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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 5 Injury Fallout

It wasn’t the most prolific week for injuries, but the New York Giants would beg to differ. The Giants lost their three starting wide receivers to injury, including a possible season-ender for human highlight reel Odell Beckham Jr. Now at 0-5, the Giants will be without their star wideout for the foreseeable future, although we wish him a quick recovery. Hopefully your fantasy team is doing better than the Giants, but if not, there may be a few waiver wire opportunities after this week’s injuries. Here’s the rundown of all the Week 5 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

Beckham suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Chargers. His left leg got awkwardly wedged under a defender as he was trying to haul in a pass, and he was eventually carted off the field. The Giants have stated that Beckham fractured his ankle, and he will also have an MRI to determine if surgery is necessary.

Impact

The results of Beckham’s MRI will likely determine whether or not he misses the rest of the season. Whatever the results, it’s clear that he’ll be sidelined for an extended period of time.

Under normal circumstances, Beckham’s injury would open the door for Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard to take on bigger roles. However, Marshall and Shepard suffered ankle injuries of their own on Sunday, so their Week 6 availability is also unclear. If either player is able to make it back for next week’s game, volume alone would give him value. However, the Giants have two tough matchups against the Broncos and Seahawks coming up before a Week 8 bye, so neither receiver should be in your lineup unless you play in a deep league.

With the Giants receiving corps decimated, tight end Evan Engram should be in line for some increased usage. Although Engram failed to catch any of his four targets on Sunday, he was third in targets and fourth in receptions among all tight ends heading into Week 5. The high target share and increased opportunity should be good enough for him to crack most starting lineups.

The Giants running backs could also have some value in the passing game going forward. Shane Vereen finished Sunday’s game with four catches for 27 yards, while rookie Wayne Gallman caught five passes for 25 yards. Both backs should be rostered in PPR leagues, and Gallman in particular has showed enough ability to potentially earn a larger workload. Gallman is the preferred pickup because of his upside, but Vereen will also have some starting value in the weeks ahead.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Powell missed the entire second half of Sunday’s game against the Browns with a calf injury. Jets head coach Todd Bowles stated that Powell will undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Impact

At this point, we don’t know if Powell will be forced to miss time. If he does, sixth-round rookie Elijah McGuire would likely assume most of the backfield touches, although veteran Matt Forte would also be in the mix if he can come back from the turf toe injury that has sidelined him for the last two weeks. McGuire carried the ball 11 times for just 20 yards on Sunday, but he had much more success against the Jaguars in Week 4, when he had 10 carries for 93 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown. McGuire isn’t a complete running back right now, but he’s an adept receiver who has shown some shiftiness. If Powell and Forte are both sidelined next week, he would be an interesting FLEX play against the Patriots. Pick him up if you’re looking for a spot starter for the next week or two.

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

West left Sunday’s game against the Raiders when he suffered a calf injury on the third offensive play. He was carted to the locker room and listed as doubtful to return, eventually being downgraded to out.

Impact

The severity of West’s injury is unknown at this point, but the doubtful designation and the need for a cart suggest that the injury could be serious. After West went down, Javorius Allen and Alex Collins both saw significant backfield work, and both running backs would have value if West has to miss time. Allen carried the ball 21 times for 73 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, and he continues to be Baltimore’s best pass-catching back while Danny Woodhead is on IR. Meanwhile, Collins had 12 carries for 55 yards on Sunday and is averaging a ridiculous 7.1 yards per carry this season. Allen is clearly the preferred option in the Ravens backfield and should have FLEX value going forward, but Collins’ efficiency could earn him the early-down job with some goal-line opportunities — especially if West can’t play. If Allen and Collins are available in your league, they’re both worth a pickup.

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.