Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Josh Jacobs, Dalvin Cook, Darrell Henderson, more affecting Week 4 start 'em, sit 'em calls
Josh Jacobs, Dalvin Cook, Darrell Henderson, and Elijah Mitchell could all be "questionable" leading into this weekend's games. Their absences would surely affect Week 4 fantasy RB rankings and start-sit calls. Get the latest RB injury updates.For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
Fantasy football owners might be surprised that in a week where Alvin Kamara is one bye, he's not even close to the top pass-catching running back who's off. That honor would go to one of this season's top breakout RBs, Cordarrelle Patterson, whose 25 receptions is among the best for a running back. Patterson's teammate, Mike Davis, is also well ahead of Kamara with 18 catches. That doesn't mean either is a better overall fantasy back than Kamara, but it does show that value can be found in some unexpected places in point-per-reception leagues. Our Week 6 fantasy RB PPR rankings try to account for all the different sources of production.
Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Latest news on Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, Diontae Johnson, more affecting Week 4 WR rankings
Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton are all in danger of not playing in Week 4. Get the latest injury updates ahead of your fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em decisions.For all the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. For updates on banged-up RBs Dalvin Cook, Josh Jacobs, Darrell Henderson, and Elijah Mitchell, click here; for the latest on Lamar Jackson, go here; for more on ailing pass-catchers Rob Gronkowski, George Kittle, DeAndre Hopkins, and Antonio Brown, go here.
In addition to Kamara and the Falcons' backs, Elijah Mitchell and Michael Carter will be on bye this week. Of course, we know more key RBs will be unavailable, as several key guys missed last week (Chris Carson, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook), and injuries will continue to pop up throughout the rest of the season, as we saw with Saquon Barkley and Clyde Edwards-Helaire last Sunday.
WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
A few backs known primarily for their PPR value are in better-than-average spots this week, as J.D. McKissic (vs. Chiefs), Nyheim Hines (vs. Texans), and Jerick McKinnon (@ Washington) have highly favorable matchups. Brandon Bolden (vs. Cowboys) and Kenneth Gainwell (vs. Buccaneers) are two more primary receiving backs with matchups against teams who have struggled against RBs specifically in the passing game. There won't be much room on the ground for these guys, but they could rack up catches and post flex-worthy numbers in full-point PPR formats. Myles Gaskin (@ Jaguars) is another guy known for his receiving ability with a favorable matchup.
Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 5: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football
High-target wide receivers always have value, but with some preseason studs looking like busts, plenty of sleepers are moving up our Week 5 fantasy WR PPR rankings are factoring in performances from the first four games, with a little more weight given to the most recent performances. Deciding who to start and who to sit at wide receiver can be a much different process in standard vs. PPR, especially after a month of subpar outings from a few stars and notable games from a few potential breakouts. We'll have to continue to evaluate Pittsburgh's defense, but they still should be a top unit in the NFL.
WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Of course, it's tough to be a starting RB in fantasy leagues based purely on your receiving skills (like Jeremy McNichols or even Giovani Bernard), so plenty of average receiving backs are still worth playing. Darrell Henderson (@ Giants), Leonard Fournette (@ Eagles), and both Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams (vs. Raiders) all have great matchups, and Henderson has the added bonus of playing a defense that also struggled against backs in the passing game.
WEEK 6 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start 'em, sit 'em
Among the backs with tough matchups, Damien Harris (vs. Cowboys) is especially risky in PPR leagues since he doesn't catch many passes. Chris Carson or Alex Collins (@ Steelers) and Josh Jacobs (@ Broncos) are in the same boat. The Seahawks and Jacobs have had some decent reception totals this year, but they're all nothing more than volume-based flexes in those matchups. Ditto for Devontae Booker (vs. Rams) in relief of Barkley (ankle).
Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Elijah Mitchell affecting Week 5 start 'em, sit 'em calls
Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Elijah Mitchell headline a group of running backs who figure to be "questionable" for Week 5. Get the latest injury updates ahead of your start 'em, sit 'em decisions.For news on hurting WRs Tee Higgins, A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, and Chase Claypool go here; for the latest on QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Teddy Bridgewater, click here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
WEEK 6 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo
Things are going to be constantly evolving throughout the year at this position, but with bye weeks and injuries, chances are things will be tough for more than a few owners in your league. Sure, if you pick up someone like Damien Williams (vs. Packers) on waivers, you might have three or more viable options, but most owners are going to be scrounging for two. Volume remains key, even in PPR, so unless you have an elite pass-catching back who also gets at least six or seven carries, there's no need to get too cute with your lineup decisions.
Note: We'll be updating these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement. For individual analysis of key RBs, click here.
Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 6: Who to start at running back
Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring
|Rank ||Player |
|1 ||Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. MIN |
|2 ||Derrick Henry, TEN vs. BUF |
|3 ||Najee Harris, PIT vs. SEA |
|4 ||Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. KC |
|5 ||Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. HOU |
|6 ||Austin Ekeler, LAC @ BAL |
|7 ||James Robinson, JAX vs. MIA |
|8 ||Aaron Jones, GB @ CHI |
|9 ||Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CAR |
|10 ||Joe Mixon, CIN @ DET |
|11 ||Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NE |
|12 ||D'Andre Swift, DET vs. CIN |
|13 ||Nick Chubb, CLE vs. ARI |
|14 ||Leonard Fournette, TB @ PHI |
|15 ||Damien Williams, CHI vs. GB |
|16 ||Darrell Henderson, LAR @ NYG |
|17 ||Myles Gaskin, MIA @ JAX |
|18 ||Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. ARI |
|19 ||Devontae Booker, NYG vs. LAR |
|20 ||Josh Jacobs, LV @ DEN |
|21 ||Zack Moss, BUF @ TEN |
|22 ||Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LV |
|23 ||Chase Edmonds, ARI @ CLE |
|24 ||Darrel Williams, KC @ WAS |
|25 ||Chris Carson, SEA @ PIT |
|26 ||Javonte Williams, DEN vs. LV |
|27 ||Jamaal Williams, DET vs. CIN |
|28 ||Damien Harris, NE vs. DAL |
|29 ||Latavius Murray, BAL vs. LAC |
|30 ||JD McKissic, WAS vs. KC |
|31 ||Devin Singletary, BUF @ TEN |
|32 ||James Conner, ARI @ CLE |
|33 ||Tony Pollard, DAL @ NE |
|34 ||Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. TB |
|35 ||Miles Sanders, PHI vs. TB |
|36 ||Samaje Perine, CIN @ DET |
|37 ||Nyheim Hines, IND vs. HOU |
|38 ||Mark Ingram, HOU @ IND |
|39 ||Jerick McKinnon, KC @ WAS |
|40 ||Kenyan Drake, LV @ DEN |
|41 ||Ronald Jones II, TB @ PHI |
|42 ||AJ Dillon, GB @ CHI |
|43 ||David Johnson, HOU @ IND |
|44 ||Giovani Bernard, TB @ PHI |
|45 ||Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. GB |
|46 ||Alex Collins, SEA @ PIT |
|47 ||Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CAR |
|48 ||Brandon Bolden, NE vs. DAL |
|49 ||Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. BUF |
|50 ||Sony Michel, LAR @ NYG |
|51 ||Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. DAL |
|52 ||Malcolm Brown, MIA @ JAX |
|53 ||Phillip Lindsay, HOU @ IND |
|54 ||Larry Rountree III, LAC @ BAL |
|55 ||Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. MIN |
|56 ||Joshua Kelley, LAC @ BAL |
|57 ||Le'Veon Bell, BAL vs. LAC |
|58 ||Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. LAC |
|59 ||Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. MIA |
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 6 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks .
The bye weeks have started, injuries are mounting, and there's another Sunday morning game in the UK. You need lineup advice, and we have it. Get help with your Week 6 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions and NFL DFS picks.As we said, the first round of byes takes out the Saints, 49ers, Falcons, and Jets. All things considered, fantasy owners aren't getting hit too hard at most positions, especially wide receiver. Things will get tougher going forward, so it's really injuries to guys like Saquon Barkley, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Russell Wilson that will cause the most issues.