For Week 5, the injury report is long yet again for fantasy owners to comb through, but the good news is that no quarterbacks (including Aaron Rodgers) appear this week. The only two fantasy-relevant tight ends that are questionable are Charles Clay (who most fantasy owners are not starting) and Hayden Hurst (who may end up playing but shouldn’t be started anyway).
The running backs that are questionable are, unfortunately, all playing in late afternoon games or later. Running backs that have already been ruled out include Leonard Fournette (start T.J. Yeldon), Giovani Bernard (fire up Joe Mixon), and Darren Sproles. As for the rest, be sure to check the inactive report (Chris Carson's late scratch hurt a lot of people last week). Also please be sure to check the wide receiver injuries in the early games and the late games.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Tampa Bay
Note: All times are ET.
Alvin Kamara (knee), RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Washington Redskins, Mon., 8:15 p.m.
Kamara put in limited practices this week, and the sense is that the team was just limiting his practice reps. He had 19 carries for 134 yards and five receptions for 47 yards in Week 4. He’s been carrying the load (and doing it well) with Mark Ingram suspended. Ingram returns this week, but Kamara remains a RB1. He should play Monday night.
Dalvin Cook (hamstring), RB, Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, Sun., 4:25 p.m.
After not practicing all week, Cook is listed as questionable and is a game-time decision. However, fantasy owners should make other plans. Those that started him when active last Thursday night were disappointed with his 10 carries for 20 yards. He didn’t play in the second half, and while it may be because he was on a snap count, it also may be that he re-injured his hamstring. Don’t count on him for Week 5.
Lamar Miller (chest), RB, Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sun., 8:20 p.m.
Miller is going to be a tough one to predict. He left Week 4 with a chest injury and put in limited practices all week. Typically players with limited practices play on Sunday, but calling Miller a game-time decision should make fantasy owners nervous. Given the way Miller has played lately, keeping him on the bench, especially if there is a chance he is inactive, would be the best option.
Adrian Peterson (ankle), RB, Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints, Mon., 8:15 p.m.
Coming off the bye week, Peterson’s ankle should be fine. He put in limited practices and should be good to go. This may be considered a revenge game for Peterson, as he started last season with the Saints before he was traded to Arizona. Peterson has had two good games and one poor game, but he should be a RB3 for Week 5.
Matt Breida (shoulder), RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sun., 4:25 p.m.
Last week, Breida was questionable as well. He ended up playing in Week 4 and had nine carries for 39 yards. He added three receptions for 32 yards. Breida was able to put in limited practices this week, which puts him on track to play in Week 5. The matchup against the Cardinals is a good one (they allow the most fantasy points to RBs, likely because most teams end up running the ball because they’re playing with a lead), and Breida should be started as a RB3 this week.
Corey Clement (quad), RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings, Sun., 4:25 p.m.
Clement did not practice this week after being inactive in Week 4. With Jay Ajayi not on the injury report, the Eagles don’t have a reason to force Clement into the game. Wendell Smallwood figures to take over the passing downs and backup role. Clement should stay on the bench this week (and possibly be dropped for Smallwood).
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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