Week 4 is when roster decisions get complicated. In addition to the myriad of injuries that occur every season, week 4 is when bye weeks start, creating even more spots to fill in your weekly roster. We’re here to help ensure you have the best chance of winning your matchup every week by getting you the most up to date information on the injury front. Here’s the latest heading into today’s games:
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
White says he’s playing Sunday. Apparently his hamstring is feeling good enough so expect to see him out there for a Falcons offense that has been firing on all cylinders.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Pierce is still technically the starter in Baltimore and he’s probable for week 4’s matchup against the Panthers. He’s not worth playing though as the Panthers run defense is one of the league’s best and Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett have continually outplayed him so far.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Spiller has a minor chest injury but he had a full practice on Thursday and is good to go for Sunday.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Same with Watkins — his ribs won’t stop him from playing against Houston. Both should be in your starting lineup.
Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
Both are on the injury report heading into week 4. Williams is looking probable as he was able to get a full practice in, while Stewart is likely out with a lingering knee injury. The Panther’s third stringer, Mike Tolbert, is also out which should mean Williams will see a lot of touches on Sunday. Darrin Reaves will serve as his backup and might be worth a look in deep leagues.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
The Bears receiving situation has been tricky the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, Marshall was a game time play and went off while Jeffery did nothing. Last week, Jeffery went off while Marshall did nothing. Heading into week 4, Jeffery looks good to go and should be a strong WR1. Marshall is still unknown, and even if he does play, he’ll be highly limited. But that didn’t stop him in week 2. I’d say sit him, but don’t blame me if he catches 3 TDs again.
Update: Marshall WILL PLAY today.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Despite still being limited in practice, Bryant should be out on the field when New Orleans comes to town Sunday night.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
CJ remained out of Lions practice on Thursday nursing his ankle. He should be out on the field Sunday in New York, but you’d do well to pay close attention right before kickoff as Johnson has a history of late scratches.
Update: Megatron is ACTIVE v Gang Green.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Foster has been limited with a hamstring injury, and although no reports have indicated he’ll be out there against Buffalo yet, he seems likely to play through the injury. If he’s out there, you know he’ll get the touches even if he’s slightly hobbled.
Update: Multiple reports suggest Foster WILL PLAY against the Bills today.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles is still limited in practice, but he’s been moving well and Andy Reid said he expects him to play on Monday night. The extra day of rest is certainly beneficial for Charles, but make sure you have a backup option if he sits.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins
Wallace still appears to be struggling through a hamstring injury. If he plays against Oakland in London this week, he should do well as Oakland’s D is pretty awful, but keep an eye on this one as kickoff approaches.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
Decker hasn’t practiced this week with lingering hamstring issues and will likely be a game time decision. Definitely make some moves to get someone else to take his spot in case he sits this one out.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Despite still being limited in practice with both ankle and knee injuries, Davis is expected to play against the Eagles on Sunday. The 49ers will look to get their offense back on track against a team that tends to get into shootouts. Davis is a strong play.
Update: Davis is expected to suit up today.