It looks like fantasy football owners escaped the weekend without too many catastrophic injuries (aside from Darren Sproles), but Michael Crabtree, Melvin Gordon, Kelvin Benjamin, and Doug Baldwin all missed time and fall into the “injury worry” category heading into Week 4, and their owners are undoubtedly looking for updates so they know if they need to hit the Week 4 waiver wire.
It’s still early, so expect more information throughout the day (and week), but here’s what we know so far.
Michael Crabtree injury update
X-rays were negative, but Crabtree was knocked out of Sunday night’s game in the second half due to a chest injury. It’s possible Crabtree could miss Week 4, but it sounds like he avoided long-term damage.
The entire Raiders offense was shut down by the Redskins, Crabtree’s one-catch, seven-yard line, while disappointing, wasn’t solely the result of the injury. If he plays next week, he’s once again be a legit fantasy option. If he’s out, Seth Roberts would start in his place.
Melvin Gordon injury update
Gordon barely played in the second half after aggravating his knee injury just before halftime against the Chiefs. He only saw two carries after the break.
The fact he returned is a good sign, but it’s still a major worry that Gordon entered the game with a sore knee, then missed a good chunk of the game while nursing it. It’s possible that game situation (i.e. the Chargers trailing) had as much to do with Gordon on the bench than his knee, but it’s not as if he isn’t heavily used in the receiving game. This could easily be a situation where he doesn’t practice this week and is “questionable” leading up to Sunday’s game. Branden Oliver becomes a must-have handcuff in case Gordon misses time.
Doug Baldwin injury news
A groin injury knocked Baldwin out of Seattle’s loss to the Titans in the second half. No updates have been provided about the injury since the game.
If Baldwin misses time, expect an uptick in targets for Jimmy Graham, Paul Richardson, and Tyler Lockett.
How long is Darren Sproles out?
Sproles reportedly suffered a broken arm in Week 3, which means he’s an IR candidate and likely out at least eight weeks.
LeGarrette Blount was vaulted back into action after Sproles got hurt, but Wendell Smallwood is likely to receive the biggest bump in playing time. He equaled Blount in carries (12) and had four more yards, and given Blount’s already precarious role, Smallwood could find himself as the feature back soon. Corey Clement is also worth watching in the Eagles’ backfield.
Kelvin Benjamin injury update
Benjamin avoided “major injury“, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but it’s still possible he could miss time with a due injury he suffered in the first half of Week 3.
Devin Funchess stepped up and received a team-leading 10 targets in Benjamin’s absence — and while he’s certainly worth a pickup, the Panthers offense appears to be a stayaway for the time being.
Matt Forte injury update
Forte suffered a toe injury in the second half of Week 4 and did not return to the game. His exit opened the door for Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire to showcase their abilities.
While neither put up huge numbers, both looked better than Forte. Even if healthy, Forte could find himself falling on the depth chart.