Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans – Watson has been taking a ton of unnecessary hits while scrambling, so it’s not a surprise he’s on the injury report with a chest injury. He is expected to play, but he’ll need to be smarter and slide or get out of bounds if he hopes to avoid injury moving forward.
- Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets – The Crow exploded last week for more than 200 yards last week while receiving a big workload. He got banged up in that game with an ankle injury, forcing him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday. He’ll be a game time decision, so owners relying on Crowell will need a backup plan. If he sits, Bilal Powell could provide a nice option as an RB2.
- Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers – Breida is currently battling a high ankle sprain and has an uphill battle to play in Week 6. Even if he does play, he’s a very risky option given the nature of a high ankle sprain. He’ll be out there at less than 100, meaning he could play fewer snaps or leave the game early. I’m avoiding Breida if at all possible this week, and I don’t expect him to actually be available.
- Davonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons – It’s been a tough year for Freeman owners as he’s now on the injury report for a new injury. He suffered a bone bruise in his foot and has been ruled out for Week 6. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith will split work with Freeman sidelined. This injury has the potential to be a multi-week absence.
- Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings – Cook has been dealing with a hamstring strain for several weeks and continues to be limited in practice. However, he got in a full practice on Friday, so he should play on Sunday. It’s unclear if he’ll be on a snap count and is tough to trust. Personally, I’d want to see Cook go through a full game without aggravation of his injury before slotting him into my lineups.
- Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars – Fournette will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury. The aggravation of his Week 1 injury happened two weeks ago, so this isn’t a surprise. I expect Fournette to miss next week as well, so don’t be surprised to see his name on this list again next week.
- Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – Both Rams wide receivers left Week 5 with concussions. However, after ramping up their activity this week in practice, both are on track to play. They both cleared the concussion protocol on Saturday. Fire them up if you’ve got them.
- Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons – Sanu is listed on the injury report with a hip injury but is likely to play. He practiced on a limited basis this week and last week with the same injury, so owners counting on Sanu shouldn’t be too worried. He’s got another great matchup this week and has been red hot as of late. I’m firing him up if I have him.
- T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – Like Fournette, Hilton remains at least a couple of weeks away from returning from his hamstring injury. As we’ve seen with Fournette, the risk of reinjury is greatest when the athlete comes back quickly after the initial injury. The Colts will be smart to keep him out for an additional couple of weeks.
- Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns – Hollywood Higgins will be out this week and likely next week with a grade 2 MCL sprain. David Njoku is the biggest beneficiary in my opinion and is an intriguing play with a favorable string of matchups over the next few weeks.
- Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers – Cobb has missed the last 2 weeks with a hamstring strain and is a game time decision for Monday Night Football. I personally don’t expect him to play, but even if he does, he’s a must avoid this week.
- Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers – Allison missed last week with a concussion, but he’s on the injury report this week with a hamstring injury. Head coach, Mike McCarthy, indicated Allison will test it pregame and be a game time decision. With Cobb sitting and Allison’s status up in the air, rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equinameous St. Brown become interesting back up options on Monday night.
- Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts – Doyle remains out with a hip injury and hasn’t practiced since getting injured in Week 2. Look for his status to be updated next week.
- Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts – Ebron is literally listed on the injury report with four different body parts – ankle, shin, quad, knee. He got banged up last Thursday against the Patriots and played through some soreness, so it’s no surprise the Colts limited his work in practice this week. He got in a full session on Friday, so he’ll be out there this week and is almost a must start after becoming one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets since Hilton and Doyle got injured.
- Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers – Olsen is listed as questionable but is likely going to make his return on Sunday. Olsen is coming back from a second Jones fracture in his foot. It’s the same injury he had last year, but things are different this time around. He had surgery last year to stabilize the broken bone, but this time there was no surgery done because the hardware in the bone is still in place. Olsen is coming back 5 weeks after his second fracture, which means the bone isn’t fully healed. Olsen is going to be playing through pain and discomfort, which makes me very nervous.
- Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals – The TE situation is much clearer after Kroft went down with a foot injury last week. He’s already been ruled out for Week 6, leaving C.J. Uzomah as the starter this Sunday.
- George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers – Kittle is dealing with a sore knee but has been practicing all week on a limited basis. He is expected to play on Monday night.
- O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Howard is dealing with a grade 2 MCL sprain, which he suffered 2 weeks ago. Howard shockingly has a chance to play this week, but is definitely at less than 100% as grade 2 MCL injuries generally take at least 2 weeks to heal. Look for a final decision regarding Howard at game time. If he sits, Cameron Brate is a must start.
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