Fantasy Implications Of Aaron Rodgers’ Broken Collarbone

Written by George Kurtz at YahooSports.com

The prime topic of conversation around fantasy football this week is clear: How does the broken collarbone injury for Aaron Rodgers affect the Packers and fantasy football for the rest of this season?

Rodgers’ injury not only affects those who have him on their fantasy team, but also those who have Jordy NelsonDavante AdamsRandall Cobb, and Ty Montgomery on their rosters. The Packers have one of the best offenses in football but will now be relegated to hoping that a little-known backup, Brett Hundley, can hold down the fort. That seems unlikely.

Here are some possible replacement quarterbacks and other players that may be available in your league and are realistic targets:

JOSH MCCOWN, QB, New York Jets (14 percent)

This pick may be more for deeper leagues but McCown has been surprisingly effective this season and the Jets have been shockingly competitive. Could this come crashing down at any moment? Absolutely, but as you will see from this list, there just isn’t much fruit on the tree. If you lose a waiver claim or two, he might have to be your choice.

TYROD TAYLOR, QB, Buffalo Bills (44 percent)

Taylor has usually been a safe QB in fantasy but a lack of offensive weapons around him has seen him post only two games with more than 200 yards passing this season and only 28 yards rushing over his last three games. If he’s not going to run, then his fantasy value is extremely limited. It’s not all his fault, as his number one WR, Jordan Matthews, is still considered week to week with a thumb injury. His top target, tight end Charles Clay, is out multiple weeks after knee surgery. It’s pretty much LeSean McCoy or bust right now for Buffalo.

JARED GOFF, QB, Los Angeles Rams (50 percent)

Yeah, the pickings are slim as it seems quite a few fantasy owners are rostering two quarterbacks this season. Hopefully, if you own Rodgers or Jameis Winston (shoulder injury), you have a capable backup. But if not, Goff could make a suitable replacement. He’s played much better under a QB-friendly system and has solid weapons in Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp.

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Which RB Will Make Your Fantasy Team Better?

Written by Drew Loftis and Jarad Wilk at New York Post.com

The hardest task in a routine fantasy football draft is choosing which running backs to take and when to take them. Post fantasy Madman Drew Loftis and Roto Rage Jarad Wilk debate which of these RBs is the best addition to your roster:

Melvin Gordon vs. Devonta Freeman

Drew: Both these guys go near the turn in the first two rounds. Picking that high, I go with safest guy. There is no one to challenge Gordon in the San Diego backfield. If healthy, he is the go-to guy. Freeman gets the bulk of carries, but Tevin Coleman steals a fair amount. That makes touchdowns more fickle, and it introduces a performance variable that doesn’t exist for Gordon: If Freeman doesn’t perform well, Coleman could get extra work. That factor doesn’t exist for Gordon.

Jarad: Even with Coleman in the picture last season, Freeman ranked second in the league in red-zone touches (62). He also had a team-high 17 targets in the red zone. Freeman also just signed a massive five-year, $41.25 million deal, so he will continue to be the focal point of the Falcons’ rushing attack. Gordon may have no competition, but he also has trouble staying on the field — missed three games last year, two the year before. Last season, Freeman had more yards per carry (4.8 to 3.9), more total touchdowns (13 to 12), more targets (65 to 57), a better catch percentage and more total yards (1,541 to 1,416). Freeman is the way to go.

Leonard Fournette vs. Todd Gurley

Drew: This a what-we-know vs. what-we-don’t-know argument. We know, after last season, Gurley is not QB-proof. In fact, if we go back to his first season — when he produced four consecutive 100-yard games after his first start – he has exactly one 100-yard game and two games with two TDs. Considering one of those two-TD games came in that one 100-yard game, that give you exactly two strong fantasy games in the past 24. We’re not sure what to expect from Fournette, but we will gamble the volume he receives gives a better opportunity to best Gurley’s consistent inefficiency.

Jarad: After a solid rookie campaign, 2016 was a huge disappointment for Gurley after being drafted as a top-five running back. There is, however, reason to be optimistic — he is just 22-years-old, has remained healthy, the O-line is slightly improved and he saw plenty of touches, as well as targets. The Rams also have a new, very young (31) coach who already has said he expects big things from Gurley and a bounce-back is not out of the question. Fournette, though very talented, is also an unknown playing for the Jaguars, who haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2011 and haven’t won more than five games since 2010.

Sleeper Fantasy QB Picks

Written by Michael Beller at SI.com

ANDY DALTON, QB, BENGALS (ADP: ROUND 11)

Dalton finished as the fantasy QB12 in 2016, the QB4 in 2013, and actually has three top-12 finishes in the last five years. A.J. Green is healthy, Tyler Eifert should be ready for camp, and the Bengals added speedster John Ross and the versatile Joe Mixon in the draft. In the last two seasons with a healthy Green available for 23 games, Dalton has completed 65.4% of his passes for 261 yards (8.1 yards per attempt) and 1.57 touchdowns, with just 0.57 interceptions, per game. He also scored an average of 0.26 rushing touchdowns per game during that span. The resulting 18.4 fantasy points per game would have been good for QB7 numbers in 2016, so Dalton is looking like a terrific value as the 16th or 17th passer off the board. Given his ADP, Dalton can be paired with another quarterback to form a potent committee, or an owner could even forgo a backup and start out with Dalton as their sole quarterback. — John Paulsen

TYROD TAYLOR, QB, BILLS (ADP: ROUND 10)

Taylor was a 4for4 favorite last summer until Sammy Watkins’ injury, but he still produced top-eight numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was also a top-10 quarterback on a per-game basis in 2015, meaning he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. In 29 games over the last two years, Taylor has completed 62.7% of his passes for 208 yards (7.38 YPA), 1.28 touchdowns and just 0.41 interceptions. He’s also a dual threat, adding an average of 41 rushing yards and 0.34 touchdowns on the ground per game, totaling an average of 18.8 fantasy points per game. His fantasy playoff schedule (Colts, Dolphins and Patriots in Weeks 14–16, respectively) looks pretty favorable, as well. To top it all off, Taylor’s age 26–27 numbers compare favorably to Russell Wilson’s. As long as Watkins stays healthy (fingers crossed), Taylor is shaping up as one of the best late-round quarterback values. — JP

CARSON PALMER, QB, CARDINALS (ADP: ROUND 14)

Let’s start with the bad. Palmer is 37 years old and coming off a season of significant regression. He has been a top-15 quarterback just once in his four seasons with the Cardinals, making his monster 2015 campaign the outlier. And yet, I find it awfully hard to resist him in the 14th round. Say what you will, Palmer still has the big arm that has been his hallmark all the way back to his college days at USC. David Johnson is clearly the focal point of the offense, and Bruce Arians is expected to scale back his air-it-out offense to better reflect that fact, but this team is still going to push the ball down the field. Palmer has an attractive set of weapons, starting with Johnson, who could probably be a top-20 receiver if he weren’t the perfect running back for the modern NFL. Larry Fitzgerald is still getting the job done, and John Brown is healthy for the first time since early last season. No one is going to fight you for Palmer, but he has easily identifiable QB1 upside. — Michael Beller

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Sleeper Running Backs for Your Fantasy Team

Written by Matt Lukovsky at Sporting News.com

You don’t really need rankings or projections to identify potential fantasy football sleepers at running back, at least not on draft day. In fact, every 2017 fantasy cheat sheet should come with a flow chart that looks something like this: Is he a handcuff? –> Yes. –> He’s an RB sleeper.

You can could expand that even further: Is he ranked in the top 15? –> No. –> He’s a sleeper.

And by the way, when we say anyone outside the top 15 is a sleeper, we mean anyone, even guys who aren’t currently on a team. Heck, even you. You’re a fantasy football running back sleeper. That’s how deep this goes.

But while it’s easy to identify RB sleepers, it’s not always easy to identify good ones. With so many options, it can feel like you’re playing one of those rigged carnival games: Even if you manage to win, your prize could be some stupid, oversized stuffed animal you have to lug around the rest day while your friends make fun of you.

Beyond that, in order for backs to truly break out, they need opportunity, which often requires injury. You could be right about the talent level of a particular player, but if the starter in front of him stays healthy, it might not matter. Meanwhile, some other joker in your league who happened to have the No. 1 waiver claim gets the mediocre backup who actually starts putting up numbers.

So, be warned: Some of the names you’re about to see might not play much this year. They might get cut before the season starts. Or they might be awesome…but not until Week 6 after you’ve already dropped them. Even the ones with “guaranteed” playing time might take a while to really get going.

It takes a certain amount of luck and patience for an RB sleeper to really pay off, so it’s important to give yourself options and stay on top of things all season.

Dalvin Cook, Vikings. Rookie running backs tend to be sleepers by nature, but just a year after Ezekiel Elliott destroyed fantasy leagues, it seems like most of the big names are getting artificial bumps in pre-draft value. Leonard Fournette, Joe Mixon, and Christian McCaffrey are all in the top 20 of FantasyPros’ early consensus rankings. Cook is still fairly high at No. 25, but he definitely seems like a “fourth fiddle” to those other three. However, he doesn’t take a backseat when it comes to talent, and with free-agent signee Latavius Murray still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, Cook has a chance to run away with the starting job. There are concerns — mainly, the Vikings’ poor offensive line and Murray’s potential to steal goal-line carries — but Cook’s receiving ability fits well with Sam Bradford’s love of checking down. Either way, the potential is there for big things.

Bilal Powell, Jets. Powell has always been a solid receiver, but he proved he could be a complete back in the absence of Matt Forte last year, posting 82 carries, 411 rushing yards, 21 receptions, 141 yards, and three touchdowns during the season’s final four games. With seemingly no reason for the Jets to continue featuring the 31-year-old Forte, Powell has to a chance to really break out even if Forte gets the nominal Week 1 start.

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Fantasy Football; Who To Start in Week 9


Written by Justin Sablich at New York Times.com

The Sablich brothers have provided award-winning fantasy football advice for The New York Times since 2010. See their weekly player rankings and visit 5thDownFantasy.com for more fantasy analysis. You can also ask them questions through their Twitter account,@5thdownfantasy.

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott (DAL at Browns) — It is difficult to imagine the Cowboys taking the starting job away from Prescott after he has led them to six consecutive victories and is third in the N.F.L. in adjusted yards per pass.But just in case Tony Romo does return as the starter, get Prescott in as many fantasy lineups as you can, while you can. Prescott gets the coveted Browns fantasy matchup this week. Last week, the Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first quarterback not to pass for at least two touchdowns against Cleveland, which has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to the position this season. Meanwhile, Prescott is coming off his best fantasy performance yet against a stingy Eagles defense, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for one more.

Colin Kaepernick (SF vs Saints) — His on-field performance has not helped the 49ers win any more games since he took over as the team’s starting quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help your fantasy team in Week 9. With another brutal bye week to deal with, you could do worse than rolling the dice with Kaepernick against the Saints, who have given up the 10th most fantasy points per game to the position this season. His added value as a runner should keep his floor relatively high, with rushing yards of 66 and 84 in his two starts this season.

Sleepers: Sam Bradford (MIN) vs. Lions; Case Keenum (STL) vs. Panthers

Proceed With Caution: Derek Carr (OAK) vs. Broncos

Running Backs

Devontae Booker (DEN at Raiders) — Another appealing matchup awaits the rookie, as the Raiders have given up the most yards per carry in the A.F.C. (4.9) through eight weeks, and have allowed at least one touchdown to the position in all but two games. Booker has been solid since taking over the lead back role, finding the end zone in each of the last two games, but his first true breakout game has yet to emerge. This could be the week.

Carlos Hyde (SF vs. Saints) — If the 49ers can keep pace with the Saints offense, Hyde should see numerous opportunities to produce against a defense that has, incredibly, yielded nine 10-plus fantasy point performances to opposing backs through eight games (six of them 15-plus) and the second most fantasy points to the position. Hyde had six touchdowns through his first five games, but has dealt with a shoulder injury that kept him out of Week 7 before the team’s bye week; make sure he is good to go on Sunday.

Ezekiel Elliott (DAL at Browns) — I know, he’s a must-start every week. But take special note of this matchup against Cleveland. Outside of DeMarco Murray, the Browns have yet to face an elite back like Elliott, and have still yielded the third most fantasy points to the position. He might be worth the high price in DFS formats this week.

Sleeper: Derrick Henry (TEN) at Chargers; Terrance West (BAL) vs. Steelers

Proceed With Caution: Frank Gore (IND at Packers), Isaiah Crowell (CLE vs. Cowboys)

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Week 8 NFL Preview


Written by Michael Salfino at YahooSports.com

Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. An important note every week: check the player’s status. There is so much injury uncertainty and Friday’s practice, which occurs after this is posted, is key.

Packers at Falcons (O/U: 52.5): The Falcons lead the league in yards per play and bet the offense vs. the stout defense, meaning play your Falcons fearlessly. Matt Ryan ($40) leads the league in yards per attempt but slumped a little last week against the Chargers. Devonta Freeman ($26) has a hip injury and Tevin Coleman is likely sidelined with a hamstring strain.

The Packers are tough to watch. Aaron Rodgers, who was once Mr. Efficiency, now needs insane passing volume to produce stats. Nothing comes easy for this Green Bay offense as the absence of a deep threat has allowed secondaries to just smother all the underneath and even intermediate routes. Deep routes? What’s that? I can’t bet on Ty Montgomery ($15). I think he’s a sell and, on our podcast this week, Scott Pianowski agrees.

Chiefs at Colts (O/U: 50): I see Jamaal Charles ($17) having a Darren Sproles role in the K.C. offense when he’s capable. That’s his upside: 10-to-15 touches. Given the insane rushing volume, that leaves about 20-to-30 touches for Spencer Ware ($30), who again is averaging more yards per touch than Charles ever did.

The Colts get Donte Moncrief ($19) back but he needs a show-me week. I think tight end defensive splits are a joke and will play Jack Doyle ($16) with no worries. How many teams even feature the tight end like the Colts (25.4 percent market share)? The Chiefs shut down the Jets tight ends who never catch passes. Congrats. Dwayne Allen is out indefinitely, making Doyle top five at the position going forward. T.Y. Hilton ($34) is always a good play. I guess you have to play Jeremy Maclin ($19) if you still own him.

Raiders at Bucs (O/U: 49.5): Are the Raiders truly bettable? That Chiefs game at home was a nightmare. But this Tampa Bay defense is weak at 25th in points allowed per game and also in yards per pass play. Oakland is a total horror show at 30th or worse in seven key defensive categories, including last in yards allowed per play. So this over/under may be conservative.

Jameis Winston ($35) is the rare downfield thrower in today’s game (9.82 yards average pass length, second to Carson Palmer). Derek Carr ($34) is dink and dunk though at 26th in that stat, which really hurts a supreme downfield weapon like Amari Cooper ($32). This makes league-leading touchdown receiver Michael Crabtree ($30), who is playing much taller than 6-foot-1 and showing elite boundary skills, a good bet going forward. Crabtree has become a poor-man’s Cris Carter.

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Waiver Wire Wednesday for Week 8


Written by Alex Butler at UPI.

Here come the brutal bye weeks.

Week 8 kicks off the largest amount of teams [6] to catch a break so far this season. That means you will be without the services of players from the Baltimore Ravens,Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and San Francisco 49ers when you face your latest opponent.

Some of the players from those teams are droppable heading into waiver wire Wednesday to make room for breakout stars or adequate fill-ins.

Here are my top players to add and top players to drop for Week 8.

ALL-ADD TEAM

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith; RB | Ty Montgomery, Mike Gillislee; WR | Davante Adams, Cordarrelle Patterson; TE | Jack Doyle; D/ST | Dallas Cowboys; K | Nick Folk

HONORABLE MENTIONS

QB | Sam Bradford, Brock Osweiler; RB | Devontae Booker, Dion Lewis, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, Knile Davis, James Starks; WR | Marquise Lee, Brandon LaFell; TE| C.J. Fiedorowicz, Jared Cook; D/ST | New York Jets

TOP DROPS

QB | Joe Flacco, Geno Smith; RB | Cameron Artis-Payne, Kenneth Dixon, Justin Forsett, Arian Foster; WR | Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson, DeVante Parker; TE |Jesse James

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick is my top-add at quarterback this week. I would recommend adding the New York Jets veteran, who fills back in for Geno Smith, in all formats if you need a bye week replacement. Furthermore, he is usable for the rest of the season in good matchups. Fitzpatrick’s appeal stems mostly from the talented core of skill players surrounding him on a weekly basis. He has great matchups against the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins before battling the Los Angeles Rams and serving his bye week.

RUNNING BACK

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery and Buffalo Bills back Mike Gillislee are worth long looks this week. Montgomery is gobbling up yardage in the absence of Eddie Lacy. Montgomery has 32 touches for 230 yards in his last two games. He is a must-add in all formats, despite a somewhat difficult slate ahead. With LeSean McCoy obviously ailing, Gillislee is also worth an add in all formats.

The Bills backup could have immediate fantasy football value if McCoy misses time. With Rex Ryan’s dedication to the running game, look for Gillislee to get plenty of work against the likes of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. It’s possible the Bills could give McCoy a break before heading into its Week 10 bye.

WIDE RECEIVER

Another Green Bay Packers skill position player is worth adding this week. Wide receiver Davante Adams is stepping up while Randall Cobb struggles. Adams is excelling opposite Jordy Nelson and I expect him to keep returning WR3 value against the likes of the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts in weeks 8 and 9, respectively.

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Fantasy Injury Update for Week 8


Written by Jordan Heck at Sporting News.com

LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Hill had setbacks, Tevin Coleman injured his hamstring, Jerick McKinnon tweaked his ankle (twice) — and those are just the guys who played last week. A host of other, already injured players like Doug Martin, Jordan Reed and more were already causing problems for fantasy football owners, but this new crop of injured contributors will certainly have people worrying about start ’em, sit ’em decisions and looking for waiver-wire pickups as we head in to Week 8.

Here are the latest injury updates from around the NFL.

Follow us at @SN_Fantasy for updates, and check out our Facebook Live show starting around 3 pm ET on Thursday for your chance to ask lineup questions!

Will LeSean McCoy play in Week 8?

A report in the middle of last week claimed the Bills running back would be inactive for Sunday’s game and potentially longer. That was inaccurate, as McCoy was active, but perhaps he shouldn’t have been as he tweaked his hamstring and missed the around half the game.

McCoy ran the ball eight times for just 11 yards before exiting. After the game, he told reporters he felt “amazing” durng pre-game warmups but then felt pain once he had a few touches. He’ll likely be a question mark this week as hamstring injuries often linger, and the Bills likely won’t take any more chances after this scare.

Even if he does play, expect Mike Gillislee to carry some of the load. He’s played well in McCoy’s absence over the past two weeks and is a must-add on the waiver wire.

Tevin Coleman injury update

Half of Atlanta’s dynamic running back duo left Week 7’s game with a hamstring injury in the third quarter and did not return. Prior to his exit, Coleman racked up 74 yards and a touchdown, improving on his already impressive season. Coach Dan Quinn had no update after the game.

Hamstring injuries are tricky, as we saw with McCoy this week. There’s a strong chance Coleman ends up being inactive for Week 8’s game against the Packers, making Devonta Freeman a must-start option even in a tough matchup. Terron Ward is next in line on the depth chart, but we don’t expect a ton of production from him.

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Start’Em, Sit’Em for Week 6 of NFL Season


Written by David McCracken at Bleacher Reports.com

It’s Week 6, which means it’s officially time to freak out over your team’s record.

You’re not out of the playoff hunt yet, but the time to start making the right decisions begins now. Week 5 saw a lot of breakout performances from the likes of Marcus Mariota, SammieCoates and Jordan Howard. It also saw a lot of duds—I’m looking at you, John Brown.

The waiver-wire pool of talent is shallow at this point in the season, so as a fantasy owner, relying on your bench’s talent is a must. Here, we’ll examine the top fringe players who should be in your starting lineup in Week 6 as well as those who deserve to ride the bench for another week.

Start ’em: Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

We’ve been waiting for a breakout game from Mariota, and we finally got it. Scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, the second-year signal-caller out of Oregon showed his versatility as a multidimensional quarterback.

Throwing for 163 yards isn’t much to brag about, but combined with his 60 rushing yards and four total touchdowns (three pass, one rush),Mariota shined.

Going up against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6 should be a cakewalk for Mariota, as Cleveland has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this season, according to Yahoo Sports.

Furthermore, just look what Tom Brady did to the Browns this past weekend. I’m not saying Mariota is Brady by any means, but you have to feel that Mariota can at least throw for a couple of scores and scramble around for 30-plus yards against a subpar defense, right?

Give Mariota the keys to your offense this week.

Sit ’em: Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

It’s not even Philip Rivers’ fault. injuries, bad coaching and plain bad luck have ruined the Chargers’ season already. Rivers is a top passer in the NFL; not many fans or pundits will argue with that. But once Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead went down for the season, it was time to be realistic.

Who was he going to throw the ball to?

Antonio Gates is a shell of himself. His touchdown against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday was nice, but he looked past his prime for the first three quarters of that game. Travis Benjamin is a nice option on the outside, but he is nowhere near being a No. 1 receiver on a good football team.

While he scored an impressive 28.36 points against the Raiders, he will not have that same type of success against the division rival Denver Broncos, who have given up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, according to Yahoo Sports.

Start ’em: Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

It’s easy to point the finger at Ryan Mathews as the reason the Eagles lost their first game of the season to the Detroit Lions this past weekend after his ill-timed fumble, but Mathews actually had a pretty good fantasy day despite turning over the ball in the dying moments of the game.
His 11.50 points could’ve easily been 13.50 had it not been for that fumble. With 42 rushing yards, 33 receiving yards and a score, Mathews is a dependable and versatile back every team needs in fantasy, whether it be in the flex or No. 2 running back slot.

Give Mathews a chance to redeem himself and be the reason why you win your matchup in Week 6. After all, the Eagles are playing the Washington Redskins, and Mathews is projected to score 10.46 points.

Sit ’em: Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins

For those who drafted Matt Jones high this year, there is still time to make amends by putting him on your bench, where he belongs.

Jones is the picture of inconsistency for fantasy tailbacks. Two weeks ago, Jones looked like a stud, scoring 19.80 points against the Browns. However, he followed up that performance with a forgettable 3.60 point outing in Week 5.

Jones fumbled in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens, but he didn’t show much ability to rack up points before the turnover. In Week 6, Jones will be facing the Eagles, who not only give up the sixth-fewest points to opposing running backs but also will likely make this a high-scoring affair, leaving running backs who can’t catch that well by the wayside.

Don’t drop Jones, but don’t start him either.

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Injury Reports for Forte, Newton


Written by Jordan Heck at SportingNews.com

While we’re waiting on Doug Martin, Jonathan Stewart, Arian Foster and others to return, Week 4 saw more injuries to other fantasy football stars. Big-name quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Carson Palmer were forced to leave their respective games early, while running backs like Matt Forte and Dwayne Washington suffered injuries, as well. Plus, Rashad Jennings is still questionable leading up to Week 4’s Monday night game. Another week, another round of backup RBs and handcuffs being among the top waiver wire pickups for Week 5.

We’re here to provide you with the latest injury updates so you know whether or not your guys are okay.

Matt Forte injury update

Forte was seen riding by the Jets locker room on a cart toward the X-Ray room after New York’s Week 4 loss to the Seahawks. After the game, coach Todd Bowles said he didn’t have an update on Forte. He was dealing with a knee injury heading into the game but was ultimately removed from the injury report.

As of now, there’s not a lot of information regarding Forte, but it’s something to monitor. If he misses time, expect Bilal Powell to become more involved. The backup rusher caught six passes for 54 yards on Sunday and is a nice PPR add on waivers this week.

What happened to Cam Newton?

Newton took a hard hit while trying to score on a two-point conversion on the goal line, and he was later diagnosed with a concussion. He’s now in the league’s concussion protocol and needs to complete a five-step process in order to play in Week 5 against the Buccaneers, which happens to be a Monday night game.

The Panthers quarterback must first return to a “baseline level of signs and symptoms and neurological examination.” From there, he can begin light aerobic exercise and eventually advance to football activities. If a team doesn’t follow protocol it can be punished, so expect Carolina to take care of Newton. It’s too early to know if he’ll play next week, but his status is in question.

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