2021 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Injury Report
The 2021 fantasy football season is starting to get comfortable as week 5 approaches. Bye weeks are starting to happen which allows players to get that extra week of rest, especially for the injured. Speaking of the injured, let’s take a look at the week 5 injury report for fantasy football.
Broncos’ Teddy Bridgewater (Active): The Broncos’ starting QB suffered a concussion against the Baltimore Ravens last weekend. He returned to practice on Friday but it remains to be seen if he’ll suit up for Sunday. Drew Lock is the backup and is likely to get his first start of the season if Bridgewater sits out. The Broncos should be cautious starting a guy less than a week from being concussed.
49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo (Out): San Francisco ruled Garoppolo out for the game against the Arizona Cardinals with a calf injury. This could be an even worse situation for Garoppolo because if rookie backup Trey Lance plays well, he could remain the starter for quite some time.
Possible replacements: Broncos’ Drew Lock (vs. Steelers), 49ers’ Trey Lance (vs. Cardinals)
Vikings’ Dalvon Cook (Out): Cook played in only 50% of the snaps in the loss to the Browns last week. He suffered an ankle sprain a few weeks back but seems to be getting healthier from it. The star running back will be a game-time decision against the Lions on Sunday. If he plays, he should have a bounceback game against a poor Lions defense. Cook is one of the elite fantasy football RBs in the NFL.
Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot (Active): Elliott has already said he isn’t worried about his knee injury. The Cowboys are, however, as he was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. He will likely play against the rival Giants, but will probably be a game-time decision unless he feels 100%.
Lions’ D’Andre Swift (Active): Swift has been dealing with a groin injury all season. He’s been questionable almost every game but has played through it. If he feels ready to go against the Vikings, he’ll play.
Cardinals’ Chase Edmonds (Active): Edmonds is dealing with a shoulder injury that had him limited all week for practice. He will be another game-time decision but should suit up against the 49ers. Backup James Connor played well last week, so it’s possible the Cardinals give Edmonds a rest.
Washington Football Teams’ Antonio Gibson (Active): Gibson has been playing through a fracture in his shin that he says isn’t serious. He is questionable for Sunday but should be able to carry the load once again for the WFT.
Broncos’ Melvin Gordon III (Active): Gordon started the season hot but is now dealing with a lower leg injury he suffered against the Ravens. He was limited in practice all week but should play. He won’t control the carries, however, as rookie backup Javonte Williams should see more action with Gordon, not 100%.
Lions’ Jamaal Williams (Active): Williams is dealing with a hip injury but should be able to play on Sunday. Both he and Swift are banged up, so it’s tough to know how they will be utilized.
Colts’ Nyheim Hines (Active): Luckily for the Colts’ backup running back, they play Monday night. He is dealing with a shoulder injury but is expected to suit up against the Ravens.
Bengals’ Joe Mixon (Active): Mixon is leaning toward playing on Sunday against the Packers. He is dealing with an ankle injury and didn’t practice this week. He’ll try and suit up but won’t be used in the same capacity.
Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey (Out): McCaffrey recently came out and said he wants to play on Sunday. The Panthers should absolutely NOT even consider it. He is arguably the most valuable running back in the NFL, and the Panthers need him 100%. He’ll likely continue to sit out this week but could return in the next few weeks.
Bears’ David Montgomery (Out): Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy said that Montgomery will miss some time with his knee injury. He is officially ruled out against the Raiders.
Possible replacements: Vikings’ Alexander Mattison (vs. Lions), Cowboys’ Tony Pollard (vs. Giants), Lions’ Jason Cabinda (vs. Vikings), Cardinals’ James Connor (vs. 49ers), Broncos’ Javonte Williams (vs. Steelers), WFT’s J.D. McKissic (vs. Saints), Colts’ Marlon Mack (vs. Ravens), Bengals’ Samaje Perine and Chris Evans (vs. Packers), Panthers’ Chuba Hubbard (vs. Eagles), Bears’ Damien Williams (vs. Raiders)
Titans’ A.J. Brown (Active): After missing the game against the Jets, Brown is back against the Jaguars. His hamstring injury is fully healed.
Cowboys’ Amari Cooper (Active): The Cowboys’ star receiver is dealing with a rib and hamstring injury. The body is aching but Cooper is still expected to play against the Giants. If he does play, he’ll be limited in reps.
Broncos’ Courtland Sutton (Active): Sutton recently rolled his ankle in practice on Friday. He’s listed as questionable, but it will be difficult to play on short notice with that kind of injury. Running routes with a sore ankle is painful. The Broncos could be very short-handed against the Steelers.
Dolphins Devante Parker (Out): Parker is expected to play well against a banged-up Buccaneers’ secondary. The problem is Parker is also banged up with a shoulder and hamstring injury. The Dolphins limited Parker all week but he is expected to play Sunday. If available, Parker is a solid fantasy football option.
Washington Football Team’s Curtis Samuel (Active): In Samuel’s first game since returning from the IR, he caught only four passes. The speedster should improve the WFT’s offense if available. He is still dealing with a groin injury but is trending in the right direction.
Titans’ Julio Jones (Out): Jones will be out for a second consecutive week as the Titans play the Jaguars. His hamstring injury is too risky to play with. A.J. Brown is also set to return. Brown should be a big fantasy football option this week.
Falcons’ Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage (Out): Ridley will miss Sunday’s game in London due to a personal matter. He did not travel with the team. Gage is also out with an ankle injury.
Giants’ Sterling Shepard (Out): The Giants ruled Shepard out with a hamstring injury. Shepard started the season hot but won’t get the chance to play against the rival Cowboys.
Possible replacements: Titans’ Chester Rodgers (vs. Jaguars), Cowboys’ Cedrick Wilson (vs. Giants), Broncos’ Tim Patrick (vs. Steelers), Dolphins’ Albert Wilson & Jaylen Waddle (vs. Buccaneers), WFT’s Adam Humphries (vs. Saints), Falcons’ Olamide Zaccheaus & Tajae Sharpe (vs. Jets), Giants’ Kadarius Toney & John Ross (vs. Cowboys)
Lions’ T.J. Hockenson (Active): The Iowa alum is dealing with a knee injury ahead of Sunday’s game. He will be a game-time decision but the Lions shouldn’t risk his injury if still questionable.
49ers’ George Kittle (Out): Kittle didn’t practice on Friday with a calf injury. He will be a game-time decision but all signs lean toward him missing the game against the Cardinals. That is a tough break for his fantasy football owners.
Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski (Out): Gronk will be out once again with a rib injury and a punctured lung.
Possible replacements: Lions’ Darren Fells (vs. Vikings), 49ers’ Ross Dwelley (vs. Cardinals), Buccaneers’ Cameron Brate & OJ Howard (vs. Dolphins)