The doc is back for your week six injury report. We’ll see some new patients and some old ones. Let’s grab the charts and get going on our rounds.

Green Bay WR Greg Jennings is out again with his groin problem. It’s just another problem for the Packers along with a weak offensive line, rushing attack and a loss to Indy. James Jones will get the extra targets and it’s probably a good thing since Jordy Nelson looks like a shell of the player he was last year. TE Jermichael Finley is also questionable with an arm injury and could be another missing link for Aaron Rodgers and the Pack Sunday night against Houston.

Robert Griffin III got his bell rung last week against Atlanta and is expected to play against Minnesota. Kirk Cousins looked good in relief but is still quite aways from being relevant in fantasy. Alfred Morris is the only player you can start with any confidence this week. Look for an update later today about the health of RGIII.

Houston RB Ben Tate is still suffering from his toe injury. Justin Forsett is the backup to Arian Foster but should still be avoided. But if you feel the need to handcuff Foster it might be time to give Forsett a glance. Tate’s toe has been giving him problems all season so this might be worse than being let on.

In San Diego, Ryan Mathews was continuing on with his injury woes but two of his linemen also were held out of practice.  LT Jared Gaither and RT Jeromey Clary were out and could weaken Mathews’ ability to put up fantasy points. If either of them doesn’t play, look for the Broncos defense to load up on B-gap  blitzes to bring the heat to Phillip Rivers.

In Oakland, look for Darius Heyward-Bay to get back on the field against Atlanta. He got his bell rung against Pittsburgh but is recovering nicely. Look for him to be on the field against Atlanta and the Raiders will need every offensive weapon they have against the Falcons. Oakland’s passing attack hasn’t done much this season and they will pound the ball with Darren McFadden to keep Atlanta’s offense on the sidelines. DHB is not good for me, nor you, this week. Sebastian Janikowski was limited in practice but the Raiders didn’t bring in another kicker so he is good to play in week six.

The AFC West part of the report, jokingly brought to you by gauze, continues in Kansas City where QB Matt Cassel is out with a concussion and Brady Quinn gets the start. That is not a typo. Brady Quinn gets a start. If you think he’s a good play against Tampa Bay, you may also have a concussion. Peyton Hillis is battling an ankle injury and is not likely to be much of a factor Sunday.

Finally in Denver, WR Demaryius Thomas was held out of some drills with a hip injury but is expected to play against the Chargers. Offensive linemen Ryan Clady and Jason Kuper were limited in practice so this could open up the middle to the pass rush.

Up in Detroit, TE Brandon Pettigrew was  limited in practice but is expected to play against the Eagles. RB Jahvid Best will find out later today what the results of his concussion tests were and whether he is cleared to play or not. Best was flying off the waiver wire earlier this week but make sure he can play before you think about adding him. Remember that Detroit was inept at running the ball last season with Best before you decide on chasing the flavor of the week.

Indianapolis lost RB Donald Brown for about three weeks after having surgery on torn cartilage in his knee. Vick Ballard is a smart pickup in his place and Mewelde Moore will back Ballard up. The appeal on Ballard is that he has his bye week behind him. Four teams are on bye this week and six more are off next week.

Miami RB Reggie Bush was limited in practice Thursday but should be available for a plum of a matchup against the Rams. St. Louis has allowed 50 rushing yards and a TD to opposing running backs in 4 of their first 5 games this season. Bush has a great chance to make it 5-of-6. With Daniel Thomas being questionable with a concussion, Lamar Miller could be the backup and make a decent desperation play if you need one.

Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez  (ankle) both practiced this week. Gronkowski was in the same boat last week and played. Hernandez looks to be more of a game-time decision against Seattle. Then again, New England lists seemingly everyone on their injury report, so you can’t tell exactly how healthy they are.

For the Giants, WR Ramses Barden is probable. Fellow WR Hakeem Nicks has participated in practice this week on a limited basis. It looks like Cruz should be the WR1 with Barden opposite him if Nicks can’t go. Domenik Hixon stands to be WR3. The GiantsMartellus Bennett is questionable after hyperextending his knee in week five. Bear Pascoe is in line to get the start if Bennett can’t go.

And finally…in last night’s Pittsburgh-Tennessee game, we saw Rashard Mendenhall  get hurt. Again. He managed six carries for six yards before injuring his Achilles’ tendon. The nature of the injury is unknown as of now but look for an update this weekend out of the Steelers. Add to that RB Isaac Redman (ankle), OL Maurkice Pouncey (MCL), OL Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and LB Chris Carter (hamstring) and the Black and Gold got Black and Blue in their loss.

We’re six weeks in to the season and the clinic is full of injured players. Hopefully some of them can be discharged soon while we put others in the fantasy morgue called injured reserve.

Good luck in week six and leave your questions below.

–Doc

  1. CL says:
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    Do you like Vick over RGIII this week?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @CL, Shockingly, yes. Vick faces a Lions defense that has been giving up points all over the place this season. Remember they gave up a 40-burger to the Titans. Of course, the turnover woes are a concern with Vick but he is the better choice.

      As for RGIII, he takes on a Minnesota team that can pound the rock with AP. The Vikes are in the top half of the league in defending the pass and are 6th against the run. I would be concerned about how much offense Washington can produce. Think about how Atlanta used ball control to keep him on the sidelines. Look for more of the same on Sunday.

  2. Eddie says:
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    With Greg Jennings out again, am I crazy starting James Jones over Jordy Nelson? Jordy just isn’t doing a thing as the #1 WR.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Eddie, Not at all. Jordy has completely fallen off the table this season. He’s nowhere near close to what he was last season. When you mix in the offensive line woes and Aaron Rodgers playing more like Fred Rodgers it makes sense.

      When it comes down to it, look at the stats and ask who you would play. Player A has 23 catches, 289 yards and 1 TD while Player B has 20 catches 237 yards and 5 TDs.

      Should be leaning towards B…and B is James Jones.

      Don’t get caught up in the name of who it is, look at the production and it’ll help you find your answers.

  3. sickmangarner says:
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    Would you trade RGIII for Vick straight up?

    • sickmangarner says:
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      @sickmangarner, correction: I GET RGIII. I already have Big Ben so RGIII injury issues are mitigated a bit.

      • Andrew Nordmeier

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        @sickmangarner, Yes. Washington’s defense is awful so RGIII will have plenty of chances to pass and pick up FPs that way. RGIII would also have more trade value than Vick if you went that route.

        Vick’s turnover woes are scary and he’s not the most durable quarterback either.

        And Big Ben is a nice QB to have with a pretty easy schedule most of the rest of the way.

  4. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Would you say Rivers is droppable in a 12 team league if I have Big Ben? Steelers already had their buy…

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, No I’d hang on to him. He could be trade bait for your team.

      Which of these QBs would you keep or cut?

      A:114/173 1182 yards, 3TD:4INT
      B:124/185 1450 yards, 8TD:1INT
      C:114/168 1251 yards, 8TD:5INT
      D:112/183 1456 yards, 7TD:4INT

      Looking at the stats alone without knowing who they are which ones would you keep and which would you dump?

      Let’s reveal their identities:

      A. Matthew Stafford
      B. Tom Brady
      C. Phillip Rivers
      D. Joe Flacco

      Rivers is hitting the end zone on the same clip as Brady, passing with the same completion rate as Stafford and has one more pick than Flacco. You wouldn’t dump Stafford, Brady or Flacco so why dump Rivers?

      The numbers tell the story. Hang on to him. Unless you can trade him for something really useful to your team.

      Remember Roethlisberger’s injury history and he might miss a game when his wife gives birth later this season.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        Awesome response right on point ive seen rivers hit waivers in several leauges this year along with Romo who is actually having a decent season. I think everyone should know that when you draft guys like Rivers and Romo it’s usually because you waited until the late rounds to get them. These QBs are talented and are in great systems the numbers will come no reason to jump ship this early in the season.

        Side note on Big Ben….He has already gone public to say he will miss as much of this season as needed to be there for his newborn son this could possibly mean he misses a game in the near future.

  5. Captain Kirk says:
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    1.0 ppr

    Who to start at Flex…..

    Vick Ballard or Andrew Hawkins?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Captain Kirk, Ballard’s my guy. Hawkins has been slowly slipping off the fantasy radar. He had 8-86 to open the season then 2-56-1 and 2-66-1. His last two games have been 3-39 and 5-47. He’s not getting the catches and you’d be looking at a couple extra points with Hawkins.

      Ballard should be able to compensate for the PPR aspect of Hawkins on the ground and outscore Hawkins this week.

  6. ChuckD says:
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    Getting a little frustrated with Garcon…..should I drop him for any of these options NON PPR? ROS

    Hawkins
    Cobb
    Washington
    Bess
    Meachem
    D Henderson

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @ChuckD, Try and trade him first to someone who might be hurting at WR. The Skins go on bye in Week 10 and next week 6 teams are off. Someone will need the help so try and pitch them that way.

      If no one bites, I don’t see anyone worth grabbing right now. See above on Hawkins, Cobb is okay but not great. Nate Washington is barely good for 2-3 catches a game. Bess is not bad but could quickly fall back down to earth after his career-best game in Arizona. Meachem has been inconsistent and Henderson’s value is only there if other Saints’ WRs are hurt.

      • ChuckD says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        He’s a little hard to sell right now I think I’ll hold and wait for a miracous healing looks like this toe injury of his is a little more serious than it is published.

        Austin or Garçon this week?

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @ChuckD, Austin by a nose hair. Austin by a wide margin if RGIII doesn’t play. He’s still questionable.

  7. drew says:
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    DHB or Josh Gordon in ppr?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @drew, Gordon. I’m not big on DHB with this being his first week back after that massive hit he took against the Steelers. I also like Gordon’s size as well and Weeden’s not that bad. And he leads the team in receiving yards.

      There’s also the history of CIN-CLE games getting crazy. There was the game in 2004 that ended 58-48 for the Bengals. Cleveland won 51-45 in 2007.

      Earlier this season, these two teams played to a 34-27 final so the points should be there.

  8. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Do you think James jones will get a tub against Houston this week or would you start thefrenchman, Pierre Garçon?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Tehol Beddict, I like Frenchy a little better than Jones. Rodgers is going to be feeling the heat from JJ Watt. Rodgers will be without Jennings and Jordy looks weak this season. Finley wants to play but might also be out. Jones could be THE target this week for Rodgers and Houston could shut that down.

      At least Garcon has the balance of Alfred Morris on the ground and Fred Davis in the passing game. And RGIII is expected to play.

  9. Mr. Manager says:
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    Love the site!

    Trade ?

    MJD, Dezzy

    for

    MCcoy, Antonio Brown

    Which side do you take?

    Input Much appreciated.

    • Mr. Manager says:
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      @Mr. Manager, to add: 12 person Keeper

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Mr. Manager, McCoy/Brown. Have never been big on Dez and MJD will get worn down prematurely since he handles such a workload.

      Brown is a good receiver/returner and we all know how good Shady is.

  10. Thrilla says:
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    I claimed Atlanta from Waivers thinking Oakland at home was too good of a matchup to pass up. I have Arizona (BUF) too and can not decide who to start for the life of me.

    Which way do you lean and would you drop the one you’re not using this week? ATL has Bye next week and ARI is @MIN.

    Thanks man

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Thrilla, Arizona is my choice since you run a risk of Oakland putting up yards and points in garbage time. Arizona has ridden its defense all season and looks to be the long-term D to own.

      Still hold Atlanta since they face Vick and the Eagles in week 8. Then dump them before they take on Dallas and New Orleans.

  11. Pefacommish says:
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    Having drafted Brees, I haven’t even had to think about playing my backup QB until this week. And I drafted well – RGIII. But now that I have to play him I made a point of also picking up Alex Smith as insurance in case RGIII can’t go. Assuming RBIII can play, which QB do you recommend? Smith plays against the Giants, Griffin against the Vikes.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Pefacommish, Smith might have a tough go of it since he has a finger injury. It won’t knock him out of the game but could make passing tougher.

      His matchup, though, is pretty good…if the 49ers can keep the front four of the G-men off his back. RGIII will be one dimensional this week since the Vikings are brutally tough against the run.

      If all else fails, look to Kevin Kolb at home for Arizona (who can’t run for diddly squat) against Buffalo who is in the bottom four in pass defense.

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