Thu Oct 14 10:04am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Unfortunately, the injuries continue to mount in the NFL. We had more key players go down last week, causing more problems for fantasy owners. It has not been a good few weeks in the NFL when it comes for injuries. Hopefully, you haven’t been hit too hard. Here is the latest. . . . .
Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles. Goedert was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week and is expected to miss the game Thursday. Zach Ertz should start and play a big role offensively for the Eagles in Week 6.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs. Edwards-Helaire injured his knee last week and was placed on Injured Reserve, meaning he will miss at least three games. The only positive is the injury isn’t season ending. He will be back and might be back soon after the three games on Injured Reserve. Darrel Williams is going to start while Edwards-Helaire is out of action.
Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs. Godwin has been limited in practice this week because of knee and ankle injuries. He was being rested as much as anything, though, and should be just fine for the game this week. He should play his usual big role in the passing game.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Bucs. Gronkowski will miss his third straight game because of broken ribs and a punctured lung. He has already been ruled out for Week 6. This leaves Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard to handle most of the work for the Bucs at tight end.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins. Tagovailoa returned to practice Wednesday. His ribs are finally doing better. He is expected to be ready for the Week 6 game, barring a late-week setback. And his return to the lineup should be a positive for the entire Dolphins offense.
Daniel Jones, QB, Giants. Jones suffered a concussion last week and had to leave the game early. He is out of practice to start the week but early indications are the concussion is pretty minor. The Giants are encouraged that he will be ready to go by the end of the week. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest on Jones. We should know his stats before the week is out. Mike Glennon starts if Jones has to miss the game.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Barkley has a low-ankle sprain. He has not been ruled out for this week yet but the expectations are he misses two to four weeks of action. The good news is the Giants haven’t even officially ruled him out for this week. That could mean he might not miss much time at all with this injury.
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins. Parker had to miss the game last week because of a shoulder injury and remains out of practice to start the week. This is not a good sign for his status this week. Unless he get in some work before the week is out, look for Parker to miss another week of action for the Dolphins.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Giants. Golladay suffered a hyperextended knee during last week’s game. He left the week early and is out of practice right now. Golladay avoided a very serious injury, but could still miss a few weeks of action. Plan accordingly.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard has missed the last two games because of a hamstring injury. He is finally back practicing, though, and claims to feel great. He is right on track to play Week 6, barring a setback with the injury before the week is out.
Darius Slayton, WR, Giants. Slayton is another Giants receiver that returned to practice this week. He also has been battling a hamstring injury. Slayton also should be ready to play Week 6 unless he has a setback.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs. Hill has a quad injury and was held out of practice Wednesday. There is not much concern about him missing the game, though. Check back later in the week to be sure, but consider Hill a pretty good bet to play Week 6.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton is getting close to a return to the lineup from his neck injury. He remains on Injured Reserve but has been activated to practice. If he can start practicing and avoid any setbacks, he could be on track to play in another week or two. Hilton could be a good stash on fantasy benches if you have the room. He could play a big role in the offense once healthy.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers. McCaffrey continues to practice on a limited basis. His hamstring injury keeps progressing but he still isn’t a sure thing to play just yet. The Panthers are giving him a 50/50 shot to play. That might just be coach talk, though. We think McCaffrey has a better than 50 percent chance to play. He was getting close last week. McCaffrey might be a game-time decision, so keep a close watch of the player notes for the latest on him.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington. Samuel remains out of practice because of a groin injury. He has been slowed by injury nearly all season. He missed last week and seems a good bet to miss the Week 6 game. He is going to need to start practicing some if he hopes to find he field anytime soon.
Julio Jones, WR, Titans. Jones is back at practice. He is practicing on a limited basis this week because of his hamstring injury. Jones is finally trending the right way but should be considered questionable after missing the past few weeks.
James Washington, WR, Steelers. Washington missed last week because of a groin injury, but is practicing on a limited basis to start the week. With JuJu Smith-Schuster done for the season, look for Washington to do all he can to play this week. Washington is going to have a much bigger role offensively with Smith-Schuster out.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Cook was held out of the game last week because of an ankle injury. He has been battling the injury the last few weeks. The Vikings held him out last week to get the ankle stronger. Cook remains up in the air this week, but has a better chance to play after resting last week. Consider him a game-time decision once again. Alexander Mattison starts if Cook is out of action again.
Allen Robinson, WR, Bears. Robinson has a new injury, missing practice Wednesday because of an ankle issue. We aren’t sure of the severity right now. This might have been just a precaution for the veteran receiver. For now, consider him a decent bet to play, but get other options ready to be safe.
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Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (shin) is active, as expected, in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers. Cornerback William Jackson III (knee) is out, so Washington's corner depth will be shaky against the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Gibson has been playing through a hairline fracture in his shin the last couple weeks, although he did see only 10 carries in the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Consider him more of an RB2 than RB1 this week, especially since backup and pass-catching back J.D. McKissic could see more run if Washington is playing catchup against a strong Green Bay offense for much of the day.
New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 7 contest against the New England Patriots. He's joined on the inactive list by tight end Tyler Kroft and wide receiver Jeff Smith. With Coleman out, there should be a few more snaps available for Michael Carter, but Coleman only played five offensive snaps in Week 5 against Atlanta, so his absence doesn't really move the needle here.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Preston Smith (oblique) and cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) are out for the Week 7 battle against the Washington Football Team on Sunday. Smith will break his consecutive games played streak at 102 after suffering an oblique injury in last week's win over the Chicago Bears. King will be missing his second straight game with his shoulder injury. Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan and Rasul Douglas will once again serve as Green Bay's starting corners on Sunday. Green Bay's defense loses a little luster with Smith out of the lineup, but they're still on the streaming radar for this weekend against Washington.
New York Giants WR John Ross (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 7's game against the Carolina Panthers, barring a pre-game setback, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Ross had been listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in two of the team's three practice sessions this week on a limited basis. Although he had a good performance in Week 4's game versus the New Orleans Saints, he has not done much otherwise and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
The New York Jets have declared S Adrian Colbert, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Jeff Smith, DT Jonathan Marshall, LB C.J. Mosley and TE Tyler Kroft inactive for Week 7.
The Green Bay Packers have declared DT Jack Heflin, OT Dennis Kelly, LB Preston Smith, S Vernon Scott and CB Kevin King inactive for Week 7.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said there is no ETA on when running back Chris Carson (neck) might return from Injured Reserve, but he said Carson is workout out hard and is conditioning to be ready if/when he can return. Carson remains on IR and isn't eligible to return until Week 10 against the Green Bay Packers, and there's nothing to currently suggest that he'll make that timetable. Alex Collins has operated as the team's primary back in the last two games with Carson sidelined, but Rashaad Penny (calf) is returning from IR this week and figures to have a role alongside DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer. Collins remains the best bet for fantasy production as a touchdown-dependent RB2/3, but this backfield will be tougher to predict with Penny now in the fold.
Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Dee Eskridge (concussion) was out of the area this week getting more tests done and currently has no timetable to return from his head injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Eskridge caught his only target for six yards and had two carries in the season opener for 22 yards before suffering a concussion, and he hasn't played since. The 24-year-old appears to have a pretty serious concussion and remains on Injured Reserve, so he doesn't appear close to returning anytime soon. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett remain Seattle's dynamic one-two punch at receiver, with Freddie Swain serving as the No. 3. But until quarterback Russell Wilson (finger) returns (possibly in Week 10), Seattle's passing attack will be hindered with backup Geno Smith under center.
Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (groin), who is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, is expected to play on Monday night, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Collins returned to practice on Saturday after missing practice on Thursday and Friday and looked good. The 27-year-old has functioned as Seattle's primary early down back with Chris Carson (neck) on Injured Reserve the last two weeks, carrying the ball 35 times for 148 yards and one touchdown. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer have served in change-of-pace roles, but Rashaad Penny (calf) has returned from his own IR stint and is expected to play on Monday night, which will likely cut into Collins' workload a bit. The Saints have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to RBs in the last three weeks, but they've only allowed 130 rushing yards in their last two games combined. Collins will be on the RB2/3 borderline and will probably need a touchdown to return solid value.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (concussion) and wide receiver Deonte Harris (hamstring) have been ruled out for the Monday night game in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks. With Hill and Harris out, it will mean more red-zone opportunities for the likes of running back Alvin Kamara, wide receiver Marquez Callaway and tight end Juwan Johnson against Seattle. Hill has operated as the backup to Jameis Winston this year, but he's been a successful goal-line weapon for New Orleans with three rushing touchdowns on only 16 attempts through five games. Callaway will be the team's top receiving threat, while Kenny Stills should also have an expanded role in the passing attack with Harris sidelined after getting injured before the Week 6 bye.
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (ankle) will play in Week 7's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Robinson had been listed as questionable on the injury report after logging two limited practice sessions during the week. Although he has had a disappointing season from a fantasy standpoint, he should see plenty of targets this afternoon, making him worthy of consideration as a flex option in most leagues.
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) has an outside chance to play in the Week 8 game but is more likely to return for the Week 9 game, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players can monitor Barkley's practice participation next week to see if he will be able to play in Week 8. Barkley is a weekly starting option when healthy.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (ankle) 'doesn't feel great' after being added to the injury report because of an ankle issue Saturday, Oct. 23. The team will not know until pregame warmups if he will be able to play in Week 7's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fantasy Spin: Waller makes a risky fantasy option this week because the Las Vegas-Philadelphia game will not get underway until late Sunday afternoon, which would leave owners with few alternatives if he is declared inactive for Week 7. When healthy, he should be viewed as a must-start option in all fantasy formats.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (shoulder, hamstring) appears to be facing an uphill battle to play in Week 7's game against the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Parker had been listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited participant in all three of the team's practice sessions throughout the week. If he is declared active for the game, he could be viewed as a flex option in fantasy leagues, although owners should have alternatives available in the event that he misses this afternoon's contest.
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff is not in danger of losing his job as the team's starting quarterback to QB David Blough, according to multiple sources.
Fantasy Spin: Goff has only thrown two touchdown passes in his last four games and has not reached the 300-yard passing mark since the season opener. With few offensive playmakers on the roster, he should be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
New York Giants wide receiver John Ross (hamstring) is likely to suit up for Sunday's outing against the Panthers. Ross has been dealing with a hamstring issue, although he managed to practice sparingly on Thursday and Friday, which is always a good sign regarding a player's anticipated availability. The former Bengal received an uptick in snaps over the last few weeks. However, with Darius Slayton (hamstring) andEvan Engram (calf) expected to play, andSterling Shepard (hamstring) labeled as a game-time call, Ross should be avoided in all fantasy formats in Week 8.
Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (shoulder, groin) is expected to play in Week 7's game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited practice participant throughout the week.
Although Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (calf) is unlikely to participate in a light practice session when the team returns from their bye Monday, Oct. 25, he could resume practicing Wednesday, Oct. 27, according to multiple sources. The team is optimistic that he will be able to start Week 8's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy Spin: Although Prescott should be started in all fantasy formats when healthy, he makes a somewhat risky option for Week 8 because the Dallas-Minnesota contest will be the Sunday Night Football matchup, which would leave many owners in a bind if he is declared inactive at the last minute. Fantasy owners should check back for frequent updates throughout the week on Prescott's status at practice.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (calf) has been progressing in the right direction after being injured during the Week 6 matchup against the New England Patriots. Prescott spent most of his bye week in the pool, and he should be ready to practice by Wednesday. Nonetheless, fantasy managers should continue to monitor his status and await his official designation ahead of the Week 8 outing in Minnesota.