While the biggest news of this past week was the teams dealing with COVID-19 and what to do with games (Pittsburgh/Tennessee already postponed, New England/Kansas City up in the air), fantasy owners also were dealt a tough blow when Joe Mixon showed up on the injury report on Saturday.
It's going to be tough for some of these players, but hopefully fantasy owners can make the best decisions for their team. Note that Jacksonville's kicker (Stephen Hauschka) also is questionable. If possible, drop him for another kicker this week as an injured kicker isn't worth taking a chance on. As always, check the inactive report before game time to ensure that all your players are active (and make sure the game itself is happening).
Note: The only fantasy-relevant running back or tight end on the injury report from Kansas City or New England is Sony Michel. He has been ruled out as of Monday morning. Quarterback Cam Newton (New England) is on the COVID-19 list after testing positive, so he will be out for the game if it's played in Week 4.
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints
Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 4.
Joe Mixon (chest), RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners should be a bit concerned by the late-week injury to Mixon. It's unclear exactly what the injury is or when it happened, although the assumption is in practice on Friday. A chest injury is vague as it could be his ribs or something else. Fantasy owners should plan on playing Mixon as their RB1 if he's active unless additional information comes out prior to game time. The good news is that fantasy owners will know Mixon's status early on Sunday.
Chris Carson (knee) and Carlos Hyde (shoulder), RB, Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Carson is heading toward a game-time decision after his knee was rolled up on in Week 3. It was an injury that looked like it could be serious, but Carson escaped with a minor knee sprain. He was able to practice and was listed as a full participant on Friday, so he's trending in the right direction to play on Sunday. Hyde will likely be active as well, but he was a limited practice participant all week. Hyde could see a larger role because of Carson's injury or he Carson could serve as the workhorse. It's best to treat Carson as an RB2 and Hyde as a low RB3.
Kareem Hunt (groin), RB, Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.
When Hunt missed practice on Wednesday, it seemed like it could be a maintenance day, but it does appear he has a groin injury. The team has said that he will try to play, but that's not exactly a vote of confidence. Hunt's owners should be a bit concerned between the tough matchup and the injury that this may be a rough fantasy start for him. Expect to see more Nick Chubb in this game, but if Hunt is active, he's an RB3.
Zack Moss (toe), RB, Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m.
Moss missed Week 3 with the toe injury, but he returned to practice this week and is on track to play in Week 4. Fantasy owners still should be reluctant to start him, as the first two weeks of the season showed that Devin Singletary still had a decent grip on the lead role in this backfield. All Moss being active does is drop Singletary's value down a bit. Moss still shouldn't be started in most leagues.
— 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.