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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer
Each week, we will take a look at the 5 (or hopefully less!) biggest injuries in fantasy football. These are meant to be the injuries that had the most impact on a fantasy roster, not an NFL roster, so some injuries may be left off.
5 Biggest Week 5 Injuries
1. QB Dak Prescott (Ankle)
Unless you went off the grid yesterday, you already know that Dak Prescott suffered what was likely a season-ending ankle injury against the New York Football Giants. Today it was confirmed his season is over, as he looks at a recovery time of 4-6 months. Season-ending IR is only a matter of time, and basically a formality at this point. Go pick up Andy Dalton, who will now lead the league's top passing offense.
2. RB Dalvin Cook (Groin)
The Minnesota Vikings star RB went down with a groin injury against the Seahawks, and despite making it back out onto the field for a play, never touched the football again. An MRI is expected later today, but if you have not grabbed Alexander Mattison in your league already, he is a must-add this week. He is a lock for RB1 if Cook goes down, and his Week 5 performance proved that with an RB13 finish, only a few spots behind Cook at RB10.
3. WR Diontae Johnson (Back)
Add another injury to the list for Diontae Johnson in 2020. On top of his back injury in Week 5, he has also suffered: a sports-hernia in the offseason, a leg injury in camp, a foot injury in camp, a concussion in week 3, and a lingering toe issue since the end of Week 1. Given that he seems to be picking up some knocks, you should read our coverage of fellow WR Chase Claypool in this week's recap for our takes on how Johnson's absence could affect the Steelers WR corps.
4. WR Sammy Watkins (Hamstring)
The one good thing about delaying this article was we got some clarity on Watkins, who according to multiple sources and insiders is expected to miss multiple weeks with the hamstring injury that ended his Week 5 early. Hopefully, this will only sideline for two weeks, but given Watkins has not played a full sixteen since his rookie season, this is yet another disappointment for what is clearly a talented receiver. Watkins was hovering around WR3/FLEX territory, and unfortunately for fantasy managers looking to get an edge, I do not think the Chiefs have a WR likely to replace his value. I would lean Mecole Hardman just because he is likely next man up with Demarcus Robinson in the slot, but it would be difficult to see either WR as a reliable replacement for Watkins.
5. WR A.J. Green (Hamstring)
At this point, Green was already on your bench, and that was if you did not just drop him, which you should have. Green is currently WR89 in PPR, had zero points in Week 5, and is about to be passed by Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon for targets. All this injury should do is cement their ascendency in this offense and maybe (hopefully) bring an end to A.J. Green's time in your fantasy roster.
Honorable Mention: QB Baker Mayfield (Ribs)
Slightly Less-Honorable Mentions: QBs who you are probably not going to start but who may impact the play of W/R/Ts that you do have to start [Kyle Allen (Arm), Jimmy Garoppolo (Ankle)]
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