Week 6 DFS Injury Impact

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Injuries and players missing time for other reasons are always a big deal in fantasy football but even more so in DFS where one player’s issues can completely alter an entire game and the next man up mantra becomes vital due to the salary cap nature of DFS. Thus, it’s important to stay on top of all the injury and suspension news before locking in your DFS lineups.

Editor’s note: DFS Pass buyers will receive a “Gameday Alerts” email, one hour before the main kickoff on Sunday and Ben will be on Periscope at 11:30 AM ET.

Here are the most relevant players on the main slate (If you’re looking for injury news for the primetime slate, check out the primetime slate article) in danger of missing time or returning to action in Week 6:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons – 1:00pm ET

OUT for the Falcons: Devonta Freeman
Upgrade: Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith
We want a ton of exposure to this game with a current 57.5 point Over/Under. That makes Coleman super intriguing against a Buccaneers defense that ranks 22nd in Run DVOA. Coleman is still tough to trust in cash since Smith has been receiving playing time as well. However, this looks like a good spot to take some chances on Coleman in tournaments.

OUT for the Falcons: Keanu NealDeion JonesRicardo Allen, and Grady Jarrett
Upgrade: The Buccaneers Offense
This is your reminder that the Falcons defense is severely banged up and playing badly this season. They rank 23rd in passing yards allowed per game, 28th in Pass DVOA, 25th in rushing yards allowed per game, and 31st in Run DVOA. The passing game is the easiest way to take advantage since Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones haven’t sorted out the Buccaneers’ backfield yet. Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, and O.J. Howard are all in play.

Questionable but looking likely to play: O.J. Howard
Upgrade if Howard Sits: Cameron Brate
Brate was looking like one of the best TE plays of Week 6 earlier in the week but surprisingly, it looks like Howard is going to play on Sunday. Howard has out-targeted Brate 17 to 10 this season yet is likely to be operating at less than 100%. This is a stay away for me unless Howard is ruled inactive on Sunday morning. If so, Brate would become a rock solid play once again.

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