NFL Week 6 Injury Report: Forecasting Impact on Fantasy Football

Daniel Stack@@stacdemonContributor IIOctober 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It was a black and blue affair this past weekend in the NFL, as several significant players suffered some devastating injuries in Week 5.

There were plenty of injuries to dissect, with many of the injuries of the concussion variety. It’s a certifiable mash unit as we head into Week 6. Compounding matters is the fact that we are in the middle of the bye week portion of the schedule.

So what do you do if you lost a player who will miss the remainder of the year (Ryan Williams) or lost someone who will miss a big chunk of the season (Cedric Benson)? How about if your quarterback (Robert Griffin III) is iffy for Sunday? Where do you turn to for options?

Well, let me break down some key injuries and offer up some possible replacements that could be available on your waiver wire.

Danny Amendola: St. Louis Rams

Amendola was off to a fantastic start and was beginning to become a trusted starter in most leagues. In PPR leagues, Amendola was almost a no-brainer start.

However, Amendola will now be shelved six to seven weeks with a shoulder injury. Amendola’s absence will significantly alter the Rams' offensive game plan, and his injury will also diminish the value of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Internal options to consider: Chris Givens, Brandon Gibson and Steve Smith.

External options to consider: Donnie Avery, Devery Henderson, Randall Cobb and Domenik Hixon.

Ryan Williams: Arizona Cardinals

With Beanie Wells on the IR at least until Week 12, this was supposed to be the time for Williams to shine. Alas, it was not meant to be as Williams went down with a season-ending (shoulder) injury after missing all of last season with a torn patellar tendon.

The Cardinals' rushing situation is one big mess to begin with. The Cardinals’ offensive line is in disarray and owning any Arizona running back comes with a great deal of risk. Proceed with caution.

Internal options to consider: LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith.

External options to consider: Brandon Bolden, Alex Green, Vick Ballard, Danny Woodhead and Joique Bell.

Andre Brown: New York Giants

The clock might just about hit midnight for Brown, as his Cinderella story could be coming to a close.

Between Brown suffering the effects of a concussion last Sunday and Ahmad Bradshaw emphatically stating his case as the preeminent Giants’ lead back by rushing for 200 yards and a touchdown last week, Brown could get squeezed out of any legitimate playing time going forward. Plus, David Wilson (the Giants’ 2012 first-round pick) showed great athleticism with his 40-yard touchdown run on Sunday, spelling Bradshaw. It may be time to cut bait with Brown.

Internal options: David Wilson.

External options: Alex Green, Vick Ballard, LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell, Brandon Bolden and Danny Woodhead.

Cedric Benson: Green Bay Packers

Just when he was starting to get going, Benson suffered a damaging Lisfranc (foot) injury, which will most likely require surgery; he could miss up to eight weeks or perhaps the remainder of the season.

Benson was proving to be a solid start in most 10- to 12-team leagues, but he may be worthy of dropping if you are in need of a running back at this moment.

Internal options: Alex Green, James Starks and Brandon Saine.

External options: Vick Ballard, LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell, Brandon Bolden and Danny Woodhead.

Jermichael Finley: Green Bay Packers

The latest reports have Finley being a game-time decision for Sunday with a slightly dislocated right shoulder. 

I’m not sure how the Packers will want to play this. Will they play it safe and keep Finley on the sidelines for at least one week? Or do the Packers, knowing they are 2-3 and facing one of the league’s best teams, go all in and play Finley, knowing what’s at stake?

Regardless, if you're a Finley owner, pickup an insurance policy just in case he misses Week 6.

Internal options: D.J. Williams and Tom Crabtree (pass!).

External options: Scott Chandler, Heath Miller, Brandon Myers and Coby Fleener.

Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins

The uber-talented RGIII was the recipient of a vicious hit last Sunday, and although he has been cleared to practice, there is no certainty that Griffin will suit up this Sunday.

RGIII has been outstanding thus far in the early going and his loss—even if it is for only a week—will still sting.

RGIII was drafted in the majority of leagues to be a backup, and if you still have a solid signal-caller on your bench, here’s where your depth pays off.

Internal options: Kirk Cousins (pass!).

External options: Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Alex Smith and Matt Hasselbeck.

Daniel Thomas: Miami Dolphins

Considering that Thomas’ latest injury is his second head injury of the season, Thomas’ outlook for the short term is rather bleak.

Thomas was not much of a factor, anyway, playing behind Reggie Bush, so it may not be a bad idea to drop Thomas and pick up the more healthy Dolphins backup running back, Lamar Miller.

Internal options: Lamar Miller.

External options: Vick Ballard, LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell, Brandon Bolden, Danny Woodhead and Alex Green.

Matt Cassel: Kansas City Chiefs

No one condones the act of cheering for someone suffering from an injury, especially a head injury, but Cassel’s injury will hardly reverberate around the league since he was at best a desperation start.

Brady Quinn, to the dismay of Chiefs’ fans will be no difference-maker, so look externally for options if you want to drop Cassel.

External options: Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Alex Smith and Matt Hasselbeck.

Jimmy Graham: New Orleans

Graham played most of Sunday night with a slightly sprained ankle and it showed, as Graham was only good for one catch for four yards.

The good thing is that the Saints have a bye week this week and that should be enough time for Graham to recuperate and get back to his dominant ways. Don’t bother scouring the waiver wire for possible replacements until more news comes out about the health of Graham next week.

Donald Brown: Indianapolis Colts

On Wednesday the Colts announced that Donald Brown will be lost for two to three weeks after having surgery for torn cartilage in his knee.

Although Brown is not exactly lighting the world on fire, he was a serviceable No. 2 running back or flex play since he saw the majority of carries in Indianapolis.

Internal options: Vick Ballard (a must add for Brown owners).

External options: LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell, Brandon Bolden, Joique Bell, Danny Woodhead and Alex Green.

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