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Next man up: Players forced into bigger roles due to injuries
By ANDREW CALEY

Teams suffering injuries is just a way of life in the NFL, but as injuries pile up it creates opportunities for backups and daily fantasy enthusiasts alike to shine.

Week 4 will be no different, highlighted by a couple of star running backs whose statuses for this week are still up in the air. The Bills’ LeSean McCoy is looking less and less likely to suit up, while the Seahawks are being very tight-lipped on the status of Marshawn Lynch with his wonky back and hamstring.

Here are four value plays that could help you in Week 4 thanks to injuries on their team:

Karlos Williams RB, Buffalo Bills

Rex Ryan came out and said the it ‘doesn’t look good’ when it comes to McCoy’s availability for this week’s contest with the New York Giants. He has been dealing with a hamstring he suffered in the preseason and might just this week to rest it, but that’s good enough for Williams.

The fifth-round rookie out of Florida State has been nothing short of remarkable for the Bills. Want to hear the list of running backs who have scored in all three weeks this season? Williams. That’s it. He also has 186 yards on just 24 carries through three weeks.

It should be exciting to see what Williams can do with a full workload this week against the Giants.

Thomas Rawls RB, Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch was listed as questionable all last with with a hamstring issue, was called active at gametime, but then was late coming out with what was called back tightness. Long story short, Lynch had six touches before leaving the game and that’s when Rawls took over.

Rawls is an undrafted rookie free-agent out of Central Michigan, but is now being classified as “one of Pete Carrol’s guys” and he didn’t disappoint in his first significant NFL action, carrying the ball 16 times for 104 yards in relief of Lynch.

Now the Seahawks will keep Lynch’s status close to the chest all the way until Sunday night, but if he can’t go, jump all over the value that is Rawls against a mediocre at best Lions defense. He could even become a decent flex play, starter or not.

Alfred Blue RB, Houston Texans

Starter Arian Foster is still practicing on just a limited basis due to his groin injury suffered in the preseason, but with the way Blue played last week, the Texans may be able to afford to let Foster rest another week or two.

Blue was the bell cow in the Texans backfield in Week 3, carrying the ball 31 times for 139 yards and a score. In the previous two weeks he only had 14 carries combined, but look for the Texans to try and keep feeding Blue the rock if they want to win.

To make Blue even more appealing if Foster sits this week, the Texans visit an Atlanta Falcons that got absolutely gashed by the Cowboys run game last week, giving up 127 yards and four touchdowns on just 21 combined carries.

Ty Montgomery WR, Green Bay Packers

Stop me if you heard this before. Another Packers receiver is injured. DeVante Adams is now nursing an ankle injury and is questionable for Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers.

If Adams can’t go, Montgomery will step into the WR3 role for the Packers and do you know who that doesn’t bother? Aaron Rodgers. That guy is just slinging it this year. So a No. 3 receiver in that offense can be a real bargain when it comes to daily fantasy.

Montgomery hauled in two receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown last week and more importantly was targeted in the red zone. The Packers also get to go up against a struggling Niners pass defense, that just got ripped apart by Carson Palmer and the Cardinals last week.