In our Week 4 injury report, it still looks like there are a few tight ends that are going to cause Fantasy players headaches. I know the waiver wire is extremely thin right now, but it’s important to have some backup plans if your studs can’t start.
There’s also some important news surrounding quarterbacks this week.
Let’s jump right in…
Week 4 Injury Report for Quarterbacks
Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
Bradford was officially ruled out for Week 4, which will mark the third game he’s missed this year. Luckily for owners of Stefon Diggs, Case Keenum was excellent last week. He helped Diggs finish with a 8-173-2 stat line, and Adam Thielen hauled in five passes for 98 yards.
We will see if Keenum can carry over his strong performance in Week 3 into Week 4 against the Detroit Lions.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton was limited in practice on Thursday, but he is expected to play.
Still, the 28-year old quarterback has looked far from healthy this season. He hasn’t thrown for more than 228 yards in a game, and he hasn’t rushed for more than 27 yards in a single game.
On top of that, Newton has not thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1. Hopefully, you have a backup plan in place if you drafted Newton.
Week 4 Injury Report for Wide Receivers
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Hopkins was limited in practice on Thursday, but he’s fully expected to play in Week 4. The 25-year old receiver has had a consistent workload the last three weeks, hauling in seven passes in each game.
He has a great matchup against the Tennessee Titans, as Tennessee has allowed the second-most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams
Watkins suffered a concussion in Week 3, and he needs to pass the concussion protocol before he can play in Week 4.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Baldwin did not practice on Thursday because of a groin injury.
Baldwin had a 100-yard performance in Week 3, and he has another good matchup in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts if he can get on the field.
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
Golladay is dealing with a hamstring issue, and he was held out of practice on Thursday.
Fantasy players have been chasing his Week 1 results where he scored two touchdowns, but he’s only caught three passes since then. Even if he does play in Week 4, he should be on your bench.
Week 4 Injury Report for Running Backs
Matt Forte, New York Jets
Forte has turf toe, and he missed practice on Thursday. He hasn’t been a Fantasy factor this season, so this shouldn’t be devastating news to too many players.
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
Crowell was limited in practice on Thursday with a shoulder injury. He’s been slightly disappointing this year because of where players were drafting him, but expectations were also set too high.
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
Gordon was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he should be ready to go in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
If you haven’t by now, Gordon owners should still go out and grab Branden Oliver just as extra protection.
Shane Vereen, New York Giants
Vereen didn’t practice on Thursday because of a calf injury, and he may be forced to sit out in Week 4. Orleans Darkwa is also dealing with an injury, which means Paul Perkins may receiver a huge workload by default.
Week 4 Injury Report for Tight Ends
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert will miss several weeks with a back injury, and we don’t have a time frame for when he should return.
Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers
James was limited in practice on Thursday, but he should be available in Week 4.
However, he should be on your bench. The Steelers have a tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this week, and James has been quiet since his two-touchdown performance in Week 1.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Reed was able to take part in individual drills, but he’s going to be a risky option. We likely won’t know until the last minute if Reed can play on Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Before heading out, make sure to check out this Week 4 video that discusses all the key matchups you need to know about.
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