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Raiders place backup QB Marcus Mariota on IR

Sat Sep 18 5:39pm ET
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer

The Las Vegas Raiders placed backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on injured reserve Saturday after he hurt his quadriceps on his only snap in the season opener.

Mariota came on for one play in the first quarter for the Raiders in Monday night's 33-27 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. He ran for 31 yards but reinjured his quadriceps and didn't return despite the Raiders having planned a package of plays for him.

Mariota has struggled to stay healthy since signing with the Raiders last season to back up Derek Carr after getting paid more than $12.6 million in 2020-21. He spent the first five games on injured reserve last season and was inactive for the next six.

He provided a spark when he replaced an injured Carr in a Week 15 loss to the Chargers, throwing for 226 yards and a TD and rushing for 88 yards and a score.

The Raiders brought him back this season with hopes of using his mobility in short yardage and the red zone but now he will be out for at least the next three weeks.

Nathan Peterman will back up Carr while Mariota is sidelined, starting with Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.

The Raiders promoted linebacker Marquel Lee from the practice squad to take Mariota's place on the active roster. Lee was a fifth-round pick by the Raiders in 2017 before cutting get last summer. He returned to the Raiders earlier this month but hasn't played an NFL game since 2019.

The Raiders also activated guard Lester Cotton Sr. and running back Trey Ragas from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

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Darnell Mooney Oct 22 1:30pm ET
Darnell Mooney

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney will go up against a Buccaneers defense in Week 7 that is allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Mooney, once again, was limited in practice on Thursday with a groin injury but that designation has become a weekly occurrence. The 23-year-old's season is off to a disappointing start, totaling only 306 yards through the first six games. Mooney's targets are on the rise and is averaging 6.66 targets a game over his last three played. Tampa Bay's secondary has allowed 10 different receivers to post seven or more fantasy points against them but Mooney's floor should make fantasy teams hesitant in Week 7.

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Patrick Mahomes Oct 22 1:10pm ET
Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has struggled with turnovers this season, but he will draw a favorable matchup versus the Tennessee Titans defense in Week 7. For the season, Mahomes has passed for 1,887 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has scored one touchdown on the ground. Despite the uptick in interceptions this season, Mahomes faces a Titans defense that is allowing close to 292 yards through the air per game and 12 touchdowns versus four interceptions on the season to QBs. This matchup is projected to be an offensive battle, and there should be plenty of opportunities for Mahomes to put up big numbers. Fantasy managers should continue to roll with Mahomes as a QB1 on Sunday.

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Jonnu Smith Oct 22 1:10pm ET
Jonnu Smith

New England Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith has been a dud basically all season long. In fact, Smith has 16 receptions through the first six games of the regular season. Over the last two contests, Smith has three total receptions. Fellow tight end Hunter Henry is getting a majority of the red zone chances right now. Although, Smith does have a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. Sadly, it's tough for fantasy managers to believe he'll actually be trustworthy. He'll be a desperation option for this week and should be avoided in most formats right now.

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Darrel Williams Oct 22 1:10pm ET
Darrel Williams

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams rushed for 62 yards with a pair of touchdowns in his first start of the season in Week 6 and will look to carry that momentum into a Week 7 matchup versus the Tennessee Titans. Williams played 72% of the backfield snaps last week with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on injured reserve. The Titans defense has allowed around 88 yards per game on the ground to opposing running backs this season and given up five touchdowns on the year. Williams should remain the workhorse for the Chiefs backfield and should have some opportunities in the red zone with this matchup looking like an offensive shootout on Sunday. Managers should feel confident with Williams as their RB2.

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Tyreek Hill Oct 22 1:10pm ET
Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (quadriceps) hasn't practiced this week with a quad injury, but he also sat out of practice several times before Week 6 and suited up and had nine receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Hill has proven that he doesn't need to practice to play on Sundays, and fantasy managers shouldn't have much fear at the moment of his upcoming status. As long as Hill is in uniform, he will be one of the top options at wide receiver this week against a vulnerable Titans defense. The Titans are allowing 236 yards per game to opposing wide receivers, and Hill should be able to take advantage against a weak secondary for a big day on Sunday. Both the Chiefs and Titans have had poor play from their defenses, and Hill should have plenty of opportunities to do damage in Week 7. If Hill were to miss the contest, wide receivers Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson and Josh Gordon would all see an uptick in playing time, but tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Mecole Hardman would be the top options in the passing game.

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Mecole Hardman Oct 22 1:10pm ET
Mecole Hardman

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has quietly carved out a nice role as the No. 2 wide receiver for the team and faces a juicy matchup in Week 7 versus the Tennessee Titans. The speedster will face a Titans pass defense that is allowing 236 yards per game to wide receivers this season and that should allow Hardman to have plenty of opportunities to make an impact on Sunday. For the season, Hardman has been serviceable with 26 catches for 261 yards and a touchdown. Star wide receiver Tyreek Hill (quad) has missed practice all week and if he were to miss Sunday's contest, Hardman's stock would rise significantly. Even with Hill on the field, Hardman should be considered a WR3 with upside in Week 7.

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Travis Kelce Oct 22 1:10pm ET
Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (neck) has been a limited participant in practice this week, but is fully expected to suit up for Sunday's matchup versus the Tennessee Titans. The Titans defense has been dismal as a whole this year, but their lone bright spot has been defending the tight end position. Defending against the tight end position, the Titans have only allowed 17 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns through six weeks. Despite their success against the position, Kelce is a different animal and managers should expect another TE1 performance. The Titans defense as a whole is allowing just under 300 yards per game through the air and Kelce should play a big role in what should be one of the higher scoring contests in Week 7.

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Curtis Samuel Oct 22 1:00pm ET
Curtis Samuel

Washington Football Team wide receivers Curtis Samuel (groin) and Cam Sims (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers. Right guard Brandon Scherff (knee) will also miss another game. Samuel has been dealing with the same groin issue since June. He made his season debut in Week 4 but aggravated the injury in Week 5 and will now miss his second straight game. Fantasy managers were expecting Samuel to have a big role in Washington's offense in his first year in D.C., but he just hasn't been able to stay healthy. Terry McLaurin and Adam Humphries should continue to serve as the team's top two receivers, with rookie Dyami Brown and DeAndre Carter battling for targets as the No. 3 against Green Bay.

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Hunter Henry Oct 22 1:00pm ET
Hunter Henry

New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry is finally coming around and putting together some successful games. He has found the end zone in three straight games heading into this favorable matchup against the New York Jets. A defense that has allowed the tenth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Henry isn't the most reliable option, but is certainly trending in the right direction. Fantasy managers should consider Henry on the low-end TE1 radar for this Week 7 matchup.

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Jakobi Meyers Oct 22 12:50pm ET
Jakobi Meyers

New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers has seen 52 targets over the first six games of the season. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones appears to have found a favorite target in Meyers. Thus far, Meyers has hauled in at least four receptions in every game this season. He'll head into a plus matchup against the New York Jets defense in Week 7. A defense that ranks 23rd in pass DVOA so far in 2021. The targets should be there, so Meyers should be a high-end WR3 for this game.

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Antonio Gibson Oct 22 12:50pm ET
Antonio Gibson

Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (shin) is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers on the final injury report. Gibson missed Wednesday's practice but has gotten in work the last two days, making it likely that he suits up as Washington's primary running back this Sunday. However, it's understandable to be skeptical about his workload after he carried the ball a season-low 10 times for 44 yards in the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 23-year-old should be considered more of an RB2 this weekend, with pass-catching back J.D. McKissic potentially seeing a healthy amount of touches to spell Gibson in a game where Washington could be forced to play catch-up.

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Kendrick Bourne Oct 22 12:50pm ET
Kendrick Bourne

New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne salvaged his fantasy value last week with a 75-yard touchdown. Sadly, fantasy managers cannot expect Bourne to do this on weekly basis. His fantasy value has been inconsistent this season and that's unlikely to change. Luckily for him, Bourne heads into a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. A defense that has struggled to contain anyone this season. Fantasy managers shouldn't get too excited as Bourne is a boom-or-bust deep league option for this contest.

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Sammy Watkins Oct 22 12:40pm ET
Sammy Watkins

Baltimore Ravens running back Latavius Murray (ankle) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (thigh) didn't practice again on Friday and are unlikely to be available in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Watkins is set to miss his second straight game. With Murray likely sidelined, the Ravens will likely split the running back touches between veterans Devonta Freeman and Le'Veon Bell, with Ty'Son Williams serving as the No. 3. Freeman and Bell both found the end zone last week, but they will be low-ceiling RB3/flex options in deeper leagues against Cincy. First-round rookie receiver Rashod Bateman caught four of six targets for 29 yards in his season debut in Week 6 and should slowly see his role increase behind Marquise Brown, especially now that Watkins is injured.

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Nelson Agholor Oct 22 12:30pm ET
Nelson Agholor

New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor has struggled to do much damage since the season opener. In fact, Agholor has three receptions or less in every game since Week 1. He'll get a Jets defense that ranks 23rd in pass DVOA so far in 2021. Despite a favorable matchup, it's unlikely that Agholor succeeds here. He was expected to be the deep threat for this offense, but quarterback Mac Jones rarely takes deep shots. Agholor should be on the bench for this game even with a plus matchup.

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Khalil Herbert Oct 22 12:30pm ET
Khalil Herbert

The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain expects Chicago Bears rookie running back Khalil Herbert, not Damien Williams, to be the first one off the bench to spell David Montgomery (knee) when he returns from his injury. Herbert has been great in the last two games and has shown plenty of versatility in the backfield. Williams, who remains on the COVID-19 list, could play more of a niche role as a pass-catcher on third downs once this backfield is completely healthy. With both Montgomery and Williams out in Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers, Herbert had 19 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for 15 yards. There's a chance Williams won't be cleared by Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which would make Herbert at least an RB3/flex option for fantasy managers again.

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Antonio Brown Oct 22 12:30pm ET
Antonio Brown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (lung, ribs) are out for the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears. Neither player has practiced all week. The Bucs will also be without linebacker Lavonte David (ankle) and cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring). With Brown out, Mike Davis and Chris Godwin will have higher ceilings against Chicago, with Tyler Johnson likely stepping into the No. 3 receiver role for quarterback Tom Brady. Gronk will miss his fourth straight game. O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate will continue to split the tight end snaps in his absence. Howard had six catches for 49 yards and his first touchdown in Week 6 and is the better touchdown-dependent TE2 bye-week filler this weekend.

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Evan Engram Oct 22 12:20pm ET
Evan Engram

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (calf), who missed practice on Thursday, will return to practice on Friday, according to head coach Joe Judge. Engram apparently suffered a setback on Thursday, but it doesn't appear to be too serious, and he should have a decent chance at playing on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The 27-year-old has only 14 catches on 21 targets for 127 yards and no touchdowns through four games this year, but he could be one of the top targets against Carolina with wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) likely out and with Sterling Shepard (hamstring) suffering a setback on Thursday. With bye weeks hitting fantasy managers hard in Week 8, Engram has low-end TE1 appeal as a streamer if he's active.

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Rhamondre Stevenson Oct 22 12:20pm ET
Rhamondre Stevenson

New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson has seen an increased role in the offense over the last two weeks. The loss of James White (hip) has opened up more chances for Stevenson. Sadly, he hasn't seen much success on the ground with only 23 yards in each of the last two games. Luckily for Stevenson, he'll get a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. A defense that has struggled to stop any back all season long. There isn't much upside here because Damien Harris is healthy and should get a bulk of the carries. Stevenson should be viewed as a deep league desperation option here.

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Mac Jones Oct 22 12:10pm ET
Mac Jones

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has only produced two multi-touchdown games through the first six games of the season. The rookie quarterback has not exceeded 275 passing yards in a single game since the season opener. Despite that, Jones will get an excellent matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. A defense that ranks 23rd in pass DVOA so far in 2021. There isn't a ton of fantasy value here, but Jones could have some streaming appeal for QB needy fantasy managers in Week 7.

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A.J. Brown Oct 22 12:10pm ET
A.J. Brown

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (illness) said on his Twitter account that his body continues to reject any food he eats as he tries to get past a bout of food poisoning that had him questionable to play last Monday night in Week 6. Brown didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and could draw another questionable tag in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs. It's been a rough week for the 24-year-old, and he looked to be under the weather in the first half of Monday's game before exploding for seven catches on nine targets for 91 yards in the second half. We ultimately expect him to play this Sunday in an excellent matchup against the Chiefs. As long as Brown is active, he needs to remain in all fantasy lineups.

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