Heading into week five of the NFL season, I wanted to update fantasy managers on the current injury landscape around the league. As mentioned last week, this will be a weekly article available both on our website https://ffaffair.com/ and on Twitter @FantasyAffairFF. This will drop on Saturdays throughout the rest of the season. If you have questions in the interim, please drop me a line @vandygrad92 on Twitter.
Long Term Injuries from Week Four
In the Thursday night game against the Bengals, Jags wide receiver D.J.Chark suffered a season-ending ankle injury. In his stead, Laviska Shenault hauled in six catches for 99 yards.
Both David Montgomery (knee) and Logan Thomas (hamstring) suffered multi-week injuries in week four. Montgomery’s best-case scenario would be to return in week nine at the Steelers. With a week ten bye looming, it is likely that he comes back in week 11(hosting the Ravens). Damien Williams appears to be the primary benefactor from Montgomery’s absence. As for Thomas, he is expected to miss four weeks. With a week nine bye, this timetable would have him returning in week ten vs. the Bucs.
Dolphins’ WR Will Fuller was added to IR after sustaining a broken finger in week four’s game. He will have to miss at least the mandatory three games and will be eligible to return in week 8 at the Bills.
The midweek has been rather quiet on IR news. RBs Darrynton Evans and Anthony McFarland have both been designated to return. As mentioned last week, this opens up a three-week practice window in which a team can activate a player to the active roster or place them on season-ending IR. Week four saw the return of both Curtis Samuel (4 catches for 19 yards) and N’Keal Harry (1 catch for ten yards). Rashod Bateman did not play, despite being designated to return earlier in the week.
Ruled Out/Doubtful For Week Five:
Falcons’ Wide Receivers- The Falcons will be without both Calvin Ridley (personal issues) and Justin Gage (ankle) as they travel to London to take on the Jets. With a bye in week six, one would assume that Ridley (possibly Gage) will play in week seven at the Dolphins.
Jets TE Tyler Kroft (back)-after suiting up in week four against a questionable tag, Kroft will not travel to London with the team.
Julio Jones (hamstring)-after missing week four, Jones was unable to practice at all this week. He has been declared out for week five.
WR Dyami Brown (knee)- Brown picked up the knee injury during week four action and has now been declared out for week five. Washington is dealing with a slew of injuries to their receiving corps (Brown/Samuel/Thomas), so Terry McLaurin will likely be even more of a target hog.
New York Giants WRs-after missing week four action with hamstring injuries, both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have been ruled out for week five. In their stead, Kenny Golladay (6 catches for 116 yards), Kadarius Toney (6 catches for 78 yards) and John Ross (3 catches for 77 yards and a TD) all had big days.
James Washington (groin)-despite getting in a limited practice on Thursday, Washington was declared out on Friday.
Jimmy Garoppolo (calf)- after leaving week four’s game against the Seahawks, “Jimmy G” was officially declared out on Friday. Rookie Trey Lance will make his first career start at the Cardinals. Lance is an intriguing fantasy play due to both his rushing and passing skills.
George Kittle (calf)- after missing a third consecutive day of practice on Friday, Kittle was downgraded to doubtful for week five. As opposed to being ruled out, Kittle will try to see if he can practice on Saturday. Fantasy owners should monitor developments on this story closely.
Christian Mccaffrey (hamstring)-despite putting in limited practices all week, head coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey will not play in week five. He is now listed as “doubtful” on the injury report.
Rob Gronkowski (ribs)- after sitting out week four, Gronk was declared out for week five on Friday.
Justin Jackson (groin)-after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday, Jackson registered a “DNP” on Thursday. On Friday, the Chargers designated him as “doubtful” for week five.
Game Time Decisions:
Chase Edmonds (shoulder) after injuring his shoulder in week four’s game, Edmonds has put in consecutive “DNP’s” to start the week. If Edmonds is unable to play, look for fellow RB James Conner’s fantasy value to spike in week five.
Dalvin Cook (ankle)- after returning to game action in week four (9 carries for 34 yards), Cook has put in back-to-back “DNP’s” to start the week. Although currently labeled as a “game-time decision,” it is unlikely that Cook will play this week. Look for Alexander Mattison to start against a Lions’ defense that allows the fourth most fantasy points to running backs.
Joe Mixon (ankle)- after injuring his ankle late in week four, Mixon started the practice week with consecutive “DNP’s.” On Friday, Mixon returned to limited practice. A better read will come on Saturday when Mixon will practice to test out the ankle. If he is unable to go, Samaje Perine and Chris Evans would split touches.
Devante Parker (hamstring/shoulder)-with Parker battling both injuries this week, his availability for Sunday will come down to the wire. Fantasy managers should monitor the news closely.
Listed as Questionable/Likely To Play:
Teddy Bridgewater (concussion)-after leaving the game early in week four, Bridgewater is on track to clear the concussion protocol and face the Steelers on Sunday.
Ezekiel Elliott (knee)/Amari Cooper (hamstring)- although listed as questionable, both Zeke and Cooper got in limited practices on both Thursday and Friday. Barring any setbacks, they will likely play this weekend.
Gio Bernard (MCL)-after missing week four, Bernard returned to limited practices on both Wednesday and Thursday. He was listed as “Full Participation” on Friday and is on track to play.
Antonio Gibson (shin)- after recording a “DNP” on Wednesday, Gibson was able to put in limited practices on both Thursday and Friday. He appears to be on track to play Sunday.
D’Andre Swift (groin)/ Jamaal Williams( hip)/T.J Hockenson (knee)- although Hockenson missed practice on Wednesday, he was able to return to a limited practice on Friday. Both Williams and Swift have practiced in a limited capacity every day this week. All three should play on Sunday.
Melvin Gordon (lower leg)/Courtland Sutton (ankle)-Sutton was added to the injury report on Friday when he rolled an ankle. Both Gordon and Sutton put in limited practices on Friday. Barring a setback, both should play in week five.
Maxx Williams (shoulder)- after being labeled as “DNP” on Wednesday, Williams returned to a limited practice on both Thursday and Friday. He appears on track to play.
David Njoku (knee)- after Njoku sat out both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices, he returned to a limited practice on Friday. Barring any setbacks, Njoku should play on Sunday at the Chargers.
Returning From Missed Games:
After missing their week four games, the following players have been taken off the injury report and will play in week five: 1) Elijah Mitchell; 2) Chase Claypool; 3) Tee Higgins; and 4) A.J Brown. The 49ers backfield will be hard to handicap in regards to the touch split between Mitchell and Trey Sermon. With Julio Jones already being ruled out, more targets will likely be funneled in Brown’s direction. Both Higgins and Claypool will return to their roles as potential top 30 fantasy receivers.