Injury Report: Marshawn Lynch is Sounding Doubtful

I am not a doctor nor do I play one on television. However, I am willing to give my best guesses as to whether or not certain potential impact players play this week based on their practice reports. This is just my opinion, but here are my takes on injured players heading into week four:

Alshon Jeffery, Bears, $12,700 –  Though still officially listed as questionable, ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson reports Alshon Jeffery is expected to miss week four. The good news is Jeffery says he’s over the calf issue that plagued him in training camp and week one. The bad news is now he’s dealing with a hamstring injury that has now cost him two straight games. Against the defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing TEs, Martellus Bennett is the only Bears’ skill player worthy of cash consideration this week. Matt Forte is worth a shot in tournaments.

Andrew Luck, Colts, $15,100 – Reports earlier in the week suggested Andrew Luck was having difficulty throwing. Initially it appeared he was sitting just as a precaution but it quickly transformed into a real concern. I was all-in on Luck this week when assuming he was healthy but now I am switching course especially in cash. It seems like this is a legitimate issue and he’s still not 100 percent guaranteed to play. I’ll give him a 90 percent chance of playing and a 50 percent chance of having a huge games, whereas I had the odds at about 75 percent pre-injury news. If he’s deemed active, he’ll be enticing but certainly carries some risk. UPDATE: Andrew Luck in inactive. Downgrade expectations for all Colts.

Arian Foster, Texans, $13,500 – John McClain, the Houston Chronicle’s Texans reporter, thinks the Texans will let Arian Foster decide if he can play this week. If they leave it up to Foster it seems very likely he would suit up. Even if/when he’s declared active, it could be a Chris Ivory situation where he could suit up and not see a snap…a situation that’s very unlikely but the possibility remains. His return timetable from groin surgery suggested week four was a reasonable expected return date so my gut tells me he plays. I’ll give him a 75 percent chance of playing and a 75 percent chance of playing well if deemed active. He’s a borderline top 10 RB this week if they allow him to approach anywhere near a normal workload. UPDATE: Arian Foster is expected to play “barring a setback.”

DeMarco Murray, Eagles, $12,600 – Avoid. After putting in a full practice on Friday, DeMarco Murray is still listed as questionable. There are multiple issues here and they actually begin with the weather. It now appears the hurricane will barely miss the shore but the winds look to still be a concern. If they gust upwards of 20mph, it could greatly affect/limit the passing game. Therefore the defense will just be able to key in on the running game and limit the effectiveness. Murray tried to give it a go in warmups last week and decided he was inactive so he’ll have to pass that test pregame as well. Even assuming he jumps through all the hoops and ends up playing, the O-line is not playing as well as last season and Murray is suffering through the curse of 370 which has clearly broken his body down. All-in-all there’s no reason to touch him with the plethora of other options. In fact, he’s not even my top choice in the Eagles’ backfield: Ryan Mathews is. UPDATE: DeMarco Murray is expected to play.

Devonta Freeman, Falcons, $10,500 – Devonta Freeman blew up last week due to being allotted a full workload. Broken ribs kept Tevin Coleman out of the game and will again this week which is good news for Freeman. In Coleman’s absence, Freeman carried the ball 30 times and found the end zone thrice. With all the optimism built around his outlook from last week’s performance, Freeman was limited by a toe injury in practice this week. ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure reported Freeman looked “fine running and cutting” so there appears to be little concern. Use Freeman as a low-end RB1 in this meeting with the Texans.

Dwayne Allen, Colts, $6,700 – Although Dwayne Allen was thought to be headed for the dreaded game-time decision, Allen now expects to play. As per usual, the Colts’ tight end (TE) situation becomes difficult to gauge because it’s by committee. On most weeks, Allen is the end zone threat but every once in a while Coby Fleener will rear his head and show up big. Of the two, Allen is almost always the preferred option when they’re both active, but neither are recommended with Luck’s throwing shoulder hurting and uncertain.

Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, $9,200 – Following a disappointing week three performance against the Saints, Jonathan Stewart missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to a full practice on Friday likely signifying he is going to play. Stewart is frustrating because he is receiving the volume and plays with a running quarterback (QB), which typically helps, but is being pulled in the red zone for Mike Tolbert. He’s caught five passes in three games which raises his floor slightly but it’s hard to depend on a guy who very likely will not find the end zone unless he breaks a long run. I’ll give him a 95 percent chance of playing and a 25 percent chance of producing a game worthy of his price tag for tournaments.

Ladarius Green, Chargers, $6,700 – Ah, the dreaded concussion. Ladarius Green must complete the NFL’s concussion protocol before he is allowed to play and he could not do so in advance of last week’s game against Minnesota. He put in a week of all limited practices which doesn’t feel like a good omen. My guess is he doesn’t play but I’ll give him a 25 percent chance of suiting him. If he plays then he passed the concussion policy and is worthy of consideration against a struggling Browns defense. London Fletcher is all in on the Chargers offense and Green would likely contribute if active.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, $13,900 – This one does not sound good. Sports Illustrated reported on Saturday that Pete Carroll admitted Marshawn Lynch has damage in his hamstring. Liz Mathews reported on Twitter that Lynch’s MRI showed “some findings.” If these reports hold weight, and we have no reason to believe they do not, then the publicly released “60-40 chance of playing” they’re saying Lynch has is complete bull. It’s sounding like there’s virtually no chance of him suiting up so fire up Thomas Rawls if you’re willing to risk the small chance Lynch actually does play.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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