Sun Sep 22 12:38pm ET
By The Associated Press
Players: Josh McCown, Matt Bryant, Jimmy Graham, DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Harris, Demaryius Thomas, James Develin, A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery, Tavon Austin, James White, Albert Wilson, Jake Kumerow, Tyler Kroft, Jeff Driskel, Matt LaCosse, Carson Wentz, Trevor Davis, Andy Janovich, Paul Perkins, Damien Williams, Jonathan Williams, Nate Sudfeld, Corey Clement, Dallas Goedert, Mark Andrews, Tyreek Hill, Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison, Trace McSorley, DeShone Kizer, Travis Fulgham, Myles Gaskin, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Dexter Williams, Jake Dolegala, Michael Gallup, Jaleel Scott, Devin Singletary
Philadelphia Eagles' Alshon Jeffery, left, hangs onto a touchdown pass against Washington Redskins' Jon Bostic during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The Philadelphia Eagles will be without receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson for their game against visiting Detroit.
Jeffery and Jackson are both inactive Sunday. Jeffery, who had been listed as questionable, has a calf injury. Jackson won't play because of a groin injury.
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was active against the Lions after he was listed as questionable for the game with a calf injury.
Philadelphia quarterback Nate Sudfeld is active for the first time this season after a preseason wrist injury. Josh McCown will back up Carson Wentz.
In Foxborough, Massachusetts, New England Patriots running back James White will miss the matchup with the New York Jets to be his wife, who is expecting the birth of their child. Fullback James Develin didn't practice all week and is out with a neck injury. Special teams stalwart Nate Ebner is also sidelined with a groin issue, and right tackle Marcus Cannon is active after sitting out last week with a shoulder injury.
For the Jets, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was picked up in a trade with the Patriots earlier this month, will not face his former team. He is sidelined with a hamstring and knee issue. He joins quarterback Sam Darnold, who remains out with mononucleosis, and linebackers Jordan Jenkins (calf) and C.J. Mosley (groin) on the inactive list.
In Indianapolis, the Colts will be without two key defensive players - defensive end Jabaal Sheard and All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard. Sheard misses his third straight game with a knee injury. Leonard went into the concussion protocol after last Sunday's game and was not cleared in time to play this week against Atlanta.
Indy will have its top cornerback, Pierre Desir, who was diagnosed with a bruised right knee last week. Atlanta will use punter Matt Wile, who was signed this week in case Matt Bosher couldn't play because of an injured groin. Bosher, who also handles kickoffs, is inactive. Kicker Matt Bryant kicked off last week after Bosher was injured.
In Orchard Park, New York, injuries have thinned the Cincinnati Bengals' depth at left tackle, though third stringer Andre Smith will start despite being listed as being questionable last week because of a groin injury. Otherwise, starter Cordy Glenn will miss his third straight game because of a concussion. Starting left guard Michael Jordan is out after hurting his left knee last week.
The Bills had already ruled out rookie running back Devin Singletary, who hurt his left hamstring in a win over the New York Giants, and tight end Tyler Kroft, who hurt his left ankle in practice Thursday. A former Bengals player, Kroft was an offseason free agent addition who was on track to make his debut for the Bills after breaking his right foot in May.
In Arlington, Texas, Taco Charlton is active for the Miami Dolphins and will face his former team four days after the Dallas Cowboys waived their 2017 first-round draft pick.
The Dolphins claimed the underachieving defensive end on waivers a day after the Cowboys dropped him.
Linebacker Trent Harris will make his debut for the Dolphins, returning from a knee injury. Quarterback Josh Rosen will make his first start for Miami.
The Cowboys had already declared six players out: leading receiver Michael Gallup, wide receiver Tavon Austin (concussion), defensive end Tyrone Crawford (hip), safety Xavier Woods (ankle), defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (knee) and linebacker Luke Gifford (ankle).
In Minneapolis, Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes is active for the first time this season - his first appearance since tearing his left ACL in Week 6 last year - but four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr is out with a groin injury for Minnesota's game against Oakland.
For the Raiders, left guard Richie Incognito makes his debut after serving a two-game suspension, but right guard Gabe Jackson misses his third straight game because of a knee injury, and wide receiver Ryan Grant is also inactive, a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
In Kansas City, Missouri, Baltimore's Mark Andrews is active after dealing with a foot injury. He's the first tight end in franchise history with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. The Ravens wanted to see how Andrews moved during pregame warmups before making a decision.
In Green Bay, Wisconsin, Packers tight end Jimmy Graham is active after missing practice time this week because of a groin injury.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (ankle) continues to rehab his ankle, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Kirk must be 100 percent to play. Kirk has missed the last two games and doesn't really seem likely to suit up in Week 7 against the Giants. He remains stashing in most leagues in an offense that is starting to click with rookie quarterback Kyler Murray at the helm. If Kirk misses another game, Larry Fitzgerald, Damiere Byrd and rookie Keesean Johnson should continue to see expanded roles with Trent Sherfield also battling for a role. However, Fitz is really the only pass-catcher you can trust as a staple for fantasy lineups.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said he's "cautiously optimistic" that quarterback Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) will start in Week 7 against the Saints. However, there will be a "balancing act" in practice this week and Chase Daniel will also get some first-team work. Trubisky said he feels close to 100 percent and is practicing in full, so he should return to the starting lineup this Sunday, barring a practice setback. Trubisky and the Bears offense has been wildly mediocre this year, and the Saints Defense has been stingy against opposing quarterbacks in recent weeks. Trubisky will merely be a midrange QB2 if he plays.
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (leg), who suffered a gruesome leg injury in November of last year, said he wound up having 17 surgeries on his right leg. Smith developed an infection following an operation to fix the broken fibula and tibia he suffered against the Texans. The 35-year-old recently resumed throwing and hopes to return to the field again eventually, but it's a long shot that he'll be back in 2019. The fact that Smith has made it this far is even a minor miracle, and there's no guarantee he'll play another down in the NFL again. The 'Skins will move forward with Case Keenum under center for another week after getting their first win against the Dolphins in Week 6.
Miami Dolphins QB Josh Rosen was benched for Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills.
Fantasy Spin: It's a horrible matchup anyway, and Rosen could be back starting in a matter of weeks. He still has long-term appeal, but there is none for single-year formats.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol and was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Shepard missed last Thursday's game and will likely be questionable for Week 7 against the Cardinals. He'll have to gain clearance from the protocol later this week in order to have a shot at suiting up, making him a risky fantasy option despite the excellent matchup. Golden Tate and Darius Slayton would be the team's top two receivers if Shepard remains out, although the Cardinals will be getting cornerback Patrick Peterson back from suspension this week. Tight end Evan Engram (knee) is also on track to return after missing last week's game.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills.
Fantasy Spin: The Bills are a bad matchup for Fitzpatrick, and he's really only worth considering in two-quarterback leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor is not a great starting option for Week 7. The Eagles hit the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys and their strong pass defense on Sunday Night Football. Agholor managed to catch four of his seven targets in Week 6, but caught only one pass in Weeks 4 and 5. He simply does not possess NFL-level hands and will always battle with drops and fumbles. The Eagles passing game will likely run through Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz, leaving Agholor far behind.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins is not a fantasy option in Week 7. The Eagles will take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, and even if DeSean Jackson (abdomen) is forced to miss another game, Hollins will only play a bit role. Hollins saw seven targets in Week 3, but has seen just five total targets since then. He's playing plenty of snaps in three-wide sets, but just isn't seeing much of the ball going his way. He's droppable in most formats.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has not seen a pass thrown his way since Week 3. The hyped rookie saw four targets in Week 2 and three in Week 3, but hasn't seen any since then. He's been mostly working on special teams even without DeSean Jackson (abdomen) available on offense. The Eagles have been rolling with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Mack Hollins in three-wide sets, and that's not likely to change any time soon. Arcega-Whiteside is a dynasty hold for sure, but seems unlikely to develop much redraft value this season.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) were both full participants in practice on Wednesday. Barkley and Engram are both on track to return for a mouthwatering Week 7 matchup against the Cardinals. Barkley's owners have to be ecstatic that he will wind up missing just two games after suffering a mild high right ankle sprain. Barkley and Engram will be high-end fantasy options at their respective positions this weekend. The Cardinals allow the most fantasy points per game to the tight end position. The return of both players should also boost rookie quarterback Daniel Jones' appeal as a QB streamer.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Devin Smith could be back in the starting lineup for a key Week 7 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles. With Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (back) both questionable at best for Sunday Night Football, Smith could play the biggest role he's played all season against an Eagles pass defense that barely exists. Smith, as usual, will be a boom-or-bust play in fantasy, but could be a solid DFS value if Cooper and Cobb are both out.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson could be elevated to a starting role on Sunday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. With wide receivers Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (back) not sure things for Sunday's matchup, the Cowboys could be forced to roll with Michael Gallup, Devin Smith, and Wilson in three-wide sets. Wilson appeared out of nowhere onto the Cowboys box score in Week 6, catching five passes for 48 yards. He'll get an easy Eagles secondary to contend with, so Wilson could be a near zero-cost moderate upside value in DFS leagues this week.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin could have a legitimate role on offense in Week 7. The Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles and their porous, generous pass defense. With Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (back) not sure things for Sunday night, Austin should see more snaps than usual. He somehow led the Cowboys in receiving last week, catching five passes for 64 yards. He's not a huge-upside play, but could end up as a decent bye week filler if Cooper and Cobb are both out.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery should have another solid performance in Week 7 despite a tough matchup. DeSean Jackson (abdomen) is questionable at best for Sunday and would likely be limited even if he were able to play, making Jeffery once again the top target in the passing game. The Cowboys defend well against the pass, but the Eagles will have to move the ball and Jeffery will likely be the one to do it. He's been solid this season although he hasn't shown a ton of upside. He's settled in as an every-week WR2.
Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (thigh) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Cooper might wind up being a game-time decision, but he should be able to play against the Philadelphia Eagles. He'd have a great matchup as a WR1 in fantasy.
Dallas Cowboys WR Randall Cobb (back) is out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Cobb has a great matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he hasn't done much in recent weeks. If he's healthy, maybe he's worth a flex play. However, there should be options with more upside.
Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Amari Cooper (thigh) and Randall Cobb (back) will not practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackles Tyron Smith (ankle) and La'el Collins (back) also aren't practicing. Consider all of them questionable to play on Sunday night in a big divisional showdown against the Eagles. Cooper was in serious pain after the Week 6 loss to the Jets and is in serious danger of sitting out this weekend. With Cobb also banged up and sitting out on Sunday, the Cowboys could be looking at three-wide sets of Michael Gallup, Devin Smith and Cedrick Wilson against the Eagles beatable secondary.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup should see an increased role in Week 7 and has a good matchup to exploit. The Cowboys will host the division rival Philadelphia Eagles and their struggling pass defense. Gallup could be playing as the top receiving option as Amari Cooper (quad) is not a sure thing for Sunday. With Gallup likely running as the top target through the air, he'll be a low-end WR1 if Cooper is out.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard could struggle in Week 7. The Eagles travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in a battle for first place, and Howard will face off against a tough Dallas run defense. While he has become the head of the Philly backfield, Howard is still a zero in the passing game, limiting his upside to touchdowns. He's right on the RB2/3 border, but his goal line role will always give him some upside in any matchup.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders is not an exciting choice for a Week 7 fantasy lineup. Sanders is playing passing downs behind early-down lead back Jordan Howard and isn't doing much in the red zone, severely limiting his upside. The Eagles travel to Dallas to take on a strong Cowboys Defense and could have some trouble moving the ball. Sanders shapes up as an unexciting RB3 with not too much upside for the Sunday Night Football contest.