This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 8 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
The injuries are starting to pile up with the season now essentially a month old, and there are a multitude of prominent names among this week's walking wounded. The news is naturally brighter for some more than others, although there is at least certainty on the non-availability of several stars, which has given Fantasy managers time to formulate contingency plans. Some players still have their status in limbo as kickoffs approach, however, so let's check into the latest as of early Sunday morning:
The 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) will not play in Sunday's NFC West showdown against the Cardinals after missing practice all week. Trey Lance, who took over for Garoppolo in the second half of the Week 4 loss to the Seahawks and completed nine of 18 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns, will make his first NFL start against Arizona. The Cardinals check in allowing just 221.5 passing yards per game and the eighth-fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks (19.0) in standard scoring formats.
The Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, but as per early Sunday morning reports, he's cleared protocol and is therefore expected to suit up and play versus Pittsburgh. Bridgewater completed only seven of 16 passes for 65 yards