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Fantasy Football Sweep: Russell Wilson, Jonathan Taylor, Daniel Jones

by Mike Maher | @mikeMaher | Featured Writer
Oct 5, 2022

The NFL news cycle is 24/7, especially during the season. For fantasy football managers, it can be overwhelming to stay on top of all of the news and the fantasy-relevant analysis that comes with it.

That’s where the Fantasy Football Sweep comes in.

With this article, I’ll attempt to bring you up to speed with all of the latest storylines, analysis and injuries to monitor all in one place.

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Headlines

After what felt like a few weeks of nonstop news, Tuesday was a relatively slow news day. There were important updates, but it wasn’t the avalanche of injury news that we saw on Monday. Here’s what we learned.

Russell Wilson says he’s playing Thursday

Wilson is dealing with a minor shoulder injury and was listed as a limited participant in practice for the second day in a row on Tuesday. However, he says he’s playing. The Broncos will be without RB Javonte Williams for the rest of the season. Will they lean more on Wilson going forward?

Jonathan Taylor is looking very iffy for Thursday

While Russell Wilson says he’s playing Thursday, Taylor’s situation is looking much murkier. The young RB suffered an ankle injury on Sunday, and the initial concern was that it was a high-ankle sprain that could cost him some time. However, the initial tests came back negative, and Taylor wasn’t even immediately ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Broncos. This is trending towards being a game-time decision, which isn’t ideal. In Week 4, Taylor rushed 20 times for just 42 yards while also dealing with a case of turf toe. It might be in Taylor’s best interest to sit out Thursday and take the mini-bye week to rest up and get better. If he’s active, fantasy managers will have a very tough decision in front of them. Can you risk starting a hobbled Taylor? If you took Taylor at 1.01 or 1.02 and went Hero RB, can you afford to bench him?

It also isn’t clear exactly what the Indianapolis backfield looks like if Taylor is out. Nyheim Hines will presumably play a larger role, but he’s likely to split time with Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay. Jackson made the 53-man roster out of training camp, but Colts HC Frank Reich mentioned Lindsay playing a larger role if Taylor is out. This could be a full-blown committee, and Hines is probably the only one safe enough to be a flex play this week.

Dak Prescott won’t return in Week 5

While Dr. Jerry Jones has been touting an early return for Prescott since he suffered the initial injury, he admitted on Tuesday that the quarterback wouldn’t be able to return in Week 5. The Cowboys didn’t place Prescott on injured reserve after his Week 1 injury, and Dak himself said he was eyeing a Week 5 return. But it doesn’t sound like he’s close. He won’t return this week against the Rams, and Week 6 against the Eagles is probably 50/50 at best, considering he can’t grip a football yet.

News, Notes & Injuries

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Byron Jones remaining on IR, not progressing as hoped

According to Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN NFL Nation, the Miami Dolphins have not opened CB Byron Jones’ 21-day window to return to practice, keeping him on IR for a while longer. (Source: Marcel Louis-Jacques on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coach Mike McDaniel said that Jones’ Achilles recovery has not “progressed as fast as [they’d] hoped,” meaning Jones will stay on the Dolphins’ injured reserve for an undetermined amount of time. While Jones’ absence will continue to keep back Miami’s defense, they’ve kept three of their four opponents under 20 points this season, so confidence can still be had in the unit.
Jordan Epp


Brian Robinson Jr. designated to return to practice

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, RB Brian Robinson Jr. has been designated by the Washington Commanders to return to practice. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After being hospitalized with gunshot wounds before the season, Robinson’s recovery seems to be going much better than people initially anticipated. This move opens his 21-day practice window to be returned to the Commanders’ active roster. Robinson was the team’s starting RB to open the season and could be in line to return to that status when he returns. RB Antonio Gibson has been solid to open the year, half-PPR RB20, so it’ll be interesting to see what Washington does.
Jordan Epp


Kenny Golladay (knee) not expected to travel to London with the team

Kenny Golladay is not expected to travel with the Giants to London after suffering an MCL sprain in Week 4. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Golladay received just one target in the Giants’ win over the Bears Sunday. The 28-year-old continues to be a disappointment for the Giants and fantasy managers should feel comfortable moving on from Golladay. Fantasy managers should expect Richie James and David Sills V to continue to see the bulk of the targets from the wide receiver group.
Jesse Garcia


Tyler Allgeier sits at the top of the Falcons depth chart in Week 5

Tyler Allgeier was listed at the top of the Falcons depth chart heading into Week 5 against the Buccaneers. (Source: AtlantaFalcons.com)

Fantasy Impact: Allgeier took 10 carries for 84 yards in Week 4. He is expected to lead the Falcons backfield with Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) placed on IR. Though Caleb Huntley saw 10 carries this past week, he was listed No. 3 on the depth chart behind Allgeier and Avery Williams.
Ari Koslow

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The Giants worked out a few quarterbacks this week but haven’t signed any of them yet, and they are apparently optimistic that Daniel Jones will be able to play against the Packers in London this week. But he has relied on his legs as much as ever this season, rushing for 193 yards and two touchdowns while tossing just three touchdown passes in four games. If he is hobbled even a little bit, he’s a risky start even in deeper leagues against a good Green Bay defense.

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