Welcome to Week 6 of the NFL and fantasy football season. Even with four teams on a bye, this is the longest injury report of the season yet! Below breaks down the QB injuries you need to know about, but don’t forget about the RBs (early games, late games), WRs (early, late) and TEs too.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Teams on bye: Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Questionable – Knee
While Taylor has earned a questionable tag, it is doubtful that he plays through a sprained MCL. He's put in limited practices, but all signs point to EJ Manuel getting the start. Taylor will likely be able to play in Week 7, and sitting out may help his health for the rest of the season. If Taylor is your QB, there are probably better options available on your waiver wire than to trust your team's outcome to Manuel.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Questionable – Shoulder
After missing the past two weeks, Luck has a questionable tag again for Week 6. He did put in a full practice on Friday, which is a good sign for his actually playing in this week. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Colts play Sunday night. Odds are that Luck ends up starting the game, but how long he lasts is a question. It's a great matchup for him, as the Patriots’ secondary can be beaten, but if he is playing hurt, it's tough to trust him. The safest option is the guy that fantasy owners have been starting for the past two weeks, but the high-ceiling option is Luck. Good (ahem) luck with that decision.
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos
Probable – Ankle
McCown had the game of his life in Week 5 and he has been a solid QB1 over the past three weeks, with over 300 yards and two touchdowns in each of the past three games. The ankle injury occurred during the Week 5 game, but McCown will be playing today. However, McCown faces the Broncos, which is one of the toughest defenses in the league. McCown isn't an elite quarterback, and he will likely struggle in this matchup. He's a QB2 with better days ahead.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Out – Knee
Despite putting in a limited practice this week, Roethlisberger has been ruled out for Week 6. However, the fact that he has been able to put in a limited practice means that the door is open for him to possibly play in Week 7 (vs. Kansas City).
— 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.