Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 12 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

We are coming into Thanksgiving week in the NFL, one of the best football weekends in terms of tradition.  Who can say no to football all day on Thanksgiving and then more on Sunday?  For fantasy owners it's a week of goodness.  This goes without saying, but those of you who haven't done this for very long need to check your lineups on Wednesday before the Turkey Day games begin.
There were several injury developments this past week that will send owners scrambling to the waiver wire.  Even if you like your team heading into the final weeks before playoffs, check these updates and evaluate the waiver wire.  There could be some potential league-winners here so let's get started!

All the Ravens, Baltimore - Not 100% true, but we lost some relevant Ravens this week.  QB Joe Flacco tore his ACL on Sunday and is done for the year.  His backup is Matt Schaub.  Also lost to injury this week was RB Justin Forsett, who broke his arm on Sunday.  His season is over as well.  In his absence the main beneficiary should be Javorius "Buck" Allen.  Tough times for the Ravens, who also lost Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith this year as well.

Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona - Floyd missed Sunday night's game with a hamstring injury.  He didn't practice all week so it sounds as if he is highly questionable for next week as well.  Stay tuned to any updates out of Arizona.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta - Freeman suffered a concussion during Sunday's game and as of today he is "off to a good start", according to coach Dan Quinn.  The impressionist that Freeman may be able to play against the Vikings this week.  Check on Wednesday for a practice update just to be sure.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Shoulder and groin issues kept Jeffery off the field on Sunday.  It is not know what his status will be for this week, so keep an eye out for practice updates.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - Forte was inactive this past Sunday, but word from Chicago is that he will be ready to play against Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver - Sanders missed Sunday's game against Chicago with injuries to his finger and ankle.  The decision to sit him was made early on Sunday, so this sounds like a day to day type status.  He is expected to be on the field against the Patriots next week.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver - Manning sat on Sunday as Brock Osweiler started in his place during Denver's victory against the Bears.  He is also ruled out for Week 12, if not longer, and is getting a second opinion on his foot.  If Osweiler plays well going forward, none of this may matter.

Chris Polk, RB, Houston - Polk was a surprising inactive on Sunday due to a hamstring injury.  This sounds potentially troublesome going forward but at this point we don't have enough detail to update his status for Week 12.  Stay tuned for any updates.

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City - West suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's game and did not return.  I'm not sure if his continued absence was all due to the injury of the fact that the Chiefs were blowing out the Chargers.  Either way, he is being called day to day right now, so check for practice updates later in the week.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia - Mathews missed Sunday's game due to a concussion and he was also absent from practice on Monday.  It's not looking good for Week 12.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle - Lynch was ruled out for Sunday's game due to an abdominal injury that could reportedly be a sports hernia.  Lynch is meeting with a specialist on Monday to confirm, and if he does have a sports hernia he will require surgery and his season would be over.  Thomas Rawls went off in Lynch's absence and has proven to be a capable backup.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright has missed several games due to a knee injury.  Reports from Tennessee are that he is expected back for Week 12.

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington - Reed reportedly sprained his MCL during Week 11's game but he continued to play and finished the game, which is unusual.  He is expected to play Week 12, but keep an eye out in case anything changes.

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington - Morris left Sunday's game with an apparent rib injury.  Reports from the teammate that he is good to go for Week 12.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week 11 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Target

I saw some things in Week 10 that I can say for sure I've never seen before.  I don't think I've seen a face mask penalty put a team just inside their kicker's FG range as time expires, leading to a game winning FG with no time on the clock (Jags-Ravens).  I can't remember a Lions win at Lambeau Field until this week.  I've never seen Peyton Manning pulled by his coach for poor performance.  And I KNOW I've never seen Kirk Cousins get a perfect QB rating for a complete game.

Football can be so unpredictable - it's one of the reasons I love it.  But it can frustrate you to no end sometimes as a fantasy owner.  You look at your roster on Sunday morning and think it looks fantastic.....and then the games start and nothing makes sense.  And this is before we even get to injuries, which can happen to anyone at anytime!  But enough ranting, let's see if we can help some of you that are dealing with player injuries and need to hit the waiver wire.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England - This one really hurts for the Patriots. Their PPR machine and WR1 suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during Sunday's game against the Giants. This is basically the same injury that kept Dez Bryant out for six weeks (which was a borderline miraculous return timeframe). Edelman will undergo surgery on his foot and if he has the same timeline for recovery there is a chance he could return for the NFL playoffs at some point. For most fantasy owners, however, that will be too late. Danny Amendola will see a lot more action in Edelman's absence.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona - Floyd had a great game against Seattle, catching seven passes for 113 yards and two TD's.  He injured his hamstring late in the game, however, and the team is considering him day to day at the moment.  Until we hear further he is questionable for Week 11.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas - Romo has been out due to a broken collarbone, but ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the injury has healed and Romo will play in Week 11 against the Dolphins.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - Hankerson was a limited participant in Monday's practice.  It's looking like he will play in Week 11 and his WR2 status on the team will be intact.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - Forte was inactive for Sunday's game due to his MCL injury.  He did practice in a limited fashion this past week though, and the team is saying that he should be able to play Week 11 as long as his knee doesn't act up this week.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver - The Denver Post is reporting that Manning has been suffering from plantar fasciitis in his foot since Week 9.  As bad as Manning has been lately, maybe a rest will do him some good.  The next man up for Denver will be Brock Osweiler, as Manning has already been ruled out for Week 11.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay - Lacy was inactive for Week 10 with a groin injury.  In his absence James Starks got the RB1 workload and there's a chance that this may be the case going forward.  The coaching staff has said they want to get Lacy going but he just hasn't been very effective lately.  We will see how the Packers classify Lacy's status early this week.

T.J.Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville - Yeldon injured his foot during Week 10's game against the Ravens and was spotted on Monday wearing a walking boot.  There has been no word from the team yet regarding the nature of his injury, but with a game coming up on Thursday night he has to be considered questionable until we know more details.
Victor Cruz, WR, NY Giants - I highly doubt any of you were holding out hopes for Cruz this season, but I thought I'd pass along that he will have season-ending surgery on his calf.  I hope he can come back next year for some team, even if it's not the Giants.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NY Jets - Fitzpatrick had surgery on the thumb of his non-throwing hand last week and the Jets expect that he will practice this week.  If practice goes well he should play Week 11.

Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia - Bradford suffered what is believed to be a Grade II AC joint sprain in his shoulder as well as a concussion on Sunday.  The Eagles are saying that he will almost certainly miss Week 11, and possibly Week 12 since its a short week for the team with a game on Thanksgiving Day.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia - Mathews suffered a concussion on Sunday and did not return, and he will enter the league protocol.  He is expected to miss Week 11.

Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego - The NFL Network is reporting that Floyd will attempt to rehab and play through the torn labrum injury in his shoulder.  I honestly have no idea how this will go, but for now he is considered week to week.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright was inactive for Week 10's matchup with the Panthers and is considered questionable for Week 11 as well.  The team said that he will have to have full practices to show that he is ready to play on Thursday night.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde's foot has been giving him issues for weeks.  The team was hoping that the bye week would give him enough time to heal, but he is still day to day.  Owners will have to pay attention to any practice updates from the Niners.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 10 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 9 of the season is in the books, and it seems like we just cannot get through a week of games without injuries that carry major significance for fantasy football owners.  The regular fantasy season has only a few weeks remaining so a number of these injuries will have impact on the playoffs.

Let's take a look at the relevant injuries for Week 10.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England - Lewis has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and is done for the year. It's really a shame for the team and for Lewis' owners, since he has proven to be a weekly difference-maker. It's anybody's guess what the Pats will do next - they have Blount for carries and James White, Brandon Bolden, or a free agent pickup could serve as the team's passing down back. We will have to see what the team does next but my guess is that anyone outside of Blount will not be worthwhile for fantasy purposes.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - This feels like deja vu. Roethlisberger with another multi-week injury? It looks likely, although it could have been much worse. He is expected to miss Week 10 with a foot sprain but possibly return after the team's Week 11 bye. Landry Jones will start at QB in his place, and DeAngelo Williams will play a bigger role in the Steelers' offense.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - McCoy sustained a shoulder injury on Sunday and did not return. He is insisting that the injury is not significant, but you can always assume that a player will sugar-coat an injury. The team will get an MRI on his shoulder early this week, and the we should know if McCoy will be ready for Thursday's game.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - An MCL injury kept Forte out of Monday night's game against the Chargers. Coach John Fox has called Forte day to day since the injury, so we will have to wait for an update early this week as to his Week 10 status.
Update: Forte received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection in an attempt to assist the healing in his knee. According to the Chicago Tribune, he is in "great doubt" for Week 10.

Calvin Johnson,WR, Detroit - Johnson stayed off of his injured ankle during the team's Week 9 bye. We will need to hear from the team what his outlook will be for Week 10, but his complete absence during the team's practices doesn't sound good.
Update: Johnson did not participate in Monday's practice.

Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland - Murray left Sunday's game with what is feared to be a concussion. If he misses Week 10 the Raiders will mix in Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones and Roy Helu.
Update: Coach Jack Del Rio has said that Murray is indeed going through the league's concussion protocol.

John Brown, WR, Arizona - Brown has missed time due to a hamstring issue.  The expectation is that he will be ready to play in Week 10 following last week's bye.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - Hankerson has missed two games with a hamstring injury.  His targets seemed to have gone mostly to Julio Jones and Jacob Tamme.  We will have to see if he practices this week ahead of the team's Week 10 game.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay - Lacy left Sunday's game at Carolina with a groin injury and did not return.  This has been a terrible season so far for Lacy and his owners, and Week 9 was no different.  James Starks may have jumped him on the depth chart after his performance against the Panthers.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Houston - Shorts is expected to return in Week 10 after missing time with a hamstring injury.  This is more of a minus for those who picked up Nate Washington than anything, as Shorts should take some of Nate's targets.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde missed Week 9's game in which the 49ers pulled off a surprising upset against the Falcons.  His return date is unclear and he is still not practicing so owners will have to wait for an update from the team.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay - In a bit of a surprise, the Bucs held the TE out of Sunday's game against the Giants.  Hopefully he can return from his shoulder injury next week against Dallas.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright missed Week 8's matchup against the Saints due to an injured knee.  Reports are that he should be able to play Week 10, but keep an eye out for any changes this week.
Update:  The Titans are already saying that Wright will not be able to practice on Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Week 9 Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Consider yourself lucky if your fantasy team escaped Week 8 without any major injuries.  Seriously, the amount of big-name players going down was just ridiculous.  For them and their respective teams these injuries are catastrophic and for us they can wreak havoc as well, but at least we get the opportunity to make a few decent decisions on the waiver wire to try and salvage our team.

Let's take a look at this week's injury update.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh - Ouch. What a blow for the Steelers, losing Bell for the year to a torn MCL on the same day that Roethlisberger comes back. It's a tough blow for fantasy owners as well. Look for DeAngelo Williams on the waiver wire since he will move into the starting role and have immediate fantasy RB2 value.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - Forte left Sunday's game in the third quarter and never returned. Reports from the Bears are that he has an MCL injury, which is a multi-week recovery in most cases, and not an ACL injury. The severity of the injury is not fully known at this point, but he is expected to miss at least two weeks. Jeremy Langford would start at RB in his absence.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego - Allen left Sunday's game before the half and did not return. Early reports from the team were a shoulder injury but now they have been updated to a kidney injury, and it sounds like Allen is out indefinitely. Antonio Gates, Malcolm Floyd, and Steve Johnson should get more targets in the Chargers passing offense for the near future.

Steve Smith Sr, WR, Baltimore - Smith lost the rest of his season to a torn Achilles' tendon. The 36 year-old was having a nice season for the Ravens, but now their receiving corps is in shambles. Kamar Aiken should be the WR1 moving forward, at least until Breshad Perriman can recover from his knee injury.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit - Johnson appeared to injure his ankle making a long catch on Sunday. He left the game and didn't return. The Lions have their bye in Week 9 so we will wait for any status updates for Megatron later today or early this week.

Brandon Marshall, WR, NY Jets - It looked like Marshall injured his foot/ankle a couple of times during Sunday's game. All the Jets would say is that his foot and ankle are "sore" and he is questionable to play Week 9.

John Brown, WR, Arizona - Brown was declared active for Week 8 but then never played a snap, which certainly did his owners no favors.  He is expected to return from his hamstring injury following the team's Week 9 bye.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - A hamstring injury kept Hankerson out of Week 8's game against the Buccaneers, leading to a massive amount of targets for Julio Jones.  We will have to wait for an early-week update from the Falcons regarding Hankerson's status.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - Reports are that Watkins will test his ankle in practice this week, and hopefully be able to start Week 9.

Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans - Robinson suffered a broken tibia during Sunday's game and is done for the year.  He was a change of pace back for the Saints and his absence means more work for Mark Ingram.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NY Jets - Fitzpatrick left Sunday's game with an injury to his left (non-throwing) hand.  Reports are that he will need surgery "at some point" and yet he is considered day-to-day.  This sounds like a very unclear situation and we will need to wait for any updates.

Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco - It is believed that Bush tore his ACL during Sunday's game, ending his season.  It's a shame too because he was starting in place of the injured Carlos Hyde and getting some really good usage in the offense.

Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco - A hamstring injury kept Boldin off of the field Sunday.  He should probably be considered questionable for this week until we get clarity on the situation during practice.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde was inactive for Sunday's game, and reports are that his foot injury could keep him out of the lineup until after the Niners' Week 10 bye.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay - Jackson was kept off of the field this week with a knee injury.  From what the team is saying it sounds like he should be considered week to week.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright sprained his MCL Sunday and his knee is in a brace.  He should be considered extremely doubtful for next week but just keep an eye out for an update just in case.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - After missing the beginning of the season with a hamstring injury, it sounds like he's finally ready to go for Sunday's matchup against the Patriots.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Week 8 NFL Injury Report and Waiver-Wire Targets

Week 7 takes us past the halfway point of the fantasy regular season for most traditional leagues.  At this point you should have a good idea of your team's potential and where your weaknesses are, so now is the time to really think about your strategy going forward.  Are you 7-0 or 6-1 with an eye toward the playoffs?  Or are you 3-4 and looking for one game-changing trade?  Perhaps you're 2-5 or 1-6, in desperation mode, and needing a Hail-Mary revamp of your roster.  Let's check on the injury situation and waiver wire targets to see if we can help......

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - What a disastrous injury.  Foster suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the rest of this season.  He was likely a cornerstone for his fantasy owners after his return from a groin injury earlier this year.  He can't be totally replaced, and unfortunately the work at RB for the Texans will likely be split in his absence between Chris Polk and Alfred Blue.  We don't know at this point how their roles will shake out.  If I had to choose I would try to pick up Chris Polk right now.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - Hankerson left Sunday's game with hamstring problems, apparently a continuation of his earlier injury.  Look for Roddy White to see a few more targets in his absence if he misses next week's game.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo - The Bills were without their starting QB for the game in London, as he was kept out with a knee injury.  Buffalo has their bye in Week 8, and the hope is that Taylor can return when Bills play in Week 9.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - Like Taylor, Watkins missed the London game as well with an ankle injury.  He has reportedly shed his walking boot and the team hopes he will return following the Week 8 bye.

Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland - McCown's play over the past few weeks has earned him fantasy relevance.  He left Sunday's game with an apparent shoulder injury and he has a scheduled MRI on Monday.  The team is not expecting him to miss any games barring an unforeseen surprise on the MRI.

Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas - Randle left Sunday's game with an oblique injury and did not return.  Reports from the team states that he will miss "some time."  He may have lost the RB1 role to Darren McFadden anyway, so we will have to listen to updates from the team in the coming days.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - There were rumors that Bryant could possibly return for Week 7 but they were quickly put to rest during practice last week.  There is a better chance he returns Week 8 but we will see how he does in practice this week.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver - He is coming off of the team's bye week listed as day-to-day with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder.  He is not expected to miss Week 8 at this point, but keep an eye out for any updates or setbacks.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City - The Chiefs held Maclin out of Sunday's game as a precautionary measure due to a prior concussion.  All indications are that he will be ready to play Week 8.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England - Lewis missed Week 7 with an abdominal injury.  It's not indicated at this point if he is expected to miss any more time so we will watch for additional updates.

Chris Ivory, RB, NY Jets - Ivory appeared to be struggling with a hamstring injury throughout Sunday's game, and stat line was saved by a TD reception in what was otherwise a down game for him.  It is expected that he will be limited in practice this week and then play in Week 8.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger has been out with a knee injury since Week 3.  According to the Steelers he has a really good chance to play in Week 8's game against the Bengals.  Antonio Brown owners would definitely welcome his return as well.

Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego - Gates is plagued by an MCL sprain and the possibility is that he may miss multiple weeks with the injury.  Ladarius Green would take most of his work if Gates can't make it onto the field for Week 8.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay - Jackson exited Sunday's game with a knee issue and did not return.  We are waiting to hear from the team as to his diagnosis.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee - Mariota missed Week 7 with an MCL sprain but the Titans are reporting that he should be ready for Week 8.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Week 7 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 6 in the NFL raised a lot of questions, in my opinion. 

Let's get to the injuries that we are watching heading into Week 7:

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - After missing prior weeks with a calf injury, Watkins started Sunday's game against the Bengals but didn't make it past the first half.  He injured his ankle on a TD reception and was on crutches during the second half.  Reports are that he has a sprained ankle and looks doubtful to play Week 7.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver - Sanders suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday and early reports are that he sprained his AC joint.  This is the same injury that is plaguing Randall Cobb of Green Bay.  Cobb injured his shoulder early this season and is still having issues.  Sanders has a bye this week, so he will have some extra time to focus on recovery.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit - Abdullah injured his shoulder in the second half of Sunday's game while attempting to recover his own fumble.  He missed the rest of the game and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it was due to his shoulder, not his fumble.  We expect Abdullah to be ready to go this week but keep an eye out for updates just in case.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit - Bell missed the Week 6 game, but should be over his ankle injury and ready for Week 7.

Ty Montgomery, WR, Green Bay - Montgomery left Sunday's game on a cart after apparently injuring his ankle.  Initial tests on the ankle have come back negative, so this may be a sprain.  Green Bay has their bye this week so he will have an extra week to heal.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville - Robinson left Sunday's game with a leg injury and did not return.  We have learned Monday that he suffered a leg contusion, and was on crutches after the game.  He should be considered questionable right now at the very least.
Update:  Robinson's X-rays came back negative, which is a good sign.  He's still somewhere between probable and questionable, but it's a little better situation now that it's just considered a deep bruise.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City - Maclin left Sunday's game with a concussion and did not return.  He will enter the league's concussion protocol and should be considered doubtful for Week 7.

Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans - Colston missed Week 6 with a shoulder injury, but the Saints hope that he will be back for Week 7.  Colston hasn't had the production we've been used to in years past, and Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks are above him on the totem pole now anyway.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger is being called week-to-week with his knee injury, but early reports are that a Week 8 return is most likely.  Keep an eye out for anything that may lead to Big Ben playing this week, though.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego - Allen was a target monster on Sunday, catching 14 passes for 157 yards before leaving the game with a hip injury in the third quarter.  He attempted to return but quickly went back to the sideline.  We are waiting for an update on his status at this point.
Update:  Reports are that Allen has a minor hip sprain and will likely be able to play Week 7.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde has been battling a foot injury and exited Sunday's game for a bit with what looked to be a possible reaggravation.  He would return to the game but the 49ers appeared to limit him in the process.  San Fran's next game is on Thursday night, so check to make sure that Hyde is good to go on a short week.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee - Mariota sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain on Sunday.  He remained in the game for a while before getting pulled for Zach Mettenberger late in the game.  We haven't heard that he's out for Week 7, but normally his injury is considered to be a multiple-week recovery.  Stay tuned for any updates.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - It's looking like Bryant is "extremely unlikely" to play Week 7, according to the NFL Network.  He is working on rehab and conditioning, but getting into game shape still appears to be a week or two away.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Week 6 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

This week in the NFL we saw some major injuries occur, but none worse than the injury to Jamaal Charles.  Anyone who was watching the game and saw him go down without much contact knows that those types of injuries have a likelihood to be very serious.  Unfortunately that appears to be the case for Charles.

Let's take a look at the injuries relevant to Week 6 and the rest of the season.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City - Tests have confirmed that Charles tore his right ACL on Sunday, ending his season.  It is a terrible blow for the player, his team, and fantasy owners.  No one behind Charles on the depth chart can totally replace him, but the team figures to split time between Charcandrick West and Knile Davis.  For my money West would be the top add of the two.
Odell Beckham, WR, NY Giants - Beckham left Sunday night's game with a hamstring issue but then returned for the final drive.  We will have to see if there are any developments early this week, but if he could come back into the game Sunday that is a good indication that he'll be ready for Week 6, especially since the Giants don't play until Monday night.
TJ Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville - Yeldon left Sunday's game with a groin injury and did not return.  We have not heard anything else at this point, but it would be a tough loss for the Jags as he is their every-down RB.
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore - Forsett missed overtime on Sunday due to an ankle injury.  We will wait for any updates from the Ravens as to his status for Week 6.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - Watkins was ruled out for Week 5, but he was very active in practices and workouts.  He will likely be ready for Week 6.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - A hamstring injury continues to keep McCoy on the sidelines, and it looks like he will miss Week 6 as well.  There is a possibility that Karlos Williams will miss next week as well.  Boobie Dixon and Boom Herron would handle the majority of work at RB, so it's ugly at RB for the Bills right now.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Well, we thought that Jeffery would be back on the field this week, but he was inactive again with his hamstring and calf injuries.  We will wait to see if he is healthy enough to play for Week 6.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay - Adams was inactive for Week 5 against St. Louis.  His status for Week 6 looks questionable with his ankle injury, leaving Ty Montgomery to possibly serve as the Packers' WR3 for another week.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis - All updates are indicating that Luck will return for Week 6 against the Patriots.
Reuben Randle, WR, NY Giants - Randle exited Sunday night's game with a hamstring injury and did not return.  He has to be considered questionable at best for Week 6.  Depending on OBJ's status, the Giants could be starting Dwayne Harris and Myles White at WR.  Ouch.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh - Bryant injured his knee in his first practice back from a four-game suspension.  He didn't play on Monday night and will be questionable for Week 6.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle - Lynch did not play in Week 5 due to a hamstring injury.  The coaching staff feels confident that he will return to practice this week, so hopefully we will see him suit up for Week 6.

Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville - Bortles sustained a sprained AC joint in his shoulder during Sunday's game.  He continued to play and posted an incredible line of 303 passing yards and 4 TD's.  If Bortles can't go Sunday, Chad Henne would be his backup.

Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore - Smith missed Week 5 with a back injury, and the team is hoping that he will be ready for Week 6.  We will have to stay tuned to practice updates later this week for Smith's status.