Major injuries occurred to plenty of players in NFL Week 5. Below are the big injuries that should affect how each team plays on offense. Keep these injuries in mind when you start strategizing for NFL DraftKings Week 6 DFS Contests.
Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West
West has a calf injury. The Ravens rushed like mad against the Raiders defense. Javorius Allen garnered 20 carries. He figures to be the Ravens' #1 RB moving forward even if West can return. West was terrible to begin with. Allen's going to be the man. He should garner plenty of carries and targets because Ravens' QB Joe Flacco averages less than 200 passing yards a game.
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay
Clay has a knee injury that's going to keep him out multiple weeks. It's difficult to describe how big this could be to Buffalo's chances of putting points on the board. The Bills are already without WR Jordan Matthews until early November. Now, they're without Charles Clay until early November. Clay is QB Tyrod Taylor's favorite target.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd
Boyd is out indefinitely with a knee injury. You'd think that without Boyd and Round 1 Draft Pick John Ross, opposing defenses might find it easier to key on WR A.J. Green. Not so. Green was stellar versus Buffalo with 7 catches for 189 yards and a TD.
The Bengals are off this week. They return to face the bad Pittsburgh Steelers. Green could have a monster NFL Week 7.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford is listed as questionable this week. He's got an ankle issue. The Lions face the suddenly tough New Orleans Saints defense in the Superdome on Sunday. Without Stafford, they could be in some serious trouble.
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt
Sure, Watt plays defense. But, Houston's offense is built around their defense making stops. Without Watt, the Texans couldn't pressure Kansas City QB Alex Smith this past Sunday night. Smith lit up the Texans' D with 324 yards and 3 TD passes.
Houston must switch from a defensive, ball-control, team to a light up the scoreboard squad. All Houston fantasy players, especially QB DeShaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins, could post big fantasy stats depending on the matchups from here on out.
Kansas City WR Chris Conley, TE Travis Kelce
Conley is out for the season. KC most likely won't miss a beat because Tyreek Hill and Albert Wilson are both capable of filling the void. TE Travis Kelce suffered a concussion. If Kelce doesn't clear concussion protocol, backup TE Demetrius Harris could have a decent game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker
Parker is listed day-to-day with an ankle injury. Miami battles the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Fins only chance of keeping up on the scoreboard is if Jay Cutler throws the damn football. I'd consider adding Jarvis Landry whether Parker plays or not to a couple of DraftKings DFS teams. Landry is Cutler's security blanket.
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell
Powell is day-to-day. Matt Forte is day-to-day. The Jets aren't as bad as we all thought they'd be. Plus, the offense faces the horrible New England Patriots' defense in NFL Week 6. As crazy as it sounds, Powell or Forte is worth a look should either get the start.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR Brandon Marshall, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Dwayne Harris
Odell is out for the season with a broken ankle. Brandon Marshall is day-to-day with an ankle issue. Dwayne Harris is out for the season with a foot problem while Sterling Shepard is day-to-day with an ankle issue.
I can't think of another team more snakebit in the NFL than the New York Giants. The G-Men are the definition of the walking wounded. It's going to be difficult for the Giants to win a game this season because in addition to having so many injuries to their receiving corps, the Giants also can't run the football.
As crazy as it sounds, things could get worse for the New York Giants before they get better. This might be the season that sends Eli into retirement.