Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 5
Welcome to the dreaded injury report. Professional football is a violent game, and your fantasy players are going to miss time because of it. Week 5 was another brutal week. A lot of big names here. As always, hopefully, you don’t have many names on this list.
Charles Clay (TE – BUF)
The Buffalo Bills are running out of pass catchers. After losing Jordan Matthews last week, Tyrod Taylor’s favorite target, TE Charles Clay, went down with what looked like an MCL sprain. Regardless of the official designation, he is going to miss some time. Nick O’Leary is not worth a pickup in Clay’s stead.
Bilal Powell (RB – NYJ)
With Matt Forte out with turf toe, fantasy owners were finally getting excited about Bilal Powell. Unfortunately, he left the game with a calf injury and although he returned to the sidelines in the second half, he did not reenter the game. His injury does not appear serious and if he returns for Week 6, he will form a committee with rookie Elijah McGuire.
DeVante Parker (WR – MIA)
DeVante Parker sprained his ankle, which is going to be a theme in this week’s injury report. Parker was spotted on crutches after the game, which makes it extremely unlikely that he plays next week. Kenny Stills would see an increased role in Parker’s absence.
Giants WRs – All of Them
Okay. Here we go. The Giants lost just about everybody. First, Sterling Shepard sprained his ankle. His injury is the most minor of the three, but he’s still being considered week to week at this point. He will do everything he can to play next week given the lack of depth for the Giants right now.
Brandon Marshall was the next to sprain his ankle. His injury is more serious than Shepard’s. Marshall wasn’t particularly useful anyway, but he was at least a healthy body. Marshall is not going to play next week.
Dwayne Harris, the Giants star special teamer and fourth WR, also went down. He broke his foot and will be placed on injured reserve. His season is over.
Finally, we saw Odell Beckham’s ankle twist in a very unnatural direction. He tore a ligament and broke a bone. His season is over along with the Giants as a whole in a lost 2017. For fantasy owners, the show must go on and we have to figure out how to deal with this mess.
Roger Lewis is the immediate beneficiary as he will step into a starting role. He is definitely a waiver wire target this week. Evan Engram, in theory, should see an uptick in snaps at WR, but despite all the Giants injuries Sunday, Engram didn’t catch a single pass. I have to think that changes next week.
The Giants will undoubtedly be signing some pass catchers. Tavarres King left the game as the only other presently healthy WR. He is not worth a pickup.
On Monday morning, the Giants promoted Travis Rudolph from the practice squad. He is almost certain to see game action this week. It is a horrible situation for a team that has the Broncos and Seahawks looming on the schedule.
Orleans Darkwa (RB – NYG)
Oh, look, more injured Giants. Orleans Darkwa got the start and actually was playing well before he departed with a calf injury. At this point, I find it hard to believe Paul Perkins will ever play again unless forced into action, but I found it hard to believe an NFL team would even roster Perkins to begin with, so I rule nothing out with the hapless Giants. Wayne Gallman is still the best back on this team.
Terrance West (RB – BAL)
Terrance West suffered a calf injury on the Ravens’ first drive of the game. He did not return. Alex Collins and Buck Allen split snaps with West out. It has the makings of a multi-week injury. Nevertheless, Collins and Allen were already owned in most leagues and neither represents a very appealing option.
Jordy Nelson (WR – GB)
I’m not entirely sure if Jordy Nelson is hurt, but he wasn’t on the field for the Packers final drive of the game. I can’t imagine Nelson would be on the sidelines unless something was wrong. However, Nelson was spotted with his helmet on and it appeared as though he wanted to go back in. My money would be on Nelson playing next week.
Travis Kelce (TE – KC)
The Chiefs TE was on his way to a monster game before he took a shot to the head and entered the concussion protocol. As we well know, he will have to clear all the steps before being able to play. Demetrius Harris is a talented player, but I can’t imagine he will be utilized anywhere near the way the Chiefs use Travis Kelce.