2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact

by Mike Bonni
2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact

Welcome all to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article!

I just want to start things off by saying fantasy football this year has been a struggle for everyone. Whether it be someone getting COVID, games getting rescheduled/postponed, or the dreaded injury to a star player. It seems like this year we are getting more and more injuries. Not just major injuries but the minor injuries are happening at an incredible rate so far too. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it except just roll with the punches.

As always in this article, I will be going over the major and minor injuries of the week and how they will impact the fantasy football landscape.

So without further ado welcome all to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact

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Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys - Compound Ankle Fracture (Season)

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Yikes! This is a tough loss for everyone who loves football. Dak Prescott was putting up career numbers in 2020 and now that all comes crashing down. Not to mention he is also fighting for a long-term contract. This just couldn't suck anymore for him and everyone else in that organization.

The impact of his injury is monumental towards the passing game. I don't trust Andy Dalton necessarily even though he completed nine of his 11 passes while also leading them to victory. Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard are going to get the biggest boost with this injury. I expect the Cowboys to go way more run-heavy now.

Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup's stock all go down. I think Amari Cooper still provides you a solid starting receiver. As for Lamb and Gallup, I think they fall into WR3 and Flex territory - more so for Lamb. As of right now, I do not know about Gallup and what his role will be with Dalton. Andy looked his way more than Dak did so maybe that's a good thing for his value going forward.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings - Groin Injury (TBD)

The NFL's leading rusher came out of Sunday night's game early in the second quarter with a groin injury. Before exiting, he was on his way to another stellar game, with 89 total yards and a touchdown.

He returned to the game, seemingly to give it a try, but was not able to continue playing. Coach Mike Zimmer said there will be a MRI scheduled on Monday. This is another injury you should monitor. Groin injuries can be tricky and Cook has had his history of lower-body injuries.

If Cook misses any extended period of time, Alexander Mattison becomes a plug-and-play RB1.

Kyle Allen, QB, Washington Football Team - Arm (TBD)

Allen left late in the first half after taking a shot to his arm. His injury paved the way for Alex Smith to see his first official NFL game action in almost two years. If Allen is okay, I assume he would start in Week 6, as Smith did not impress.

Attack of The Hamstrings Part II

Once again a couple of players came up with the dreaded hamstring injury that has been plaguing fantasy football players all year.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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Struggling "star" wide receiver A.J. Green exited the Bengals game on Sunday and did not return. As I have found out this year, a hamstring injury will cost you anywhere between one to four weeks depending on the severity. If you are an A.J. Green owner expect him out that long, but hopefully, he comes back sooner.

I expect Tyler Boyd to get even more targets making him a low-end WR1 in my eyes. This team will always be throwing, which is good news for Tyler Boyd as well as the second-round pick Tee Higgins. I expect him to gain the most out of Green's injury. I would suggest picking him up if he is a free agent.

Without Green, Boyd caught four of his six targets for 42 yards while Higgins caught four of eight targets for 62 yards. They had low numbers today because they were playing Baltimore. Don't get discouraged by these numbers as they will improve.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

After catching both of his targets for 24 yards and a touchdown Sammy Watkins exited the Chiefs Sunday game against the Raiders and didn't return. Just like with A.J. Green and the rest of the hamstring injuries this year I expect him to miss at least a couple weeks.

Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will dominate the targets in this offense but Byron Pringle might be a name to look out for. Demarcus Robinson is another guy that you can take a look at on waivers.

Minor Injuries

These are the injuries that are less severe, these players should end up being ok within the next week. You should still monitor the progress of them because you never know what can happen at practice.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns - (Ribs)

Baker took a shot to the ribs and seemed to be in some pain, but the X-rays came back negative and he should be able to go next week.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - (Back)

Johnson took a good shot to the back in the first half on Sunday and left the game and did not return. Coach Tomlin said he could be back next week. This is one injury to monitor for sure, as Chase Claypool exploded in his absence, and could have eaten into Johnson's role regardless.

Chris Hogan, WR, New York Jets - (Knee)

Hogan was carted off with a knee injury in the second half of his Week 5 game. He has an MRI scheduled for Monday. Hopefully, you're not counting on his health for your fantasy team.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars - (Neck)

As of right now, there isn't much news on Eifert, but he has had previous issues with his neck. I would monitor this situation if you have him rostered.

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