As we head into Week 4, it's another week with a full injury report for fantasy owners to digest. Two teams (Patriots, Titans) are on bye, so that's a week for players on those teams to heal. However, plenty of other players are on the injury report. This article is all about the wide receivers, so be sure to check the other Week 4 injury updates for the latest on the RBs (here and here), as well as the QBs/TEs.
Players that have a probable tag, put in a full practice and played in Week 3 aren't noted on here unless the injury is relevant.
Note : All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (London) (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Questionable – Knee
With a touchdown in each of the two games he's played, Decker is a solid WR2 when healthy. However, he injured his knee, missed Week 3, and is a game-time decision for Week 4. Fantasy owners will know early if he plays, however, thanks to the early morning game. Decker will likely test out the knee and see if he can go. Because of the injury, he'll be a WR3 if active.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders
Questionable – Hamstring
Even though he has a questionable tag, it appears that Jeffery will sit for Week 4 as well. He has been able to practice some, but the Bears likely don't want to rush back their best offensive player as this is already shaping up to be a lost season. Expect Jeffery back for Week 5.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Probable – Ankle
Now that Drew Brees is likely playing, Cooks' value goes up. He has put in limited practice sessions all week and will play in the Sunday night game. He hasn't found the end zone yet this season and actually had his best game with Luke McCown in Week 3. However, he is a WR2 in Week 4 against a beatable Dallas secondary.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Ankle
After leaving the Monday night game against the Chiefs in the first quarter (much to his fantasy owners’ dismay), Adams did not return. He hasn't practiced and is likely going to end up on the not playing side of the questionable tag. Don't count on having him for Week 4. Ty Montgomery filled in when Adams was out in Week 3, but the rookie is just a WR3 for Week 4.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Probable – Thigh
While Hurns did have the touchdown in Week 3, he isn't a recommended start in standard leagues for Week 4. He will play as he has practiced this week (limited). The draw for Hurns is simply that cornerback Vontae Davis will be on Allen Robinson, freeing up the Jags’ No. 2 receiver. This is where the Colts are weak, but Hurns is a low-end WR3 at best this week. If he doesn't find the end zone, you're looking at a 3/40/0 stat line.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants
Out – Calf
After giving fantasy owners one reception for 39 yards in Week 3, Watkins left the game with a calf injury and did not return.
He didn't practice this week, so it was almost a given that he would be sitting out this week. The lack of practice doesn't bode well for his Week 5 status either, but be sure to pay attention to the practice reports. In the meantime, Percy Harvin's fantasy outlook gets a boost.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Out – Hamstring
Originally the hope was that D-Jax would be available for this game against his former team. However, he hasn't been
practicing and is still probably two weeks away from playing. Continue to hold onto him, but don't count on starting him for a couple weeks.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants at Buffalo Bills
Out – Calf
Cruz suffered a setback with his calf injury this week and has undergone plasma injections. It doesn't look like he will be on the field anytime soon. It's going to be hard to hold on to him through the bye weeks as it isn't clear when he'll be able to play or how effective he will be.
Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
Out – Ribs
A preseason sleeper, Johnson has already been ruled out for Week 4 with a rib injury. He has totaled six receptions for 46 yards in three games. He shouldn't be on the starting WR radar to begin with, but he is not playing in Week 4. While Mike Wallace might benefit, this is going to be the Adrian Peterson show.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Out – Hamstring
In case anyone was looking to start Lee, he has already been ruled out for Week 4 after not practicing all week. He isn't worth rostering in 10- or 12-team leagues.
— 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.