Fantasy Football Week 5 Injury Report Creates Value for KeeSean Johnson and Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Max Staley
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Injuries are often a death sentence in fantasy football, but they can also create significant opportunities for savvy fantasy owners.

With that in mind, here are some potential injury updates that could have a serious fantasy football impact in Week 5.

1. Davante Adams Ruled Out, Marquez Valdes-Scantling is Packers' Go-to Option

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Green Bay Packers' star WR Davante Adams has been ruled out with turf toe, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling should be the primary beneficiary. Adams is currently sporting a 25 percent target share, which is tied for the ninth-highest mark in the NFL. With Adams out, Aaron Rodgers will likely have to funnel targets to Valdes-Scantling in Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys. Geronimo Allison also stands to benefit from Adams' absence.

2. Christian Kirk Out, KeeSean Johnson is Starting

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Christian Kirk was one of the most popular breakout candidates in fantasy football this summer, but he hasn't had the start many were anticipating. He hit another roadblock in Week 4, as he left the game with an ankle injury and won't be taking the field in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Given that Cincinnati has one of the worst secondaries in the NFL, surrendering 19.11 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, which is the 12th-highest mark in the NFL. This was a potential breakout spot for Kirk, but he'll be replaced by KeeSean Johnson, who certainly has a chance to have a good game this week. Arizona is also missing Damiere Byrd, so Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald should see plenty of targets here.

3. Tyreek Hill Out, Sammy Watkins Questionable, Mecole Hardman Should Be Heavily Involved

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Tyreek Hill will miss his fourth straight game on "Sunday Night Football," but Sammy Watkins is also questionable to suit up. Even if Watkins can play, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson should continue to be heavily involved. Hardman has played in over 60 percent of the snaps in every game this season, while Robinson has played over 90 percent of the snaps in three consecutive games since Hill got injured. Until Hill is back on the field, Robinson and Hardman will continue to be fantasy viable, but both could be particularly valuable this week if Watkins can't suit up.


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