Wednesday, October 27

Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest News on AJ Brown, Tyler Lockett, Sterling Shepard, More Affects Week 4 WR Rankings

Wide receivers AJ Brown, Tyler Lockett, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and JuJu Smith-Schuster all left early from last week’s games, and all but Lockett did not return to the field. The wide receiver position is deep, but obviously a hit is needed if some of these guys can’t go. We’ll dive into the latest news in our fantasy injury updates and explain who might become fantasy-relevant (and exemptions worth picking up) your absences. These injuries are sure to affect the Week 4 ranking.

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Update on AJ Brown’s injury

Brown left his Week 3 game against Indianapolis with a hamstring strain. The severity of the stress is unknown at this time, but even mild stress could put you on the sidelines for a few weeks. This is an obvious hit for superstar WR, so what’s the plan beyond him?

Julio Jones should surely step up and be on the verge of a WR1 in his absence, especially with matchups against the Jets and Jaguars in Weeks 4 and 5. Weak competition is another reason Brown could be left out even if he could play. After Jones, Chester Rodgers and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine caught touchdowns in Week 3, they are on the radar in deep leagues. However, the Titans could choose to ride Derrick Henry to triumph, so the volume may not be there.

For week 4, we initially have Brown ranked WR18 in the standard and PPR leagues. We qualify Julio WR22 in both formats, but he will make a jump if Brown is inactive.

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Tyler Lockett injury update

Lockett took a brutal blow in the fourth quarter of week 3, but was able to leave on his own after being in the field for a while. He reportedly avoided a serious knee injury and even returned to the game, but could carry the “questionable” tag until next week (@ 49ers). We hope he plays, but weird things can happen, so stay tuned.

He arrives in WR15 in the PPR leagues for Week 4 and WR14 in standard. If you can’t go, a goal window opens for Freddie Swain and D’Wayne Eskridge (if healthy).

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Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton injury updates

Both Shepard and Slayton suffered hamstring injuries during New York’s Week 3 game against Atlanta and did not return to the game. This WR room is a mess as Kenny Golladay (hip) isn’t completely healthy either. We’re not sure how his schedules are playing out, but Collin Johnson appears to be the first man behind those two. He drew seven targets for five receptions and 51 yards. Those aren’t monster numbers, but they have to be on the radar in deep leagues.

Does Kadarius Toney finally find his place on offense in some sense? We will see.

JuJu Smith-Schuster injury update

Smith-Schuster left his Week 3 game against Cincinnati due to a rib injury. His injury schedule is unknown at this time, but we will keep this post updated with the latest news. With Diontae Johnson (knee) already beaten, this situation is getting complicated.

If both Johnson and Smith-Schuster are down in Week 4 against Green Bay, Chase Claypool and James Washington should be a great target. Look out for the potential breakup from tight end Pat Freiermith, too.

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