The list of wide receivers on the Week 4 injury report is the longest it has been all season, so fantasy owners need to make sure they are prepared. Many of these players are coming back from injury, which means it may be hard to trust them their first week back. However, these also are some that have the potential to put up big points, so it’s a risk/reward situation for most.
Anthony Miller is the only notable wide receiver that has already been ruled Out, while everyone listed below is questionable. The quarterback/tight end list is smaller, but the running back report has several key names on it. Be sure to check the inactive report before game time before setting your starting lineup.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Washington
Note: All games are Sunday, Sept. 30 and times are ET.
DeAndre Hopkins, (thumb/ankle/hamstring), WR, Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners should not be concerned with Hopkins’ status for Week 4. He’ll play. He’s a WR1 even though he is clearly battling a number of injuries. None of these will keep him out of the game. Start him as you normally would.
Keenan Allen (knee/tooth), WR, Los Angeles Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
Allen sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday, although he returned for a limited session on Friday. Fantasy owners should be a little nervous, but it seems that he will play. He was listed with a tooth "injury," although nothing was reported on what that may refer to. Either way, it doesn’t seem that he is in danger of missing what should be a good matchup for him. He’s a WR1 if active.
Doug Baldwin (knee), WR, Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.
The Seahawks have said that Baldwin will play so odds are that he will be out there. However, it’s not clear if he will be on any kind of snap count. For fantasy owners, the safest bet is to leave Baldwin on the bench for another week. He may end up with a decent fantasy day, but without knowing how he’ll fare after missing the first three games, he’s hard to trust.
Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
For fantasy owners that drafted Fitzgerald as a WR2, this year has been a disappointment. Part of that blame falls on Sam Bradford, but part may be that Fitzgerald is just not the same player he was a decade ago. The 35-year-old has been dealing with a hamstring injury and has missed practice time. His role with Josh Rosen is unclear, but he should remain on the bench this week.
Alshon Jeffery (shoulder/illness), WR, Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Jeffery has missed the first three games of the season following shoulder surgery. He was cleared for contact in practice on Wednesday but then missed practice with an illness. Typically illnesses do not keep players from playing, but that combined with all of the missed practice time and this being his first game back are probably reasons enough to resist starting him this week He will likely be active, but he may be on a snap count.
Golden Tate (hip), WR, Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.
Not much information has been provided about Tate’s injury. He was added to the injury report on Friday, so it’s not clear exactly when or how the injury happened. Assuming Tate is active (and fantasy owners will thankfully know early because of the 1 p.m. ET start), he is a WR2 in a good matchup.
Cole Beasley (ankle), WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
After Week 1, it seemed that Beasley would have value in PPR leagues. He had eight targets in Week 1 and he caught seven of those for 73 yards. However, following that game, the Dallas offense has struggled, and Beasley had eight targets in the next two games combined. He had been on the injury report with the ankle injury before Week 3 and played. He’ll be active for Week 4 but is only worth starting in PPR leagues and that's depending on your other options.
DeVante Parker (quad), WR, Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Parker did make his debut in Week 3 after dealing with a broken finger. However, he only had three targets. He caught two of them for 40 yards. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Dolphins just have too many pass catchers to give Parker any real value. He should be left on the bench for Week 4.
Josh Gordon (hamstring), WR, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Gordon will likely suit up this week, as he has now had more time to learn the Patriots' playbook and let his hamstring injury heal, but his usage is still unknown. Similar to last week, fantasy owners should not feel comfortable starting Gordon. The Patriots may have a handful of plays designed for him, and he may even get in the end zone, but he also may end up with one catch for 10 yards. Avoid playing him this week if possible.
Randall Cobb (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
On Thursday, Cobb was added to the injury report with a hamstring injury. He then did not practice Friday, which is never a good sign for playing on Sunday. Fantasy owners should be prepared to be without Cobb this week. Even if he does play, he may not be in for the full complement of snaps. Most likely, however, the Packers will keep him out for Week 4.
Travis Benjamin (foot), WR, Los Angeles Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
Benjamin was questionable before Week 3 as well, and he ended up missing that game. At this point, no one is starting Benjamin. However, if he is active, that would be a blow to Mike Williams' fantasy value. Those who have Williams are the ones that should pay attention to Benjamin’s status.
— 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.