Harper hasn’t played all week since leaving the game on Sunday after injuring his thumb sliding awkwardly into third base. The Nationals will continue to be cautious with their star outfielder to ensure he is ready for the postseason. Harper’s official status is day-to-day, but it’s becoming more apparent he could be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh for the Nationals against the Diamondbacks.
Cromartie appears to be in line to play in Week 4 for the 49ers against the Cowboys, but it remains to be seen what his role will be. He can continue to be avoided in all formats.
Ayers was injured in Week 2 and it appears he is at least another week away before returning, but two weeks is probably more of a realistic timeframe. The defensive lineman was hoping to build off his nine sack campaign from 2015, but that is probably a long shot after being sidelined. When healthy, Ayers still has value in deeper IDP leagues due to his ability to get to the quarterback.
Butler has all of the physical attributes teams love in a wide receiver, but in his fourth season, he has yet to make an impact in the league with only 43 catches and two touchdowns. It appears Butler’s role will increase a lot if Bryant is out which makes him worth a stash in deeper leagues. However, it appears the offense will rely more on the running game with Cole Beasley and Jason Witten benefiting the most on the passing side.
Kaepernick has dealt with injuries in recent years so he definitely doesn’t look like the physical specimen he was when he first entered the league. However, it’s apparent the 49ers are going to have to make a move at some point at quarterback which would mean Kaepernick will be getting another shot to start in the league. If the team felt he was ready, they may have already made a change, but they could be forced to regardless if Blaine Gabbert continues to struggle. Fantasy owners can continue to avoid this offense outside of Carlos Hyde.
Forte is 30 years old so he is going to have the normal soreness during the season and will be rested throughout the week to ensure he is ready to rock on gameday. However, the Jets need to be more conscience of the workload they are giving Forte as he has already received 67 carries and nine catches through the first three weeks. It’s nice as a fantasy owner to know Forte is the workhorse, but it will help nobody if he is worn out by December. Bilal Powell was finally used more in Week 3, but that had more to do with the game flow than the Jets trying to get him more involved. This is something to monitor as the season progresses.
There is a lot of pessimism surrounding Decker and his injured shoulder. The wide out is going to have an MRI to find the severity of the injury, but fantasy owners need to start planning for another option. The Jets did this in Week 3 with Brandon Marshall and not only was he active, but he played most of the snaps. That could be the case again with Decker, but for now, it appears he could be closer to inactive than suiting up. If Decker is out for any significant amount of time, Marshall would clearly see a boost in targets and Quincy Enunwa would again be heavily involved in the passing game.
Haden had to miss Week 3 due to a groin injury so it’s a positive sign that he is practicing. The Browns are going to need Haden this week as they go up against a passing game in the Redskins with DeSean Jackson and the emerging Jamison Crowder. The Redskins offense is one to target in DFS this week and they would receive another boost if Haden is sidelined.