Fantasy Football Week 4 Injury Report Creates Value for Dontrelle Inman and LeSean McCoy
Injuries have a massive impact on fantasy football. Just a few missed games can sink a player's value, while being useful in one game is typically enough for a fantasy owner to consider a waiver wire add.
Now in Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season, there are plenty of injury situations worth tracking, and these four in particular can have a major impact on fantasy football this weekend.
1. Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin out, Dontrelle Williams to start against Dolphins
The Los Angeles Chargers clearly aren't taking any chances with their banged-up players when they're such massive favorites against the Miami Dolphins. Both Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin have been ruled out, leaving the Chargers with only Keenan Allen, Dontrelle Inman and Geremy Davis healthy at WR. Inman's already seen some reasonable usage in the Chargers' offense, playing over 50 percent of the snaps in Week 2 and notching three targets in Week 3. A sudden increase in workload while getting one of the best matchups you could ask for makes him a viable starting option for fantasy owners that are thin at the WR position in Week 4.
2. LeSean McCoy Once Again the Lead Back with Damien Williams Out
Despite pre-game rumblings that Darrel Williams might start, LeSean McCoy was the first running back on the field for the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, getting a clear edge in work before making an early exit when he tweaked his ankle. Damien Williams has been ruled out again, and McCoy's ankle is reportedly doing better than it was during practice last week, leaving him "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. As always, the lead back in the KC offense is going to carry massive fantasy football upside.
3. Paul Richardson Fantasy Outlook Explodes With Terry McLaurin Ruled Out
Terry McLaurin has been nursing a hamstring injury all week, and while he was expected to suit up as recently as Sunday morning, he's now expected to be inactive. In a prime matchup against the New York Giants, who have allowed opponents the second most adjusted yards per pass attempt in the NFL, that could mean a huge boost in fantasy value for Paul Richardson. Richardson and Trey Quinn haven't been far behind McLaurin in targets so far this year, and with Richardson playing a more similar role to McLaurin than Quinn (who works primarily on short slot routes), Richardson suddenly has a huge ceiling in Week 4.
4. T.Y. Hilton Doubtful, Deon Cain, Zach Pascal and Parris Campbell to Fill in
The Indianapolis Colts have been one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL this season, but with T.Y. Hilton out in Week 4 with a quad injury, there could still be some value in their passing game. Hilton's 25 targets are more than twice as many as any other Colts' player in 2019, accounting for 28 percent of their total. Deon Cain has the next-most targets for a WR in this offense (six), but Parris Campbell (five) and Zach Pascal (three) aren't far behind. Pascal has a slight edge in snaps over Cain (86 to 84), and Campbell has seen significantly fewer (68). It's really a crapshoot which one is going to step up (and it could be all three in relatively equal parts, but if you're really hurting for WR options in Week 4, both Cain and Pascal make for deep sleeper options with the likely lead in playing time in a terrific matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
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