Week 6 NFL Injury News and Updates
Week 6 NFL Injury News and Updates
More than maybe any other season, fantasy owners are being forced to make tough decisions before each game starts. COVID-19 is playing havoc with our rosters. As of this writing, the Falcons, Colts, and Patriots all have possible COVID positive tests, and each game involving those teams could be in jeopardy.
It does look like the Falcons and Colts will play, but the game between the Patriots and Denver is an unknown. Sure, you still have just under 48 hours to make your final roster decisions for this week, but COVID is hurting other transactions as well. I had a friend complain to me about a trade he made last week in anticipation of the Chargers playing the Jets this week.
Well, that game was not only rescheduled, but the Chargers now have a bye this week. Once again, I don’t care about the complaints. Weird things were always going to happen this season if the NFL wanted to try and play through a pandemic. Mixed up football is better than no football at all.
It’s now time for our weekly Julio Jones report. As of this writing, he hasn’t practiced, and at this point, I’m not starting him until I see him play. That’s easy to say if you have depth at wide receiver, but there is also a chance he plays Sunday but then is either not at full speed or leaves the game early.
I just need to see him play first before starting him. If Jones is out Sunday, I don’t want to start Matt Ryan, either, who seems to be lost without his BFF. Russell Gage is dealing with a shoulder injury and only has six receptions over his last three games. I’ll pass on him as well. As for Hayden Hurst, who is dealing with a back injury, I’d like to sit him as well, but you may not have a better tight end on your roster or available on the waiver wire.
John Brown missed the game Tuesday versus the Titans with a knee injury but is expected to play Monday versus the Chiefs. Brown should be started in what looks to be a high scoring affair.
A.J. Green has a hamstring that leaves him questionable to play Sunday. It doesn’t matter if he does or doesn’t play; he can’t be started. Green looks like a shell of himself right now. Maybe he needs a change of scenery, or maybe all of the injuries have caught up to him, but Green is done as an elite receiver.
You would have to be pretty desperate to be thinking of starting Giovani Bernard as he has yet to top-six fantasy points in any game this season, but we do have bye weeks, so you never know. He has a groin injury and a tough matchup. Move on here as well.
The Browns are dealing with multiple injuries in what is a big game Sunday versus the Steelers. This is a rough matchup for each player so keep that in mind when making your final decision.
Let’s start with Baker Mayfield. He is questionable to play with a chest injury but is trending in the right direction. Still, you should be able to find someone with more upside this week. The receiving corps has issues. Odell Beckham is dealing with an illness. It’s not expected to be COVID, but he needs a second negative test before being allowed back at the Brown’s facility.
Jarvis Landry also has a chest injury after being crushed after a reception last week. Due to this injury and the matchup, I’d look for someone else to put in your lineup this week.
Unless you live in a cave, you know that Dak Prescott is gone for the season after fracturing his ankle last week. Andy Dalton will take over the starting duties and should be a borderline QB1 most weeks, including this one. Dallas is unlikely to throw as often with Dalton as they did with Prescott, but that defense is still poor, and those receivers are still excellent. Dalton could be a start this week and in several others this season.
Melvin Gordon was arrested for suspicion of DUI earlier this week, but that’s not the reason he wasn’t at practice Friday. Gordon was ill. That being said, it’s not expected to be COVID, and Gordon could still play Sunday (assuming the game is played) if the NFL doesn’t step in due to his arrest.
Should you start him? He’s a running back; you may not be able to do better. I can’t in at least one league. As for Noah Fant, he has an ankle injury and is questionable to play. If Fant goes, you likely have to start him, but I do not see big things here.
I can’t believe I have to write about Adrian Peterson in this column, but he has been a useful fantasy player this season and has a good matchup Sunday. Peterson was dealing with an illness, but it’s not COVID, and was back at practice. He’s an RB3/flex play this week.
Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams will return for the Packers this week, and you don’t need me to tell you to start him.
DJ Chark has an ankle injury, and the only practice he has participated in was a limited one on Friday. Still, that is a good sign that he likely will play Sunday. I don’t love his prospects this week, and if you have a close call with another receiver on your roster, I’d go in that direction. For the second week in a row, Laviska Shenault is dealing with a hamstring injury. That injury didn’t slow him down last week as he had seven receptions for 79 yards. Shenault starts for me.
Kansas City Chiefs
Sammy Watkins has a hamstring injury that will likely keep him out Sunday and possibly next week as well. This opens the door for Mecole Hardman to start Monday, and he should be in your lineup. That Buffalo defense just let up 42 points to Ryan Tannehill. This is not the same unit as last season.
Dalvin Cook won’t play Sunday as he has a groin issue. The good news is that this is the only game that he might miss as the Vikings have a bye next week. Alexander Mattison is now a must-start and should be a top-10 running back this week.
New England Patriots
The Patriots most definitely benefitted by not playing last week. Why? Well, Cam Newton wouldn’t have been able to play as he tested positive for COVID. Cam is good to play this week, however, and will start for the Patriots and your fantasy team.
New York Jets
Stop me if you have heard this before, the Jets are a mess, a disaster, a dumpster fire; really, any words I choose can’t do it justice. Sam Darnold is out again, but you don’t want to start him anyway. Le’Veon Bell is gone, so La’Mical Perine and Frank Gore are your running backs. Proceed with caution here, but I get it if you don’t have any other options.
Alshon Jeffery still isn’t ready to play this week, and even when deemed fit to do so, you will want to watch him play before thinking about starting him. DeSean Jackson, however, could play Sunday, but he is best left to started in Best Ball leagues.
Diontae Johnson left the game early last week with a back injury, and that allowed Chase Claypool to announce his presence this season. Johnson has already been ruled out this week, which means Claypool is in your starting lineup.
San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo was terrible last week. He should only be started in a league that starts two quarterbacks and one in which you don’t have any other options. The only part of the passing game I’m starting here is George Kittle.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Okay, another MASH unit team. Leonard Fournette was a break in case of emergency player last week with an ankle injury but should be good to go Sunday. The problem is, Ronald Jones has played well, and Fournette may not get that starting job as soon as some of us thought.
Chris Godwin looks good to play this week after a hamstring injury cost him a game. Godwin starts, of course. Mike Evans has been dealing with an ankle injury for several weeks; he will play, but that injury has limited his effectiveness.
Scott Miller has some lower-body injuries himself, but you’re not starting him this week with Godwin healthy anyway. Gronk has a shoulder injury but should play. The problem is he has not been as big a part of the game plan as predicted this season.
Corey Davis is on COVID-IR and isn’t expected to play. A.J. Brown has a knee injury, but after his big performance, Tuesday should be started this week if he is healthy enough to start for the Titans. Jonnu Smith has a quad injury but is also expected to play and should start for both your fantasy team and Tennessee.