It’s not often that a kicker makes the injury report for fantasy football, however, welcome to Week 6. Not only has a kicker been ruled out (Greg Zuerlein), but another is questionable. Obviously plenty of other offensive skill position players are also on the injury report. Quarterbacks and tight ends make up a lengthy list, as do wide receivers.
For running backs, a few have already been ruled out: Leonard Fournette, Devonta Freeman and Giovani Bernard. Matt Breida has been given the Doubtful tag for Monday night, but fantasy owners should not be counting on him this week after suffering an ankle injury in Week 5.
Teams on bye: Detroit, New Orleans
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Dalvin Cook (hamstring), RB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners that started Cook in Week 4 were sorely disappointed. Cook was on a snap count, but fantasy owners didn’t realize that meant no touches in the second half and 20 total yards. While those two points hurt, Cook wanted to get healthy before returning to the field. He missed Week 5 and has openly said that he wants to be 100 percent. Fantasy owners should assume that if he is active, he’s healthy enough to play. He may still be on a snap count, but he should be started as a RB2.
Adrian Peterson (shoulder/knee/ankle), RB, Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
No one should ever doubt Peterson’s toughness. He has injuries to his knee, ankle and shoulder (dislocated on Monday night) but he practiced this week and plans to play in Week 5. Odds are that he will suit up, although he may have to come in and out of the game as his myriad of injuries cause him discomfort. However, the Redskins are dealing with a lot of injuries, so they will likely let Peterson play if he can. He’s a low RB2.
Isaiah Crowell (ankle), RB, New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
The Jets have said that Crowell will be a game-time decision. He didn’t appear to miss any time during his 219-yard day in Week 5 (plus a touchdown), but this may have been something that acted up after the adrenaline of the game wore off. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned for a limited session on Friday. Crowell is a RB2 if active. However, if he were to miss Week 6, Bilal Powell would step in as a high RB2 (without Crowell to take away any work from him).
Sony Michel (knee) RB, New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m.
Michel was limited in practice for most of the week (which consisted of him riding a stationary bike). However, it does seem that he will be available for the Patriots Sunday night. Fantasy owners should pencil him in lineups, but be sure to have a backup, just in case. He’s a RB2 if active against a terrible Chiefs defense. However, it was a knee issue that cost Michel the preseason, so just monitor the injury carefully.
Chris Thompson (ribs/knee), RB, Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Thompson was injured in Week 5 on a two-point conversion. He injured his ribs, but his knee seemed ok. He was able to practice this week, so his Week 6 status was never in doubt. He should have a bigger role this week with the receiving corps and Adrian Peterson banged up. Thompson should certainly step up in the passing game, making him a RB2 in PPR formats and a flex in standard leagues.
Caleb Sturgis (quad), K, Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Sturgis was added to the injury report this week and that should be enough for fantasy owners to drop him for another kicker. He hasn’t been amazing this year, missing three field goals and four extra points so far this season. The Chargers have Mike Badgley on the roster and he will likely handle kicking duties for Week 6.
— 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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