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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 5 Injury Fallout

After a brutal week of injuries in Week 4, this week was much kinder to fantasy owners. Nevertheless, there were a handful of players who got banged up, so we’re here to give you the rundown. Here’s everything we know so far, along with the fantasy impact:

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco

Breida left Sunday’s game against Arizona with a left ankle injury in the first quarter. He was initially listed as questionable to return, but he was later ruled out. After the game, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that X-rays on the ankle were negative, although he also indicated that Breida could miss time. Breida will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Impact

At this point, it’s unclear if Breida will be ready for Week 6, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the MRI results, as well as this week’s practice reports. Unfortunately, San Francisco plays Green Bay on Monday night, so if Breida is questionable going into the weekend, most fantasy owners will have to bench him. If Breida does miss time, then Alfred Morris would become the clear starter with Raheem Mostert also entering the mix. Mostert probably won’t get enough work to be worth a roster spot, but Morris would have clear RB2 potential.

 

Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, WRs, Los Angeles Rams

Cooks and Kupp both left Sunday’s game against Seattle with concussions, and they did not re-enter the game. After the game, head coach Sean McVay said, “They were able to have a normal conversation, just seeing them in the locker room and I know they wanted to come back, but ultimately we want to be smart with those things.”

Impact

Although McVay seemed to downplay the health concerns of Cooks and Kupp, both wideouts will have to clear the concussion protocol to be ready for Sunday’s game against Denver. If one or both of them are forced to sit out, then second-year receiver Josh Reynolds would become a starter, making him a desperation flex option. Regardless of Cooks and Kupp, Robert Woods would continue to be a solid WR2 going forward.

 

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

After scoring a late fourth-quarter touchdown against Carolina, Barkley appeared to be injured and stayed on the ground for a few seconds. However, after the game, Barkley said he was “good.”

Impact

Barkley doesn’t seem to be too concerned about his injury status, but you’ll want to monitor his health since the Giants play on Thursday night. If Barkley is unable to go on Thursday, second-year back Wayne Gallman would earn the starting role, although he’d only be a deep-league volume play against a stout Philadelphia run defense.

 

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit

Johnson left Sunday’s game against Green Bay with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He did not re-enter the game, although he said that he could have returned if necessary.

Impact

Johnson’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious, and he’ll also have a bye week to give him extra time to recover. If he is forced to miss Week 7 for some reason, LeGarrette Blount would likely take on most of the early-down work, while Theo Riddick would continue to dominate targets out of the backfield. Both players would be worthy of flex consideration, with Riddick being the preferred option in points per reception (PPR) leagues and Blount being the better play in non-PPR formats.

 

Corey Grant, RB, Jacksonville

Grant left Sunday’s game against Kansas City with a foot injury in the second quarter. He was helped off the field after suffering the injury, and multiple sources have reported that the injury is believed to be season-ending.

Impact

With Grant and Leonard Fournette both dealing with injuries, Jacksonville will primarily lean on T.J. Yeldon and Brandon Wilds in the running game. Yeldon has been productive this season, gaining 452 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns through five games. As long as Fournette remains sidelined, Yeldon will be an RB2 with RB1 upside.

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.