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NFL Injury Report: DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley for Week 4

NFL Injury Report: DeAndre Hopkins

NFL Injury Report: DeAndre Hopkins

In another whirlwind of a week, the injury report may be the least of fantasy football owners' concerns. With games being moved (Tennessee/Pittsburgh) and games in question (New England/Kansas City), trying to fill a lineup is going to be more interesting than originally thought.

While commissioners and fantasy owners are going to have to figure out a solution, fantasy owners also need to keep in mind that injuries are a large part of the game. Many players are game-time decisions, which is going to make for some very tough calls for Week 4. Be sure to check the inactive report for a player's status prior to game time to make sure you are starting an active lineup.

Week 4 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Note: The only fantasy relevant wide receiver on the injury report for New England or Kansas City is Julian Edelman, and he should be fine to play, whenever that may be.


Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Alshon Jeffrey, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers


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J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Henry Ruggs, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), WR, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Fantasy owners should be a bit concerned about this one as Hopkins didn't practice all week. Typically a week without practice does not lead to a player being active on Sunday. However, Hopkins is likely a player that could play without practicing, if able. The team has said it is up to Hopkins if he is going to play. Since it seems to be a pain management issue, my money is on him suiting up. He likely took the week off practice to try to do what he could to rest and heal the ankle, all with the goal of playing on Sunday. He may be at risk for an in-game setback, but if active, Hopkins is a WR1. Fantasy owners will know early on Sunday if he is a go.

Davante Adams (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)

It seems that Adams will play, although he has been given the questionable tag and has said to be a game-time decision. Adams missed Week 3, but he was able to get in a full practice this week. The Packers will obviously test out the hamstring before the game, but all signs point to him playing. This is going to be tough for fantasy owners, however, because the Packers play on Monday night and they have a bye in Week 5. It is possible that if Adams or the team feels that the hamstring may be an issue, they will hold him out and let the hammy heal. It's also possible they feel they need him on the field to win, with Allen Lazard out. If Adams is active, he's a WR1, but fantasy owners should have a back-up plan, just in case.

Monday update: Adams' status has been changed to doubtful ahead of the game and he has tweeted that he will not be playing tonight. Fantasy owners may need to scramble to find another player.

Julio Jones (hamstring), WR, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)

Jones missed Week 3 with the hamstring injury, but he was able to put in limited practices this week. He should play Monday night, but fantasy owners should have a backup plan just in case. If active, Jones is a WR1 in what has the potential to be a high-scoring game against the Packers. Russell Gage has cleared the concussion protocol, and is someone to grab in case Jones or Calvin Ridley ends up being inactive. Gage could be Davante Adams insurance as well.

Calvin Ridley (ankle/calf), WR, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)

Ridley didn't practice on Thursday (the equivalent of a Wednesday practice for a Monday game) because of an ankle injury. The "calf" part of the injury designation was added on Friday, but he did put in a limited practice. The limited practice gives Ridley the chance to play, but this is a tough call for fantasy owners. It seems that Ridley will suit up, even with the injury. If active, he's a WR1, but fantasy owners should have a backup plan, just in case, and that could be teammate Russell Gage, who is expected to play after leaving last week's game early because of a concussion.

Terry McLaurin (thigh), WR, Washington Football Team vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

McLaurin was added to the injury report after Thursday's practice. Fantasy owners hate seeing players added to the injury report near the end of the week, but the good news here is that Washington plays in the early slate of games in Week 4. McLaurin is truly questionable at this point after missing practice on Friday, but if he is active, he's a WR2.

Scotty Miller (hip/groin), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.

Normally Miller would not be listed as a fantasy-relevant wide receiver, but with Chris Godwin (hamstring) out, Miller may have an opportunity. He missed practice on Thursday, but he was a full participant on Friday. He should be active for Week 4, and he should have more opportunity with Godwin out. In Week 2, with Godwin out, Miller had his worst game of the season (2/11/0), so he's also somewhat of a desperation play this week.

Christian Kirk (groin), WR, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Even with two teams suddenly on a bye for Week 4, Kirk should be left on fantasy benches. He missed Week 3 with the groin injury and he was a disappointment for fantasy owners in Weeks 1 and 2. Between his performance and the groin injury, don't trust Kirk for Week 4.

— 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.

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