Three and out: Keep a backup plan ready for Peterson

Peterson questionable: Owners waiting on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) will be on alert Sunday with the fantasy stud being considered a game-time decision for the game against the Lions. With Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh (suspension) out of the lineup this week, things set up very well for Peterson. Earlier this week, the veteran from Oklahoma said the decision on whether or not he plays lies with him. If he decides he can’t go, Toby Gerhart is valuable as a flex player against a defense that is 22nd against the run and has been on the decline in recent weeks.

Johnson out vs. Bengals: It’s another week in a frustrating year for Texans WR Andre Johnson. The team ruled Johnson (hamstring) out of Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, meaning Kevin Walter will once again step into the role of Houston’s No. 1 WR. Three problems with that for fantasy owners: first, Walter is no Andre Johnson. Second, the Bengals are the NFL’s 10th-ranked team against the pass. Third, it will be T.J. Yates throwing the passes. Sure, Yates had a nice day against Atlanta last week, but the Falcons have been a little more forgiving against the air attack. Plus, with a week of full game tape available, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer should be able to put together a game plan to keep the young QB in check.

Ford, Moore out for Raiders: After waiting all week for their return, the Raiders have ruled WRs Jacoby Ford (left foot) and Denarius Moore (right foot) out for Sunday’s game at the Packers. Their absence means another week of Carson Palmer targeting Darrius Heyward-Bey, Chaz Schilens and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. All three of those pass-catchers should be busy trying to match Green Bay’s prolific offense. And against a Packers defense that has been shredded this year, any of them could be worthy of a flex play…if only you can figure out which one will attract Palmer’s attention this week. Plus, now that CB Charles Woodson is back, the choice becomes even less attractive. Fantasy owners would be wise to leave well enough alone.

— Marcas Grant

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