By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller
The one thing all of us fantasy players dread the most, injuries. Unfortunately, this is part and parcel with NFL life and it’s inevitable that at some point during the season one or more of your players will have the dreaded “questionable” or “doubtful” tags. The tricky bit is wading through the reports to find out the true status of your fantasy stud. Fantasy players are very often used as decoys when injured to fool defences, so it’s important that we’re sure that a player is 100% healthy before deploying into a line-up.
This article will take a look at the top injury concerns that we’re hearing about this week and provide a recommendation as to whether they should be starting for you or if you need to pick up their handcuff from the waiver wire.
Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for our Twitter feed (@F10YFantasy) this Sunday as we’ll be providing you with updated on the below mentioned injuries.
Top Injury Concern
Julio Jones, Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
Chance of playing: 50%
Status: Game Time Decision
It’s a hard decision for the Falcons to make as it’s desperate for a win, yet really could do with sitting Julio this week so he can fully recover from re-injuring his hamstring.
Either way, fantasy owners won’t know whether he’s suiting up on Sunday until the 4pm report.
Historically, Julio tends to play through niggles and usually suits up when questionable, but now at 31 and amidst his worst start from a fantasy perspective since his rookie season, he might want to make sure he heals up and is nearer 100% heading in to week 6 instead of potentially reageivating again and missing multiple weeks.
If Julio misses this game, Russell Gage would be a great spot start, the Panthers are exploitable on the outside despite having a good last 2 weeks.
Other Injury Concerns
A.J Brown, Wide Receiver – Tennessee Titans
Chance of playing: 85%
Status: Game Probable
If the Titans game is on Monday nigh, a big if, then Brown should have a nice game if he gets the start. He’s not played since picking up a bone bruise in week 1, but with losing fellow receivers Corey Davis and Adam Humphries to the COVID list; Brown will be in line for a lot of targets in this game against a Bills defensive secondary that could be without star corner Tre’ White (back)
Brown was a limited participant in practice this week but did log a full practice on Saturday which of course is a positive sign.
Joe Mixon, Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals
Chance of playing: 95%
For a second week in a row, Mixon finds himself on the injury report at the end of the week. And, like last week, I highly doubt if it will affect his status on Sunday.
Coming off a season high of 151 rushing yards and 6/6 for 30 yards in the receiving game with 3 total TD’s on the week, I don’t think fantasy owners should be expectant of a repeat this week considering Baltimore is a much tougher test than Jacksonville. Let’s just hope he can find the pay dirt again so he doesn’t revert back to being average Joe.
Should be Playing
Jimmy Garoppolo (knee), San Francisco 49ers – 100%
Deebo Samuel (illness), San Francisco 49ers – 85%
Henry Ruggs III (hamstring), Las Vegas Raiders– 90%
Mark Andrews (thigh), Baltimore Ravens – 95%
Marquise Brown (knee), Baltimore Ravens – 75%
Lamar Jackson (knee), Baltimore Ravens – 100%
Raheem Mostert (knee), San Francisco 49ers – 50%
Carlos Hyde (shoulder), Seattle Seahawks – 80%
Cam Akers (ribs), Los Angeles Rams – 85%
Michael Thomas (ankle), New Orleans Saints – 50%
Out – DO NOT PLAY
DeSean Jackson (hamstring), Philadelphia Eagles
Alshon Jeffrey (illness), Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Darnold (shoulder), New York Jets
Bryan Edwards (ankle), Las Vegas Raiders
Noah Fant (ankle), Denver Broncos
For the latest on each player’s status heading into their game make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.
By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller
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