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Several notable names are slated for a return to action in Week 6, although a couple of quarterbacks face dimmer prognoses. Meanwhile, a couple of receivers are finally set to make their season debuts Sunday as well. Without further ado, here’s the health outlook for prominent fantasy assets heading into Sunday morning:
The Lions‘ Matthew Stafford (ankle) turned in full practices throughout the week but is still listed as questionable on the final Week 6 injury report. However, he’s expected to play in what should be a favorable matchup against a Saints defense giving up 265.3 yards per game.
The Raiders‘ Derek Carr (back) returned to full participation Friday after limited sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, and he will start Sunday’s matchup against the Chargers. His return upgrades the fantasy prospects of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, although the former has been plagued by drop issues regardless of who’s been under center.
The Titans‘ Marcus Mariota (hamstring) appears headed for another game-time decision as the Titans take on the Colts in a Monday night divisional battle. He was a limited participant in practice throughout the week, so he appears to have a true 50/50 chance of suiting up. Matt Cassel, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown and lost fumble against the Dolphins in Week 5, would once again step in if Mariota is unable to suit up. He’d draw a favorable matchup against an Indianapolis defense that’s allowed 294.0 passing yards per game. If you want to try to get Mariota in your lineup, you’ll need to add Jacoby Brissett as a last-minute replacement option. Cassel isn’t a recommended option.
The Colts’ Andrew Luck (shoulder) continued his journey back to full health this past week with some 7-on-7 work, but he’s already ruled out for the Monday night tilt versus the Colts. Brissett, who threw for a career-high 314 yards against the 49ers in Week 5, will once again take the reins of the Indianapolis offense.
The Vikings‘ Sam Bradford (knee) finds himself on the sidelines once again in Week 6 after putting in one half of ineffective football last Monday night. Case Keenum, who’s generated 895 yards and a 4:0 TD:INT ratio in four games this season, will once again be behind center. However, he’ll be without the services of Stefon Diggs (groin) and Dalvin Cook (knee), two players who certainly had part to play in many of his successes thus far.
Tom Brady (shoulder) progressed from a non-participant at practice Wednesday to full participation by Friday, making him a full go for Sunday’s divisional showdown against the Jets.
Ty Montgomery (ribs) was able to turn in three full practice sessions this week, making it highly likely that his absence will be limited to just last week’s game versus the Cowboys. He’s expected to play against the Vikings without restrictions and split carries with impressive rookie Aaron Jones as per latest reports, muddying the Packers backfield picture. Montgomery could get the edge in PPR, while Jones is the play in standard; both are more like No. 2 options, respectively.
Leonard Fournette, the centerpiece of the Jaguars offense, was limited in both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices with an ankle injury, but returned as a full participant Friday. He’s fully expected to suit up against a Rams defense allowing a robust 133.6 rushing yards per contest.
Washington’sRob Kelley (ankle) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s contest versus the 49ers, and head coach Jay Gruden stated earlier in the week that he didn’t expect him to play. Samaje Perine will handle early-down work against San Francisco, while Chris Thompson should be deployed in his typical complementary role against a 49ers defense that’s allowed an average of seven receptions and 60 yards per game to running backs.
The Jets’ Matt Forte (toe) is set to take the field against the Patriots on Sunday following a full practice Friday. His return after a two-game absence would be particularly timely, considering that backfield mate Bilal Powell is not expected to play through a calf injury.
The Dolphins’ Jay Ajayi (knee) had his usual day off Thursday but was back to practicing in full Friday. He’ll be ready to go against the Falcons on Sunday.
Fournette’s teammate Chris Ivory (hip flexor) will also be ready to roll, considering he returned to a full practice session by Friday and avoided the final Week 6 injury report.
The Ravens‘ Terrance West (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday’s contest against the Bears with the calf injury that he suffered early in the Week 5 contest against the Raiders. Javorius Allen will once again be the lead back, with Alex Collins getting involved as well.