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Injuries continue to define the early part of the season, and we learned about two more significant ones Wednesday. Actually, that might be an alarming way of phrasing that — we learned about two (hopefully! minor) injuries to two more significant players Wednesday, as both Jonathan Taylor and Christian McCaffrey missed practice.
Taylor’s injury is to his toe, and it sounds like it isn’t a big concern. Taylor never misses practice — literally, if you ask him — so this definitely catches the eye. But it doesn’t sound like it’s too serious, for now. McCaffrey’s could be more of a concern — CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reported that McCaffrey’s thigh injury is more serious than the previous issues that landed him on the injury report so far this season.
Hopefully neither injury will be serious enough to keep them out in Week 4, because we already have plenty of those to worry about this week. I have updates on all of the players you need to know about in today’s newsletter, and once again, it isn’t a short list.
In case you missed it yesterday, and today’s newsletter will bring Dave Richard’s start and sit picks to you as well. But, you might have some questions they can’t answer. That’s OK — if you want to get your questions answered directly, make sure you subscribe to the Fantasy Football Today YouTube channel and join Adam Aizer and me at 2 p.m. ET for our start/sit live stream. We’ll be discussing all of the latest news and answering your toughest lineup questions, and we’ll be there every week to make sure you’re ready for the first lineup lock of the week.
In tomorrow’s newsletter, I’ll have previews of every game on the Week 4 schedule, including the latest injury updates for everyone you need to know about, plus all of the key takeaways from tonight’s Bengals-Dolphins game.
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There are the obvious calls, and then there are the ones you need help with. Dave Richard goes through each game to identify the most interesting matchups and biggest lineup dilemmas for Week 4. Here are some of his top picks for this week. :
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The Bengals have been a bit underwhelming so far, while the Dolphins have pulled off consecutive thrillers against two AFC contenders to push their record to 3-0, but it makes sense that the Bengals are favored here — they’re at home and Tua Tagovailoa (back/ankle) is banged up. This could also be a matchup that helps get Ja’Marr Chase going — the Bengals have struggled to find deep play opportunities against four-man rushes with two high safeties, and the Dolphins blitz more often than all but two teams. If they can get to Burrow quickly, they can make this a long night for the Bengals, but as we saw against the Ravens, their aggressive defense leaves them susceptible to big plays.
The Big News: It’s been a tough start to the season for Tom Brady, but things are looking up. He’s going to get Mike Evans back from his one-game suspension in Week 4 against the Chiefs, and he’s expected to have Julio Jones (knee) back from a two-game absence. Even more importantly, it looks like Chris Godwin (hamstring) might have a chance to play — he was limited for the first time Wednesday since suffering the injury in Week 1. I’m not sure I trust Godwin to play — and I’m not sure I would want him in my lineup even if he does. But Brady should be a more reliable option with a healthier receiving corps in a game that could be a shootout.
I’ll have a full breakdown of the injury report in Friday’s newsletter along with my previews of each game, but here’s a look at the first practice participation reports of the week.
It’s not clear what these injuries mean quite yet.
This doesn’t mean they will play, but we got good news about them Wednesday.
This doesn’t mean they won’t play, but they aren’t moving in the right direction yet.
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