Injury Report: Post Week 5
Week 5 had significantly less injuries than we have grown accustomed to seeing in 2020 so far, but we did have one that nobody is likely to forget any time soon in Dak Prescott's gruesome broken ankle. Over here at Fantasy Football State of Mind, we are hoping for a speedy and full recovery for Dak Prescott. Let's get into it.
Dak Prescott - Fractured Ankle - Out for Season
Everyone knows by now what happened to Dak, but if you somehow missed it, Dak broke his ankle during a tackle by Logan Ryan in the third quarter of the Cowboys win over the Giants. Dak suffered a compound fracture and a dislocation, and is done for the year. Hopefully Prescott is able to make a full recovery and return to the level of play he has been bringing to the table all year long for the Cowboys. Zeke will see much more volume moving forward, and should receive a slight boost to his fantasy outlook. He remains a top 3 or 4 back. The Cowboys will be throwing the ball far less with Dalton, but this does not necessarily mean the that their trio of receivers will see less volume. Of Dalton's 11 throws, outside of Tony Pollard, every single target either went to Gallup, CeeDee, or Cooper, as each saw 3 targets in just over a quarter with Andy Dalton. Dalton is a viable start depending on matchup going forward.
Dalvin Cook - Sprained Groin - Week to Week
Dalvin pulled up at the end of a play in the 3rd quarter of the Vikings Sunday Night Football game against the Seahawks. He had what looked to be a non-contact groin injury, which is scary, but doesn't seem to be too significant. Cook tried to come back, but his coaches pulled him, which is encouraging. The MRI for Cook went well, which means he will likely not miss more than one week. For whatever period of time Cook may miss, Alexander Mattison is easily a top 8 running back start, as he had over 100 yards on 20 carries replacing Cook against the Seahawks.
Diontae Johnson - Back - Questionable
This is now the second time that Diontae has left a game for good after being injured on his first touch of the contest. Diontae hurt his back presumably on a hard hit from Darius Slay in the Steelers win over the Eagles on Sunday. Diontae should be limited this week, but the injury does not seem significant. Keep an eye on it, and if Diontae does miss time, Chase Claypool is a top 20 play at the wide receiver position. I'm very interested to see who will get the bulk of the #2 receiver targets going forward after Claypool's massive game. Diontae looked to be a rising star in the league, but if he can't stay on the field, Chase Claypool may be ready to throw his name into the ring.
D.J. Chark - Ankle - Questionable
D.J. Chark left Sunday's game against the Texans early with an ankle issue, and did not return. Chark caught 3 balls for 16 yards before his exit, and did not practice on Wednesday. Keep an eye on Chark, as he is a must start if he is able to play a full slate of snaps, but this injury is significant enough to keep him out of practice, so we'll see what's going on with him as the week progresses. If Chark does wind up missing any sort of time with this injury, I am still starting James Robinson, I'm not starting Gardner Minshew, and I would definitely consider Laviska Shenault Jr. as a high-upside flex play.
A.J. Green - Hamstring - Questionable
A.J. Green is not having a great 2020 season to say the least. The star receiver has stayed healthy, but only posted 14 catches for 119 yards and no touchdowns in 5 games. Never would I have guessed that those would be the stats of a healthy A.J. Green, but nothing surprises me anymore this year. Anyway, Green tweaked his hamstring in the Bengals Week 5 loss to the Ravens, and logged a limited practice on Wednesday, so things are looking good in terms of his health. I would not recommend starting A.J. Green unless he is traded, as we did see him telling someone on the Bengals staff to trade him during the game.