Hey guys, it’s Andrew again. We are back, this time with the Week 6 Injury Update. Just a quick write-up of the injuries for the week and a little bit of my thoughts down with it.
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Dionte Johnson (Pittsburgh Steelers) – Johnson will be out this week against the Browns. Expect Chase Claypool to have another good game with JuJu Smith-Schuster having a solid performance. TE Eric Ebron should be involved in this offense this week as well.
Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles) – With the three top WRs going into this season all out this week, all eyes will be on Travis Fulgham as he has the potential to have another great game (even if it is against the Ravens defense). Greg Ward should also be involved but no higher than a low-end flex.
Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings) – Vikings are playing it safe with Cook (as they should), by letting him sit out this week to get an extra week of rest with a bye week coming up. Alexander Mattison will be the lead back and has the talent to be a top 10 RB performer this week against the Atlanta Falcons.
Sammy Watkins (Kansas City Chiefs) – The lizard man will be missing multiple weeks with an unfortunate hamstring injury. Mecole Hardman should be a decent pick up as he is expected to get more targets with Watkins out. I expect a solid flex performance from Hardman until Watkins returns.
Mo Alie-Cox (Indianapolis Colts) – Mo had a few good weeks when TEs Jack Doyle and Trey Burton were out. Unfortunately, both of them are back and the roles are reversed. I don’t expect an outstanding TE performance from any of these players in the near future. I wouldn’t recommend any of these players until proven otherwise.
Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers) – A lack-luster season for Samuel so far, and this injury doesn’t help one bit. Samuel will be a game-time decision and has the potential to actually have a good game this week against the Bears but I wouldn’t take that risk. Keep him on the bench until further notice.
Noah Fant (Denver Broncos) – Head Coach Vic Fangio stated that Fant is “Truly Questionable” and will be a game-time decision. You have to play Fant if he does play, however, don’t expect an outstanding performance as he has a tough matchup this week against the Patriots. Make sure to have a backup TE in case Fant doesn’t play.
Jordan Akins (Houston Texans) – Here’s another TE that had the potential to break out. Unfortunately, injuries and competition with TE Darren Fells have brought Akins value way down. Akins will be a game-time decision with an ankle injury and a concussion, however, I do not recommend starting him in the near future until Houston figures out who their TE1 will be.
Leonard Fournette (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Head Coach Bruce Arians stated that Fournette will be a game-time decision. RB Ronald Jones will get the majority of carries even if Fournette does play. Fournette should be on your bench no matter what this week, but if Fournette is out I like KeShaun Vaughn as a sneaky flex play.
D.J. Chark (Jacksonville Jaguars) – Chark practiced very little this week and will be a game-time decision. Obviously if Chark plays he is a must-start so check about 90 minutes before game time. If Chark is listed as out Keelan Cole should be a solid flex and Laviska Shenault Jr starting no matter if Chark plays or not.
Melvin Gordon (Denver Broncos) – Gordon was sent home this Friday with a non-COVID illness. with this, and his midweek troubles, he has missed a lot of practice and is listed as a game-time decision. If Gordan is active he should be a starter even if it’s against the Patriots. However, I do believe that Phillip Lindsay should be in your starting lineup this week as there is a high chance that Gordon could be on a snap count if he plays.
Drew Lock (Denver Broncos) – This is an easy one, Lock is expected to play but a road game against the Patriots is a recipe for disaster. I would not recommend Lock in your lineup until he proves that he should be, but it will be interesting to see how Lock starting will affect WRs Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick.
Darius Slayton (New York Giants) – Slayton is expected to play and should have a solid game against Washington. With Sterling Shepherd on the IR, Slayton has had more targets and has emerged as the top receiver for the Giants. He should be a locked and loaded flex player with WR2 upside.
Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns) – all three of these players have been dealing with injuries or illness earlier this week but all are expected to play against the Steelers. Both Landry and Beckham should make your starting roster and Mayfield as a high-end QB2.
Adrian Peterson (Detroit Lions) – Peterson returned to practice this Friday after dealing with a non-COVID related illness. Peterson will still be the lead back for this team and will put up flex numbers with a low ceiling. Given the fact that Peterson has been dealing with an illness, I expect DeAndre Swift to have a more impactful role this week. Both of these players should be flex-worthy but Swift has much more upside.
Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Godwin got in a full practice on Friday meaning that he is all systems go this week against Green Bay. Pretty easy one here, start him. plain and simple.
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