We’re now into the fifth week of the season, slightly beyond the quarter pole, and deciphering the weekly injury report is getting more and more important when it comes to making fantasy football decisions. Fortunately, we’re here to help!
Let’s start with quarterbacks. There aren’t any surprises on the list of names who are out this week. On the questionable list, Washington let the world know on Friday that they’ll be starting Colt McCoy this week, but let’s face it, you weren’t going to start a Washington QB anyway. The name that matters here is Josh Allen. The Bills QB was cleared from the concussion protocol on Saturday and is expected to play this week against the Titans. That’s still a tough matchup to depend on fantasy points though.
There are a few situations among the running backs you need to be aware of too. The Patriots downgraded Rex Burkhead’s status on Friday, and he was ruled out on Saturday. Marlon Mack returned to practice for the Colts on Friday, but even if he does suit up, he’s got a difficult matchup against the Chiefs. Devin Singletary could return to action for the Bills this week, but he’s still being looked at as a game-time decision. Buffalo’s big play machine might not find much room even if he does suit up against the Titans.
Since we mentioned Mack, it’s worth pointing out that the Colts have also listed T.Y. Hilton as questionable this week. Normally a run-first team, Indy could be forced to throw the ball a lot more when/if they find themselves in a hole against Kansas City. There’s a slightly better than 50 percent chance that Hilton will play, but you’re going to have to watch this one closely.
The Chiefs downgraded Sammy Watkins on Friday, so don’t be surprised if he’s not in the lineup this week. The Cowboys should have Michael Gallup back in action this week. He’s got a tough matchup against the surprisingly good Packers defense. However, if Dallas keeps airing it out, he might prosper with the Green Bay secondary tied up with Amari Cooper.
JuJu Smith-Schuster is expected to play this week, and Mason Rudolph made it clear that he’d like get JuJu more involved in the Steelers offense.
Among the slot receivers, Kenny Stills is a game-time decision for the Texans. If he can’t play against the Falcons, Keke Coutee will be their man in the slot. Julian Edelman is questionable, but there’s little doubt the Patriots will have him on the field this week. He could be in for a nice day against Washington too.
Out: Drew Brees (right thumb), Sam Darnold (illness), Cam Newton (foot), Mitchell Trubisky (left shoulder)
Questionable: Case Keenum (foot)
Out: Saquon Barkley (ankle), Kenjon Barner (knee), David Fluellen (knee), Roosevelt Nix (knee), Rex Burkhead (foot)
Doubtful: Justin Jackson (calf)
Questionable: Patrick DiMarco (concussion), Marlon Mack (ankle), Devin Singletary (hamstring), Damien Williams (knee)
Out: Davante Adams (toe), Parris Campbell (abdomen), Taylor Gabriel (concussion), A.J. Green (ankle), Tyreek Hill (shoulder), Chris Hogan (knee), DeSean Jackson (abdomen), Christian Kirk (ankle), Breshad Perriman (hamstring), John Ross (sternoclavicular)
Questionable: Josh Bellamy (shoulder), Travis Benjamin (hip), Damiere Byrd (hamstring), Julian Edelman (chest), Robert Foster (groin), Michael Gallup (knee), Dwayne Harris (ankle), T.Y. Hilton (quadricep), Terry McLaurin (hamstring), J.J. Nelson (knee), JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe), Kenny Stills (hamstring, ankle), Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), Sammy Watkins (shoulder), Mike Williams (back), Tyrell Williams (foot)
Out: Vernon Davis (concussion), Hunter Henry (knee), Tyler Kroft (ankle), Chris Manhertz (concussion), Josh Oliver (hamstring), Jordan Reed (concussion), Jamaal Williams (concussion)
Questionable: Daniel Brown (ankle), Virgil Green (groin), Vance McDonald (shoulder)