Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 4


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 4

We already have some big news this morning regarding the statuses of Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson. And there's more to come as each team releases its inactives list around 11:30 a.m. Eastern. I'll be here all morning to let you know the latest on the injured stars in today's early games, including Andre Johnson @johnson80, Ray Rice @RayRice27, Mike Williams @Mikebuc19, T.Y. Hilton @TYHilton13 and many others. This post will be continuously updated until the early kickoffs.

-- Buccaneers WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are both active. But considering the news about V-Jax above and how little each player practiced this week, I think both guys are very risky fantasy starts. Williams has a nagging hamstring injury. And with Mike Glennon throwing the ball, expectations, again, should be tempered.
-- As expected Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, and cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Leon Hall are inactive. Great news for Josh Gordon. I'm expecting another big game out of him.
-- Quarterback Josh Freeman is inactive for the Buccaneers, which would have meant something last week. This week, it just tells you how far he has fallen out of favor.
-- Ravens running back Ray Rice is officially active. You need to start him against a Bills defense that allowed 149 rushing yards to Bilal Powell last week. Bernard Pierce is a flex option. Also, wide receiver Brandon Stokley is inactive.
-- Steelers RB Isaac Redman is inactive. But that's of no concern. Le'Veon Bell will play in his first game of the season today. He's a flex play.
-- Lions RB Reggie Bush @ReggieBush is active. He's a low-end RB1 versus the Bears. Joique Bell remains a solid flex option who is stronger in PPR leagues.
-- This doesn't have anything to do with the early games, but ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets that Redskins tight ends Fred Davis and Jordan Reed are unlikely to play this afternoon versus the Raiders. Logan Paulsen is the third-stringer there. He has minute fantas value.
-- Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers is inactive because of a knee injury. That's big for Hakeem Nicks, who I think is going to have a good game after he complained about his lack of targets in Week 3.
-- Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is active. He has a toe injury and was in a walking boot on Friday, so he might be limited somewhat against the Jags, but the matchup is good enough to make him a stellar WR3.
-- Bills running back C.J. Spiller @CJSPILLER is active against the Ravens. He nursed a quad injury earlier this week. I know it's a tough matchup, and he's been disappointing this year, but I'd consider him an RB2 at least.
-- Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis is active for the first time all season. He's a touchdown-or-nothing kind of player. Don't put him in your lineup right now.
-- The Bills are also down a couple of cornerbacks today: Jarius Byrd and Leodis McKelvin. Torrey Smith is going to rip it up this week.
-- Texans WR Andre Johnson is officially active versus the Seahawks. I've said it all week and I'll say it again: If Andre is active, you should play him. The matchup is difficult, and his shin might leave him somewhat gimpy, but Johnson gets too many targets and is too good to bench when he's playing.
-- Ravens WR Deonte Thompson is active for the first time this season. He has been dealing with a foot injury since early in the preseason. The collegiate sprinter has some stash appeal for future weeks, but for now, he shouldn't be near your lineup.
Chiefs tight ends Anthony Fasno and Travis Kelce are inactive. Sean McGrath is your starting tight end in Kansas City today versus the Giants.
-- Browns kicker Billy Cundiff is active. OK.
-- Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is active. But with Giovani Bernard getting more and more carries each week, BJG-E is a low-upside flex play.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 4 include Ahmad Bradshaw, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Steven Jackson, Miles Austin, Chris Ivory, Christian Ponder, and Nate Burleson.

Fantasy Analysis:

Bradshaw didn't practice at all this week and is out because of a neck injury. That means Trent Richardson gets a chance to prove why he should be the Colts' bell-cow RB going forward in a fabulous matchup versus the Jaguars.
Neither Gronkowski nor Amendola made the team flight to Atlanta on Saturday, although a return next week seems possible. With Amendola inactive, Julian Edelman remains worth using in PPR leagues. I am not particularly high on any other Patriots receiver.
Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers will continue to fill in for Jackson for a few more weeks. Rodgers got more snaps and touches than Snelling last week, but both will get enough work to be safely used as a flex or a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues.
To no one's surprise, Austin has another hamstring. There's been no clue as to if he will play soon. Rookie Terrance Williams will start in his place today. The matchup against the Chargers' horrible pass defense is certainly favorable, but I don't think Williams is a confident fantasy play. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten should dominate the targets from Tony Romo.
Ivory is also out because of another hamstring injury. Thus, Bilal Powell could see 30 or more touches today versus the Titans. He is an RB2.
Ponder has a fractured rib, so Matt Cassel will start versus the Steelers in London today. I'm not sure if he's a downgrade from Ponder, but it's certainly not a significant upgrade. Greg Jennings' status as a low-end WR3 is unchanged right now.
Burleson is out indefinitely after he broke his arm in a car accident earlier this week. Ryan Broyles is ready to contribute, and the Lions need him to pitch in. Although he remains a major injury risk, I think Broyles is worth using in deeper PPR leagues right away. I could see him catching at least 5-6 passes versus the Bears.


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4 Comments | Add Yours

Who should I start: Ryan Mathews, Ryan Broyles, Alshon Jeffrey, or Nate Washignton?

Posted by:
Peterjmitchell 09/29/13 12:16 PM

In the flex, ppr, Ryan Broyles, David Wilson, or Levon Bell, Ben Tate?

Posted by:
cazz157 09/29/13 12:38 PM

Thanks for your incredibly helpful response

Posted by:
Peterjmitchell 09/29/13 04:17 PM

I'm really glad I didn't start Broyles. I somehow knew that it was just a bunch of hype with him. He may have value later on in the season, but right now he's junk.

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Peterjmitchell 09/29/13 09:46 PM

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