Some of the players on this list are overstaying their welcome. I’m looking at you Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins. I wish they’d bring back the probable injury status. It would make my job a lot easier. Because 75% of the guys on this list are probable — just resting.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Lower Back Cyst: This wasn’t really a muscle pull or bone injury — just a cosmetic cyst removal. You know the ladies love a sexy back. YEAH! My take: Will play, flex him.
Davante Adams, WR, Calf: Brand spanking new injury for Adams, but he’s been on the injury report often this season and still played. The Lions have been tough against the pass this season, but Aaron Rodgers won’t be denied. My take: Will play, start him.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Knee: Bernard suffered this injury at the end of his week 4 game against the Falcons and it couldn’t have come at a worse time since Joe Mixon is expected back this week. My take: Won’t play.
Matt Breida, RB, Shoulder: I think this is more precautionary than anything. He seems to partially be the lead dog in San Fran and without Jimmy Garoppolo to sling the ball around I think they’ll become increasingly run reliant. My take: Will play, start him.
Antonio Callaway, WR, Knee: Well the coaching staff seems confident that Callaway will play so I’ll trust and believe them. The Ravens have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to RBs so the Browns might be better off letting Baker Mayfield use his arm to try and win the game. My take: Will play, flex him if desperate.
Chris Carson, RB, Hip: Well if Pete Carroll is expecting Chris Carson back then I guess I should believe him too! Carson didn’t play in week 4, so maybe another week off has done him some good. My take: Will play, flex him if necessary.
Charles Clay, TE, Ankle: He was limited in practice on Wednesday, but I think he’s all systems go for week 5. My take: Will play, bench him. I said all HIS systems will be go — not yours.
Corey Clement, RB, Quadriceps: Doug Pederson is saying Clement is “day to day” after missing week 4 with this same injury. It’s honestly not looking good with the crowded Eagles running back situation. My take: Will play, bench him.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Hamstring: Cook saying that his hamstring isn’t 100% doesn’t inspire confidence. I know he was probably an early round pick for you — but this doesn’t look good for week 5. My take: Won’t play.
Amari Cooper, WR, Foot: Limited at practice = he’ll be playing in week 5. My take: Will play, start him in an appealing match-up.
Keke Coutee, WR, Hamstring: He was limited at practice, but I think he’ll be fine for Sunday. My take: Will play, flex him if necessary.
Corey Davis, WR, Illness: Move along. He’ll be playing this week My take: Will play, start him.
Josh Doctson, WR, Undisclosed: Doctson! We’ve got Doctson here! My take: Will play, bench him.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Hamstring: He’s a 35 year old guy who has been nursing injuries all season. Of course they’re going to give him some practices off. My take: Will play, bench him. Single digit points for the past three weeks.
Will Fuller, WR, Hamstring: Every week he’s listed here, every week he plays. He’ll be in there on Sunday. My take: Will play, flex him.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Hamstring: He’ll probably play, but he’s clearly not 100% yet. I’d be cautious with starting him. My take: Will play, bench him.
Josh Gordon, WR, Hamstring: I think this is just a whole bucket of cautiousness. He’s been having hamstring issues all year — why not give him some extra time off? My take: Will play, flex him if necessary.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Knee: Show me a week in his career when Jimmy Graham was 100% healthy and you’ll be showing me the first game of his 4th grade pee-wee football league. My take: Will play, start him.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Ankle: Lot of questions surrounding this questionable tag. The Pats will have Julian Edelman back so maybe they’ll give Gronk the short week off? My take: Won’t play — be prepared with back-up TE plan.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Thumb: Come on now DeAndre. My take: Will play, start him.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chest: Well at least this is different from the shoulder injury that held him out the first three weeks of the season. Doesn’t seem to be a major injury though. He dropped a Ben Franklin and a TD last week in Tennessee showing no rust. My take: Will play, start him.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Shoulder: Injured shoulder last week, 18 fantasy points. Injured shoulder this week? Probably not 18 fantasy points — but still pretty good. My take: Will play, start him.
Lamar Miller, RB, Chest: I think he’ll play — but will it matter. He has yet to eclipse 15 fantasy points this season and the Cowboys have allowed only one team to rush for over 100 yards against them. My take: Will play, bench him.
Joe Mixon, RB, Knee: It’s looking like Mixon will be back in the fold for Sunday. With Bernard banged up I think it only increases the likelihood that Mixon suits up. My take: Will play, start him.
DeVante Parker, WR, Quadriceps: He’s played in one game so far this year due to injury — but it’s looking like he might play. Would I start him. Let’s check! My take: Will play, bench him.
Paul Richardson, WR, Shoulder: This has been a lingering injury all season that now might need continued monitoring throughout the season. Richardson has double-digit fantasy points in his last two games and he now gets the Saints who have allowed the most receiving yards AND TDs to opposing WRs. My take: Will play, flex him if necessary.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Knee: This is going to get old really fast. My take: Will play, start him.
John Ross, WR, Groin: Ross pulled a muscle in Atlanta last week and he’s now questionable to play against Miami. He pulled in a TD pass, but that was only 1 of his 2 receptions on the week. My take: Will play, bench him.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Hamstring: He left the game Monday night with this injury, but all signs are pointing towards a Watkins start. My take: Will play, flex him if you’re nasty.