Week Five Notable Fantasy Football Injuries: Will Calvin Ridley make up for his catch-less week four?
With this season of the NFL being more injury-riddled than any other season we have seen in the past, it is important to stay updated on the status of your fantasy players. This article among others under the fantasy football section will help you stay updated on the news of all fantasy football players. Still unsure? Check out of the sit/start tool in the fantasy football section to help you figure out who should lead your team week by week. In this article, I will be going over notable fantasy football injuries for owners to know about their players for week five.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
Calvin Ridley (Q): Calvin Ridley remained limited in Friday’s practice but will be good to go for Sunday. Ridley had a seriously disappointing game last week against the Packers and did not record a catch. He will be looking to bounce back against the Panthers in week five.
Julio Jones (Q): Julio Jones is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday. He has been seriously underwhelming this season outside of his 24 fantasy point game in week one. He could be an option for a strategic bench play until he gets healthy and back on track.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Darren Waller (Q): While Waller was limited in reps all week at practice he will not be held back by injury on Sunday. He is a TE1 starter against the Chiefs for week five.
New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sam Darnold (O): Sam Darnold is out of this game after suffering a shoulder injury last week. Joe Flacco will come in as a starter in his replacement, but he is not worth the fantasy pick up for this atrocious offense that scores 16.2 points per game.
Leveon Bell (Q): Leveon is still listed on IR even after Friday’s practice, but he has the chance to play. Owners should look out for his availability as a low-end RB2 or flex option on Sunday.
Breshad Perriman (Q): Breshad Perriman is doubtful for Sunday’s game after not practicing with an ankle injury on Friday. Jamison Crowder and Chris Herndon will take over the passing game along with Chris Hogan if he is healthy.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Alshon Jeffery (O): Alshon Jeffery is out and has not played a single game this season. If I owned him in fantasy football, I would stop doing that by releasing him to waivers because of his injuries and lack of production.
Desean Jackson (O): Desean Jackson is out for this week’s game against the Steelers. I certainly like the looks of Greg Ward as a replacement for more targets after having a 20 fantasy point game in week three.
Washington Football Team vs. Los Angeles Rams
All good for fantasy football in week five!
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Mark Andrews (Q): Mark Andrews appeared on the injury list on Thursday with a thigh issue but was limited in Thursday’s and Friday’s practice. He should be good to suit up for Sunday.
Joe Mixon (Q): Mixon has been listed with a shin issue, but he was a participant in practice on Friday meaning he should be good to play on Sunday.
Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jordan Akins (Q): Akins still has to pass concussion protocol to play on Sunday, which is tough considering he is also dealing with an ankle issue. If he is not good to go, Darren Fells will manage the tight end spot, but will probably not see much action for fantasy football.
Josh Lambo (IR): Josh Lambo has hit injured reserve with a hip issue that may keep him out for a month. The Jaguars intend to sign Bradon Wright to fill his spot for Sunday, but should not be an immediate fantasy starter.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins
Deebo Samuel (Q): Deebo Samuel needs to pass another COVID test before he can play after he dealt with a fever this week. Last week, he only played 34% of snaps after dealing with an offseason foot injury. He is most likely a no-go starter for week five even if he’s healthy. George Kittle has been seeing most of the passing action since his return but Kendrick Bourne and Bradon Aiyuk could see a rise in touches without Samuel on Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolo (Q): Jimmy Garoppolo has been cleared to suit up on Sunday for the first time in three weeks after leaving week two. It is risky to consider playing him after coming back from injury, but the Miami defense presents a strong opportunity for QB1 fantasy numbers in his return.
Raheem Mostert (Q): Raheem is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against teh Dolphins, so expect McKinnon to have another solid week of fantasy is he can’t go.
Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts
Kareem Hunt (Q): Kareem Hunt has ditched his injury concern after practicing on Friday, making him due for another solid fantasy week without Nick Chubb in the backfield.
Odell Beckham JR. (Q): Like Hunt, Odell Beckham Jr. will not have an injury tagged with him going into Sunday. He hopes to start a rhythm after putting up 3 touchdowns last week.
Dalls Cowboys vs. New York Giants
All good for fantasy football!
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
Carlos Hyde (Q): Carlos Hyde is still listed as questionable going into Sunday’s game. Without him, it bodes really well for Chris Carson to get more touches in the backfield.
New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
Julian Edelman (P): Julian Edelman was listed as questionable last week with the same injury and has practiced this week. Now since the Patriots are playing on Monday night, it will allow him another day to heal up.
Noah Fant (D): Noah Fant has reportedly been recovering well but will still not make an appearance on Monday night.
Drew Lock (Q): Drew Lock is still questionable and most likely will be a game-time decision for Monday night. If he does not play, Brett Rypien will take the snaps in the backfield. This does not bode well for any Broncos receiver while facing an unstoppable Patriots defense.
New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Michael Thomas (Q): Last week, Michael Thomas nearly played after suffering an ankle injury two weeks ago. I expect him to play considering they have until Monday night to decide for him.
Jared Cook (Q): Owners of Jared Cook should look out for his status for Monday. He has been involved in practice near the end of the week but he is not guaranteed to play.
Austin Ekeler (O): Austin Ekeler dealt with a hamstring injury last week that got him placed on IR. Justin Jackson is an interesting flex piece while Joshua Kelley could be an RB2 stream for week five, but a better flex piece as well.
Mike Williams (Q): Mike Williams even while healthy has not been productive for fantasy yet this season. Without him, Jalen Guyton and Jason Moore will certainly see more touches amongst receivers, along with Keenan Allen.
Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Corey Davis (IR): Corey Davis has landed on IR with COVID-19 and will not play for some time. His partner A.J Brown, if he plays, could see some serious targets against the Bills on Tuesday.
Adam Humphries (IR): Adam Humphries has made the IR with COVID-19.
A.J Brown (Q): A.J Brown has been sidelined for the past two weeks for a knee injury. But, if he plays, he could be a solid WR3 for week five.
John Brown (Q): John Brown should make an appearance Tuesday with the extra recovery time for his calf injury. With the Titans allowing a lot of fantasy points to receivers this season he could make a ploy for being a WR2/WR3 in week five if he plays.
Zack Moss (Q): Zack Moss has not played since week two with a toe injury but he has been practicing all week. Now with their game on Tuesday, he may get to play in week five.
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