Sport Fantasy Injury Updates: Julio Jones, Mark Andrews, Deebo Samuel, more impacting Week 5 start-or-sit decisions
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 4: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Jeff Wilson Jr., Justin Herbert, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
It's important for fantasy owners. to stay ahead on the fantasy football waiver wire to scout potential free agent pickups. Ahead of Weeks 3 and 4, it could be smart to stash guys like Jeff Wilson Jr., Justin Herbert, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling as they look to earn high-volume opportunities.Admittedly, it's tough to drop players that you're confident in, and at this point in the season, you may have a lot of those. Still, it's important to project into the future. So, if you're still holding onto a player that rarely starts and is dealing with an injury, like Christian Kirk, it could make sense to drop them to pick up a guy like Jeff Wilson Jr.
It's another big week for NFL injuries, and even though many of the key "questionable" pass-catchers play on Monday or Tuesday night (Michael Thomas, A.J. Brown, Jared Cook, Mike Williams, John Brown, Julian Edelman), plenty of important banged-up WRs and TEs play on Sunday, as well. Fantasy football owners will certainly be searching for injury updates on Julio Jones, Mark Andrews, Deebo Samuel, Hollywood Brown, and Henry Ruggs throughout the day Sunday, and we'll be here with the latest news so you can make the most informed Week 5 start 'em, sit 'em decisions.
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Is Julio Jones playing Week 5?
UPDATE 2: Jones is officially OUT.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefterthat Jones will, in fact, be a game-time decision after seeing how he feels in pre-game warmups.
Jones missed Week 3 and exited after the first half of Week 4 after aggravating his hamstring injury. He hasn't practiced all week, but Falcons coach Dan Quinn is holding out hope Jones can play on Sunday against the Panthers, saying the star wide receiver will be a "."
Week 4 Fantasy QB Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at quarterback
There is no shortage of high-quality quarterback options in our Week 4 fantasy QB rankings.For the second straight week, Patrick Mahomes gets to face an exciting quarterback counterpart, this time the Patriots and Cam Newton. Just like with the Ravens in Week 3, this matchup poses a much tougher defensive test for Mahomes than it does for his opponent. Hopefully, the strong QB dual leads to a high-scoring shootout, but either way, you're not going to sit Mahomes, regardless of matchup.
At this point, it would be a minor miracle if Jones played, and even if he's active, he'd be a major risk for fantasy owners to keep in their lineups. Jones owners should plan on sitting the star wideout no matter what. His absence would mean more targets for Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and sleeper Olamide Zaccheaus, who led the team in receptions (8), targets (9), and yards (86) last week. All three are in play in fantasy leagues this week.
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Is Mark Andrews playing Week 5?
UPDATE 2: Andrews is officially ACTIVE.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Andrews is.
Andrews (thigh) got in limited practices this week and is listed as "" for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
The Ravens listed 12 players as "questionable" this week -- something they frequently did last year. Andrews was routinely listed as "questionable" last season and almost always played, so it doesn't appear that there's anything to worry about here. Start him as always. If he is a surprise inactive, Nick Boyle would become a legit TE1 sleeper given how much Baltimore likes to throw to its TEs, particularly in the red zone.
Week 4 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts
Injuries are the big story in our Week 4 fantasy PPR WR rankings, but fantasy owners are used to that by now. We break down all the potential sleepers, busts, and waiver wire fill-ins who could help if key wide receivers are out again.One of our favorite sleepers so far this season, Laviska Shenault, continued to prove himself worthy of PPR flex consideration with his Thursday Night Football performance. If he's going to catch between three and five passes every game while also running up to five times, that's a solid enough workload. A Week 4 matchup with the Bengals is appealing for sure, and Shenault is the only Jaguars' WR worth playing outside of DJ Chark (if he returns).
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Deebo Samuel injury update
UPDATE 2: Samuel is officially ACTIVE.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported early Sunday morning that Samuel is.
Samuel returned from his severe foot injury last week, racking up 45 yards on four touches. He wasthis week, but all signs point to him playing against the Dolphins.
It's likely Samuel will see an increase in snaps this week, and given the favorable matchup, he's in play as a WR3. If he's out, Brandon Aiyuk would be an even better WR3 option.
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Henry Ruggs injury update
UPDATE: Ruggs is officially ACTIVE.
Ruggs (hamstring) has missed the past two games, but after getting in full practices on Thursday and Friday, he's expected to play this week against the Chiefs despite being listed as "."
After suffering a minor knee injury in Week 1, Ruggs tweaked his hamstring in Week 2, so we still haven't seen him healthy for a full game all year. It's unclear how close to 100 percent he'll be for this game, but given the relatively tough matchup and the worries about his effectiveness, Ruggs is best left on the bench until we see him play well and stay healthy for an entire contest. His return would negatively impact Hunter Renfrow's budding WR3 value, though.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 3 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks
Is it time to bench Deshaun Watson and play "handcuff" RBs like Joshua Kelley? SN's Vinnie Iyer weighs in on key Week 3 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em calls as he dishes out lineup advice and NFL DFS picks.Yes, injuries were the dominant storyline after Week 2, and that carries over to Week 3. A host of fantasy stars have already been ruled out, and plenty more big-time contributors figure to be "questionable" heading into the weekend. Kenny Golladay (hamstring), Cam Akers (ribs), Jamison Crowder (hamstring), A.J.
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Marquise Brown injury update
UPDATE 2: Brown is officially ACTIVE.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Brown is.
Brown (knee) is one of the 12 Ravens listed as "" for Sunday's game against Cincinnati.
Like Mark Andrews (thigh), Brown doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing this game. He remains a solid WR3 with big upside every week.
Fantasy Injury Updates: DeAndre Hopkins, Jamison Crowder, Robert Tonyan impacting Week 7 start-sit calls .
DeAndre Hopkins leads the list of pass-catchers who will be game-time decisions in Week 7. Get the latest injury updates on Hopkins, Jamison Crowder, and Robert Tonyan ahead of your fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions.For injury updates on Aaron Jones and Justin Jackson, click here; for the latest on Tyler Higbee, go here; for Week 7 weather updates, click here. For more fantasy injury updates and news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.