Shark Bites

The Steelers have ruled LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and S Robert Golden (hamstring) out for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs.

The Chargers have ruled CB Brandon Flowers out for Sunday's game against the Saints with a concussion. Losing a starting corner against New Orleans is never good news, but the veteran is arguably San Diego's 3rd-best cover man behind Jason Verett and Casey Hayward. So his absence shouldn't be too big a blow to the defense. Rookie LB Jatavis Brown (hamstring) is also questionable but put in a full practice Friday.

The Saints list S Kenny Vaccaro (ankle), MLB James Laurinaitis (quad) and OLB Dannell Ellerbe (quad) as questionable for Sunday's game in San Diego. According to ESPN's Mike Triplett, Vaccaro has expressed confidence that he'll play after missing Week 3. Laurinaitis was added to the injury report this week and hasn't spoken to reporters since. Ellerbe just returned to practice this week after missing the 1st 3 games. If he remains out of the lineup, Craig Robertson would start in his place again. Should Ellerbe return, IDP owners might want to wait and see him get through a game before using him. Robertson has delivered strong numbers to date, though, indicating the upside in the position.

The Patriots will start QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday against the Bills, according to Kyle Minihane of WEEI radio. That's no surprise given the "questionable" tags on both Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) after both QBs practiced this week. It does put Garoppolo into play for DFS lineups in Week 4, though we'd expect another run-heavy offensive approach. This will be New England's last game before Tom Brady returns from suspension.

Rams DE William Hayes is doubtful for Sunday's game at Arizona after an ankle injury kept him out of practice all week. Eugene Sims would likely start in his place. CB Lamarcus Joyner is officially questionable once again but has been playing through his broken toe since the injury occurred.

The Buccaneers have ruled DE Robert Ayers out for Week 4 with the same ankle injury that cost him Week 3. DaVonte Lambert started in his place last week. Rookie DE Noah Spence has actually seen his snap count dip from his already-limited role in the opener.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. He put in limited practices all week, however, after missing 1 or more each of the past 2 weeks. Hightower sat out the past 2 games but seems closer to a return this Sunday. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Bills CB Ronald Darby (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game at New England. He put in limited practices all week after missing last Sunday's win over the Cardinals. We'll check on his status Sunday morning.

Texans ILB Brian Cushing is questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after returning to practice this week. It's a quicker-than-expected recovery from his Week 1 MCL sprain. Cushing was non-committal on his game status this week, so we'll check on him Sunday morning. You should lean elsewhere for your IDP lineup.

The Lions have officially ruled out LB DeAndre Levy (quad) and DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) for Week 4. DE Devin Taylor (ankle) is questionable but put in limited practices all week and played through a questionable tag in Week 3. We'd bet on him playing against the Bears on Sunday. S Tavon Wilson (neck) is also questionable after putting in limited practices all week. We'll check on his status Sunday morning.

Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil is officially questionable for Sunday's meeting with the Raiders, but multiple reports have indicated that the team expects him to make his 2016 debut. Dumervil had offseason foot surgery, which kept him out through training camp and the preseason. It's tough to expect his usual productivity right away, and we might even see limited snaps. But his return should help a D that's tied for 8th in the league in sacks. DE Timmy Jernigan is also questionable for Week 4 with a knee issue, but he put in full practices Thursday and Friday. Jernigan seems likely to play.

Panthers DE Charles Johnson is questionable for Sunday with a quad injury. He sat out Friday's practice after being limited Thursday. At this point, Johnson's not a big enough IDP producer when healthy to be worth starting through an iffy injury situation.

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) will play more than 50% of the snaps against the Bills on Sunday. Reiss is just speculating, but we'll take what we can get at this point. 50% would be plenty for Gronk, considering most of those snaps would probably be on passing downs. He's not a safe Week 4 fantasy play, but very few TEs have more upside.

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) will play more than 50% of the snaps against the Bills on Sunday. Reiss is just speculating, but we'll take what we can get at this point. 50% would be plenty for Gronk, considering most of those snaps would probably be on passing downs. He's not a safe Week 4 fantasy play, but very few TEs have more upside.

The Cowboys decided to list WR Dez Bryant (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He didn't practice all week, and multiple team insiders have reported that he's not expected to play. We'll need to wait until 3 pm ET before we can officially rule Bryant out, but he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.

Rams WR Kenny Britt (thigh) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. He sat out Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. Britt shouldn't be in your Week 4 fantasy plans against CB Patrick Peterson and Co.

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is not on the team’s final injury report. He experienced concussion symptoms on Monday but was fully cleared by Thursday. Floyd is off to a slow start but remains a high-end talent playing a big role in an explosive passing game.

The Bills have placed WR Sammy Watkins on IR with the foot injury that has rendered him all but useless to this point. We don't yet know if this will end his season, as Buffalo doesn't need to decide yet whether to designate him to return. But Watkins can be dropped in most redraft leagues that don't have an IR spot. The Bills added WR Justin Hunter on Friday, but Robert Woods is the 1st option off waivers. Even he brings a fairly low fantasy ceiling, though. This is a situation to try to avoid. Watkins' status pushes Tyrod Taylor to the bottom of QB2 territory as well.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee, back) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets. He was held out of Thursday’s practice with back spasms, HC Pete Carroll said, but put in a full workout on Friday. Graham should be fine for Sunday’s game vs. a leaky Jets pass defense.

49ers TE Vance McDonald (hip) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Even if McDonald suits up, he's not a viable fantasy option.

 
 
 

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