Football is a physical game. Injuries to top fantasy football stars are bound to happen. Check out NFL Week 4 injuries that could have an effect on the players' respective teams. Any injury that affects a team offensively is bound to affect your NFL DraftKings DFS Strategies.
Top Injuries in NFL Week 4
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones
Julio suffered a hip flexor injury in the Falcons 17 to 23 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Julio got hurt early, which is why he only caught 3 balls for 30 yards. The good news is that Jones should be back to play in Week 5 when the Falcons battle the Miami Dolphins.
That's important because WR Mohamed Sanu is out until late October. Because Atlanta's offense hasn't been clicking as well as it should, expect QB Matt Ryan to go to Julio all day versus the Fins. It's time for Matty Ice to remember his security blanket.
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews
In Buffalo, coach Sean McDermott is building an AFC carbon copy of the NFC Carolina Panthers. One of the things McDermott has done is to install a more tight-end targeted offense. QB Tyrod Taylor throws way more to Charles Clay then he ever has before.
That won't change because Jordan Matthews is hurt. I feel bad for Matthews. The Bills don't figure to miss a beat on offense, though. Buffalo's legit after having beaten Denver and Atlanta straight up as an against the spread dog in their last 2 games.
Indianapolis Colts Center Deyshawn Bond
Bond must have surgery. He's likely out for the the entire season after suffering a quad muscle tear in the Colts horrific 18 to 46 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4. Bond was supposed to be the guy to finally replace legendary Colts' center Jeff Saturday.
It's a huge blow to a Colts' offense that showed signs of life in Week 3. QB Jacoby Brissett must now learn the Colts' offense while playing with a new center. That's not a good thing.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook
The injury to Cook, who tore his ACL in Minnesota's 7 to 14 loss Detroit, was heartbreaking. In only 3 weeks, Cook had been a breakout rookie. He only figured to get better as the season continued. There's a rumor that New Orleans, because they aren't utilizing Adrian Peterson that much, might trade AP. If they do, Minnesota seems like a great landing spot.
Back to Cook's injury, it's difficult to see any player in the NFL get hurt. It's even more difficult when that player is a rookie. Hopefully, Cook will come back as strong as ever. In the meantime, Minnesota figures to use RB Latavius Murray until, or unless, they pry AP away from the Saints.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham Jr. dislocated a finger in the Giants' 23 to 25 loss to Tampa Bay. Beckham Jr. should be okay. He's listed as day to day with his ankle injury. The dislocated finger shouldn't be an issue. Whether it is or isn't, the chances of Odell coming close to his 2016 numbers aren't that good. NYG is just a bad football team.
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr
Carr is out for at least 2 weeks with what's being called a transverse process fracture in his back. I have no idea what that is. It doesn't sound good. The Raiders should emphasize the rushing attack in their next couple of games. The Raiders might also throw the football more to tight-end Jared Cook.
The good news is that if Carr's only out for 2 weeks, it might not have a drastic effect on Oakland. The Raiders battle the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. They take on the L.A. Chargers in Week 6. If Carr can come back before Oakland's matchup with Kansas City, the Raiders might be okay.
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson
Chris Carson is on injured reserve after breaking his leg in the Seahawks' 46 to 18 pasting of the Indianapolis Colts. Carson will undergo surgery. He was the most effective Seahawk RB. So, his loss could have an effect on the Hawks' rushing attack.
With that being written, Seattle's offense has much bigger issues. The offensive line remains a mess. Don't let the big win versus the Colts fool you. Seattle still doesn't have a very good offense. Eddie Lacey won't suddenly tear it up just because Carson is out for the season. That's not the way it works.
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota
Mariota suffered a hamstring injury in Tennessee's unreal 14 to 57 loss to the Houston Texans. Tennessee has no shot of winning any game without Mariota. We won't know Mariota's status until this Wednesday.
I got all injury information for this blog from the Around the NFL staff on NFL.com.