The calendar has turned to October which means critical decisions must be made about your fantasy teams. By now you know what you have and where you need to improve. And you also have probably been dealing with injuries to some of your key players. That is why it is so important to accumulate depth at the skill positions so you can withstand injuries coupled with bye weeks. So without further adieu, here is the Week 5 edition of the Fantasy Football walking wounded.
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Rob Gronkowski (TE-NE)
According to Pro Football Talk, Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss this week’s game against Cincinnati. Gronkowski has yet to appear in a game all season as he recovers from a vast array of injuries and surgeries. He has been limited in practice but it appears New England isn’t ready to throw him out there yet. It seemed hopeful he would play when the Patriots released disappointing tight end Zach Sudfeld earlier in the week. Monitor this situation up until game time, but be prepared to be without Gronkowski yet again.
Danny Amendola (WR-NE)
Oft-injured wide receiver Danny Amendola’s status is still up in the air. He is listed as questionable as he attempts to recover from a groin injury that has kept him out of action since Week 1. He indicated that he felt good on Friday and was “looking forward to Sunday.” As we know, we can take with a grain of salt what the Patriots release in their injury reports. Keep a close eye on this one because Amendola would be a solid fantasy option if he is active for this week’s game against the Bengals.
Vernon Davis (TE-SF)
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis has been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, but he is expected to play this week. He was dealing with the same situation last week when he was also limited in practice, but he ended up playing. Expect the same this week.
Darren McFadden (RB-OAK)
Well it didn’t take long to find Darren McFadden back on this list. The Raiders running back has established a reputation of being injury-prone and he has done nothing to help disprove it. McFadden has missed practice all week with a hamstring injury. However, Oakland’s coach Dennis Allen has indicated that DMC could still play on Sunday even if he didn’t practice all week. I suppose that is a possibility, but chances are he will not be active. Either way, DMC is a risky fantasy option this week and you should be ashamed of yourself for drafting him again this year.
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB-IND)
Colts’ running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s fantasy value is all but gone as he is dealing with a neck injury. Bradshaw is putting off surgery for now, but it seems inevitable that he will need it. He will likely be shut down for a few weeks as Bradshaw and the Colts wait and see how he responds to rest and treatment. He
Brian Hoyer (QB-CLE)
It went from a Cinderella story to a horror movie rather quickly for Browns’ quarterback Brian Hoyer. He was on his way to becoming a fantasy relevant quarterback but his season was cut short on Thursday night thanks to a bad knee injury. Now Brandon Weeden is back in Cleveland’s lineup which is not great news for owners of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.
E.J. Manuel (QB-BUF)
Bills’ rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel sustained a knee injury during Buffalo’s loss to the Browns on Thursday night. Manuel is expected to miss a few weeks due to the injury. However, backup Jeff Tuel was dreadful so look for Buffalo to search for a temporary external replacement. Once Manuel recovers expect him to be the starter again unless someone like Josh Freeman gets brought in and lights the world on fire.
Stevie Johnson (WR-BUF)
In a game marred by injuries, Buffalo’s leading receiver Stevie Johnson was knocked out of the game early on with a back injury. It isn’t known what the extent of the injury is, but Johnson’s fantasy value took a double hit on Thursday. Besides his own injury, the injury to E.J. Manuel will have a ripple effect because Buffalo’s other current
Ryan Mathews (RB-SD)
It is now Week 5 and Ryan Mathews has not been injured or even appeared on the Chargers’ injury report. I guess that blind squirrel found some acorns.
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