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.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber did not have a rushing attempt the entire afternoon in Week 11 but was able to save his day with a six-yard touchdown catch. Barber caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards on the day but was totally uninvolved after scoring late in the fourth quarter with the Bucs in a deep hole. Barber's usage has continued to decrease weekly as Ronald Jones II has become the clear No.1 option in this backfield. Fantasy owners who are still holding on to Barber can drop him now. Needless to say, he will not be a recommended start in Week 12 against the Falcons.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson caught one of three targets for six yards and a touchdown in a win over the Redskins Sunday. Anderson has now reached the point in fantasy where he disappoints his owners even when he scores a touchdown as this is the second straight week he's made only one catch. Quarterback Sam Darnold just seems to have a better connection with Jamison Crowder and Ryan Griffin than with Anderson as Darnold has struggled to get the ball downfield to Anderson all season. He'll remain a boom-or-bust flex option in deeper leagues with more favorable matchups on the horizon.
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Redskins. Bell also had two catches in the game to give him 20 total touches for the seventh time in 11 games this season. This is the second straight good-not-great performance from Bell where he saved his fantasy day with a touchdown. It's fair to wonder if the Jets start to split carries more with Bilal Powell, the latter received seven carries for the second straight week. Powell averaged six yards per carry to Bell's 3.3 so they may rely more on the fresh legs more moving forward. Despite the inefficiency from Bell, his typical volume makes him a must-start RB in fantasy.
New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin exploded for 109 yards on five catches and scored his fourth touchdown of the season Sunday in Washington. Griffin was invisible last week in starting tight end Chris Herndon's (hamstring) only game this season. That was not the case in this one as Griffin made a major statement in the week he became the rest-of-season starter with Herndon going on IR. Griffin hasn't had much use in fantasy most of his career, but he seems to be making a real connection with Sam Darnold and is in the low-end TE1 streaming conversation next week vs Oakland.
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell carried the ball seven times for 42 yards in a win over the Redskins on Sunday. Powell added one catch for five yards as his role in the offense continues to grow. This isn't the first time we've seen the Jets use their veteran running back later in the season so Powell could very well become a usable running back in deep leagues. In standard size leagues, however, Powell's fantasy impact will likely be how much work he takes from Le'Veon Bell as this is the second straight week Powell has gotten seven carries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II rushed for just 13 yards on four attempts, while also adding two catches for one yard in the Bucs loss to the Saints. The Bucs were down 20-0 midway through the second quarter, and that all but sealed Jones' fate for the rest of the afternoon. Fantasy owners who were looking for Jones to build off of his eight-catch, 77-yard performance in Week 10 were badly disappointed in this one, but on the positive side, Jones did out-touch Peyton Barber and looks to be the No.1 option in the Bucs backfield. Jones has a much easier matchup in Week 12 with the Falcons on deck, he will be on the RB3/4 borderline for that matchup.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold completed 19 of 30 passes for 293 yards and a season-high four touchdowns in a win over the Redskins. This is the second week Darnold was 19-for-30 passing but this one was much better for fantasy owners with the four touchdowns. Darnold has had his rough games this season, but he's taken advantage of a soft schedule lately. He'll try and stay hot in another good matchup next week at home against the Raiders.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk caught six of his nine targets for 41 yards in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. He also gained one yard on one carry.
Fantasy Spin: Kirk has been busy in recent weeks, catching at least six passes in three of the last four games. He can be a WR3 or flex option in PPR formats.
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Jeff Driskel did his best on a day where the Lions Defense was nowhere to be seen, but it was ultimately not enough to get the win. Driskel completed 15-of-26 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 51 rushing yards and a score on the ground in the Lions loss. Driskel has shown impressive mobility through two games, routinely extending plays and getting out of trouble. He was unable to play the hero in this one though. The second-year quarterback will have his easiest task of the season with the Redksins coming up in Week 12 if Matthew Stafford (back) remains sidelined, and he will definitely be a recommended fantasy option after how well he's performed against the Cowboys and the Bears. He will slot in as an upside QB2 for that matchup.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald caught all five of his targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzgerald scored for the first time since Week 11, and his yardage totals have been pedestrian. He's a WR3, at best.
Detroit Lions running back Bo Scarbrough took control of the Lions backfield in Week 11, rushing 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Scarbrough surprisingly out-snapped both Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic and had 14-of-19 Lions rushing attempts just one day after being promoted from the practice squad. It is very possible Scarbrough reverts back to irrelevance in the coming weeks, but with how good he looked today, fantasy owners may want to get him on their rosters. Both Johnson and McKissic have not been able to take control of this backfield, so the opportunity is there for Scarbrough. The Lions will face the Redskins in Week 12, Scarbrough will slot in as a mid-range RB3 in that matchup.
The New Orleans Saints Defense bounced back tremendously in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans recorded two sacks and four interceptions, one of which was returned 55 yards for a touchdown. The Saints took advantage of a mistake-prone Jameis Winston, as four different defenders tallied an interception. They'll take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 12 led by quarterback Kyle Allen, who just threw four interceptions of his own against the Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans will be an appealing option once again.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones had a big day in the Lions Week 11 loss to the Cowboys, catching 4-of-5 targets for 43 yards and two scores on the day. Jones proved to be a useful fantasy piece even with backup quarterback Jeff Driskel under center for the second consecutive week. The Lions did get their running game going somewhat in this matchup, and Jones did see the same amount of targets as Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay, so this likely won't keep up. The chemistry between Jones and Driskel is apparent though. Jones will slot in as a WR3 in Week 12 when the Lions travel to Washington to take on the Redskins.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith was targeted once but failed to catch a pass in Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Injuries and inconsistency have plagued the 23-year-old, who hasn't exceeded three catches or 50 receiving yards in four games played. He's too risky to trust right now ahead of a Week 12 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.
New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz enjoyed a great game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. Lutz contributed to the Saints victory by making both field-goal attempts, including a long of 44 yards, and all four extra-points. The 25-year-old has now made five field goals in a row after missing three in Weeks 7 and 8 combined. Lutz should continue to have success, given that the Saints offense seems to be back on track. He'll take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 12.
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake rushed 16 times for 67 yards and caught six of his seven targets for 13 yards in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Drake has tallied at least 16 touches in all three games since joining Arizona, and David Johnson didn't touch the ball at all against the 49ers. Drake looks like the No. 1 back in Arizona, and he should be a RB2 the rest of the way if his current usage continues.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson didn't touch the ball in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson was expected to have to share touches with Kenyan Drake, but Drake ended up monopolizing the backfield work. Johnson owners can only stash Johnson on the bench and hope that an injury played a part in his lack of playing time. Regardless, it seems like he has taken a backseat to Drake.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook caught both of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown. The 32-year-old turned a slant into a 30-yard gain for his first catch. His second catch was worthy of the highlight reel, as he athletically went up top to catch a lob pass from Brees in the end zone. Cook seems to be finding his groove in the Saints offense, as he's put together back-to-back solid games. He'll look to make it a third straight solid game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12, who have been tough on opposing tight ends this year.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay caught 1-of-5 targets for 34 yards in the Lions Week 11 loss to the Cowboys. Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel targeted Golladay, Marvin Jones II, and Danny Amendola the same amount of times on Sunday. Not exactly what fantasy owners were hoping for. Without Matthew Stafford (back) under center, Golladay's fantasy value takes a clear hit. He has a much more favorable matchup coming up in Week 12 against the Redskins where he'll slot in as a mid-range WR2 if Stafford remains sidelined.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 32-of-45 passes for 323 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 11 against the Buffalo Bills.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzpatrick didn't record any touchdowns, but he has a healthy passing yardage total. He remains more of a low-end QB2 in most fantasy leagues heading into Week 12 at Cleveland.