This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 9 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
Week 3 brought a season-ending injury to a key Fantasy piece in Jimmy Garoppolo, as well as an assortment of other bumps and bruises around the league. Week 4 sees the return from suspension of a prominent Fantasy asset in Jameis Winston – although he won't immediately regain his starting job – and a number of other big names across various positions sporting some type of injury designation. With the usual assortment of medical scenarios to sort through, let's jump right into the latest news as of early Sunday morning:
The Buccaneers' Jameis Winston makes his return from a three-game suspension Sunday, yet he won't immediately slide back into the top job. Coach Dirk Koetter hasn't officially named a starting quarterback publicly for the Week 4 tilt against the Bears, but the fact Ryan Fitzpatrick will helm the Bucs offense to open the game appears to have been confirmed by multiple sources. Whether Fitzpatrick will be on a short leash is another matter altogether, but for now, Winston's Fantasy owners appear set to wait until after team's Week 5 bye at a minimum to deploy the 2015 first overall pick.
The Packers' Aaron Rodgers (knee) is carrying the same questionable tag in Week 4 that he's likely to sport the rest of the