Fantasy Football: Week 5 Injury Updates

Oct 7, 2017

Roster management is a central pillar of success in fantasy football. Week 5 marks the beginning of this season’s roster management battle, as bye weeks begin to factor into lineup construction and sit/start decisions. If that alone wasn’t enough, the addition of bye weeks increases the impact injuries can have on our lineups this week. So, with no time to waste, it’s time to break down the injury report, heading into Week 5.  

Get free start/sit and waiver wire advice for your fantasy team >>

Buffalo at Cincinnati (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Buffalo: The Bills’ Injury Report sees a healthier offense as RB LeSean McCoy (wrist) is no longer on Friday’s final listing with an injury designation, after a full week of practice. Also, starting LT Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) has been upgraded to questionable after missing the last two weeks. The one addition to the injury report on the offensive side of the ball is WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) who has already been ruled out after being held out of practice all week. On defense, DE Shaq Lawson (groin) will return to play as he no longer has an injury designation. In the secondary CB E.J. Gaines (groin) and S Micah Hyde (knee) are both listed as questionable although coach Sean McDermott expects Hyde will “be able to give it a go” this week against the Bengals.

Cincinnati: The Bengals will be without WR John Ross (knee) and TE Tyler Eifert (back) for a second straight week, according to their official injury report. This means that the breakout TE option of Week 4, Tyler Kroft, should see extended playing time again in Week 5.

New York Jets at Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

New York Jets: The Jets will be without RB Matt Forte (knee/toe) for the second straight week as he has already been ruled out on the team’s official injury report. All signs point toward RBs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire seeing a timeshare for a second straight week.

Cleveland: WR Kenny Britt (knee/groin) and LB Jamie Collins (concussion) are both listed as doubtful on the Browns’ official injury report, this week. They do get some good news, however, as their No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett (ankle) no longer has an injury designation and should see the field for his first action of the year.

Carolina at Detroit (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Carolina: The offensive line for Carolina, appears to be vulnerable as both their starting LT Matt Kalil (groin) and starting C Ryan Kalil (neck) are injured. Neither practiced this week and Ryan has already been ruled out on the official injury report, however, Matt may still play as he is listed as questionable.

Detroit: The Lions will be without rookie WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) for a second straight week according to the team’s official injury report. On defense, there are some spots to watch for potential vulnerabilities as DE Ziggy Ansah (knee), LB Jarrad Davis (neck), and DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder) are all listed as questionable.  

Tennessee at Miami (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Tennessee: The Titans will be without WR Corey Davis (hamstring) and S Jonathan Cyprien (hamstring) once again as both have been ruled out on the official injury report. More important will be watching the status of QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) on Sunday morning as he has been listed as questionable after limited participation in practice all week. Coach Mike Mularkey has ruled him as a true “game-time decision.”

Miami: After having a day off from practice on Thursday, RB Jay Ajayi (knee) enters the weekend without an injury designation on their official injury report.

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers will have Melvin Gordon (knee) in a full capacity for Week 5 after he was a full participant in practice all week. However, his backup, Branden Oliver (hamstring) has been ruled out on the team’s official injury report. WR Tyrell Williams (neck) is listed as questionable but is expected to play after being a full participant in practice all week.  

New York Giants: On the Giants’ official injury report, RB Paul Perkins (ribs) has already been ruled out. This should provide Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman with opportunities to carry the load at RB. On defense, DEs Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/knee) and Olivier Vernon (ankle) are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Arizona at Philadelphia (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Arizona: The Cardinals are, once again, nursing the health of their WRs, coming into Week 5. John Brown (quad) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring/tooth) are both listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report. Both had playing time last week, but with their history of injury, it would be wise to confirm their status on Sunday morning.

Philadelphia: On defense, the Eagles still appear to be a bit vulnerable with injuries. S Rodney McLeod (hamstring) is off the injury report, however, DT Fletcher Cox (calf) and CB Ronald Darby (ankle) have already been ruled out for a second week in a row. On the offensive side of the ball, RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) is questionable after being held out of practice all week. If Smallwood is a no-go, look for LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement to dominate the carries.  

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)

Jacksonville: The Jaguars’ official injury report  lists WR Marqise Lee (ribs) and WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring) as questionable. According to, Head Coach, Doug Marrone both are expected to be true game-time decisions.

Pittsburgh: The only player on Pittsburgh’s official injury report is LT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), who is listed as doubtful.

Seattle at Los Angeles Rams (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)

Seattle: The Seahawks will be without DE Cliff Avril (neck) after he was held out of practice all week. On the offensive side of the ball, RB Chris Carson (ankle) was moved to IR after last week’s game against the Colts. Expect Seattle to use RB Thomas Rawls to take over the bulk of the carries. Additionally, RB C.J. Prosise (ankle), Seattle’s pass-catching back, is listed as doubtful on the official injury report. RB J.D. McKissic seems likely to get more opportunities after he saw extended work in Carson’s absence last week.

Los Angeles Rams: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.

Baltimore at Oakland (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)

Baltimore: The Ravens are hoping to have CBs Lardarius Webb (thigh) and Jimmy Smith (Achilles) back after both were held out of practice earlier this week. Both were listed as questionable on the official injury report. Also listed as questionable, WR Jeremy Maclin (hand) and TE Benjamin Watson (calf) should be watched for their official status update on Sunday morning.

Oakland: QB Derek Carr (back) went down last week with a transverse process fracture that “generally comes with a two-to-six-week recovery period.” Astonishingly, Carr is still listed as questionable on the Week 5 injury report, implying there is still the potential he may be ready to play come Sunday. CB Gareon Conley (shin) and RB DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are also listed as questionable.

Green Bay at Dallas (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)

Green Bay: After a physical game against Chicago, in Week 4, the Packers have a full injury report  going into Week 5. WR Davante Adams (concussion) joins starting tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) as questionable players on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, LB Ahmad Brooks (back), DT Mike Daniels (Hip), and CB Davon House (quadricep) are also listed as questionable (although House was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday). Doubtful to play is RB Ty Montgomery (ribs). Expect Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones to take over the RB duties in Week 5.

Dallas: Cowboys fans should be pleased with the official injury report as it shows a healthier team than the past few weeks. The only designation is DE Charles Tapper (foot) who has already been ruled out.

Kansas City at Houston (Sunday, 8:30 PM ET)

Kansas City: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.

Houston: The Texans will be without CB Kevin Johnson (knee) this week.

Minnesota at Chicago (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)

Minnesota: RB Dalvin Cook is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Expect an RBBC approach moving forward from the Vikings as Latavius Murray, Jerick McKinnon, and Stevan Ridley are all capable players on the roster. QB Sam Bradford showed improvement as he stated he feels good and that “it was night and day how [his] knee felt” after returning to practice this week. If Bradford doesn’t start this week, his return to the field is likely quickly approaching.

Chicago: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | SoundCloud | Google Play | TuneIn | RSS

Ethan Sauers is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Ethan, check out his archive and follow him @ethansauers

What's your take? Leave a comment

Fantasy Games
DRAFT photo
Get a FREE FantasyPros upgrade with first deposit
Sleeper photo
Play on the best fantasy football platform. Get the free Sleeper app.
Mock Draft Lobby photo
Mock draft with other FantasyPros users. Drafts starting now!
Get our Mobile App!

Enter your phone number below, and we'll text you a link to download the app.

1Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
2Le'Veon Bell (PIT)RB
3Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
4David Johnson (ARI)RB
5Antonio Brown (PIT)WR
6DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
7Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
8Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
9Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)WR
10Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
 View All Rankings 
11Kareem Hunt (KC)RB
12Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
13Julio Jones (ATL)WR
14Michael Thomas (NO)WR
15Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
16Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
17A.J. Green (CIN)WR
18Davante Adams (GB)WR
19Devonta Freeman (ATL)RB
20Jordan Howard (CHI)RB
21Rob Gronkowski (NE)TE
22Mike Evans (TB)WR
23Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
24Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
25T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
26Jerick McKinnon (SF)RB
27Doug Baldwin (SEA)WR
28Stefon Diggs (MIN)WR
29Travis Kelce (KC)TE
30Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
1Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
2Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
3Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
4Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
5J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
6Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
7Manny Machado (LAD)3B,SS
8Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
9Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)LF,RF
10Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
 View All Rankings 
11Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
12Chris Sale (BOS)SP
13Andrew Benintendi (BOS)LF,CF
14Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)1B
15Trea Turner (WSH)SS
16Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
17Clayton Kershaw (LAD)SP
18Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
19Bryce Harper (WSH)CF,RF
20Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
21Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
22Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
23Matt Carpenter (STL)1B,2B
24Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
25Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
26Starling Marte (PIT)LF,CF
27Aaron Nola (PHI)SP
28A.J. Pollock (ARI)CF
29Rhys Hoskins (PHI)1B,LF
30Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B,2B
1Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
2Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
3James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
4Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
5Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
6Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
7Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
8Kawhi Leonard (TOR)SG,SF
9LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
10Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
 View All Rankings 
11John Wall (WAS)PG
12DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)PF,C
13Chris Paul (HOU)PG
14Damian Lillard (POR)PG
15Jimmy Butler (MIN)SG,SF
16Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
17Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
18Hassan Whiteside (MIA)C,PF
19Myles Turner (IND)PF,C
20Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
21Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
22Draymond Green (GSW)SF,PF
23Kristaps Porzingis (NYK)PF,C
24Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
25CJ McCollum (POR)PG,SG
26Mike Conley (MEM)PG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Klay Thompson (GSW)SG,SF
29Marc Gasol (MEM)C
30Gordon Hayward (BOS)SG,SF
Follow the Pros!

Follow us on Twitter @FantasyPros for exclusive advice and contests