Davante Adams Injury Update Could Mean Increased Fantasy Football Value for Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Jason Schandl
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Davante Adams missed the Green Bay Packers' Week 5 meeting with the Dallas Cowboys, and head coach Matt LaFleur has been mum about Adams' status for the Week 6 game against the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

If Adams isn't ready to return in time for that game, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison and Jake Kumerow will all continue to offer increased value in fantasy football.

Adams had and up-and-down start to the season, being held below six fantasy points (standard scoring) in two of his four games while combining for 17 receptions and 286 yards in his other two. He was in the midst of a breakout game with 15 targets, 10 receptions and 180 yards in Week 4 before suffering his toe injury, and his absence has a serious impact on this offense.

The Packers spread the ball around sans Adams in their Week 5 win over the Dallas Cowboys, and none of their wideouts turned in much fantasy production. Valdes-Scantling (94.6 percent), Allison (86.5 percent) and Kumerow (67.6 percent) all saw season-high snap shares though, and we can expect them to get more involved moving forward.

MVS is the team's No. 1 WR with Adams on the shelf, and as a big-play deep threat (with a team-high 14.1-yard average depth of target), he carries by far the most upside of the group. Allison led the trio with six targets last week, and with a low 8.5-yard average depth of target he tends to be a higher-floor option that gets a bigger boost in PPR. Kumerow is really only worth a look in deep leagues as a thoroughly unproven NFL player, with only 10 receptions since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

Not even attempting to practice on Thursday is not a good sign for Adams' availability this week. He gets an additional day to recover since the game is on Monday, but considering he was doing some light running at last Thursday's practice and was still inactive, he looks likely to miss a second consecutive game.

No team is blitzing at a lower rate (11.3 percent) or allowing opponents a higher average depth of target (11.9 yards) than the Lions this season, and that kind of a defensive scheme lends itself particularly well to a blow-up week for Valdes-Scantling if Adams doesn't suit up.


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