up to be more of the same. Jeffery was limited on Wednesday, missed practice on Thursday, and returned to a limited practice on Friday because of a knee injury. All signs point to Jeffery playing on Sunday night, but the late start to the game is enough to make fantasy owners nervous. He's a WR2 if active, but when it comes to Jeffery, be sure to have a backup plan.

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Brandon Marshall, New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

All three Jets wide receivers are banged up heading into Week 3. However, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa were able to put in a full practice on Friday, while Marshall was limited (after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday). Last Thursday night against Buffalo, Marshall hurt his knee and at first glance, it appeared serious. He was able to return to the game, but has been likely been dealing with soreness all week. Marshall has said he’s not missing this game, but his role may be slightly reduced because of the injury. Start him as a WR2, but keep an eye on the inactive list before game time, as it’s possible he could end up sitting this one out.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Even though Hilton missed practice on Friday, the Colts still believe he will play on Sunday. He put in a limited practice on Thursday, and the report from the Colts is that he was just resting on Friday. The knee issue doesn't seem to be a big concern, so fantasy owners should expect to have Hilton for Week 3. He only has 10 receptions this season for 120 yards, but the matchup against the Chargers is a good one. He's a low WR1.

Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills vs. Arizona Cardinals, (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

Watkins played in Week 2, despite dealing with soreness in his surgically-repaired foot. He missed all practices this week and got stepped on during a walkthrough. The Bills are pessimistic about his chances of playing this week, and fantasy owners should plan on leaving him on their bench. Even if he does play, it's a tough matchup. Either way, don’t start Watkins this week, and it may not be a bad idea to plan on an extended absence. The Bills may choose to sit Watkins for a couple of games to let him heal or he could end up undergoing additional surgery (like Dez Bryant and Julian Edelman had last season).

Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

After missing practice on Friday due to a toe injury, Snead’s owners may have started to get a little nervous. The good news is that he was able to increase his practice participation each day. Snead told reporters he would be a game-time decision, which is always problematic when dealing with a Monday night game. If he plays, it’s a great matchup and he’s been productive early in the season, but the uncertainty surrounding his status and the injury itself necessitates that his fantasy owners come up with a contingency plan.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

After a breakout game in Week 2 (8 rec., 106 yards), Parker should benefit from the great matchup against the Browns at home on Sunday. He was limited all week at practice, but he does not appear to be in danger of missing the game. Last week, Parker tied Jarvis Landry for the most targets (13 each), as Miami’s passing attack finally got on track in the second half against New England. Arian Foster’s injury could mean another pass-heavy game plan, which makes Parker a WR3 with upside.

Mohammed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Sanu returned to practice on Friday after missing Thursday, so he is on track to play on Monday night. He is a WR3, but with Julio Jones banged up, Sanu could see more targets than usual. If Jones ends up not playing, Sanu vaults into clear-cut WR2 territory, but it’s safest to view him as a WR3 with upside.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

With a full practice on Thursday, Lockett should be ready to go Sunday afternoon. He was limited on Wednesday with a knee sprain, but fantasy owners should plan to have him for Week 3. He's a low WR3 as the Seahawks’ offense has struggled in the early going.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.