Fantasy RB Injury Update Week 5: Will Dalvin Cook or Antonio Gibson play in Week 5?

With four weeks of the NFL season gone, let's look at the latest RB injury report updates to keep in mind for fantasy football in Week 5.

Nothing can derail a potentially successful fantasy football season quicker than injuries, especially those that come to the ever-so-critical running back position. As we head into Week 5, several RBs find themselves on the injury report. Therefore, fantasy managers need to pay close attention to any RB injury updates as kickoffs draw close. 

Fantasy RB Injury Report | Week 5

After a seemingly brutal week full of injuries, these are the running backs to watch for in Week 5.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Since sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 3, fantasy managers have been counting the days until the No. 1 player in fantasy football steps back on the field. There was some hope that McCaffrey could play this week as he was a limited participant in practice, but he is trending in the wrong direction. 

McCaffrey is currently listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. While this is disappointing, McCaffrey is too valuable to rush out before he is ready. Honestly, fantasy managers should not be overly upset. I would rather have McCaffrey miss one game than suffer a re-aggravation and cost him an additional three games.

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Cook is still dealing with an injured right ankle and is listed as questionable for Week 5 vs. the Lions after the Vikings held him out of practice this week. Cook admitted he is less than 100%, and similar to McCaffrey, you would rather the Vikings only play Cook if he is at full strength. They know they have a solid second option in Alexander Mattison and could choose to either split carries or hold Cook back entirely. Either way, this is a messy situation.

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that Montgomery has a knee sprain and is expected to be out four to five weeks. Expect Montgomery back in Week 11 following Chicago’s bye week. Damien Williams will be the primary back in his absence, with Khalil Herbert as the change-of-pace option.

Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

Edmonds was limited in Friday’s practice with a shoulder injury and is listed as questionable. However, head coach Kliff Kingsbury stated Edmonds is a game-time decision as he recorded his first practice of the week. Arizona has the 4:15 PM ET game meaning fantasy managers will be running out of options by the time we have an official answer. Should Edmonds miss the game, James Conner could be in line for a significant workload in Week 5.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Mixon (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He was a non-participant at practice Wednesday through Friday. The Bengals plan to evaluate Mixon’s health on Saturday before determining his status for Week 5. 

If Mixon sits out the game, Samaje Perine would be in line to see additional carries, while Chris Evans would likely see an expanded role on passing downs.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports that Elliott (knee) is considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Elliott recorded back-to-back limited practices to close out the week and should be good to go in Week 5. In a solid matchup against the New York Giants, Elliott is a top-five option in fantasy, with Tony Pollard a flex option.

Week 5 Fantasy RB Injury Report

Let’s take a look at several more RBs with injury question marks heading into Week 5.

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

Aric DiLalla of the Broncos’ official site reports Gordon (lower leg) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Gordon is dealing a lower-leg contusion he picked up in Week 4 against the Ravens. He was a DNP on Wednesday but was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday, suggesting he will be available for Denver’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

According to Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ official site, Swift is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Minnesota with a groin injury. Swift has been listed as questionable with this same groin injury all year but has yet to miss a game. Therefore, the concern level for this is relatively low, given his track record.

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions

Twentyman also reported Williams (hip) is listed as questionable for Week 5. Williams was a new addition to the practice report this week, though limited participation Wednesday through Friday suggests he should be able to play. Williams is the No. 19 RB in PPR formats and is averaging 14 opportunities per game.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

According to the Colts’ practice report, Hines was a limited participant in Friday’s practice. Hines missed practice on Thursday, so his return is a positive sign. Also, Indianapolis plays on Monday Night Football, meaning Hines will have an extra day to recover before facing the Ravens.

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

According to Sam Fortier of The Washington Post, Gibson — who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against New Orleans — revealed Friday that he’s been playing through a stress fracture in his shin. Gibson stated it does not hurt badly, and he’s expected to play. However, the fact that his injury was initially diagnosed as a bruise before being labeled a stress fracture is certainly concerning.

It seems as if Gibson is on the “better” side of questionable for this game, though it is possible J.D. McKissic continues to play a decently-sized role behind him.

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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