As has been the case this season, the fantasy owners need to pay particular attention to the lengthy list of injured running backs. There’s some good news with the potential return of some key ball carriers, but there’s also those who are in danger of not taking the field today. The injury updates for RBs in the later games can be found here, and don’t forget about the WRs and QBs/TEs either.
Note: all games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (London) (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Probable – Quadriceps
Ivory really hurt fantasy owners that started him upon hearing he was active in Week 3. He was listed as active, but didn't play a single down. However, after putting in full practices this week, Ivory should actually play in Week 4. He's a RB2 against a Dolphins team that can be run on.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans at Atlanta Falcons
Questionable – Groin
It appears that Foster will be a game-time decision, so thankfully he's playing in the early round of games in Week 4. Foster has been practicing, but playing in a game situation is obviously different than practice. The sense is that Foster will play this week, but he may be on a snap count. The Texans play again on Thursday night, so getting Foster into game action for a few snaps may be beneficial to see how he responds. If Foster is active, it will be hard to not start him. However, if you do have two solid, healthy running backs on your roster, sit Foster in case he doesn't play many snaps.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Questionable – Hamstring
After sitting out Week 3, Murray earned another questionable tag for Week 4. He did put in full practices this week, so he should be good to play on Sunday. Ryan Mathews looked good for the Eagles in Week 3, so it will be interesting to see what kind of role Murray has. The Redskins’ defense is better than most people think, so Murray is just an RB2 if active.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Probable – Knee
Stewart has had a few "good" matchups and he hasn't been able to capitalize on them. He has another such matchup in Week 4, and he should play after putting in a full practice on Friday. He hasn't had more than 62 rushing yards yet this year and he's had double-digit carries in all three games. Continue to start him as a RB2 and hope that he'll finally be able to take advantage of an appealing matchup.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
Questionable – Knee
Even though Martin missed practice on Thursday, he did practice on Friday and should play on Sunday. He had a rough Week 3, only carrying the ball 14 times for 46 yards (3.3 yards per carry). The Panthers did give up rushing touchdowns in Week 3 to both Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. Look for Martin to find the end zone in Week 4.
Jonas Gray, RB, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets (London) (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Questionable – Calf
While few fantasy owners are starting Gray, it should be noted that he is banged up and may not play. This only helps Lamar Miller as Gray will be one less player taking carries away from him.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants
Out – Hamstring
McCoy has come out and said that he is not going to play until he is 100 percent healthy. After spending most of Week 3 on an exercise bike on the sidelines (and giving his fantasy owners 16 rushing yards), McCoy has been ruled out for Week 4. Watch his practice reports this week to get a feel for his Week 5 status.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans
Out – Ribs
Coleman was out last week, as anyone who owned or played against Devonta Freeman is well aware. It is going to be hard for Freeman to top last week, but at least he doesn’t have to worry about competing with Coleman for touches this afternoon.
— 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.