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Saturday, October 10, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 5 INJURY REPORT: DEVONTA FREEMAN STILL STARTING BACK IN ATLANTA

With the majority of the fantasy football Week 5 slate set to begin, lets take a look at all the latest injury news which will impact rosters.

-Rookie back Tevin Coleman is expected to return Sunday from the broken ribs that shelved him last week but the sensational Devonta Freeman will remain the starter.  Freeman has taken the fantasy football world by storm the last two weeks in scoring six touchdowns and Coleman will now play a complementary role to him as opposed to when they shared carries at the start of the season.  Coleman can now be dropped in most formats.

-After sitting out the first four games of the season due to a substance abuse suspension, Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant is now likely to miss Week 5 as well with a knee injury.  The Steelers are calling it a "tweak" and think it is a short-term deal.  Still those who were patient waiting for Bryant to return now have to wait another week.  With Ben Roethlisberger sidelines, Bryant had little value anyways. 

-It appears as though Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has some tissue damage in his injured hamstring which will cost him a second straight game Sunday.  Head coach Pete Carroll admitted as much in talking with reporters on Friday and said Lynch will be prepped to come back for Week 6.  Tomas Rawls will continue to start in Lynch's place and he is worth using in the run-heavy offense his counterpart's return.

-San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will miss Week 5's Sunday night matchup versus the New York Giants with a knee injury.  Davis had little to no value anyways as his QB is horrendous and his play has dropped off the last few seasons. 

-It has been a disaster of a season for Chicago Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery as he will likely miss his fourth straight game, this time with a hamstring injury.  Jeffery had missed three games with a stubborn calf problem but now the hamstring is the bigger issue.  That means tight end Martellus Bennett is expected to have a monster game for the second week in a row. 

-It is also likely Buffalo Bills wideout Sammy Watkins will miss his second straight game Sunday with his own calf injury.  Robert Woods will continue getting the most looks in the passing offense and is worth using as a WR 3.  As for Watkins, he continues to disappoint due to injury and poor play by his QB's.

-Both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are out for the Bills as well this Sunday which means Anthony Dixon will get the start at running back.  McCoy was officially diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain that will keep him out another 2-3 weeks, while Williams is dealing with concussion problems. 

-Both tight end Jordan Reed and wideout Desean Jackson will miss Sunday's game with a concussion and hamstring problems respectively.  Jackson has done nothing this season due to the hammy, while Reed continues to mix terrific play and missed games with injury.  Pierre Garcon will have a big day in dominating looks from QB Kirk Cousins. 

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