By Jamal Murphy, OFN Chief Fantasy Analyst
Fantasy Football: Key Injuries (Week 5)
This is the NFL where injuries are part of the game. Here are the key injuries and the fantasy football ramifications for Week 5.
Bills at Bengals…Jordan Matthews will have thumb surgery, keeping him out of the Bills’ lineup for at least a month. That leaves Zay Jones and Charles Clay as Tyrod Taylor’s only legitimate passing options. Tyler Eifert is out for the Bengals with a lingering back injury. Tyler Kroft has done a good job filling in at the tight end spot.
Cardinals at Eagles…John Brown (quad) and J.J. Nelson (hamstring) are both listed as questionable, but expected to play, further cluttering the Arizona receiving corps. Wendell Smallwood is questionable with a knee injury and all signs point to him not playing. That is good news for LaGarrett Blount and Corey Clement owners.
Chargers at Giants…Tyrell Williams had his best game of the season last week and is expected to play this week, despite being listed as questionable with a neck issue. Paul Perkins is out for the Giants with sore ribs. That is good news for rookie Wayne Gallman, who gets a chance to build off his modest success in Week 4.
Jaguars at Steelers…Marqise Lee is questionable with injured ribs and unlikely to play, after being unable to practice during the week. That means more action for Allen Hurns. Martavis Bryant was a late add to the injured list on Saturday due to an illness. He’ll likely be a game time decision on Sunday.
Jets at Browns…In what might be good news for the Jets, Matt Forte is out for the second straight game with turf toe, allowing Bilal Powell and rookie Elijah McGuire free reign in the backfield. Kenny Britt is doubtful with knee and groin injuries, leaving Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis as the main pass catchers for Cleveland.
Panthers at Lions…None.
Titans at Dolphins…Marcus Mariota will be a game time decision with a gimpy hamstring. Even if he does play, his mobility will be limited. Thus, all Titan skill players should be downgraded accordingly.
49ers at Colts…Jack Doyle is out with a concussion for Indianapolis. Jacoby Brissette will have to lean even more heavily on T.Y. Hilton.
Packers at Cowboys…There’s good news and bad news for Green Bay. Ty Montgomery is doubtful with broken ribs, which means the Packers will have to rely on rookies Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams to carry the rushing load. Amazingly, Devante Adams has cleared the concussion protocol, after the vicious hit he took last week.
Ravens at Raiders…Jeremy Maclin (hand) and Benjamin Watson (calf) are both expected to be in action, despite their questionable tags. Surprisingly, Derek Carr (back) is listed as questionable for the Raiders, when just days ago he was looking at a month-long recovery. Carr is not expected to play, but could be back by next week.
Seahawks at Rams…C.J. Prosise (ankle) is doubtful, which leaves the messy Seattle backfield in the hands of Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic.
Chiefs at Texans…None.
Vikings at Bears…Sam Bradford is questionable, but expected to play on Monday, after missing three weeks with a knee injury. That’s great news for all of the Vikings skill guys, particularly Stefon Diggs.
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