The NFL week 5 schedule is in the history books. Now it’s time to do our research for our week 6 fantasy football lineup. That being said the first place we decided to start with entering week 6 was with the key injuries that took place around the NFL this past week.
The biggest of those injuries took place in Kansas City as the Chiefs lost star running back Jamaal Charles. As the Chiefs were driving, Charles made a cut on first and nine from the goal line but went down without contact. Charles would be helped off the field putting no weight on the injured knee that now sounds to be an ACL injury.
Charles missed most of the 2011 NFL season after tearing his ACL in his left knee. This injury showed up after he left as the Chiefs failed to hold on to the lead allowing the Chicago Bears to win it with two late scores. This injury will also show up on the fantasy sheets as well as fantasy owners consider picking up one of the other Chiefs running back including Charcandrick West or Knile Davis.
West managed to pick up 31 yards on seven carries on Sunday while Davis added just two yards on two carries. Along with fantasy owners looking to pick up one of these running backs the injury also puts a damper on daily fantasy owners as well as season owners who have been using Alex Smith in their roster.
Smith and the Chiefs offense failed to score in the second half against a Bears team that has struggled stopping opponents this season. While fantasy owners decide what to do with players like Smith, West and even wide receiver Jeremy Maclin other fantasy owners will have touch decisions as well as a few other key injuries took place around the NFL on Sunday.
Here are a few key injuries that could have a key impact on fantasy action in week 6 of the 2015 NFL season.
Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens: Forsett suffered a leg injury late in the fourth quarter on a 32 yard reception. The play was key for the Ravens helping set up a game tying Justin Tucker field goal but the end result may role over on a team that has been hurt by injuries all season. Now the Ravens may have to turn to another option at running back with one of those options being rookie running back Javorius Allen. Allen finished the game with eight carries for 58 yards while failing to record a catch. Allen will be an interesting situation going forward depending on how long Forsett is injured as the Ravens with offensive coordinator Marc Trestman likes to involve his backs into the teams passing game. If Forsett can’t go in week 6, Allen will be a solid option with a cheaper price tag in daily fantasy leagues.
Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants: The Giants star wide receiver suffered what looked to be an hamstring injury against the San Francisco 49ers. While fantasy owners will want to take a wait and see approach with Beckham teammate Reuben Randle also left with a hamstring injury. This leaves Eli Manning very little options in week 6 if each of these players continue to battle injury along with Victor Cruz not being ready to return to lineup. Our early opinion is to monitor the injury report as the team has a key divisional matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in week 6. If both are still dealing with injuries wide receiver Dwayne Harris will be a great Fantasy Bargain while tight end Larry Donnell will be excellent play as well.
Other injuries to monitor from week 5 include running back T.J. Yeldon (groin injury), wide receiver Kendall Wright (head injury) and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (rib injury). Each of these injuries could open up other key fantasy options in week 6 including Roddy White for the Atlanta Falcons who has already expressed his unhappiness about his involvement in the teams offense.
The Wright injury could open up additional opportunities for wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in Tennessee. Meanwhile the Jacksonville Jaguars could turn to Denard Robinson who showed at times last season to be a valuable fantasy pickup.
For now we have to take a wait and see approach to see which of these key injuries could open up an opportunity for a Fantasy Sleeper to break out in week 6.