Fantasy Impact of Patriots, Raiders and Titans COVID Diagnosis

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football impact of the Patriots, Raiders and Titans getting new positive COVID tests in Week 5.
Fantasy football impact of the Patriots, Raiders and Titans getting new positive COVID tests in Week 5. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
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In Week 4 we finally saw the coronavirus pandemic really sink its teeth into the 2020 NFL season. The Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers game was postponed to a later week, and the New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs game was postponed by a day.

Things are looking even worse in Week 5.

The Titans were the first team with a breakout, and with new positive tests popping up, there's a real chance they don't play again this week. The New England Patriots are also up to their second positive test, with Stephon Gilmore joining Cam Newton. The Las Vegas Raiders have also had their second positive test.

So what does this mean for fantasy football managers? You'll need to be prepared with all sorts of contingency plans. These positive tests put three games in jeopardy, and considering the potential disaster looming after they only pushed the Patriots game back one day, there's a chance the league takes things a bit more seriously this week.

Combining that with the fact that bye weeks kick off in Week 5, the standard for who is worth dropping in fantasy football may be getting a little looser. If three games end up cancelled this week, many managers will need to head to the waiver wire to fill out their starting lineups.

If you're commissioner of a fantasy league, perhaps consider adding specific injured reserve spots for players on teams with postponed games to avoid this issue.

Ultimately, fantasy managers will have a much clearer picture of how this week will play out within the next couple of days. To make sure nothing catches you off guard, be sure to plan for the worst-case scenario.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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