Fri Oct 9 6:39pm ET
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, right, greets quarterback Nick Mullens during warm-ups before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo will return as starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers this week after missing the past two games with a sprained ankle.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will start Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins. Shanahan wanted to see how Garoppolo made it through a full week of practice before making his decision.
''Each day he got better,'' Shanahan said Friday. ''Never felt too sore the next day. So, we needed to hear that today and see him out there today and we feel good to go.''
Garoppolo had hoped not to miss any time with the injury, having played through ankle sprains before. But this was a more severe high ankle sprain which made it impossible for him to move well enough to avoid danger in the pocket.
He was able to show he was healthy in practice and will provide a needed spark for the 49ers (2-2), who lost 25-20 at home last week to Philadelphia.
''Ankle is feeling really good right now,'' Garoppolo said. ''Got the last couple of weeks off to get it right. The training staff, I tip my hat to those guys, they did a great job with me, just preparing me and everything. But, as far as getting out there, I mean, we've had the whole week to work on it. So, it's feeling pretty good right now.''
San Francisco has a 20-6 record when Garoppolo starts, compared to a 5-21 mark with any other quarterback since Shanahan arrived in 2017.
Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards and 27 TD passes last season to lead the Niners to 13 wins and was 33 for 49 for 390 yards, four TDs and no interceptions in six quarters this season.
The Niners could have almost all of their key pieces back on offense with running back Raheem Mostert questionable after missing two games with a knee injury and receiver Deebo Samuel questionable with an illness.
Samuel hasn't been allowed at the facility the past two days because he had a fever and aches earlier in the week. Samuel has taken part in meetings and will be allowed back once he passes one more coronavirus test.
Mostert, Samuel, All-Pro tight end George Kittle and first-round receiver Brandon Aiyuk have all missed games this season so the Niners are looking forward to the possibility of having all their important pieces available together for the first time.
''That's exactly how we envisioned it in the offseason,'' fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. ''It's great to finally have everybody healthy and in there together.''
Shanahan also said C.J. Beathard has moved ahead of Nick Mullens on the depth chart and will be Garoppolo's backup Sunday. Mullens played well in his first start this season before getting pulled in last week's loss to Philadelphia after committing three turnovers.
Beathard played well in relief and now will get the first shot if anything happens to Garoppolo.
NOTES: LB Dre Greenlaw will also return after missing two games with a quadriceps injury. ... CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) is questionable for the game, while DE Ezekiel Ansah (biceps), CB Dontae Johnson (groin), CB Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) and CB K'Waun Williams (knee, hip) are out. ... Ansah and Williams will be placed on IR on Saturday and the Niners will call up at least one more cornerback from the practice squad.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 6
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.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II (foot) could make his season debut as soon as Sunday versus Arizona after he returned to practice Monday. Dorsett, who has been hampered by a foot injury, is eligible to return off of injured reserve and could be a solid deep threat for Russell Wilson during what should be a high-scoring affair against the Cardinals. Last season, Dorsett hauled in a career-high five touchdown receptions while with New England, and although hed slot in behind at least Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf on the Seattle wideout pecking order, he could eventually play his way into deep season-long format or DFS consideration with a string of strong performances. Check back for updates on Dorsetts status throughout the week as they become available.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (toe) could get back on the field as soon as Thursdays contest versus Philadelphia, as head coach Joe Judge indicated that Shepards status could be determined during a pre-game workout. Shepard has missed the teams previous four contests with turf toe, with a small window of activation from injured reserve existing before he could potentially return to the field. Having amassed eight receptions for 76 yards in his two appearances this season, Shepards return would put a damper on the fantasy outlook of Darius Slayton and Golden Tate, who would remain appealing plays should Shepard remain out. Check back ahead of Thursday for an update on his status.
The Dallas Cowboys have declared QB Garrett Gilbert, LB Luke Gifford, WR Malik Turner, LB Rashad Smith, CB Reggie Robinson II and CB Saivion Smith inactive for Week 6.
Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury during the Week 6 game and has been ruled out.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor (hamstring) has been ruled out for the remainder of Mondays contest versus Buffalo after exiting in the first half with a hamstring injury. Additionally, offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (back) has also been ruled out, further hampering the Kansas City o-line. Okafor made his sixth tackle of the season prior to his departure, with Tanoh Kpassagnon likely to see a larger workload on the edge for the remainder of the contest. Despite some injury blows to the Chiefs Defense, the team should be in a prime season-long fantasy spot over the coming weeks with matchups against the Broncos, Jets, and Panthers on the horizon.
San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) is most likely headed toward a stint on injured reserve due to a high ankle sprain, per 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Mostert had just worked his way back from a knee injury, but will now miss considerable time with another lower-body injury, paving the way for Jerick McKinnon to become a fantasy commodity in nearly any-sized season-long league. A full-time starter for the first time this season, Mostert has averaged 5.9 yards per carry over four contests. Those with IR slots available in season-long formats can wait on his ankle injury to heal, while DFS fantasy managers can begin eyeing McKinnon on Sunday versus New England.
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain during the Week 6 game and likely will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Fantasy Spin: Jerick McKinnon, Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty probably will all see playing time while Mostert is out of the lineup. McKinnon may have the most value among the three and can be a flex option in leagues. Fantasy players can consider adding Wilson and Hasty if they are available.
The Arizona Cardinals have declared LB Isaiah Irving, WR KeeSean Johnson, QB Brett Hundley, LB Kylie Fitts, OT Joshua Miles and RB Eno Benjamin inactive for Week 6.
New Orleans Saints running back/wide receiver Ty Montgomery (hamstring) is nearing a return to action, potentially as soon as Sunday versus Carolina after he was designated to return off of injured reserve Monday. Montgomery has appeared in just two games for the Saints this season, carrying the ball once and netting two receptions in a multi-faceted role. Despite his prior fantasy appeal during his time with Green Bay, Montgomery is likely on the outside looking in for a considerable role with New Orleans due to the teams depth at the skill positions. He could be an appealing small slate DFS option, but he would still need to prove healthy before that becomes a consideration.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 19. The Eagles did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Fantasy Spin: Jeffery has appeared to be close for several weeks but still has not made his season debut. Fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his official status, but he would be a risky fantasy option if he is active.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 19. The Eagles did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Fantasy Spin: Ertz is expected to miss several weeks because of his ankle injury, so fantasy players should look for other options. None of the other Eagles tight ends should be fantasy options.
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 19. The Eagles did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Fantasy Spin: Jackson has been limited during practice over the last few weeks and may have a chance to play in Week 7. Fantasy players should continue to monitor the situation because Jackson can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option if he plays.
Los Angeles Chargers DE Melvin Ingram (knee) and Justin Jones (shoulder) were designated for return from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 19.
New Orleans Saints LB Kiko Alonso (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Oct. 19.