For Week 4, there are quite a few fantasy-relevant wide receivers on the injury report. Out of the seven listed below, only two of them are playing in 1 p.m. ET games. Fantasy owners may have some tough decisions to make, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Wide receivers already ruled out include a trio of rookies in Corey Davis, John Ross and Curtis Samuel. Be sure to check out the running back/tight end injuries before setting your lineups. As always, check the inactive report before game time.
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Oct. 1 unless otherwise noted.
Michael Crabtree (chest), WR, Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
Crabtree put in limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday but sat out Friday, which is not a good sign. He is listed as doubtful, which means it’s unlikely he will play. Between the late change in his participation level and the late afternoon kickoff it’s probably best to proceed without Crabtree this week. If he does end up playing he’s just a WR3 because there’s a chance he may not get that many snaps.
Doug Baldwin (groin), WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.
Even though Baldwin practiced on Friday, he is still a game-time decision for tonight. As tough as it is to sit Baldwin, fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere to fill his spot. Even if he does play, he may be limited or not see many snaps. The Seahawks, at home facing Jacoby Brissett and the Colts, should be OK without Baldwin so they may choose to rest him instead of risk him aggravating the injury further. If he does play, he's just a WR3, but don’t count on him this week.
Jamison Crowder (hamstring), WR, Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m. (Mon.)
Heading into the season, Crowder was supposed to be a PPR monster as Kirk Cousins' main target. So far, through three games, Crowher’s high-water mark for receptions is six, which he got last week (for a season-high 52 yards). He has yet to score. He was already dealing with a hip injury but this week’s report lists hamstring. He’s practiced on a limited basis and may be helped by the Monday night timing. But fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place since he’s no guarantee to play and hasn’t offered much in the way of production. Crowder is just a low WR3 if he plays Monday night.
Willie Snead (hamstring), WR, New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins, 9:30 a.m. (London)
Finally eligible after serving a three-game suspension, Snead was a late add to the injury report on Friday. He may end up being a game-time decision. Although fantasy owners will know early if he’s active, his role after missing the first three games (not to mention his fitness) is unclear. If he's active he slides into a low WR3 role. However, between the injury and the rust (and the fact the Saints are on bye in Week 5), it’s probably best to not have Snead in your lineup this week.
Kenny Golladay (hamstring), WR, Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Even though Golladay missed practice Thursday and Friday, he is still listed as questionable for today’s game. It seems there’s a better chance he won’t play and even if he does it’s best to leave him on your bench (or the waiver wire). Since posting four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, Golladay has a total of three catches for 33 yards. Active or not, he should not be in your starting lineup this week.
J.J. Nelson (hamstring), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.
Even though he's been limited in practice, Nelson is expected to play this afternoon. He played through this hamstring injury in Week 3, although fantasy owners who gambled on him received a goose egg. Nelson is known for his speed, which is understandably hindered by his injury. Even when he was healthy, Nelson had the “boom or bust” tag applied to him, but with John Brown closer to returning, he becomes an even riskier option. Nelson is a gamble for Week 4.
John Brown (quad), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.
The Cardinals have said that Brown will be active in Week 4, which makes for a fantasy mess. Brown joins a receiving corps that includes Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson, Jaron Brown and Jermaine Gresham. While the 49ers did allow two Rams to post 100-yard receiving games last week, it’s hard to predict who that might be for the Cardinals. Fitzgerald is the safest bet and Carson Palmer is certainly capable of throwing for 300 yards, but given the injury, crowded depth chart and lack of production to begin with, Brown is merely a WR4.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.