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Fantasy Football: Injury notes, actives/inactives for Week 6

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

 Bad news for Chris Olave: Although the New Orleans Saints WR got in a full practice on Friday, he is not expected to play in Week 6. 

 Don't worry about Saquon Barkley: The Giants star is good to go for Sunday’s matchup against the Ravens. I would draft Barkley before any other running back if the fantasy season re-started tomorrow.

Keep an eye on CeeDee Lamb: Lamb didn’t practice on Friday after an almost absent week on the injury report. Hopefully, fantasy managers will find out more info Sunday morning.

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KEY
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation
(-): Not listed
OUT: Player will not play
D: Player is unlikely to play
Q: Player is not certain to play
NIR – Rest: Not injury-related or resting veteran

QB | RB | WR | TE


Quarterback

Player Position Team Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Aaron Rodgers
QB GB Right Thumb DNP FP FP (-)
Baker Mayfield
QB CAR Ankle DNP DNP DNP D
Dak Prescott
QB DAL Right Thumb DNP LP LP Out
Jameis Winston
QB NO Back/Ankle LP LP LP Out
Justin Herbert
QB LAC Ribs (-) FP (-) (-)
Mac Jones
QB NE Ankle LP LP LP Out
Russell Wilson
QB DEN Right Shoulder (-) LP FP (-)
Teddy Bridgewater
QB MIA Concussion Protocol / R. Pectoral DNP LP FP Q
Tua Tagovailoa
QB MIA Concussion Protocol / Ankle LP LP FP Out
Tyrod Taylor
QB NYG Concussion LP FP FP (-)

Broncos QB Russell Wilson (right shoulder): Wilson is still practicing and playing through the pain. Expect him to go out there Monday night against the Chargers and give it his all, even if the result likely won’t please the prime-time audience. The Broncos are implied to score a lowly 20.5 points in Week 6.

Expert Injury Analysis: I expect Wilson to play through the injury, but unless he takes multiple weeks off it will be something he manages all season. 

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (right thumb, not listed): Rodgers didn’t practice to start the week but finished it with back-to-back full sessions and is good to go for Sunday’s matchup against the Jets. The issue isn’t expected to limit him, so fire him up as a borderline QB1 poised for bigger days ahead as this new-look offense continues to catch its stride.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any lingering effects from Rodgers' minor injury. 

Saints QB Jameis Winston (back/ankle, questionable): The Saints have already confirmed that Andy Dalton will start his third consecutive game in place of Winston. This is good news for Alvin Kamara, who caught more passes in his first game with Dalton (6) than he did in two with Winston (5). It’d also make sense if the Saints continue to lean on their Taysom Hill package, especially considering that they are also at risk of missing their top four wide receivers due to injury.

Expert Injury Analysis: I expect Winston to be back in the next week or two. 

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (right thumb, questionable): Cooper Rush remains the Cowboys’ projected starter ahead of their Sunday night matchup against the Eagles. While Rush’s undefeated record is certainly impressive, he has largely been asked to be just a game manager. There’s a reason why the Cowboys are implied to score the second-fewest points in Week 6.

Expert Injury Analysis: Prescott was close to playing this week, so I expect him to return in Week 7.  

Panthers QB Baker Mayfield (ankle, doubtful): P.J. Walker will be under center against Aaron Donald and company. There’s a reason why the Panthers are implied to score a week-low 15.75 points. RB Christian McCaffrey is the only member of this offense that needs to be started in most lineups at the moment.

Expert Injury Analysis: Mayfield is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, and return-to-play is typically four to six weeks. If he comes back early, expect his mobility to be hindered. 

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (concussion/ankle, out), Teddy Bridgewater (concussion/right pectoral, questionable): Skylar Thompson will again draw the start for the Dolphins ahead of their Week 6 matchup against the Vikings. The rookie has enough arm talent — and head coach Mike McDaniel enough smarts — to hopefully still enable Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to their usual fantasy goodness. Both ultra-talented wide receivers should continue to be jammed into starting fantasy lineups of almost all shapes and sizes.

Expert Injury Analysis: Tagovailoa will miss the second straight week, but I expect him back in Week 7. Bridgewater was only ruled out with a concussion due to the new protocol but has yet to be cleared. If he is cleared in time for the game he will serve as the backup to Skylar Thompson. 

Patriots QB Mac Jones (ankle, questionable): Appears to be shaping up as a true game-time decision. Bailey Zappe will again be under center if Jones is unable to suit up. Jones’ presence would be a small upgrade for Jakobi Meyers and Hunter Henry, but the second-year quarterback isn’t a realistic streaming option outside of two-QB/superflex leagues.

Expert Injury Analysis: I believe Jones is set to miss his third straight game with a high-ankle sprain. The typical return-to-play timeline is 4-6 weeks, which would set him up for a likely return in Week 7. 


Running back

Player Position Team Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Alexander Mattison
RB MIN Shoulder LP LP LP Q
Cam Akers
RB LAR Personal (-) DNP Out (-)
Damien Harris
RB NE Hamstring (-) LP LP Out
Demetric Felton
RB CLV Wrist FP FP FP (-)
Jeff Wilson
RB SF Shoulder FP FP FP (-)
Jonathan Taylor
RB IND Ankle DNP LP LP Out
Justice Hill
RB BLT Hamstring DNP LP LP D
Kenneth Gainwell
RB PHI Rib LP FP FP (-)
Kenneth Walker III
RB SEA Shoulder FP (-) (-) (-)
Latavius Murray
RB DEN Wrist (-) FP FP (-)
Melvin Gordon
RB DEN Neck/Ribs (-) LP LP (-)
Mike Boone
RB DEN Foot (-) LP FP (-)
Nyheim Hines
RB IND Concussion LP LP FP Out
Raheem Mostert
RB MIA Knee DNP LP LP Q
Rashaad Penny
RB SEA Ankle DNP DNP (-) (-)
Rico Dowdle
RB DAL Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Samaje Perine
RB CIN Abdomen LP LP FP (-)
Saquon Barkley
RB NYG Shoulder LP LP LP (-)
Taiwan Jones
RB BUF Knee DNP DNP LP (-)
Tyrion Davis-Price
RB SF Ankle FP FP FP (-)

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle, out) and Nyheim Hines (concussion, questionable): Colts head coach Frank Reich said that he’s “optimistic” Taylor will play in Week 6. But he was ruled out Saturday morning. Meanwhile, Hines remains in concussion protocol.  Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay now become throw-up-in-your-mouth FLEX options for the Colts’ league-worst scoring offense.

Expert Injury Analysis: Hines suffered a severe concussion last week, and I do not believe he will make it through the protocol in time to play in Week 6. I expect him to return in Week 7. 

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (shoulder, not listed): Good to go for Sunday’s matchup against the Ravens. I would draft Barkley before any other running back if the fantasy season re-started tomorrow.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any lingering effects from his minor injury. 

Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (shoulder, questionable): Mattison doesn’t boast realistic standalone value, but his absence would actually serve as a decent upgrade for Dalvin Cook, who has posted good (though not dominant) snap rates of 63% and 57% the last two weeks while dealing with his own shoulder issue.

Expert Injury Analysis: I am optimistic Mattison will be able to play in Week 6, but he is a true game-time decision. 

Rams RB Cam Akers (personal, out): Head coach Sean McVay wouldn’t elaborate on why Akers won’t be suiting up Sunday. Either way, Darrell Henderson suddenly leaps into the upside RB2 conversation. Don’t be surprised if Henderson seldom leaves the field: Head coach Sean McVay has demonstrated a willingness to give his starting running back a full three-down workload in the past. Guys like Malcolm Brown, Jake Funk and Kyren Williams (foot, IR) if activated could perhaps mix in, as well, but the Rams’ status as 10-point home favorites makes Henderson an appealing upside RB2 option.

Expert Injury Analysis: Akers is not playing Sunday, and it is not due to injury. I will not speculate on what is going on, but hopefully he is ok. It would not shock me if he doesn't play another down for the Rams. 

Ravens RB Justice Hill (hamstring, doubtful): The Ravens refuse to fully turn the backfield over to J.K. Dobbins, even in the absence of Hill and Gus Edwards (knee, PUP). Expect Dobbins to lead the way in raw touches, but Kenyan Drake and (to a lesser extent) Mike Davis are also fully expected to be active and involved. It’s tough to treat Dobbins as more than a lower-end RB2 until there’s more evidence that Baltimore is ready to truly feature him.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect Hill to play in Week 6 due to his hamstring strain. I expect him to be back in the next week or two. 

Cardinals RB James Conner (ribs, out) and Darrel Williams (knee, out): Fire up Eno Benjamin as an upside RB2 option ahead of Sunday’s potential shootout against the Seahawks. While Corey Clement and/or Keaontay Ingram could also be involved, head coach Kliff Kingsbury has demonstrated a willingness to give his starting running back a full three-down workload in the past. I’d start Benjamin ahead of guys like Melvin Gordon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Najee Harris, among others.

Expert Injury Analysis: Typical return-to-play for three or fewer rib fractures is 1.5 games. If he is dealing with torn rib cartilage it would be two to four weeks. I believe Williams may miss multiple weeks with his knee injury. 

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon (neck/ribs) and Mike Boone (foot): Both managed to start the week with a limited practice, indicating that they are on track to suit up Monday night against the Chargers. Gordon warrants mid-tier RB2 treatment as the lead back of this underwhelming offense, but the addition of Latavius Murray could throw a wrench into things — especially if Gordon’s butterfingers persist.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any limitations for both players. 

Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert (knee, questionable): Looks on the right side of questionable after getting in back-to-back limited practices to end the week. However, his ailment is hardly ideal for the often-injured veteran. Mostert’s usage has been trending in the right direction for weeks, and he’s the fairly undisputed featured back of this offense at this point. Still, the potential for this injury to limit Mostert’s effectiveness and/or usage in Week 6 will have me picking the other guy in close/start sit decisions featuring him and another RB2-viable option.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any lingering effects from his minor injury. 

Patriots RB Damien Harris (hamstring, questionable): Reportedly expected to miss multiple weeks. The Patriots’ decision to elevate Kevin Harris from the practice squad is a good indication that Harris will be ruled out come Sunday morning. If out, Rhamondre Stevenson becomes a must-start RB1 option thanks to his potential to possess a true every-down workload. Credit to Stevenson for also working as PFF’s third-highest-graded running back on the season.

Expert Injury Analysis: The multiple-week timeline for Harris' hamstring strain means he is likely dealing with a severe Grade 1. 

49ers RB Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle, not listed): TDP is good to go for Sunday’s matchup against the Falcons. The 49ers were willing to rotate TDP with Jeff Wilson with Elijah Mitchell (knee, IR) originally sidelined, but Kyle Shanahan’s longtime BFF Tevin Coleman has since been involved, as well. Wilson can still tentatively still be treated as a volume-based RB2, but his secure grasp on the starting running back job obviously becomes less and less secure as the rest of this group gets healthier.

Expert Injury Analysis: I expect Davis-Price to increase his workload over the next few weeks. 


Wide receiver

Player Position Team Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
A.J. Brown
WR PHI Rest (-) LP FP (-)
Amari Cooper
WR CLV NIR – Rest DNP FP FP (-)
Brandon Powell
WR LAR Hip DNP FP (-) (-)
Breshad Perriman
WR TB Knee/Hamstring FP FP FP (-)
CeeDee Lamb
WR DAL Hip (-) (-) DNP Q
Chris Godwin
WR TB Hip/Knee/Rest LP DNP FP (-)
Chris Olave
WR NO Concussion DNP LP FP Out
Christian Watson
WR GB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Cooper Kupp
WR LAR Foot DNP LP (-) (-)
D.J. Moore
WR CAR Shoulder FP FP FP (-)
D'Wayne Eskridge
WR SEA Illness DNP LP (-) (-)
Danny Gray
WR SF Illness LP FP FP (-)
Dareke Young
WR SEA Quadricep DNP LP (-) (-)
Deonte Harty
WR NO Foot DNP DNP DNP Out
Diontae Johnson
WR PIT Hip LP FP FP (-)
Erik Ezukanma
WR MIA Eye (-) LP FP (-)
Isaiah McKenzie
WR BUF Concussion FP FP FP (-)
Jaelon Darden
WR TB Tooth DNP FP FP (-)
Jake Kumerow
WR BUF Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Jakobi Meyers
WR NE Knee LP LP LP Q
Jalen Nailor
WR MIN Hamstring FP FP FP (-)
Jarvis Landry
WR NO Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Jaylen Waddle
WR MIA Groin FP FP FP (-)
Josh Palmer
WR LAC Ankle/Knee (-) FP (-) (-)
JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR KC Hamstring / Quad FP FP FP (-)
Julio Jones
WR TB Knee DNP DNP DNP D
Kadarius Toney
WR NYG Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Keenan Allen
WR LAC Hamstring (-) LP (-) (-)
Kenny Golladay
WR NYG Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Laviska Shenault Jr.
WR CAR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Marquise Goodwin
WR SEA Knee/Back FP FP (-) (-)
Marvin Jones
WR JAX Hamstring (-) (-) LP Q
Mecole Hardman
WR KC Heel FP FP FP (-)
Michael Thomas
WR NO Foot DNP DNP DNP Out
Mike Evans
WR TB NIR – Rest (-) (-) DNP (-)
Nelson Agholor
WR NE Hamstring LP LP LP Out
Penny Hart
WR SEA Hamstring DNP DNP (-) (-)
Rashod Bateman
WR BLT Foot DNP DNP DNP Out
Robbie Anderson
WR CAR Illness (-) (-) DNP Q
Russell Gage
WR TB Ankle DNP LP FP (-)
Skyy Moore
WR KC Ankle FP FP FP (-)
Stefon Diggs
WR BUF NIR – Rest (-) (-) DNP (-)
Tee Higgins
WR CIN Ankle DNP DNP LP Q
Tyler Lockett
WR SEA Hamstring (-) LP (-) (-)
Tyreek Hill
WR MIA Quad / Foot FP FP FP (-)
Wan'Dale Robinson
WR NYG Knee LP LP LP Q
Zay Jones
WR JAX Ankle LP LP LP Q

Bengals WR Tee Higgins (ankle, questionable): Managed to get in a limited practice on Friday but doesn’t seem like anything close to a lock to suit up Sunday against the Saints. Sadly, fantasy managers can’t even be sure of Higgins playing his usual role if active after last Sunday night’s debacle. The good news is the Bengals-Saints game is at 1:00 pm ET, so fantasy managers will have their full rosters to pivot if necessary.

Higgins remains an auto-start upside WR2 when healthy enough to play his usual role. He’d be more of a risky WR3/4 option if pregame reports indicate that limited snaps are on the table. If inactive, Tyler Boyd would receive a nice boost thanks to his history of stepping up with one of Higgins or Ja’Marr Chase inactive, while the other Mike Thomas would be a desperate FLEX play for especially WR-needy rosters.

Expert Injury Analysis: I am concerned about Higgins' ability to be effective in Week 6. I believe he should sit out, but if they decide to play him, I would not be shocked if his result was similar to last week's. 

Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill (quad/foot, not listed): Hill practiced in full all week after being seen in a walking boot after Week 5. He’s good to go and should be fired up as a locked-in WR1 despite the Dolphins’ turmoil under center. Head coach Mike McDaniel has done a great job scheming Hill and Jaylen Waddle easy PPR-friendly completions in addition to whatever they are able to create downfield. Best of luck to old man Patrick Peterson in trying to stay in front of either.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any lingering effects from his minor injury. 

Rams WR Cooper Kupp (foot): Fully expected to suit up Sunday despite starting the week off with a DNP. You don’t need me to tell you to fire up Kupp as fantasy’s overall WR1 ahead of Sunday’s potential smash spot against the Panthers’ banged-up secondary.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect Kupp's foot injury to slow down his elite production. 

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (foot, out): Devin Duvernay has sandwiched three weeks outside fantasy’s top-40 PPR receivers, with WR9 and (most recently) WR26 finishes. The latter performance would have been far bigger had Lamar Jackson not overthrown an open Duvernay for what could have been a 50-yard touchdown.

Obviously, Mark Andrews is the undisputed No. 1 pass-game option in Baltimore, with double-digit targets in three of five games this season. However, Duvernay is coming off a week in which the Ravens found a way to feed him 10 combined carries and targets. The 25-year-old talent is a great bye week filler for WR-needy rosters; don’t be surprised if he finds a way to make an impact for a Ravens offense that may need to continue to throw the ball more than they want to as long as their running backs continue to collectively boast PFF’s single-lowest rushing grade.

Expert Injury Analysis: It is not shocking that Bateman will miss another week with his mid-foot sprain. Typical return-to-play is two to three weeks. He has a good shot at returning in Week 7.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (hip, not listed): Johnson is good to go despite opening the week with a limited practice. Fire him up as a volume-based borderline WR2 destined for bigger days ahead considering the number of near misses he’s experienced in past weeks.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any lingering effects from his minor injury. 

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (hip/knee, not listed), WR Russell Gage (ankle, not listed) and Julio Jones (knee, doubtful): Godwin practiced in full on Friday and appears poised to play his usual full-time role against the Steelers’ dangerously banged-up secondary. While Godwin did have confusing part-time usage in Week 5 (he only ran 27 routes on 53 of the Buccaneers’ dropbacks), I’m inclined to trust the beat reporters when they say that it was probably just due to Tampa Bay holding a multi-touchdown lead for the majority of last week’s win over the Falcons, especially with Godwin playing a full-time role in Week 4 and no new injuries having been reported in the meantime.

Gage is more of a low-ceiling WR4 when both Mike Evans and Godwin are active, although it’s good that the ex-Falcons receiver isn’t carrying a questionable designation into the weekend like usual.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect limitations for Godwin and Gage. Jones will miss Week 6 as he deals with a knee injury. I would not be shocked if this lingers. 

Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb (hip, questionable): Lamb didn’t practice on Friday after an almost absent week on the injury report. Hopefully, fantasy managers will find out more info Sunday morning. If not, backup plans will need to be crafted with the Cowboys facing off against the Eagles on Sunday night football. Noah Brown and Michael Gallup would each get boosts if Lamb is sidelined, but they still wouldn’t exactly be recommended starts, with the Cowboys implied to score the second-fewest points in Week 6.

Expert Injury Analysis: I am optimistic Lamb plays Sunday night. He has a track record of managing injuries, and with a big match-up on deck, I just don't see him missing the game. 

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring): Allen should be considered questionable for Monday night’s matchup against the Broncos. Fantasy managers need to have a backup plan, given the potential for this to become a game-time decision. Josh Palmer and Deandre Carter will continue to fill out three-WR sets alongside Mike Williams if Allen misses another week. Once fully healthy, Allen will be right back in the top-15 mix as Justin Herbert’s favorite target-hog receiver.

Expert Injury Analysis: I believe Allen won’t  return from his hamstring injury until Week 7. 

Saints WR Michael Thomas (foot, out), Jarvis Landry (ankle, out), Deonte Harty (foot, out) and Chris Olave (concussion, questionable): Olave got in a full practice on Friday, signaling that he’s on the right side of questionable despite last week’s scary concussion. He could be force-fed targets, with the only other viable wide receivers in this passing game being Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway. Fire up Olave as a volume-based WR2 if active, while Smith and Callaway would be desperate WR4 types if not. The real potential winners with all four of the Saints’ top wide receivers out are Alvin Kamara and professional vulture/TE Taysom Hill.

Expert Injury Analysis: I am not surprised MT is missing another week due to his turf toe. I expect him to make his return in Week 7. Landry will miss another week with his ankle injury, and I expect him back in the next week or two. I believe Olave will make it through the five-step protocol in time to play Sunday. 

Bills WR Isaiah McKenzie (concussion, not listed) and Jake Kumerow (ankle, out): McKenzie is tentatively expected to play a near full-time role as the offense’s starting slot receiver with Jamison Crowder (ankle, IR) out of the picture. However, it’s possible that rookie Khalil Shakir could complicate things just a bit. McKenzie is a solid FLEX who will be in the weekly WR3 conversation with confirmation that he truly has an every-down role, while Shakir is a sneaky solid bench stash in deeper leagues for WR-needy teams.

Expert Injury Analysis: Kumerow is battling an ankle injury, but I expect him back in the next week or two.

Giants WR Kenny Golladay (knee, out), Kadarius Toney (hamstring, out), Wan’Dale Robinson (knee, questionable): It’d be tough to trust Robinson in his first game of the season due to the potential for limited snaps and mediocre upside inside of this Saquon Barkley-centered offense. Darius Slayton is the best throw-up-in-your-mouth-and-pray FLEX option of the group. Even then, do whatever you can to stay away from this passing game.

Expert Injury Analysis: Golladay and Toney continue to be an injury nightmare. It is unclear when or if they will return due to other factors outside of injuries. I am optimistic Robinson makes his rookie debut, but he will be on a snap count. 

Jaguars WR Zay Jones (ankle, questionable) and Marvin Jones (hamstring, questionable): Zay is tentatively expected to suit up after practicing in a limited fashion all week, as he did in Week 5 before ultimately playing his usual full-time role. There is far more concern with Marvin, who seemingly suffered the injury on Friday after not being listed on the injury report to start the week. Zay joins Christian Kirk as sneaky solid bounce-back candidates against a Colts defense this passing game rolled over back in Week 2. Kirk is set up the best from the friendly confines of the slot, where ace Colts CB Stephon Gilmore has spent just one snap all season.

Expert Injury Analysis: I believe Zay will follow the same path as last week. Marvin being a late add to the injury report is always concerning. I am pessimistic that he plays in Week 6. 

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers (knee, questionable) and Nelson Agholor (hamstring, out): Meyers is tentatively expected to continue to play through the pain. He’s the only viable wide receiver in this offense, with the Patriots choosing to rotate their remaining options. Meyers is a legit top-36 option in full-PPR scoring this week. Only Tyreek Hill (33.3% targets per route run) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (33.1%) have been fed targets at a higher rate than Meyers (32.1%) this season.

Expert Injury Analysis: I am optimistic Meyers will play in Week 6. 

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (hamstring, not listed), Dee Eskridge (illness, questionable): Lockett was concerningly added to the injury report on Thursday, but his lack of a final status means that he should be good to play his usual role on Sunday against the Cardinals’ leaky secondary. Fire up Lockett as an upside WR2 in this (shockingly) prolific Seahawks passing attack.

Packers Christian Watson (hamstring, out): Watson’s absence cements Allen Lazard, Romeo Doubs and Randall Cobb in three-WR sets. The former two receivers are solid WR3 options against Sauce Gardner and company, while the latter is quietly climbing the ranks and leads Green Bay in receiving yards after five weeks of action. Cobb has the best matchup of the group from the friendly confines of the slot and will likely be a popular Week 7 waiver wire addition with another solid performance this week.

Expert Injury Analysis: Watson is likely dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. Grade 1 return-to-play timeline is typically one to three weeks. 

Panthers WR Robbie Anderson (illness, questionable): DNP on Friday after not being listed on the injury report all week. Anderson’s absence would seemingly force the Panthers to target D.J. Moore more than ever, although nothing is really guaranteed in this P.J. Walker-led passing attack. There’s a reason why the Panthers are implied to score a week-low 15.75 pointsRB Christian McCaffrey is the only member of this offense that needs to be started in most lineups at the moment.

Expert Injury Analysis: It is unclear what type of illness Anderson is dealing with. He will have to be monitored leading up to the game. 


Tight end

Player Position Team Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Cameron Brate
TE TB Concussion FP FP FP (-)
Dalton Schultz
TE DAL Knee LP LP FP (-)
Dawson Knox
TE BUF Foot/Hamstring LP LP LP (-)
Devin Asiasi
TE CIN Ankle LP LP LP (-)
Durham Smythe
TE MIA Hamstring DNP LP LP Q
Eric Saubert
TE DEN Thig (-) LP LP (-)
Hayden Hurst
TE CIN Groin LP LP LP Q
Jake Ferguson
TE DAL Knee FP FP FP (-)
Jonnu Smith
TE NE Ankle LP LP LP Q
Kyle Pitts
TE ATL Hamstring LP LP LP Q
Marcedes Lewis
TE GB NIR-Rest (-) DNP FP (-)
Nick Boyle
TE BLT NIR-Rest (-) DNP (-) (-)
Pat Freiermuth
TE PIT Concussion LP LP LP Out
Stephen Sullivan
TE CAR Back LP LP FP (-)
Tanner Conner
TE MIA Knee FP FP FP (-)
Tanner Hudson
TE NYG Illness (-) DNP DNP Q
Taysom Hill
TE NO Rib LP FP FP (-)
Travis Kelce
TE KC Hip / Back FP FP FP (-)
Tyler Higbee
TE LAR Ankle DNP LP (-) (-)
Tyler Kroft
TE SF Knee LP LP LP (-)
Zach Gentry
TE PIT Knee DNP FP FP (-)

Bills TE Dawson Knox (foot/hamstring, not listed): Knox is good to go after missing Week 5. The problem is that he already wasn’t playing his usual every-down role even prior to the injury. There’s certainly a decent chance of him playing limited snaps again. Knox is a touchdown-dependent TE2 and not someone who needs to be forced into lineups by any stretch of the imagination.

Expert Injury Analysis: Knox will return from his injury and will likely be eased back into things. 

Falcons TE Kyle Pitts (hamstring, questionable): Tentatively expected to suit up Sunday against the 49ers after practicing in a limited fashion throughout the week. Pitts even said Wednesday that he believes he’ll be good to go. Fire up the talented second-year tight end as a top-eight option at the position, albeit not as the locked-in top-five player that fantasy managers drafted him to be.

Expert Injury Analysis: I am optimistic Pitts returns from his hamstring injury, as I believe he was dealing with a Grade 1 strain. 

Bengals TE Hayden Hurst (groin, questionable): Hurst has been managing this injury for a while, notably missing last Friday’s practice and also being deemed questionable before ultimately playing a near full-time role on Sunday night. The fact that he managed to practice in a limited fashion all week is a good sign that Hurst will again be a featured part of the Bengals’ passing game. Hurst and Hunter Henry are my top-two waiver wire additions of the week at the position for TE-needy rosters.

Expert Injury Analysis: I expect Hurst to follow a similar path as the past week. 

Rams TE Tyler Higbee (ankle): Seemingly good to go for Sunday, Higbee continues to be a volume-based TE1 inside of an offense seemingly incapable of doing anything other than getting him and Cooper Kupp the football. Don’t be surprised if both flirt with upper-end outcomes against the Panthers’ banged-up secondary.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not believe Higbee will have any limitations in Week 6. 

Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth (concussion, out): Expect Zach Gentry to play a near-every-down role in a matchup that could force the Steelers to throw early and often in order to attempt to keep pace with Tom Brady and company. Still, Gentry is more of a low-priced DFS punt play than someone you should be sliding into re-draft starting lineups. He’s a touchdown-dependent TE2 for Week 6.

Expert Injury Analysis: This is not a shock, as Freiermuth has now suffered three concussions in the last two seasons. 

Buccaneers TE Cam Brate (concussion, not listed): Should be back to playing a near-every-down role after missing Week 5. Brate saw 14 targets in just one and a half games in Weeks 3 and 4. He’s a sneaky solid DFS target ahead of Week 6’s matchup against the Steelers’ outrageously banged-up secondary. Brate is more of a thin play in re-draft leagues due to the possibility that Cade Otton maintains more involvement than usual after posting elite 67% and 94% snap rates during Brate’s absence over the past two weeks.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any limitations for Brate this weekend. 

Saints TE Taysom Hill (rib, not listed): Hill is good to go for Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals. He could be leaned on more than ever with the Saints potentially without each of their top four wide receivers and once again starting Andy Dalton. Hill is inexplicably an upside TE2 at this point. He’s my 14th-ranked player at the position and someone I’d start ahead of guys like Dalton Schultz, Tyler Conklin and Mike Gesicki among others.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect any lingering effects from his minor injury. 

Patriots TE Jonnu Smith (ankle, questionable): Smith is considered week-to-week and tentatively not expected to suit up Sunday against the Browns. Hunter Henry played a true every-down role with Smith sidelined last week. He joins Hayden Hurst as my top-two favorite waiver wire additions of the week at the position.

Expert Injury Analysis: I do not expect Smith to play this week, but he will return in the next week or two. 


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Browns CB Denzel Ward (concussion, out): Ward’s absence serves as a boost to the entire Patriots’ passing game. They are quietly set up well from an explosive pass-play standpoint. Jakobi Meyers can be fired up as a top-36 option at the position in full-PPR formats.

Steelers secondary: CB Cameron Sutton (hamstring, out), Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring, out), Levi Wallace (concussion, out), FS Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee, out): The Steelers will be without each of their top three corners and arguably their best overall player in Fitzpatrick ahead of a matchup against some goat. Good luck! I will be heavily leaning toward Buccaneers players when answering close start/sit questions this week.

Saints secondary: CB Marshon Lattimore (abdomen, out), Paulson Adebo (knee, questionable), S Marcus Maye (rib, questionable): It’d make sense if Ja’Marr Chase’s long-awaited bounce-back spot comes against a Saints secondary that is all kinds of banged up at the moment. These injuries are also enough to give Tyler Boyd a nice boost, especially if Tee Higgins (ankle, questionable) winds up not suiting up.

Panthers secondary: CB Jaycee Horn (ribs, questionable), C.J. Henderson (knee, questionable), Donte Jackson (ankle, questionable), CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (thigh, out): Maybe just maybe this is the week Allen Robinson finally gets on track. Then again, the Rams’ high-priced offseason addition ranks dead last among 84 qualified wide receivers in targets per route run this season. At a minimum, expect Cooper Kupp to flirt with an even higher-end outcome than usual against this walking graveyard of a secondary.

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