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Notable injuries and replacements to consider in Week 6 DFS

There are a host of notable injuries in Week 6. We break down who to consider as replacements for your daily fantasy football lineups.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and head coach Sean Payton confer during a timeout in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for Week 6 NFL Sunday! We get an early game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers squaring off in London and kickoff set for 9:30 a.m. ET. Hope you have your lineups ready! That’s followed by six games at 1:00 p.m., four games in the 4:05/4:25 slot, and then Sunday Night Football.

With that in mind, it’s time to sort out what injuries mean for our numerous daily fantasy football lineups. Here’s a rundown of the four major positions, who is hurt, and who is replacing them in certain situations.


  • Drew Brees remains sidelined with his thumb injury. Teddy Bridgewater will start against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s not a great matchup, but Bridgewater is coming off a huge Week 5.
  • Cam Newton is still sidelined with his Lisfranc foot injury. Kyle Allen gets the start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London. Allen has regressed each week, and is not a great starting option.
  • Mason Rudolph is out with a concussion, and rookie Devlin Hodges will start in his place on Sunday Night Football against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Running Backs

  • Jaylen Samuels is out after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Benny Snell will replace him as James Conner’s backup, and will have limited value.
  • Todd Gurley is listed as doubtful with a quadricep injury. If he does not play, Malcolm Brown will start in his place. Darrell Henderson would fill in as Brown’s backup.
  • Justin Jackson is listed as doubtful with a calf injury. He got hurt the same week Melvin Gordon returned from his holdout. Jackson’s role will be very limited behind Gordon and Austin Ekeler once he’s healthy.
  • David Johnson is listed as questionable with a back injury. He is expected to play, but if he is not 100 percent, Chase Edmonds could see more work. If Johnson’s back acts up and he ends up inactive, Edmonds is a strong starting option.
  • Alvin Kamar is listed as questionable with an ankle injury that flared up on Thursday. He was limited on Thursday and a DNP on Friday. Latavius Murray is the big beneficiary if Kamara does not play, but is still a decent option even if Kamara is active.
  • Rashaad Penny is questionable with a hamstring injury. Chris Carson is the clear starter in Seattle, but Penny has gotten a little bit of work. It’s not enough to justify fantasy participation, so the injury makes him even less valuable.

Wide Receivers

  • A.J. Green is out once again with his ankle injury. He returned to limited practice this week, which bodes well moving forward. In the meantime, Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate are the Bengals two starting receivers and are solid options against a shaky Ravens defense.
  • DeSean Jackson remains out with an abdomen injury. There are reports its a tear, which could mean even more time out. Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor remain the top two receiving options in Philly.
  • Sammy Watkins is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury, while Tyreek Hill is questionable with his shoulder injury. Hill raises all sorts of questions because even with Watkins unlikely to play, what do we make of Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and apparently now Byron Pringle? Whole lot of options, and I’m not sure who gets the targets.
  • Marquise Brown is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He did not practice all week, which is not good for his playing chances. Willie Snead is the big beneficiary in his place and is a decent cheap option against a bad Bengals defense.
  • Kenny Stills is questionable with a hamstring injury. Keke Coutee will get the No. 3 spot in his place, and is a strong start against a shaky Chiefs defense.

Tight Ends

  • Vernon Davis has been ruled out with a concussion and Jordan Reed went on injured reserve. Jeremy Sprinkle is the team’s starting tight end in their place and is not a fantasy option — even against the Miami Dolphins
  • Mark Andrews is questionable with a shoulder injury. This is a new injury from this past week, but look for him to play. He will continue missing practice each week, but remains a must start and a strong DFS option against the Bengals.
  • George Kittle is questionable after an unexpected addition to the injury report at the end of this week. Kyle Shanahan has said he expects Kittle to play, so you can play him with confidence. The 49ers injuries offer a chance for him to find the end zone a little more in a solid matchup with the Rams.
  • Hunter Henry returned to practice from his knee injury. It’s hard to tell if he will play, but he’s an intriguing Showdown option if he does play.