This article breaks down potential Week 6 NFL inactives. It is a rundown of players who are questionable or worse heading into each game this week. Players who are on injured reserve are not included unless they went on the IR following Week 5. Hopefully, as the season goes along, this list gets shorter, as injuries are the ugly side of this game that we all love.
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Week 6 NFL Inactives
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
QUESTIONABLE – Jordan Akins (TE) HOU – Concussion
Akins isn’t a huge fantasy impact, but if you are in two tight end leagues, you may need to keep an eye on Akins. He is listed as a game-time decision. If he misses the game, Darren Fells is a solid play.
COVID-19 Reserve – Corey Davis (WR) TEN – Illness
Davis is unlikely to play in Week 6 as he remains on the COVID-19 reserve list. A.J. Brown is a potential elite play without Davis lining up opposite of him.
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles
QUESTIONABLE – Miles Boykin (WR) BAL – Thigh
The Ravens number two receiver was listed on the injury report late in the week due to a thigh injury. He hasn’t done much this season, but he has been on the field a decent amount. If Lamar Jackson can get it figured out, Boykin can be a solid player going forward.
OUT – Alshon Jeffery (WR) PHI – Foot
OUT – DeSean Jackson (WR) PHI – Hamstring
The two Eagles veteran wide receivers will miss Week 6. Jeffery continues to log in limited practices, so he could be on the right side of hopeful to return in Week 7. Jackson picked up a hamstring issue weeks ago, and has missed multiple games. He was rumored to be “heading in the right direction” this week at practice, but the Eagles have decided to hold him out in Week 6. He should return in Week 7, even on a short week (the Eagles play Thursday).
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings
ACTIVE – Julio Jones (WR) ATL – Hamstring
After being hampered all season with a hamstring injury, Julio Jones finally missed a game in Week 5 to get rested. He returns in Week 6, as the Falcons are hopeful they can get even close to 80% production from Julio.
OUT – Dalvin Cook (RB) MIN – Groin
Cook likely could have played, but the Vikings are playing against the 0-5 Atlanta Falcons, and likely don’t need Cook. Alexander Mattison is a must play this week against one of the worst defenses in the league.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
QUESTIONABLE – Baker Mayfield (QB) CLE – Chest
Mayfield was a full participant at Friday’s practice, making it extremely likely he plays against division foe Pittsburgh.
QUESTIONABLE – Odell Beckham Jr. (WR) CLE – Illness
OBJ tested negative for COVID-19, so at least we can rule that out. Beckham claims he feels good enough to play, but Saturday information will go a long way in determining his status for Week 6.
QUESTIONABLE – Jarvis Landry (WR) CLE – Ribs
Landry practiced for the first time on Friday in a limited capacity and should be considered likely to play on Sunday. Especially seeing Landry seems to always find a way to get on the field.
OUT – Diontae Johnson (WR) PIT – Back
Another week, another game out for the potential breakout receiver. He came back from an injury last week, only to take a shot to the back that will hold him out against the Brown. If the injury is serious enough to where he misses a huge inner-division game, it needs to be monitored closely going forward. Chase Claypool is once again an elite play, and he could be taking that superstar outlook that Johnson was heading towards.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
*The Cincinnati Bengals do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
OUT – Mo Alie-Cox (TE) IND – Knee
The huge tight end will miss Sunday’s matchup against the Bengals. Expect Trey Burton to feast in the absence of Alie-Cox, as Burton looks to be a prime target candidate in Week 6.
Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars
*The Detroit Lions do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
QUESTIONABLE – D.J. Chark (WR) JAX – Ankle
Chark got in a limited practice on Friday, making him hopeful to play this week in a juicy matchup against the Lions. Chark was injured early in the game last week and has been extremely up and down for his fantasy owners.
ACTIVE – Devine Ozigbo (RB) JAX – Illness
Ozigbo will look to return this week after practicing for the first time since he was placed on the injured list at the beginning of the season. Rookie James Robinson has taken control of the Jacksonville offense in the absence of Ozigbo and Ryquell Armstead. It will be interesting to see if Ozigbo can cut into Robinson’s touches.
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
*The Chicago Bears do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
INJURED RESERVE – Christian McCaffrey (RB) CAR – Ankle
It was finally made clear the Christian McCaffrey will not return until possibly Week 8, and even that is in doubt with the play of Mike Davis. Davis is giving Carolina no reason to rush back their superstar running back. This could also lead to less touches for McCaffrey, as the Panthers know what they have in Davis going forward.
Washington Football Team at New York Giants
*The Washington Football Team do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
QUESTIONABLE – Darius Slayton (WR) NYG – Foot
Slayton should suit up on Sunday against Washington, and could be inline for a huge game. Slayton is an underrated receiver, who could be on the verge of breaking out in a big way.
INJURED RESERVE – Sterling Shepard (WR) NYG – Toe
Shepard is not returning in Week 6 despite being eligible. He was getting in light work at practices, but it is not clear when he will return.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
QUESTIONABLE – Melvin Gordon III (RB) DEN – Illness
After being cited for DUI and speeding charges on Tuesday, Gordon all of sudden appeared on the Friday injury report with an illness. This isn’t good for Gordon owners, as he looks really questionable to play this week. If you have Phillip Lindsay, enjoy a potential RB1 in the absence of Gordon.
QUESTIONABLE – Drew Lock (QB) DEN – Shoulder
Lock is rumored to be heading in the right direction for Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots. This would be a massive upgrade for Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and Noah Fant if Lock returns.
QUESTIONABLE – Noah Fant (TE) DEN – Ankle
Fant did not practice on Friday, putting him on the wrong side of questionable. If Fant can’t go, and Drew Lock returns, fire up your shares of Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick.
QUESTIONABLE – Julian Edelman (WR) NE – Knee
Edelman is always listed as questionable. He will suit up in Week 6.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
DOUBTFUL – Sam Darnold (QB) NYJ – Shoulder
Darnold was listed as OUT all week, but his status was changed to DOUBTFUL. He will likely be an emergency option behind Joe Flacco.
QUESTIONABLE – Breshad Perriman (WR) NYJ – Ankle
Perriman was a limited participant all week and should return this week against the Dolphins. The Jets could have their top three pass catching options playing together for the first time all season.
INJURED RESERVE – Denzel Mims (WR) NYJ – Hamstrings
The uber-talented rookie looks set to return in Week 6. He may not be on the field too much, but he is a much-needed asset for the 0-5 Jets.
*The Miami Dolphins do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ACTIVE – Davante Adams (WR) GB – Hamstring
Adams has been ruled as active going into Sunday’s huge matchup against the Tampa Bay Bucs. After having a massive Week 1 game, Adams has been banged up since. He could be in line for a huge game.
QUESTIONABLE – Leonard Fournette (RB) TB – Ankle
Fournette was listed as active last week, and he practiced in a limited capacity this week. Although LeSean McCoy was cleared to play this week, Fournette still looks to potentially return this week.
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
*The Los Angeles Rams do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
*The San Francisco 49ers do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills
DOUBTFUL – Sammy Watkins (WR) KC – Hamstring
Watkins is likely to miss Week 6 against the Bills with a hamstring injury. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are solid plays this week, as one or the other is likely to have a big game in the absence of the Chiefs’ number three receiving option.
QUESTIONABLE – Dawson Knox (TE) BUF – Calf
The starting tight end for the Bills looks unlikely to play against the Chiefs after suffering a calf injury on Tuesday against the Titans. Tyler Kroft could be a sneaky good play this week if you are lacking at the tight end position.
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
*The Arizona Cardinals do not have any significant injuries with fantasy implications*
OUT – Dak Prescott (QB) DAL – Ankle
This goes without saying, but Prescott is likely out for the season following his injury last week. Andy Dalton will take over at quarterback, likely dropping his receivers value slightly. Dalton is still a solid fill in, as he has been a high ranked quarterback, in fantasy terms, multiple times in Cincinnati.
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