As always, we have your weekly injury report update heading into Sunday and Monday games right here. After a rough few weeks of injuries to star players, big names are starting to return to the field where we all need them to be. Make sure to check this list a couple hours before game time to make sure your lineups are properly set. Fantasy football is tough enough, don’t let starting an injured player be the reason you lose:
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
Foster has been dealing with a sore hammy, but did play last week. He is officially ACTIVE for today’s game, although he’s on the road and doesn’t have an elite matchup. You still need to start him, regardless.
Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Davis is still listed as questionable with lingering back issues. He did not practice at all this week. His backup, Vance McDonald, is also questionable with a knee injury. Both are looking like game-time decisions, but my best guess: Davis sits and McDonald plays. If both are out, Derek Carrier will be the starter against the Chiefs.
Update: Reports suggest Davis is out this week. After missing 3 straight days of practice, it looks “unlikely” that Davis will suit up in week five.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
The Star-Ledger reported on Friday that Decker (hamstring) will be a true game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Receivers with bum hamstrongs are usually a reg flag. Even if Decker plays, sitting him might be the best option.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
Megatron owners are in a tough spot here. Much like the Brandon Marshall situation a couple weeks ago, fantasy owners are forced to start him as long as the Lions do, but he was clearly just on the field as a decoy last week and only had two catches for 12 yards. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported on Friday that the Lions do expect him to play on Sunday against Buffalo, so fantasy owners should follow suit and cross their fingers.
Update: Megatron is slated to start this week and per reports, will be used “more than a decoy” against the Bills. Start him as you normally would.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
Johnson has a bum ankle and is still listed as questionable after being limited in practice all week, but he should be out on the field against the Cowboys on Sunday. Owners should feel comfortable starting Johnson in all formats against one of the league’s worst defenses.
Update: AJ is officially ACTIVE for the Texans. He reportedly looked good in warmups and will play against the Cowboys. This is a solid matchup for him, as Houston will likely be throwing a good amount.
Niles Paul and Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
Paul practiced on Friday and looks fully cleared from all the concussion protocols. He should be the Redskins TE you play (if any) Monday night against Seattle. Reed has a shot to play too coming back from a hamstring injury, but is less likely than Paul. Considering both aren’t 100% at this point and they’d be lining up against the LOB even if they do play, and banking on the health of a Monday night player is risky, starting either of them is not advised.
Ben Tate, RB, Cleveland Browns
Tate is expected to play on Sunday against the Titans. His knee appears to have progressed enough to finally allow the Brown’s big FA acquisition to get on the field. He might find himself in a committee role now after the success of Crowell and West in his absence. Nevertheless, the Titans have allowed the most rushing TDs (five) so far this season, so starting Tate is a must.
Update: Tate was concerned about his status early in the week but looks to be a full go. He is officially ACTIVE for week five.
Other Probable Players for Week 5: Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears; Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers; Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans; Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys.
These are all fantasy-relevant players owners should feel confident starting as their are no indications they won’t play other than being on this week’s injury report.