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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 6

Another week, another fantasy MVP candidate hits the shelf. @ReflipeWThenuz is here to break down the injury news you need to know. Sit back and let the Doc tell you who’s on the mend and who’s on the shelf.

Each and every week, players across the NFL suffer injuries. This weekly article will explore the injuries that affect your dynasty squads. We will briefly discuss both the injured players themselves and the players who stand to benefit or suffer as a result. In order to make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. And the hits just keep coming. Another week another stud player done for the year. Without further ado, let us examine the Regular Season Week 5 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Jets WR Chris Hogan was carted off the field with a high ankle sprain in his team’s loss to the Cardinals. Hogan began the year as a fill-in and has been one of the more reliable targets for Jets QBs. This sad reality and his subsequent injury describe the Jets season in a microcosm. His absence will hopefully be offset by either the return of Breshad Perriman or the debut of 2nd round pick Denzel Mims. If neither of these things happens, look for Jamison Crowder and possibly La’Mical Perine to soak up even more targets than usual.

Buffalo TE Dawson Knox was knocked from his team’s Week 5 loss to the Tennessee Titans with a calf injury. The second-year TE struggled through yet another forgettable performance with one catch on three targets for 15 yards before exiting. The former Ole Miss star has struggled in what some predicted would be a breakout sophomore season. If he is forced to miss time, the Bills will turn to former Bengals TE Tyler Kroft to fill the void. Bills QB Josh Allen seems to have forgotten the TE position when it comes to targets this season. Perhaps that will change as the weather gets colder, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Regardless, Knox still represents a nice TE stash for your dynasty squads. Keep an eye on how Knox matriculates through the week.

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AFC South:

Jaguars WR DJ Chark left his team’s Week 5 loss in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury. The Jags no.1 target has already been nicked up a couple of times this season. The severity of the ailment has not been disclosed at this time. Any absence by Chark would be a downgrade across the board for the Jaguars. As we saw in his missed game earlier this year, Chark is the table-setter across the board for Jacksonville. However, his absence would likely mean additional looks for Leviska Shenault, Keelan Cole, and Chris Conley. This doesn’t have the look of a long absence but keep an eye out for news out of Duval County.

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AFC North:

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson was knocked from his team’s Week 5 victory with an injured back. We don’t yet have word out of the Steel City on the severity of the ailment. However, with the breakout of rookie Chase Claypool, you can bet the Steelers are going to make sure Johnson is 100% before rushing him back into the lineup. Along with James Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster, the aforementioned Claypool would get added looks in Johnson’s absence.

Bengals WR AJ Green exited his team’s Week 5 loss with a hamstring injury. It has been a frustrating year for Green and his dynasty owners. He has been unable to get on the same page with new QB Joe Burrow and seems to have recently been passed by 2nd round rookie Tee Higgins on the target totem. There has even been footage leaked of Green on the bench, seemingly saying to a coach, “just trade me.” You can determine for yourself below. Keep an eye on news of this possible ailment as the week progresses. His absence would further solidify Boyd & Higgins atop the chart, with TE Drew Sample likely getting some more looks in the passing game.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield injured his ribs during Cleveland’s Week 5 victory. He was able to stay in and finish the game. One is something to watch as rib injuries can particularly hamper QBs. In all likelihood, Baker is good and will just need a bigger flack jacket, but just be prudent and watch for any news on his condition throughout the week.

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AFC West:

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins left Kansas City’s first loss of the season with a hamstring injury. This one appears to have some teeth to it as it was quickly revealed that he would likely miss multiple games. In his absence, Kansas City will turn to speedsters Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Travis Kelce could also see a couple of additional looks in the absence of the Chiefs no.2.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen exited Monday night football with a back injury. The Chargers offense was rolling in this one. Allen came out of the gates firing, getting a TD on the first drive. Mike Williams and TE Hunter Henry take on added significance in the L.A. passing game in his absence. In all likelihood, Keenan will be back next week but keep an eye on the tea leaves for any news on the Chargers star WR.

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NFC East:

In the devastating blow of the weekend, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocated ankle in the team’s Week 5 victory over the Giants. He has already undergone successful surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. What a gut punch to both the player and his dynasty owners. In his absence, the Cowboys will turn to former Bengals QB Andy Dalton. The Cowboys should stay afloat, but Dalton will represent a downgrade for all of the Dallas relievers. The big beneficiary will likely be Ezekiel Elliott, who will likely see an uptick in carries as Dallas attempts to limit possessions. Dak represents a great dynasty buy as we will be the class of the 2021 free agent QB group. Whether in Dallas or elsewhere, Dak has proven to be a quality QB1 for your squads. Dalton immediately becomes a nice QB2 in Superflex leagues.

Washington QB Kyle Allen was knocked from the team’s Week 5 loss with a head injury. In his stead, the Football Team turned to Alex Smith, who completed his miraculous comeback from a brutal broken leg. The story was better than the outcome as Washington’s O stalled after Allen exited. It is honestly shocking that Dwayne Haskins has been shoved to the side with this much season left to be played. It sounds as if Allen will be back soon, but in all honesty, Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson are the only pieces of this team worth playing.

NFC South:

  • The NFC South made it through the week relatively healthy.
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NFC North:

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook left his team’s heartbreaking loss to Seattle with a groin injury. He underwent an MRI Monday to reveal the extent of the injury. According to the team, the star RB has avoided a major injury. Despite the positive outlook, Cook will likely miss at least Week 6 against Atlanta. Especially with a Week 7 bye on tap, I look for Minnesota to play it safe with their franchise RB. Alexander Matteson will fill in as the bellcow for whatever time Cook misses.

NFC West:

The NFL West avoided any major offensive injuries in week 5.

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