Much like week five turned out to be, week six has been another hectic week for injuries across the NFL. I am attaching the week five article so that you can cross-reference the two. Click Here As I mentioned last week, this article will be a weekly recurring one dropped on Saturdays. Please follow this article, as well as our other great content, at https://ffaffair.com/. The website and I are both readily accessible on Twitter as well. FFAffair can be reached @FantasyAffairFF, while you can reach me @vandygrad92. Please keep in mind that I also write for four other websites. In addition, I host a podcast called “DFS Deep Dive” and typically two Sunday livestreams. We hope that you will take the time to follow us.
In addition to the injury report, I want to provide a PSA that this is the first of nine consecutive bye weeks across the league. The teams on bye this week are 1) Falcons, 2) 49ers, 3) Jets, and 4) Saints.
Week Six Long Term Injuries:
Both heading into the weekend and during the games themselves, week five was an extremely turbulent one. On Saturday, it was announced that George Kittle (calf) had been placed on short-term IR. When the news broke, it was reported that he would face season long aggravation with it if not placed on IR immediately. Kittle’s expected return date is week nine against the Cardinals. Logan Thomas (hamstring) was also placed on IR just prior to week five’s game. He is expected to miss four games, with a most likely return of week ten vs. the Bucs. In Thomas’ absence, Ricky Seals-Jones had 5 catches (on nine targets) for 41 yards.
Russell Wilson- broke his finger in the Thursday night 26-17 loss to the Rams and will miss several games. Placed on IR on Friday, the best case scenario seems to be a week ten return against the Packers. Geno Smith will start at quarterback while Wilson is out. Smith completed 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards and a TD after Wilson exited the game.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire- suffered a knee injury in the week five loss to the Bills and has been placed on short term IR. He will have to miss at least the minimum of three games. In his stead, look for fellow RB Darrel Williams to fill his role. Williams had 8 touches for 45 total yards in week five.
In addition to the multi-week injuries listed above, Quintez Cephus (broken collarbone) has been placed on season ending IR. Rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown looks to be the primary benefactor. Over the last two weeks, St. Brown has recorded 13 catches(on 16 targets) for 135 yards and zero touchdowns.
JuJu Smith-Schuster- although not officially placed on IR, Smith-Schuster suffered a season ending shoulder injury in week five. Look for the Steelers to funnel even more targets to Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool.
Other IR updates:
Despite having several players endure multi game absences, a handful received better news. Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) will be activated from IR, and start Sunday’s game against the Jags in London. Tua is no longer even listed on the injury report, so he is a full go.
Rookie Rashod Bateman (core muscle surgery).will also be activated from IR ahead of Sunday’s game. With fellow WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) ruled out on Friday, look for Bateman to play a role opposite of Marquise Brown. T.Y. Hilton, who had previously been designated to return, was able to practice on Wednesday. Currently, Hilton is on track to play in week six. . The biggest question is where will he be in the pecking order upon his return.
Jarvis Landry (knee) was designated to return from IR midweek, and is expected to practice on Friday. As we speak, Landry’s availability for Sunday is extremely cloudy. I would encourage fantasy owners to monitor these developments closely.
Ruled Out/Doubtful For Week Six:
Several key players have already been ruled out for week six. These players include: 1) Christian McCaffrey (hamstring); 2) Nick Chubb (calf); 3) Chris Carson (neck); 4) Saquon Barkley (ankle); 5) Kenny Golladay (knee); 6) Devante Parker (shoulder); and 7) Curtis Samuel (groin).Samaje Perine and Damian Williams (covid restrictions) will also miss week six.
With Chubb out, look for Kareem Hunt to get around 20 carries. Demetric Felton will likely see some targets out of the backfield.
For those kicking aficionados, Rodrigo Blankenship has been ruled out with a hip injury. Michael Badgley was signed earlier in the week, and will replace Blankenship on Sunday,
Listed as questionable/Likely to Play
This section should be prefaced with the fact that there are two players that, to me, are trending in the wrong direction. That being said, the respective teams seem to be optimistic. These two players are: Mike Williams (knee); and Terry McLaurin (hamstring). Williams has recorded three consecutive “DNP’s”, while McLaurin was added to the injury report on Friday. Since both of these situations are typically alarming, fantasy players should monitor the news over the weekend.
One other player to keep an eye on is Titans’ RB Jeremy NcNichols (ankle). McNichols recorded a “DNP on Friday, after putting in a limited practice on Thursday. With the Titans not playing until Monday, there will be extra time to get ready.
Along with these two murky situations, several other players are listed as questionable. Each one of them was able to practice on Friday in a limited capacity, and should play this weekend. These players include: 1) Kareem Hunt (wrist); 2) Joe Mixon (ankle); 3) Melvin Gordon III (hip); 4) D’Andre Swift (groin), 5) Jamaal Williams (hip); 6) Damian Harris (ribs); 7) Antonio Gibson (shin); 8) Tyreke Hill (quad); 9) Allen Robinson (ankle); 10) T.J. Hockenson (knee); 11) Darius Slayton (hamstring); 12) Kadarius Toney (ankle); and 13) Dynami Brown (knee).
Players Returning After Missing Game(s):
After sitting out at least one game, the following players will return to game action in week six: 1) Dalvin Cook (ankle); 2) Julio Jones (hamstring); and 3) Sterling Shepard (hamstring). Both Darius Slayton (hamstring) and Dynami Brown (knee) are both listed as questionable, but likely to play.
Cook and Jones will return to being integral parts of their respective offenses, but the Giants’ target tree will be one to watch. While both Shepard and Slayton were out, the rookie Kadarius Toney made a huge splash. Over the last two games. Toney had 16 catches for 267 yards and zero touchdowns. I would anticipate Toney being a big part of the offense, but at whose expense?
Brown has an opportunity for more snaps/targets with injuries to Thomas, Samuel and possibly McLaurin.