Thu Oct 10 10:19am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
This injury list isn’t near as populated as the previous week, which is great news for fantasy owners. We still have some injuries that are going to impact lineups, but there are some players returning, which is going to help. Hopefully, this trend of fewer injuries and more players returning continues going forward. We’ll see. . . . .
James Washington, WR, Steelers. Washington injured his shoulder during last week’s game and is doing to miss some time because of the injury. He isn’t even worth a roster spot at this point. He has done little even when on the field.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson is getting closer to a return but did not practice Wednesday because of his abdomen injury. If he gets in some practice before the week is out, he has a shot to return, though. He has not been ruled out yet. Keep an eye on the practice notes for the latest. He is getting close.
Chris Herndon, TE, Jets. Herndon finally returned from his suspension and back to practice. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring in practice. At this point, it seems like Herndon will not be healthy enough to make his season debut. He will need to get healthy in a hurry to play this week.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard has already been ruled out for this week because of a concussion he suffered last week. He will miss at least a game and maybe more because this is his second concussion this season. Not good.
Wayne Gallman, WR, Giants. Gallman is another Giant that suffered a concussion last week. He also has been ruled out for the Week 6 game. This gives Jon Hilliman the likely start at running back for the Giants.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram suffered a sprained knee last week and has been ruled out for Week 6. This leaves a huge hole in the passing game. Rhett Ellison should draw the start at tight end for the Giants.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Barkley is really close to a return but will miss one more week of action. He has been ruled out for Week 6. We would expect him back in the starting lineup next week, though. He has made great progress in recent weeks.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs. Watkins left the game very early last week because of a hamstring injury. He is yet to practice this week and it doesn’t look good for him to play right now. We would expect him to miss the Week 6 game, so get other options ready.
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions. Hockenson is back practicing on a limited basis. He is getting closer to a return from his scary concussion suffered a few weeks back. He has a shot to even play this week. We will know before the week is out if he is able to pass the concussion protocol.
Case Keenum, QB, Redskins. Keenum has a decent shot to return from his foot injury this week and will be the starter as long as he is healthy. He is trending the right way right now. Unless he has a setback later in the week, look for Keenum to start the Week 6 game for the Redskins.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers. McCaffrey suffered a back injury last week but was able to play through it although he was a little limited late in the game. He is out of practice to start the week, which isn’t a great sign but not the end of the world. He might be resting more than anything, but keep an eye on the practice reports the rest of the way to see what kind of work McCaffrey is able to get in. If McCaffrey is unable to play, Reggie Bonnafon gets the start for the Panthers.
David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Johnson is another running back that is battling a back injury. He played with the back injury throughout last week’s game. He is practicing on the side to start the week, so nothing is sure with his status right now. We would expect him to play but nothing is 100 percent certain right now. Chase Edmonds is the starter for the Cardinals if Johnson is out of action.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers. Henry is getting closer to a return from his knee injury. He got in some work last week and is practicing on a limited basis to start this week. If Henry doesn’t return this week, we would expect him back in the starting lineup Week 7. Things are looking up for Henry.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs. Hill is practicing on a limited basis to start the week because of his collarbone injury. He was close to playing last week, so things look good for him to return this week, especially since Sammy Watkins is expected to miss. We would expect Hill to play and serve as the No. 1 target for the Chiefs in Week 6.
Todd Gurley, RB, Rams. Gurley was out of practice Wednesday because of a quad injury. The Rams are calling him day to day. The injury is not believed to be too serious, but you never know with Gurley. Injuries have been his nemesis in recent years. Gurley should be healthy enough to play, but keep an eye on the player notes to be sure he gets in some work before the week is out.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
August 5th: ADP Value
The Green Bay Packers have claimed wide receiver Travis Fulgham off waivers from the Detroit Lions. A sixth-round pick out of Old Dominion last season, Fulgham appeared in three games for Detroit, playing 42 offensive snaps against Green Bay in December but not recording a target. With Devin Funchess opting out and a top-heavy receiving corps, it makes sense for Green Bay to add someone at the position, but Fulgham's a longshot to make any kind of impact on this team in 2020.
At one point, it looked like Washington quarterback Alex Smith would never step onto a football field again after a devastating leg injury in 2018, but head coach Ron Rivera says that if Smith is healthy, he'll have a chance to compete for the starting job. That's bad news for second-year passer Dwayne Haskins, who struggled as a rookie. Haskins not winning the starting job this year would signal bad news for his future in Washington and could suggest that the team will be looking for a new quarterback in 2021, as Smith's not the long term answer at this point in his career. This is a quarterback room to avoid in re-draft leagues this season.
The New England Patriots have signed former Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller to a one-year deal. Miller missed all of 2019 after tearing his ACL and MCL in preseason, but the veteran back has shown some explosiveness in the past and adds important insurance to this backfield, especially with Sony Michel (foot) not a lock to be healthy Week 1. Miller's been good before, but he's likely just keeping the seat warm for Michel and even if Michel does miss time, Miller's likely to be part of a committee approach in New England. There's not a ton of reason to be excited about this signing for fantasy purposes, but Miller could be worth a late-round dart throw in deeper formats.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (foot) isn't a lock to be recovered by Week 1, putting a major question mark beside the back who most expected to lead this New England backfield in rushing attempts. The team signed veteran Lamar Miller as insurance on Monday, further complicating things and suggesting that Michel's injury issues will bleed over to the regular season. You almost have to be more wary of drafting Michel than you already were with this news, and you already should have been fairly low on him. He's not undraftable, but he's become a huge risk without a lot of upside.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara spoke to the media earlier Monday and offered more details about his injury-plagued 2019 season. Kamara said he "tore his knee' in Week 5 against Jacksonville last year and that he had to deal with it the rest of the season. The 25-year-old didn't require surgery, though he spent the entire offseason rehabbing the knee and said he feels healthy now. Kamara finished as the RB16 in PPR formats despite dealing with the knee and ankle injuries. Coming into 2020 a bit leaner after adopting a plant-based diet, Kamara is poised to have the best season of his career in a contract year. He should be a top-five pick in both formats and could be taken as early as the third pick in PPR leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green reportedly has been impressing teammates in practices this week as he works back from injuries that robbed him of his entire 2019 season. Tight end C.J. Uzomah told reporters, "We're just running routes and haven't gone full speed against the defense. Drew (Sample) only saw him last year for, what, that first practice? He said, 'I forgot how explosive he is.' I told him, 'You haven't seen the half of it yet.'" Green has serious bounce-back potential as the No. 1 WR in a Bengals offense that should be one of the most-improved in the league. He can be treated as an upside WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Free-agent CB Tramaine Brock and DT Carl Davis were signed to undisclosed contracts by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent RB Derrius Guice (Football Team) passed through waivers unclaimed Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent RB Kenjon Barner (Falcons) is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in the near future, according to a source.
Free-agent DT Caraun Reid (Cardinals) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Free-agent S Marqui Christian (Jets) recently met with the Chicago Bears.
Free-agent TE Jordan Reed (Football Team) officially signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Reed has dealt with injuries during his career but has posted solid numbers when healthy. He will be the No. 2 tight end for the 49ers behind George Kittle but should have a decent role in the passing game. Reed probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy tight end in most leagues.
Free-agent CB Tramaine Brock (Titans) is meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Aug. 9, and likely will sign with the team if the meeting goes well, according to a source.
Philadelphia Eagles LB Jatavis Brown was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent DT Mike Daniels (Lions) is meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Aug. 9, and is expected to sign with the team, according to a source.
Los Angeles Rams DT A'Shawn Robinson (undisclosed) is expected to play at some point during the 2020 season, but the team will take things slow with him since he was diagnosed with a medical issue during the medical on-boarding process.
Buffalo Bills WR Duke Williams was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9. The team also released CB Akeem King.
Washington Football Team TE Logan Thomas was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 9.
Free-agent S J.J. Wilcox (Falcons) officially re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.