Across the NFL, there are quite a few wide receivers dealing with injuries. Some of the best known players include Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, AJ Brown, and DJ Chark, all of whom were drafted in the first four rounds of the fantasy football draft. This is just the tip of the iceberg for WR injuries, as Jamison Crowder, Christian Kirk, Deebo Samuel, Alshon Jeffery, Henry Ruggs and Breshad Perriman all have questions about their status in Week 4. Potential absences of these key players certainly impact our Week 4 WR ranking and might require owners to hit the waiver line to find potential backups / replacements if these players can’t return to action.
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Julio Jones’ injury update
Jones (hamstring) was absent all week for the Falcons ahead of their game against the Bears. The day of the game, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network he stated his goal of playing “a little sad” and Jones has, in fact, missed the competition.
Going forward, Jones ’status is unclear. His injury wasn’t meant to be major, and the team can just sit back and make sure he heals and can be back on the field soon. His practice status will be key this week, but Atlanta has encouraged him to play with Russell Gage (concussion) also debatable this week.
If Jones doesn’t play and Gage is out, Olamide Zaccheaus would suddenly hit the No. 2 WR in the Falcons ’offense. It would have some flexible appeal, and Jones and / or Gage’s owners might want to shake it off the waiver line, since fantasy owners might not know the status of Falconi’s two receivers until shortly before the start. against the Packers on Monday night.
Michael Thomas injury update
Thomas (ankle) missed the last two weeks for the Saints after suffering an ankle injury late in his win over the Bucs in Week 1. Now, it looks like Thomas will be back in action soon.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Thomas is awaiting a Week 4 return from his ankle injury. If he doesn’t suffer any contrasts, that will give him a chance to play in a favorable match against a second-placed Lions.
Thomas ’return would be an advantage for the Saints, as their receivers struggled to do damage with him out. It had mainly been Alvin Kamara and the team runners carrying the charge, but with Thomas back, the field will be more open for Drew Brees and the Saints ’strong offense to play. Thomas will obviously be a WR1, while Brees and Emmanuel Sanders will see an increase in production, too, as Thomas ’presence will help them both.
Before Adams plays in Week 4?
The Packers gave Adams (hamstring) until game time Sunday night to decide if he would be active against the Saints. He had been listed as doubtful, and while he was missing the game, it looked like he was close to being ready to take the field.
Adams didn’t practice at all before the Week 4 game, so his status for the entire week will be something to watch out for. If he can enter a session limited to the minimum Wednesday, it should indicate that he is progressing well and will have a chance to play in the Packers ’Monday Night Football game against the Falcons.
If Adams suffers from any sort of setback or fails to progress on his return, Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be must-starts in most formations against a terrible Falcons and secondary defense. With Adams in, they are in the WR3 category in our WR ranking, but Lazard would probably be a top-20 game if Adams is out.
AJ Brown injury update
Brown (knee) is recovering from a bone injury that has kept him out since the Titans opened up against the Broncos. While the coach of Titans WR stated that Brown could return in Week 3 or Week 4, it is noteworthy that Brown did not practice at all last week. So, it may be a little further away from the return than its fantasy owners hope.
Also, it’s worth noting that the Titans have had to shut down their structure due to several COVID-19 positive tests, for ESPN’s Dianna Russini. This situation is still very fluid, but if Brown is unable to enter the facility to rehabilitate his knee or practice, it seems likely that he will be out of commission in Week 4.
Until Brown is out, WR Corey Davis and TE Jonnu Smith will be the Tennessee leaders receiving attacks. Their Week 4 match against the Steelers may seem tough on paper, but the weapons that receive the most have been able to beat the Steelers this year. Of course, the state of the minor fire in the Titans installation has to be guarded, since it could have an impact on the status of this game. Let’s take a look at that forward movement.
DJ Chark injury news
Chark (chest / back) was an inactive surprise for the Jaguars Thursday night against the Dolphins, and his absence was part of the reason the Jaguars struggled to throw the ball on Sunday. The good news for Jacksonville is that it looks like Chark will be back in action in Week 4.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Chark was “on trend” toward the game in Thursday night’s game against the Dolphins. Although the team ultimately held him, it was probably just a precautionary measure to make sure he didn’t further aggravate his injury in a short week. But with that much time to recover, he should be good to go against the Bengals and will be a solid WR2.
Is Jamison Crowder playing in Week 4?
Crowder (hamstring) has been missing for the past two weeks and was declared “doubtful” by Adam Gase very early in anticipation of Week 3. Now in a short week, it’s hard to imagine he could play to prevent an improvement. surprise. Once he returns, it will be a PPR threat considering that often the Jets play from behind, but soft tissue injuries tend to persist.
The WR Jets are down, as Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims are dealing with injuries now, so it could be another good week to play Braxton Berrios as a DFS sleeper in Showdown / Single-Game lineups. However, it is not a recommended game in most fantasy formats.