Thu Sep 19 8:53am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Well, that wasn’t a good week for injuries, was it? There were several big-name players that were injured, causing shockwaves throughout fantasy land. Hopefully, the injury bug didn’t hit you too hard. But if it did, the good news it is early and you have time to get your roster in order for the rest of the season. Don’t give up hope!
Here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . . .
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Newton remains in a walking boot because of a foot injury and is yet to practice this week. His status is not looking great right now. He might not be able to practice all week after aggravating a previous foot injury. At this point, we think Newton will miss the game but keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Kyle Allen is the starter if Newton sits.
David Njoku, TE, Browns. Njoku was knocked from last week’s game because of a concussion. He also apparently suffered a wrist injury in the game. The wrist injury was much more serious, breaking his wrist. He will be sidelined at least four weeks with the injury.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard missed last week’s game because of a concussion he suffered in the opener. He still isn’t practicing in full just yet, which means he hasn’t passed the concussion protocol. We would expect him to be able to return this week, but we won’t know for sure for another day or two. Stay tuned.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery had to leave last week’s game because of a calf injury. He is not expected to play this week because of the injury and could miss a few weeks of action.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Jackson is another Eagles receiver that went down with an injury. His injury was a groin injury and also could keep him out a few weeks. Nelson Agholor becomes the top option at receiver with Jeffery and Jackson out of action.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles. Goedert is another injured Eagles player Goedert also is suffering from a calf injury. He has not been ruled out yet but things don’t look great for him right now. He could miss a week or two, making Zach Ertz the only prime target for the Eagles at tight end.
James Conner, RB, Steelers. Conner injured his knee last week but says the injury isn’t serious. He expects to play this week and have close to his usual workload. This injury is something to monitor but feel pretty good using him right about now.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Bills. Kroft is yet to play this year after breaking his foot in May. He is practicing in full for the first time all season this week. Kroft is right on track to play, barring a setback. He should move into the starting lineup for the Bills and could be a player to monitor going forward.
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills. Singletary suffered a hamstring strain last week and had to leave the game. He is being held out of practice to start the week, which is not a good sign. At this point, we don’t see Singletary playing this week, giving Frank Gore an even bigger workload at running back for the Bills.
Albert Wilson, WR, Dolphins. Wilson still isn’t practicing after aggravating his calf injury in Week 1. Things do not look good for him to play this week. He might be a few weeks away from returning.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints. Brees injured his thumb last week and need surgery to repair the injury. Early reports are he is expected to be back within eight weeks. Teddy Bridgewater takes over as the starter for the Saints while Brees is out of action.
Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs. Williams hurt his knee last week and left the game a little early. He has not practiced yet this week and is going to be questionable to play this week. Consider him a true game-time decision.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Chiefs. McCoy sprained his ankle during the game last week and had an MRI on the injury. He avoided something serious but still is in danger of missing the game this week. Just like Williams, McCoy did not practice Wednesday. He is going to be another game-time decision for the Chiefs. You would expect one of these two backs to play but it isn’t certain which one right now.
Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys. Gallup is going to miss a couple weeks of action because of a knee injury. He had to undergo minor knee surgery to repair his meniscus tear. Early indications are he will miss two to four weeks of action. This opens the door for Devin Smith and Randall Cobb to get more targets in the Cowboys offense while Gallup is out of action.
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts. This is a little bit of a surprise, but Mack has been out of practice to start the week because of a calf injury. This is a new injury, so we’ll keep you posted. At this point, it doesn’t sound too serious. He still would seem to have a decent shoot to play, especially if he gets in some practice before the week is out. Jordan Wilkins would get most of the work at running back if Mack were unable to play.
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets. Darnold remains out because of mono but is targeting a Week 5 return. This means he will miss this week’s game and get the Jets’ bye week to get two more weeks of rest before returning Week 5. Luke Falk gets the start at quarterback this week with backup Trevor Siemian also injured.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard will not be traded at the deadline, according to a source. The organization can also have him under control for two to three more years depending on franchise or transition tags, too.
Fantasy Spin: Howard is having a down year statistically, as head coach Bruce Arians has relied upon the tight end more for his blocking ability. At this point he has devolved into a TE2 in most fantasy formats, but at least it appears he won't be changing organizations anytime soon.
Green Bay Packers SS Ibraheim Campbell (knee) and TE Jace Sternberger (ankle) were able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. The team has 21 days to let them practice to decide upon activating them and having the players count against the 53-man roster.
Miami Dolphins DE Robert Nkemdiche (undisclosed) and CB Cordrea Tankersley (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. Both players started on the Physically Unable to Practice (PUP) list. The two players can practice up to 21 days before the team has to decide to activate them and count against the 53-man roster.
Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (knee) was able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. He remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and he can practice up to 21 days without counting against the 53-man roster. The hope is that he can return as soon as Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with CBs Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and William Jackson III (shoulder) out.
Coming out of a bye week, Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is in prime position to pick up where he left off after a dominating Week 5 performance. After trouncing the Bears Defense for 143 total yards and two rushing scores two weeks ago, the 21-year-old will be leaned on heavily once again versus a susceptible Packers run defense in Week 7. Green Bay has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season, which includes six rushing touchdowns allowed over their past four games. Look for the Raiders to keep the ball on the ground and in the hands of Jacobs, who owns a dominant 72% carry share over his backups Jalen Richard and Deandre Washington. He's also improved as a pass-catcher over his last two games, putting him a step closer to becoming a true bell-cow back. The first-round rookie is a firm RB2 ahead of Sunday's game with the potential to finish as an RB1 if he continues to get more involved in the passing game.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley was not able to play last week but appears to have a chance to be active for Week 7. He should be a starting option if he plays, but fantasy players should have other options available in case Gurley misses another game.
Los Angeles Rams LB Clay Matthews (jaw) and CB Jalen Ramsey (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said the goal is to have newly acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back) ready to play in Week 7 against the Falcons. Ramsey missed the last three games with the Jaguars before being dealt to the Rams this week to help shore up their secondary issues. If he makes his debut with LA this Sunday, he'd be tasked with shadowing and slowing down Falcons stud receiver Julio Jones. That'd be a downgrade to Jones' matchup, but he's still a must-start for fantasy purposes after going over 100 yards in a bounce-back game in Week 6. Against Atlanta's explosive offense, the Rams are off the streaming radar this weekend.
Free-agent WR Ryan Grant (Raiders) signed with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, Oct. 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released RB Tra Carson.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Rodgers is in no danger of missing the Week 7 game but may be without some of his pass catchers because of injuries. He can still be considered a starting option in all leagues.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Jones had his four-game touchdown streak snapped last week and received only 11 carries during the game. He is still the main option in the running game and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option because of his touchdown potential.
Green Bay Packers S Darnell Savage (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. CB Tony M. Brown (hamstring) and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) were limited during practice. OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), LB Oren Burks (chest), DT Kenny Clark (calf), CB Kevin King (groin, knee), S Will Redmond (ankle, shoulder) and LB Za'Darius Smith (knee) fully participated in practice.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been arguably the best tight end in fantasy football since last season. He's continuing his strong play this season and should put together another solid game in Week 7. Kelce has a matchup against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. Kelce has been heavily involved in the offense basically every single week. Fantasy owners can feel safe about Kelce being a top tier TE1 for Week 7 in Denver.
Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller will once again have a prominent role in the offense in Sunday's matchup versus the Green Bay Packers. He has far and away led the team through five games with 37 receptions and 359 yards, proving to be a reliable receiving option for quarterback Derek Carr who has largely favored his tight ends over the last two seasons. With Tyrell Williams questionable ahead of this weekend's contest, the air attack will funnel through Waller with the team likely playing from behind as seven-point underdogs. The 28-year-old has displayed a reliable floor and can be fired up as a TE1 for Week 7 as he's well past due to secure his first touchdown of the season.
Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (chest, concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Allison will need to pass all of the concussion tests before he is cleared to play, so his status will not be known until later in the week. He has been more involved over the last few weeks but probably can be avoided in most leagues even if he plays.
Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to check later in the week to see if Valdes-Scantling is in any danger of missing the Week 7 game. He has been held to under 50 yards in each of the last three games but still be a flex option in some leagues if he plays.
Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Graham was held to only 17 yards last week but could have a solid role in the passing game if he plays since the Packers have multiple injuries at receiver. He could be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end if he plays.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle had a huge Week 5 performance where he caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. He saw eight targets during his huge Week 5 game, but then he was targeted just three times during the Week 6 loss to the Texans. It seems like that performance might have just been a fluke. Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson are all above Pringle on the depth chart. It's unlikely Pringle will get more than two or three targets with all those receivers healthy. He could be a desperation flex in deep leagues, but most fantasy owners should bench or drop Pringle. Most fantasy owners shouldn't bother with Pringle for the Week 7 matchup versus the Denver Broncos.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will have his work cut out for him this Sunday when his team travels to Green Bay to face the Packers. The veteran has done a commendable job managing games so far this season, proving to be a better real-life quarterback than in the fantasy game. Carr has surprisingly led his team to a 3-2 record on the season, but has yet to surpass 17 fantasy points in a single contest. His task will be even tougher this weekend if Tyrell Williams foot injury doesn't heal in time to face a Packers Defense that's currently giving up the seventh-fewest FPPG to the QB position. Carr can be safely ignored in all formats for Week 7 and for the foreseeable future.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is coming off a very solid performance against the Green Back Packers on Monday Night Football in Week 6, but fantasy owners may want to temper expectations with the Minnesota Vikings coming to town in Week 7. The Vikings have allowed just one 100-yard receiver through the first six weeks of the season, and while fantasy owners will point to the 10 touchdowns allowed to wide receivers over that same time frame, a good chunk of those scores came in garbage time. The Lions haven't won in two weeks but have been playing very good football nonetheless, so extended garbage time looks may not be in store in this game. Slot Golladay in as a mid-range WR2 in this matchup.