Fantasy Injury Updates: Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, Diontae Johnson, more WRs impacting Week 6 start-sit decisions

Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, DJ Chark, and Diontae Johnson have all missed time this season. Among the crew, only Johnson hasn’t missed a full contest so far. That has left the wide receiver position banged up and lacking depth at times, but hopefully, fantasy owners will soon see the light at the end of the tunnel for these injuries. With Week 6 of the NFL season approaching and four teams on bye, these players are having a major impact on potential start ’em, sit ’em decisions and  are certainly impacting our Week 6 fantasy WR rankings. Here’s the latest on these key injuries as we near the midpoint of the fantasy regular season.

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WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Is Julio Jones playing in Week 6?

Jones has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has kept him out/limited for most of the year. Since Week 3, Jones has played in just 15 snaps while missing full games. Now, it seems that he may be in danger of missing Week 6, as well.

Jones wasn’t able to get on the field at Falcons practice on Wednesday, and he was listed as a non-participant. That was not a good sign for him and now, with the Falcons’ facility shuttered Thursday as a result of a reported positive COVID test, Jones won’t be on the practice field again today. That will make his Friday practice status paramount to decide if he can play (if the Falcons can re-open their facility in the coming days, of course).

If the Falcons can get back on the field this week but don’t have Jones, Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus will continue to see a bulk of the snaps as the No. 2 and No. 3 options across from Calvin Ridley. The Vikings are a good matchup for WRs (30.2 fantasy points per game allowed to the position), but we’ll have to see what comes of the positive test in the coming days.

If the Falcons and Vikings can’t play, there are plenty of other potential receiver streamers to target as potential starters in our Week 6 fantasy WR rankings.

WEEK 6 DFS CASH LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel

Is Chris Godwin playing in Week 6?

Godwin (hamstring) was able to get on the field Wednesday for a limited practice, according to the team’s official injury report. After missing the Bucs’ past two games with the injury, it looks like the talented third-year receiver may have a chance to play in the team’s marquee matchup against the Packers.

Godwin’s progress will need to be monitored, as soft-tissue injuries tend to linger, but if he can make it through the practice week with no setbacks, he should have a chance to play. His status Thursday will tell us more about his condition.

If Godwin can play this week, he’ll be a top-25 WR against what has been, at times, a porous Packers defense. If he can’t suit up, Scotty Miller will get another chance to serve as the No. 2 receiver across from Mike Evans. Miller has had some success this season, but he didn’t catch a pass in Week 5 against the Bears while dealing with a couple of injuries (hip/groin) on a Thursday night.

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Diontae Johnson injury update

Johnson (back) left the Steelers’ win over the Eagles after taking a shot to the back early in the game. He missed practice on Wednesday, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of concern surrounding his status for Sunday’s game against the Browns.

According to Teresa Varley of the Steelers official website, coach Mike Tomlin said that Johnson and center Maurkice Pouncey would be limited early in the week, but he doesn’t think the injuries will jeopardize their availabilities for Sunday’s game.

It’s worth noting that the Steelers have been extra cautious with their receivers on Wednesdays this year, and JuJu Smith-Schuster also missed practice on Wednesday to rest a lingering injury. Both he and Johnson have done that several times but have still managed to suit up each week.

If Johnson can’t play, Chase Claypool will get significantly more targets as the No. 2 receiving option in the Steelers’ offense. Claypool is coming off a four-TD game in which he played very well in relief of Johnson, so he could be en route to a higher snap count regardless of Johnson’s status.

WEEK 6 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel

DJ Chark injury update

Chark (ankle) left the Jaguars’ loss to the Texans late in the game and didn’t return. According to Ashlyn Sullivan of the Jaguars official website, Chark didn’t suit up for practice on Wednesday while dealing with the injury. That will bring his status for Sunday’s game against the Lions into question.

If Chark can’t get on the field in some capacity on Thursday, he’ll have just one day to prove that he might be ready for game action. And at the very least, he would seem unlikely to play if he misses Thursday’s practice in its entirety. 

If Chark can’t play, Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole would get more targets in a favorable matchup against a weak Lions defense, so they could be trusted as WR3/flex plays in that contest.

WEEK 6 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery injury updates

According to the Eagles’ injury report, both DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday. This comes a week after Eagles coach Doug Pederson said the two were getting closer to playing, so this is obviously a good sign for Philly.

If Jackson and Jeffery can continue to practice even in a limited capacity on Thursday, that should indicate that they have a chance to play on Sunday. They would both see significant action given the Eagles’ depleted receiving corps, but it’s unclear how many snaps and targets each would command, especially in wake of Travis Fulgham’s breakout performance against the Steelers (10 catches, 152 yards, TD), but Jackson and Jeffery are certainly worth keeping around on the bench.

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