One of the most challenging tasks that any owner faces during the course of the fake football season is managing those injuries that crop up along the way. Often we’re kept down to the wire wondering if players will play, limited in practice and listed on the injury report, and sometimes if they do there’s very little in the way of assurances that they’re going to play 100% of their normal snaps, or ability.
On Saturdays we’re going to take a look every week at the players are fit that very description, and how their situations may impact your fantasy squad for the upcoming weekend.
Update: Carrying the questionable tag coming into the game Calvin Johnson is inactive for the Lions today, against the Packers.
Week 5 Injury Report
Steven Jackson – Out: Should be a few more weeks for SJax owners, and in the meantime nothing is getting any clearer on the Jason Snelling Jacquizz Rodgers front – you’ve got to stay away from the committee until Steven returns to action.
Arian Foster – Probable: Foster out-touched Tate all over the place last Sunday, and until he stops putting up 170 yards a game I don’t see that reverting in the future. Seems to be developing into more of the same for Ben, who for a few years now has been touted to actually get some reasonable action and for a few years now has found himself stuck behind Arian. No reason not to think Arian will be his usual self this week.
Johnathan Franklin, Eddie Lacy, and John Kuhn – Probable: It’s a tough situation in Green Bay with all the three backs probable but on pace to play. Tough to know how things will pan out with all three nursing minor issues and with Franklin having a great game prior to sustaining his. Kuhn is always there, dying to steal a touchdown and spoil your week.
Kenjon Barner – Questionable: Although Barner presumably won’t be of much use for fantasy, and if he is one assumes that when Stewart returns he’ll take more of a hit, the staff in Carolina has suggested that they want to use him like the Saints use Darren Sproles. How that impacts Williams, Tolbert and Newton’s touchdowns is beyond anyone to know right now…but it might.
Ahmad Bradshaw – Out: Bradshaw’s neck is going to keep him sidelined for at least the foreseeable future as it’s rumored that he is going to take a couple weeks before he even decides how to proceed. The situation in Indy, however, is Trent Richardson followed by Trent Richardson presumably going forward.
Jamaal Charles – Probable: Charles is ready to go and be a beast again in week 5. He doesn’t fall short of 100 yards ever, and he scores week in and out. Owners, no worries.
Patrtiots’ RBs Stevan Ridley (Out) and Brandon Bolden (Questionable): With Ridley sidelined for what appears to be “a couple of weeks” at a minimum) it is looking likely that LeGarrette Blount will have an opportunity to shine as the lead back. Bolden has been dinged up, but is expected to be on the field against the Bengals in a passing-down RB role, which may slightly limit Blout’s value, however.
Chris Ivory – Probable: After missing week 4 it looks like Ivory will be ready to go against the Falcons on MNF. He’s not worthy of even consideration, as we’re left to assume that Powell owns the bulk of the carries in New York. Goodson’s return to the line-up seems imminent as well, further leaving Ivory’s value in doubt.
Darren McFadden (Out) and Marcel Reece (Questionable): McFadden remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, and Reece’s ability to pull off a full workload remains seriously in question. Enter: Rashad Jennings. The problem with the entry of Jennings? Well, his short career isn’t filled with great results and consistency. Last week against the Redskins he didn’t shine much on the ground, though he looked good through the air. This week if he gets the bulk of the carries he might be worth a spot start, but there’s no guarantee he’s going to be worth the spot in your lineup.
Ryan Mathews – Probable: Mathews will probably play. He’ll almost certainly play less snaps than Woodhead, and he’ll definitely be playing at almost midnight tomorrow. You can’t risk that, and you shouldn’t risk that.
Marshawn Lynch – Out: Lynch’s production hasn’t been as high as his owners would like to see necessarily – but his volume? No complains. That’ll remain the same, and this week versus Indy won’t likely be any different – fire away.
Roddy White and Julio Jones – Questionable: It’s almost at the point where it has to be considered a breach of some sort of injury list rules that these guys still have their names show up as anything other than probable – there’s very little chance that they aren’t both going to play. Roddy got a lot of looks against the Pats but only brought in three of nine passes tossed his way, while Julio snagged 100 yards again. I’d continue to not roll Roddy until he shows the corner has been turned.
Brandon Marshall – Probable: After making owners sweat unnecessarily for a couple days without practicing, Marshall did some limited work on Friday. Like a lot of very blatant names on this list, if you own Marshall you’re starting Marshall.
Andre Johnson – Questionable: Johnson played in week 4 and the general belief is that he’s going to play in week 5 barring unforeseen setbacks – roll as per usual with the WR1, though he’s got a tough match-up.
Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson – Probable: Thompkins is almost a must start at an WR3 spot if you’ve got one, or if you’re hurting in your flex position, as he carves out a role with Tom Brady…but Dobson remains a little less sure. Although he’s seen plenty of targets, he took a bad smack on SNF against the Falcons which has to leave owners wondering about his value.
Danny Amendola – Questionable: Amendola is with the club in Cincinnati which is a positive sign that he’ll play. He’s likely a game time decision, but if he takes the field (and you want to risk him not leaving it) he’s a loved target by Brady that you should consider running with.
Lance Moore – Out: We all anticipated that it might mean more looks for praised rookie Kenny Stills, but it ended up being more looks for Robert Meachem who we are all eating our words about. Another week off for Moore should benefit Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles (and perhaps Marques Colston).
Martellus Bennett – Probable: There seems to be no question about Bennett’s availability for Sundays matchup with the Saints, which is terrific news for his owners as his numbers are terrific for a TE. He’s breached 75 yards on two occasions and he’s got 3 TD through four weeks; if you don’t have a guy named Jimmy Graham on your roster you can almost be sure to start Bennett over whoever you have available.
Jermichael Finley – Probable: Finley has scored a touchdown in each of the two games he’s played, and he’s cleared to return from his concussion and play this week. Feels like a good week to go 3 for 3 in the endzone.
Owen Daniels – Probable: Daniels brought in 72 yards last week, but hasn’t caught a TD pass since week 2. Hard to know when he’ll gain one and put you over the edge, but he’ll likely play this week and if he’s your guy he’s going to get the same attention he seems to garner every week.
Kansas’ TEs Anthony Fasano (Questionable) and Travis Kelce (Out) : Sean McGrath will get another shot to see if he may become a viable TE add for people who are streaming in coming weeks with Kelce out and Fasano’s availability in question. McGrath caught 64 yards for a score last week and is in a system with a man tossing the ball who loves a security blanket. If Fasano or Kelce don’t return soon, he may carve himself out a role.
Rob Gronkowski – Questionable: Since this tag came out, Gronk didn’t travel with the club to Cinci. I think that answers any questions about his availability.