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How to handle Vance McDonald injury in Week 4 MNF

Steelers tight end Vance McDonald is on the Week 4 injury list with a shoulder issue. We break down the fantasy implications.

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football in Week 4, and they are likely to be without tight end Vance McDonald for the evening. McDonald did not practice this week and is listed as doubtful due to a shoulder injury he suffered last week against the San Francisco 49ers. He was spotted wearing a sling early in the week and while the team does not expect an extended absence, they acquired Nick Vannett from the Seattle Seahawks to provide some depth.

Fantasy impact: If you were counting on McDonald, you can figure out your alternatives. MNF can be a pain for players that are game-time decisions, but there seems to be virtually zero chance McDonald plays this week. Vannett is not a useful option until he consistently proves otherwise, so you’ll want to consider your waiver wire alternatives. This is a tough loss for Mason Rudolph, but could open up targets for Juju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, James Conner, and others.