2018 Fantasy Football: Week 4 Injury Updates
It’s hard to believe that at the conclusion of this week, the fantasy season will officially be a quarter of the way underway. As things start to heat up and fantasy players get a better understanding of the strengths and the weaknesses of their teams they are able to position themselves in the best possible way for the remainder of the season. In doing so, paying attention to the ebb and flow of injury information and depth chart shuffling is of the utmost importance. This article is the one-stop shop for a jump on the week’s injury news and notes as Week 4 action gets underway.
Cincinnati at Atlanta (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Cincinnati: The Bengals will come into Sunday’s matchup without RB Joe Mixon (knee) and C Billy Price (foot) for a second straight week. With Mixon being ruled out on the official injury report, Giovani Bernard should see a similar workload to that which he received last week.
Atlanta: Like the Bengals, the Falcons will also be looking at another consecutive week without their starting RB as Devonta Freeman (knee) has also been ruled out on their official injury report. Tevin Coleman is expected to handle the RB duties on Sunday.
Tampa Bay at Chicago (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Tampa Bay: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report on offense, however, the Bucs hope that they will be able to debut First-Round Draft Pick, DT Vita Vea (calf) who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Chicago according to their injury report.
Chicago: The Bears will be without rookie WR Anthony Miller (shoulder) who was held out of practice all week, as they play the Bucs. CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) joins him on the sidelines as he, also, has been ruled out on the official injury report.
Detroit at Dallas (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Detroit: WR Golden Tate (hip) was a late addition to the Lions’ injury report on Friday. He was limited in practice and will officially carry a questionable designation. If he is unable to go, WR T.J. Jones will likely fill into the slot receiver role in 3-WR sets with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. Otherwise, it’s a pretty quiet week for injuries in Detroit.
Dallas: The big loss for the Cowboys is seen in the middle of their defense as LB Sean Lee (hamstring) has already been ruled out along with DT Maliek Collins (knee) and C Travis Frederick. This will mean rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch will see an uptick in his snaps as well as increased defensive responsibilities. Joining them on the injury report is WR Cole Beasley (ankle) who was limited in practice all week and will carry a questionable status into gameday on Sunday.
Buffalo at Green Bay (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Buffalo: A few key offensive pieces are have playing status up in the air, this Sunday, according to the Bills official injury report. TE Charles Clay (shoulder/hip), RB LeSean McCoy (rib) and RB Marcus Murphy (rib) are all listed as questionable going into the matchup in Green Bay. All three players were limited in practice on Friday and will likely see their status clarified on Sunday morning.
Green Bay: The Packers see their franchise QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) on the injury report for the third straight week as he was limited all week in practice. He and WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) are both questionable for Sunday’s game according to the team injury report. It should be assumed that Rodgers will play, as he’s played through his designation for the past two weeks, however, Cobb is likely to be a game-time decision. The defense will see a few question marks as well as CB Kevin King (groin), LB Nick Perry (concussion), and S Josh Jones are all questionable as well.
Houston at Indianapolis (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Houston: The Texans have listed WR DeAndre Hopkins (thumb/ankle/hamstring) as questionable after limited participation in practice all week. Despite his designation on the injury report, Hopkins is still expected to play on Sunday.
Indianapolis: TE Jack Doyle (shoulder/knee) will be out for a second straight week. The offense is hopeful to get RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) back after returning to practice in a limited capacity this week. On defense, LB Anthony Walker (groin) is questionable on the injury report but expected to play this Sunday.
New York Jets at Jacksonville (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Jacksonville: The Jaguars may be without RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) for a second straight week. Fournette is a true game-time decision, however, he was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is excited to be “getting back in [his] routine”.
Miami at New England (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Miami: TE A.J. Derby (foot) has been ruled out after missing practice all week. This appears to be a big opportunity for rookie TE Mike Gesicki, who will be starting in his place. WR DeVante Parker (quadricep) was a late addition to the injury report as he was limited in Friday’s practice. His status is questionable for Sunday’s game.
New England: As always, the Patriots’ injury report is littered with question marks. The highlights include WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle), S Patrick Chung (concussion), and CB Eric Rowe (groin), all of whom are listed as questionable. In other, more clearly defined (though unfortunate) news, RB Rex Burkhead (neck) has been placed on IR, leaving Sony Michel and James White as the primary backs on the roster.
Philadelphia at Tennessee (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Philadelphia: The Eagles have already ruled out RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) for their Week 4 showdown in Tennessee. WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder/illness) is listed as questionable on the injury report along with RB Corey Clement (quadricep), who will likely see a decrease in touches (even if healthy) as Jay Ajayi (back) is set to return to the starting lineup.
Seattle at Arizona (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Seattle: Despite his questionable tag on the team’s official injury report, WR Doug Baldwin (knee), is expected to play this Sunday in his first game of the year. Joining him on the report is RB Chris Carson (hip) who is listed as questionable and RB CJ Prosise (abdomen) who is listed as doubtful. On defense, LB K.J. Wright (knee) has already been ruled out.
Cleveland at Oakland (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Cleveland: The Browns have officially moved on from QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion/back) as they’ve named Baker Mayfield the starter. Both he and TE Seth DeValve (hamstring) are listed as questionable after limited participation in practice this week. CB Damarious Randall (heel) is also listed as questionable on this week’s injury report.
Oakland: The Raiders have a few injury concerns in the secondary on their injury report. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (hamstring) is listed as questionable and S Karl Joseph (hamstring) has already been ruled out for Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Browns.
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
San Francisco: The 49ers feared the worst when QB Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) went down last weekend and on Monday, tests confirmed those fears. C.J. Beathard will be starting in place of Garoppolo this week as they take on the Chargers. Making matters worse, both RBs Matt Breida (knee) and Alfred Morris (knee) were limited on Friday and are listed on the injury report as questionable.
Los Angeles Chargers: It came out this week that DE Joey Bosa (knee) would likely be out until after Week 9. This week, WRs Keenan Allen (knee/tooth) and Travis Benjamin (foot) join him on the injury report as they were limited in practice and questionable for Week 4.
New Orleans at New York Giants (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
New Orleans: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report on offense, however, LB Manti Te’o (knee) has been ruled out for Week 4. DE Marcus Davenport (hip) was a limited participant in practice on Friday and is listed, on the injury report, as questionable against the Giants.
New York Giants: CB Eli Apple (groin) will miss a second straight game as he’s been ruled out along with TE Evan Engram (knee) and Olivier Vernon (ankle). The only fantasy player this would affect is TE Rhett Ellison as he will likely get an increase in snaps as Engram’s replacement.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET)
Baltimore: The Ravens will be without CB Anthony Averett (hamstring) as he’s already been ruled out on this week’s injury report. Joining him on the injury report will be CB Brandon Carr (knee), LB Terrell Suggs (knee), CJ Mosley (knee), and TE Hayden Hurst (foot) are all listed as questionable for their primetime matchup against the Steelers.
Kansas City at Denver (Monday, 8:15 PM ET)
Kansas City: The only non-participant in practice for the Chiefs on Friday was S Eric Berry (heel) who hasn’t played yet this year. Check the official injury report for additional details and to make sure there are no late additions before Monday Night’s game.
Denver: On Thursday, the Broncos found out TE Jake Butt (knee) is out for the season. He’s the only fantasy relevant player who has missed time this week. As with the Chiefs, check the Broncos’ official injury report before rosters lock for additional updates.
As Week 4 comes and goes the details surrounding these injuries may change and fluctuate as fantasy football is a fluid game. Make sure to double check statuses on Sunday morning to stay up to date on the latest information.