As we approach Week 5, fantasy football owners need to keep an eye on the key receiver who exited early due to injuries last Sunday. Treylon Burks, Jahan Dotson, Isaiah McKenzie, and Julio Jones were the most notable WRs to get hurt during game action, and their statuses for Week 5 are unclear at the moment. Knowing the latest injury updates for these WRs is important as you ready your Week 5 WR rankings and waiver wire pickups.
Below, we'll give you the latest news on these receivers and break down how their injuries could potentially affect the Week 5 fantasy landscape. For news on banged-up WRs Amon-Ra St. Brown, Keenan Allen, and Michael Thomas, click here; for more on injured RBs Brian Robinson Jr., D'Andre Swift, David Montgomery, Alvin Kamara, and Gus Edwards, click here; for the latest on ailing RBs Jonathan Taylor, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Javonte Williams, go here.
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Treylon Burks injury update, Week 5 fantasy outlook
UPDATE: Burks is expected to miss "some time," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Burks (foot) was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Tennessee's Week 4 win over Indianapolis and was later seen in the locker room with a walking boot and crutches.
Burks' status for Week 5 is unclear at the moment, but it seems as if he'll be unable to go for Tennessee's road tilt against Washington. We'll know more about his Week 5 fantasy outlook when the Titans release their initial injury report on Wednesday. With Tennessee's passing attack being fairly dispersed, Robert Woods is about the only receiver you can count on for a higher target share. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who didn't see a target despite playing 65 percent of snaps, is likely next in line for targets and could have some deep-league flex appeal in this favorable matchup. Kyle Philips is also worth watching, but he played just four percent of snaps last week.
Jahan Dotson injury update, Week 5 fantasy outlook
UPDATE: According to PFF's Ari Meirov, Dotson (hamstring) is expected to miss one-to-two weeks.
Dotson (hamstring) exited the Commanders' 25-10 loss to the Cowboys after hauling in three-of-four targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. According to the Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala, Dotson said “I’m feeling pretty good. Just gonna go in the training room and get some work."
Given Dotson's response, he might not end up missing Week 5, but given his touchdown dependency, it's probably best to leave him on your bench for the time being. The Commander's offense leaves a lot to be desired, and he's merely a boom-or-bust flex in a decent matchup against Tennessee. If he's out, there isn't an obvious player who would step up, as Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas, and the RBs would likely soak up the extra opportunities.
Isaiah McKenzie injury update, Week 5 fantasy outlook
McKenzie (head) exited the Bills' Week 4 come-from-behind victory over the Ravens in the third quarter after taking a hit to his head. McKenzie ended Week 4 with four catches (six targets) for 21 yards and a touchdown, marking the second week in a row he's been more productive than fellow WR Gabriel Davis.
If McKenzie ends up missing time, rookie Khalil Shakir will most likely see an uptick in snaps in Week 5 against Pittsburgh, as fellow WR Jamison Crowder was diagnosed with a fractured ankle. Shakir has some deep-league flex appeal given he'll log high route participation in an efficient offense, but he's not someone you need to rush to the waiver wire to pick up.
Noah Brown injury update, Week 5 fantasy outlook
After a solid three-catch, 61-yard showing, Brown (neck) exited early in the Cowboys' 25-10 win over the Commanders. Even with Michael Gallup back in the lineup, Brown saw more targets (six compared to three) and produced more yards.
Brown's Week 5 fantasy outlook will clear up once Dallas releases its initial injury report on Wednesday, but given the favorable matchup against the Rams, Brown will have flex value if he's active. If he's out, expect Gallup and TE Dalton Schultz to see upticks in targets.
Julio Jones injury update, Week 5 fantasy outlook
Jones (undisclosed) made his return to game action after missing Tampa Bay's past two games with a knee injury, but his comeback didn't last long. Jones stayed on the sidelines throughout the second half due to being "nicked up," according to coach Todd Bowles.
It's unfortunate to see Jones once again deal with injuries to begin the 2022 season, as the 12-year vet has suffered his fair share of ailments throughout his career. Jones secured just one catch for seven yards in Week 4, and with the returns of Mike Evans (suspension) and Chris Godwin (hamstring), Jones isn't anything more than a boom-or-bust flex should he be cleared ahead of Tampa's Week 5 matchup against the Falcons.