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Dynasty Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week Five

We break down all the biggest dynasty-relevant injuries from week five.

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My name is Jeff Mueller, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and I am here to help guide you through these weekly injuries and provide (hopefully) helpful insight into how bad the injury is and what the expected timeline for recovery is for your key player. The weekly injury roundup will be posted on Wednesdays to discuss injuries that just occurred. I would also encourage you to tune in to the DLF YouTube channel (make sure to subscribe!) to tune in to helpful content throughout the week.

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Russell Wilson, QB DEN

Injury: Right Lat Strain

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: While concerning, I do believe Wilson will play (and continue to play) this season. He runs the risk of his symptoms and strain worsening, particularly with high passing volume. If the injection does help him, he’ll be fine. If it doesn’t, there’s the risk that the Broncos shut him down for a few weeks to rest. I wouldn’t fade Denver pass-catchers just yet.

Mac Jones, QB NE

Injury: Left High Ankle

Return to Play: Week 6-8

Fantasy Impact: Jones suffered a severe left high ankle sprain in week three and will be out for an extended period of time. Jones was spotted at practice, but hard to say how close he is to playing. Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion in week four, so Bailey Zappe may lead this team for the time being.

Baker Mayfield, QB CAR

Injury: Left High Ankle Sprain

Return to Play: Week 7-9

Fantasy Impact: Mayfield lost his coach and loses several weeks to a high ankle sprain after getting obliterated by the 49ers’ pass rush. Good thing is, you probably weren’t starting him in fantasy anyways.

Dak Prescott, QB DAL

Injury: Right Thumb

Return to Play: Week 6-8

Fantasy Impact: Prescott will reportedly push to play this week, but I’m still not certain he’ll be able to. It all depends on his ability to grip the football pain-free without fumble risk, as well as displaying good accuracy and velocity in order to return. Cooper Rush has been adequate for the time being, so I would expect Dallas to play it safe with Prescott’s return. I do believe we will see him return before their week nine bye week.

Jameis Winston, QB NO

Injury: Back/Ankle

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Winston reportedly pushed to play in week four but was not cleared. The team may have wanted to give him a week (maybe two) to heal from his back fractures, so we’ll have to keep a close eye on this. Hopefully he can return soon.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB MIA

Injury: Concussion (second)

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: This will likely be a slow process, as Miami will have to take this very slow to avoid an even bigger media storm. Expect the trail for clearance to play to be extensive on this one.

Jonathan Taylor, RB IND

Injury: Right Low Ankle Sprain

Return to Play: Week 6

Fantasy Impact: The Colts remain optimistic that JT can return to play this week. It will all depend on his ability to practice. Keep a close eye on his status.

James Conner, RB ARI

Injury: Rib Sprain

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Early reports indicated Conner’s injury was mild, however we just went through this with Alvin Kamara. It may be mild, but it could keep him out for a game or two. Darrel Williams suffered a knee sprain and is likely to miss, so could be wheels up for Eno Benjamin.

Damien Harris, RB NEP

Injury: Hamstring Strain

Return to Play: Week 8-9

Fantasy Impact: Harris will likely miss two-three games, leaving the backfield open to Rhamondre Stevenson.

Rashaad Penny, RB SEA

Injury: High Ankle Sprain, Fibula Fracture

Return to Play: Season-Ending

Fantasy Impact: Penny will be getting Tightrope surgery as well as fixation for his fibula fracture. As for dynasty purposes, there is a chance he can return to form, but typically year one results in a production dip and he will be 27 years old, plus a free agent after this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle re-signs him for cheap, but this is now Walker’s backfield.

David Montgomery, RB CHI

Injury: Low ankle sprain

Return to Play: Played Week 5

Fantasy Impact: So much for limited snaps. My bad on the call to sit him. Looked great and had no setbacks in his return. Wheels up.

D’Andre Swift, RB DET

Injury: Left AC Sprain

Return to Play: Week 7

Fantasy Impact: Swift’s injury is most likely a grade two AC sprain and HC Dan Campbell has already stated he will likely benefit from a few weeks off until after the bye (week six). I would expect him to return week seven. Notably: he suffered a Right AC sprain last year in the Thanksgiving game, but did deal with a Left AC/Shoulder sprain in 2019 at Georgia.

Justice Hill, RB BAL

Injury: Right Hamstring Strain

Return to Play: Week 7-8

Fantasy Impact: Hill was actually out-performing JK Dobbins on a per-touch basis the last two weeks until suffering a hamstring strain on an outside run. With the combination of missing time, JK Dobbins’ ramp-up, and Gus Edwards’ activation window opening up for a potential return, I would not expect much moving forward from Hill.

Tyreek Hill, WR MIA

Injury: Left Foot

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Hill was spotted in a walking boot, but it could be precautionary. We haven’t heard any bad news yet, so it’s unlikely to be very serious. Keep an eye on his status.

Keenan Allen, WR LAC

Injury: Left Hamstring Strain

Return to Play: Week 6-9

Fantasy Impact: Turns out Allen’s absence from practice was a setback. I would expect another two-three weeks added on top of his initial timeline. He is a 30-year-old trying to return from a hamstring strain. This should be fun.

Michael Thomas, WR NO

Injury: Right Toe, Potentially Turf Toe

Return to Play: Week 6

Fantasy Impact: The Saints are optimistic that MT will return for week six. Monitor his practice status.

Tee Higgins, WR CIN

Injury: Ankle Sprain

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Higgins attempted to play in week five but things did not go well. He may have had a setback, but we’ll see if he’s able to play this week.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR DET

Injury: Right High Ankle

Return to Play: Week 7

Fantasy Impact: ARSB suffered a high ankle sprain and was unable to play in week four. With the Lions bye week in week six, I would plan on ARSB sitting out week five and returning week seven, similar to D’Andre Swift.

Jahan Dotson, WR WAS

Injury: Hamstring Strain

Return to Play: Week 6-8

Fantasy Impact: Ron Rivera has already stated that Dotson is likely to miss several weeks, so plan accordingly. I believe he will miss one more week.

Jakobi Meyers, WR NE

Injury: Knee Soreness

Return to Play: Played Week 5

Fantasy Impact: Lesson learned. Never bench a healthy Jakobi Meyers.

Rashod Bateman, WR BAL

Injury: MidFoot Sprain

Return to Play: Week 6-9

Fantasy Impact: Bateman reportedly has a midfoot sprain, likely low-grade Lisfranc. He was spotted wearing a boot, but no word on requiring surgery. I would plan on Bateman being out for several weeks to let it fully heal, so this could provide a huge boost to Devin Duvernay.

Chris Olave, WR NO

Injury: Concussion

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Olave remains in concussion protocol. He will need to pass through protocol this week, so keep an eye on his status.

Dalton Schultz, TE DAL

Injury: PCL Re-Injury

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Early word is, Schultz will attempt to play this week. I would not start him after he re-aggravated his prior PCL sprain.

Pat Freiermuth, TE PIT

Injury: Concussion

Return to Play: Week 6-8

Fantasy Impact: Freiermuth suffered his third concussion within a 12-month time span. As good as he is, I would be very tempted to pivot off of him once he returns and plays/produces. Concussions are always tricky though – Brandin Cooks dealt with his own number of concussions yet continued to produce for several years.

Kyle Pitts, TE ATL

Injury: Hamstring Strain

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Pitts is likely to miss this week as well, but keep an eye on his practice status.

Darren Waller, TE LVR

Injury: Hamstring Strain

Return to Play: Week 6-8

Fantasy Impact: I would expect Waller to miss a week or two with the strain suffered this last week.

Logan Thomas, TE WAS

Injury: Calf Strain

Return to Play: Week 6-7

Fantasy Impact: Thomas suffered a calf strain mid-week of practice and missed week five. I would expect him to miss one-two more games.

Dynasty Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week Five
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