Heading into week 4 of the NFL season, rosters are starting to get stretched due to injury and bye weeks, so every fantasy football owner has to know the status of their players. With some key injuries to fantasy-relevant players, you need to know who’s in who’s out.
Here are our three lists that you can find each Friday on Fansided with the players expected to play (green light), unsure to play (yellow light), and not expected to play (red light):
Green Light (Expected to play)
Julio Jones-WR-Atlanta Falcons: Jones has been limited in practice like he has been all year but will play as usual on Sunday Night.
Reggie Bush-RB-Detroit Lions: Bush has put in back-to-back full practices and should return for the Lions this week as he plays against the Bears. He’s a solid RB1 with so many question marks at the position this week.
C.J. Spiller-RB-Buffalo Bills: Spiller avoided major injury and was a full participant in yesterday’s practice. He’ll be good to go against Baltimore on Sunday
Roddy White-WR-Atlanta Falcons: White continues to fight through his high ankle sprain and play a limited role each week. He’s someone to hold onto for when he’s healthy, but try to avoid playing him until he shows he’s healthy.
Le’Veon Bell-RB-Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell has been back in practice and should start for the Steelers in London against the Vikings. Bell may still be limited and will be running behind a suspect O-line, but he’s a solid flex play against a struggling Vikings D.
Marlon Brown-WR-Baltimore Ravens: Brown is back in practice and should be in for a good day against the Bills.
Ahmad Bradshaw-RB-Indianapolis Colts: Bradshaw hasn’t practiced this week, but will probably still play against Jacksonville Sunday. His role with Trent Richardson in town is still unclear, but Bradshaw should be physically able to play on Sunday.
Rashard Mendenhall-RB-Arizona Cardinals: Mendenhall practiced in full on Thursday and will be ready to play Sunday against Tampa Bay. He’s a low-end flex option in most leagues as he continues to share the Arizona backfield.
Yellow Light (Uncertain playing time)
Ray Rice-RB-Baltimore Ravens: Rice has practiced the last two days in a limited fashion. The Ravens are in a great matchup against the Bills, so if he’s active he’s a must start. He’ll be a gametime decision for Sunday most likely although there’s a much greater chance he’ll play this week than last.
Andre Johnson-WR-Houston Texans: Johnson hasn’t finished the game the last two weeks. He’s a game-time decision for now, but he is expected to play against Seattle despite his shin injury. The matchup is a horrible one against Seattle, so go another way if possible.
Vincent Jackson-WR-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: V-Jax was expected to be able to play this week no problem, but he hasn’t practiced yet this week. See if he gets in some work on Friday, and if not his status may be more in question than originally thought.
Mike Williams-WR-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Williams hasn’t practiced either this week meaning that the Bucs have a new QB and haven’t has either WR in practice this week. I’d stay away if possible, but if Williams is active and Jackson isn’t he is a high-risk, high-reward option.
Miles Austin-WR-Dallas Cowboys: Austin hasn’t practiced yet this week with his latest hamstring injury. With a 4:25 start, Austin probably shouldn’t be in your lineup for this week unless you have a late safety valve in case he end up inactive.
Fred Davis-TE-Washington Redskins: Davis and the Redskins have a nice matchup against the Raiders, but he said he has a high ankle sprain so I’d look elsewhere if possible.
Kenny Britt-WR-Tennessee Titans: Britt returned to practice and may be able to play this week, but that doesn’t mean he should be in your lineup this week.
Christian Ponder-QB-Minnesota Vikings: Ponder sustained a rib injury last week but was able to finish the game. He should be able to play in London, but is only an option in the deepest leagues.
Red Light (Not expected to play)
Rob Gronkowski-TE-New England Patriots: Gronk has practiced and will be listed as questionable, but signs and reports are not looking good for the Pats TE. With a Sunday Night start time, if you have any alternatives leave Gronk out of your lineups unless something changes before Sunday.
Danny Amendola-WR-New England Patriots: Even though Amendola has been practicing this week, he’s not expected to play this week. Next week could be a possibility though, so definitely hold onto him on your bench for his impending return.
Terrelle Pryor-QB-Oakland Raiders: Pryor sustained a concussion in Monday Night’s loss to the Broncos. Even though he’s returned to practice, he probably won’t play this week as Matt Flynn will get the start against Washington.
Justin Blackmon-WR-Jacksonville Jaguars: Blackmon is serving the final week of his suspension and should return week 5.
Mark Ingram-RB-New Orleans Saints: Ingram hasn’t gotten back to practice yet and will probably miss Monday Night Football leaving the Saints backfield rotation a player short.
Nate Burleson-WR-Detroit Lions: Just as Burleson was emerging as a fantasy football option, he crashed his car and broke his arm. He’s expected to be out until at least November.
Brandon Weeden-QB-Cleveland Browns: Weeden has been ruled out for this week meaning another week of Hoyer hysteria in Cleveland.
Jacoby Jones-WR-Baltimore Ravens: Jones was in the news all week, but not for reason that had anything to do with football or him returning to the field soon. He’s droppable at this point in most formats.