Thu Nov 7 8:40am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Green is iffy to play Week 10
This is going to be a tough week for fantasy teams when it comes to setting lineups. There are six teams on a bye, including a few big-time fantasy players, to go along with all the guys on this injured list. The injury list isn’t crazy populated this week, but there are a decent chunk of players on the list. So good luck getting your lineups set. Hopefully, byes and injuries don’t impact things for you too much.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram is out of practice to start the week because of a foot sprain. He is in a boot because of the injury, which isn’t a great sign. He seems a long shot to play this week, so get other options ready. Engram has been banged up in recent weeks, marring what looked like could be a breakout season for him.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets. Bell had an MRI on his knee but received good news on the injury. He is just battling a sore knee at this point. He has rested to start the week and still has a shot to play Week 10. Nothing is guaranteed, though, because Bell has struggled in recent weeks and just doesn’t look like himself. We would get other options ready to be safe. It would not be a surprise if the Jets sit Bell.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings. Thielen was a game-time decision last week and played in the game. He aggravated his hamstring injury early in the game, though, and sat the rest of the game. The Vikings claim the injury isn’t serious, though, and he didn’t have a major setback. Either way, you should expect the Vikings to make sure Thielen is 100 percent before bringing him back. We would expect Thielen to miss the game this week.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Newton is done for the season, getting placed on Injured Reserve because of his foot injury. This makes Kyle Allen the starter for the rest of the season for the Panthers. Newton’s time in Carolina could be done after battling injuries the last few years and underperforming when on the field.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard seemed to be making progress from his concussion, but had a setback late in the week last week. There is speculation he could be placed on Injured Reserve in the near future, ending his season. So don’t expect him to play this week or in the near future. Things aren’t looking great for Shepard right now.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green was set to finally return to the starting lineup this week, but had some sort of setback before practice Wednesday and sat out. He received treatment on the side and is considered day to day. HIs ankle injury is getting better but he’ll need to get in some practice before the week is out if he hopes to play Week 10. Get other options ready once again. Green is looking risky at this point.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts. Brissett was knocked from last week’s game because of a sprained knee. He has not been ruled out for this week and is practicing on a limited basis. He seems to have a pretty good chance to play Week 10. We’ll know more later in the week, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts. Hilton remains out of practice because of a calf injury. He missed last week and hasn’t been ruled out for this week, but the chances of him playing look pretty slim. He should miss another week, barring a great recovery late in the week.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons. Ryan has been limited in practice to start the week because of a sprained ankle. He missed the Week 8 game and had last week off because of a bye, so the all the time off should help Ryan get back on the field this week. We would expect him to be ready to go for Week 10. The Falcons should make an official announcement before the week is out, though.
David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Johnson was close to a return last week but the short week (Thursday game) didn’t help his cause to play. He has already stated that he is definitely playing this week, though. We would completely take that to the bank but things look good for Johnson to play right now. His ankle is better, and he is practicing with the team to start the week.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints. Kamara returned to a limited practice Wednesday but is looking good to play this week. HIs ankle injury is improving after sitting out the last game and getting the bye last week to heal up even more. Kamara seems right on track for a Week 10 return to the starting lineup.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams. Cooks has already been ruled out for Week 10 because of a concussion. He is expected to see a specialist because of the injury, which has kept him out the last few weeks. At this points, we aren’t sure when Cooks will return to action.
O.J. Howard, TE, Bucs. Howard is back practicing in full this week after missing the last few games because of a hamstring injury. He is going to return to the starting lineup and has a prime matchup against the Cardinals, a team that struggles to stop the tight end.
Jared Cook, TE, Saints. Cook has missed has missed the last few games because of a sprained ankle. He is practicing in full to start the week and will return to the starting lineup for the Saints.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs. Mahomes has missed the last two games because of a dislocated kneecap. The good news is he already is practicing in full this week. The Chiefs haven’t named him the starter just yet, but it sure seems like he will return to action this week. He seems near 100 percent.
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.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (foot) will not play against the Dolphins. Engram was able to practice in a limited capacity during the week, but with the team having virtually nothing to play for, it is realistic to assume that he may not return this year. With the team also down No. 2 Rhett Ellison (concussion), rookie Kaden Smith, who had two catches (five targets) for nine yards against the Eagles in Week 14, should draw the start. For fantasy managers in deeper formats, Smith does have streaming potential in Week 15, but only for those willing to take a chance.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle) will not play against Miami in Week 15. Jones was able to practice in a limited fashion during the week, but the team will take it slow as he works his way back from the high ankle sprain that he suffered during the matchup against the Packers a few weeks back. In his place, Eli Manning, who threw two touchdowns, while completing 50 percent of his passes during the overtime loss to the Eagles, will get the start against the Dolphins, with the potential for a solid outing against one of the worst defensive units in the league being a realistic possibility.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) will sit out once again and will not play on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Stafford is progressing, but still doesn't feel well enough to play, with the potential for a return this season unlikely, albeit still possible. Nonetheless, David Blough, who has thrown three touchdowns and three picks this season, will get another start against a weak Buccaneers Defense. For those in need of a quarterback in Week 15, the rookie does have upside, but also an equally low downside.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister has been a revelation this season, but he's come back to Earth recently. He'll be facing another uphill battle this weekend when Seattle visits Carolina, one of the stingiest defenses in the game versus opposing tight ends. Hollister has been held without a TD for three straight weeks, and he hasn't cracked 50 yards receiving during the stretch either. Meanwhile, the Panthers have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, and they haven't allowed a tight end touchdown in nearly a month. Hollister is still a talented receiver, but other teams have caught on to some of his moves and he'll be in for another challenge in Week 15.
Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers has cranked it up recently, and he'll look to continue his stellar ways in the cool, crisp air of Charlotte on Sunday. Myers hasn't missed a field goal in over a month, he's been better on the road than in his wet and windy home stadium, and he'll be facing a Carolina team that does an excellent job of locking down opposing offenses only after they've gotten in field goal range. Carolina has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing kickers this year, and it should be a perfect day for booting the ball on Sunday. If there was ever a day to roll the dice on Myers, this is probably going to be the day.
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson is set to face a Carolina Panthers Defense that has been plagued by the run all year. Carolina is the most generous run defense in the game for opposing running backs, and Carson will now shoulder nearly the entire load since Rashaad Penny has been lost for the season with a torn ACL. With Seattle's defense being beat up and their wide receivers still recovering from a flu epidemic that spread through the locker room, it's a perfect situation for Carson. Owners should be confident starting him, and he could be looking at a huge week.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf stepped into the primary role quite well while Tyler Lockett was banged up and ill, and he'll look to continue that growth this weekend as he faces a Carolina squad that has allowed the third-most yards to opposing wide receivers this year. The Panthers have proven quite adept at limiting touchdowns, but their bendy secondary has allowed some big weeks on the outside. Expect Metcalf to push the field and look for the home run ball, and his improved catching should keep him on the scoreboard even if he can't land the big one.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a rough game last week against the improved Rams Defense as he was held to zero touchdown passes for the first time in a year. Now he'll face off against another strong defense in Carolina. Though Wilson has usually found a way to have success against the Panthers, they always present a solid defense and make the games close. Wilson has won three of their last four matchups, but the games have only been decided by more than four points once. Wilson will have his full complement of receivers, and hopefully Tyler Lockett will finally be fully healthy and ready to resume his role as Wilson's favorite target.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (flu) was officially ruled out of Sunday's game on Saturday afternoon, and the Seahawks Defense is starting to look a little thin. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) was ruled out for the second week in a row, defensive end Ziggy Ansah is questionable with a neck injury, and cornerback Shaquill Griffin, one of the team's breakout stars, is questionable with a hamstring injury of his own. The good news is that the Seahawks defense will be facing a rookie quarterback that has thrown 12 interceptions this season, but they'll also be facing Christian McCaffrey, an MVP finalist. It's not a great week to bet on the Seahawks defense.
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Michael Badgley is back in sunny southern California for Sunday's game against the Vikings, and he's been on a bit of a hot streak. Badgley isn't known for his power, but his accuracy has returned after a shaky start. Badgley is 10-for-12 from less than 50 yards over the last five weeks, pushing his season stats up closer to his career numbers now that he's healthy. Badgley's groin injury put him behind when he returned to the team, but the further he gets away from the issue, the better he's getting. He should be considered a highly accurate kicker from here on out.
Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James will get his first opportunity to face former teammate and friend Dalvin Cook when LA squares off against the Vikings on Sunday. James has faced Cook plenty of times in practice, but this will be the first game against one of the NFL's leading rushers. To go along with Cook, Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen will be returning to the field, and Kirk Cousins will be working on padding his resume as he's looking like one of the top passers in the league. The Chargers Defense has been better lately, but this matchup looks like a beastly one for the squad. Owners are probably able to make a better choice with a different one this week.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is carrying quite the streak, and he'll be looking to add to it with another deep pass on Sunday. Williams has a reception of 40 or more yards in six straight games, though amazingly, only one of those bombs has turned into a touchdown. The third-year wideout is at 841 yards receiving, but it wasn't until last week's blowout against Jacksonville that he recorded his first score of the season. Facing off against a stingy Minnesota secondary, Williams will be hard-pressed to find an opening for another big play, but owners can bet he'll be trying and Rivers will give him a chance.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has put up 60 or more receiving yards or a touchdown in seven of his nine games this season, and he'll get another opportunity on Sunday when he faces a Minnesota defense that is surprisingly soft against opposing tight ends. Though the Vikings are above average in just about every defensive category, opposing tight ends have been particularly successful in the fat part of the field. Minnesota has allowed the 10th-most yards to opposing tight ends this season, but they have done a good job of clamping down once they get close to the end zone. Expect Henry to get some opportunities, and he'll probably be able to keep his good games going with some decent numbers.
Following a series of ho-hum weeks through the middle of the season, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been on a hot streak of late, racking up 27 catches and 290 yards receiving over the last four games. Allen was able to haul in a pair of touchdowns over the stretch as well, and he has put up 68 or more receiving yards in each of the games. That said, Allen will be facing a tough matchup as he'll possibly be lining up across from Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and the rest of an intimidating Minnesota secondary. With the Vikings on a hot offensive streak, don't be surprised if LA is playing catch-up and Allen sees plenty of chances. He'll just have to fight his way through a lot of coverage to bring them in.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and will play on Sunday against the New York Giants. The Giants are starting four rookies in the secondary and Parker and the Dolphins shouldn't have too hard a time moving the ball. Parker is a strong WR2 with a nice ceiling for the fantasy semifinals this week. Parker's fellow Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson also cleared the protocol and will suit up for Sunday's game.
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley said he is feeling 'healthier and healthier' ahead of a Week 15 matchup with a Miami Dolphins team ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing defense.
Fantasy Spin: Barkley hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since Week 2, and he has gone five straight games without scoring. He has been one of the bigger fantasy disappointments this season, but RB2 numbers should be possible in Week 15 with a friendly matchup on tap.
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, Saturday, Dec. 14.
Fantasy Spin: The knee injury certainly won't help the former first-round pick establish himself as the potential starter in Seattle in 2020. If you own Penny in a dynasty league, you just have to stash him and hope he eventually turns things around.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has seen his targets decrease since Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins returned healthy. He's seen one target over the last two games, but that catch was a 48-yard touchdown. Hardman doesn't see enough targets to warrant owning in most formats. He's a touchdown-dependent receiver that is only worth using in the deepest of leagues. It's unclear how he'll be worked into the game plan, so he's risky for fantasy formats.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been arguably the best tight end in the NFL alongside George Kittle. Kelce is expected to easily surpass 1,000 receiving yards on the season during the Week 15 matchup with the Denver Broncos. Kelce should be in for a solid game against the average Broncos Defense. Fantasy owners have been able to count on Kelce basically every week this season. He'll remain a TE1 for this home matchup with Denver.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been unable to live up to his epic Week 1 performance. He's been able to carry enough fantasy value worth rostering him in most 12-team leagues, but hasn't scored since Week 1. Watkins heads into a matchup against the Denver Broncos in Week 15. The Broncos Defense has allowed the sixth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season, according to Yahoo Sports. Fantasy owners should consider Watkins a WR3 or flex option for Sunday.