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Injuries and Waiver Wire week 5 2021
WEEK 5 WAIVER WIRE REPORT BELOW:
WEEK 4 INJURY UPDATE:
Teddy Bridgewater (Concussion): Bridgewater left Sunday's game near the end of the first half to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return. Bridgewater is currently in the league's concussion protocol.
Jimmy Garoppolo (Calf): Garoppolo suffered a calf injury late in the first half of Sunday's game vs the Seahawks and did not return. Garoppolo has a chance to play in week 5, according to Head Coach Kyle Shanahan.
Tony Jones Jr. (Ankle): Jones was carted off the field in Sunday's game against the Giants with an ankle injury.
Joe Mixon (Ankle): Mixon left Thursday night's game with an ankle injury and is considered day to day.
David Montgomery (Knee): Montgomery suffered a knee injury in the second half of Sunday's game. It has been reported that this is a knee sprain, and Montgomery is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.
Damien Williams (Quad): Williams suffered a thigh bruise late in Sunday's game but should be okay to play in week 5.
D.J. Chark (Ankle): Chark fractured his ankle early in Thursday night's game vs the Bengals and is out indefinitely.
Will Fuller (Finger): Fuller suffered a broken finger and is considered week-to-week. Fuller will miss week 5 vs Tampa Bay.
Logan Thomas (Hamstring): Thomas suffered a hamstring injury early in Sunday's game vs the Falcons and was quickly declared out. Thomas is considered week-to-week at this time.
WEEK 5 WAIVER WIRE REPORT:
Jared Goff (DET): In week five, Goff has a fantastic matchup vs the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are allowing the highest QB Completion percentage in the NFL this season (75.79%), the fifth most passing yards per game (319.7 passing yards per game) and the seventh most fantasy points allowed to the quarterback position this season (22.8 fantasy points per game allowed). Goff completed 24 of 38 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in week four vs the Bears. I'd expect a similar performance in week five vs the Vikings.
Trey Lance (SFO): 49ers starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a calf injury early in week four's contest vs the Seahawks. Trey Lance filled in and did not put up a great fantasy performance, but it was his first real game action of the season. In week five, the 49ers have a matchup on the road against the Cardinals that should be a high scoring contest. The biggest reason to be interested in Lance is because he is a dual-threat quarterback, possessing great rushing ability, something we love to have in our fantasy quarterbacks. He's got a tough matchup this week vs Arizona, but with the bye weeks coming, there will be better matchups, should Garoppolo need to miss any time with his calf injury.
Damien Williams (CHI): Unfortunately, Bears starting RB David Montgomery was injured late in his week four matchup vs the Lions. Damien Williams is the next man up for Chicago, though please be cautious here. Damien Williams actually was injured late in the game as well. According to Head Coach Matt Nagy, Williams suffered a quad injury. As of this writing, it is unclear how much time either Montgomery or Williams will miss. If we get word that Williams' injury is not serious, he could be worth a look in deeper leagues. Chicago gets a matchup on the road against the Raiders in week five. The Raiders are middle of the pack defense vs RBs so far this season, so Williams may not be a must start, but is someone to look at on your bench.
J.D. McKissic (WFT): Antonio Gibson truthers may not like it, but J.D. McKissic has a solidified role as a pass catching RB in The Football Team's offense. McKissic is not someone who you can start every week at this time, but he can be used as a flex option in games that project to shootout during the bye weeks if you are in a pinch. McKissic is a game-script dependent running back, so be cautious expecting consistent production here.
ALSO CONSIDER: Darrel Williams
Kadarius Toney (NYG): Toney was recommended as an add in this section of last week's article and came through for us in week four, so I am recommending him again in week five. Toney had six catches for 78 yards this week vs the Saints. In week five, Toney gets a matchup vs the Cowboys. Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs may be asked to cover Kenny Golladay, leaving Toney against cornerbacks Anthony Brown or Jourdan Lewis. The Cowboys are allowing 208.3 receiving yards per game to wide receivers so far this season (sixth most). As long as Shepard and Slayton are out again for week five, this is a good spot for Toney to build on.
Randall Cobb (GBP): It took a few weeks for Cobb to get acclimated in the Packers offense, but week four was his best game yet. He hauled in five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. With Marquez Valdes-Scantling out, look for Cobb to see more targets his way. In week five, Cobb gets a matchup vs the Bengals. Cincinnati is allowing the seventh most receiving yards per game to wide receivers this season (172.8 receiving yards per game to WRs). Cincinnati is also allowing the seventh most fantasy points per game (150.7) to receivers so far this season.
Rashod Bateman (BAL): Bateman was activated off of short-term injured reserve in week four but did not play. The rookie first round pick will see game action soon, and the Ravens could certainly use his presence. Bateman gets a matchup vs the Colts on Monday night, followed by one vs the Chargers in week six. Bateman is a good speculative add right now. You probably won't need to start him any time soon, but I like Bateman as an end of the bench stash and hope guy.
Dalton Schultz (DAL): If by some chance Schultz is still available on your waiver wire, add him now. He has produced every week except one so far this season, ranking as the TE5 on the year. Dallas has a great matchup vs the Giants next week. The Giants are allowing the second most receptions to tight ends, the fourth most touchdowns to the position, and the fifth most fantasy points per game to tight ends so far this season. Schultz has stepped up for the Cowboys, while WR Michael Gallup has been out.
Dawson Knox (BUF): Alright, so a lot of the fantasy production from Dawson Knox is touchdown dependent. He's scored four touchdowns on the season through four weeks, including two TDs in week four. However, he's topped over 35 receiving yards in three of four weeks this season and has seen at least three targets in each game as well. In week five, Buffalo goes up against Kansas City on Sunday night, followed by a matchup against the Titans. Knox is becoming a viable streaming option for fantasy squads this season.
NEP @ HOU
TEN @ JAX
DEN @ PIT