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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders are not expecting RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) to play against the Patriots today.  That'd leave RB Darren McFadden as Oakland's feature back.  Don't expect big rushing numbers, but DMC could rack up some solid passing-game production in catch-up mode.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that it's "doubtful" 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) plays against the Cardinals today.  Davis is listed as questionable but didn't practice all week and was on crutches until Thursday.  With TE Vance McDonald (knee) also unlikely to play, Derek Carrier will serve as San Francisco's primary pass-catching TE.  He's just a desperation fantasy play.  Davis' absence figures to mean a few extra targets for WRs Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

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Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Bears.  He put in a limited practice on Saturday, which gives him a chance to play.  But we probably won't know his status until 90 minutes before kickoff.  That puts fantasy owners in a tough spot.  Potential fill-ins like Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Santonio Holmes aren't great options.  Decker is best off on fantasy benches this week.  He'll be at risk of re-injury if he plays.

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Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is questionable for Monday night's game against the Jets.  He got in 3 limited practices this week, which suggests he's healthier than he was last week.  Consider Jeffery a high-upside WR2 for Week 3.

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Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Jets.  He put in a limited practice on Saturday, which is more than he did before scoring 3 TDs last week.  Keep Marshall locked into fantasy lineups for this week's plus matchup.

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ESPN's Pat Yasinkas reports that Bucs QB Josh McCown will miss at least 1 game with a "significant sprain" to his right thumb.  McCown hit the thumb on a defender's helmet in the Thursday night loss at Atlanta.  Mike Glennon is expected to start against Pittsburgh in Week 4, and then we'll see beyond that.  Here's hoping that losing McCown doesn't impact your fantasy football team at all.

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Rams.  He played through the injury last week and was able to get in limited practices on Thursday and Friday.  There's been nothing to suggest that Bryant is in danger of missing Sunday's game.  We'll find out his official status by noon ET.

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The 49ers have listed TE Vernon Davis (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.  He didn't practice all week, though, and seems like a long shot to play.  TE Vance McDonald (knee) is in the same boat as Davis -- questionable after not practicing this week.  Look for former undrafted free agent TE Derek Carrier to draw the Week 3 start.  He hauled in 3 of 4 targets for 41 yards last week.  Despite a plus matchup, though, Carrier is just a desperation fantasy option.

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Lions DE Ziggy Ansah returned for a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Packers.  Ansah finished the Week 2 game against the Panthers despite sustaining the knee injury that has cost him most of this practice week.  The Lions haven't provided many details on Ansah's injury, so we'll be watching his game status come Sunday.  There will certainly be safer options available in your IDP league.

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Patriots LB Jamie Collins is questionable for the 2nd week in a row because of a thigh injury.  We're optimistic for Collins' chances to play, though.  He finished last week not practicing but put in limited workouts all week this time.  The Patriots, of course, notoriously list half their roster as "questionable" at times.  We'll keep an eye on his status Sunday morning.  If Collins is active, though, use him in your IDP league against the Raiders.

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Dolphins DE Dion Jordan had his existing 4-game PED suspension lifted under the new league drug policy but will still miss 4 more games. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Jordan drew a new 4-game suspension for a substance-abuse violation.  “I am currently undergoing treatment to address my situation,” Jordan said in a statement. “I am working hard to become a better man and to make better choices in the future."  Let's hope Jordan's treatment consists of his mom slapping the back of his head and shouting, "Grow up!"  If the team is truly still supporting Jordan, then he remains a promising long-term IDP prospect.  But it's tough to expect regular fantasy contributions after he returns to the team Oct. 20.  Olivier Vernon remains a solid -- if not special -- right DE.

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Texans S D.J. Swearinger is questionable for Sunday's visit to the Giants.  He hyperextended his elbow in the Week 2 win over Oakland.  Swearinger put in limited practices all week, and we'd bet on him playing Week 3.  But we'll obviously keep an eye on the game status for the emergent IDP contributor.

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The Chiefs have ruled S Eric Berry out for the Week 3 visit to Miami.  The ankle he sprained in Week 2 has kept him out all week.  Berry's absence certainly won't hurt the upside of the Miami pass offense, which already looked attractive for fantasy football purposes this week.

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Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and is probable for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  Insider Liz Matthews isn't even sure Michael will be active, though.  And if he is, he'll be the #3 RB behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.  Michael obviously isn't a Week 3 fantasy option.

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