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.
Five Sleepers: Week 7
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will have one of his most difficult tests of the year against a great Buccaneers Defense. The Buccaneers defense has allowed just seven passing touchdowns and have grabbed eight interceptions in their six games this season. Opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 82 against this Todd Bowles defense. They confused Aaron Rodgers and made him uncomfortable, so this will not be an easy day for Carr. With that being said, Carr has thrown for almost 600 passing yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in two home games this season. The Raiders are coming off a bye, and Carr is having a career year. However, he is likely a bench option this week due to the matchup.
The New Orleans Saints Defense faces a middle-of-the-pack matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7. It's a date with former Saint Teddy Bridgewater, who started five games for the team in 2019. New Orleans' defense is finally starting to get healthy after a rash of injuries, as they will get Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) back and essentially be at full strength. This unit may start to put together some good performances, starting with this week. They can be used as a starting option.
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz faces a favorable matchup in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers. Lutz is perfect on the season, having made all nine field-goals and all 18 extra-points. Carolina ranks 22nd in fantasy points allowed to kickers, making this a juicy matchup for Lutz. Expect strong fantasy numbers from the 26-year-old.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook could see more opportunities in Week 7 against the Panthers. Cook had one of his better games against the Chargers, catching two passes for 52 yards and a score. New Orleans is down two of it's best pass-catchers- Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19)- heading into the contest against the Panthers. The veteran tight end should see more targets, making him a good start as a TE1 in Week 7.
Seattle Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder, toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Hyde will serve as the backup for Chris Carson but should see a handful of touches during the game. Fantasy players should be able to find better options and can keep Hyde on the bench.
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Mostert is expected to miss multiple weeks because of the injury, so fantasy players should look for other options to use. Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty likely will share playing time while Mostert is sidelined. McKinnon probably has more fantasy value and can be a flex option in leagues. Hasty should be rostered in leagues and has a chance to be a flex option depending on the opponent.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Allen has been targeted at least eight times in four of the five games this season and seems to have a good connection with Justin Herbert. Allen can be considered a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Hopkins likely will be able to play despite the injury, but fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his status. He is a must-start option in all leagues if he is active for the game.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith faces a tricky matchup in Week 7 against the Panthers. However, matchup concerns are alleviated by the fact that New Orleans will be without Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19). Smith will be busy against a Panthers Defense that has surrendered the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to wideouts. With a good chance of finding the end zone, Smith is looking like a high-end WR3 in Week 7, despite the matchup.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Demarcus Robinson served as the No. 2 receiver for the Chiefs last week and probably will have a similar role this week. He can be a flex option or bye week replacement in fantasy leagues.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara gets an excellent matchup against the Panthers Defense. Kamara has offered fantasy managers the safest floor of any running back, particularly in PPR formats, as he's had at least 19 fantasy points in every game this season. He'll go up against a Panthers defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing halfbacks. The Saints will probably go with a more run-heavy approach, seeing as their top-two wideouts- Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19)- are out for the contest. Kamara is a must-start in redraft leagues and is well worth the price in DFS formats.
New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray has a favorable matchup in front of him against the Panthers in Week 7. Murray has had at least 13 touches in three of five contests this season, with two of those games coming against teams that struggle to stop the run. New Orleans will be without Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19) against the Panthers' 24th-ranked run defense. Murray is a good bet for 12-15 touches in Week 7, putting him squarely in the flex discussion.
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods (groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 23.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Woods will be able to play in Week 7. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is cleared to play.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 23.
Fantasy Spin: Higbee probably will need to practice Saturday, Oct. 24, if he wants a chance to play in the Week 7 game. He is coming off his best game of the season and would see a few targets if he plays this week. He could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in some leagues.
Los Angeles Rams OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) and DT Aaron Donald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 23.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees faces the Panthers in Week 7. Brees will face a sneakily-good Carolina defense without his top two receivers, Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19). Despite not having Thomas, Brees has thrown for at least 250 yards or two touchdowns in each game this season, giving fantasy managers a solid floor. The Panthers allow the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, limiting Brees' upside. However, he should be able to finish as a solid QB2 in Week 7.
New York Jets RB Frank Gore (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Gore likely will receive a majority of the carries this week against the Buffalo Bills but has not posted great numbers this season. He can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and has been ruled out for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Tre'Quan Smith will be the main receiver for the Saints this week since Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have been ruled out. He should see plenty of targets against the Carolina Panthers and can be a low-end No. 3 receiver or flex option in fantasy leagues.
New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (groin) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Crowder may be a game-time decision, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list before deciding on their lineups. He is the only Jets offensive player that have significant fantasy value and should be in starting lineups if he plays.
New York Jets WR Breshad Perriman (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.
Fantasy Spin: Perriman has been targeted 15 times in three games and posted a season-high 62 yards in the last game. He will receive a handful of targets this week, but fantasy players in most leagues can find better options to use.