Good morning. While you're getting breakfast ready, there's football being played, with the Vikings and Saints having kicked off at 9:30 a.m. ET from London. And, fittingly for Week 4, there are a ton of injuries in that game to worry about, with the Saints hit especially hard -- they're without starting QB Jameis Winston, star RB Alvin Kamara and star WR Michael Thomas, with Jarvis Landry also entering the game beat up. 

This week features a simply ridiculous amount of injuries, with a number of big players already ruled out -- and many up in the air for Sunday's games. There's a lot you need to sort through, and the Fantasy Football Today team is here to help. Jamey Eisenberg, Heath Cummings, and Dave Richard are on CBS Sports HQ at 10 a.m. to answer your questions and get you the latest up-to-date injury news live until kickoff. And if you want more direct answers to your questions, I've got two more ways for you to win: Go to Twitter and use the hashtag "#AskFFT", where our whole team will be answering questions all morning; and go to the FFT YouTube channel to chat with Adam Aizer, Frank Stampfl and I starting at 11:30. We'll be there right up until kickoff answering as many questions as we can, so make sure you're in the chat early to get your questions in. 

For more Week 4 help, here's the rest of our preview content to get you ready:

For the rest of this morning's newsletter, I have updates on the latest injury news as well as answers to your questions in an #AskFFT mailbag -- email me at throughout the week to get your emails included. 

Week 4 Injury Report


Zach Wilson (knee) is set to start for the Jets as expected, and there shouldn't be any surprises or suspense today. 

Andy Dalton starts for the Saints, Cooper Rush will start for the Cowboys, and Brian Hoyer will start for the Patriots. Of those three, Dalton is the only one I would come close to wanting to use in a two-QB league, but he's a low-end No. 2 at best. 

Running backs

Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Jonathan Taylor (toe) were ultimately removed from the injury report and are expected to play their normal roles. Cook has experience playing through this shoulder issue in the past, but there is still some elevated risk of re-injury – not that you're even considering sitting him. Dameon Pierce, Miles Sanders, James Conner, and AJ Dillon were all also removed from the injury report after being listed earlier in the week. 

I'm expecting both to play, with some positive reports coming out about McCaffrey especially over the past few days. Patterson seems like he might be the longest shot to play seeing as he only got a limited session in during Friday's practice and we haven't gotten confirmation that he'll play. He's also the easiest to sit of the three if you're wary, given his limited passing game role since Week 1. He's an RB2, and if Patterson is out, I would only consider Tyler Allgeier an RB3, because I wouldn't expect much of a passing game role. 

No real surprises here – Scott's absence could mean more opportunities for Kenneth Gainwell, though Scott only has 10 carries and one target through three games, so it isn't a significant role he's leaving behind. With Swift out, Jamaal Williams figures to be the Lions lead rusher, with Craig Reynolds likely to take on some passing downs. Williams is the Start of the Week for the matchup against the Seahawks, and it's a great matchup – albeit one where Williams is playing in a very beat up offense that could struggle to move the ball. He's more of an RB2 for me. Khalil Herbert is the better option in Davis Montgomery's absence, if you ask me (and you are). 

Wide receivers

There are a ton of WR injuries to keep track of heading into today's games, but at least the likes of A.J. Brown, Allen Lazard, DeVonta Smith, Greg Dortch, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Michael Gallup should be good to go Sunday, among others. Bears rookie Velus Jones Jr. is also set to make his NFL debut, per reports, and remains worth a look in deeper leagues just in case this passing game starts to figure something out. 

The Buccaneers guys are obviously worth watching. My expectation is that Godwin is the least likely of the trio to play, with both he and Jones expected to be game-time decisions – Jones didn't practice Friday, but with a "rest" tag, which complicates things. My preference would be to avoid non-Mike Evans receivers for the Buccaneers until they prove healthy enough to make it through a full game.

There is going to be plenty of interest in Josh Reynolds, given the absence of Swift, Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J. Chark, but I'll just remind you that there was very little interest in starting Reynolds last season when he was playing without most of those guys. He did have a decent stretch where he caught 16 passes for 259 yards and a couple of scores over four games last season, albeit mostly after St. Brown broke out and took the offense along with him. Reynolds isn't a terrible option, but I'm expecting that offense to mostly be pretty bad with all their injuries, and Reynolds may not be good enough to overcome that. 

Otherwise, it looks like Valdes-Scantling and Davis are expected to play, as are Brown and Moore – Moore will be making his season debut, and his return makes it tougher to trust Dortch. Moore has a RB2/3 upside in this offense, but I'm not sure he'll play a full complement of snaps just yet. He's a stash. 

Mack Hollins is coming off a huge game with Renfrow out, and he's an interesting flier for this one. Josh Palmer has some appeal for the Chargers as well, and both of them are in the same WR3/4 range as Reynolds for me. If Landry plays, he's not far from that role, though the absence of Winston adds some complications for the Saints offense as a whole – which includes Chris Olave coming off a massive game. Olave is my favorite of that whole crew, including the WR3/4 types already mentioned, but I'm a little worried about what the switch from Winston to Dalton means for him. 

Tight ends

Both guys are expected to play, though with Schultz we have specific reporting indicating that, while Knox is more of an assumption – he was able to practice on a limited basis every day this week. Schultz is the better Fantasy option if he plays, though I wouldn't be surprised if his role was limited, and he's less of a must-start option than you're typically used to with him. 

#AskFFT Mailbag

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  • John: I don't trust Matthew Stafford on Monday night, so I believe the best two options (that are available) are Marcus Mariota and Kirk Cousins. I know Cousins has a good history against the Saints, but he just got pounded by the Eagles "under the lights" and this again is a prime time game again in London Sunday morning. Jefferson currently also struggling to connect with him. The Saints are also statistically stomping all over QBs stats, so I'm leaning towards Mariota. It looks unlikely that Myles Garrett and JaDaveon Clowney can go, two huge blows to the front. Cleveland has also given up monster plays, including to Baker and Flacco. With Mariota's mobility and the high over/under for this matchup, I think that makes him the play and up for a monster day, with a safer floor as well. What do you think? 

John, I'm going to be honest, I think you might be overthinking this one. Mariota has been decent, as I hoped he would be, but he also just had 19.6 points against a pretty bad Seahawks defense. Stafford was awful in the season opener and only had 10.2 points in Week 3, but he also had both Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson drop touchdowns, and he averaged 10 yards per attempt despite that. The 49ers have allowed the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far, but they've also faced Justin Fields, Geno Smith, and Russell Wilson, and I'm not sure we can really say that's a particularly impressive stretch at this point. I'm sticking with Stafford here. 

  • Albert: I have Garrett Wilson and Mike Williams as bench replacements for Amon-Ra St. Brown. The Chargers are not looking as good as everyone thought they would be so far and Justin Herbert is a little banged up and on the road, so I'm a little hesitant on Williams. On the other hand, Wilson is facing the Pittsburgh defense with QB Zach Wilson making his comeback from injury, so I'm a little hesitant with him too. Who would you go with? 

I think both of these guys are a little less certain than they should be for exactly the reasons you give. I'm going to give Williams the edge simply because of his longer-term track record. He hasn't been great this season overall, but he did have that huge game in Week 2 against the Chiefs, and you know he's going to get downfield and red zone looks, at the very least. The truth is, we don't really know what to expect Wilson's usage to look like with his new QB. I think he'll remain the No. 1 target for the Jets, but it's worth noting that Elijah Moore has run 44 more snaps than Wilson this season, including 53 to 37 in Week 3. That uncertainty pushes Williams ahead. 

I'm going with Dillon over Gibson – Gibson just isn't getting the passing game usage we hoped for after Week 1, and the Commanders are set for another tough game against the Cowboys. I don't think this is going to be a set up that works for Gibson. And Johnson is the obvious choice for me – the Steelers offense hasn't taken the leap we were hoping for, but Johnson still has double-digit targets in each of the first three games, so he has both the high weekly floor and ceiling you're looking for. 

  • Nick: I'm a bit worried about starting James Conner. He seems to be a bit banged up by injuries. He has been limited in practice this week. Also, the Cardinal's offense just hasn't looked good. I'm leaning more toward starting Rhamondre Stevenson, who has a good matchup and a great opportunity. Let me know if I'm crazy for this. 

Conner has been a bit of a disappointment so far, mostly because the Cardinals offense has been a disappointment. I mean, sure, his 3.0 yards per carry isn't helping much, but he's been involved in the passing game like we hoped he would be and will still get a heavy share of the goal-line work when it arrives. I don't mind Stevenson, but he's in a timeshare in an offense that was pretty bad before losing its starting quarterback. Stevenson's passing game role is solid, but it's hard to argue he even has an edge on Conner in that regard, and I still have a lot more faith in Kyler Murray than Brian Hoyer. 

Rankings Updates


  1. Josh Allen @BAL
  2. Lamar Jackson vs. BUF
  3. Jalen Hurts vs. JAX
  4. Patrick Mahomes @TB
  5. Kyler Murray @CAR
  6. Tom Brady vs. KC
  7. Justin Herbert @HOU
  8. Kirk Cousins @NO
  9. Derek Carr vs. DEN
  10. Trevor Lawrence @PHI
  11. Aaron Rodgers vs. NE
  12. Russell Wilson @LV
  13. Marcus Mariota vs. CLE
  14. Carson Wentz @DAL
  15. Matthew Stafford @SF
  16. Jared Goff vs. SEA
  17. Daniel Jones vs. CHI
  18. Cooper Rush vs. WAS
  19. Justin Fields @NYG
  20. Mitchell Trubisky vs. NYJ
  21. Zach Wilson @PIT
  22. Jacoby Brissett @ATL
  23. Andy Dalton vs. MIN
  24. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. LAR
  25. Matt Ryan vs. TEN
  26. Ryan Tannehill @IND
  27. Baker Mayfield vs. ARI
  28. Geno Smith @DET
  29. Davis Mills vs. LAC
  30. Brian Hoyer @GB

Running backs

  1. Saquon Barkley vs. CHI
  2. Christian McCaffrey vs. ARI
  3. Jonathan Taylor vs. TEN
  4. Austin Ekeler @HOU
  5. Leonard Fournette vs. KC
  6. Nick Chubb @ATL
  7. Dalvin Cook @NO
  8. Khalil Herbert @NYG
  9. Aaron Jones vs. NE
  10. Derrick Henry @IND
  11. Alvin Kamara vs. MIN
  12. Najee Harris vs. NYJ
  13. Josh Jacobs vs. DEN
  14. Javonte Williams @LV
  15. Jamaal Williams vs. SEA
  16. James Conner @CAR
  17. AJ Dillon vs. NE
  18. Jeff Wilson vs. LAR
  19. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. CLE
  20. James Robinson @PHI
  21. Ezekiel Elliott vs. WAS
  22. Miles Sanders vs. JAX
  23. Antonio Gibson @DAL
  24. Kareem Hunt @ATL
  25. Dameon Pierce vs. LAC
  26. Michael Carter @PIT
  27. J.D. McKissic @DAL
  28. Cam Akers @SF
  29. Clyde Edwards-Helaire @TB
  30. Damien Harris @GB
  31. Rhamondre Stevenson @GB
  32. J.K. Dobbins vs. BUF
  33. Breece Hall @PIT
  34. Devin Singletary @BAL
  35. Travis Etienne @PHI
  36. Rashaad Penny @DET
  37. Nyheim Hines vs. TEN
  38. Darrell Henderson @SF
  39. Tony Pollard vs. WAS
  40. Craig Reynolds vs. SEA
  41. Melvin Gordon @LV
  42. Zack Moss @BAL
  43. Tyler Allgeier vs. CLE
  44. Eno Benjamin @CAR
  45. Justice Hill vs. BUF
  46. Sony Michel @HOU
  47. Kenneth Walker @DET
  48. Mark Ingram vs. MIN
  49. Rex Burkhead vs. LAC
  50. Alexander Mattison @NO
  51. Dontrell Hilliard @IND
  52. Jordan Mason vs. LAR
  53. Kenneth Gainwell vs. JAX
  54. Tristan Ebner @NYG
  55. Kenyan Drake vs. BUF
  56. James Cook @BAL

Wide receivers

  1. Cooper Kupp @SF
  2. Stefon Diggs @BAL
  3. Justin Jefferson @NO
  4. Deebo Samuel vs. LAR
  5. Davante Adams vs. DEN
  6. A.J. Brown vs. JAX
  7. Mike Evans vs. KC
  8. Michael Pittman vs. TEN
  9. Diontae Johnson vs. NYJ
  10. Brandin Cooks vs. LAC
  11. Marquise Brown @CAR
  12. CeeDee Lamb vs. WAS
  13. Christian Kirk @PHI
  14. Courtland Sutton @LV
  15. Amari Cooper @ATL
  16. Mike Williams @HOU
  17. Drake London vs. CLE
  18. Curtis Samuel @DAL
  19. DeVonta Smith vs. JAX
  20. Garrett Wilson @PIT
  21. JuJu Smith-Schuster @TB
  22. Chris Olave vs. MIN
  23. D.J. Moore vs. ARI
  24. Terry McLaurin @DAL
  25. DK Metcalf @DET
  26. Tyler Lockett @DET
  27. Josh Palmer @HOU
  28. Adam Thielen @NO
  29. Allen Robinson @SF
  30. Rashod Bateman vs. BUF
  31. Brandon Aiyuk vs. LAR
  32. Elijah Moore @PIT
  33. Gabe Davis @BAL
  34. Chris Godwin vs. KC
  35. Jerry Jeudy @LV
  36. Mack Hollins vs. DEN
  37. Rondale Moore @CAR
  38. Robert Woods @IND
  39. Richie James vs. CHI
  40. Zay Jones @PHI
  41. Allen Lazard vs. NE
  42. Corey Davis @PIT
  43. Treylon Burks @IND
  44. Olamide Zaccheaus vs. CLE
  45. Chase Claypool vs. NYJ
  46. Darnell Mooney @NYG
  47. Julio Jones vs. KC
  48. Jarvis Landry vs. MIN
  49. Robby Anderson vs. ARI
  50. Romeo Doubs vs. NE
  51. Isaiah McKenzie @BAL
  52. Josh Reynolds vs. SEA
  53. Nico Collins vs. LAC
  54. K.J. Osborn @NO
  55. DeVante Parker @GB
  56. Quintez Cephus vs. SEA

Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce @TB
  2. Mark Andrews vs. BUF
  3. Kyle Pitts vs. CLE
  4. Darren Waller vs. DEN
  5. George Kittle vs. LAR
  6. T.J. Hockenson vs. SEA
  7. Dallas Goedert vs. JAX
  8. Tyler Higbee @SF
  9. Zach Ertz @CAR
  10. Gerald Everett @HOU
  11. Evan Engram @PHI
  12. David Njoku @ATL
  13. Dalton Schultz vs. WAS
  14. Tyler Conklin @PIT
  15. Dawson Knox @BAL
  16. Pat Freiermuth vs. NYJ
  17. Logan Thomas @DAL
  18. Noah Fant @DET
  19. Cole Kmet @NYG
  20. Irv Smith @NO
  21. Albert Okwuegbunam @LV
  22. Evan Engram @PHI


  1. Cooper Kupp @SF
  2. Stefon Diggs @BAL
  3. Saquon Barkley vs. CHI
  4. Christian McCaffrey vs. ARI
  5. Travis Kelce @TB
  6. Jonathan Taylor vs. TEN
  7. Justin Jefferson @NO
  8. Deebo Samuel vs. LAR
  9. Austin Ekeler @HOU
  10. Leonard Fournette vs. KC
  11. Davante Adams vs. DEN
  12. Nick Chubb @ATL
  13. Dalvin Cook @NO
  14. Khalil Herbert @NYG
  15. Aaron Jones vs. NE
  16. A.J. Brown vs. JAX
  17. Derrick Henry @IND
  18. Alvin Kamara vs. MIN
  19. Najee Harris vs. NYJ
  20. Mark Andrews vs. BUF
  21. Mike Evans vs. KC
  22. Michael Pittman vs. TEN
  23. Diontae Johnson vs. NYJ
  24. Brandin Cooks vs. LAC
  25. Marquise Brown @CAR
  26. CeeDee Lamb vs. WAS
  27. Christian Kirk @PHI
  28. Courtland Sutton @LV
  29. Josh Jacobs vs. DEN
  30. Amari Cooper @ATL
  31. Javonte Williams @LV
  32. Jamaal Williams vs. SEA
  33. Mike Williams @HOU
  34. Drake London vs. CLE
  35. James Conner @CAR
  36. AJ Dillon vs. NE
  37. Jeff Wilson vs. LAR
  38. Cordarrelle Patterson vs. CLE
  39. James Robinson @PHI
  40. Curtis Samuel @DAL
  41. DeVonta Smith vs. JAX
  42. Garrett Wilson @PIT
  43. Ezekiel Elliott vs. WAS
  44. Miles Sanders vs. JAX
  45. JuJu Smith-Schuster @TB
  46. Kyle Pitts vs. CLE
  47. Chris Olave vs. MIN
  48. Antonio Gibson @DAL
  49. D.J. Moore vs. ARI
  50. Kareem Hunt @ATL
  51. Terry McLaurin @DAL
  52. Darren Waller vs. DEN
  53. DK Metcalf @DET
  54. Tyler Lockett @DET
  55. Josh Palmer @HOU
  56. Adam Thielen @NO
  57. Allen Robinson @SF
  58. Dameon Pierce vs. LAC
  59. George Kittle vs. LAR
  60. Rashod Bateman vs. BUF
  61. Michael Carter @PIT
  62. Brandon Aiyuk vs. LAR
  63. Elijah Moore @PIT
  64. Gabe Davis @BAL
  65. J.D. McKissic @DAL
  66. T.J. Hockenson vs. SEA
  67. Cam Akers @SF
  68. Chris Godwin vs. KC
  69. Clyde Edwards-Helaire @TB
  70. Dallas Goedert vs. JAX
  71. Jerry Jeudy @LV
  72. Tyler Higbee @SF
  73. Zach Ertz @CAR
  74. Damien Harris @GB
  75. Rhamondre Stevenson @GB
  76. Mack Hollins vs. DEN
  77. J.K. Dobbins vs. BUF
  78. Rondale Moore @CAR
  79. Breece Hall @PIT
  80. Robert Woods @IND
  81. Richie James vs. CHI
  82. Zay Jones @PHI
  83. Devin Singletary @BAL
  84. Travis Etienne @PHI
  85. Rashaad Penny @DET
  86. Nyheim Hines vs. TEN
  87. Darrell Henderson @SF
  88. Tony Pollard vs. WAS
  89. Allen Lazard vs. NE
  90. Corey Davis @PIT
  91. Treylon Burks @IND
  92. Olamide Zaccheaus vs. CLE
  93. Gerald Everett @HOU
  94. Chase Claypool vs. NYJ
  95. Craig Reynolds vs. SEA
  96. Evan Engram @PHI
  97. Darnell Mooney @NYG
  98. Julio Jones vs. KC
  99. Jarvis Landry vs. MIN
  100. Robby Anderson vs. ARI
  101. Romeo Doubs vs. NE
  102. David Njoku @ATL
  103. Isaiah McKenzie @BAL
  104. Josh Reynolds vs. SEA
  105. Nico Collins vs. LAC
  106. Melvin Gordon @LV
  107. Dalton Schultz vs. WAS
  108. K.J. Osborn @NO
  109. Tyler Conklin @PIT
  110. DeVante Parker @GB
  111. Quintez Cephus vs. SEA
  112. Jahan Dotson @DAL
  113. Zack Moss @BAL
  114. Donovan Peoples-Jones @ATL
  115. Marvin Jones @PHI
  116. Noah Brown vs. WAS
  117. Dawson Knox @BAL
  118. Nelson Agholor @GB
  119. Randall Cobb vs. NE
  120. Marquez Valdes-Scantling @TB
  121. Pat Freiermuth vs. NYJ
  122. Logan Thomas @DAL
  123. Christian Watson vs. NE
  124. Tyler Allgeier vs. CLE
  125. Eno Benjamin @CAR
  126. Kyle Phillips @IND
  127. Justice Hill vs. BUF
  128. Sony Michel @HOU
  129. Devin Duvernay vs. BUF
  130. Kenneth Walker @DET
  131. Noah Fant @DET
  132. Greg Dortch @CAR
  133. Russell Gage vs. KC
  134. Mecole Hardman @TB
  135. Mark Ingram vs. MIN
  136. Cole Kmet @NYG
  137. Irv Smith @NO
  138. Rex Burkhead vs. LAC
  139. Albert Okwuegbunam @LV