Fantasy Football: Top injuries heading into Week 4
Heading into Week 4 Fantasy Football, here are the top injuries to be mindful of when finalizing starting lineups.
Before we know it, it will be Week 10 of fantasy football and we will be starting practice squad players. It’s only Week 4 and there are a substantial amount of injuries.
I know that running backs put their bodies through a lot but, this many injuries is usually what we see in the later half of the season. Ladies and gentleman, it’s only going to get worse!
This week, there is more of a questionable trend. Many players are listed as questionable but are presumed to play. Or, are game decisions.
I have broken down by position, the top injuries of Week 4. Be sure to keep track of these players and change your fantasy football lineup accordingly.
5. Tight Ends
When it comes to fantasy football, there are not many high valued tight end choices, especially this season as some players haven’t lived up to their expectations. So when we see players like Rob Gronkowski still listed as questionable in Week 4, it leaves owners with a little doubt.
Have no fear, Gronkowski will play this week. However, some other tight ends are out or listed questionable for Week 4.
Doubtful Status: Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers)
4. Running Backs
Week 4 offers an unruly amount of running back injuries. On a positive note, many backup players fantasy football ownership is less than 50 percent. Unless a team has stated a player will start, I never suggest starting any questionable players.
Don’t be surprised by all the running back injuries, it happens every year! But, if you have a game plan, it shouldn’t affect your weekly fantasy football lineup.
Out Status: Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers), Jeremy Langford (Chicago Bears), Thomas Rawls (Seattle Seahawks), Kenneth Dixon (Baltimore Ravens), Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs)
3. Defense/Special Teams
Not only will injured players affect your weekly fantasy football lineup but, injured defensive players may affect your other players as well. For example, if a key cornerback is out, the opposing wide receiver may have a better advantage.
When choosing this week’s D/ST, make sure the players are healthy and ready to go. One or two missing links in a defense can make or break a game.
2. Wide Receivers
Every year there is an argument over who has more fantasy football value, running backs or wide receivers. Either way, you don’t want to have to replace either of these positions.
Unfortunately, Week 4 also offers a ton of banged up wideouts. Keep in mind, several of the players on the list are game decisions. On the other hand, some are listed questionable but, are expected to play. If your player appears on this week’s injury report, make sure you track them up until game time.
If you drafted Teddy Bridgewater or Robert Griffin III you have probably already sorted out your fantasy football quarterback issue. However, there are a couple of questionable quarterback injuries this week, that will leave fantasy owners in a tough situation.
My rule of thumb; never chance it with a quarterback. He won’t be playing his best, he may be limited, or he can hurt himself worse than before. Your starting quarterback needs to have practiced in full and be 100 percent active.
Doubtful Status: Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears)
Out Status: Tony Romo (Just for Laughs)