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2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact


Week 5 of the NFL brought us some brilliant performances but also some subpar performances. Odell Beckham and Patrick Mahomes were two stars who shined exceptionally bright on Sunday. Did you see Odell’s throw to Saquon Barkley? Patrick Mahomes proved himself yet again as he performed exceptionally against a very good Jaguars defense.

Mason Crosby and Blake Bortles highlighted the subpar NFL performances from Week 5. Crosby went 1/5 on field goals and missed an extra point as the Packers went on to lose to the Lions. Similarly, Blake Bortles and the whole Jaguars offense unit struggled against the Chiefs defense.

Week 5 was an exciting one and one that fortunately didn’t bring many injuries that have extraordinary fantasy implications. With that said I will highlight a few of the major injuries of the week and break them down and what their effect will be going forward. I will also discuss the continuing impact of injuries that occurred in previous weeks.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact

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Brandin Cooks + Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Cooks and Kupp both left Sunday’s matchup with the Seahawks with concussions. This led to an increase in targets for Robert Woods and other Rams pass catchers. The Rams went on to win the game but the loss of two of their wide receivers caused their offense to stall late in the game.

Both of these wide receivers will hopefully be back next week but will concussions you never know. If either of these players isn’t able to go, obviously look on your bench for other options but also don’t worry too much because they will likely be back in the upcoming weeks.

At this point, none of the other Rams wideouts are fantasy relevant besides Robert Woods. So don’t make a rash move and waste a waiver claim on one of the lower end Rams wide receivers if Cooks or Kupp are out for week 6.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

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Following eight carries for 56 yards, Breida suffered an ankle injury. The injury occurred in the first quarter and he did not return to the game thereafter. The x-rays on his ankle came back negative but there are currently reports out that are saying he could miss an extended amount of time.

His injury forced the 49ers to rely on the passing game more as CJ Beathard threw over 50 passes in the loss to the Cardinals. This also caused Alfred Morris to take over Breida’s role as the 49ers primary running back.

If Morris isn’t owned in your league, I recommend picking him up as he is likely to be the 49ers feature back in the upcoming weeks or at least until Breida comes back. This injury will also cause a larger reliance on the passing game causing Beathard to throw many passes as was the case in today’s game.

Corey Grant, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars just keep getting thinner at running back. With the injuries to Fournette and Grant, the Jaguars are in desperate need of another running back. They have TJ Yeldon but it is hard to run an offense with only one true running back.

Grant was starting to become as the RB #2 in Jacksonville after the unfortunate injury to Fournette. But that will continue no longer as Grant is likely out an extending amount of time after he was carted off the field during Sunday’s game.

If TJ Yeldon isn’t owned in your league, he needs to be picked up immediately. With the timetable for Fournette’s return constantly changing it is important to have Yeldon on your team. Yeldon has proven himself as the guy in Jacksonville with Fournette and I value him as an RB2.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers

After suffering a concussion in Week four, Allison was unable to get on the field for Week five. This benefited Jimmy Graham and the rest of the Packer’s wide receivers.

Aaron Rodgers was able to spread the ball to many different targets in the loss to the Packers. This led to the inability of Allison to play have a lessened impact on the Packers offense as a whole.

Although the Packers performed without him, I still think Allison have fantasy relevance. Before his injury, he was able to form a bond with and gain the trust of Aaron Rodgers. This led to more targets which resulted in higher fantasy scoring.

I look for Allison to get back on the field for week six and have an immediate impact.

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About Dylan Small

Dylan Small is from Virginia and is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins. Dylan has been playing fantasy football for the past 5 years and he loves the RB heavy draft strategy. Ask him fantasy questions on twitter @DylanSmallFF1

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