The list of fantasy-relevant quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends on the injury report is longer entering Week 5 than it has been all season. It's the time of year when more and more players are injured — and others are returning from injury (but still appear on the report).
Fantasy owners have to be aware of when their players are playing, especially this week with two games Monday night and one on Tuesday. Be sure that you have a replacement in case a player (or a game) is suddenly out. As always, check the inactive report before game time to make sure your players are active. And don't forget that Detroit and Green Bay are on bye.
Teams on bye: Detroit, Green Bay
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 11 unless otherwise noted.
Lamar Jackson (illness/knee), QB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Jackson showed up on the injury report, but there was never much concern regarding his status. He was able to practice in full on Friday, which bodes well for his status on Sunday. Fantasy owners should not be concerned about his availability and start him as their QB1.
Joe Mixon (shin), RB, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Mixon was questionable with a chest injury heading into Week 4 and fantasy owners that started him anyway were rewarded with 151 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 30 receiving yards and a TD catch. The shin injury does not appear to be serious, or at least anything that will prevent Mixon from playing in Week 5. Start him as an RB1.
Raheem Mostert (knee), RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins, 4:05 p.m.
All signs point to Mostert returning in Week 5. The team has said it depends on how he feels on Sunday, but it seems after putting in limited practices this week, that he will finally return. Mostert injured his knee in Week 2 and was looking good prior to the injury. Fantasy owners should immediately put him back in their lineups as an RB2, assuming he's active.
Mark Andrews (thigh), TE, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Andrews did show up on the injury report this week with a thigh injury. This didn't seem very concerning, and he was able to get in limited practices. Because of this, fantasy owners should feel confident that Andrews will play and be fine. Since the game is early, fantasy owners will know his status, but they should put their TE1 in their lineup and move along.
Jared Cook (groin), TE, New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Cook missed Week 4 with the groin injury, but he was able to put in limited practices this week. This should mean he is on track to play in Week 5, but based on his injury and his performance prior to getting hurt, it will be hard to trust him. Couple that with the fact that owners aren't going to know for sure if he is active until after the Sunday slate of games has played, and the plan should probably be to leave Cook on the bench for another week.
Zack Moss (toe), RB, Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans, 7 p.m. (Tues.)
Sunday a.m. note: The Titans/Bills game is in jeopardy following another positive test in Tennessee. Remove Moss from your line-up.
Even though he was able to practice some last week, Moss was made inactive for last week's game. This past week, he got in more limited practices, but as fantasy owners learned last week, this is not a sign that he will play. Since the Bills don't play until Tuesday night and Devin Singletary has done just fine in Moss' absence, there's no reason to put the rookie back into your lineup this week.
Drew Lock (shoulder), QB, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, 5 p.m. (Mon.)
Sunday a.m. note: The Patriots/Broncos game has been postponed and will not be on Monday night. Please remove all Patriots and Broncos from your fantasy line-ups.
Fantasy owners should plan on keeping Lock on their bench, even if he is active. It's going to be tough to trust him against the Patriots defense as it is, and it's unclear if he'll even be cleared to play. He did put in limited practices, but the Broncos may decide that it's easier to let him have another week to heal. Fantasy owners probably aren't going to know until later on Sunday, which makes this a tough decision. Don't risk it: bench Lock.
— 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.