Thu Oct 17 9:05am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Well, the injury list is super long once again. Not good. It seemed to be trending the right way in recent weeks, but things took a turn for the worse this week. There are a ton of players on here this week with many expected to miss the Week 7 game. This is going to leave fantasy teams short, especially if you consider there are four teams on a bye. Hopefully, your team isn’t scrambling this week because of injury. Here is the latest. . . . .
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson continues to make progress from his abdomen injury. He is not practicing in full just yet but could before the week is out. There is optimism that Jackson will be ready for the Week 7 game. He is at least trending that way. But for now, keep an eye on the notes for the latest to make sure Jackson gets in more work at practice.
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills. Singletary is already practicing in full this week. His hamstring injury is finally better. He is set to return to the lineup this week. It isn’t sure his role but he should be at least be the backup to Frank Gore and get a lot of work in that role. It could be a matter of time before he takes over the starting role for the Bills. He was trending that way before getting injured.
Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys. Cooper was knocked from last week’s game because of a thigh bruise. He is out of practice to begin the week, which isn’t a good sign for his status. We would expect him to miss the game unless he makes a big recovery later in the week.
Randall Cobb, WR, Cowboys. Cobb missed last week backs of a back injury and was unable to practice to start the week. Things are not looking good for Cobb to play Week 7. Tavon Austin could serve the Cobb role in the Cowboys offense, working out of the slot.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Barkley is right on track to return from his sprained ankle. He is practicing in full and looks to be about 100 percent recovered from the injury. As long as he is playing, Barkley should be in all fantasy lineups.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram is dealing with a sprained knee, causing him to miss last week’s game. Engram is practicing in full, though, and is set to return to the starting lineup Week 7. He should be ready to go for this weekend’s game.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard missed last week because of a concussion and remains in the league's concussion protocol. He has been limited in practice this week. Shepard will need to clear the protocol before the week is out, so keep an eye on the notes for the latest. But at this point, it doesn’t look great for Shepard return.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears. Trubisky missed his last game because of a shoulder injury. He had a bye this past week but still isn’t 100 percent to start the game this week. His status is still up in the air a little. He is practicing in full, though, and claims to be close to 100 percent. We would expect Trubisky to return to the lineup and start the Week 7 game.
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals. Kirk was a game-time decision last week but was held out of the game because of his sprained ankle. He is still rehabbing the injury and not practicing in full. He has a chance to return this week, especially after being held out the past few games, but nothing is 100 percent certain for him. Kirk is likely another game-time decision for Week 7.
Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens. Brown missed the game last week because of a sprained ankle and remains out of practice. He is looking iffy to play once again. He’ll need to get in some work before the week is out. Consider him a game-time decision, but get other options ready. Things aren’t looking great for Brown at the moment.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs. Watkins has already been ruled out for the Week 7 game because of his hamstring injury. He is getting closer to a return but isn’t ready just yet.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green keeps inching closer to a return from his ankle injury. He is practicing some on the side but is not a full participant just yet. There was hope he would return this week, though, and he has not been ruled out. He’ll need to ramp up his activity if he hopes to play. The good news is he is getting very close.
Tyrell Williams, WR, Raiders. Williams missed his last game because of a foot injury and had a bye last week, so expectations were for him to be ready for this week. Unfortunately, he is not practicing to start the week. This is not a good sign for his status. We would expect him to miss another week of action.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints. Kamara was dealing with an ankle injury last week and did not look good in the game. He really struggled with the injury. He is not looking great to play this week, especially after the team signed Zach Zenner as insurance for Kamara. Get other options ready. If Kamara can’t go, Latavius Murray starts and get most of the load at running back for the Saints.
Wayne Gallman, RB, Giants. Gallman has been battling a concussion and missed the Week 6 game. He is practicing on a limited basis to start the week. He will need to pass the concussion protocol to play this week. Unless he has a setback, look for him to return to his backup running back duties in Week 7.
John Brown, WR, Bills. Brown suffered a groin injury his last time out but had a bye this past week. The week off was supposed to get him healthy for Week 7. Brown is practicing on a limited basis to start the week, though, which is a little unexpected after the week off. He should be able to play this week but keep an eye on the inactives Sunday to be sure.
Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins. Thompson suffered a toe injury last week and had to miss the game. He is out of practice to start the week and expected to miss the Week 7 game. The Redskins could be really thin at running back this week.
Case Keenum, QB, Redskins. Keenum suffered shoulder and foot injuries last week. He is really beat up right now and was out of practice to start the week. Dwayne Haskins was taking all the first-team reps in practice and looks like the likely starter for Redskins in Week 7.
Todd Gurley, RB, Rams. Gurley missed the game last week with a quad injury and is iffy to play again this week. He is practicing on a limited basis to start the week, though, which is a positive. And with Malcolm Brown also banged up a little, this could expedite the return of Gurley. consider him a game-time decision but things are looking up for a Gurley return.
David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Johnson was iff to play last week because of a back injury but was able to play and produced big. He is now suffering from an ankle injury, too. He is out of practice right now and could follow a similar pattern to last week. He was a game-time decision and practiced some on a limited basis, so expect more of the same this week. Chase Edmonds is the lead back for the Cardinals if Johnson is out.
Davante Adams, WR, Packers. Adams has been out because of a toe injury and remains sidelined because of the injury. He is not expected to play again this week, leaving a big hole at receiver for the Packers.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Packers. Allison was knocked from last week’s game because of a scary hit. He suffered a chest injury and concussion on the play. It does not look good for Allison to play this week. He is a long shot to suit up.
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 email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
The New Orleans Saints Defense was a bit of a disappointment last week. They only registered one sack and one interception and gave up 26 points. Week 11 brings a strong bounce-back chance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Jameis Winston has a league-high 24 turnovers. The Bucs offensive line ranks 29th in sacks allowed. Get the Saints defense in lineups for Week 11-they're bound to put up good numbers.
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz is set up for a good day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lutz was the muscle of the Saints' offense last week, as he made all three field-goal attempts and was responsible for all their points scored. The 25-year-old has made 19 of 23 field-goal attempts and 19 of 20 extra-point attempts. Lutz will take on the Bucs, who have allowed 25 extra-points and 20 made field-goals in nine games this year. He's a great kicking option for fantasy this week.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook gets an excellent matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. He's coming off a great game, in which he caught a season-high six of 10 targets for 74 yards. It was the first time the 32-year-old has eclipsed 50 receiving yards this season. He'll have a chance to build on this effort against a Bucs defense that has given up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. Cook is a bit risky, but the matchup is too juicy to pass up. Get him in lineups as a low-end TE1.
New Orleans Saints wide receivers Ted Ginn and Tre'Quan Smith will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. Ginn is coming off a catch-less game and hasn't gone over 50 receiving yards since Week 1. Meanwhile, Smith missed five games with an injury and has yet to eclipse 50 receiving yards in three games played. Both will get a good matchup against the Bucs, who allow 48.04 fantasy points to opposing wideouts, the most in the NFL. Still, Smith and Ginn are firmly behind Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook in the pecking order, so expectations must be lowered. Both are risky flex plays in Week 11.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been excellent this year. The All-Pro receiver leads the NFL in catches and receiving yards with 86 and 1027, respectively. He'll face a Buccaneers team that allows the most fantasy points to wide receivers in the league. In his first game against Tampa Bay in Week 5, without Drew Brees, Thomas caught 11 of 13 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Not only will Thomas have Brees throwing to him, he'll face off with a Bucs secondary that will be without two starters from that game. Thomas is a must-start WR1.
The Chicago Bears placed tight end Trey Burton (calf) on Injured Reserve on Saturday and promoted linebacker James Vaughters from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Burton will miss the rest of the season, so he can be safely dropped anywhere he was still owned. The 28-year-old was a non-factor in both real life and fantasy this year, catching just 14 passes (24 targets) for 84 yards and no scores in eight games. Ben Braunecker will serve as the starting tight end on Sunday night against the Rams with Adam Shaheen out, but Braunecker should be avoided in this low-upside offense. Shaheen should be the primary pass-catching tight end when he's healthy, but he's off the radar until further notice.
The Arizona Cardinals signed tight end Maxx Williams to a two-year contract extension on Saturday that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season. The 25-year-old was a second-round pick of the Ravens in 2015, and although he's been used more by Arizona in the second half of the season, he still has just 11 catches on 13 targets for 139 yards and a touchdown on the season. Williams has more than one catch in a game on just one occasion in 2019 when he caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and his only TD on Oct. 13 against the Falcons. He's not on the fantasy radar as a TE2, even at the weakest fantasy position.
New England Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse (knee) is making the trip to Philadelphia and has a chance to play in Week 11 against the Eagles after getting injured on Oct. 10. The Patriots have ruled out running back Damien Harris (hamstring) and safety Patrick Chung (chest, heel). On the season, LaCosse has only three receptions for 55 yards, so he shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues. Benjamin Watson has become the team's pass-catching tight end, but even he doesn't move the needle very much as a streaming TE2.
New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray gets a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. The 28-year-old has tallied 371 rushing yards on 85 attempts and 160 receiving yards on 25 receptions with five total touchdowns. In starter Alvin Kamara's return to the lineup, he out-touched Murray 12-seven, though game script probably limited both of their touches. Game script may not matter this week, as the Buccaneers are the number-one rushing defense in the NFL. With Kamara seeing the majority of the receiving work, Murray might have trouble making his touches count against Tampa Bay. He's a low-end flex at best in Week 11.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that running back Damien Williams, who is away from the team due to personal reasons, should travel with the team to Mexico City on Sunday. The Chiefs have an important divisional matchup against the Chargers on Monday night. If he's with the team, Williams will be a low-end RB1 in a great matchup on Monday night as the team's lead back in an explosive offense. LeSean McCoy has fallen out of the rotation due to ball-security issues, but he'd have RB2 appeal if Williams didn't wind up making the trip.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) and cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 11 against the Ravens. Both were expected to be game-time decisions on Sunday, but the Texans are taking the cautious approach with a Week 12 game coming early next Thursday. Without Fuller for another week, DeAndre Hopkins should be a high-end WR1 yet again, although he could be followed by Marlon Humphrey on Sunday. Kenny Stills will have WR4/flex value as a boom-or-bust deep threat for another week. Roby's absence is more bad news for a Houston secondary that has been beat many times deep this year.
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Michael Badgley was perfect in Oakland last Thursday, and he'll look to keep it up in Mexico on Monday. On top of that, he'll get the opportunity to kick in the thinnest air possible in an NFL game as he'll be kicking at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. It's the type of setting that allows kicking records to be set, and though Badgley isn't known for having the strongest leg in the league, even he should be more comfortable hitting from a few yards further out than normal. With a high-scoring affair expected, Badgley should get plenty of opportunities to test his mettle against the all-time greats this week.
Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson (concussion) has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol and was removed from the final Week 11 injury report against the Cowboys. He is good to go for Sunday. It's bad news for those that were looking to start J.D. McKissic as a deep league PPR flex, but he'll still be involved on passing downs this weekend. Johnson should see most of the early down carries, but he hasn't been efficient at all since Kerryon Johnson was lost for the season. Johnson is merely a last-gasp flex in deeper leagues, especially with quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) out for the second straight game.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has been the man since he returned to the team in mid-October, and it doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon. Henry has either chalked up 80+ yards or a touchdown in four of his five games back, and with a likely shootout coming against the high-powered Kansas City offense, expect Henry to do one or both once again. Philip Rivers threw to Antonio Gates as one of his most dependable targets for years, and it looks like he trusts Henry to fill those shoes moving forward. Henry should be started in all leagues at this point, as he is one of the very best tight ends in the league when he's healthy.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams went into last week on a cloud. Coming off his first 100-yard game of his career and facing one of the softest secondaries in the land, Williams instead only caught two passes for 55 yards. Hopefully, that was a one-time blip, and he can get back to being a strong contender for touches this week. Mexico City is over 7,000 feet above sea level, considerably higher than any stadium in the NFL, and Williams should have plenty of opportunity to go deep. Hopefully, he can haul in a couple of those bombs and put up another triple-digit performance.
Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram was able to knock down two more sacks on Thursday night last week, and he'll look to add to that tally in Mexico on Monday. Unfortunately, he'll be facing a Kansas City offense that has the ability to be the best in the league on any given night. Ingram and the rest of the Chargers Defense shouldn't be started in nearly any fantasy league as they could easily end up staring at 40+ points on the scoreboard, even if they were to rack up a couple turnovers or sacks. Tack on that the game is being played at more than 7,000 feet of elevation, and expect the defense to be winded throughout the night.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will be looking for greatness on Monday night when he takes the field in Mexico City. Gordon has proven over the last two weeks that he is fully back and ready to roll, and now he gets to face the most generous run defense in the league. Kansas City has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than any other team in the NFL, and LA happens to be in the middle of dealing with a quarterback who appears to have gotten very old very quickly. Expect the Chargers to lean heavily on Gordon's legs, and expect Gordon to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity. A multi-touchdown game seems like a good bet.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is pretty much on the backburner now that Melvin Gordon is back to full speed, but he's still lurking in the wings, waiting to take a touch to the house. Ekeler has seen his carries drop precipitously, but as in past years, he's continued to get a few opportunities in the passing game as he rolls out of the backfield. Expect Monday night to be no different, and just like in Oakland, it wouldn't be a shock if he's able to deliver one of those catches to the end zone. He's also facing the most porous run defense in the game, so even if he does only get a few carries, one of those could be huge.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was able to snag eight passes last week, which is a great sign, but he still only tallied 68 yards on the day and hasn't scored a touchdown in seven weeks. In the thin air of Mexico City, Allen should have plenty of opportunity to go deep, but whether he can make something happen with that speed remains to be seen. If the game becomes a shootout, Allen could see plenty of chances, but KC's susceptibility to the ground game may negatively impact his targets. He's still dangerous, but there's considerable danger that he puts up another stinker this week.
Denver Broncos recorded his second touchdown of the season against the Browns before the Week 10 bye and will look to keep things moving against the Vikings in Week 11. The Vikings are allowing a middle-of-the-pack 12.07 fantasy points per game this season to opposing tight ends, and though that number isn't the worst, it will still be an uphill battle for production for the rookie on Sunday against Minnesota.