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Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton(knee) is facing at least a short-term absence in the wake of the news that he will undergo an MRI on Monday for what the team hopes is just a bone bruise. But despite the fact that Dalton's absence will pave the way for 2021 first-round pick Justin Fields to take over under center, it appears the veteran's status as the starter in Chicago is safe upon his return. While head coach Matt Nagy did not clarify the point Monday, a team spokesperson for the Bears has confirmed that Dalton, when healthy, will be viewed as the starter. That news keeps a hard cap on Fields' upside for those playing in single-season fantasy leagues. Check back for the latest update on Dalton's injury status, which will give a clear read on when he will be able to return to the field.
Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (groin) should be good to go for Sunday's showdown against the Bengals. The sophomore has been dealing with the nagging groin issue since the preseason and has been a frequent member of the injury report as a result. Jamaal Williams (illness, hip) is also expected to see the field. However, both men have things figured out, with Williams anticipated to continue to pound away on the ground and Swift to see most of his action as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Swift's ceiling is much higher in PPR leagues, although he should be classified as a must-start across the board, regardless of format.
Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (shoulder) is anticipated to suit up on Sunday against the Browns. The 25-year-old had the same designation heading into the Week 5 clash against the San Francisco 49ers but still managed to piece together a three-catch, 19-yard effort while getting six carries for 15 yards. His appeal is semi-limited to PPR formats, mainly since James Conner continues to gobble up most of the opportunities in the run game. However, Edmonds should continue to get consideration as a flex option across the board, and he could see some more targets with Kyler Murray (shoulder) possibly limited on the throwing end of things against Cleveland.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (hip, illness) is expected to see the field against Cincinnati. The 26-year-old took it easy during practice during the week, participating sparingly on Wednesday and Friday while taking the day off on Thursday. Despite D'Andre Swift being considered the lead back in the Motor City, Williams has continued to produce as well on the fantasy end, currently leading the team with 244 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He has also has been a threat inside the red zone during the 2021 campaign, so fantasy managers should consider him a flex option in Week 6 versus the Bengals, at the very least.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (ankle) is expected to play against Detroit on Sunday. Mixon has been dealing with a bum ankle for weeks now, and even though he saw a limited workload during the overtime loss to Green Bay, he still managed to rack up 33 yards and a touchdown off 10 carries. The former Sooner could be back to his usual workload against the Lions, so without a doubt, he should be starting in all fantasy formats.
Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (knee) is projected to be in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Bengals. Hockenson has carried the questionable designation for weeks now because of a knee ailment but has continued to suit up despite it, so his availability shouldn't come as a real surprise. Fantasy managers should continue to view him as a starting option in all formats against Cincinnati based on his upside alone. However, after being targeted 20 times throughout the first two games of the year, the 24-year-old has only 13 over the previous three weeks. As a result, his presence isn't without risk in Week 6 against a tough Bengals defense.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (ribs) should be good to go for Sunday's showdown in New England. The veteran practiced in a limited fashion throughout the week, so that was a good sign. However, while he should remain classified as a starting option in all fantasy formats in Week 6, his presence isn't without risk, as he could potentially see a reduction in touches against the Patriots. As a result, Tony Pollard could benefit by enjoying an uptick in carries in this one and should be viewed as a flex option across the board while also gaining serious traction as a legit value target for GPP DFS contests.
New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (ribs) is anticipated to play on Sunday against Dallas. The 24-year-old sustained the injury during the Week 5 narrow win over the Houston Texans, opening the door for Rhamondre Stevenson to get involved and finish with 23 yards off 11 touches. However, even with Harris back in the mix, he may continue to concede opportunities to Stevenson and Brandon Bolden, who could continue to get some work as a pass-catcher out of the back fielder. As a result, Harris should be viewed as a risky flex option in Week 5, so managers may want to consider other alternatives.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (hamstring) and running back Antonio Gibson (shin), both questionable, are expected to play Sunday against Kansas City. Gibson, who has exceeded 70 scrimmage yards while scoring three touchdowns in the last two weeks, will take on a Chiefs defense that has already allowed the seventh-most scores to opposing halfbacks. Gibson is a good bet to find the end zone once again in what could be a high-scoring game. McLaurin practiced in full this week before experiencing a setback of sorts with his hamstring during Friday's practice- though it seemed to be precautionary more than anything else, and the star wideout is looking good for Sunday's contest. Given the injuries to Washington's other pass-catchers, McLaurin should remain in the WR1 ranks against a Kansas City unit that has allowed seven touchdowns to wideouts this year.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (quad), listed as questionable, is looking good for Sunday's game against Washington. Hill, who fought through the injury last week against Buffalo, will give it a go on Sunday against the Washington Football Team. Hill has had two fantasy explosion games, two solid games, and one dud this season, so his wide range of outcomes, as well as the injury, make him a bit riskier than usual in the realm of DFS. However, redraft managers can't turn away from their first-round choice against a defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.
Miami Dolphins cornerbacks Xavien Howard (shoulder, groin) and Byron Jones (Achilles) will miss Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Losers of four games in a row, the Dolphins will now have to attempt to defeat the 0-5 Jaguars without both of their starting corners- not an ideal task. 2020 first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene will have to shoulder quite a bit of responsibility on Sunday. Jaguars signal-caller Trevor Lawrence could see a slight boost in fantasy value, as well as pass-catchers Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr.
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