NFL Week 4: You Oughta Know

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Some things to take into consideration heading into Week 4 fantasy action. We'll start with the worst news and head down to better situations.

Pierre Thomas' status is in doubt after hurting his ankle. The Saints RB was limited in practice all week, and the signing of DeShawn Wynn is not a good sign. He is listed as the dreaded game-time decision.

Rams RB Steven Jackson is in the same boat with his groin injury. He practiced on Friday, but was limited. I'm not sure what to tell you with either, other than to check on Sunday for their status.

If either is playing, no matter how limited, you have to think of them as a must-start option unless you have serious RB depth.

Add Fred Taylor (Patriots) to that list, although he is probably not on your starting list anyway. What this means is, if you are in need of RB help, go get BenJarvis Green-Ellis right now. He should be serviceable after a solid outing last week. Of course, this always comes with the caveat that nobody knows who will get the ball for New England ...

All signs point to Andre Johnson starting for the Texans. He was limited with an ankle injury last week and has been battling in practice all week. This is a situation where you just have to go with it and hope he doesn't tweak it early on. What are you going to do, bench your top pick?

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews took first-team snaps and should be a go. He sat last week, and the San Diego running game suffered. The rookie has yet to have a big game, and hopefully he'll be close to 100 percent.

Both of the Raiders' top WRs - Louis Murphy (collarbone) and Darius Heyward-Bey (groin) - are listed as questionable. Not sure what to tell you here. Somebody's gotta go out there. I liked Murphy as a spot start this week, and am having second thoughts. Advantage Zach Miller. I'm huge on this tight end, and he should get even more looks with the receivers dinged up.

Joseph Addai is questionable with a knee injury, which really sucks because he's the man with Donald Brown out for sure. I'd still roll with Addai, assuming he's going to play, but double check tomorrow morning.

The Jets confirmed earlier this week that Darrelle Revis is out. This is a blow to the Jets D, which is one of the best in the league. But you're still starting them against Buffalo, unless you want to roll the dice on a better matchup. It better be a good one, though.

Ray Rice, whose status was in doubt earlier this week, will definitely start in the Ravens backfield. Start him with confidence.

More updates Sunday morning as we get closer to kickoffs.

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