Here we are again. Another week and another round of injuries for owners to work around. Keeping track of injuries throughout the week is an essential part of putting together a winning fantasy squad. Now that bye weeks are in full swing, navigating the waiver wire becomes increasingly more important as the season moves forward. Here’s what to expect come Sunday.
Everything below is based on of information through Friday’s practices.
Cam Newton (QB) – Newton is awaiting final clearance from an independent neurologist to officially pass the leagues’ concussion protocol. As of right now, he is listed as questionable for Sunday’s match up against the Saints. He appears to be a lock to play after fully participating in both Thursday and Friday’s practices. Newton owners could be in for a huge week as the Panthers take on the Saints who have allowed a whopping 32.5 points per game which is good for worst in the NFL.
Eddie Lacy (RB) – Lacy is listed as questionable for Sunday’s match up against the Cowboys as he works back from an ankle injury suffered in the third-quarter last week. The severity of the injury is unknown. With backup James Starks’ knee and family situation, the Packers are not sure if he can suit up Sunday, either. The team has yet to sign another running back which should be a sign to fantasy owners that Lacy will be available on Sunday. Since Starks is the only other running back on the roster, Green Bay seems confident at least one of the two will be ready to go.
Jonathon Stewart (RB) – Fully participating in practice on both Thursday and Friday, Stewart is listed as questionable going into to Sunday’s game against the Saints. After missing the last three weeks, Stewart owners can begin to rejoice as he is expected to take the field as the Panthers’ lead back against a poor Saints defense. Cameron Artis-Payne is now worth dropping for those owners still hanging on.
Arian Foster (RB) – Foster is still dealing with a nagging hamstring and was a limited participant in practice all week. As of right now there is no word on whether Foster will return to action this week or not. He is one of eight Dolphins that are listed as questionable. Owners should side with caution here as the Miami backfield has been everything but trustworthy so far this season.
LeGarrette Blount (RB) – The Patriots’ bruiser back is listed as questionable with a hip injury but is expected to take the field against the Bengals. Owners should begin to see a decline in some of Blount’s workload with Tom Brady back at the helm. He should still be used in most early and short down situations, though.
Rashad Jennings (RB) – After Jennings was yet again limited at practice all week with a thumb injury, head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters Wednesday that he expects Jennings to play this week. His status should still be checked prior to kickoff. Nonetheless, Jennings owners might want to air on the side of caution here as the Ravens stingy defense makes for a tough match up in his return.
Dez Bryant (WR) – Much like the past two weeks, Bryant is listed as questionable going into Sunday’s match up against the Packers. Unlike the last two weeks, however, Bryant was a limited participant in practice throughout the week and actually has a chance to play. Reports out of Dallas, point towards the Cowboys playing it safe with Dez as they prepare to have him back following their week seven bye.
Alshon Jeffery (WR) – Jeffery now finds himself listed as questionable for the fourth consecutive week and has been limited at practice every day for the past three weeks. Having a poor history with soft tissue injuries, Jeffery’s hamstring continues to be the source of his struggles. Until Jeffery gets to 100 percent his days as a WR1 are over. While he has been efficient when thrown to, but Brian Hoyer seems to be okay looking for other options in the Bears’ offense.
Sammie Coates (WR) – After returning to practice on a limited basis Friday, Coates is listed as questionable with a hand laceration suffered last week. With fellow receiver Markus Wheaton already ruled out, it does appear Coates will suit up Sunday against the Dolphins. Yesterday, however, Coates said he doesn’t know yet if he will play and is taking things day by day. While the upside is tremendous against Miami, owners should confirm that Coates is playing Sunday morning as lineups are being set.
Julian Edelman (WR) – While there weren’t any reports this week of Edelman not playing, owners should closely monitor his questionable tag as he deals with some sort of foot injury. Edelman had foot surgery just last season so his status should be checked before plugging him into lineups on Sunday. Expect Edelman to get back on track with Tom Brady back leading the offense.
Will Fuller (WR) – Fuller was able to practice all week with a hamstring injury despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s match up against the Colts. The Texans appear confident that the rookie wide out will be able to take the field come Sunday.
NOTE: As of Sunday morning it appears Fuller will not play tonight.
Mike Wallace (WR) – Wallace is currently listed as questionable with a chest/ribs injury. The positive takeaway here is that Wallace fully participated in both Thursday and Friday’s practices which typically means he’ll be a go Sunday. Fellow wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is not expected to play with an ankle injury suffered last week lining Wallace up to be Baltimore’s number one target against the Giants.
Rob Gronkowski (TE) –Don’t worry owners; Gronk is listed as questionable, but reports indicate it has nothing to do with his hamstring and more to do with the fact he’s feeling under the weather. The Patriots’ superstar is expected to be a full go Sunday with no reported setbacks with his hamstring injury.
Jordan Reed (TE) – Reed is listed as questionable after he was diagnosed with his fifth concussion of his career. After not practicing all week, Reed is still working his way through the leagues’ concussion protocol and isn’t expected to play Sunday. Owners should begin to look for a long-term option at tight end as players with a lengthy head injury history tend to get caught up in the concussion protocol much longer than average players.
Zach Miller (TE) – As always, the Bears’ injury report is stuffed full. Miller, however, is expected to play Sunday. He is carrying the questionable tag right now as he is dealing with the same rib ailment that was bothering him last week. He missed Wednesday’s practice last week and was limited in both Thursday and Friday – the Bears seem to be following the same script this week. Expect Miller to suit up against the Jaguars where he is a must-start at tight end with Brian Hoyer controlling the offense.
Martellus Bennett (TE) – Although Bennett practiced all week, he carries a questionable designation into Sunday as he deals with an ankle injury. The Patriots’ do expect him to suit up for their match up against the Bengals. It’ll be interesting to see if both he and Gronkowski can co-exist in the same offense. If last week as any indication, it appears the two are very capable.
Charles Clay (TE) – Clay has been a solid sleeper play the past two weeks due to the increased target share from Sammy Watkins’ absence. He is currently listed as questionable as he deals with a knee injury. According to reports, Clay is expected to play Sunday and shouldn’t be limited in any way. If you need a fill in at tight end, Clay makes for a great streaming option for deeper leagues as the Bills take on the 49ers.
Gary Barnidge (TE) – Barnidge is currently listed as questionable with hip and forearm injuries. The Browns don’t consider theses injuries to be serious and there has not been any suggestion that the tight end will not play Sunday.
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