The NFL is just about wrapped up with Week 4, and it’s no surprise that there were some notable injuries this weekend. They were not quite the big names we’ve seen in recent weeks, but they will create some question marks and opportunities for their roster, and for your fantasy football roster.
We have one game left with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, but it is also time to start considering your waiver wire options for Week 5 of your fantasy football leagues. Below is a rundown of notable injuries, and who stands to benefit as you consider what to do with your waiver wire priority.
Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans
Stills was off to a decent start in Week 4, leading the team with two receptions for 24 yards. However, he suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game. Keke Coutee replaced him as the Texans’ slot receiver and caught one of his three targets for 11 yards. The Texans face an atrocious Falcons defense in Week 5, so there is some value there.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
The Bears lost their quarterback on the opening drive, as he suffered a left shoulder injury when he was strip-sacked. He was quickly ruled out and was later seen in a sling. Chase Daniel replaced him and completed four of his first five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. He did not do much else the rest of the day, but the Bears won 16-6. There is no word yet on Trubisky’s status for Week 5.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
It was a lousy day for Allen, who threw three interceptions before suffering a head injury. He suffered the injury on a helmet-to-helmet hit when was rushing with the ball and was replaced by Matt Barkley. He will be in the concussion protocol this week, which requires he be asymptomatic at rest and after exertion before he can be considered for reinstatement in game action.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
This will be one to watch. Mack suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter, and never returned after being designated as questionable. He finished the day with 11 rushes for 39 yards. Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines had seven carries for 23 yards. We’ll likely learn more about Mack’s status on Monday, but if he does miss any time, Hines turns into a bit more of a PPR option, but neither he nor Wilkins is a decent standard option just yet.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
Landry suffered a head injury after a monster performance of eight receptions for 167 yards. He underwent testing for a concussion, and likely will spend the week in the concussion protocol. The Browns do not play until Monday in Week 5, so it gives Landry an extra day to heal.
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions
For some reason, the hurdle has become an action of choice for offensive skill position players. The Lions rookie tight end tried to hurdle a defender, but ended up getting spun around landing on his head. He was taken to the back to check for a concussion, and will go through the concussion protocol. He finished the game with three receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown. The Lions have a bye this week, so he has an extra week to get through the protocol.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are short-handed at wide receiver, and they got a little more so on Sunday. Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin both sat out the game, and Inman joined them on the sideline in the fourth quarter with a quadricep injury. He led the team with seven targets, and finished with five receptions for 76 yards. The Chargers injury report will be something to track this week — although I think we could say that every week.