Week 5 is here and there are plenty of injuries to discuss for this upcoming Sunday. As usual, I will be going over every fantasy-relevant injury for week 5 as well as my advice involving these injuries.
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)- So the Seahawks already played this week, on Thursday to be exact, but this injury is important enough to put into this list. Wilson suffered an injury to his finger and will miss about 6-8 weeks. Wilson owners should be picking up a QB ASAP and there are a few options available including, Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones, and Taylor Heinicke who are all owned in less than 50% of fantasy leagues.
Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons)- The Falcons announced that Ridley will miss this week with a personal issue. the WR 2 for the Falcons, Russell Gage, is out as well leaving Olamide Zaccheaus as the top WR for this week. Zaccheaus is a decent flex play based on opportunity, but the real value this week will be in Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts.
Julio Jones (Tennessee Titans)- Jones will miss this week with a hamstring injury. This will be his second week in a row where he will be inactive due to this injury. AJ Brown, who you will see later on this list, will be the main WR for the Titans this week and no other Titans WRs should be in your starting lineup.
Sterling Shepard (New York Giants)- Shepard will be out once again this week and Daniel Jones will have to play without his favorite WR. Kenny Golladay will be the main beneficiary and Kadarius Toney will be someone to keep an eye on. Golladay is a solid start this week in a great matchup against the Cowboys.
Rob Gronkowski (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)- Gronk has been dealing with fractured ribs since week 3 and could still miss the next few weeks as well. Hopefully, you have some good backup options but if you don’t, you can check out our waiver signings articles for some TE options.
Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers)- CMC is listed as doubtful this week and I would not expect him to play. Chuba Hubbard will once again take over as the RB 1 for the Panthers as they have a great matchup against the Eagles who give up the most rushing yards per game this season.
Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)- Cook will be a game-time decision this week (unfortunately there are a lot of those this week) but he seems to be leaning more towards doubtful as he hasn’t practiced all week. Luckily, we will know Sunday before all of the early games start to help us make a decision. Alexander Mattison will be the starting RB if Cook is out for this game, which he is expected to be.
Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals)- Mixon is in almost the exact same position as Dalvin Cook. Despite suffering from a different injury than Cook, Mixon will also be a game-time decision and we will know 90 minutes before game-time. Samaje Perine will be the RB 1 for the Bengals if Mixon is out, which he is expected to be.
Chase Edmonds (Arizona Cardinals)- Edmonds is also a game-time decision and did not practice all week, like the past 2 players on this list. The only difference is that Edmonds plays in the afternoon window. Edmonds also has been splitting time with James Conner in the backfield and even if Edmonds does play, I don’t see him being involved enough his week to score substantial fantasy points.
Antonio Gibson (Washington Football Team)- Gibson is dealing with a “stress fracture” in his shin that kept him limited in practice in the second half of the week. Gibson stated that it “doesn’t hurt badly” and he could play through it, but his status is still questionable. Because of this, JD Mckissic should be a flex start this week regardless of Gibson’s status. Gibson will be another game-time decision in the early Sunday games.
Nyheim Hines (Indianapolis Colts)- Hines was limited in Thursday’s and Friday’s practices with a shoulder injury making him questionable for this week. Hines has an extra day to recover as he plays Monday night, but I am more concerned about his matchup over his injury. The Colts play the Baltimore Ravens who have a very tough defense and Hines might not get enough opportunity this week to score the fantasy points that you need. He does have some upside, but the floor is at zero.
DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins)- Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury and is truly questionable. I would sit Parker this week as he is playing one of the best defenses in the league, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I do not recommend starting any dolphins this week if you have the option, Jaylen Waddle would be my first choice if I had to pick one.
Courtland Sutton (Denver Broncos)- Sutton rolled his ankle during Friday’s practice making him questionable for this week’s matchup against the Steelers. Despite Teddy Bridgewater being cleared to play, my confidence is not high enough to start Sutton against this defense, if he even plays. There are no Broncos WRs that I would play this week.
George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers)- Kittle is doubtful, this week with a calf injury. It’s best to have a backup TE ready as Kittle is expected to miss this matchup against the Cardinals. Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk will most likely get more targets with Kittle out. Samuel is a clear start and Aiyuk is a low-end flex option.
TJ Hockenson (Detroit Lions)- Hockenson is listed as questionable this week as he is dealing with a knee injury. Hockenson did practice Friday in a limited capacity, so he is at least trending in the right direction, but it is best to have a backup ready if Hockenson is declared out 90 minutes before game-time. some options are Dawson Knox, Jared Cook, Blake Jarwin, Zach Ertz.
Trey Lance (San Francisco 49ers)- Lance has officially been declared the starter and Lance immediately becomes a high-risk, high-reward option at QB. I don’t recommend starting him unless you are truly desperate or are in a Superflex league, but if you like living life on the edge then this is your guy.
Elijah Mitchell (San Francisco 49ers)- Mitchell was removed from the injury report and is good to go for this week against the Cardinals. Mitchell should be the lead back and could be a flex option this week in fantasy. I must warn you though, the 49ers like to mess with fantasy owners, so keep your expectations low.
D’Andre Swift (Detroit Lions)- Swift has been dealing with the same injury that has made him questionable this entire season, and Swift always ends up playing. Swift should be a good start this week against the Vikings.
Jamaal Williams (Detroit Lions)- Williams was dealing with a hip injury mid-week, but managed to practice through it. Unless there are any setbacks, Williams should play and be a good flex start this week against the Vikings.
Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)- Elliott state himself that he is “not concerned” about his availability for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Elliott will be a great start this week with very little concern surrounding his injury.
Melvin Gordon (Denver Broncos)- Gordon was dealing with an injury earlier in the week but it seems that the Broncos were just limiting his reps for safety. Gordon will play this week and be a solid RB 2 for this week as well as Javonte Williams, the other Broncos RB.
Amari Cooper (Dallas Cowboys)- Cooper already stated that he is good to go for this Sunday. There doesn’t seem to be any concern for Cooper heading into Sunday’s game against the Giants and Cooper should be a great WR option this week.
AJ Brown (Tennessee Titans)- Brown practiced Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday making it all but confirmed that Brown will suit up for Sunday’s game. Brown is a clear WR 1 when he does play, and he has a great matchup against the Jaguars this week.
Tee Higgins (Cincinnati Bengals)- Head Coach Zac Taylor stated that Higgins will play this week against the Packers. After missing 2 weeks, Higgins can finally be placed back into your starting lineup as a flex with WR 2 upside.