Every week in fantasy football, injuries play a part in deciding the outcomes of matchups. This week, that seemed to be even more the case with a surprise inactive from Calvin Johnson and David Wilson, Michael Vick, and Julio Jones playing less than full games due to leaving early with injuries.
How will injuries affect this week? You can’t prepare for midgame injuries, but here are the latest updates on players dealing with injuries heading into week 6.
Green Light (Play as Usual)
Arian Foster-Houston Texans (knee)
Reggie Bush-Detroit Lions (knee)
Danny Amendola-New Egland Patriots (groin)
Alftred Morris-Washington Redskins (ribs)
C.J. Spiller-Buffalo Bills (ankle)
Larry Fitzgerald-Arizona Cardinals (hamstring)
Vernon Davis-San Francisco 49ers (hamstring)
Greg Olsen-Carolina Pathers (foot)
Mike Williams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (hamstring)
Fred Jackson-Buffalo Bills (knee)
Zac Stacy-St. Louis Rams (ribs)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis-Cincinnati Bengals (ankle)
Rashard Mendenhall-Arizona Cardinals (toe)
Fred Davis-Washington Redskins (ankle)
Marlon Brown-Baltimore Ravens (hamstring)
Bernard Pierce-Baltimore Ravens (thigh)
Yellow Light (Gametime Decisions)
Calvin Johnson- Detroit Lions (knee): The Lions announced that Johnson won’t practice and will be a gametime decision. If Johnson plays, obviously you start him, but it’s still up in the air if he will so make sure to have a backup option in place in case he’s unable to play for the second week in a row.
Andre Johnson-Houston Texans (shin): Johnson hasn’t practiced much as he battles multiple injuries. Johnson will most likely suit up, but with Matt Schaub struggling and him battling injuries there may be better options for this week.
Rob Gronkowski-New England Patriots (back, forearm): Gronk is expected to play this week but his practice reports are the same as they have been all season. Since the Pats play at 4:25, you may need to make a call before the final inactives come out. If Gronk plays, he should get a ton of targets and put up a nice game for his long-suffering owners.
Darren McFadden- Oakland Raiders (hamstring): DMC is practicing and is expected to play but is still questionable.
Miles Austin- Dallas Cowboys (hamstring): Austin is expected to play, but his use could be limited since Tony Romo has connected with rookie Terrance Williams. Wait for a week if you can on Austin.
Ryan Mathews- San Diego Chargers (concussion): Mathews hasn’t been cleared to return to practice yet, but he does have until Monday to return. The Chargers may have Mathews, but you probably don’t want to wait and see so play on sitting him.
Cecil Shorts- Jacksonville Jaguars (groin): Shorts didn’t practice Thursday, but the Jags are optimistic he’ll play Sunday. Check to see if he gets in at least a limited practice Friday as you get your receiving corps set.
Stevan Ridley- New England Patriots (knee): Ridley is back in Pats practice but he’s still been limited, so owners will probably not know until Sunday if Ridley will play.
Stevie Johnson-Buffalo Bills (back, personal): Johnson had back issues and flew to California mid-week for a funeral. He most likely won’t practice and will be a gametime decision. Even if he plays, I’d stay away if possible and Robert Woods is a much better option this week for Buffalo.
Donnie Avery- Kansas City Chiefs (shoulder): Avery has been limited in practice this week with his bruised shoulder but is expected to play Sunday. He’s a high-risk option anyways with his volatility week to week, so look elsewhere for this week even if Avery plays.
Jacoby Jones-Baltimore Ravens (knee): Jones is cautiously expected to return this week after his week 1 injury and could be an interesting stash depending on his role upon returning tot he Ravens offense which is in need of playmakers.
Red Light (Not expected to play)
Julio Jones-Atlanta Falcons (foot): Jones is done for the season after foot surgery.
Michael Vick- Philadelphia Eagles (hamstring): Vick will sit this week but is expected to return week 7.
E.J. Manuel-Buffalo Bulls (knee): Manuel is out for the near future, and his timetable to return is far from clear.
Owen Daniels-Houston Texans (leg): Daniels will be out for several weeks but is trying to return before the end of the season.