Chark is banged up and may be inactive on Sunday; fantasy owners take note
In the past, the biggest concern for fantasy owners on Sunday mornings was the inactive report, revealing which of their banged-up players were actually going to play that afternoon. Lineup decisions were tough when players were in the one Monday night game. Welcome to 2020.
Now, games can be postponed first thing Sunday morning (thanks, Denver/New England, Week 5). Games are now being moved to Monday or Tuesday, and even those games are sometimes still in question. Each morning, another team reports positive tests and their facilities are closed. It's an interesting season, to say the least, and fantasy owners, more than ever, need to be on top of making sure they are aware who is in and who is out (and which teams are on bye). Watch the news Sunday morning and check the inactive report before game time to ensure you put out the best possible lineup.
Teams on bye: Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans, Seattle
Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos
Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos
K.J. Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
DJ Chark Jr. (ankle), WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
This is one player that fantasy owners should be glad is playing in the early window of games. Chark is going to be a game-time decision, although he's leaning on the wrong side of questionable after a week of missed practice. He missed Week 3 with a chest injury and then injured his ankle in Week 5. He's going to be limited even if he's active, but if he does play, he should be a WR3. Monitor the inactive report for his status.
Julian Edelman (ankle), WR, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
Have the Patriots ever read The Boy Who Cried Wolf? Edelman is literally on the injury report every week, every season, and yet, he plays every Sunday. At some point, the poor guy will actually have an injury that would deem him questionable to play on Sunday and no one will believe it. Perhaps that's the Patriots' plan all along? Either way, fantasy owners, expect to have Edelman in your lineup as a WR3.
Jarvis Landry (ribs/hip), WR, Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
It is clear that Landry isn't healthy, but he manages to play each week. He had hip surgery in the offseason and either he didn't give the hip enough time to heal or it is still injured is unclear, but he is still dealing with that injury as well as a new ribs injury. Odds are that he'll play but he's nothing more than a WR3.
John Brown (knee), WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 5 p.m. (Mon.)
With the Bills not playing until Monday, fantasy owners are going to have to make a decision on Brown without knowing for sure what his status is. He did put in a full practice on Thursday and Friday, but was given a "limited" tag on Saturday. All signs point to him playing, and he'd be a WR3 if active. Fantasy owners may be willing to take that gamble, but be sure to have someone else to fill in from either this game or the later Monday night game (Cardinals-Cowboys), just in case.
Curtis Samuel (knee), WR, Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
With one game this season with more than 50 receiving yards, it's hard to trust Samuel in any format. However, it does seem that he will play this week, after putting in limited practices. The knee injury is something to monitor, but based on his limited usage, fantasy owners shouldn't be considering starting him except in deep leagues.
Darius Slayton (foot), WR, New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team, 1 p.m.
It didn't seem that Slayton was injured in Week 5, but he showed up on Wednesday's practice report with the foot injury and a "limited" designation. He practiced in a "limited" fashion all week, but the team appears to expect him to play in Week 6. Assuming he is active, he's a WR3 in a good matchup (unfortunately on a bad team with a quarterback who hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 1).
Breshad Perriman (ankle), WR, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, 4:05 p.m.
Perriman injured his ankle in Week 2 and hasn't played since. He did put in limited practices this week, and he may be able to suit up for Week 6. However, it's hard to trust any player on the Jets, especially with Joe Flacco at quarterback. The team is a mess and no one should be considered a must-start fantasy option. Leave Perriman on the bench this week.
Baker Mayfield (ribs/chest), QB, Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Mayfield is only a low QB2 this week, but he will likely play. He was able to practice in full this week, so the ribs/chest injury is manageable. He will be without one of his starting guards (Wyatt Teller), which is going to hurt more than the chest injury. The Steelers are going to look to get to Mayfield, and they will likely succeed.
Drew Lock (shoulder), QB, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Lock is going to play. The team released Blake Bortles, which is a sign that Lock is ready to return after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 2. However, the matchup against the Patriots is going to be tough. Lock is nothing more than a QB2 for Week 6.
Dwayne Haskins Jr. (illness), QB, Washington Football Team at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Haskins may be active, but he's not going to be the starting quarterback for Washington. This is Kyle Allen's job now, and it appears the team is using Alex Smith as his backup. At this point, Haskins' value is tied to the fact that he may be traded to a team that will use him (probably in the future).
Leonard Fournette (ankle), RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Fournette is still dealing with an ankle injury and is the team has said he's a game-time decision. Given that he was only available in an emergency situation in Week 5, this should be an indication that the ankle injury is more serious than fantasy owners thought. Even if Fournette is active, he will likely be limited. Keep him on the bench this week.
Jeff Wilson Jr. (calf), RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m.
Very few fantasy owners are still starting Wilson at this point with both Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon healthy. However, the fact that he has a calf injury should be motivation enough not only to move him to the bench, but all the way to the waiver wire.
Jordan Akins (ankle/concussion), TE, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
It seems that Akins' ankle injury is what is making him questionable heading into Week 6. Even with four teams on bye, there are better options for this week than Akins. Darren Fells has been involved and Akins is banged up. Leave him on the bench for another week.
— 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.
(Top photo by Ryan Meyer, courtesy of jaguars.com)