There were more big injuries in Week 6. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community after the second weekend of NFL games:
Teddy Bridgewater, QB Minnesota Vikings – Bridgewater will begin practicing on Wednesday. Once he practices, the Vikings have a three-week window to active Bridgewater or revert him back to PUP for the rest of the season. Bridgewater has been out since suffering a serious knee injury 14 months ago. The Vikings are hoping he’ll be able to return at some point this season.
Sam Bradford, QB Minnesota Vikings – Bradford missed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. He’s still dealing with a knee injury he suffered in Week 1. NFL Network reported that Bradford is receiving a procedure called Regenokine treatments which is becoming more common among NFL players. There is no timetable for Bradford’s return.
Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers – Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone on Sunday against the Vikings after taking a hit by Anthony Barr. He needs surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season. It’s obviously a huge blow to the Packers offense, both in terms of real and fantasy football. Brett Hundley will take over as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. It’s a significant downgrade for every Packers skill position player.
Trevor Siemian, QB Denver Broncos – Siemian suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. The injury is reportedly minor and Siemian is expected to play in Week 7 versus the San Diego Chargers. If Siemian can’t go, the Broncos will be forced to start Brock Osweiler.
Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winston left Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with a sprained AC joint in his throwing (right) shoulder. He’s listed as day to day. Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said the injury is minor and that Winston could play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Winston Sunday and almost led the Buccaneers to a comeback win. He’ll start in Week 7 if Winston isn’t healthy.
Leonard Fournette, RB Jacksonville Jaguars – Fournette injured his ankle against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday but played through it. Fournette said he just twisted his ankle and he’s expected to play in Week 7 versus the Indianapolis Colts. He’s scored a touchdown in all six games this season. Chris Ivory would see an increase in touches if Fournette is limited this week.
Rob Kelley, RB Washington Redskins – Kelley missed Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a rib injury. He’s expected to return to practice this week. Samaje Perine has struggled in the last two games since taking over as the lead back. Expect Kelley to split touches with Chris Thompson in Week 7 if he’s healthy.
Bilal Powell, RB New York Jets – Powell missed Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots with a calf injury. He’s listed as week to week. Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire split carries with Powell out but neither was effective versus the Patriots. Expect a similar timeshare moving forward until Powell returns.
Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota Vikings – Diggs was inactive on Sunday with a groin injury. He missed practice all last week. Diggs should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Adam Thielen will be the Vikings No. 1 receiver if Diggs sits again.
Jeremy Maclin, WR Baltimore Ravens – Maclin missed Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a shoulder injury. Breshad Perriman started in place of Maclin but left the game with a concussion. Maclin’s status for Week 7 is uncertain. If he’s unable to play, it will leave the struggling Ravens dangerously thin at receiver.
Jordan Matthews. WR Buffalo Bills – Bills coach Sean McDermott said Matthews is day to day while he still recovers from thumb surgery. Matthews was expected to miss a month and he’s yet to begin catching passes with his surgically repaired thumb. While it sounds like Matthews is making progress, it’s doubtful he’ll play this week against the Buccaneers.
DeVante Parker, WR Miami Dolphins – Parker missed Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with an ankle injury. He didn’t practice at all last week. If Parker is unable to play versus the Jets, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills will once again dominate targets in Miami’s passing game.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR Denver Broncos – Sanders sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s loss to the Giants. He’s already been ruled out for Week 7. Sanders could be out longer but he’ll miss at least one game. Sanders is likely dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Bennie Fowler will move into a starting role and should be targeted on the waiver wire in 12-team leagues.
Mohamed Sanu, WR Atlanta Falcons – Sanu missed Sunday’s game against the Bills with a hamstring injury. He was expected to miss a couple of weeks with the injury, so Sanu being inactive wasn’t a surprise. He’s questionable for Week 7’s mouth-watering matchup versus the Patriots. Taylor Gabriel and tight end Austin Hooper will be the beneficiaries if Sanu sits.
Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants – Shepard missed Sunday night’s game against the Broncos with an ankle injury. He’s listed as week to week. Look for the Giants to continue to lean on tight end Evan Engram and running back Orleans Darkwa until Shepard returns to the lineup.
Golden Tate, WR Detroit Lions – Tate is dealing with a sprained AC joint and he’s expected to miss a few weeks. The Lions are on a bye, so Tate will get at least one week to heal. Rookie Kenny Golladay has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. If both can’t play coming out of the bye, Marvin Jones and running back Theo Riddick will see an increase in targets.