For Week 6, the injury report only has a handful of fantasy relevant players, which is good news for fantasy owners. Quarterbacks and running backs are addressed here, and you can find the latest on wide receivers and a kicker (yes, that’s right) below.
There are no key tight ends on the injury report this week. (Jack Doyle was cleared from the concussion protocol and is on track to play). Unfortunately, fantasy owners still have some tough decisions to make because of teams on bye (Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle in Week 6) and those players already ruled out. Among wide receivers this list includes Odell Beckham Jr., Stefon Diggs, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, Markus Wheaton and Dwayne Harris. DeVante Parker is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury and should be left on the bench.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 15 unless otherwise noted.
Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
(*****UPDATE: Jeremy Maclin inactive today, per Adam Schefter.)
Even with the shoulder injury, all signs point to Maclin playing in Week 6. He hasn't had more than six receptions in a game yet this year (and that happened for the first time in Week 5). He scored two touchdowns, one in each of Weeks 1 and 2. He only had more than 50 receiving yards once (56 yards in Week 1) and he's only a fantasy option in deeper leagues. The Ravens’ offense has struggled, and while the Bears’ defense is beatable, he's not a recommended fantasy start in Week 6.
Willie Snead (hamstring), WR, New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Coming off suspension and then injury, Snead is listed on the injury report with a questionable tag but is expected to play this week. He's been dealing with a hamstring injury and that is what kept him out in Week 4 (the Saints had a bye in Week 5). The Saints have said that he's not going to jump in to a major role right away, which is to be expected. He'll play this week, but is only a desperation fantasy option.
Kenny Golladay (hamstring), WR, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
After a great Week 1, Golladay struggled in the following two games and has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since. He put in three limited practices this week and is truly questionable for Week 6. However, for fantasy purposes, he should be on benches. The Lions don't have a reason to rush him back if he's not ready. He will likely either sit this week or be very limited in the game. The Lions have a bye in Week 7, so letting Golladay rest may be beneficial.
Mike Williams (back), WR, Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.
After hurting his back during OTAs, Williams is expected to play in Week 6. He will likely have a limited snap count, but the Chargers and fantasy owners should keep an eye to see how he does. Fantasy owners shouldn’t consider starting him this week, but he is worth a speculative add. The Chargers didn't spend a first-round draft pick on a player that wasn't going to be on the field when healthy.
Kenny Britt (groin/knee), WR, Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Britt missed Week 5 with a knee injury but he returned to practice on Wednesday only to injure his groin on Thursday. He's listed as questionable but he may not play this week. Fantasy owners have gotten little to no production from him so far this season anyway, and he shouldn't be in starting lineups. In most leagues, he should be on the waiver wire.
Matt Bryant (back), K, Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Even though Bryant has been listed as questionable, he is expected to play. He missed some practice this week with a back injury, but he should be on the field for Week 6. The Falcons have not signed another kicker to their active roster, which is typically the sign that the starter is in danger of not playing. Bryant hasn't missed an extra point or field goal yet this season and is still a top kicker option for Week 6. Just make sure he’s active prior to kick off and have a backup plan in place, just in case.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
(Jeremy Maclin photo courtesy of www.baltimoreravens.com)