2018 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Injury Updates
October is upon us, and pumpkin spice products are filling the stores and essentially taking over the marketplace. Likewise, injuries are the pumpkin spice products of fantasy football — as fall progresses, more and more of them appear, and they grate against us. Also, like pumpkin spice things, they have upside (let’s be real, pumpkin spice coffee is delicious), they’ll cause you to get creative with your roster construction and make moves that can position you well for the long haul. If you can handle the fatigue-inducing wealth of injuries (and pumpkin spice-flavored things), your fall will set you up for a great end of the season. Let’s see how to navigate Week 5.
Tennessee at Buffalo (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Tennessee: The good news for Titans fans is a fully healthy Marcus Mariota (elbow) is no longer listed on the injury report this week. However, on defense, S Kenny Vaccaro (elbow) and LB Wesley Woodyard (shoulder) have both been ruled out for this week in Buffalo.
Buffalo: The Bills have a questionable designation on both sides of the ball, this weekend, as TE Charles Clay (ankle) and S Micah Hyde (groin) have missed time this week in practice. They are the only two starters appearing on the injury report.
New York Giants at Carolina (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
New York Giants: This week has presents a fairly straightforward injury report this week as TE Evan Engram (knee) and OLB Olivier Vernon (ankle) are the only two listed. Unfortunately, they have both been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Rhett Ellison should see similar usage to last week as he fills Engram’s shoes for another week.
Miami at Cincinnati (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Miami: The Dolphins will be without TE A.J. Derby (foot) for a second-straight week and rookie Mike Gesicki looks to start in his place. On the bright side, WR DeVante Parker (quadricep) is no longer on the official injury report and should be a full-go in Cincinnati this week.
Cincinnati: Last Sunday, the Bengals lost their starting TE, Tyler Eifert (ankle), for the season with a broken ankle. This means C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft will likely see an uptick in usage to try and fill his role. RB Giovani Bernard (knee) and WR John Ross (groin) have already been ruled out for Week 5. However, RB Joe Mixon is set for his return as he was not listed on Friday’s injury report.
Baltimore at Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Baltimore: CB Brandon Carr (knee) and TE Hayden Hurst (foot) were listed as questionable for the Ravens on their official injury report this week. CB Anthony Averett (hamstring) has already been ruled out, however CB Jimmy Smith is expected to return from his suspension this week to help provide some relief.
Cleveland: The Browns will be healthy on offense coming into their divisional matchup against the Ravens, however on defense, they will be without LB James Burgess (knee) who has been ruled out on Friday’s official injury report. LB Christian Kirksey (illness) did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable along with CB Damarious Randall (heel).
Green Bay at Detroit (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Green Bay: The entire state of Wisconsin can collectively take a sigh of relief as QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) is no longer on the injury report. However, the bigger problems appear to be in who he will be throwing to this weekend. WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) has already been ruled out and WRs Davante Adams (calf) and Geronimo Allison (concussion/hamstring) are both questionable with a very cloudy outlook for Sunday’s game. On defense, CB Jaire Alexander (groin) is also questionable after being limited in practice all week.
Jacksonville at Kansas City (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Jacksonville: The Jaguars will be without RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) on Sunday as he’s been held out of practice all week. CB D.J. Hayden (toe) has also been ruled out however RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle), and DE Calais Campbell (ankle) all practiced in full on Friday and are no longer listed on the injury report. They will be ready to go this weekend.
Kansas City: WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is listed as questionable after his limited participation in practice this week. Joining him on the injury report is S Eric Berry (heel), who is doubtful, but trending in the right direction as he tries to get healthy for his first start of the season.
Denver at New York Jets (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Denver: The Broncos don’t have many direct fantasy-impact injuries that appear on their injury report this week. However, P Marquette King (thigh) is doubtful and T Jared Veldheer (knee) has already been ruled out for this Sunday’s game.
New York Jets: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Atlanta at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Atlanta: RB Devonta Freeman (knee) has been a full participant in practice this week and should be re-joining the starting lineup this week against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh: The Steelers will be getting slot-corner Mike Hilton (elbow) back after he left Week 4’s game, however, S Morgan Burnett (groin) is doubtful after not practicing Thursday and Friday. These are the only starters listed on their official injury report.
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Oakland: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers have already ruled out WR Travis Benjamin (foot), DE Joey Bosa (foot), and LB Kyzir White (knee) for this weekend’s game. There are two injuries to note, on their final injury report, on the offensive line as T Joe Barksdale (knee) is doubtful to play and T Russell Okung (groin) is questionable for their game against the Raiders.
Minnesota at Philadelphia (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Minnesota: The Vikings may have some gaps in their secondary this week as DB Marcus Sherels (ribs) and CB Trae Waynes (concussion) have already been ruled out according to Friday’s injury report. Joining them on the sidelines will be DE Everson Griffen (knee). On offense, RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is questionable but was able to return to practice in a limited fashion on Friday.
Philadelphia: RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) and DE Derek Barnett (shoulder) have both been ruled out in Friday’s injury report. RB Corey Clement (quadriceps) and DT Haloti Ngata (calf) joined them with a questionable designation.
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Los Angeles Rams: The Rams will be without K Greg Zuerlein (groin) for another week and after cutting Sam Ficken, Cairo Santos should see the kicking duties this weekend. CB Marcus Peters (calf) joins Zuerlein on the injury report with a questionable designation but is “making strides in the right direction”.
Seattle: On Friday, the official injury report came out for the Seahawks and for the first week this season, WR Doug Baldwin (knee) was no longer listed. On defense, DE Rasheem Green (ankle) and LB K.J. Wright (knee) have been ruled out for a second consecutive week.
Arizona at San Francisco (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Arizona: On offense, WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring/back) has been limited all week in practice and will carry a questionable designation into this weekend. On defense, the injury report shows DE Markus Golden (knee) and DT Robert Nkemdiche (foot) are questionable after being held out in practice on Friday.
San Francisco: WR Dante Pettis (knee) has been ruled out on the official injury report. Joining him on the report will be RB Matt Breida (shoulder), WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring/quad), T Mike McGlinchey (knee), T Joe Staley (knee), CBs Richard Sherman (calf) and Jimmie Ward (hamstring) are all listed as questionable for this week’s matchup against the Cardinals. The only players who are particularly cloudy for action will be Ward and Goodwin, who are considered true game-time decisions.
Dallas at Houston (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET)
Dallas: The Cowboys will be without a few starters this weekend in Houston. C Travis Frederick (illness) is still sidelined along with LB Sean Lee (hamstring). WR Terrance Williams (non-Injury) has also been ruled out. CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle) and DT Maliek Collins (knee) both are listed as questionable on the official injury report after being limited in practice all week.
Houston: The three major players on the Texans’ injury report are all on offense. WR Will Fuller (hamstring), his backup Keke Coutee (hamstring), and RB Lamar Miller (chest) all go into the weekend with questionable designations and all three were limited in each practice this week.
Washington at New Orleans (Monday, 8:15 PM ET)
Washington: After missing practice on Thursday, WR Josh Doctson’s (heel) status for Monday’s game seems to be in question. After being limited in practice on Thursday, RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) and WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) are still on track to play in Monday’s game, but make sure to check their official injury report to follow up before this weekend’s games lock.
New Orleans: There are two big names to watch throughout this weekend as WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) and RB Alvin Kamara (knee) as both are listed on the injury report as of Friday. Ginn has not been in practice yet this week, and looks highly questionable for Monday’s game. Kamara has been limited in practice and is expected to play without any setbacks. As with any Monday Night game, check the status of these guys before Sunday’s lock.
Use this information as insight into what fantasy plays might give you leverage this season. Injuries just come with the experience of fantasy football, and we can’t let those negatives get in the way of our enjoyment of the season. Stay alert and watch for news as we make it through Week 5.