Injury Status: Week 7

Thu Oct 21 10:54am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

This injury story remains too long for fantasy owners. The list isn't getting really any shorter - even with six teams in a bye this week! This is not a fun time to make a fantasy lineup for many owners. Injuries and byes are causing for some crazy lineups in Week 7. Hopefully, things aren’t too bad for you. Here is the latest. . . . .

Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns. Mayfield has been ruled out for the Week 7 game. He had been pushing to play with his shoulder injury, but the Browns ultimately decided to hold him out. Case Keenum will start for the Browns this week.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Barkley is doing some things on the side with trainers to start the week but is out of practice. It is a decent sign he is at least doing something. Plus, the Giants aren’t ruling him out just yet. We do think he will miss the game, though, giving Devontae Booker another starter. Barkley is probably a week or two away from playing.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Giants. Golladay missed last week because of a hyperextended knee. He remains out of practice and is expected to miss another week of action, barring a big turnaround late in the week.

Kadarius Toney, WR, Giants. Toney played last week on his ankle injury but didn’t last long, leaving the game early. He is out of practice to start the week and not looking good to play. He pushed it last week and had a setback in the game. Look for the Giants to give their young receiver a week or two off to get closer to full strength.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns. Beckham has a shoulder sprain and is looking like a game-time decision for Week 7. He would have a better shot to play if the Browns didn’t have the Thursday night game. But the early-week game does not help his chances. We would get other options ready. And even if he is healthy, you might be better served going with other options. Beckham might be in and out of the game and has a backup quarterback throwing him passes.

Darius Slayton, WR, Giants. Slayton has missed the past three games because of a hamstring injury. He is back practicing some this week, though, and seems to be trending towards a return. As long as he keeps practicing, look for Slayton to return in Week 7. And the Giants need him because of other receivers that are banged up right now.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington. Gibson has been battling a shin injury in recent weeks and is now dealing with some sort of calf injury. He was out of practice to start the week, which is not a great sign. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest, but get other options ready. Gibson is very iffy right now. J.D. McKissic might get a few more carries if Gibson is out. And rookie Jaret Patterson should get some carries as well. 

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton made his season debut last week and had to leave the game early with another injury, hurting his quad. He is not practicing yet this week but is not being ruled out. He is looking like a game-time decision for Week 7. Hilton probably isn’t worth the risk for fantasy teams, though, because of the uncertainty surround the injury. Even if he plays, he is likely to be limited in the game.

Antonio Brown, WR, Bucs. Brown suffered a sprained ankle last week. He is out of practice right now and a little iffy to play Week 7. He is going to need to get in a little work before the week is out if he hopes to play. Keep an eye on the players notes for the latest on Brown. He is a must play if on the field, but get other options ready to be safe.

Latavius Murray, RB, Ravens. Murray is banged up with a sprained ankle, an injury that forced him from last week’s game. He is not practicing to start the week, which isn’t a good sign. Murray seems very iffy to play right now. Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell will likely get most of the work at running back if Murray is out, which seems likely.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington. Samuel made his season debut in Week 4 but quickly aggravated his groin injury. He has been out the last two weeks and remains out of practice. Samuel is expected to miss another game, barring a late-week turnaround. We aren’t sure when he is able to return to the lineup.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Broncos. Bridgewater has been limited in practice because of a foot injury, but is expected to play this week. He might be a little hobbled for the game, but should be healthy enough to start the Thursday game against a banged up Browns defense.   

Russell Gage, WR, Falcons. Gage has not played since Week 2 because of a sprained ankle. He has been practicing all week, though, and isn’t even listed on the Injury Report. He is fully expected to play and start for the Falcons in Week 7.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Bucs. Gronkowski has missed the last three games because of broken ribs and remains sidelined. He is not practicing and looks to miss another week of action. The good news is the Bucs claim he is making some progress, so a return to the lineup could happen in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

O.J. Howard, TE, Bucs. Howard had a breakout game last week but is battling a new injury. He was out of practice Wednesday because of a sprained ankle. We aren’t sure of the severity of the injury just yet, but get other options ready to be safe. Howard is iffy to play at the moment. Hopefully, he can get in some practice before the week is out to improve his chances to find the field.

Julio Jones, WR, Titans. Jones finally returned to the lineup last week after missing two straight games because of a hamstring injury. He wasn’t able to finish the game, though, aggravating his hamstring injury. He was out of practice to start the week, which is not encouraging for him to play Week 7. We would expect him to miss the game, but he hasn’t been ruled out just yet.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers. Garoppolo is practicing on a limited basis to start the week. He is progressing well from his calf injury. Expectations are he will be ready to play this week and will start the Week 7 game. Plus, rookie Trey Lance has a knee injury and is not practicing right now, meaning he is not likely available to play. This makes the return of Garoppolo all the more important for the 49ers this week.

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 jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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Logan Thomas Nov 27 1:20pm ET
Logan Thomas

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas (hamstring) is expected to be activated from Injured Reserve and play on Monday against the Seattle Seahawks. However, Thomas will be on a pitch count if he's able to play in Week 12. The 30-year-old has been out since Week 4, so it should come as no surprise that he'll be limited in his first game back. But when he's fully healthy, Thomas will be the team's top pass-catching tight end and could serve as a nice low-end TE1 down the stretch. Pick him up now off the waiver wire if he's available in your league. Thomas is currently rostered in 61% of Yahoo leagues. With Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) unlikely to play Monday, rookie John Bates, who had three catches for 25 yards last week, could see more run with Thomas being eased back in.

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A.J. Brown Nov 27 1:20pm ET
A.J. Brown

The Tennessee Titans have placed star wide receiver A.J. Brown (chest) on injured reserve Saturday; he will miss the next three games. Fullback Khari Blasingame was activated from the injured reserve in a corresponding move. The Titans have been destroyed by injuries at the wide receiver position and have now placed Julio Jones (hamstring), Marcus Johnson (hamstring), and Brown on injured reserve. Tennessee has a bye in Week 13; the 24-year-old will have an extra week to heal and become eligible to return from IR on December 23rd against the San Francisco 49ers. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Brown's injury is not season-ending. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers, and Dez Fitzpatrick should see an increase in target share and snaps while Brown is sidelined. Westbrook-Ikhine becomes the Titans' de facto WR1 and is worth picking up in most league formats.

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Kenny Young Nov 27 1:10pm ET
Kenny Young

The Denver Broncos defense is coming off their bye into a tough matchup against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. The trade for linebacker Kenny Young has injected some life into this defense after injuries wrecked the position and the Broncos traded All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams. Young has 11 tackles in three games with Denver, and the Broncos could also be getting star pass-rusher Bradley Chubb (ankle) back soon. Denver's D is allowing the third-fewest points per game (18.3), but the Chargers offense can be lethal -- 386.5 yards per game (eighth-most) and 26 points per game (11th most). The Broncos are tied for 14th in the league with 24 sacks, and they'll need to get pressure on quarterback Justin Herbert in order to have a shot at slowing the Bolts down. Denver's defense has been pretty solid, all things considered this year, but fantasy managers should have better options in Week 12.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling Nov 27 1:00pm ET
Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is coming off a monster performance in the Week 11 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He caught four passes for 123 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown in last Sunday's loss. The 27-year-old led the Packers in targets and owned a whopping 32.3% percent of the team's target shares in Week 11. Teammate WR Allen Lazard (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Los Angeles Rams. The player known as "MVS" is the Packers WR2 and is a boom-or-bust option against a Rams defense that ranks eighth in DVOA against the opposing team's secondary target.

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Brandon McManus Nov 27 1:00pm ET
Brandon McManus

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus has had an up-and-down season as a fantasy option in Denver's inconsistent offense. He has made 85.7% of his 21 field-goal tries, which ties a career high, and he's only missed one of his 19 extra-point attempts. McManus has missed just four kicks total, but he checks in as the No. 19 fantasy kicker in terms of overall points heading into the team's Week 12 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. His 21 field-goal attempts is tied for 10th in the league, while his 19 extra-point attempts has him tied for 22nd. The Chargers defense has allowed the sixth-most points per game this year and have been a friendly matchup for opposing kickers, though, so McManus will be an option as a low-end streamer in deeper leagues coming off Denver's bye week.

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Tim Patrick Nov 27 12:50pm ET
Tim Patrick

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick was recently signed to a three-year, $30 million contract extension and was also named to ESPN's all-underrated team for 2021. Patrick has kept a snap rate over 90% despite Jerry Jeudy's return in Week 8, and he ranks fourth in receiving DVOA this year while averaging 9.9 yards per target. The 28-year-old has been a key part of Denver's offense the last two years, especially when Courtland Sutton tore his ACL early in 2020. He has four touchdowns in 2021 and a career-high catch percentage of 69.8%, but he's seen just 14 targets (10 catches, 163 yards, one touchdown) in three games since Jeudy's return from a high ankle sprain. Patrick shouldn't be overlooked in this offense, but with targets hard to come by behind Jeudy and Sutton, he'll be a touchdown-dependent WR4/flex against a strong Los Angeles Chargers secondary this Sunday.

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AJ Dillon Nov 27 12:50pm ET
AJ Dillon

Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon rushed for 53 yards on 11 attempts and caught all six targets in his first career start in the Week 11 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Jones (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams. Dillon could get another start in Week 12 if the Packers rule out Jones ahead of Sunday's game. Green Bay does have a bye in Week 13; the team could be careful with Jones and rest him before heading into the bye week. Dillon has been efficient this season, rushing for 474 yards on 18 attempts and two touchdowns while catching 22-of-214 targets for 240 yards and a touchdown over 11 games in 2021. The 23-year-old is mid-range RB2 if Jones is ruled out but becomes a flex option if the Packers starting RB is active.

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Noah Fant Nov 27 12:50pm ET
Noah Fant

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant missed the Week 9 upset win over the Denver Broncos after testing positive for COVID-19, but he returned in Week 10 and had a respectable five catches for 59 yards on six targets in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Fant last found the end zone in Week 6 and had a two-catch game in Week 8, so he's been pretty inconsistent in an offense with plenty of mouths to feed through the air. However, at the weakest position in fantasy, the 24-year-old remains in play as at least a low-end TE1 option. He'll be facing a Los Angeles Chargers defense in Week 12 that hasn't allowed much through the air this season, but they have surrendered the second-most fantasy points per game (11.7) to the TE position in 2021. Fant has the opportunity to come out of the bye week with a strong performance.

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Courtland Sutton Nov 27 12:40pm ET
Courtland Sutton

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton signed a four-year contract extension worth $60.8 million during the bye week. The 26-year-old has proven to be an excellent deep threat on the outside and has bounced back from his ACL tear in 2020, but he has taken a back seat in the offense ever since Jerry Jeudy returned from his high ankle sprain in Week 8. In three games with Jeudy back in the picture, Sutton has only five receptions for 78 yards on nine targets. Nine targets over a three-game span just isn't going to cut it. Sutton can still win with physicality down the field, but he'll have a tough matchup against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that is allowing the fifth-fewest receiving yards this season. Perhaps the Broncos will manufacture more ways to get Sutton the ball coming off their bye, but he'll be a touchdown-dependent WR3/flex, at best, in Week 12.

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Zane Gonzalez Nov 27 12:30pm ET
Zane Gonzalez

Carolina Panthers kicker Zane Gonzalez is a streaming option against the Dolphins in Week 12. Gonzalez has been generally reliable this season, going 19-for-21 in field goals and 18-for-19 in extra points. Miami allows the fourth-most points to fantasy kickers, so the 26-year-old is a good streaming option.

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Javonte Williams Nov 27 12:30pm ET
Javonte Williams

Denver Broncos rookie running back Javonte Williams has 103 carries and 127 total touches in 296 offensive snaps through 10 games this year, while Melvin Gordon has 118 carries and 139 total touches in 344 snaps. Denver is the only team to have two tailbacks with at least 500 rushing yards (Gordon 522, Williams 514) and one of only two teams with two 100-carry RBs. Williams has been more explosive and has shown more big-play ability -- 5.0 yards per carry and a team-high six runs of 20-plus yards -- but Gordon is expected to remain the starter in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Gordon has been more valuable in fantasy because he's found the end zone more, but Williams will have nice RB2 upside this Sunday against a Bolts defense that has allowed the most rushing yards per game (145.1) this year.

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Nelson Agholor Nov 27 12:30pm ET
Nelson Agholor

New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor is coming off one of his best performances of the season. He hauled in all five of his targets for 40 yards and one touchdown last week. Although, it's worth noting that Agholor has finished with less than five receptions in every game, but two this season. There is normally a handful of targets for Agholor, but he doesn't always make them count. In Week 12, he'll face a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to wideouts this season. This certainly seems like a favorable spot for Agholor to do some damage. Despite that, he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a desperation deep league option.

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Kendrick Bourne Nov 27 12:30pm ET
Kendrick Bourne

New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has hauled in 19 of his last 23 targets, which is quite outstanding. The speedy wideout seems to make the play when targeted, but there isn't always yardage after the catch. In fact, has surpassed 45 yards only once over his last four games. In Week 12, he'll get a Tennessee Titans defense that ranks ninth in pass DVOA this season. At this point, Bourne appears to be primarily a PPR option due to the lack of yardage. He might be able to produce WR4 value for this Week 12 matchup.

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Jerry Jeudy Nov 27 12:30pm ET
Jerry Jeudy

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is still looking for the first touchdown of his sophomore season, but he's also only played in four games in 2021 after suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener. Since returning from that injury, he has 16 catches on 21 targets for 156 yards (9.75 yards per catch). Although fantasy managers would like to see more, the good news is that the coaching staff is finding creative ways to get the ball in Jeudy's hands, and he's been quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's preferred target over Courtland Sutton in the last three games. Capping his upside is the fact that the Broncos have been spreading the ball around to all of their offensive weapons, and Jeudy will be a WR3/flex against a Chargers defense that is allowing the fifth-fewest receiving yards per game (224.6) in 2021.

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Ian Thomas Nov 27 12:20pm ET
Ian Thomas

Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas should be far away from starting lineups in Week 12. The 25-year-old has posted three receptions for 26 yards total in the last three games and that goes to show how little of a role he has in this offense. There are much better TE options to start in fantasy this week.

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Melvin Gordon Nov 27 12:20pm ET
Melvin Gordon

The Denver Broncos still have plenty of confidence in running back Melvin Gordon III despite the fact that he's fumbled twice in the last three games, and his last one in Week 10 was returned for a touchdown. "Melvin's one of the top backs in this league," head coach Vic Fangio said. Despite the fumbling issues, Gordon leads the team with 522 rushing yards on 118 carries (4.4 yards per carry) and has found the end zone seven times (five rushing, two receiving) while sharing snaps with rookie Javonte Williams almost evenly. There's no reason to think the Broncos will change their backfield game plan in Week 12 against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that is surrendering the most rushing yards per game (145.1). Gordon will be an RB2 in fantasy in this revenge game.

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Tua Tagovailoa Nov 27 12:20pm ET
Tua Tagovailoa

The Carolina Panthers defense is a top-five option for Week 12 against the Dolphins. This unit has gotten 30 sacks, eight picks, and 14 forced fumbles on the season thus far. While they do allow more points in some games, this unit has generally done a good job against weaker offenses. The Dolphins don't have an explosive offense and Tua Tagovailoa is still a young QB who is prone to mistakes, so there is reason to stream the Panthers defense this week with confidence.

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Jakobi Meyers Nov 27 12:20pm ET
Jakobi Meyers

New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers has failed to surpass 50 receiving yards in each of his last six games. Although, it's worth noting that Meyers has seen four or more targets in every game this season. His production has been inconsistent, which makes him a difficult fantasy option on a weekly basis. Fantasy managers should consider Meyers a low-end flex option in PPR formats for Week 12. He'll face off against a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to wideouts this season. The Patriots aren't exactly a pass-heavy team, but this is a favorable matchup for Meyers. The targets should be there, which makes him a solid candidate for PPR formats in Week 12.

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D.J. Moore Nov 27 12:10pm ET
D.J. Moore

Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore is a WR2 option in Week 12 against the Dolphins. Moore's production has dipped a bit recently after a hot start to the season. In the last three games, he's posted 50 yards only once. Still, the WR is the top pass-catching option on this team and the target share will be there each week. Miami allows the second-most fantasy points to wideouts, so this could be the week Moore gets back on track.

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Teddy Bridgewater Nov 27 12:10pm ET
Teddy Bridgewater

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is coming off the bye week looking to put the team's disappointing Week 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the rearview mirror. A week after a huge upset over the Dallas Cowboys, Bridgewater went 22-for-36 for 226 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Bridgewater hasn't turned the ball over since Week 7, but he has only thrown for 300-plus yards twice this year and not since Week 6. The Los Angeles Chargers defense won't exactly make it easy on Bridgewater to put up big numbers, either -- they've allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards per game (209.9), although they've been more generous to QBs in recent weeks in fantasy. In Denver's run-first, ball-control offense, Bridgewater will come out of the bye as a low-end QB2 once again.

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