Thursday, September 25, 2014


Tons of injuries are impacting big names around fantasy football.  With Week 4 kicking off tonight officially, let's get to all the latest.

-It is looking like a firm game-time decision scenario for Houston Texans RB Arian Foster who continues to deal with a troublesome hamstring.  Alfred Blue remains on standby to be the team's primary ballcarrier minus receptions this Sunday but Foster's owners are holding out hope he may be able to go.  Foster's has never been the quickest healer and the Texans want to be sure they nip this in the bud before it gets worse.  Smart money says Foster sits one more week.

-A troubling issue is developing in Detroit as fantasy football overall number 1 receiver Calvin Johnson sat out practice again on Thursday with an ankle injury.  Johnson met with the media on Wednesday and spoke like he was sure to play but one only has to remember that he missed Week 5 last season after saying all week he would go.  Obviously losing Johnson would be as bad a situation as one can get, especially against a Jets secondary that has been torched all season.  Golden Tate owners would be the only ones happy if Johnson does sit out.

-Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton was a full participant in practice Thursday as it looks like he is pretty much over his ankle injury.  Expect him to be ready to go in Week 4.

-Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker looks like a no-go Sunday due to a wrist injury but the big question is whether or not rookie Zach Mettenberger or mediocre backup Charlie Whitehurst gets the call in his place.  Locker has next to zero fantasy football value so his loss at least means nothing.  Meanwhile tight end Delanie Walker got back onto the practice field Thursday after being limited prior with a shoulder problem.  Walker has quietly been one of the better producing tight ends the last season-plus and remains so no matter who is starting.

-Another game-time decision looms for Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall as he continues to be hobbled by an ankle injury.  Marshall continues to gut it out but he clearly was off his game Monday in a near-shutout receptions-wise against the Jets. 

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin pronounced himself fully healthy from his ankle injury and he is expected to get the lion's share of work Sunday over Bobby Rainey.  Rainey comes off a horrible game against the Atlanta Falcons where he fumbled twice and lost some work during the game to Mike James.

-As expected Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will return this week against the New England Patriots from his ankle injury that had him out for Week 3.  Knile Davis goes back to the bench and waiver status.

-New York Jets WR Eric Decker sat out practice Thursday from his hamstring injury as it looks like he won't be able to go in Week 4.  Decker foolishly came back Monday night versus the Chicago Bears where he hurt the hamstring again. 

-Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is back practicing as it looks like he is a full-go for Sunday.  Get him back into lineups immediately.

-Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is fully expected to play Thursday night against the New York Giants from his shoulder injury.  Jackson is a risk to re-injure it but is a solid play nonetheless at a sometimes shaky New York secondary. 


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