Injury Report: Odell Beckham Jr. Is a Risky Proposition

I am not a doctor nor do I play one on television. However, I am willing to give my best guesses as to whether or not certain potential impact players play this week based on their practice reports. This is just my opinion but here are my takes on injured players heading into week six:

Alshon Jeffery, Bears, $12,600 – Alshon Jeffery is earning frequent flyer miles on the injury report considering every week there seems to be speculation that “this is the week” he returns. It appears this could actually be the week because, unlike last week, he continued to participate in practice on Friday. He’s still truly questionable but at the very least this should be the last week he misses with this issue even if he sits out against the Lions. I honestly believe he’s about 50/50 to play, but if he suits up, I actually really like him in GPPs against a Lions team in shambles. Not only do the Lions turn the ball over but their defense stinks (eighth-most fantasy points allowed to running backs (RBs) and ninth-most fantasy points allowed to wide receivers (WRs)). We’ll get to this later but Jeffery could also prove to be the only legitimate option in the passing game other than Matt Forte if a certain tight end (TE) happens to sit. UPDATE: Jeffery is expected to suit up. Treat him as a high-end WR2.

Andrew Luck, Colts, $14,700 – Whatever was going on with Andrew Luck’s shoulder appears to be over according to practice reports from this week. Indy Sports Central’s Mike Chappell reported Luck had “better zip” on his passes and a team official was quoted as saying “he’s making all the throws.” He was elevated to full practice on Friday which almost always signifies a player will be playing. The bigger issue with Luck now becomes his spotty past against the New England Patriots. In two career games against Bill Belichick and co., Luck’s team is 0-2 and he’s thrown four touchdowns (TDs) and four interceptions (INTs) in those two games with a 56.18 completion percentage. It’s difficult to ever fade one of the most productive quarterbacks (QBs) in football, but using Luck in cash games this week is not recommended.

Davante Adams, Packers, $8,100 – On Friday, Davante Adams admitted he’s “not sure” if he’ll play against San Diego this week, which doesn’t exactly promote confidence. After his injury was denoted a “week-to-week” injury, one would think a full week of practice is necessary prior to playing (in order to sufficiently test out the injury). If/when Adams inevitably sits again, Ty Montgomery will continue to serve as the team’s number three WR. As is true every year in Aaron Rodgers’ offenses, the third receiver possesses serious potential on a weekly basis, as Rodgers spreads the ball around. I think there is around a 10 percent chance of Adams playing but zero reason to roster him even if he does.

Dion Lewis, Patriots, $11,900 – Weird situation here because Dion Lewis seemingly started the week of practice okay then an abdomen injury popped up on Thursday. Coach Bill Belichick is notoriously vague with his reporting of injuries but there really does not seem to be too much concern here. ESPN Boston reported the injury was “not a major cause for concern” and fellow beat writers believe he’ll be good to go. If he is not, LeGarrette Blount should be an absolute monster as the Patriots “big backs” have produced monster lines the last three times they have faced the Colts (11 total TDs). This is a situation worth monitoring up to game time because any cause of doubt with Lewis should send you running to roster Blount. UPDATE: Lewis will test his injury in pre-game warmups.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, $13,200 – Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Marshawn Lynch “looked back to full health” in practice this week. He practiced in full on both Thursday and Friday and Carroll also noted Lynch should play “a lot” this week. Alright, well that’s all I have to hear to promote faith in a notoriously tough workhorse back. Lynch is a beast any time he steps on a football field and he’s worthy of consideration even against a Carolina team allowing the sixth least amount of rushing yards on a per-game basis.

Martellus Bennett, Bears, $9,900 – No negative updates were provided all week until it popped up on the Friday injury report that Martellus Bennett not only was downgraded but did not practice at all. To reiterate: late-week downgrades are never positive. Bennett can now be considered questionable at best but not even participating on the last possible day signifies he’ll be out. Jay Cutler relies on his huge TE as his security blanket and the Lions have been in shambles so this is a brutal matchup for him to miss. I’ll give Bennett a 50 percent chance of playing and a 75 percent chance of playing well if he suits up. If he doesn’t play, expect more receptions for both Marquess Wilson and Matt Forte as someone will have to take over the ”short pass catching” role for when Cutler is in trouble. UPDATE: Bennett will play despite missing Friday’s practice. He should be fine.

Odell Beckham, Jr., Giants, $17,100 – My top-ranked WR for the week looked primed for a monster game but unfortunately the hamstring injury has lingered from Sunday Night Football. With the Giants’ matchup against the Eagles not taking place until Monday Night, there’s no choice but to leave Odell Beckham, Jr. for tournaments only. He didn’t practice Friday, and hadn’t practiced all week, but coach Tom Coughlin has suggested he can play even if he doesn’t practice. The Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly says he is preparing as if Beckham is playing. There’s too many premonitions suggesting Beckham will sit to have any faith in playing him. The upside is immense if he does choose to suit up so rostering him all depends on your risk tolerance. I give him a 33 percent chance of playing so act accordingly.

Ryan Mathews, Eagles, $8,300 – Running against the New York Giants is a difficult task so pass-catching backs continuously make for interesting plays. Karlos Williams caught three passes for 30 yards and a TD two weeks ago and Ryan Mathews could have had similar potential…except he popped up on the injury report with a groin injury on Friday. At less than 100 percent in a three back system, he’s almost worth fading by default. He’s listed as questionable, and is still expected to play, but he’s not a recommended option.

T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars, $9,100 – T.J. Yeldon said there’s a “strong possibility” he plays Sunday after not practicing all week. This could just be a ploy to throw off the Texans’ game plan, but he sounds pretty confident. Tweaked groins can be easily aggravated during gameplay so he’s not even safe if deemed active. Avoiding here is preferred although Denard Robinson would emerge as an intriguing option if Yeldon does in fact sit. UPDATE: Yeldon is out and Toby Gerhart, and not Denard Robinson, is expected to start and receive goal line carries. He’s the Jaguars back to play.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills, $11,600 – The decision has already been made; Tyrod Taylor will not play. He reportedly tried to convince coaches he was able to play but they shot him down. E.J. Manuel will start so you can safely downgrade all pieces in the offense. The good news is LeSean McCoy appears destined to return so the team will happily (it is Rex Ryan running the show) rely on their workhorse to try and earn a win at home against the Bengals.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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