Fantasy Football: Week 6 Injury Update, Top Waiver Wire Pickups

With Week 6 of the NFL season rapidly approaching, it’s time for fantasy football players to assess the latest injury updates and scout the waiver wires in a bid to find those all-important valuable pickups.

Here is a roundup of the main injuries from Week 5 and their impact on your fantasy football roster.

Wide Receiver

Rashard Higgins—Cleveland Browns

Higgins suffered an MCL sprain in the second half against the Ravens on Sunday. The Browns confirmed he will be monitored on a week-to-week basis but is likely to miss out at least one game.

Waivers pickup: Keke Coutee—Houston Texans (7.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 19.5 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

T.Y. Hilton—Indianapolis Colts

Hilton missed the Colts’ trip to New England last week with a hamstring injury he suffered late in Week 4. He remains monitored week-to-week and is one of 17 Colts players currently questionable or sidelined.

Waivers pickup: Robby Anderson—New York Jets (9.4 fantasy points on average, owned by 46.8 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Geronimo Allison—Green Bay Packers

Allison left the Packers’ win against the Bills in Week 4 early with concussion and did not play in Week 5. It remains to be seen whether he will feature against the Lions on Sunday.

Waivers pickup: Marquez Valdes-Scantling—Green Bay Packers (5.2 fantasy points on average, owned by 3.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Quarterback

Deshaun Watson—Houston Texans

Watson took a pounding in Sunday’s win against the Cowboys and remains day-to-day. The Texans need to do a better job of protecting him or the situation could get worse.

Waivers pickup: Expect Watson to start.

GettyImages-1047402564 Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans is tended to by training staff in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium on October 7 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Aaron Rodgers—Green Bay Packers

Rodgers has been playing virtually on one leg since suffering a knee injury in Week 1 but expect him to line up as usual on Sunday.

Waivers pickup: Expect Rodgers to start.

Running Back

Jay Ajayi—Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles confirmed on Monday that Ajayi will be out for the season after suffering a torn ACL. The English-born running back will now undergo surgery to reconstruct the ligament.

Waivers pickup: Wendell Smallwood—Philadelphia Eagles (9.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 34.8 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Matt Breida—San Francisco 49ers

Breida suffered an ankle sprain during the 49ers defeat against the Cardinals, leaving the field early. While scans showed the injury wasn’t as bad as originally feared, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Breida would be doubtful for Week 6.

Waivers pickup: Mike Davis—Seattle Seahawks (9.4 fantasy points on average, owned by 24.2 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Corey Grant—Jacksonville Jaguars

Grant’s hopes of making the most of Leonard Fournette’s injury were dealt a blow on Sunday when he suffered a Lisfranc injury in his foot that will rule him out for the remainder of the season.

Waivers pickup: Alfred Blue—Houston Texans (7.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 19.3 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Tight End

Austin Seferian-Jenkins—Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone confirmed Seferian-Jenkins will be out for multiple weeks after re-aggravating a core muscle injury on Sunday. He’s been placed on injured reserve.

Waivers pickup: Cameron Brate—Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6.1 fantasy points on average, owned by 29.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Evan Engram—New York Giants

Engram last played in Week 3 against the Texans but returned to training this week and sounded hopeful of being involved on Thursday night. However, his knee injury will keep him out against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Waivers pickup: Geoff Swaim—Dallas Cowboys (7.2 fantasy points on average, owned by 7.6 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Greg Olsen—Carolina Panthers

Olsen was limited in practice this week as he continues to recover from a fractured foot and might not be fit to play against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Waivers pickup: C.J. Uzomah—Cincinnati Bengals (5.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 10.6 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

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