StrategyOctober 5, 2012

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Week 5 Injury Update

By Stever

In this article we will take a look at the key injuries in each game in Week 5. Let’s get started!

Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins

Julio Jones (Hand-Probable)
Jones had a one-catch game partly due to a hand injury last week. Keep him in your fantasy lineups though; he will face a weak Washington pass defense that has allowed an average of 8.8 yards per reception.

Pierre Garcon (Foot-Probable)
After missing two games with a foot injury, Garcon is expected to suit up against the Falcons. He is still not a 100 percent, and will likely not be for a few weeks. He is a strong WR3 against the Falcons.

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers

James Harrison (Knee-Probable)
Luckily for the Steelers, it looks like Harrison will play in his first game of the season. His return is not good news for an Eagles offensive line that has allowed eleven sacks this season. Look for Harrison to have a big role this week.

Rashard Mendenhall (Knee-Probable)
The Steelers will also have Mendenhall back this week after he missed the first four games of the season. His return should help a running game that has averaged a league worse 2.6 yards per rushing attempt. Expect Mendenhall to get around 15 touches his first week back.

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts

Greg Jennings (Groin-Out)
Jennings had a touchdown last week, but that was his only reception in week four. The Packers expect Jennings to miss a couple more weeks. Fantasy owners will hope that he returns during their playoff run. In the meantime, look for James Jones or Randell Cobb to step up.

Dwight Freeney (Ankle-Probable)
In order for the Colts to have a chance of upsetting the Packers, Freeney will have to play. Luckily for the Colts, it looks like he will start, along with Robert Mathis, who is listed as probable.

Cleveland Browns at New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks (Foot-Out)
Nicks will miss his third straight game this season; however he could be back on the field as soon as next week. Expect Domenik Hixon to see the majority of the targets, especially with Ramses Barden out with a concussion.

Anrel Rolle (Knee-Questionable)
The Giants secondary has struggled to stay healthy so far, but they would get a boost if Rolle returns. Either way, the Giants should handily beat the Browns.

Tennessee Titians at Minnesota Vikings

Kenny Britt (Ankle-Questionable)
Despite his tremendous upside, Britt has yet to produce. He has struggled to stay healthy this season. From reports it looks like he will sit out. Look for Kendall Wright to have a good game Sunday.

Christian Ponder (Knee-Questionable)
Ponder will look to build off a strong start to his sophomore campaign, where he has thrown for four touchdowns and no interceptions. His knee injury is something to keep an eye on even though it looks like he will start.

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

Reggie Bush (Hip-Probable)
Bush was a full participant in practice, so expect him to play this week. He faces a Bengals team that has allowed an average of 5.3 yards per carry this season. Look for him to put up high-end RB2 numbers.

Bernard Scott (Ankle-Probable)
If Scott plays he will try to take advantage of the struggling BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis has fumbled twice this season, even though he did not fumble in his first 55 games. Don’t expect Scott to get more then five touches this week.

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

Torrey Smith (Ankle-Probable)
Smith has had three touchdowns and 224 receiving yards over the last two games. He should continue his success against the Chiefs, making him a must start in fantasy football.

Peyton Hillis (Ankle-Out)
So far Hillis has put together a disappointing season for fantasy owners, and he will not be able to turn his season around this week. Look for Charles to get over 20 touches, although he should struggle against a good Ravens defense.

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

Marshawn Lynch (Probable)
This is good news for fantasy owners, as Lynch faces a Panthers run defense that has allowed an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Lynch has a good chance to get over the 100-yard mark.

Jon Beason (Knee-Doubtful)
If Beason sits out, it will be a big blow to an already poor defensive unit. Look for the Seahawks to take advantage if he is out by pounding the ball with Marshawn Lynch.

Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Forte (Ankle-Probable)
Forte is a must-start this week. The Jaguars have allowed 150.2 rushing yards per game this season and six rushing touchdowns.

Earl Bennett (Hand-Questionable)
Bennett was limited in practice this week, and is unlikely to play. Don’t insert him in your lineups, even if he does start, as he will see limited action. Look for Alshon Jeffery to take advantage of an increase in targets.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

Aaron Hernandez (Ankle-Questionable)
Hernandez is ahead of schedule, and he has a chance to play Sunday. However he will be a risky play if he does.

Rob Gronkowski (Hip-Questionable)
From all indications Gronkowski will start, although he is listed as questionable. Look for him to continue to be the goal-line target for Tom Brady.

Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers

Scott Chandler (Head-Probable)
Even if Chandler starts, he is going against a strong 49ers defense. Expect him to get red-zone looks if the Bills are able to move the ball.

NaVorro Bowman (Shoulder-Probable)
This is great news for San Francisco fans. Bowman has been a force next to Patrick Willis, so expect the Bills rushing attack to struggle this week.

San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints

Lance Moore (Hamstring-Out)
After a strong start to the season, Moore will sit out week five. Expect Darren Sproles to get an increase in targets coming out of the backfield.

Roman Harper (Hip-Questionable)
The Saints have struggled on defense this season allowing an average of 463.2 total yards per game. If Harper sits out, look for Rivers to target Meachem down the field.

Houston Texans at New York Jets

Ben Tate (Toe-Limited in Practice)
Despite being limited in practice, Tate could see some touches this week. Considering that the game is on Monday night, it will be best to look at a different option.

Dustin Keller (Hamstring-Limited in Practice)
Keller has yet to play since week one, and it looks like he will miss this week as well. This is not good news for the already struggling Mark Sanchez.

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