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Fantasy Football and DFS Players to Avoid in Week 4

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Sports Injury Central goes over fantasy football and DFS players to avoid in Week 4.
Sports Injury Central goes over fantasy football and DFS players to avoid in Week 4. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Week 4 is here, everyone! This article gives you all the injuries that will help you win your fantasy week 4 matchups. Let’s start with a player on “America's team.”

Michael Gallup, WR67, SIC score 62

Michael Gallup couldn’t be returning at a better time for the Dallas Cowboys. 

The team plays their historic rival, the Washington Commanders, at home, and are still without franchise quarterback Dak Prescott.

Gallup is recovering from a torn ACL that he had surgery on in February. Gallup did not appear on the Cowboys’ injury report for the first time on Friday, insinuating that he should be available on Sunday. 

But, should you start him? 

The simple answer is no because he won’t play enough snaps to make a real impact on your fantasy matchup. 

Wait for him to play over 45 snaps to be willing to start him in your league. 

Gabriel Davis, SIC score 81

Bills' wide receiver Gabe Davis is listed as questionable for Sunday but expected to play after appearing to aggravate his ankle injury on Wednesday, as caught on video by TV reporter Jon Scott of Spectrum 1 Buffalo

The third-year wideout will be still limited in the offense, as he was last week with three catches for 37 yards, and Isaiah McKenzie will once again have a chance to take a bigger workload

Davis is always a threat to haul in a deep shot, and will be facing a Ravens secondary sporting the worst pass defense SIC score in the league this week at 60.8

Jarvis Landry, SIC score 82

Jarvis “Juice” Landry suffered an ankle injury last week against the Carolina Panthers and hobbled over to the tent and the locker room before being ruled out with a high-ankle sprain. 

According to the Pro Football Docs, Landry has a slight chance of playing with the high-ankle sprain and an even smaller chance of playing at his normal level.

Landry’s game is based on sharp cuts and turns, which are difficult to do over and over on a sprained ankle.

Julio Jones, SIC score 42

To no one's surprise, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones is a player to avoid in fantasy lists. 

Over the last three seasons, Jones has consistently been battling lower-body injuries, including multiple hamstring strains.

Jones suffered a partially-torn PCL that has kept him out of practice this week and off the field since the season-opener.

His head coach Todd Bowles said Jones has “done some limited things in practice and looked good… With Julio, it’s all about how he feels the next two days about whether he will play on Sunday.” 

With a lot of uncertainty about his availability and mobility, plan to avoid Jones in all lineups.

DFS Avoid: Christian McCaffrey, SIC score 71

Running backs pick up bumps and bruises throughout the season – something Christian McCaffrey is no stranger to – and the back will play against the Cardinals but potentially on a limited snap count while nursing a reported thigh injury. 

The fifth-year back missed two days of practice and will still be limited by the quad issue come Sunday. 

McCaffrey hould still be an integral part of the offense, and remains an obvious start in redraft or dynasty leagues, but he may not be worth the exorbitant cost in daily fantasy.

The 26-year-old's rush attempts have gone up every game and he is sixth in NFL with 243 rushing yards on 50 attempts but relatively low receiving work, bringing in 10 catches for 57 yards. 

DFS Avoid: Greg Dortch, WR41 

Second-year Arizona wide receiver Greg Dortch had a career-high nine receptions and 80 yards in Week 3 but was limited in practice this week with a back injury. 

He will likely still be hampered by the issue against the Panthers. 

Dortch has been a top-3 option for Kyler Murray in place of the missing DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore and has hauled in 20 of 23 targets for 193 yards and one touchdown, the first of his career.

Along with Dortch, Moore and Marquise Brown are listed as questionable for Sunday's mid-day contest.

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