With a quarter of the NFL season in the books, it is important to look at injuries at this point and going forward. In Week Four, there were some crucial injuries that will definitely have future fantasy impacts.
With Bye Weeks starting it especially important to keep up with injuries. There will be less streaming options available as replacements for those players who either get injured or are on bye.
Week 4 brought some gruesome injuries, did you see Tyler Eifert's ankle? It also brought some less serious injuries like Leonard Fournette's hamstring injury that seems like it will never get better.
With all that said, I will look into some injuries from week four that will impact your fantasy season. Hopefully you can gain valueable injury knowledge from this article to help you make smart decisions when it comes to your fantasy team.
2018 Fantasy Football Week 4 Injury Impact
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Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
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Rob Gronkowski brought in four targets for 44 yards before leaving in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury. He did not return. The severity of his injury is not yet known. However, if this is a major injury it could have major fantasy implications.
If it turns out to be a major injury and you have Gronkowski, you have a major decision to make. Depending on how deep of a league you are in, there may be few tight ends on the waiver wire. If you are in a deep league and you have some bench depth, I would recommend trading for a middle of the line tight end.
This will give you a reliable option at tight end without having to give up too much. With that said don't panic yet. As I said before the severity of the injury is not yet known.
So if this is a minor injury, Gronkowski will likely only miss a game or two if even that. If this is the case, you can just look for a streaming option on the waiver wire to fill the gap.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette has had a lingering hamstring injury and that continued when he left Sunday's game with hamstring tightness. He would not return. This is very concerning for Fournette owners.
This is a reoccurring thing and something that he has dealt with for the past three weeks. Hamstring injuries tend to be very difficult to deal with. Likely, the only cure for them is rest.
If Fournette's condition doesn't improve, TJ Yeldon and Corey Grant will continue to see increased workloads. If these guys aren't owned in your league I highly recommend stashing them on your bench if Fournette ends up being out for an extended amount of time.
Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans
Mr. Boom-Or-Bust left the Texans matchup with the Colts with a hamstring injury. This is an injury that he has dealt with since Week 1.
If Fuller is unable to play in Houston's next game it will greatly benefit Deandre Hopkins. Hopkins has seen an increased workload in every game that Fuller hasn't appeared in.
Fuller definitely has fantasy relevance but to me, he is just too risky of a play at this point. He has breakout weeks but has limited consistency and a lingering injury. If you rely on Fullers as a Flex play, there are waiver wire options that can fill his place while he recovers from this injury.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers
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One of, if not the top waiver wire addition of the week suffered a concussion in Sunday's game. Allison will enter the week in the concussion protocol and is currently questionable for next week.
Allison has emerged as the number two wide receiver behind Davante Adams in Green Bay. He seems to have already formed a strong connection with Aaron Rodgers. Who appears to have confidence in the young wide receiver.
If he is unable to go, Jimmy Graham and the rest of the Packer's wideouts will see increased volume and fantasy value for week five.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Although this injury has few major fantasy implications, it was one of the major injuries of the day. Therefore I felt like it was worth including. If you have not seen the video of Eifert's injury you should really watch it. That is unless you have an uneasy stomach.
Before his injury, I had Eifert as a lower end tight end with upside as a streaming option and in deeper leagues. I look for Tyler Kroft to see an increased workload with Eifert likely out for the season.
At this point, I don't see any fantasy value in Kroft. With that said he could emerge as a consistent streaming option, only time will tell.
So keep an eye on all the week four injury updates and immediately look for backup options if one of your players ends up having a major injury.
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