Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 6
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Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 6

When you think about injured players in Week 6, you think about Hakeem Nicks, Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garcon, Jermichael Finley and all of those Patriots. But that's why this note is here. Once again, it's not a real heavy week for injuries in the early games. But we'll be here anyway, taking you up to kickoff with all of the latest news.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 6 include Matt Cassel, Greg Jennings, Donald Brown, Danny Amendola and Andre Brown. For a full list of injuries, click on the link below to the official injury report for all teams.

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-- Dolphins running back Reggie Bush @reggie_bush isn't 100 percent, but he's active for today's game versus the Rams. He was on the injury report as probable because of his knee injury. He remains a must-start. With Daniel Thomas out with yet another concussion, Lamar Miller is the clear handcuff to own right now.
-- Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey @theDHB85 is active for the first time since suffering a concussion in Week 3. The Falcons have a good pass defense, so for him and Denarius Moore, you're hoping for garbage-time points. But I think there will be plenty of time for that. He's a WR3 option.
-- Brandon Pettigrew and Titus Young are both active for the Lions versus the Eagles, as expected. Young should be out of lineups until further notice. Pettigrew has been very disappointing this year with all of his drops and missed opportunities. If you like six points out of your tight end, he's your man today.
-- Josh Gordon @JOSH_GORDONXII will start for the Browns today. With all of the injuries that the Browns are experiencing at wide receiver, there aren't many guys left standing for Cleveland. Gordon has a lot of ability and scored twice last week but is still very raw. He's a guy to consider if bye weeks and injuries have done you wrong.
-- Chiefs wide reciever Jon Baldwin is active. I wouldn't start him regardless. With Brady Quinn at QB, that feeling is just cemented.
-- The Jets get wide receiver Stephen Hill @_StephenHill_ and Dustin Keller @DUSTINKELLER81 back today. Hill hasn't played since Week 3 due to a hamstring injury while Keller has been dealing with the same thing since the preseason. It's his first action since Week 1. I'm not considering Keller, but I think Hill, beause of his size and the Jets' lack of options of the outside, can be sneaky good today against the Colts.
-- In a note about a late-game injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that Robert Griffin III will start this afternoon against the Vikings. Yes, he's coming off the concussion, and the matchup isn't great. But get him into your lineup. Don't forget what he did through Weeks 1-4.
Wide receiver Austin Pettis @Austin_Pettis will start alongside Brandon Gibson for the Rams today. So they get the first shot to make an impact without Amendola. However, know that Chris Givens, Steve Smith and Brian Quick will get playing time, too. This situation will be in full rotation until someone steps up.
More late-game news: ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Robert Griffin III, Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson will all play later this afternoon. However, ESPN Radio 980 in Washington reports that Pierre Garcon doesn't know if he'll be able to play today." Play it safe and get Garcon out of your lineup. That could hurt RGIII's potential against a solid defense, but the other three guys should be in your lineup.

Fantasy Analysis:

It's Brady Quinn time for Kansas City. The Bucs don't have a great defense, but they are at home, and it IS Brady Quinn. That defense has a lot of sleeper appeal today.
Jennings continues to rest his groin injury. He doesn't seem to be close to returning, either. James Jones is a solid WR3 again. And with Cedric Benson out and Jermichael Finley hurting, Randall Cobb is not a bad option, even against the Texans.
Vick Ballard is expected to start for the Colts. I'm not sure how many touches he'll get in place of Brown, and he'll likely have to share carries. But he should get a decent amount of work, including the the goal-line looks versus the Jets' poor run defense. I think Ballard is a good flex play.
Amendola is out indefinitely for the Rams because of his unprecedented collarbone injury. Who steps up and replaces him to become the Rams' No. 1 WR is unknown right now. I'd let this situation play out for a while before buying into anyone here. My early favorite is Brandon Gibson.
Andre Brown is out due to a concussion. In related news, David Wilson finally looked good running the ball last week. Could he finally be breaking out of his funk?

Source:
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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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