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Last minute fantasy football start/sit advice as 49ers-Browns inactives come in

We break down the last minute fantasy football decisions you have to make following Week 5 inactive reports.

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL kicks off Week 5 Sunday in a few hours, and we’re starting to get a handle on injury news across the league. If you’re trying to figure out your fantasy football lineups, this information is critical to getting the right players in the right spots. If you’ve got key players in the Sunday Night Football or Monday Night Football slots, you’re looking for any grain of information that will help you make the decision early rather than waiting until it’s too late tonight or tomorrow night.

We’re all figuring out last minute roster decisions, and that means not only who is not playing this week, but who is playing but might not be the best start in your Week 4 fantasy football lineup. We’ll provide updates on injuries, key start/sit decisions, and more leading up to 1 p.m. kickoffs.

Jarvis Landry, Tevin Coleman active for Browns-49ers

The Browns and 49ers announced their inactives for Week 5 Monday Night Football, and as expected, Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry and 49ers running back Tevin Coleman are active. Also as expected, Browns cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams are both inactive.

Coleman returned to practice this week after being sidelined with a high ankle sprain dating back to Week 1. He joins Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert in the backfield, while goal line back Jeff Wilson is inactive. Landry suffered a concussion and shoulder injury in Week 4, but was cleared through the concussion protocol and is in line for his normal slot receiver duties.

Browns cornerbacks sidelined

The Cleveland Browns will be without starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot. Both are dealing with hamstring injuries that cost them practice all week long. The 49ers will be without cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who injured his foot in Week 3. The 49ers were on bye this past week, but Witherspoon’s absence has been expected. If you’re getting ready for Monday Night Football showdown, Jimmy Garoppolo and 49ers pass catchers will be of note. And if you’re considering a point total bet, over 48 at DraftKings Sportsbook makes some sense.

Week 5 Colts-Chiefs inactives

The Colts and Chiefs are set to announce their inactives for Sunday Night Football and the Colts will have two big weapons on hand. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Marlon Mack are both active for the game. Hilton missed last week’s game with a quadricep injury. He sat out Wednesday’s practice, but got in limited workouts on Thursday and Friday. Mack sat out Wednesday and Thursday practices, but was a full participant on Friday. He was a game-time decision, but it clearly worked out fine.

Both are strong starts in a game that should feature plenty of offensive fireworks. Mack’s activation leaves Nyheim Hines as a solid PPR start, but not worth starting in standard leagues.

Week 5 Packers-Cowboys inactives

The Packers and Cowboys kick off at 4:25 p.m., and their respective inactives have been made official. The big news is that wide receiver Michael Gallup is back for his first game since Week 2. Gallup suffered a knee injury and missed the past two games before returning to practice this week. Amari Cooper is the big play receiver for Dak Prescott, but Gallup was off to a strong start before he got hurt. He had 13 receptions for 226 yards in the first two weeks and looks to pick up where he left off in Week 5.

Meanwhile, the Packers will be without wide receiver Davante Adams, who was ruled out on the final injury report released on Friday. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the big name in Adams absence, with Geronimo Allison likely to see a boost in his Week 5 production.

Week 5 Broncos-Chargers inactives

We only have two games in the 4:05/4:25 p.m. time slot. The Broncos-Chargers gets going at 4:05, and so we now have their inactives. Wide receiver Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin are both ACTIVE. Williams is a low end starting option against a tough Broncos defense. Benjamin is not worth starting unless you’re in a particularly deep league. Running back Justin Jackson and kicker Michael Badgley are inactive, as expected.

Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary inactive

The Bills deactivated Singletary due to his hamstring injury. Singletary practiced in limited fashion all three days this week, but is unable to go. That means Frank Gore will get the start once again, with T.J. Yeldon coming off the bench behind him. The Bills have a bye in Week 6, so Singletary seems a decent bet to return in Week 7 when they host the Miami Dolphins. In the meantime, Gore is a solid start against the Titans. Tennessee has a solid defense that could create havoc for Josh Allen. Gore could make Allen’s life a lot easier in Week 5.

Notable active/inactive announcements


Terry McLaurin, WR
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR
Vance McDonald, TE
Julian Edelman, WR
James Conner, RB
Josh Allen, QB


Kenny Stills, WR
Case Keenum, QB
Tyrell Williams, WR
Vernon Davis, TE
Rex Burkhead, RB
Christian Kirk, WR
Devin Singletary, RB

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler

Gordon and Ekeler are expected to split the workload in Week 5, according to Ian Rapoport. That will eventually change, but for the time being, both are solid starting options against the Broncos. I suspect we see Ekeler a bit busier in the passing game, but both are going to be worthy options in fantasy football.

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman

Adam Schefter is reporting Edelman will play on Sunday against Washington. You have decisions to make with him, Josh Gordon, and Phillip Dorsett, but all three seem like strong starts this week against a shaky Washington defense. Look for the Patriots to push the score as high as they can as early as they can. Washington might get the back door cover, but I think we see the Patriots hot out of the gates.

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton, RB Marlon Mack

The Colts don’t kick off until tonight on Sunday Night Football, so any information is welcome. Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter are both reporting Hilton is looking good to go and should play. Rapoport was not as positive about Mack, saying he is more of a game-time call.

It seems like you should be fine slotting in Hilton, and while you should keep an eye out for late news, he should be fine in your lineup. Mack is a tougher call. He hasn’t been ruled out, which is good, so it’s going to depend on the kinds of players you have available otherwise. If you’ve got Nyheim Hines on your bench, great. If not, it could be a gut call, or at least waiting until the 4:05/4:25 p.m. kickoffs if you have that option.

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

The Cowboys and Packers square off in the 4:25 p.m. national game of the week slot. Gallup had been a question mark at the beginning of the week, but it seems more and more likely that you can expect him to play when these two kick off, per Adam Schefter. It’s worth noting Ian Rapoport tweeted that Gallup might not have a full workload. Green Bay has a solid pass defense, but Gallup was impressing prior to the injury. He had seven catches for 158 yards in Week 1 and six catches for 68 yards in Week 2. Ezekiel Elliott is likely to get a big opportunity against this run defense, but if the Packers end up selling out to stop Zeke, it opens the door for Gallup.

Washington WR Terry McLaurin

You get an early decision with McLaurin. Washington faces the New England Patriots at 1:00 p.m., and McLaurin is expected to play, according to Ian Rapoport. He missed last week with a hamstring injury and was limited in practice this week, but appears to be good to go barring a hiccup in pre-game workouts. Washington will be playing catch up on Sunday against New England so the game script could bode well for the standout rookie receiver.

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman

The 49ers face the Browns on Monday Night Football, and that could leave Tevin Coleman owners scrambling. He was limited all three days of practice and is listed as questionable. After the team’s final practice on Saturday, head coach Kyle Shanahan said he is, “Definitely being optimistic about him being ready to go on Monday. We’ll be excited to have him.”

That could certainly change with Coleman’s ankle injury, but it seems like fantasy football owners can expect him to start. The bigger question might be how workload is split up between him, Matt Breida, and Raheem Mostert. Breida and Mostert shined in Coleman’s absence so it’s unlikely Coleman becomes any sort of workhorse option to their exclusion.

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