Fantasy life without Jordy Nelson? How to cope at WR

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Marcas Grant:Davante Adams defintely moves up the wide receiver rankings, however I stopped with him at No. 32. The second-year wideout is certain to see an increase in targets in the role formerly occupied by Randall Cobb. But it's a stretch to think he's going to put together Cobb-like numbers just yet. Some of those extra targets are likely to head in the direction of Eddie Lacy. Plus, guys like Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis and possibly Richard Rodgers are lurking to take some snaps. Still, Adams is the latest Packer to target if you're looking to replace Nelson in your rankings.

M.G.:Charles Johnson is an obvious choice here. He was a breakout player late in the season last year and has continued to look good so far this preseason. The other option for me is Montgomery. Part of it is the offense that he plays in and part of it is the news that he is currently slotting in as the No. 3 receiver. As much as I'd like to pump up my fellow USC Trojan Marqise Lee, the early part of his career has been marked by injuries and underperformance. Sigh. Such is life.

M.G.: I'm not big on Breshad Perriman. The biggest reason is this little issue of him having inconsistent hands. Call me crazy, but I find that to be an impediment to success as a wide receiver in the National Football League. I think Dorsett is a much better option except for the overwhelming number of quality pass-catchers in the Colts offense. If he can carve out a niche in a passing game that will feature three quality receivers, two tight ends, one pass-catching running back and a partridge in a pear tree, I'll be very impressed. At the moment, I wouldn't expect more than WR4/5 production from either of them.

M.G.: There's definitely still something there, it's just a little sketchier than it was a week or so ago. Cam Newton's value does drop, but his ability to run still makes him a viable QB2 in most leagues. It wouldn't be a surprise to see his rushing touchdown total increase over where it has been the past couple of seasons. It's also worth investing in Jonathan Stewart. With DeAngelo Williams now in Pittsburgh, Stewart is the main option in the Panthers running game. There will always be a question about his health, but for the first time in his career, there are no concerns about his potential workload. If you're feeling saucy, you might take a chance on Devin Funchess in the later rounds, but his rookie ceiling seems quite limited.

M.G.: The biggest issue with Arian Foster's fantasy value right now is that we have no clear idea on how many games he's going to miss. While the initial prognosis said Foster could miss at least eight games, there have been some reports that he might only be out in the range of four to six games. If that's really the case, then spending a late-round pick on Foster is a pretty savvy move. If he will indeed miss eight games, then the earliest he'd be available would be Week 10 (the Texans have a bye in Week 9). In that instance, I wouldn't want to use a roster spot on a player that I might only get for three weeks. The only way I'd do it is if my league had an injured reserve spot.

M.G.: It's certainly too soon to go into all-out panic mode, but this situation has definitely become one to monitor. Bears head coach John Fox says he can't give a clear indication of Jeffery's availability, but remains optimistic that the wideout will be available for the regular season opener. At this point, the Bears are quickly running out of wide receivers. In addition to Jeffery's absence, Chicago is dealing with injuries to rookie Kevin White along with Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson. That's no bueno for the likes of Jay Cutler and Martellus Bennett. Until guys start getting healthy, there's not a lot to like about the Bears passing game.

M.G.: I'm on record as being big on Jarvis Landry this year. I've even included him among my list of top 10 breakout players for this season. In general, I have big expectations for the Dolphins offense as a whole -- expecting solid numbers from Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller and Jordan Cameron. The good news is that unless there's a run on tight ends in your draft, you might be able to get a guy like Landry and still have Travis Kelce on the board a round or two later. It's like having your cake and eating it too. Then again, what's the point of having cake if you don't get to eat it?

M.G.: Slow down, Turbo. Watching a ball bounce off Green's hands and turn into a pick six wasn't good for anybody. Well maybe for Buccaneers fans, but that's a different story. Until further notice, A.J. Green is the top receiver in the Bengals passing game. Mohamed Sanu failed to carry the load when Green was out last season and Marvin Jones' return from a season-long injury has been slow. You'll have to deal with inconsistency from Dalton, but we all know that going in. Just breathe into a paper bag and try to avoid any #preseasonoverreaction.

M.G.: I've made no secret about buying a ticket to jump on the Tyler Eifert hype train, but the combination of Gary Kubiak's offense and Peyton Manning's love for tight ends makes Daniels too much of a commodity to just release into the wild. If you can find a way to keep both of those tight ends on the roster, you'll be sitting quite pretty at the tight end position.

DFS question:

M.G.: If the matchup is right, why wouldn't you? In standard leagues the idea is to mesh value with players who can perform consistently over a long season, but in daily leagues, it's just about playing matchups and determining who can give you the best return on your investment. As for Cincinnati's Week 1 matchup against the Raiders, rolling with Andy Dalton at quarterback could be dicey. Oakland's pass rush could be pretty fierce this season with Khalil Mack and Justin Tuck up front. If last week's game against the Buccaneers was any indication, the Bengals front five could have a tough time keeping the Red Rocket upright and in firing position.

Bonus question:

M.G.: We're going with a solid 2.5, trending toward three. We need a judges' ruling on this one. Until further notice, I'm putting it in the Wings column.

Marcas Grant is a fantasy editor for and a man who believes you all deserve a participation trophy for reading this column. Tweet him your superlatives or fantasy football questions @MarcasG.

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