For our Week 5 injury report this week, there’s a lot of tough decisions Fantasy players will need to make at the quarterback position.
From Derek Carr to Marcus Mariota, we will take a look at the players who could be on the sidelines this weekend.
Let’s jump right in…
Week 5 Injury Report for Quarterbacks
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Carr has a back fracture and he will be out the next two to six weeks. Carr reportedly told one his teammates he’s ahead of schedule, but we will wait until the coaching staff says he is ready.
Carr will miss Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he’s very likely to miss Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams.
E.J. Manuel will fill in for Carr during his absence, which means Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree owners could be in for a few rough weeks.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Mariota is dealing with a hamstring issue, and he’s been limited in practice.
The 23-year old quarterback has used his mobility to score three rushing touchdowns this season, but he’s not going to be running the ball that often on Sunday if he does start against the Miami Dolphins.
Matt Cassel starting is a downgrade for Rishard Matthews, Erick Decker, and Delanie Walker.
Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
Bradford returned to practice Wednesday, although he was limited in his participation.
Still, Bradford hasn’t appeared in a game since Week 1, so his return to practice is a good sign. Case Keenum’s performances thus far have been mixed. He threw three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but out of three games, that was the only game he’s thrown any touchdowns in.
Bradford has time to get ready because his game is on Monday, but we still have to see how he progresses throughout the rest of the week.
Week 5 Injury Report for Running Backs
Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
Montgomery is dealing with a rib injury, and he’s been limited in practice all week. It seems unlikely he will play on Sunday, which leaves the door open for rookies Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones to be Fantasy relevant.
Matt Forte, New York Jets
Forte missed practice on Thursday because of a toe injury, and he’s going to be a long shot to play in Week 5.
In his absence, Bilal Powell had a monster game with 163 rushing yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown and caught four passes.
He should have another solid game against the Cleveland Browns this week.
C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks
Prosise missed practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury, and it looks like he could be sidelined against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 5.
It’s hard to trust Eddie Lacy or Thomas Rawls, but if you are still holding on to them, keep Lacy and Rawls on your bench just for another week or two.
Because of the Seahawks’ lack of depth at the position, one of them could record enough touches in each game to be worth starting in a flex spot.
Week 5 Injury Report for Wide Receivers
Jordan Matthews, Buffalo Bills
Matthews will need thumb surgery and could be out for a month.
I would normally recommend a player who would absorb his targets, but Tyrod Taylor is only averaging 186 passing yards per game.
Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns
Britt has a groin and a knee injury, and he was held out of practice on Thursday. If Britt can’t start, Rashard Higgins should see a bigger workload.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
Adams was cleared for limited practice on Wednesday, and he was able to put in a limited practice on Thursday.
He could be able to start against the Dallas Cowboys, but he’s most likely going to be limited in the game as well.
He’s still dealing with the aftermath of a vicious hit.
Week 5 Injury Report for Tight Ends
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert did not practice on Thursday, and it looks like he is going to miss yet another week.
The 27-year old tight end has only played in two games this season, and he’s only caught four passes. It looks like he was a wasted pick.
Ben Watson, Baltimore Ravens
Watson has a calf issue and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday.
However, he is expected to play. The veteran tight end has totaled 146 receiving yards in four appearances so far this year, and he’s averaged 5.3 receptions per game in his last three outings.
He won’t be a bad streaming option if he plays and you’re looking for a bye-week filler.
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