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Fantasy Football Update
The "Fantasy Doctor" Is In!

Let the "Fantasy Doctor" keep your team in shape throughout the fantasy football season. In this newsletter, you'll find important injury news and notes on some key fantasy players heading into Week 6.

Around the League Notes

 

No running for Rashad: Giants RB Jennings out with knee issue

 

What happened: Jennings hurt his left knee in the first half of Sunday's game against the Falcons. He's been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will be out 4 to 6 weeks.

 

Player/team outlook: Jennings came into Week 5 as the third leading rusher in the NFL. He's also a threat as a receiver and his injury is a problem for the Giants, who have won three straight.

 

Fantasy recommendation: Before the season started, The Fantasy Doctor predicted Jennings would be a breakout player. He lived up to it until the injury. Get his backup Andre Williams or Ronnie Hillman because...

 

... Montee won't carry the Ball: Groin injury sidelines Broncos back

 

What happened: Ball suffered a groin strain in Week 5 action against the Cardinals. He could end up missing significant time. Depending on the severity, he might miss 2 to 6 weeks.

 

Player/team outlook: Ball was not living up to the hype this season and was off to a very slow start. No one wants to see an injury, but this provides an opportunity for Denver's other backs to show they're worthy of carrying the load.

 

Fantasy recommendation: As noted above, Hillman makes for an excellent pickup, along with the Giants' Williams. Other RBs worth a look include the Falcons' Antone Smith and the Chargers' Branden Oliver.

 

Dunking not allowed: Saints TE Graham hurts shoulder

 

What happened: Superstar tight end Jimmy Graham missed most of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers following a left shoulder sprain. The injury can linger for up to 4 weeks.

 

Player/team outlook: Graham was a sure-fire, first-round fantasy selection this season and needs to be on the field for the Saints to have any chance at success. The Saints are off this week and that gives Graham a few extra days to get healthy.

 

Fantasy recommendation: Monitor this situation very closely as it could come down to a game-time decision in Week 7. If the docs can shoot him up with pain medication and numbing medications, he may be able to play in two weeks.  Graham is not replaceable and you'd just have to hope for the best with your backup.

 

Locker's latest: Thumb is latest problem for Titans QB

 

What happened: Jake Locker was unable to finish Sunday's game with a thumb injury.

 

Player/team outlook: Locker and the Titans have to be frustrated. He just can't stay healthy and if there are more issues throughout the year, Tennessee will have a big decision to make before the 2015 season.

 

Fantasy recommendation: Locker likely wasn't starting for many fantasy teams as he's a QB2 at best. Consider other available QBs as your backup since you can't trust if he can avoid getting hurt.

Overtime

Some extra advice to stay in the game!

  • Star WRs in doubt: Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green came into the year ranked first and second at their position on many fantasy depth charts, but the season is now slipping away for both. Scan the waiver wire to try and find players with the best matchups while they're out.

Johnson is dealing with a high ankle sprain and you should sit him for 2-6 weeks while he tries to recover.

 

Green aggravated a toe injury during practice on Wednesday and will miss 2-4 weeks with a bad sprain. If an MRI shows Green has a bad turf toe, he may need surgery, which would be season ending.

  • If you're lucky enough to have solid depth on your fantasy roster, look ahead for potential situations. For example: last week, you could've picked up Andre Williams or Ronnie Hillman without a problem, but now they're hot commodities.