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Injury roundup: Bucs' Leonard Fournette expected to play vs. Packers 

There’s some more good news for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs expect running back Leonard Fournette — listed as questionable with an ankle injury — to suit up and play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, provided he feels good pregame, a source tells NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Fournette has missed the past two games and the team is eager to get him going.

So far this season, the LSU product has 24 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also has seven receptions for 34 yards.

Brady and the Bucs (3-2) take on the undefeated Packers (4-0) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Other injury news we are keeping an eye on ahead of Sunday’s Week 6 games:

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield — listed as questionable (chest) — will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (illness) and Jarvis Landry (hip/ribs) are also good to go, according to Pelissero.
  • Barring a setback, Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock — listed as questionable (right shoulder) — will make his return and start against the New England Patriots, per Pelissero. This was expected. Lock wouldn’t have been ready if this game had happened as scheduled last week. Now, he’s ready to roll.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark — listed as questionable (ankle) — is considered a game-time decision against the Detroit Lions, Pelissero reports. It doesn’t sound as promising for DE/LB Josh Allen (knee), who didn’t practice Friday. But, the final call on both players will be in the morning.
  • New York Jets wide receiver Breshad Perriman — listed as questionable (ankle) — is expected to play against the Miami Dolphins, according to Pelissero. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (hamstring) will play, too. Quarterback Sam Darnold (right shoulder) and left tackle Mekhi Becton (shoulder) are out. Veteran QB Joe Flacco starts again.
  • Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who returned to practice Friday after battling a gastrointestinal illness, will be inactive again today, per Pelissero. Kyle Allen (left shoulder) practiced all week and gets the start against the New York Giants. Alex Smith backs him up.

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Leonard Fournette playing this week?

Leonard Fournette was a surprise active last Thursday, but he’s still listed as “questionable” ahead of Tampa’s Week 6 showdown against Green Bay. We’ll have the latest injury updates below right up until kickoff, so check back for the latest before finalizing your fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions.

For updates on banged-up WRs DJ Chark, Darius Slayton, and Jarvis Landry, click here; for the latest on Baker Mayfield and Drew Lock, go here. For more fantasy injury updates and news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Is Leonard Fournette playing in Week 6?

After missing Week 4, Fournette (ankle) was surprisingly active for Tampa’s Week 5 game against Chicago, but he saw just one snap and didn’t touch the ball. It’s clear he was only active for emergencies, but the mere fact Tampa felt he was even healthy enough to do that is a good sign his availability this week against the Packers. 

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Fournette was limited in practice all week, and Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he will be a game-time decision. The lack of clarity surrounding Fournette’s health suggests Ronald Jones II will once again function as Tampa’s lead back, likely commanding around a 70-30 share of the RB touches. The last time both backs were healthy for a full game (Week 3), Jones had 13 carries to Fournette’s seven.

WEEK 6 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

Even in a fairly favorable matchup against Green Bay, Fournette is tough to trust in any format. You simply can’t count on him to see the field or get enough carries to post meaningful stats. It’s always possible Fournette cashes in a short touchdown, but that’s not something you can count on.

If Fournette is active, Jones’ ceiling is a bit lower, but he’s still in a play has a high-upside RB2.

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