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Injuries and Waiver Wire Week 6
WEEK 5 NFL INJURY REPORT
Daniel Jones – Giants QB Daniel Jones injured his neck on Sunday vs the Dolphins. Ian Rapoport reported after the game that the injury is similar to the one he had in 2021, but not as serious. There is optimism that Jones did not suffer a major injury. Tyrod Taylor had to finish the game.
Anthony Richardson – Colts rookie QB Anthony Richardson suffered a sprained AC Joint injury and could not return. He is expected to miss about 4-6 weeks.
James Conner – James Conner suffered a knee injury and was unable to finish the game.
Khalil Herbert – Khalil Herbert suffered a high-ankle sprain and is expected to miss multiple weeks.
Roschon Johnson – Bears rookie RB Roschon Johnson suffered a concussion on Thursday night.
Nathaniel “Tank” Dell – Texans rookie WR Tank Dell was evaluated for a concussion and could not return.
Justin Jefferson – Vikings star WR Justin Jefferson injured his hamstring and is unclear on the severity as of this writing.
Zay Jones – Zay Jones injured his knee in London and could not return.
Chris Olave – Chris Olave was dealing with a toe injury before Sunday’s game but was able to play through it.
Wan’Dale Robinson – Giants second-year WR Wan’Dale Robinson was initially diagnosed with a concussion, but was later able to return to the game.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – JuJu suffered a head injury and could not return.
Robert Woods – Woods suffered a ribs injury during Sunday’s loss vs the Falcons.
Mo Alie-Cox – Alie-Cox suffered a concussion and could not return on Sunday vs the Titans.
Travis Kelce – Chiefs star TE Travis Kelce suffered a low-ankle sprain on Sunday vs the Vikings.
WEEK 6 FANTASY FOOTBALL WAIVER WIRE
Matthew Stafford – Finally, Stafford had a full complement of receivers in week five. He utilized his weapons and passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns, for 16.88 fantasy points. He might not have the rushing ability as some of these younger QBs do at this stage of his career, but if you’re looking for a steady bye-week fill in, take a look at Stafford. He has games vs the Cardinals and Steelers on the schedule over the next two weeks.
Jaleel McLaughlin – McLaughlin has become the backup RB to own in Denver over the last two weeks. After Javonte Williams was injured in week four, McLaughlin had 72 yards rushing, 32 yards receiving and a touchdown, totaling 9.40 fantasy points. He followed that up with 68 yards rushing, 21 yards receiving and another receiving touchdown. He’s been more explosive than Samaje Perine, who was previously expected to be the backup behind Javonte Williams. As long as Williams is out, McLaughlin can be considered a FLEX option. Even if Williams returns in week six, McLaughlin has done enough to be on most fantasy rosters.
Roschon Johnson – As previously mentioned, Bears starting RB Khalil Herbert suffered a high-ankle sprain on Thursday night and is expected to miss multiple games. The next man up is Roschon Johnson, though he is also injured as well, suffering a concussion. Should Johnson be cleared to play, he would be the lead man in a committee with fellow RB D’Onta Foreman.
D’Onta Foreman – Foreman is likely to be in a committee with Roschon Johnson while Khalil Herbert is injured. His teammate, Johnson, suffered a concussion on Thursday and his status is unclear at the moment as well. After being a healthy inactive, expect Foreman to be brought right back into a viable role in this Bears offense due to necessity.
Kendre Miller – The Saints released Tony Jones just one week after starting RB Alvin Kamara has returned from his suspension. This means that Kendre Miller should operate as the number two running back in New Orleans, while Jamaal Williams is out. Miller had 12 carries and four receptions on Sunday, totaling 13.00 fantasy points. He probably needs a Kamara injury to be relevant but keep an eye on Miller over the long-haul.
Tyjae Spears – Titans rookie RB Tyjae Spears has been coming along nicely this season. Last week, he had 40 yards and 8.80 fantasy points in PPR scoring. This week, he doubled that total with 16.90 fantasy points, rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown, adding 35 receiving yards. He will continue to be the number two RB behind star RB Derrick Henry, who is approaching age 30.
Emari Demercado, Chuba Hubbard, Joshua Kelley, Tank Bigsby
Joshua Palmer – Available in nearly 80% of NFL fantasy leagues is Joshua Palmer. He’s filling in for Mike Williams, who is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL a few weeks ago. Palmer scored 14.60 fantasy points in week three, and 10.70 fantasy points before his week five bye. He should be a top 36 WR for the rest of the way, has had his bye, and deserves to be on more fantasy rosters.
Josh Reynolds – Reynolds is still available in 82.6 percent of NFL Fantasy leagues. He is the clear number two receiver for Jared Goff in this offense. After gaining 69 yards in week four, he followed that up with 76 yards and a touchdown in week five, while Amon-Ra St. Brown was out. The Lions got second-year WR Jameson Williams back, who will likely have a more prominent role as the season goes on, but for now, Reynolds should be on fantasy rosters.
K.J. Osborn – Unfortunately, Justin Jefferson suffered a hamstring injury, and it is unclear how much (if any) time he will miss at this time. Receivers Jordan Addison and K.J. Osborn are the next men up in Minnesota. Osborn is available in 95 percent of NFL Fantasy leagues. He tallied 49 yards in a loss vs the Chiefs in week five. He is likely to receive more targets if Jefferson is out.
Romeo Doubs – Did you know that there is a top 16 WR available in just about 35 percent of NFL fantasy leagues? That’s right, Romeo Doubs is that guy. He’s becoming Jordan Love’s top target this season, and it’s paying off for fantasy managers. He’s scored 18+ fantasy points in three of his first four games, pending Monday Night Football. He gets an intriguing matchup vs the Raiders next week, as well. The Raiders have allowed the fifteenth-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs, pending Monday Night Football. Doubs is a great WR3 with WR2 upside.
Quentin Johnston – Johnston might be third in the pecking order for the Chargers, but he is someone who should have his role increase as he gets more comfortable in the offense. The first-round rookie is available in 57.3 percent of fantasy leagues on NFL.com. You can’t start Johnston right now, but he’s someone who should be in the FLEX conversation towards the end of the season, due to his draft pedigree and potential role in this offense.
Rashee Rice, Tyler Boyd, Zay Jones, Josh Downs, Michael Wilson
Jake Ferguson – Ferguson is becoming one of the key members of the Cowboys’ offense this season. He’s scored 10.10, 9.80, 14.70 and 5.80 fantasy points over the last four weeks. He’s currently the TE8 on the season, pending Monday Night Football. Available in 59.0 percent of NFL fantasy leagues, Ferguson is an intriguing add this week.
Logan Thomas – Thomas, when healthy, is a solid low-end fantasy tight end. He’s scored 8.30, 10.20, 7.30 and 20.70 fantasy points this season. The issue is, he seemingly can’t stay on the field. If you’re in need of a TE, take a look at Thomas. Just be prepared to find an alternative at some point, because of his injury history.
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