Final injury report
Baker Mayfield was upgraded from limited to full participant on Friday, which bodes well for his chances of playing this Sunday. He seems a good bet to be out there against the Steelers. Drew Lock got in three full days of practice, so he should be good to go barring any Patriots Covid-19 issues.
Doubtful: Sam Darnold (right shoulder)
Questionable: Baker Mayfield (chest), Drew Lock (right shoulder)
Friday AM update
Baker Mayfield remained a limited participant on Thursday with a chest injury. He would seem to be on track to play in Week 6, but it will be worth keeping an eye on his final status if he is your best option at the quarterback position.
Friday morning saw the Indianapolis Colts close their facility due to multiple positive Covid-19 tests. They are working to confirm those positives and figure out next steps. We’ll keep an eye out for more information on the game status and potential impact on Philip Rivers and Joe Burrow this weekend.
Wednesday injury report
NFL teams returned to practice on Wednesday to begin on-field preparations for Week 6. The quarterback position remains relatively healthy at this point in the year. The most notable name on the injury report is Baker Mayfield, who injured his chest in the Browns Week 5 win over the Colts. He’s expected to play. One name that isn’t showing up but is worth noting is Jimmy Garoppolo. He returned last week from a two-week absence due to a high ankle sprain and looked gimpy at times. He was a full participant and not included on Wednesday’s report.
DNP: Sam Darnold (right shoulder), Dwayne Haskins (illness)
Limited: Baker Mayfield (chest)
Full: Drew Lock (right shoulder), Kyle Allen (left shoulder)
Last week brought us a some of the usual suspects near the top in fantasy quarterback scoring, as Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson put up good games.
We also got to see some more of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic surface once again, as he picked apart a depleted 49ers team.
Probably the most surprising quarterback in the NFL has been rookie Justin Herbert, who put up 264 yards and four touchdowns against the Saints on Monday night. And he’s not doing this with great offensive line play, instead, he’s seen tons of pressure, but is still making great throws.
DeShaun Watson had his best game of the season, in an easy matchup against the Jaguars. He did toss a couple interceptions, but otherwise he was on target, completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Sam Darnold doesn’t appear to be 100 percent as we enter Week 6, so his status is up in the air. If he can’t go, we’ll see Joe Flacco starting once again, this time against the Dolphins.
As you all know, Dak Prescott is out for the season with an ankle injury. Andy Dalton will take over for now and will face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. The Cardinals rank 27th in DVOA against the pass so far this season.
Cam Newton has a chance to play this week, as he hasn’t shown any symptoms of Covid-19 despite his positive test. Right now there is no way of knowing if he’ll be able to play or not against the Broncos and Bill Belichick hasn’t announced who would start if Newton can’t play.
Lamar Jackson played last week despite missing a practice with a knee injury, but he didn’t run as much as he normally does. He needs those rushing yards to be the No. 1 fantasy quarterback we’re used to.
This week we’ll be without Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Derek Carr, and Justin Herbert. Wilson is of course the most significant loss, but every quarterback out this week has had startable fantasy games.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings
Cousins can’t seem to get over the hump this season, but I’m willing to give him one more shot in a matchup with the Falcons. Atlanta has given up lines of 322/4, 450/1 - 5/18/3, 316/4, 327/4 and 313/2 to quarterbacks this season. That has led to them allowing by far the most fantasy points to the position while ranking 30th against the pass in DVOA.
Matthew Stafford, Lions
Stafford has been without Kenny Golladay for most of the season, but he got him back in Week 4 and had his best fantasy game, as he threw for three touchdowns. Coming of their bye, Stafford gets a good matchup against the Jaguars, who have allowed the most yards per attempts and rank last in pass defense DVOA.
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