Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Lamar Jackson playing in Week 5?

One of the surprises on the Thursday injury report was that Lamar Jackson (knee) didn’t practice at all for a second straight day. Nobody thought much of Jackson missing Wednesday’s session, but once it was revealed that he was out again, fantasy football owners started to get a little bit alarmed. With Lamar in the fold, fantasy owners don’t have to worry about start ’em, sit ’em decisions at quarterback, but on the off-chance that he is out with an injury, some owners would have to hit the waiver wire and find a streamer to replace him. That wouldn’t be ideal, but because of his practice status on Thursday, it’s something fantasy owners will think about for at least the next 24 hours, if not, more.

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Is Lamar Jackson playing Week 5?

Lamar Jackson sat out of Ravens practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. Many assumed that this was just a minor problem but on Thursday, Jackson missed practice again, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. That could put his Week 5 status in doubt.

Now, it’s entirely possible that Jackson just dinged up his knee a bit and the Ravens are just being extra cautious with him in practice this week. In fact, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that’s exactly what the Ravens are doing and that Jackson is “expected to play” this week. That said, Jackson will need to get on the field for at least a limited session on Friday to be considered anything better than a game-time decision. If he practices in full, we’ll know this was precautionary as La Canfora claims, but nonetheless, it will be something for Jackson’s owners to watch very, very closely.

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If Jackson can’t play, Robert Griffin III would start at quarterback. Griffin played in Baltimore’s blowout win over Washington and made just one pass that was intercepted by Kendall Fuller. Even against a mediocre Cincinnati defense, Griffin would be nothing more than a low-level QB2, so don’t play him unless you’re in a two-QB or Superflex league (or if you’re looking for a bottom-barrel value in DFS).

As for potential streamers at the position, Teddy Bridgewater (@ Falcons) will get to take on Atlanta’s beat-up secondary, and Daniel Jones (@ Cowboys) has a nice matchup against a weak Dallas defense. Kirk Cousins (@ Seahawks) is also in play against Seattle’s last-ranked pass defense. All of those guys could pan out, but if you’re not sold on any or if none are available, check out our Week 5 QB rankings to help identify another potential sleeper to target.

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