Fantasy Football 2015: Week 6 Injury Report — Buffalo Ills
It’s befitting that I return from a one-week absence and slide right into the Week 6 Injury Report.
If you were wondering where I was last week, I was going under the knife at the famed Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic (more on that later). I had a procedure done on my left elbow that will hopefully help with the continuous nerve issues I was experiencing. I’m still a little under the weather, but ready to serve the masses, so let’s get to it!
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
Is this finally the week we see Jeffery back on the playing field?
After missing the last four games, the Bears wide receiver got off to a good start this week, participating in a limited practice on Wednesday.
Jeffery has been dealing with a recurring calf issue since Week 1. He seemed like he was going to play two weeks ago, but clearly aggravated it in practice. If healthy, the fourth-year wideout is squarely on the WR1 map in a matchup against the 1-4 Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed the eighth-most points to opposing wide receivers and are plummeting so fast that they look like a shoo-in to get the top pick in next year’s draft.
Bears QB Jay Cutler has actually be on his game the past two weeks, leading his team to comeback victories in both contests. Adding his No. 1 target back into the mix can only help his cause.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills
There have been mixed reports about Taylor’s injury/availability all week.
On Monday, Rex Ryan said that Taylor had an ankle injury. That was quickly refuted when CBS’ Jason La Canfora revealed the Bills’ QB was dealing with a sprained MCL and could miss “multiple games”. But just as that news hit our ticker, Bills’ beat writer Sal Capaccio said that there was still no final decision on Taylor’s Week 6 status.
So what can we make of all of this?
Well, for one, his Week 6 availability seems to have gone from “out” to “questionable” in a matter of days, and he even got in a limited practice session on Wednesday. The arrow is pointing up for Tyrod Taylor, and having him behind center this week would be huge for the Bills, even if he’s somewhat limited.
The Bills will host the 5-0 Bengals, in what will be a huge game for a 3-2 team squarely in the middle of the (early) AFC playoff picture.
If you own Taylor and have a viable backup, it may be wise to sit him, whether he plays or not. A lot of his fantasy success has come from his running ability, having rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and a knee injury should limit that aspect of his game. The Bengals stifled Seahawks QB Russell Wilson last week, holding him to just 21 yards on the ground.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars
The Jags sophomore QB popped up on the injury report this week, and it was revealed that he suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in the team’s 38-31 loss to the Bucs this past Sunday.
You wouldn’t know it though, as the former UCF standout threw for 303 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. With that kind of momentum, you’d hate to see him limited by this injury in a prime matchup versus a Texans’ defense that just allowed AARP candidate Matt Hasselbeck to complete 18-of-29 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
He practiced in full on Wednesday, but according to a surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic (told you we’d get back to it!), he should continue to experience lingering pain. Bortles has the sixth-worst completion percentage (57.1%) among qualified QBs — something a shoulder sprain isn’t gonna help — and to make things even worse, starting RB T.J. Yeldon is dealing with a groin injury and is questionable to play this week.
Though the Texans have been reeling, J.J. Watt and Co. will have had 10 days to prepare for this game and you know the man is hungry after notching just two assisted tackles and zero sacks last week. Despite the promising matchup, Bortles, as well as Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, are iffy fantasy propositions in Week 6.