Even with two teams on a bye (Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins), the injury report is the longest it’s been all season, which means fantasy owners have some work to do before setting their lineup.
Three weeks into the season and several key players are out for the season, the latest San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who tore his ACL last week while running with the ball. C.J. Beathard will step in, but Garoppolo owners likely had to turn to the waiver wire to find a new quarterback for their team.
For tight ends, Jack Doyle (hip) is out again, and Evan Engram (knee) also won't play this week. Fortunately, the quarterback/tight end list is pretty short, but wide receiver is a different story while running back has some tough game-time decisions. Be sure to check the inactive report before game time before making final roster decisions.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Washington
Note: All games are Sunday, Sept. 30 and times are ET.
Aaron Rodgers (knee), QB, Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
As predicted, Rodgers is still on the injury report, and he likely will be for much of the season. He’s played through the knee injury for three weeks; he’ll continue to do so. He did practice in a limited fashion this week, but he’s going to play regardless. Despite what happened in Minnesota last week, Buffalo is an opponent that a quarterback can throw on. Rodgers is a QB1.
Rob Gronkowski (ankle), TE, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Gronk must have picked up an ankle injury in Week 3 as he started the week on the injury report. He was able to put in limited practices, so there shouldn’t be concern regarding his Week 4 availability. His performance is tied to Tom Brady, and Brady has struggled at bit this year. The Patriots face the Dolphins, at home, in Week 4, which should be a get-right game for this offense.
Tyrod Taylor (concussion), QB, Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
When Taylor left the game in Week 3, it was unclear if he was injured or pulled because of his performance. However, it was determined that he had a concussion and has been in the protocol all week. If cleared, Taylor will still just be the backup for Baker Mayfield. Taylor is no longer a fantasy option.
Charles Clay (hip/shoulder), TE, Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
With four catches for 47 yards so far this season, Clay isn’t a fantasy option. He did not practice on Thursday, which raised some concern, but was able to return on Friday. For those in two-tight end leagues, he will likely be active, but it’s hard to trust him.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.