While the Week 4 injury report may not be long for running backs, some big names appear that fantasy owners need to pay attention to. It’s going to be hard to make start/sit decisions as some of these players are in the late afternoon games as well.
Always be sure you have an option if a player you were counting on ends up being inactive. Also definitely be sure to check the inactive report before game time. Running backs that have already been ruled out include Devonta Freeman, Joe Mixon and Darren Sproles. Additionally, Rex Burkhead was placed on injured reserve this week, which means Sony Michel receives a boost moving forward.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Washington
Note: All games are Sunday, Sept. 30 and times are ET.
Leonard Fournette (hamstring), RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
All signs pointed to Fournette playing this week until Friday. Both Fournette and the Jags have implied that it’s no guarantee he sees the field. Part of this may be because he’s not 100 percent and T.J. Yeldon is no longer on the injury report. However, Fournette will likely be a game-time decision. He’s tweeted that he’ll be out there, but often a player is more optimistic than the team. He’ll go through pregame warm-ups and a decision will be made then. If he is active, he will be hard to trust (see Dalvin Cook, Thursday night).
LeSean McCoy (ribs), RB, Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
For Week 3, McCoy was questionable and it seemed as if he would play. He ended up being inactive. For Week 4, based on his practices, he should be play. He put in limited practices, but he also did leading up to Week 3. McCoy has said he will play, likely wearing a protective vest. As long as the injury won’t get worse by playing and it is simply a matter of pain tolerance, McCoy will be active. He’s a RB2.
Matt Breida (knee), RB, San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
Breida hurt his knee in Week 3, but was able to play through the injury (after leaving the game and coming back). He missed practice early in the week, but had a full session Thursday and a limited session Friday. It seemed that he was on track to play, but Brieda has said that he needs to feel comfortable. Odds are that he’ll be on the field and would be a high RB2 if active, but the late start time makes it hard for fantasy owners.
Chris Carson (hip), RB, Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.
Keep in mind that Carson touched the ball 34 times in Week 3. He was likely sore and needed treatment on some ailing body part, hence the limited practices and being on the injury report. All signs from Seattle point to Carson playing in Week 4. He should be in fantasy lineups as a RB1.
Corey Clement (quad), RB, Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
The news out of Philadelphia is that Jay Ajayi was removed from the injury report, even though he’s still dealing with a back issue. He’ll play, but the question is how much. Clement stepped in for him in the past, but Clement has been on the injury report this week with a quad issue. Darren Sproles has already been ruled out, so this backfield is a mess. Fantasy owners of Clement should plan to leave him on the bench this week.
Alfred Morris (knee), RB, San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
If Bredia were to be out, it would be the Alfred Morris show. However, Morris also is on the injury report with a knee injury. He seemed fine last Sunday, so this must be an injury that popped up mid-week. He also is shaping up to be a game-time decision. He should be left on benches, unless Breida is out, but fantasy owners won’t know that until after the early games kick off. If neither running back is active for some reason, don’t go chasing the backups. But do play the Chargers DST if you have that option.
Marlon Mack (hamstring), RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Mack missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury, played Week 2 and then missed Week 3 with the same injury. This is clearly something that is going to nag him all season, making it hard to trust him. He also will be sharing carries with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins, making the Colts backfield a mess for fantasy owners. If Mack is active this week, he is hard to trust and is a RB3.
— 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.