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Injury Status: Week 6

Thu Oct 15 10:12am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

The big injury last week was the unfortunate one to Dak Prescott. This is a huge loss for fantasy owners and will be near impossible to replace, considering his amazing start to the season. The rest of the league wasn’t hit too hard by injuries last week and some key players are set to return this week. So it isn’t all negative on the injury front. Let’s hope it keeps up going forward.

DJ Chark, WR, Jaguars. Chark was knocked out early from last week’s game because of an ankle injury and is out of practice to start the week. This is not a great sign for his availability this week. He is looking a little iffy to play right now. He will need to get in some practice before the week is out if he hopes to have any chance to play Week 6. Get other options ready.

Sam Darnold, QB, Jets. Darnold has already been ruled out for the Week 6 game. He is still battling his shoulder injury and could miss more time. Joe Flacco gets another start for the Jets this week.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Cook left lsat week’s game early because of a groin injury. He seems to have avoided something too serious, though. There is an outside chance he still plays this week. Cook is out of practice to start the week. It makes sense for the Vikings to likely hold Cook out since the team has a bye the following week, giving him two weeks to get back to full strength. So don’t rule him out just yet but expect the Vikings to play it cautious with their star back. Alexander Mattison is likely to start Week 6 for the Vikings.

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green suffered a hamstring injury last week and left the game early. He has been limited in practice to start the week. Green is looking questionable to play right now. But even if he plays, Green probably isn't worth a start for fantasy teams because he has been doing next to nothing on the field and is battling an injury. 

Drew Lock, QB, Broncos. Lock is practicing in full this week and fully expected to return to the starting lineup for the Broncos. His shoulder injury is much improved and shouldn’t limit him much going forward.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots. Newton has been activated from the COVID-19 list and should return to practice Thursday. He is expected to return to the starting lineup this week for the Patriots, giving them a big boost at the quarterback position.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. Jones is out of practice to start the week because of a hamstring injury, which kept him out of last week’s game. Don’t rule him out yet because he doesn’t need to practice much to play but get other options ready. Keep an eye on the practice notes for the latest. But for now, plan on Jones missing this one.

Davante Adams, WR, Packers. Adams is back to practicing in full. HIs hamstring injury is much better. He is fully expected to return to the lineup and serve as the No. 1 option in the passing game for the Packers. 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery is getting closer to a return from his foot injury. He is practicing on a limited basis again this week. He is going to have to ramp up his work in practice before he hits the field, though. Keep an eye on the practice reports the rest of the week to see if that happens. There is a chance he is back in action this week. 

DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson remains limited in practice because of a hamstring injury. He has missed the last few games and remains questionable to play this week. We should have a better idea late in the week but for now, count on him to miss the Week 6 game.

Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs. Godwin is back practicing some this week, which is a positive for him. His hamstring injury is improving some. He has a shot to return this week. Consider him a game-time decision. 

Kyle Allen, QB, Washington. Allen was knocked out of last week’s game because of an arm injury suffered on a big hit. He is healthy enough to play this week, though, and has already been named the starter for the Week 6 game. Alex Smith will move back to a backup role for Washington this week. 

Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers. Johnson had to leave the game last week because of a back injury. The Steelers were downplaying the injury but he is out of practice to start the week, which is a bit of a concern. He has missed practice in recent weeks and played, but nothing is certain at this point. Keep an eye on the practice notes later this week before putting him in your lineup. He is up in the air right now.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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Marvin Jones Nov 24 5:30pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. will go up against a Texans Defense on Thanksgiving that is giving up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. As of now, the Lions offensive weapons are banged up and the veteran Jones Jr. may be tasked will picking up the slack. The Texans have allowed five 100+-yard receiving games this season and the Lions have health questions currently with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Hall, D'Andre Swift, Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson. Jones Jr. is not having an elite season but could surprise, especially in PPR-leagues, to kick off the Thursday slate of games in Week 12.

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Kenny Golladay Nov 24 5:20pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) was a limited participant in practice, an improvement heading into the team's matchup against the Texans on Thanksgiving to kick off Week 12. Golladay missed last week's game and has been banged up most of the season. But when he is on the field, the Lions offense ascends to another level. If Golladay suits up, he will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 10th most fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Texans have allowed seven different receivers to post 79 or more receiving yards against them this season and have been burned for 100+-yard performances by the Jaguars D.J. Chark Jr. and the Patriots Damien Byrd in the past two games. If Golladay plays he can easily be slotted as a WR2 with excellent red zone potential for Week 12. But fantasy teams may need to monitor his status all the way up to game time this week.

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T.J. Hockenson Nov 24 5:20pm ET

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) was limited in practice as the team prepares to take on the Texans to kick off Thanksgiving Thursday. This is a new injury and it very well could be precautionary heading into a short week. But fantasy teams will have to keep an eye on this situation heading into the game as Hockenson has emerged as a solid red zone threat with five touchdowns this season. The Lions will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season and have not allowed 10 or more fantasy points to an opposing tight end since Week 3. Fantasy teams will need to check Hockenson's status heading into the game but, if he is healthy, will be a touchdown-dependent option in Week 12.

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D'Andre Swift Nov 24 5:10pm ET

Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift is still in the concussion protocol as the team prepares to play early Thursday morning against the Texans on Thanksgiving. His availability could be a huge blow to a Lions team that is seeing its playoff hopes slip away. Swift has been fantastic over the past few weeks, displaying the type of versatile threat in the passing and running game that earned him praise in training camp. But as of now, the rookie is trending towards not playing, and it would be a shame with a favorable matchup in Week 12. The Texans have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing backs this season. Veteran Adrian Peterson will step up once again if Swift misses the game, but Peterson cannot be trusted to post RB2-type numbers despite the favorable tilt. Kerryon Johnson would also continue to mix in.

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Adrian Peterson Nov 24 5:10pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson will prepare to take on a vulnerable Texans Defense on Thanksgiving. With starter D'Andre Swift (concussion) still in league protocol's, Peterson will be the next man up to lead the team's running attack. The veteran and teammate Kerryon Johnson will take on a Texans defense that is allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing backs. Houston have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns and have allowed seven different running backs to post 10 or more fantasy points against them over their last five games. The matchup is fantastic but Peterson simply does not have the speed anymore to make opposing defenses pay. If Swift does not suit up, however, Peterson will see enough volume to justify a fringe fantasy play in Week 12.

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Matthew Stafford Nov 24 5:00pm ET

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will try and step up his game to kick off Week 12 when the team hosts their annual Thanksgiving game against the Texans on Thursday. The veteran passer has been dealing with torn ligaments in his throwing thumb but told reporters, "Obviously, I can play better, I'm the guy that touches the ball on offense every play, so the better I play, the better we'll play as a team," Stafford said. "Just got to be better myself." The Lions season is slipping away but Stafford will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th most fantasy points to opposing passers. Houston has allowed 300+ passing yards to four of the last six quarterbacks they have faced and 12 passing touchdowns in that span. Stafford's fantasy value may be tied to the health and availability of receiver Kenny Golladay, who is trending up towards playing on Thursday. Stafford is a lukewarm fantasy option in DFS for Thursday and not a top-12 option for Week 12.

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Dallas Cowboys Nov 24 4:40pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys defense has been anything but reliable this season, finishing in the top-20 of fantasy defenses just four times so far this season. However, Week 12 against the Washington Football Team makes for about as good a matchup as there can be. The Washington offense ranks 28th in total offense while giving up the fourth-most sacks as well as the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Last week, the Cowboys recorded two sacks and two takeaways against Minnesota. The Cowboys defense is somewhere around the 15th-ranked defense in fantasy formats this week.

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La'Mical Perine Nov 24 4:40pm ET

The New York Jets placed rookie running back La'Mical Perine (ankle) and kicker Sam Ficken (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Perine and Ficken will miss at least the next three games. Perine was starting to see a bigger role on offense, so this injury is a tough break as he continues to develop in his rookie season. The youngster is only worth hanging onto in dynasty/keeper leagues. Veteran Frank Gore will go back to being the workhorse back in the Jets backfield, but he's nothing more than a low-upside, low-floor RB3/flex in much deeper leagues in this mediocre Jets offense. Ficken missed two extra points in Week 11 and wasn't on the fantasy radar to begin with. Sergio Castillo is next in line for kicking duties but should also be avoided in fantasy.

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Greg Zuerlein Nov 24 4:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein is a fringe kicking option in a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington Football Team on Thursday. Partly due to the strength of the Washington defense, opposing kickers have actually fared well against them. Zuerlein has been a somewhat low-volume kicker ever since quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) was lost for the season, though, finishing as a top-15 fantasy kicker just five times so far this season. Zuerlein is a bit more attractive now that quarterback Andy Dalton is back under center, but his ceiling remains low for fantasy managers.

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Josh Allen Nov 24 4:30pm ET

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed defensive end Josh Allen (knee), cornerback D.J. Hayden (hamstring) and safety Daniel Thomas (arm) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Allen suffered a knee injury in the Week 11 loss to the Steelers, and while he'll miss at least three games, the injury wasn't considered too serious and he should have a chance to return before the end of the year. The 23-year-old seventh overall pick in 2019 was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season when he recorded 10.5 sacks. However, he's struggled this year as the team's primary pass-rushing threat, recording just 2.5 sacks and 13 combined tackles in eight games. An already weak Jacksonville defense just got a lot weaker with the losses of Allen and Hayden. You should avoid their defense at all costs in Week 12 against the Browns.

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Brandon Williams Nov 24 4:20pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens placed outside linebacker Pernell McPhee on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. It's unclear if McPhee actually tested positive for COVID-19, but either way, he will not be available for the Thanksgiving night matchup against the undefeated Steelers on Thursday. The 31-year-old has 25 tackles (20 solo), 11 QB hits and two sacks in 2020 in 10 games. Defensive lineman Brandon Williams will also be unavailable for the Ravens Defense this week against a strong Pittsburgh offense. Baltimore's D has been one of the better fantasy units for the majority of the season, but this would be a week to fade them.

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Dalton Schultz Nov 24 4:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz makes for a touchdown-dependent TE2 option on Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Football Team. Schultz did not end up with a huge yardage total last week, but he made four catches on six targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. Schultz is a weekly touchdown threat and maintains a solid floor in the Cowboys offense. He's finished as a TE1 or TE2 in seven of the nine games he has started.

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Cedrick Wilson Nov 24 4:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is not much of a fantasy option on Thanksgiving Day against the Washington Football Team. Wilson hasn't seen more than four targets since Week 4 and hasn't put up more than one fantasy point in standard scoring since Week 5. Wilson may still pop up with a long touchdown at some point, but he's far too inconsistent to be relied upon in anything but best-ball formats.

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Michael Gallup Nov 24 4:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup has proven to be exceptionally talented, but his role in the offense has become one of a very low-volume pass-catcher. Last week, he caught just two passes for 29 yards in what has seemingly become a standard week for the third-year receiver. Gallup has finished as a WR3 or better only once this season, leaving him off the fantasy radar in shallow leagues, regardless of his talent. With Amari Cooper and rookie CeeDee Lamb also requiring looks from quarterback Andy Dalton, Gallup has become the third option and a WR3/4 in deeper leagues.

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CeeDee Lamb Nov 24 3:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb scored one of the season's best touchdowns last week as the Cowboys offense shot back into fantasy relevance thanks to the return of Andy Dalton from a concussion and from struggles with COVID-19. Lamb ended up with four catches for 34 yards and the score. He should see something like the six targets he saw last week, except this time he'll have a tougher Washington Football Team defense to deal with. Lamb comes into Week 12 as a WR3 with some upside.

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Amari Cooper Nov 24 3:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper bounced back into the fantasy conversation last week when quarterback Andy Dalton finally made the Cowboys look like they had a real NFL offense. This week, however, Cooper will have a much tougher matchup against the Washington Football Team. He caught six passes for 81 yards last week and was close to a touchdown more than once, but he'll check in as a low WR2 for this tough matchup.

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Ezekiel Elliott Nov 24 3:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran his way back into fantasy relevance in Week 11, running for his first 100-yard game of the season (going for 103) and scoring a touchdown through the air. He'll have a tougher matchup against a surging Washington defensive line on Thanksgiving Day, but he's undoubtedly back on the RB1 border at least. Andy Dalton was able to make the Cowboys look like a real NFL offense last week, and he should be able to do the same again this time around. Elliott's average of nearly five yards per carry last week bodes well for his future value for the remainder of the season.

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Tony Pollard Nov 24 3:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will remain a high end backup in a Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup against the Washington Football Team. Pollard put up a solid fantasy performance last week, running for 60 yards and a touchdown, but he ultimately received just five total touches. Pollard has a little more value in leagues that count return yards, but he's still best looked at as one of the backups with the highest upside, not a starter as long as Ezekiel Elliott stays on the field.

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Andy Dalton Nov 24 3:20pm ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton struggled mightily earlier in the season when he first replaced injured starter Dak Prescott (ankle), but after missing time due to a concussion and a struggle with COVID-19, Dalton looked the part of an NFL starting quarterback in Week 11. For Week 12, Dalton and the Cowboys get a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington Football Team. In what could be a close, low-scoring game, Dalton is likely to be a better "real life" quarterback than a fantasy one this week. He's in the lower-end QB2 list against a tough Washington defensive line.

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Josh Adams Nov 24 2:50pm ET

The New York Jets are signing running back Josh Adams to the active roster on Tuesday from the practice squad, according to a source. The move comes with rookie La'Mical Perine (ankle) out several weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Veteran Frank Gore will continue to be Gang Green's lead back, with Ty Johnson and Adams backing him up. The 24-year-old Adams played in the first two games of the season, carrying the ball just three times for eight yards while catching both of his targets for 14 yards. Like most of the Jets offensive weapons, it's really hard to trust them to help you out in fantasy. Adams can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.

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