Davante Adams Injury Update Gives Boost to Marquez Valdes-Scantling Fantasy Outlook in Week 5

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Davante Adams was well on his way to a breakout game before going down with a toe injury in Week 4's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He averaged just five receptions for 66 yards per game with no touchdowns in his first three games of the season, but he went off for 10 receptions and 180 yards on 15 targets before going down against Philly.

That injury is expected to keep Adams on the shelf for at least one full game, which opens up a ton of opportunity for the Green Bay Packers' other receivers.

Despite making an early exit in Week 4, Adams has still accounted for one quarter of the Packers' targets in 2019, which is tied as the ninth highest target share for any wideout on the season. He's accounted for an even bigger share (31 percent) of the air yards as well.

The player who stands out as the most obvious one to benefit from Adams' absence is Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who is second on the team in targets (28), receptions (16), receiving yards (217) and air yards (344). The only other Packers WR with more than one target on the year is Geronimo Allison (11), who has worked primarily out of the slot on shorter routes, with an 8.9-yard average depth of target.

Adams works all over the field, with a 10.5-yard average, and we can expect Valdes-Scantling should pick up the slack on the deep routes, with a 12.3-yard average depth of target, while Allison soaks up some of those shorter looks. Tight end Jimmy Graham has also racked up 16 targets in 2019, and he stands to see increased volume as well.

Aaron Rodgers hasn't been overly impressive this season, and the Packers draw a tough matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. Those factors definitely hold the Packers pass-catchers' fantasy football value in check, but Adams' absence would still be a significant upgrade for both Allison (whose floor goes up more, especially in PPR) and Valdes-Scantling (who gets the big boost in upside).

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