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Fantasy Football Week 3 Injury Updates: Keenan Allen, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, DeSean Jackson

Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen

A trio of wide receivers are Questionable for the Monday night finale in Week 3, while a couple of others may not be on the field when action kicks off this afternoon. Read all the latest information on these injury situations and others below.

Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, WRs, Chicago Bears at New York Jets (Mon.)

Questionable – Hamstring; Questionable – Ankle
Just like last week, Jeffery and Marshall are Questionable. But last week there definitely was more concern one or both would miss the game against San Francisco than there is entering their Monday night matchup with the Jets. And last week both not only played, each also contributed to the comeback win over the 49ers, especially Marshall (3 TD catches). The hamstring and ankle continue to be an issue for the duo, but both were able to practice to some degree. Based on what happened last week, I would be surprised if both didn’t at least start the game. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any risk in keeping them in your lineup though. For one, the Monday night factor alone means you pretty much have to make up your mind before this game is even played. That said, New York’s suspect secondary is certainly an appealing matchup for these two rangy targets, so as long as you understand the risk and are OK with it, I would grin and (ahem) bear it with Jeffery and Marshall.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills

Questionable - Groin

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Allen was added to the injury report following Thursday’s practice after injuring his groin. He was limited on Friday and is listed as Questionable to face the Bills. Allen has gotten off to a slow start, but the Chargers’ first games have been against Arizona and Seattle, arguably two of the top secondaries in the NFL. Unless this injury gets worse, Allen’s numbers should only get better. Keep an eye on his status leading up to kickoff (1 p.m. ET), but if he plays, I would keep Allen in my lineup.

Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears (Mon.)

Questionable - Hamstring
Decker has contributed immediately to his new team, leading the Jets in every receiving category, so they can ill afford to be without him. A hamstring injury kept him out of practice until Saturday and has him officially listed as Questionable for the Monday night game. Most likely, Decker will be a game-time decision, but if you have him on your roster you need to make the decision sooner. Even though Decker is the Jets’ No. 1 wide receiver, he’s not putting up huge (9-137-1) numbers. If you have the depth, it might be best to leave Decker on your bench this week just in case he’s unable to go on Monday night.

Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers

Probable – Ribs; Probable – Ankle
EJ Manuel’s top two targets both appear on the injury report this week. Watkins still hasn’t completely recovered from the bruised ribs he suffered during the preseason, while Woods has been dealing with an ankle injury. Both are listed as Probable although Woods was only a limited participant in practice on Friday. Watkins is the more appealing fantasy option and the rookie enjoyed a breakout game (8-117-1) last week. Watkins is a clear-cut WR2 option, but I would exercise extreme caution with Woods. He’s only caught five passes for 83 yards thus far and it’s possible his ankle flares up during warmups or the coaching staff decides to sit him. At best, Woods is no more than a flex option in deeper leagues.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Questionable – Shoulder
Jackson left last week’s game early with a shoulder injury and is considered Questionable for today’s game. He was able to practice some, which helps his chances, and there’s the added motivation of playing against his former team who unceremoniously dumped him this offseason. Even if he plays, Jackson figures to be limited while his impact with his new team has been minimal thus far. There’s nothing wrong with waiting to make a decision, but if you do decide to roll with Jackson be sure to temper your expectations.