Welcome everyone to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article.
In this article, I will be going over the injuries that went down in Week 5. As we have had no choice but to get used to, it was another rough week for Fantasy players.
Before the week even started, we had to deal with game-time decisions (Joe Mixon). Some of you even had to go this week without the player you drafted with your first pick in drafts this year (Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook). Hopefully, you were able to get their handcuffs (Alexander Mattison (26 FPTS) and Chuba Hubbard (18 FPTS). If not, that would be whoops for you guys.
Anyways, that should do it for the introduction. Let's dive into the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article.
2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact
Bad News in Seattle!
Russell Wilson, QB - Finger (4-6 Weeks)
This is terrible news for the Seattle Seahawks, and fantasy players. The word around the NFL is that he will miss at least a month. To those that drafted him as your QB1, this is a brutal blow to your fantasy hopes. Hopefully, you drafted a backup in your drafts.
Before getting injured, Russell Wilson was 11/16 for 152 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Now the Seahawks have to rely on Geno Smith as their new signal-caller, which should be interesting. In relief, Geno Smith went 10/17 for 131 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The impact of this injury is pretty severe, I expect Seattle to bring a more run-heavy gameplan with Russell Wilson out. This means Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf gets a downgrade. Out of those two, D.K. should have the best value in fantasy. He caught Geno Smith's lone touchdown on Sunday.
Do not rush to the waiver wire for Geno Smith.
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks - Neck
Please monitor this situation in the coming weeks. You have to take neck injuries seriously, Chris Carson might not see the field for a little bit. If you have him on your team, do not drop him until you hear more news.
I expect him to miss more weeks, which means Alex Collins is the new RB1 for Seattle. In relief, Collins rushed the ball 15 times for 47 yards. He also garnered three targets and caught two of them for 25 yards. Alex Collins should be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week.
Trouble in Paradise for Kansas City
Clyde Edwards-Helaire - MCL Sprain (Couple Weeks)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down in Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills and it did not look good. The good news is he escaped major injury, as he should only be out a couple of weeks with an MCL Sprain. Before getting injured, Clyde rushed the ball seven times for 13 yards. He also garnered two targets and caught one of them for 11 yards.
Expect to see Patrick Mahomes throwing the ball quite a lot now, even though they were doing that before Clyde's injury. Now taking over the RB1 duties is Darrell Williams (10 touches for 45 yards), Jerrick McKinnon (three touches) should see more work too. They both deserve your attention but don't rush to get one of them on the waiver wire.
Tyreek Hill (Unspecified Knee Injury) and Travis Kelce (Stinger)
Travis Kelce should be fine for their next game. Tyreek Hill though, I'm a little bit more worried about him. Knee injuries are worrisome, but let's hope the injury is nothing serious. Currently, there is no news on the severity of either injury.
Tyreek Hill was bottled up most of the game (7-63) and Travis Kelce (6-57 1 TD) provided solid fantasy value. If both were to miss time, MeCole Hardman would be the main target. Last night, he caught nine of 13 targets for 76 yards.
Trouble for the G-Men
Big stars go down for the New York Football Giants.
Saquon Barkley, RB - Lower Ankle Sprain
How long will Barkley be out? That is the question on everyone's mind coming out of Week 5. His ankle did not look good when it happened. It looked like it was a pretty gruesome injury, but it looks like he escaped a serious injury.
Saquon was diagnosed with a lower ankle sprain, I'm expecting him to miss multiple weeks, so make sure you have a backup plan in place. This is an injury you will have to monitor. Barkley was only able to rush the ball twice for nine yards before getting injured. He also garnered one target but didn't catch it.
With Barkley missing a few weeks (more than likely), look for Devontae Booker to get most of the carries. In Barkley's place, Booker carried the ball 16 times for 42 yards and one touchdown.
The impact of Saquon Barkley's injury is pretty significant. The Giants lose their best weapon and fantasy players lose out on their first-round pick. Expect to see a lot of Devontae Booker moving forward and possibly a more pass-heavy gameplan.
I would leave Booker on the waiver wire for now.
Kenny Golladay, WR - Knee (TBD)
As of right now, we do not know the severity of Kenny Golladay's knee injury. If you have Golladay on your team, please monitor the situation in the coming weeks.
Before leaving the game, Kenny Golladay garnered three targets but didn't catch any of them. With Golladay out, the main beneficiary was Kardarius Toney. He was targeted 13 times and caught 10 of them for 189 yards.
If Golladay were to miss some time, expect to see a lot of Kardarius Toney. Darius Slayton and Sterling Shephard will benefit from the injury as well whenever they return. Think about picking up Toney, as he should be one of the main waiver wire targets this week.
Daniel Jones, QB - Concussion
Daniel Jones did not return to the game on Sunday after taking quite the hit to the head. Before leaving the game, Daniel Jones was 5/13 for 98 yards. He also carried the ball three times for nine yards.
Mike Glennon took over as the signal-caller and was less than impressive. He went 16/25 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Do not pick up Mike Glennon if Daniel Jones were to miss time.
The impact of this injury hurts the Giants a decent amount. I don't know if Mike Glennon will be able to provide solid fantasy value to the position players. Be wary of this offense right now. Like I said for Kenny Golladay, Kardarius Toney could be the main beneficiary of this change. He was Glennon's favorite target.
Shoulder Problems for the Wideouts
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers - Shoulder
Sources: #Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had surgery last night on his injured shoulder and is out for the season. The procedure was successful. A tough loss for a Pittsburgh offense that is showing signs of hitting its stride.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2021
Juju Smith-Schuster left Sunday's game early with a shoulder injury. He was only able to garner one target, and he didn't catch it. With Juju out, Diontae Johnson caught a TD and also had two catches for 72 yards. Chase Claypool was able to ball out as well, as he caught five balls for 130 yards and one touchdown.
The impact of this injury isn't as big as you think. Juju was a bench player at best at this point in the season. To be honest, he was almost droppable. So no harm, no foul. Expect to see a lot of Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and Najee Harris moving forward.
Quintez Cephus, WR, Detroit Lions - Shoulder (TBD)
Most of you probably didn't have to play Cephus, but it is still nice to mention him here.
Before exiting with his shoulder injury, Quintez Cephus garnered three targets and caught all three for 38 yards. Surprisingly, this injury could be significant. If Cephus were to miss significant time, expect to see a bigger role for Amon Ra St. Brown (7-65). I wouldn't be rushing to the waiver wire to get him just yet.
I expect more work for T.J. Hockenson and D' Andre Swift, as they are the main targets in this offense.
Attack of the Re-Injury
Curtis Samuel, WR/RB, Washington Football Team - Groin
Uh-Oh!! It's never good re-aggravating a prior injury, and that is exactly what Curtis Samuel did. Was he rushed back too soon? Possibly, but that is a risk some football teams need to make. Before exiting the game, Curtis Samuel had one target (0 catches) and ran the ball once for eight yards.
Expect this offense to pepper Terry McLaurin with targets as they have been (11), and Dwayne Carter gets a slight boost (8 targets in Week 5). Don't be trying to pick up Carter, he isn't worth it. The Washington offense is becoming a struggle.
Bengals Get A Scare
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals - Throat
Joe Burrow was able to play through a throat contusion on Sunday. After the game, he was taken to the hospital to get checked out. I believe he will be okay for their next game, so no worries right now.
Joe was solid today, as he threw for 281 yards. He also had two touchdowns and two interceptions. If he does miss time for some reason, downgrade all of the pass-catchers in this offense.
Other Injury Notes
Taysom Hill, Gadget Player, New Orleans Saints - Concussion
The ultimate gadget player, Taysom Hill went down on Sunday with a concussion. He did not return to the game after only garnering two targets (one catch for 11 yards). If he were to miss time, it will be the Jameis Winston show moving forward.
That should do it for the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Impact article. Tune in next week for Week 6.