Fantasy Football: Two-Minute Warning






Two-Minute Warning: Last-Minute Fantasy Football Decisions

By Chet Gresham - @ChetGresham
Posted Sept. 29, 2018.
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Welcome to the Two-Minute Warning for Week 5. Below I will go through most of the relevant injuries for fantasy football and their fantasy implications.



Both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp have cleared the concussion protocol and practiced fully on Friday. Both are must-starts as always and have good upside against a Denver defense that continues to show cracks.

Dalvin Cook is listed as questionable after getting a full practice in on Thursday. He was adamant about not playing at less than 100 percent, so I'll take him at his word and start him if he's playing. The matchup is also quite good against the Cardinals' weak run defense, so don't miss out by sitting him another week if he can go.

Devonta Freeman is out again which will give Tevin Coleman the start with Ito Smith as a backup contributor. Both Coleman and Smith have some value for fantasy, but Coleman is a must-start in most leagues, especially in a game with so much scoring predicted.






Leonard Fournette remains out with his hamstring injury, and T.J. Yeldon will take the bulk of the work. Yeldon remains a strong play due to his workload and ability as a receiver, especially with Sean Lee out for the Cowboys.

Cleveland wide receiver Derrick Willies has been placed on injured reserve. He came up big last week in overtime and looked like he could be a contributor on an injury-riddled receiver group, but no go. That will help focus targets to Jarvis Landry against the Chargers, as he is head and shoulders above the rest of the pass-catchers.

Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison will both be game-time decisions for Monday night. The 49ers make for a good matchup for them, so it is likely worth it to wait on their status if you have Marquez Valdes-Scantling or Equanimeous St. Brown on your team in case they can't go.




Trent Taylor is likely out for Monday night after not getting any practices in this week. Kendrick Bourne would take his spot and could be someone to grab if you have Cobb or Allison. Isaiah Crowell is a game-time decision with his ankle injury. He was able to get a limited practice in on Friday and could play, but he would likely take a back seat to the healthier Bilal Powell, giving Powell good fantasy value this week.

Aaron Rodgers practiced in full on Friday and will play Monday night. He did have a setback last week, so he could shy away from running as much against the 49ers, but he's still a top play in this matchup.





Chase Edmonds is listed as questionable, but coach Steve Wilks was optimistic about him playing. If he happens to miss, David Johnson would be in line for a fuller workload.

DeShaun Watson has been optimistic about his chances to play all week, and despite a questionable tag, he will play and is a must-start as usual.

DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Keke Coutee have all been removed from the injury list and will play. There's still some concern that Coutee and/or Fuller could have a setback with their hamstring, but you take that risk and play them as usual.



Sony Michel was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. These are the Patriots, and they love listing people as questionable. Michel likely will be limited quite a bit this season after his early season knee surgery, but it would seem that he is likely to play his usual role.

Eric Ebron is listed as questionable and has multiple ailments but was able to practice in full on Friday and will be needed with both T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle still out. The Colts signed tight end Mo Alie-Cox off their practice squad, which could mean they are a little worried about Ebron going his full snaps. In a weak fantasy position, it will be hard not to play Ebron if he suits up, but if he is a surprise scratch, Erik Swoope becomes startable along with Chester Rogers, Nyheim Hines and Ryan Grant.

DeVante Parker is listed as questionable again and will be a game-time decision. Hopefully, your fantasy team doesn't need him to play.

Ryan Tannehill is questionable with a shoulder injury. He was downgraded to a limited practice on Friday, so there is some chance he sits. Brock Osweiler would get the start and help an already strong Bears DST put up even more fantasy points.

Anthony Miller will return this week against the Dolphins. He's not startable in most leagues but would help boost up Mitch Trubisky in 2-QB formats.

O.J. Howard is questionable after getting a full practice in on Friday. If he can go, it hurts our cheap Cameron Brate DFS play, but likely puts both of them on the fringe as TE1s in a potentially high-scoring affair.

Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson, Adrian Peterson and Josh Doctson are all listed as questionable, If any of the receivers sit, Maurice Harris would likely be the next man up, but overall, the odds point toward the bulk of these questionable players to suit up against the Panthers.

Marlon Mack practiced in full this week and will likely get the start. This Colts' running game has been poor all season, and Mack probably won't turn it around, but if he's a needed flex during bye weeks, throw him into the fire. Nyheim Hines could end up being required more as a pass-catcher.

Greg Olsen is questionable, but coach Ron Rivera said he likes Olsen's chances to play. He's risky coming off his foot injury that still needs surgery, but Olsen at least has the history of great production.

Tyler Kroft is out with a foot injury which should help C.J. Uzomah against the Steelers' weak tight end defense.

John Ross is questionable but appears ready to return from his groin injury. He remains a tough player to start in fantasy, but his presence should help the Bengals' offense.



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