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Jimmy Garoppolo set to return from injury for 49ers

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.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has found most of his red-zone success this year when he bounces his runs outside of the tackles. Cook has scored five of his six red-zone touchdowns in 2020 on runs outside the tackle box, recording the most such red-zone scores in the league among running backs despite missing Week 6 and half of Week 5 with a groin injury. Four of his red-zone touchdowns have come with quarterback Kirk Cousins under center. Cook has 88 rushing yards (5.2 yards per carry) and an 88.2 percent success rate on his red-zone rushes this year. The Vikings have their bye this week and Cook is expected to return in Week 8 against the Packers. As one of the most productive running backs in the league, Cook is a must-start RB1 if he's active.

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Davante Adams Oct 21 3:50pm ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will try and get his season cooking in Week 7 against the Texans. Adams was fantastic in Week 1 with 14 receptions for 156 yards and two scores but a hamstring injury has hampered him since. Adams returned to the lineup last week, posting 61 yards and now will face a Texans Defense that is allowing the 15th fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers. The Texans have allowed nine touchdowns to receivers and opponents have completed 73% of their passes to wideouts. Adams will be a low-tier WR1 in Week 7.

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Derrick Henry Oct 21 3:50pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has four red-zone touchdowns this year on carries inside the tackles on handoffs from quarterback Ryan Tannehill while under center through five games. His one rushing touchdown that didn't come with Tannehill under center came last week when Henry took a direct snap in the overtime win over the Texans. Henry has 97 rushing yards in the red zone, five touchdowns and a 57.6 percent success rate. The bruising back ran 22 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6, single-handedly helping his fantasy managers to victory. The unstoppable force will meet the immovable force of the Steelers Defense in Week 7, as Pittsburgh has allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. Still, Henry remains an elite high-end RB1 that can't be benched.

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Robert Tonyan Oct 21 3:50pm ET

Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan will have a solid shot at getting back on the fantasy map in Week 7 against the Texans. Tonyan had posted five touchdowns in three games before being held to only 25 receiving yards last week against the Buccaneers. Tonyan could find himself back in the end zone this week against a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th fewest fantasy points to tight ends. That ranking may seem middle-of-the-pack but the Texans also have allowed the seventh most receptions to the tight end position. Tonyan has a chance at posting top-10 numbers among tight end's in Week 7.

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Travis Fulgham Oct 21 3:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham will look to continue his hot streak in Week 7 against the New York Giants. Fulgham came off the practice squad in Week 4 and has now scored a touchdown in three straight weeks, totaling 18 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns. With DeSean Jackson back but Zach Ertz (ankle) and Miles Sanders (knee) out, Fulgham should still see a lot of targets thrown his way from quarterback Carson Wentz. The Giants Defense has a shutdown corner in James Bradberry, but he'll likely be tasked with shutting down DeSean Jackson in this one. Fulgham is an intruiging WR3 with upside.

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Aaron Rodgers Oct 21 3:40pm ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will try and get back on track in Week 7 against the Texans. Rodgers had entered the MVP conversation through the first month but was completely stifled by the Buccaneers last week. The veteran passer will have a shot at redemption against a Texans Defense that is allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Texans have allowed seven touchdowns over their last three games and an average of 308 passing yards a game. Houston's season is on the ropes and this presents a favorable opportunity for Rodgers to bounce back as a QB1 in Week 7.

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Kareem Hunt Oct 21 3:40pm ET

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt can do it all in the red zone for the Browns. He's rushed for three touchdowns and has caught three touchdowns in the red zone this season for a 61.1 percent success rate. Hunt is the only running back in the NFL to have a receiving touchdown when lined up out wide in the red zone. The 25-year-old was held to just 40 rushing yards on 13 carries in the Week 6 blowout loss to the Steelers, but he remains a locked-in RB1 with Nick Chubb (knee) sidelined with his injury. Hunt will face a Bengals Defense in Week 7 that has allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to running backs per game, including 26 receptions for 181 yards and a touchdown through the air.

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Aaron Jones Oct 21 3:40pm ET

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T.J. Hockenson Oct 21 3:30pm ET

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson will try and extend his touchdown streak to three games in Week 7 against the Falcons. Hockenson has three touchdowns this season, including one of each of his last two games, and will face a Falcons Defense that has already allowed seven touchdowns to the tight end position. Atlanta is allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Hockenson has become a go-to option for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Hockenson has not seen more than seven targets in a game but will have touchdown-dependent fantasy value in Week 7.

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Adam Thielen Oct 21 3:30pm ET

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D'Andre Swift Oct 21 3:30pm ET

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Adrian Peterson Oct 21 3:30pm ET

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Alvin Kamara Oct 21 3:30pm ET

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Joe Mixon Oct 21 3:20pm ET

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Kenny Golladay Oct 21 3:20pm ET

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Anthony Miller Oct 21 3:00pm ET

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Jimmy Graham Oct 21 3:00pm ET

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Matthew Stafford Oct 21 3:00pm ET

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DeSean Jackson Oct 21 2:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is set to return to the field in Week 7 against the New York Giants. Jackson has been limited to three games so far this season, catching 10 passes for 121 yards on 20 targets. He'll likely be looked at as the team's top receiving threat, which could be an issue facing off the Giants and defensive back James Bradberry. The potential matchup with Bradberry combined with the general struggles of the Eagles offense and Jackson's ever-present risk of re-injury make him just a WR5 in this one.

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Allen Robinson Oct 21 2:50pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II may have his toughest test of the season against the Rams in Week 7. Los Angeles heads into the Monday night matchup allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. They have allowed only one receiver to post 100 yards against them and no opposing pass-catcher has posted more than 13 fantasy points in one game. Robinson leads the Bears with 474 yards and is averaging 11 targets a game. The matchup is difficult but the Bears will need Robinson to produce if they have any hopes of winning in Week 7. Robinson will carry shaky WR2 value against the Rams this week.

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