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Injuries and Waiver Wire week 5 2022
NFL WEEK 5 INJURIES
Teddy Bridgewater (Concussion, Elbow) - Bridgewater suffered two injuries early in the first quarter vs the Jets and did not return.
Baker Mayfield (Foot) - Mayfield was spotted in a walking boot after Sunday's loss to San Francisco. Per Ian Rapoport, Mayfield suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's game, sources say. That means he'll miss time, but how much will be determined by more tests and opinions.
Ty Chandler (Thumb) - Chandler broke his thumb and determination is being made whether he can cast it and play, per Ian Rapoport.
James Conner (Ribs) - Conner injured his ribs on Sunday.
Damien Harris (Hamstring) - Harris suffered a hamstring injury and did not return.
Rashaad Penny (Fibula) - Penny is out for the season after suffering a broken fibula, according to Michael-Shawn Dugar. Dugar adds that Penny needs surgery, and the high-ankle element of the injury makes it even trickier in terms of surgery and recovery.
Darrel Williams (Knee) - Williams left with a knee injury.
Nelson Agholor (Hamstring) - Agholor suffered a hamstring injury and did not return.
Deonte Harty (Foot) - Harty suffered a turf toe injury yesterday, according to a source. He is expected to miss some time.
Tee Higgins (Ankle) - Higgins was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and is considered day-to-day, per Marisa Contipell.
Tyreek Hill (Foot) - Hill left Sunday's game late in the fourth quarter and could not return.
Chris Olave (Concussion) - Olave suffered a concussion on a play where he caught a TD pass and did not return.
Christian Watson (Hamstring) - Watson left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.
WEEK 6 WAIVER WIRE:
Geno Smith (SEA) - Would you believe me if I told you that Geno Smith has scored the second-most fantasy points among QBs over the last two weeks, and is available in 95 percent of NFL Fantasy leagues, 67.8 percent of ESPN leagues, and 65 percent of Yahoo leagues? With upcoming matchups vs ARI and @ LAC, Smith is in a great spot to continue his great run this season.
Trevor Lawrence (JAX)
Kenneth Walker (SEA) - With Rashaad Penny suffering a significant injury, it is time to grab the Seahawks' rookie RB Kenneth Walker. Walker had a beautiful 69-yard touchdown run on Sunday, and he is just getting started in his young career. He is going to be given every opportunity to take over this backfield and the Seahawks have a great schedule coming up with games vs ARZ, @ LAC, and vs NYG over the next few weeks.
Eno Benjamin (ARI) - Cardinals starting RB James Conner left Sunday's game with a rib injury, and teammate Darrel Williams left with a knee injury of his own, leaving Eno Benjamin with an opportunity. Benjamin had eight carries for 25 yards and a touchdown, along with three receptions for 28 yards on the day, totaling 14.30 Fantasy points. We have to monitor the status of Conner and Williams, but Benjamin should be on your radar.
Brian Robinson Jr. (WAS) - Robinson was activated off IR for his week five matchup vs the Titans. He totaled nine carries for 22 yards, while fellow RB Antonio Gibson had just five carries for 15 yards (plus three receptions for 33 yards). Robinson is available in 52.2% of NFL Fantasy, 38% of Yahoo and 55.6% of ESPN leagues and should see plenty of volume as the season continues. Washington has matchups @ CHI, vs GB and @ IND over the next three weeks.
Rachaad White (TB), Tyler Allgeier (ATL)
Michael Gallup (DAL) - In his second game back from an ACL injury, Michael Gallup hauled in four receptions for 44 yards playing with backup QB Cooper Rush, who only completed 10 passes total on the entire day. Starting QB Dak Prescott is expected back soon, and Gallup should have more volume (and upside) upon Prescott's return. Gallup has great matchups @ PHI and vs DET over the next two weeks. The time to grab Gallup is now, while his price is still low.
Alec Pierce (IND) - He hasn't got into the endzone yet, but Pierce has been seeing an increase in production over the last three weeks. He has gone 5-3-61, 6-4-80, and 9-8-81 receiving over the last few weeks, steadily increasing his targets, receptions, and yardage over that span. The Colts have a clear need for a number two receiver behind Michael Pittman, and the second-round pick, Pierce is becoming that guy. He's available in 99.9 percent of NFL fantasy leagues and 91.4 percent of ESPN leagues. If you need a long-term play, take a look at the rookie.
Devin Duvernay (BAL) - Quietly, Devin Duvernay has scored at least 10 fantasy points in all but one game so far this season, operating as the number two receiver for the Ravens. He's been seen all over the field, catching passes, on running plays, and even as a returner. The Ravens' number one receiver, Rashod Bateman had to miss week five, and Duvernay stepped up and delivered for Lamar Jackson. Available in 77.4% of NFL Fantasy leagues, Duvernay makes for an intriguing depth option.
George Pickens (PIT), Jakobi Meyers (NE), Khalil Shakir (BUF)
David Njoku (CLE) - Over the last three weeks, Njoku has had nine receptions for 89 yards and a TD, five receptions for 73 yards, and six receptions for 88 yards, leading the Browns in receiving in two of those three weeks. His role is clearly growing as the season goes on, which is encouraging. Njoku is available in 83.4% of NFL Fantasy leagues, and he should be a top addition for any tight end needy team.
Hayden Hurst (CIN), Evan Engram (JAX)