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Studs and Duds: Week 2

Mon Sep 16 9:09am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

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It was quite an entertaining week of games around the league. There weren’t a ton of high-scoring shootouts but several games were close and decided late. Nine games were decided by less than a touchdown. That is pretty remarkable, showing just how close this league can be on a weekly basis.

From a fantasy perspective, it was just a so-so week. There was good and bad. Six quarterbacks had at least three touchdown passes. And six quarterbacks also hit the 300-yard mark. That isn't a huge week from the quarterback spot but decent. 

Rushing games didn’t see a ton of success for the second straight week. We had six running backs hit the 100-yard mark. There was just one running back that had multiple rushing touchdowns and that was a player no one used (Jeffery Wilson). It was not a great week at the running back spot. 

Receivers had a little more success with 15 players hitting the 100-yard mark. And five receivers had multiple scores in Week 2. So receivers weren’t off the charts but pretty good. 

Overall, it was a mixed bag in Week 2. Here is to hoping you were on the positive end of things and came out on top this week. 

Bucs 20, Panthers 14

Fantasy Stud: Chris Godwin. Godwin scored a touchdown for the second straight game and also hit the 100-yard mark in this one. He had eight receptions for 121 yards and a score. Godwin has outplayed Mike Evans the first two games of the season and sure looks his way to a breakout season, like many predicted.

Fantasy Dud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had an awful game for his standards. He had just 53 total yards in the game. And it wasn’t for a big lack of touches. He had 16 carries and two receptions. The Bucs just did a good job containing him. It really looked like their focus was accounting for McCaffrey throughout the game. We wouldn’t expect another game like this from McCaffrey in the near future, but it shows he is at least human.

Game Notes: Cam Newton really struggled in this one. He missed on a lot of throws, going 25-of-51 for 333 yards without a touchdown or interception. Newton still doesn't look quite right, missing on a lot of throws he normally makes. 

Petyon Barber dominated the work at running back for the Bucs. He ran 23 times for 82 yards and a touchdown compared to four carries for nine yards from Ronald Jones. Barber seems to have a pretty strong hold on the starter’s job at this point.

49ers 41, Bengals 17

Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo had a great showing the second time out this year, going 17-of-25 for 297 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. It was a very encouraging showing as he returns form his major knee injury. He seems to be rounding into form and could be a help to fantasy teams the rest of the way.

Fantasy Dud: Joe Mixon. Mixon was able to play and had double-digit carries, but did very little. He ran 11 times for just 17 yards. Mixon also had three receptions for just 10 yards. The good news was Mixon didn't look too slowed in the game. He should get better going forward. 

Game Notes: Tyler Boyd had a huge game, catching 10 passes for 122 yards. Boyd has 18 receptions and 21 targets in two games this year, getting a ton of volume in this offense.

Matt Breida did a great job as the lead back for the 49ers, rushing 13 times for 124 Yards. He also had a catch for 11 yards, giving him 135 total yards.

Lions 13, Chargers 10

Fantasy Stud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler continues to excel as the lead back for the Chargers. He had 17 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 67 yards. He had 175 total yards and a score. Ekeler has touchdowns each of the first two games and 12 total receptions. He has been a fantasy star to start the season.

Fantasy Dud: Philip Rivers. This doesn’t happen much but Rivers went without a score in this game. He was 21-of-36 for 293 yards with an interception. Rivers had a three-touchdown game to open the season, so this game was a bit of a surprise. Rivers can still produce at a high level but don’t be surprised if he has a few more dud games along the way. He isn’t getting any younger.

Game Notes: Kenny Golladay hit the 100-yard mark, catching eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Golladay has touchdowns each of the first two games this season.

Keenan Allen had eight receptions for the second straight game. He had eight receptions for 98 yards. He has been targeted 25 times in two games.

Colts 19, Titans 17

Fantasy Stud: Jacoby Brissett. Brissett didn’t throw for many yards (146) but had three touchdown passes. He made plays in the red zone and produced well for all the fantasy owners that took a chance on him. Brissett has five touchdowns to just one interception his first two games. He is taking care of the ball and finding the end zone.

Fantasy Dud: Marlon Mack. Mack wasn’t much of a factor in this one after a huge Week 1. He did get 20 carries, but managed just 51 yards. He averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. He also caught two passes for 12 yards, producing little for all his fantasy owners. The good news is he continues to get a ton of volume. This was a tough matchup, so expect Mack to do just fine going forward.

Game Notes: Derrick Henry found the end zone for the second straight game. He had 15 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 12 yards, going him 93 total yards.

Eric Ebron had a much better showing after catching just a ball in Week 1. He had three receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown. Ebron showed his red-zone prowess once again. 

Packers 21, Vikings 16

Fantasy Stud: Dalvin Cook. Cook had his second straight huge game, making a case for top fantasy back right now. He ran 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 37 yards, giving him 191 total yards. Cook has back-to-back 100-yard games to start his season and seems well on his way to a monster season if he can stay healthy.

Fantasy Dud: Jimmy Graham. Graham showed some promise in the opener but didn’t do anything this week. He went without a reception on two targets. It was a disappointing showing after giving fantasy owners some hope last week. Graham is looking like a pure streaming play for fantasy teams.

Game Notes: Jones was a dud last week but looked great here, rushing 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 34 yards, giving him 150 total yards. Jones showed his huge potential in this matchup. 

Davante Adams rebounded nicely from Week 1, catching seven passes for 106 yards. He looked a lot more like the Adams from last season. 

Patriots 43, Dolphins 0

Fantasy Stud: Patriots defense. This unit absolutely dominated the Dolphins. It was an unbelievable showing from a fantasy perspective. The Patriots defense scored two touchdowns on interception returns. The team had four interceptions in all and had seven sacks. This defense is looking to be legit and one of the best for fantasy purposes this year. 

Fantasy Dud: Josh Gordon. Gordon had a quiet game, having two receptions for just 19 yards. The addition of Antonio Brown and the Patriots throwing just 28 passes led to the down showing for Gordon. He is still going to have some big games in this offense but could be a little more up and down because of the factors mentioned.   

Game Notes: Antonio Brown was active and led the team in receptions and yards. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brown was kind of eased back into action this week but should get a lot more work the rest of the way - as long as he is on the field.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was a disaster for the second straight game. He was 11-of-21 for 89 yards with three interceptions. He was replaced by Josh Rosen once again. Rosen wasn’t much better, going 7-of-18 for 97 yards with an interception. 

Bills 28, Giants 14

Fantasy Stud: Saquon Barkley. Barkley got it done on the ground once again. He rushed 18 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 28 yards, giving him 135 total yards. Barkley has two straight 100-yard games to start his season. The Giants might not be very good, but Barkley keeps getting it done for all his fantasy teams. 

Fantasy Dud: Eli Manning. Manning wasn’t much of a help to fantasy teams once again. He was 26-of-45 for 250 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. You have to wonder how much longer Manning will keep the starting job if the Giants keep losing and Manning keeps struggling. His time could be coming to an end shortly. 

Game Notes: Frank Gore started and had a decent game, rushing 19 times for 68 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Devin Singletary continues to impress with his work, though, running six times for 57 yards and a touchdown. He did injury his hamstring in the game and was lifted. So this is an injury to watch with Singletary playing well when on the field. 

John Brown had seven receptions for 72 yards. He has 14 receptions in two games, having seven receptions each of his first two games.

Seahawks 28, Steelers 26

Fantasy Stud: Vance McDonald. McDonald didn’t have a bunch of yards but racked up seven receptions and scored twice. He had seven catches for 38 yards and two scores. McDonald might not get a ton of yards this year but should get a good amount of targets and red-zone looks in tis offense. He should be considered a low-end No. 1.

Fantasy Dud: Donte Moncrief. Moncrief led the Steelers in targets in Week 1, having 10, so many had some hope for him this week. Well, Moncrief disappointed all those that used him. He failed to catch a pass. So after two games, he has three receptions for seven yards. Moncrief is not a fantasy player to be used right now.

Game Notes: Ben Roethlisberger injured his right elbow and unable to return. He was 8-of-15 for 75 yards without a touchdown or an interceptions. Mason Rudolph played pretty well in relief, finishing 12-of-19 for 112 years and two touchdowns with an interception. 

Rashaad Penny led the Seahawks in rushing. He ran 10 time for 62 yard and a touchdown. He outgained Chris Carson, who had 15 carries for 61 yards. 

Cowboys 31, Redskins 21

Fantasy Stud: Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott got a much bigger workload this week and did well with his chances, rushing 23 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for nine yards, giving him 120 total yards. Elliott doesn't seem to have any snap restrictions on him going forward and should be an elite fantasy back the rest of the way. He is just getting going. 

Fantasy Dud: Vernon Davis. Davis looked to have a bigger role in the offense once again with Jordan Reed out. He had some big things expected from him after the Cowboys were torched by the tight end in their opener. Davis wasn’t much of a factor, though, having three receptions for 29 yards. He still has some potential in this pass-first offense when starting but expect inconsistent production at this stage of his career. 

Game Notes: Terry McLaurin followed his rookie debut with another strong showing. He led the team in receiving once again, catching five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. McLaurin has touchdowns each of his first two games and 16 targets during that stretch. 

Devin Smith was a big surprise, catching three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown on three targets. He could be getting more chances going forward after this big game.

Ravens 23, Cardinals 17

Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson followed his big opener with another great game. He was a much bigger factor as a runner after doing little running in Week 1. He hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 16 times for 120 yards. He also was 24-of-37 for 272 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Jackson is off to a fantastic start and looking to be a huge fantasy factor in year two of his career.

Fantasy Dud: David Johnson. Johnson was able to find the end zone but did about zero besides that score. He ran seven times for 14 yards and caught pass for no gain. He also injured his elbow in the game but was able to play with the injury. Johnson had a good game in the opener, but did not look good in this one. It might be more of the same erratic play going forward, playing in an offense that runs the ball little.

Game Notes: Mark Andrews had his second straight 100-yard showing. He had eight receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. Andrews has eight receptions and at least 100 yard each of his first two games.

The Cardinals had two 100-yard receivers. Christian Kirk had six receptions for 114 yards and Larry Fitzgerald caught five passes for 104 yards. This could be the norm in this pass-first offense. 

Texans 13, Jaguars 12

Fantasy Stud: D.J. Chark. Chark continues his emergence in the Jaguars passing game. He had seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Chark has touchdowns each of his first two game and 11 total receptions. He is becoming the go-to target in this Jaguars passing attack. He deserves to be owned in all fantasy formats. 

Fantasy Dud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a really down game for his standards. He did not throw a touchdown pass and failed to even hit 200-passing yards. He was 16-of-29 for 159 yards without a touchdown or interception. He did get a rushing touchdown, which helped his overall numbers, but it was still a really poor showing for Watson. He scored little. 

Game Notes: Gardner Minshew made his debut as the starting quarterback for the Jaguars and didn’t do too badly. He was 23-of-33 for 213 yards and a touchdown without an interception. The Jaguars don’t seem too afraid of going Minshew passing often as their starter. 

Carlos Hyde led the Texans in rushing, getting 20 carries for 90 yards. Hyde has 80-plus rushing yards each of his first two games this season. 

Chiefs 28, Raiders 10

Fantasy Stud: Patrick Mahomes. Not a surprise but Mahomes put on a clinic in this one. And this came after a slow start to his game, getting shutout in the first quarter. That didn’t stop Mahomes from producing big, though. He was 30-of-44 for 443 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He is the best fantasy quarterback in the game and maybe the best fantasy player. He just posts huge numbers every week.

Fantasy Dud: Damien Williams. Williams had some touches but that didn’t produce much. He ran nine times for just eight yards, averaging less than a yard per carry. He did get a little work in the passing game, catching three passes for 48 yards. But overall, it was a dud of a game from Williams. LeSean McCoy actually out-touched him in the game, having 14 touches for 23 yards. 

Game Notes: Demarcus Robinson had a monster game, getting a chance for an expanded role in the offense. He caught six passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson might be playing his way into a bigger role going forward. 

Darren Waller led the Raiders in receiving, catching six passes for 63 yards. Waller has 13 receptions in two games and is a huge part of this passing game right now. 

Rams 27, Saints 9 

Fantasy Stud: Michael Thomas. Thomas didn’t score or hit the 100-yard mark, but he had 10 receptions. He finished with 10 catches for 89 yards. Thomas has double-digit receptions each of his first games to start the year. He is going to have another huge year as the top pass catcher in this offense. 

Fantasy Dud: Alvin Kamara. Kamara was surprisingly quiet in what seemed a great fantasy matchup for him. He ran 13 times for 45 yards and caught just a pass for 15 yards. You expected much better from him, especially in a game setup to be a high-scoring affair. Kamara will be just fine, but this game likely did in a lot of his fantasy owners.

Game Notes: Drew Brees injured his hand early in the game and was unable to continue. He tried to grip and throw a ball on the sidelines to return to the game but was unable to make it work. This is an obvious injury to watch going forward. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. 

Cooper Kupp had his first 100-yard game of the season. He finished with five receptions for 120 yards. He has been targeted 19 times in two games. 

Bears 16, Broncos 14

Fantasy Stud: Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders looks all the way back from his torn Achilles’ from last year. He had a huge game, catching 11 passes for 98 yards and a touchdowns. He also converted a two-point try to give the team a brief lead in the game. Sanders is looking like a bargain for fantasy teams right now, having two straight strong showings to start his season. 

Fantasy Dud: Tarik Cohen. Cohen was not a factor in this game, having six touches. He ran four times for 18 yards and caught two passes for seven yards. Cohen is a little hard to trust right now, plashing in an offense that rotates three backs. Cohen has 74 total yards in two games.

Game Notes: David Montgomery dominated carries for the Bears, rushing 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. he had 14 more carries than the next back. This could be a trend going forward. 

Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay split the work at running back for the Broncos. Freeman had the better game, rushing 11 times for 54 yards. He also caught five passes for 48 yards, giving him 102 total yards. Lindsay had 13 carries for 36 yards and caught four passes for 30 yards, giving him 66 total yards. 

Falcons 24, Eagles 20

Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones. Jones didn’t get the volume of work he normally gets but made the most of his chances. He had five receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Jones has touchdowns each of his first two game and 11 receptions in those games. He is having another fine season and performing like an elite fantasy receiver once again. 

Fantasy Dud: Miles Sanders. Sanders did lead the team in carries this week but had little room to run. He finished with 10 carries for 28 yards. And he caught three passes for just nine yards. Sanders is off to a slow start to his rookie year with the Eagles struggling to run the ball. The good news for Sanders is Jordan Howard is doing little as well, rushing eight times for 18 yards in this game. 

Game Notes: Both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery left the game with injuries. Jackson injured his groin and Jeffery suffered a calf injury. Both injuries are something to monitor with both players starting at receiver for the Eagles.

Calvin Ridley had his first 100-yard game of the year and found the end zone for the second straight week. Ridley had eight recipients for 105 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets.

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.

Player Notes
Marcus Mariota Oct 15 9:43pm ET

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be replaced by backup Ryan Tannehill Sunday, Oct. 20, for the Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Fantasy Spin: Mariota should be kept in dynasty leagues, as the former No. 2 overall pick will surely get a look elsewhere is the Titans choose to part ways, but his time in Tennessee appears to be done. He can be dropped in all redraft formats and all but the deepest of keeper leagues.

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Oct 15 9:43pm ET

New York Jets DB Bennett Jackson was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Jalen Mills Oct 15 9:33pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles CB Jalen Mills (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Ryan Tannehill Oct 15 9:33pm ET

Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill was informed Tuesday, Oct. 15, he'll get the Week 7 start against the Los Angeles Chargers, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Fantasy Spin: Tannehill becomes nothing more than a low-end QB2 even in an adequate matchup. He can be scooped up in deeper two-quarterback leagues, but he shouldn't be started this week unless there are no other available options.

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Peyton Barber Oct 15 9:23pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Dare Ogunbowale led the backfield with 46 offensive snaps played in the Week 6 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Peyton Barber played 19 snaps and Ronald Jones saw just 13.

Fantasy Spin: Ogunbowale was rarely used when on the field, rushing just once for a three-yard touchdown while catching three of five passes for 22 yards. The Bucs trailed by large amounts for much of the game so this one-game sample shouldn't be worth much. Jones remains the most appealing of the three.

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Stephon Tuitt Oct 15 9:23pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (pectoral) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Jalen Ramsey Oct 15 8:23pm ET

Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Oct. 15, in exchange for a 2020 first-round draft pick, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick, the Jaguars announced.

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Alvin Kamara Oct 15 8:23pm ET

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) is dealing with a high-ankle type issue that will limit him in practice through the week, a source told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero Tuesday, Oct. 15. Kamara believes he still has a shot to play against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Latavius Murray becomes a hot commodity on waiver wires wherever he's available. He doesn't possess Kamara-level abilities in the passing game, but he'll see the necessary volume on the ground even in a difficult matchup. Dwayne Washington is the only other RB on the roster.

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Marcus Peters Oct 15 7:53pm ET

Baltimore Ravens CB Marcus Peters will make his debut with the team Sunday, Oct. 20, against the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Theo Riddick Oct 15 7:23pm ET

Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock (thumb), RB Theo Riddick (shoulder), TE Jake Butt (knee) and WR Tim Patrick (hand) are likely to return to practice next week, according to Mike Klis of 9News Tuesday, Oct. 15. Only two of the four will be able to be activated at that time.

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Alex Smith Oct 15 7:13pm ET

Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) was spotted on the practice field Monday, Oct. 14, by Ben Standig of The Athletic. Smith is 11 months removed from the leg injury which ended his 2018 season and threatens his career. The veteran was throwing a variety of routes with two team officials and was later seen with a compression sleeve on his leg.

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Jason Pierre-Paul Oct 15 6:13pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) participated in practice Tuesday, Oct. 15, opening the 21-day window for him to be activated to the 53-man roster. Pierre-Paul has spent all season on the Non-Football Injury list following an offseason car accident.

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Emmanuel Sanders Oct 15 6:03pm ET

Denver Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (foot) was listed as a non-participant in practice Tuesday, Oct. 15, while CB Duke Dawson (foot), OT Ja'Wuan James (knee) and DE Derek Wolfe (hip) were limited. DE Shelby Harris (ribs), OG Ronald Leary (shoulder), NT Mike Purcell (knee), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and S Will Parks (wrist) were listed as full participants. All of Tuesday's listings were estimates, as Denver held a walk-through as opposed to a formal practice.

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Sammy Watkins Oct 15 5:53pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (groin), CB Kendall Fuller (thumb), DT Chris Jones (groin) and OG Andrew Wylie (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 15. WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was limited. OT Cameron Erving (groin), LB Anthony Hitchens (groin), DT Derrick Nnadi (elbow), LB Dorian O'Daniel (hamstring), OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle), WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder), QB Patrick Mahomes (ankle) and FB Anthony Sherman (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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Cody Kessler Oct 15 5:33pm ET

New England Patriots QB Cody Kessler was released Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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P.J. Williams Oct 15 5:23pm ET

New Orleans Saints CB P.J. Williams was suspended for two games on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He is eligible to return in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Michael Burton Oct 15 5:23pm ET

Washington Redskins TE Jerome Cunningham (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 15. FB Michael Burton was signed to fill his spot on the roster.

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Marcus Peters Oct 15 4:43pm ET

Los Angeles Rams CB Marcus Peters was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for LB Kenny Young and an undisclosed 2020 draft pick on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Josh Ferguson Oct 15 4:13pm ET

Free-agent RB Josh Ferguson worked out for the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Chris Thompson Oct 15 4:03pm ET

Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (toe) was diagnosed with a mild case of turf toe and his availability for Week 7 is 'in some doubt,' according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Spin: It couldn't be much worse timing for fantasy owners or the Redskins, as they are about ready to start a three-game stretch leading into the team's Week 10 in which Thompson figured to be quite busy. Wendell Smallwood is the most likely candidate to pick up the majority of snaps in the passing game if Thompson can't go, and he would be worth a flex play for however long Thompson needs to recover if that ends up being the case.

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