Thu Oct 29 10:42am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
There is some good and bad on this list this week. Normally, the bad outweighs the good, but there are some quality players set to return this week, which is a big plus for fantasy teams. Hopefully, these injured players give your lineup a boost and make up for the other guys that won’t be able to play.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles. Goedert is practicing this week and has a chance to return from his ankle injury. The Eagles have a bye next week, so the thought is Goedert sits out one more week to give him ample time to get healthy. Goedert is not ruled out this week, though, so keep an eye on his practice notes for the latest. There is a chance he suits up if all keeps progressing quickly for him.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Cook is back practicing this week. He is right on track to return from his groin injury, barring a late-week setback. As long as he is active, Cook is a must start for fantasy teams.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cowboys. Dalton took a huge hit last week and was knocked from the game because of a concussion. He is in the concussion protocol and seems a long shot to play this week. Rookie Ben DiNucci is expected to get his first NFL start this week for the Cowboys.
Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles. Sanders is still iffy to play this week because of a knee injury. There was some hope he would be ready, but sitting out practice to start the week is not a good sign for Sanders. He seems likely to miss one more week of action, giving Boston Scott another start at running back for the Eagles.
Allen Robinson, WR, Bears. Robinson suffered a concussion last week and is currently in the concussion protocol. We will have a better idea of his status late in the week but get other options ready. There is a decent chance Robinson misses the game this week, making Anthony Miller the top receiver for the Bears in Week 8.
Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles. Reagor has a chance to finally return to the lineup this week, coming back from Injured Reserve. He is practicing this week and on track to play, barring some sort of late-week setback. His thumb injury seems healed enough for Reagor to be able to play.
Michael Pittman, WR, Colts. Pittman is finally back at practice this week. His calf injury is improved, giving Pittman a chance to return to action this week. He has a real good chance to play and play a big role in the offense, returning to the starting lineup for the Colts.
Mark Ingram, RB, Ravens. Ingram is not practicing to start the week. This is not a good sign for him to play. He is still battling an ankle injury. And missing practice to start the week after having a bye is a real red flag for Ingram to be able to play this week. At this point, look for Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins to carry most of the load at running back for the Ravens.
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals. Mixon missed last week because of a foot injury and is out of practice to start the week. It seems likely he will miss another week of action, giving Gio Bernard another start at running back for the Bengals.
Aaron Jones, RB, Packers. Jones was pushing to play last week but held out because of a calf injury. He still is out of practice to start this week, which is not a good sign for Jones to return to action. Don’t rule him out just yet, but get other options ready. He will need to practice before the week is out. Jamaal Williams would be the starter if Jones misses again.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs. Watkins has missed the last two games because of a hamstring injury and still isn’t practicing. He is expected to miss another game, giving Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman more looks in the passing game for the Chiefs.
Michael Thomas, WR, Saints. Thomas just can’t get healthy. He was expected to return last week from his ankle injury and ended up tweaking his hamstring in practice. He had to miss the game and still isn’t practicing. It is looking more and more like Thomas will miss the Week 8 game. Consider him very questionable to play Week 8. Marquez Callaway and Tre’Quan Smith should start for the Saints at receiver once again this week.
Austin Hooper, TE, Browns. Hooper had a appendectomy late last week and to miss the game. It is looking like he misses one more game before being able to return. Rookie Harrison Bryant should get another start at tight end for the Browns in Week 8.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets. Crowder continues to battle a groin injury and is out of practice. He is likely to miss another week of action, leaving Denzel Mims the likely top target in the passing game for the Jets in Week 8 with Breshad Perriman also hurting.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams. Higbee missed the game last week because of a hand injury. He is practicing on a limited basis this week and could be ready to go Week 8. Consider him a game-time decision. But even if he plays, he is a hard fantasy player to trust because of his erratic play this season.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks. Carson is out of practice because of a sprained foot. He had to leave the game early last week because of the injury. Carson is likely to miss the game this week and could miss a few weeks of action. Carlos Hyde has a hamstring injury but is expected to be healthy enough to play and start for the Seahawks this week.
Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs. Godwin broke his finger last week and has already been ruled out for the Week 8 game. There was talk he would miss just a week but could be out a little longer. Mike Evans should be the top target in the passing game this week with Godwin out of action.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos. Lindsay is another player in the concussion protocol. He suffered the injury last week. We’ll have a better idea of his status later in the week but get other options ready. He is no sure thing to play.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 13
The San Francisco 49ers activated wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and defensive linemen D.J. Jones and Jordan Willis from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. They'll all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Bills. The rookie receiver has missed the last two games after testing positive for the virus, but he'll return and be one of quarterback Nick Mullens' top two targets alongside Deebo Samuel. The 22-year-old out of Arizona State has 35 receptions on 56 targets for 446 yards and three touchdowns in his first eight games. Buffalo's defense will be a tough matchup for San Fran's wideouts, though, and there's a chance that Aiyuk will draw All-Pro cornerback Tre'Davious White in coverage. In his first game back, the rookie will be on the WR3/4 borderline for fantasy managers.
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will try and save the Bears season in Week 13 against the Lions. The Bears have lost five in a row but having the Lions on the schedule next may be just the panacea that they need. The Lions are allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points to opposing passers this season but were torched by the Texans Deshaun Watson last week and Trubisky has enjoyed immense success against them in his career. In six career games, Trubisky has 14 touchdowns passes, only four interceptions and is averaging 266.83 passing yards a game while completing 67% of his passes. The Lions have allowed 11 passing touchdowns over their last five games and Trubisky tossed three touchdowns against them in Week 1 to lead a furious comeback win. Of all the weeks to consider starting Trubisky in fantasy, a matchup against the Lions is one of those rare times.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will start again in Week 13 against the Lions. Trubisky got the start in the Week 12 loss to the Packers, his first since being benched in Week 3, and he went 26-for-46 for 242 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked three times, fumbled three times and lost one of those fumbles. Trubisky is by no means the answer to Chicago's offensive woes in the long term, but he presents fantasy managers with more upside than Nick Foles because of his ability to use his legs. Against a Detroit defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers, Trubisky will have some streaming appeal as a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues on Sunday.
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to check on Smith's status later in the week to see if he will be able to play in the Week 13 game. He has not been a big factor in the passing game over the last several games and can be benched if better options are available.
Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries (concussion) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Humphries appears to have a good chance to play in the Week 13 game, but more will be known later in the week. He probably would see a few targets if he plays his week but can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Tennessee Titans TE Anthony Firkser (non-injury), RB D'Onta Foreman (knee), CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), OG Rodger Saffold (ankle) and DT Jeffery Simmons (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2. OT Dennis Kelly (knee) was limited during practice, while TE MyCole Pruitt (knee) fully participated in practice.
The Denver Broncos claimed defensive back Will Parks off waivers from the Eagles on Wednesday, according to a source. Parks signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia in the offseason and was expected to replace Malcolm Jenkins at safety, but he failed to make an impact in six games (three starts), recording just 13 tackles. He'll reunite with the Broncos, who drafted him in the sixth round out of Arizona back in 2016. Parks had four interceptions, 13 passes defensed and 104 solo tackles in his four seasons with the Broncos. He'll provide depth for a young and inexperienced secondary, but the Broncos Defense remains off the fantasy radar for a Week 13 divisional matchup against the high-flying offense of the Chiefs.
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players should have a better idea of Gurley's status later in the week. He can be a No. 2 running back if he is active for the game, but players should have other options available in case he sits out again.
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Hurst was able to play in the last game and should be on track to play again this week. He has been targeted at least seven times in four of the last five games and can be a No. 1 fantasy tight end if he plays.
Atlanta Falcons CB Kendall Sheffield (illness) and OG James Carpenter (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2. DE Dante Fowler (hamstring) and PK Younghoe Koo (groin) were limited during practice. FB Keith Smith (knee) fully participated in practice.
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said that offensive tackle Trent Brown returned to practice on Wednesday after missing extended time after testing positive for COVID-19. Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and defensive end Clelin Ferrell also practiced Wednesday. Brown has played in just two games this season for the Raiders and hasn't been on the field since Week 5. Along with his COVID-19 scare, the 27-year-old also had to be hospitalized before the Week 8 game against the Browns due to complications from a pre-game IV. The Raiders offensive line and running game will receive a boost if Brown can return for Week 13 against the winless Jets.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle, foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Ridley likely will be available for the Week 13 game unless he suffers a setback during the week. He has been a consistent fantasy option this season and should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is active.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Jones was not able to play in the last game, so fantasy players will need to check on his status later in the week. He is a risky option since he has been dealing with hamstring problems for most of the season but should still be a starting option if he is active for the game.
The Las Vegas Raiders placed defensive tackle Maliek Collins (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve on Wednesday. According to Pro Football Focus, Collins is the lowest-graded defensive tackle in the NFL and he's the second-lowest graded run defender in 2020. He's failed to record a single sack in his first year with the Raiders after being one of the more underrated defensive tackles in the league when he was with the Cowboys. The free-agent bust will have to miss at least the next three games, so with only five games remaining in the regular season, Collins might have already played his last snap with Las Vegas. Although the Raiders defense hasn't been much of a factor in fantasy all year, they'll be a streaming option in 12-team leagues against the winless Jets this Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts TE Trey Burton (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Burton has been targeted 11 times over the last two games and has a touchdown in both games. He should receive a similar workload and could be a starting option in some leagues.
Indianapolis Colts OT Anthony Castonzo (knee), OT Chaz Green (back), DE Justin Houston (non-injury), LB Bobby Okereke (ankle), P Rigoberto Sanchez (illness) and S Khari Willis (back, quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2. DE Kemoko Turay (ankle) was limited during practice, while C Ryan Kelly (neck), CB Isaiah Rodgers (knee) and RB Jordan Wilkins (ribs) fully participated in practice.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Rivers may not do much during practice this week but should be fine for the Week 13 game. He should have success against the Houston Texans and could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Detroit Lions DE Julian Okwara (undisclosed) and CB Darryl Roberts (hip, groin) have been designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list.
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (shoulder, toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Shepard has caught at least six passes in each of the last five games and should continue to be the main option in the passing game. He may be working with a backup quarterback this week but can still be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.
New York Giants LB David Mayo (knee) and S Nate Ebner (knee) were limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.