The Week 6 injury report features key fantasy football players from all skill positions (even kicker). Be sure to check out the running back and wide receiver injuries as well. At least from a bye standpoint, there are just two teams (Detroit, New Orleans) not playing, although that does mean no Drew Brees or Matthew Stafford for their owners.
For the tight ends, Jack Doyle has already been ruled out, but plenty of other tight ends are questionable. It’s going to be difficult for fantasy owners as the tight end position has been brutal all year. Be sure to check the inactive report before game time to be sure your players are active.
Teams on bye: Detroit, New Orleans
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 14 unless listed.
Deshaun Watson (chest), QB, Houston Texans vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Even though Watson is on the injury report, fantasy owners should expect him to play in Week 6. The chest injury is likely a result of getting beat up in Week 5. He should be fine for Week 6. The matchup against the Bills is a great one, and Watson has been looking like the quarterback he was in 2017 before he injured his knee. He’s a QB1 this week.
Ryan Tannehill (shoulder), QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
It would be hard to start Tannehill against the Bears anyway, but with a shoulder injury, he should be on fantasy benches. A downgrade in practice status is never good, and Tannehill was limited on Friday. This could just be a slight injury or managing reps, but it should be enough to sit Tannehill and fire up the Bears DST wherever possible.
Rob Gronkowski (ankle) TE, New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m.
Fantasy owners should not be concerned at all with Gronkowski’s playing status. He had the ankle injury heading into Week 5 and he played through it. He had six receptions for 75 yards in Week 5. He hasn’t found the end zone since Week 1, but he has a great matchup this week against the Chiefs. He’s a clear TE1.
Greg Olsen (foot), TE, Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
After putting in a full practice on Friday, Olsen is on track to play in Week 6. However, fantasy owners remember what happened last year (and earlier this year) when Olsen tried to play. The foot injury has been an issue, and it still clearly isn’t right. The tight end landscape is brutal, but if there is any way to sit Olsen until he can get through a full game without either being a decoy or re-injuring his foot, do it.
George Kittle (knee), TE, San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Fantasy owners were initially concerned with Kittle’s knee injury, but he was able to practice all week. With all of the other injuries to the 49ers, Kittle is going to be an important part of the offense for Week 6. He’s had at least five receptions in four of the five games he’s played this year. He’s a low TE1 this week.
Eric Ebron (various), TE, Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Ebron is on the injury report with shin, quad, knee and ankle injuries. The Colts are already down Jack Doyle and T.Y. Hilton, but it seems that Ebron is going to be tough to start as well. He did practice on Friday, which puts him on track to play. However, he may be limited or subject to re-injury. He’s a TE1, but with risk.
O.J. Howard (knee), TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners expected Howard to miss this game, but he was able to put in a full practice on Friday. He may be active for Week 6, which is a tough blow for Cameron Brate owners. Last year, Jameis Winston preferred Brate to Howard, but so far this year, Howard has been the tight end to own. If both are active, they will likely cut into each other's value, making both of them TE2 until it is clear who Winston prefers.
— 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.