Mon Sep 21 9:37am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Jones carries fantasy teams
This might have been the worst week ever for injuries. It was something else, seeing key player after key player going down with injury. It was a devastating week for many fantasy owners. Hopefully, the injury bug avoided your team. This was a hard week to watch, having so many top players from around the league go down. Painful.
Browns 35, Bengals 30
Fantasy Stud: Nick Chubb. Chubb got back to his big ways in Week 2, rushing 22 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for nine yards. Chubb was a disappointment in the opener but had a tough matchup. He is setup for a big season once again in the Browns run-heavy offense.
Fantasy Dud: Joe Mixon. Mixon had another ho-hum game, rushing 16 times for 46 yards. He also caught four passes for 40 yards. He had 86 total yards on 20 touches. The good news is Mixon got a lot of touches once again. Mixon has 20 touches in each of his first two games but just 157 total yards without a score.
Game Notes: Joe Burrow had the best game of his young career, going 37-of-61 for 316 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also ran for 19 yards.
Kareem Hunt had a big game despite getting just 12 touches. He ran 10 times for 86 yard and a touchdown, averaging 8.6 yards per carry. He also two passes for 15 yards and a score. He finished the game with 101 total yards and two touchdowns.
Bears 17, Giants 13
Fantasy Stud: David Montgomery. Montgomery showed his worth in this one, leading the team in rushing and receiving. He ran 16 times for 82 yards and caught three passes for 45 yards and a score. He finished with 127 total yards and a touchdown. This was a solid showing for Montgomery. Hopefully, this game gets Montgomery going. It was an impressive showing.
Fantasy Dud: Daniel Jones. Jones scored little for fantasy teams. He failed to score a touchdown and turned the ball over twice. He was 25-of-40 for 241 yards without a touchdown and an interception. Jones failed to top 20 fantasy points for the first time in two games. Jones could be called on to carry the offense going forward because of the injury of Saquon Barkley.
Game Notes: Saquon Barkley went down with a knee injury. It is feared he tore his ACL. Barkley had four carries for 28 yards before the injury. Dion Jones got most of the work at running back after the injury, rushing 10 times for 20 yards.
Sterling Shepard also was injured in the game. He suffered a toe injury and could miss some time. He had two catches for 29 yards in the game.
Cowboys 40, Falcons 39
Fantasy Stud: Dak Prescott. Prescott had a monster performance for his fantasy owners. He was 34-of-47 passing for 450 yards and a touchdown without an interception. He also ran in three scores, rushing five times for 18 yards and three touchdowns. So Prescott topped 400-passing yards and scored four touchdowns. It was quite the performance from Prescott, showing he is capable of leading all fantasy quarterbacks in scoring.
Fantasy Dud: Julio Jones. The Falcons scored a bunch of points and threw for plenty of yards, but Jones was not a part of the fun. He was surprisingly quiet, catching two passes for just 24 yards. This won’t happen every week with Jones, so don’t get too down on him. He’ll rebound.
Game Notes: Calvin Ridley had seven receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Ridley has 100-yard games and two touchdowns in each of his first two games.
The Cowboys had two 100-yard receivers. CeeDee Lamb had six receptions for 106 yards. Amari Cooper had six receptions for 100 yards. This was the first 100-yard performances for each player this season.
Packers 42, Lions 21
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Jones. Jones had what might end up being the best fantasy game for a running back this season. He did it all. Jones ran 18 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 236 total yards and three touchdowns. Jones is off to a great start to his season and seems setup for great things going forward.
Fantasy Dud: Davante Adams. It was a surprise to see Adams fairly quiet in this game, especially in what looked to be a favorable matchup for him. Adams caught just three passes for 36 yards. He had a huge game in Week 1, so this was a big downgrade for him. He was limited some in the second half because of a hamstring injury, which hurt his numbers some.
Game Notes: Aaron Rodgers was 18-of-30 for 240 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Rodgers has six touchdowns without a turnover in two games.
Kerryon Johnson led the three Lions backs in carries, rushing eight times for 32 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson led the team in rushing, though, getting seven carries for 41 yards. D’Andre Swift also had five carries for 12 yards.
Titans 33, Jaguars 30
Fantasy Stud: Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill continued his hot ways, going 18-of-24 for 239 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Tannehill has six touchdowns without a turnover in two games. He also has thrown for at least 239 yards each of his two games. He is showing the finish to last season was not a fluke for him.
Fantasy Dud: Derrick Henry. Henry was not much help to fantasy teams this week. He ran 25 times for 84 yards, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. He failed to catch a pass or score a touchdown in the game. He scored just more than eight fantasy points, failing to hit double-digit fantasy points. You expect better from your No. 1 fantasy back. It really hurts when he goes without a catch.
Game Notes: Jonnu Smith had one of the best games of his career, catching four passes for 84 yard and two touchdowns. Smith has touchdowns each of his first two games and four receptions in each game.
James Robinson continues to excel as the Jaguars lead back. He had 16 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 18 yards. Robinson is doing a good job of grabbing hold of the starting job for the Jags.
Colts 28, Vikings 11
Fantasy Stud: Jonathan Taylor. Taylor carried the load at running back for the Colts for the first time and excelled in that role. He ran 26 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for nine yards. Taylor proved he can do a great job as a starting back in the NFL. He has a bright future at the lead back for the Colts.
Fantasy Dud: Adam Thielen. There were a lot of duds in this game, but Thielen tops the list. He had three receptions for 31 yards. He did next to nothing after having a 100-yard game and two touchdowns in Week 1. The one positive for Thielen was he had eight targets in the game. The bad news is Thielen didn’t connect on many of those targets.
Game Notes: Kirk Cousins was a disaster in this game, going 11-of-26 for just 113 yards with three interceptions. Cousins has four interceptions in two games to start hit season.
Parris Campbell suffered a knee injury in the game and had to leave. It seems he avoided a torn ACL, which is good news, but the injury still could keep him out some time. Stay tuned.
Bills 31, Dolphins 28
Fantasy Stud: Josh Allen. Allen had a huge game for the second straight week. He was 24-of-35 for 417 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Allen seems to be taking his game to a new level. He has two straight 300-yard games and at least three scores each of those games. Allen is cementing his status as a No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Fantasy Dud: Zack Moss. The good news is Moss averaged 4.6 yards per carry. The problem is he had just eight carries for 37 yards. He also didn’t catch a pass. This was a great matchup for Moss, but splitting the work with Devin Singletary limited his fantasy ceiling. Moss is a hard player to trust for fantasy teams at the moment in this current role.
Game Notes: Stefon Diggs had eight receptions for 153 years and a touchdown. Diggs has eight receptions each of his first two games.
Myles Gaskin led the Dolphins in rushing once again but it was a pretty even split of carries for the three backs. Gaskin ran seven times for 46 yards. Matt Breida had seven carries for 37 yards. Jordan Howard rushed five times for four yards with a touchdown.
49ers 31, Jets 13
Fantasy Stud: Jordan Reed. Reed did a great job of filling in for the injured George Kittle. Reed had seven receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns. He is a viable fantasy option at tight end while Kittle is out of the lineup. The 49ers target the tight end often and Reed has a track record of success.
Fantasy Dud: Chris Herndon. Herndon caught just a pass for five yards. Herndon had six receptions on seven targets in the opener but saw a dip in looks this week. He was targeted only four times. Herndon is a streaming option for fantasy teams but should only be played in the right matchup.
Game Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo was unable to finish the game because of an ankle injury. He was 14-of-16 for 131 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Nick Mullens was 8-of-11 for 71 yards with an interception in relief. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest on Garoppolo.
Raheem Mostert was off to a great start in this one but suffered a sprained knee and left the game. He ran eight times or 92 yards and a touchdown before the injury. He also had two receptions for 15 yards, giving him 107 total yards. The 49ers don’t seem overly concerned about the injury but that doesn’t mean Mostert won’t miss any time.
Rams 37, Eagles 19
Fantasy Stud: Tyler Higbee. Higbee found the end zone three times. He had five receptions for 54 yards and three touchdowns. Higbee is continuing his great finish to last year, serving as a top option in this Rams passing attack. Higbee is a legit starting fantasy tight end in an offense that suddenly looks for the tight end often.
Fantasy Dud: Carson Wentz. Wentz was a bust for fantasy teams that used him this week. He was 26-of-43 for 242 yards without a touchdown and two interceptions. Wentz has been picked off four times in two games and also has a lost fumble. The Eagles offense has not been very impressive to start the year, especially Wentz.
Game Notes: Miles Sanders looked solid in his first game of the season. He ran 20 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 36 yards, giving him 131 total yards and a score.
Cam Akers suffered a rib injury and left the game early. Darrell Henderson was the most impressive back for the Rams after the injury. Henderson ran 12 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Malcolm Brown also had double-digit carries, rushing 11 times for 47 yards.
Steelers 26, Broncos 21
Fantasy Stud: Diontae Johnson. Johnson led the way at receiver for the Steelers. He had eight receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Johnson has been targeted 23 times in two games and seems setup for a huge second season. He already has 14 receptions in two games.
Fantasy Dud: Benny Snell. Snell barely got any work after having a 100-yard game in Week 1. He ran three times for five yards and also lost a fumble. He was not able to put a dent into the playing time of James Conner despite his strong play in the opener. Snell will be hard for fantasy teams to trust unless Conner gets injured.
Game Notes: Drew Lock had to leave the game very early because of a shoulder injury. Jeff Driskel played most of the game for the Broncos and actually played well against a good Steelers defense. Driskel was 18-of-34 for 256 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
James Conner looked strong after leaving last week’s game because of injury. He hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 16 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 15 yards. The talk of Snell cutting into Conner’s playing time might have been premature.
Bucs 31, Panthers 17
Fantasy Stud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette announced his presence in the Bucs offense in a big way. He ran 12 times for 103 yards and touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 13 yards. Fournette could be sneaking his way into the Bucs starting lineup very shortly. He had a great showing in this one and made big plays with his touches.
Fantasy Dud: Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski did not have a reception. He was targeted just once in the game. Gronk has two receptions for 11 yards in two games. His fantasy value is next to nothing right now. He is not worth using for fantasy teams until he starts doing anything on the field.
Game Notes: Mike Evans looked healthy and as good as ever. He had seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Evans has touchdowns each of the first two games this year.
Christian McCaffrey injured his ankle and he is receiving an MRI on Monday. He could miss some time with this one. He had 18 times for 59 yards and two touchdowns. McCaffrey also had four receptions for 29 yards.
Cardinals 30, Washington 15
Fantasy Stud: Kyler Murray. Murray played well for the second straight game. He was 26-of-38 for 286 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Murray ran eight times for 67 yards and two touchdowns. He had three total touchdowns in the game. Murray has five total scores in two games and rushed for 158 yards. He is getting it done on the ground and through the air, showing his huge fantasy potential.
Fantasy Dud: Peyton Barber. Barber had two touchdowns in the opener but did next to nothing in this game. He had a carry for a yard. Barber is a touchdown dependent player that should not be in fantasy lineups. He needs to get more consistent touches before you can trust him.
Game Notes: Antonio Gibson had a little better showing this week. He ran 13 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. J.D. McKissic also was a little more involved in the rushing attack, running eight times for 53 yards.
Terry McLaurin hit the 100-yard mark, catching seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. McLaurin has 12 receptions in two games as the No. 1 receiver for the Redskins.
Chiefs 23, Chargers 20
Fantasy Stud: Travis Kelce. Kelce had his usual performance, catching nine passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Kelce has touchdowns each of his first two games this season. He has 15 receptions for 140 yards and two scores. He probably is the most dependable fantasy tight end in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Mike Williams. Williams had two receptions for 14 yards. It was a disappointing showing in what seemed like a favorable fantasy matchup for Williams. He had a big dip in targets, getting four after having nine in Week 1. He is going to be streaky like this all season as a secondary option in the passing game for the Chargers.
Game Notes: Tyrod Taylor was a last-minute scratch, injuring his ribs in warmups. Justin Herbert saw his first NFL action and played well, going 22-of-33 for 311 yards and a touchdowns with an interception. Herbert also scored a rushing touchdown, running four times for 18 yards and a score.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire did not have a big day rushing the ball but at least was more involved in the passing game, catching six passes for 32 yards. He ran 10 times for 38 yards, giving him 70 total yards.
Ravens 33, Texans 16
Fantasy Stud: Mark Ingram. Ingram showed better this week, rushing nine times for 55 yards and a touchdown. He also had two carries for 22 yards, giving him 77 total yards and a score. Ingram is still splitting carries with two other backs but certainly has some fantasy potential in this explosive offense.
Fantasy Dud: David Johnson. Johnson had little room to run, rushing 11 times for 34 yards. He also had two carries for 16 yards. He had just 50 total yards on 13 touches. This was a really tough matchup for Johnson, though, so expect him to get better in the weeks to come.
Game Notes: Will Fuller did not have a target in this game. He seemed to be in and out of the lineup in the second half, but it is unknown if he suffered an injury. The oft-injured receiver is someone to keep an eye on going forward.
Gus Edwards was the surprise leading rusher for the Ravens. He ran 10 times for 73 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. J.K. Dobbins had just two carries in the game but ran for 48 yards, averaging 24 yards per carry.
Seahawks 35, Patriots 30
Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson was amazing for the second straight game, going 21-of-28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns with an interception. He also had 39-rushing yards on five carries. Wilson is making an early case for fantasy quarterback of the year. Wilson has nine touchdowns in two games, getting 35-plus fantasy points each game.
Fantasy Dud: Sony Michel. Michel was one of the few duds in this game. He had seven carries for just 19 yards and didn’t catch a pass. The Patriots threw the ball 44 times and were down big at times, causing the team to abandon the run at times. This could be a theme for Michel this year, posting erratic numbers throughout the year.
Game Notes: Cam Newton was great once against for the Patriots. He was 30-of-44 for 397 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running 11 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Newton is off to a great start with the Patriots.
Julian Edelman is gaining a quick rapport with the Newton. He had eight receptions for 179 yards. He was targeted 11 times in the game and has 13 receptions through two weeks.
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 Fantasy Takeaways from Week 6
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown returned after a one game absence, but it looks like he took this game off as well. Brown failed to haul in all of his four targets during the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Josh Allen had a tough time connecting with his receivers in this one. However, both Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley found the end zone. Brown should have WR4 upside against the New York Jets next week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis was not able to do much damage against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He finished with one reception on his lone target of the game for seven yards in the loss. Quarterback Josh Allen did not have a good game throwing the ball, so that was part of the problem as well. Davis is likely going to get lost in the shuffle with the Bills receivers healthy at the moment. He might have desperation deep league appeal against the awful New York Jets Defense in Week 7.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been reliable all season long and that continued against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in four of his seven targets for 45 yards and one touchdown. The Bills weren't able to get the air attack going well in this game. However, that should change next week against the horrendous New York Jets Defense. Beasley continues to be a reliable PPR option and that should be the case next week as well.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a fairly quiet game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in six of his eight targets for 46 yards and one touchdown in the loss. He led the Bills in all receiving categories, but quarterback Josh Allen finished with a total of 122 passing yards in this game. Diggs salvaged his fantasy value with the touchdown, but he should rebound nicely next week. He'll get a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on him as a WR1 for that game.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman only received one target on Monday and recorded zero yards against the Buffalo Bills. Hardman is a weekly boom or bust candidate and he had some potential in Week 6 with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) sidelined, but it was Demarcus Robinson who took advantage on Monday. Due to inconsistent performances, Hardman is only WR4/WR5 with upside most weeks. Hardman will look to pick up some stats against the Denver Broncos in a Week 7 matchup.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary was the lead back once again, but failed to do much damage on the ground. He rushed 10 times for 32 yards on the ground in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Singletary also hauled in one of two targets for 13 yards through the air. Rookie Zack Moss did return in this game, but Singletary still managed to get double digit carries. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on Singletary as a low-end RB2 against the New York Jets next week.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (toe) was able to suit up for the Week 6 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed each of the last three games due to a toe issue, but honestly he could've missed this one too and it wouldn't have changed anything. Moss finished with 10 yards on five carries in the loss to the Chiefs. Devin Singletary remained the lead back and that will probably be the case going forward. Moss should have increased value against the New York Jets next week. He could be worth a stash for that matchup.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had arguably his worst game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He completed 14 of 27 passing attempts for 122 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the loss. He also added 42 yards on the ground with eight rushing attempts. Allen started off red-hot to begin the season, but hasn't looked the same over the last two weeks. He should be a top tier QB1 for the Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Williams also snagged one reception for 15 yards. The Chiefs ran the ball 46 times and part of that could be because of the bad forecast throughout the game. Despite the nice night, Williams is likely to be demoted to the third running back on the roster with the recent addition of LeVeon Bell. Williams should be avoided in all formats and should only have value if Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Bell were to get hurt.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes went 20-for-25 for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. He also rushed eight times for 38 yards. It wasnt the most impressive game for the former MVP, but with rainy weather, the Chiefs elected to favor the run in this matchup versus the pass. The former MVP still put together a solid performance overall and will look to keep it going against an underrated Denver Broncos Defense in Week 7. Mahomes remains a QB1 every week.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire put together his most dominant performance of the season on Monday versus the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs fed their rookie all night long and CEH responded by rushing for 161 yards on 26 carries. The rookie had his longest run of the season for 31 yards and also chipped in with four catches for eight yards. The rookie has looked strong all season and has become a big threat in the Chiefs powerful offense, but the Chiefs recent signing of LeVeon Bell is expected to put a dent in his workload. Even with Bell in the picture, Edwards-Helaire should be considered a high-end RB2 the rest of the year. The rookie will look to keep the momentum going against the Denver Broncos in Week 7.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made fantasy managers proud on Monday by scoring touchdowns on five receptions for 65 yards. Kelce did have a fumble, but that was his only error for the night. Kelce continues to operate as a top option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes as part of a 1a/1b option alongside wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The tight end is the best at his position and managers have to be happy with their early investment in him. Kelce should be started every week and will be a TE1 versus the Denver Broncos heading into Week 7.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson put together his best performance of the season on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Robinson has fallen victim to being on a Chiefs offense with plenty of options, but with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) out, Robinson took advantage by hauling in five catches for 69 yards. Robinson is the model for a boom or bust player and shouldnt be considered more than a WR4/WR5 with upside as long as Watkins is sidelined. Robinson will face the Broncos in Week 7.
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant (ankle) and wide receiver K.J. Hamler (hamstring) could both potentially return to play in Sundays contest versus Kansas City after missing last Sundays outing due to respective injuries, per head coach Vic Fangio. Fant is the more fantasy relevant of the two, having established a considerable rapport with Drew Lock last season. Fant has hauled in five receptions in three of his four appearances this year, combining for 219 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Hamlers first two contests saw him receive 12 targets, which bodes well for his fantasy upside should he ultimately suit up. Check back throughout the week for updates on both players, whose return would knock Jerry Jeudys appeal down a notch.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku is hoping to have a new home prior to the NFL Trade Deadline on Nov. 3 after once again reportedly asking to be traded. Njoku has been lightly used in the passing game this season by the Browns, hauling in five receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown. Back in 2018, Njoku was a staple of the passing game, amassing 639 receiving yards while starting 14 contests; this season, the presence of Austin Hooper has knocked Njokus fantasy outlook out of consideration. What could spark that intrigue again would be a new situation, with teams such as the Eagles and Patriots presumably having openings heading into the second half of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hills five game touchdown streak ended on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Hill had a rough night overall and was pretty much non-existent in Week 6. The star receiver rushed one time for five yards and caught all three of targets for a season low 20 yards. Hill was outshined by tight end Travis Kelce and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in this matchup, but managers should just chalk this matchup up as a bad game. Hill remains a WR1 and should be treated that way going into a Week 7 matchup versus the Broncos.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) is trending toward a third consecutive absence Sunday when his team takes on the Bills, as head coach Adam Gase was not optimistic Monday that his signal caller would clear the necessary stages to get him back on the field. It seems likely that New York will stick with veteran Joe Flacco for the game in the event that Darnold is unavailable, even as the Jets were shut out Sunday by Miami. So long as Flacco is under center, New Yorks offense can be targeted by fantasy managers attempting to nab opposing defenses. Even upon his activation, Darnold will be in a rough spot from a fantasy perspective due to the Jets offensive line woes and general downturn in production from skill position players.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) were both listed as limited practice participants Monday ahead of Thursdays contest versus the Giants. Both receivers were out of the equation Sunday against Baltimore, with Jackson already expected to suit up come Thursday. As for Jeffery, he would be making his season debut after working his way back from a Lisfranc injury. Having either back in the mix would be a boon for Carson Wentz, who will be without Zach Ertz (ankle) for the foreseeable future. Travis Fulgham has become a breakout fantasy sensation over the past three weeks, and while his stock would take a dip with Jeffery or Jackson back, any of the three are season-long options against a shaky Giants secondary.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (foot) was a limited participant in Mondays practice after having sustained a foot injury during Sundays contest versus Washington. Slayton hauled in his first touchdown since Week 1 in the game, but came down awkwardly on his foot after the grab. With little time to recover before Thursdays outing against the Eagles, the fact that he was able to practice in any capacity bodes well for his odds of suiting up. Fantasy managers interested in Slayton will want to keep an eye on Sterling Shepards (toe) status as well, as the latter returning to the mix would zap some of Slaytons intrigue, even if he were fully healthy.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (knee) is not expected to return to the field in time for Sundays game against the Patriots, with a likely return set for Week 8 versus Seattle. Colemans role in the offense took an increased interest Monday with the announcement that Raheem Mostert (ankle) would be headed toward injured reserve, paving the way for Coleman to see an uptick in usage upon his return. Across just 18 carries this season, Coleman is averaging 1.7 yards per rush, which will at least leave the door open for Jerick McKinnon to battle him for a share of starting rusher duties. But Coleman compiled six rushing scores last season for the 49ers and figures to have an opportunity to compete for top back duties at some point. As for the game versus the Patriots, McKinnon should be a RB2/Flex option.