Fantasy Football: Week 4 – Key Injuries and their Gameday status’

By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

The one thing all of us fantasy players dread the most, injuries. Unfortunately, this is part and parcel with NFL life and it’s inevitable that at some point during the season one or more of your players will have the dreaded “questionable” or “doubtful” tags. The tricky bit is wading through the reports to find out the true status of your fantasy stud. Fantasy players are very often used as decoys when injured to fool defences, so it’s important that we’re sure that a player is 100% healthy before deploying into a line-up.

This article will take a look at the top injury concerns that we’re hearing about this week and provide a recommendation as to whether they should be starting for you or if you need to pick up their handcuff from the waiver wire.

Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for our Twitter feed (@F10YFantasy) this Sunday as we’ll be providing you with updated on the below mentioned injuries.

Top Injury Concern

DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals

Injury: Ankle

Chance of playing: 75%

Status: Game Time Decision

Hopkins has missed every practice this week and heads into the game week with the questionable tag next to his name. Usually if a player misses a whole week of practice I would not have their chances above 50%; however this is DHop we’re talking about.

The former Texan only missed 2 games throughout his time with Houston (through 7 years) and did have weeks where he missed all practices but played on Sunday. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he suits up, especially as Cardinals GM Steve Keim has said the decision whether to play or not lies with the player and Hopkins isn’t one to miss out on a juicy matchup vs Carolina this weekend.

For more on who to start if DHop misses, see Christian Kirk, below.

Other Injury Concerns

Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals

Injury: Groin

Chance of playing: 50%

Status: Game Time Decision

There’s going to be a lot happening in this receiver room on Sunday morning. My hunch is that if DHop decides he’s not suiting up, then a less than 100% healthy Christian Kirk will likely get the nod.

However, if Hopkins decides he’s healthy and good to go, I imagine they’ll want to shut Kirk down for another week to get that groin back closer to 100%

In either scenario, you need to play Andy Isabella in DFS lineups this week and potentially ahead of Kirk in redraft scenarios. The second year receiver out of UMass recorded an NFL career high in week 2 when he turned 2 receptions into 67 yards, and last week found himself in the pay dirt on two seperate occasions.

Joe Mixon, Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals

Injury: Chest

Chance of playing: 50%

Status: Questionable

Limited information on Mixon as this broke about 10 mins before I sat down to write this article. Keep your eyes peeled for this one as it’s the best matchup for Mixon to get right before heading into a gauntlet of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Tennessee and Pittsburgh over the next 7 weeks. Eesh.

Julio Jones, Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons

Injury: Hamstring

Chance of playing: 80%

Status: Probable

After sitting last week, Julio managed a walkthrough at practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday. That’s a good indication that he should be good to go considering the Falcons play the Packers with the last game of the weekend on Monday night football.

Fellow receiver Calvin Ridley who currently finds himself the WR 1 in fantasy leagues as things stand was also questionable throughout the week, but like Julio, managed a limited practice on Friday and is also trending up to play Monday. Make sure you put both players in your FLX spots so you have more options should either not play.

Terry McLaurin, Wide Receiver – Washington Football Team

Injury: Thigh

Chance of playing: 40%

Status: Game Time Decision

It’s never good when a player’s injury gets worse throughout the week instead of better. That has been the case for Scary Terry this week. He was added to the injury report Tuesday, was limited Wednesday but didn’t practice at all on Friday.

This could just be an indication they are resting him as much as possible before Sunday’s tough matchup vs Baltimore, although is it worth risking your star player against a nasty defense in a game your not likely going to win?

If he sits, Dontrelle Inman looks set for a third straight fantasy relevant week after being the WR14 last week. With Steven Sims also out, it could be a nice week for introducing rookie receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden in to the mix too and is a deep DFS dart throw.

Should be Playing

George Kittle (knee), San Francisco 49ers – 100%

Deebo Samuel (foot), San Francisco 49ers – 100% but likely a decoy role

Will Fuller (hamstring), Houston Texans – 100%

Odell Beckham Jr (back), Cleveland Browns – 100%

Davante Adams (hamstring), Green Bay Packers – 90%

Chris Carson (knee), Seattle Seahawks – 90% but likely on a snap count

John Brown (calf), Buffalo Bills – 100%


A.J Brown (knee), Tennessee Titans

Henry Ruggs III (hamstring, knee), Las Vegas Raiders

Michael Thomas (ankle), New Orleans Saints

Cam Akers (ribs), Los Angeles Rams

Raheem Mostert (knee), San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), San Francisco 49ers

DeSean Jackson (hamstring), Philadelphia Eagles

Jared Cook (groin), New Orleans Saints

Chris Godwin (hamstring), Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Leonard Fournette (ankle), Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For the latest on each player’s status heading into their game make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.

By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller

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