Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 6
Week 5 will go down as one of the most devastating weeks in recent memory. In the Fulltime Fantasy Discord, Snake deemed it Tragic Tuesday. Our Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 6 catches you up on the latest news. Also, we offer advice on how to approach these injuries before your waiver wire bids are due.
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Now, let’s break down all the latest fantasy-relevant injury news in this week’s Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 6. We will continually update this list.
Week 6 Byes: Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers
Justin Jefferson (WR) Minnesota Vikings – The most devastating blow to come out of a terrible injury slate was the news that consensus 1.01 Justin Jefferson would be placed on IR with a hamstring injury. This is a devastating blow for the 1-4 Vikings as well as millions of fantasy rosters. Jefferson will miss a minimum of four games. The earliest JJ could return would be Week 10 versus New Orleans. However, Minnesota’s season appears to be a lost one. The Vikings don’t have a bye until Week 13. If Jefferson doesn’t progress through rehab, there may not be a ton of motivation to rush him back.
K.J. Osborn should inherit Jefferson’s ‘X’ role, making him a top waiver wire priority.
The #Vikings plan to place WR Justin Jefferson on injured reserve because of the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to Kansas City, per sources.
The exact timeline is TBD based on how he responds to treatment. But Jefferson is out at least four games. pic.twitter.com/hBAYZHZqlV
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 10, 2023
De’Von Achane (RB) Miami Dolphins – Second in the NFL in rushing and third in fantasy scoring, rookie De’Von Achane will miss multiple weeks with a knee injury. At the time, the injury didn’t appear serious. However, the club has indicated Achane is a candidate for IR, which would keep him out a minimum of four games. Jeffery Wilson, who was just activated, is the best replacement target for Achane managers. UPDATE: Achane is on IR.
Justin Jefferson to IR and De’Von Achane might be right behind him
Worst Tuesday morning EVER
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) October 10, 2023
Anthony Richardson (QB) Indianapolis Colts – A Grade 3 sprained AC joint will keep Richardson sidelined for a month. The rookie signal-caller banged his shoulder on the turf as he was tackled from behind. Richardson immediately motioned to his right (throwing) shoulder. Richardson previously missed half of Week 2 and all of Week 3 with a concussion. Gardner Minshew will start in his place for at least the next three games.
James Conner (RB) Arizona Cardinals – Another season, another lengthy absence for stand-out RB James Conner. Conner injured his knee on a long run and will miss multiple weeks. Expect the Cardinals to employ a committee backfield. Emari Demercado is the best bet to target on the waiver wire. As for Conner, volume dictates that he is a strong hold or ‘buy low’ candidate. Update: Arizona placed Conner on IR. Subsequently, you can boost your Demercado bids.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 10, 2023
Travis Kelce (TE) Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are due to play Thursday, which gives Travis Kelce little time to heal his ankle. Kelce originally went down with no contact. However, he returned to the game and caught a touchdown. That quelled Achilles’ concerns. However, there have been no updates on the status of the ankle injury. However, Kelce practiced on Tuesday. That’s a good sign.
Jahmyr Gibbs (RB) Detroit Lions – Gibbs was a surprise add to the injury list. He hurt his hamstring late last week and missed Detroit’s victory. And, Gibbs could miss 1-2 more weeks.
Tee Higgins (WR) Cincinnati Bengals – A rib injury kept Higgins out last week. We will know more about his Week 6 availability as the week progresses.
Javonte Williams (RB) Denver Broncos – Williams sat out Week 5 and was a limited participant in Monday’s practice. He was a game-time call last week. However, he was close to playing. Williams is set to return in Week 6. We’ll have more in Discord as the week progresses.
Khalil Herbert (RB) Chicago Bears – First, the Bears lost Roschon Johnson to a concussion. Second, Khalil Herbert was felled by a high-ankle sprain. Herbert is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. However, Johnson must clear the league’s concussion protocol before he can practice. Finally, D’Onta Foreman should be added on waivers. Foreman hasn’t played since Week 1. However, he may be the only healthy back Chicago can play against Minnesota.
Tank Dell (WR) Houston Texans – A concussion forced Dell to miss the second half of Houston’s last-second loss in Atlanta. Subsequently, Dell will have to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol before he can return to action. John Metchie would see an increased role if Dell misses Sunday’s home tilt with New Orleans.
Deshaun Watson (QB) Cleveland Browns – The Browns list Watson as day-to-day with a shoulder injury. Watson was a surprise scratch last week. If Watson misses Week 6, P.J. Walker will start on Sunday. However, it might be wise to simply avoid whoever is under center against the 49ers.
Dalton Kincaid (TE) Buffalo Bills – Kincaid is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. The Bills had an awful trip abroad, losing to the Jaguars and getting decimated by costly injuries. Furthermore, the Bills don’t play until Sunday Night Football, which complicates Kincaid’s fantasy availability.
Aaron Jones (RB) Green Bay Packers – Jones sat out Monday’s loss with a bothersome hamstring. This came as somewhat of a surprise, as Jones was expected to play. However, with Green Bay looking at a Week 6 bye, the club decided to give Jones an extra week to fully heal. We’d tentatively expect Jones to be close to 100% by Week 7.
Daniel Jones (QB) New York Giants – Jones exited Week 5 with a neck injury. However, it is not the same ailment that cost him time last season. On Tuesday, Jones said he was “feeling good.” We will see how he progresses through this week’s practices.
Daniel Jones joined Kay Adams on the @UpAndAdamsShow for his weekly spot. The two discuss:
– Jones’ neck injury and how it is different from his previous one
– The struggling offense and where to go from here
– Darren Waller’s usage
– The unfortunate absence of Saquon… pic.twitter.com/Iu0t5AmZCI
— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) October 10, 2023
Austin Ekeler (RB) Los Angeles Chargers – In an effort to end on a high note, Austin Ekeler returned to practice. Finally, something positive after an awful Week 5 slate.
#Chargers RB Austin Ekeler told reporters there’s a 99% chance that he will return and play on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Ekeler has not played since Week 1 due to a hamstring injury. pic.twitter.com/itbd7otOiP
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 10, 2023
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