The fourth weekend of the fantasy football season is here, and the Rotoworld crew has everything you need to lock up a win. Patrick Daugherty answers your lineup questions with his Week 4 Rankings, Nick Mensio tells you who to start and who to fade in Start 'Em or Sit 'Em, and Evan Silva breaks down every matchup in his award-winning Matchups Column.
As for me, I am here to shed light on the most important injury situations facing fantasy owners heading into the weekend. The sister resource to this column is the Rotoworld News Page, which will have every inactive and all the late-breaking news up to kickoff and beyond. I also occasionally tweet about football @RMSummerlin.
Colts @ Jags
*Phillip Dorsett (questionable) was added to the injury report as limited Friday with an ankle issue, suggesting he suffered the injury in practice. Late-week additions are never good, and it is certainly possible he sits out. With Donte Moncrief (shoulder) out, T.Y. Hilton could see 15-plus targets. RT Joe Reitz (back) and RG Denzelle Good (back) are both questionable. Good did not play last week, and both have been terrible anyway. CB Darius Butler (hamstring) and C Jonotthan Harrison (illness) are out.
*Julius Thomas (elbow, questionable) is shaping up as a game-time decision after getting in just one limited practice this week. Even at less than 100 percent and sporting a brace on his elbow, Thomas will be a must start in a prime matchup if he plays. LB Dan Skuta (hip) is questionable while DE Jared Odrick (triceps) and TE Ben Koyack (knee) are out.
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Seahawks @ Jets
*Despite a reportedly sprained MCL, Russell Wilson practiced in full all week and was not even listed on the final report. Wilson is going to play, but he is not an enticing fantasy option even in what looks like a good matchup. The Jets should be able to get plenty of pressure, and Wilson is on pace for just 176 rushing yards through three games. His previous career-low was 489 yards. Jimmy Graham (knee, back, questionable) is a more appealing play after getting in a full practice Friday. With Thomas Rawls (fibula) out, C.J. Prosise (wrist) questionable, and C.J. Spiller still learning the offense, Christine Michael will see a massive workload. Tyler Lockett has played just 35 percent of the snaps the last two weeks while dealing with a knee injury. Lockett was limited again Wednesday and Thursday, but he was not given an injury designation after getting in a full practice Friday. First-round RG Germain Ifedi (ankle) will make his debut this week.
*Eric Decker is out with a partially torn rotator cuff, and it has yet to be decided if he will need surgery. It looks like Decker will miss multiple weeks. Quincy Enunwa needs to be owned everywhere. On a more positive note, both Brandon Marshall (knee, foot) and Matt Forte (knee) practiced in full Thursday and Friday. Neither was listed on the final report. LT Ryan Clady (shoulder) and LB Bruce Carter (ankle) are questionable. Bryce Petty (shoulder) and Jalin Marshall (shoulder) are out.
Bills @ Patriots
*Considering the news surrounding his foot became steadily worse over the last two weeks, it was not particularly surprising when Sammy Watkins landed on injured reserve Friday. He is theoretically eligible to return in eight weeks, but this is shaping up as a lost season. Greg Salas (groin), OT Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle), and C Patrick Lewis (knee) are also out. Charles Clay (knee), LT Cordy Glenn (ankle), and CB Ronald Darby (hamstring) are among seven questionable Bills. All seven got in limited practices Friday.
*Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are listed as questionable after being limited all week. It seems like Garoppolo will be healthy enough to start, but we are unlikely to know much before Sunday morning. Rob Gronkowski (hamstring, questionable) was also limited each practice. Allowed to run just two routes in his debut last Thursday, Gronk should have a much bigger role this week. LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (calf), OG Jonathan Cooper (foot), OLB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), and CB Eric Rowe (ankle) are also questionable.
Browns @ Redskins
*The Browns will be without seven players due to injury this week including first-round WR Corey Coleman (hand), QB Josh McCown (shoulder), third-round DE Carl Nassib (hand), second-round sophomore OLB Nate Orchard, and SCB Tramon Williams (shoulder, doubtful). CB Joe Haden (groin) and starting SS Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) are questionable. Isaiah Crowell was limited with a knee injury on Wednesday, but he is fine.
*DeSean Jackson did not practice Wednesday with knee and ankle injuries, but he got in a full session Friday and was not given an official designation. The news is not as good for Josh Doctson, who could be sidelined several weeks after his Achilles' issue flared up in pregame warmups last Sunday. Doctson will be joined on the sidelines by OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and CBs Bashaud Breeland (ankle) and Dashaun Phillips (hamstring). With DeAngelo Hall (knee) out for the year, Washington will be without three of their top five defensive backs. DEs Trent Murphy (elbow, shoulder) and Kendall Reyes (groin) are both questionable after seeing limited work all week.
Panthers @ Falcons
*Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is out again this week, and coach Ron Rivera said he could end up missing two more games. LT Michael Oher will also miss after showing up on the injury report Friday with a concussion, and rookie DT Vernon Butler is out with an ankle injury. DE Charles Johnson did not practice Friday after suffering a quad injury in Thursday's practice. Rivera is "counting on" him playing, but he is truly questionable.
*Julio Jones (hamstring), Mohamed Sanu (shoulder), Devonta Freeman (illness), Tevin Coleman (ankle), and Matt Ryan (thumb) all showed up on the injury report this week, but they all practiced in full Friday and were not listed on the final report. LBs Paul Worrilow (groin) and De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) will likely miss a few more weeks.
Lions @ Bears
*Marvin Jones gave everyone a scare by showing up on the injury report with a hamstring injury Thursday, but he practiced in full Friday and reportedly "looked fine." He should play despite a questionable tag. That is also the case for Eric Ebron (ankle) and RT Riley Reiff (ankle), who both also returned to full practices Friday. Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) and WLB DeAndre Levy (quad) continue to miss time.
*Jay Cutler (thumb), Jeremy Langford (ankle), Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring), NT Eddie Goldman (ankle), and ILB Danny Trevathan (thumb) are all listed as doubtful but actually out. With Langford and Carey out, rookie Jordan Howard will be the every-down back. Brian Hoyer will start with Cutler out, but it is not clear if he will have the services of Alshon Jeffery, who is questionable with knee and hamstring injuries. Jeffery should play after being limited all week, but it will be a situation to monitor Sunday morning. OLB Willie Young (knee), LG Josh Sitton (shoulder), and rookie DE Jonathan Bullard (toe) are also questionable.
Titans @ Texans
*Delanie Walker (hamstring, questionable) is shaping up as a game-time decision after getting in limited practices Thursday and Friday. He was reportedly close to playing last week, so it would be surprising if he did not suit up. The Titans will have the services of Kendall Wright, who missed the first three games with a hamstring injury, and rookie Tajae Sharpe, who was limited earlier in the week with a hamstring issue. LB Nate Palmer was added to the injury report with a knee injury Friday, suggesting he will sit despite a questionable tag, while CB Cody Riggs (hamstring) and S Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) are out.
*J.J. Watt landed on injured reserve with a back injury Wednesday and had season-ending surgery Thursday. His loss is obviously a big one for the entire defense. On a brighter note, ILB Brian Cushing, who was expected to miss several more games with a knee injury, is questionable after being limited all week. S Quintin Demps (hamstring) is also questionable while LT Duane Brown (knee), TE Stephen Anderson (hamstring), RB Jonathan Grimes (ankle), and WR Braxton Miller (hamstring) are out. Brown is expected to make his debut next week.
Raiders @ Ravens
*The Raiders will be without two right tackles due to injury. Austin Howard has been sidelined a couple weeks with an ankle injury, and Menelik Watson suffered a calf injury last Sunday. Matt McCants (knee, questionable) should be ready, but the Raiders could turn to rookie Vadal Alexander on the right side after he held up well in relief last week. FS Nate Allen (quad) is also out while C Rodney Hudson (knee) and RB Taiwan Jones (knee) are questionable.
*Kenneth Dixon (knee) got in a full practice Friday, but he is doubtful. Dixon should return next week, but he will be in a timeshare with at least Terrance West and possibly Justin Forsett as well. He is a bench stash, but his potential value has been greatly overstated. OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot, questionable) will make his 2016 debut, but he will be eased back into action. Kamar Aiken (thigh) should also play despite a questionable tag, but a concussion could force LG Alex Lewis (questionable) to miss. With LT Ronnie Stanley (foot) doubtful, the Ravens' already bad offensive line will get even worse. Devin Hester (thigh), DT Timmy Jernigan (knee), and OL John Urschel (shoulder) are questionable while CB Sheldon Price (thigh) is doubtful.
Cowboys @ 49ers
*Despite reportedly getting "great feedback" about his knee from Dr. James Andrews and laughably being listed as questionable, Dez Bryant is going to sit out this week with a hairline fracture in his knee. A three-week timetable has been floated, but there is no way of knowing how long Dez will sit. Cole Beasley should take on an even bigger role as Dak Prescott's security blanket, and Brice Butler will have a chance to shine after going 8-for-134 the final two games last year. LT Tyron Smith (back) was also listed as questionable despite not practicing all week. RT Doug Free (quad), DE Jack Crawford (shoulder), OLB Andrew Gachkar (neck), and SS Jeff Heath (knee) all got in full practices Friday despite questionable tags. CB Orlando Scandrick (hamstring, questionable) was limited all week but is likely to play. Tony Romo (back) remains out, and LG La'el Collins will be out several weeks with a toe injury.
*The 49ers are not very good at football, but they are pretty healthy. The major injury concern is to SCB Jimmie Ward (quad), who is expected to miss a couple games. Ward's absence is more good news for Cole Beasley. San Francisco also has a problem at tight end, with both Vance McDonald (hip) and Garrett Celek (back) questionable. McDonald will probably be a game-time decision.
Broncos @ Bucs
*Virgil Green will miss his second game in a row with a calf injury. John Phillips caught a touchdown with Green sidelined last week, but neither he nor Jeff Heuerman are worth streaming. Green will be joined on the sidelines by OLB DeMarcus Ware (forearm) and RT Donald Stephenson (calf). S Shiloh Keo (knee) is questionable.
*Doug Martin will miss his second week in a row with a hamstring injury. Charles Sims managed 124 total yards and a touchdown against the Rams last week, and he will remain a solid start even in a tough matchup. Cecil Shorts (hamstring), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), and TE Luke Stocker (ankle) will also sit out. C Joe Hawley (ankle) is questionable.
Saints @ Chargers
*New Orleans will be without LT Terron Armstead (knee), CB Delvin Breaux (fibula), TE Josh Hill (ankle), and OG Senio Kelemete (hamstring). There is no timetable for Armstead's return, but Breaux is reportedly ahead of his original six-week schedule. After sitting out Monday night, Willie Snead (toe) was limited all week and listed as questionable. He will likely play, but owners should have a contingency plan in place. SS Kenny Vaccaro (ankle), MLB James Laurinaitis (quad), LB Dannell Ellerbe (quad), and DT Tyeler Davison (shoulder, foot) are questionable.
*Antonio Gates (hamstring, doubtful) will sit out another week, making Hunter Henry a great streaming option. As has been the case far too often in recent seasons, the Chargers could be without several starters on the offensive line. LT King Dunlap (migraines) is doubtful (out) while RT Joe Barksdale (foot) and LG Orlando Franklin (back) are listed as questionable. Franklin was limited Friday, but Barksdale was held out completely. OLB Jatavis Brown (hamstring) is questionable while first-round DE Joey Bosa (hamstring), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), and SS Jahleel Addae (clavicle) are out. Bosa has yet to play this season. Hope that offset language was worth it.
Rams @ Cardinals
*Tavon Austin (shoulder, questionable) should play, but Kenny Britt (thigh, questionable) is a bigger question mark after being added to the report as limited Friday. Late-week additions are never good, and Britt could end up sitting out. He leads the Rams with 199 yards on 14 catches this year. DT Dominique Easley (illness) and DB Lamarcus Joyner (toe) are also questionable while DE William Hayes (ankle) is doubtful.
*Michael Floyd was limited with a concussion Wednesday, but he practiced in full the rest of the week and is not listed on the final report. Floyd will play, but he has been dreadful so far this season. RG Evan Mathis (foot) will also suit up. Arizona will be without P Drew Butler (calf) and DT Frostee Rucker (knee). CB Justin Bethel (foot), S Tyvon Branch (groin), and OLB Kareem Martin (knee) are questionable.
Chiefs @ Steelers
*In a surprising development, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Jamaal Charles (knee, questionable) will make his season debut Sunday night. Charles will likely play limited snaps in his first game action since last October, but he should be close to 100 percent following the Week 5 bye. Charcandrick West (ankle) and OL Jah Reid (knee, ankle) are out. OLB Tamba Hali is listed as questionable with knee and hand injuries, but he is likely out as well after missing all week. CB Phillip Gaines (knee) is questionable, but CB Marcus Peters (illness) returned to a full practice Friday.
*The Steelers will be without seven players due to injury Sunday night including Eli Rogers (toe), ILB Ryan Shazier (knee), S Robert Golden (hamstring), and LG Ramon Foster (chest). With Rogers out, Markus Wheaton should see more time in the slot with Sammie Coates on the outside. Both are tough to trust outside of deep leagues. Shazier's absence is good news for Travis Kelce.
Giants @ Vikings
*New York is very banged up in the secondary, with CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) along with safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot) likely to miss. The jury is still out on Rashad Jennings (thumb), but ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported he is unlikely to play. That would leave Orleans Darkwa as the starter with Bobby Rainey and perhaps rookie Paul Perkins helping out on passing downs. The problem is coach Ben McAdoo said Jennings could be a "game-day" call. That uncertainty makes this a situation to avoid, especially considering the matchup.
*Stefon Diggs was limited with a groin injury Friday, but there is not much concern about his availability. Jerick McKinnon (toe) has practiced in full all week, and LG Alex Boone (hip) was able to get in a limited practice Friday. DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) is looking at a lengthy absence.