Ameer Abdullah, RB DET – Start
After suffering a sprained ankle in Week 4, Abdullah is questionable for Week 5. All signs are pointing to the conclusion that he will be close to 100 percent come Sunday. Against the Vikings in Week 4, he got 20 rush attempts for 94 yards and a touchdown, his best rushing performance of the year. After a few days recovery, he has been cleared to play in Week 5 against the Panthers on Sunday. He should get the same number of carries he has been, and he should be equally effective. He remains a borderline RB1/RB2 for Week 5.
Marcus Mariota, QB TEN – Cautious Start
Marcus Mariota injured his hamstring Sunday while rushing for his second touchdown of the day. The injury did not at first appear to be very serious, as he continued to play in the game. But eventually, he got pulled and is listed as day-to-day. The Inside Injuries’ Health Performance Factor has Mariota at 59.86 percent, Below Average but not unplayable. While the injury does have an Optimal Recovery Time of two weeks, Mariota is looking like he could play in Week 5. Owners should probably be cautious here, and if they have another quarterback then Mariota should probably be benched. But if you went all in on Marcus this season and he is your guy, then you should feel OK playing him. While he won’t be 100 percent, he should still put up some points.
Sam Bradford, QB MIN – Risky Start
Sam Bradford has been out since Week 2 with a knee injury that is taking a while to heal. We originally thought this would be a 4-6 week injury, so this week would be the first that he could theoretically start. But it is looking like he will be a game-time decision, and that is not a risk most owners are going to want to take. If he does end up playing, then owners who play him could end up with a handful of points, but this week is very close to, even bordering on, a “Sit” status for Bradford.
Ty Montgomery, RB GB – Sit
Ty Montgomery suffered from rib fractures after a big hit in Week 4. He tried to play through the injury but didn’t last long. The Packers will really push for him to come back as soon as possible, as a lot of the team’s offense relies upon his rushing/receiving combo. But don’t hope for anything good. While his Health Performance Factor of 57.65 percent isn’t unplayable, his Overall Injury Risk of 29.49 percent is. He has a very high risk of being knocked out of the game if he attempts to play, and if that happens early on, owners could find themselves with a goose egg in their RB spot. We gave him an Optimal Recovery Time of four weeks, and a return any time before the third week could be disastrous.
Aaron Jones – RB GB- Start
With both Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams questionable for Week 5, Aaron Jones looks to be the guy in Green Bay this week. The rookie out of UTEP is having a good start to his career in a small sample size, toting the ball 3.8 yards per carry. He will probably be on the field for at least 50 percent of Green Bay’s snaps this week, and he will look to get around 15 attempts for somewhere around 60 yards. Jones is a good depth piece for the near future, and he may be a flex option for those teams that are shallower at the flex positions.
Marqise Lee, WR JAX – Sit
The Jaguars can’t seem to keep their receiver’s healthy this season. After losing Allen Robinson for the season to an ACL tear, the team looked to Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns to share the No. 1 WR spot. But now Marqise Lee is doubtful to play in Week 5 with a rib injury. He may start, but he probably won’t get nearly as many snaps as he got in Week 4, and he won’t be as effective. Add in the fact that he isn’t getting many targets right now and that Blake Bortles has been having some accuracy issues, and Lee is an easy sit for most teams this week.
Devin Funchess – WR CAR – Start
Devin Funchess is typically the No. 2 receiver in Carolina, but with Kelvin Benjamin dinged up and TE Greg Olsen injured in recent weeks, he has seen an increase in targets that has made him a fairly valuable option in most leagues. This all culminated in a huge Week 4, when he caught 7 of his 9 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns against the New England defense. With Cam Newton really starting to heat up as well, he should continue to see 5-10 targets a game, good for 50-plus yards and touchdown potential.
Latavius Murray – RB MIN – Start
After the disastrous injury to rookie running back Dalvin Cook that took him out for the entire season, the Vikings will be looking for new ways to spread the ball around. Latavius Murray is the favorite to pick up the slack as he has a better track record than their other back Jerick McKinnon, and because McKinnon is still dinged up with a minor ankle injury. Murray is in his first year in Minnesota after three seasons in Oakland where he was a solid No. 1 back, averaging 4.2 yards per carry with a 1,000 yard rushing season in 2015. He is now an RB2 option in most leagues and would be a great flex option for teams that are deep at running back.
Wayne Gallman – RB NYG
Wayne Gallman should see a boost in usage for the New York Giants after a rib injury to Paul Perkins took him out of the game in Week 2 and leaves him as questionable for Week 5. Scans of Perkins’ ribs showed that there was no fracture, so it will be his pain tolerance that will either allow or prevent him from playing. Regardless, they are not likely to play Perkins too hard in order to prevent further damage. Wayne Gallman has looked solid in limited usage, posting 3.8 yards per carry and adding some reception yards on top. He won’t be a No. 1 back, but he could be a valuable flex option in deeper leagues.
Other Injuries of Note:
Rob Gronkowski, TE NE – DNP Week 5
Brandon Marshall, WR NYG – Start
Odell Beckham Jr., WR NYG – Start
Paul Perkins, RB NYG – Sit
John Brown, WR ARI – Cautious Start
Kelvin Benjamin, WR CAR – Cautious Start
Jimmy Graham, TE SEA – Cautious Start
Carlos Hyde, RB SF – Cautious Start
Davante Adams, WR GB – Risky Start
J.J. Nelson, WR ARI – Risky Start
Doug Baldwin, WR SEA – Risky Start
Derek Carr, QB OAK – Sit
Matt Forte, RB NYJ – Sit