Injuries Shake Up Games
The NFL’s Week 5 games were filled with excitement, but injuries to several key players also marred them. The Bills lost linebacker Matt Milano to a broken leg and knee injury, and the Giants lost quarterback Daniel Jones to a neck injury. The Colts lost quarterback Anthony Richardson to a right shoulder injury, and the Chiefs lost tight end Travis Kelce to a non-contact injury.
Other Notable Storylines
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that rookie quarterback Brock Purdy is now the team’s backup quarterback. This is a significant development, as it suggests that the 49ers have a lot of faith in Purdy’s potential.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that quarterback Dak Prescott is still in the concussion protocol and is not expected to play in Week 6 against the Rams.
Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is still the team’s starter despite his inconsistent play this season.
Week 5 Game Recap
Bills 25, Jaguars 20
The Bills overcame a slow start to defeat the Jaguars in London. Josh Allen threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, and Travis Etienne Jr. rushed for 136 yards for the Jaguars.
Steelers 17, Ravens 10
The Steelers won a defensive battle against the Ravens, led by George Pickens’ 102 receiving yards and a touchdown. Lamar Jackson threw for 245 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens but also threw two interceptions.
Falcons 21, Texans 18
The Falcons won a thrilling game against the Texans, thanks to a last-second field goal from Younghoe Koo. Desmond Ridder threw for 238 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons, while C.J. Stroud threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns for the Texans.
Chiefs 23, Vikings 17
The Chiefs outlasted the Vikings in a high-scoring game. Patrick Mahomes threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while Rashee Rice caught three passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs. Justin Jefferson caught 10 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings.
Cardinals 16, Bengals 27
The Bengals defeated the Cardinals to improve to 4-1 on the season. Joe Burrow threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns for the Bengals, while DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals.
49ers 28, Panthers 27
The 49ers edged out the Panthers in a close game. Trey Lance threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, while Christian McCaffrey rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers.
How the Injuries Affected Fantasy Football
The injuries to several key players in Week 5 significantly impacted fantasy football.
Matt Milano: Milano was one of the top fantasy linebackers in the league, and his injury is a major blow to fantasy owners. He was averaging 10.5 tackles per game and was also a threat to make big plays, such as sacks and interceptions. Fantasy owners who had Milano on their roster should replace him with another linebacker with a high tackle floor, such as Devin Bush Jr. or Logan Ryan.
Daniel Jones: Jones has been a solid fantasy quarterback this season, and his injury could impact the fantasy value of his receivers and running backs. Jones averaged 19.5 fantasy points per game and was also a threat to rush for touchdowns. Fantasy owners with Giants receivers or running backs on their roster should closely monitor Jones’ injury status. If Jones cannot play in Week 6, fantasy owners should look to start other receivers and running backs with more favorable matchups.
Anthony Richardson: Richardson was a popular breakout candidate this season, and his injury could leave fantasy owners scrambling for a replacement. Richardson averaged 18.2 fantasy points per game and was also a threat to rush for touchdowns. Fantasy owners who had Richardson on their roster should replace him with another quarterback with a high upside, such as Desmond Ridder or C.J. Stroud.
Travis Kelce: Kelce is one of the top fantasy tight ends in the league, and his injury could be a significant setback for fantasy owners. Kelce was averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game and was also a threat to score multiple touchdowns. Fantasy owners who had Kelce on their roster should look to replace him with another tight end who has a high upside.