San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon has flourished in the two games that Raheem Mostert (knee) has missed this year and that trend should continue with Mostert sidelined in Week 7. McKinnon was the team's starting running back in Week 3 and Week 4 and saw 38 touches over the two games, which led to over 150 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. McKinnon wasn't much of a factor in the team's past two games and there's some concern about rookie JaMycal Hasty taking some opportunities away from McKinnon. However, McKinnon out-snapped Hasty 23 to 15 in Week 6 and is still the team's primary backup to Mostert for now, putting him in line to see the bulk of the opportunities in a tough Week 7 matchup against the New England Patriots. Start him as a low-end RB2.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had his best fantasy game of the year so far in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams. He threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns without any turnovers. This week, Garoppolo faces a tough New England Patriots Defense allowing just 22 points and 219.8 passing yards per game. Garoppolo will have most of his primary weapons healthy for the game, apart from the team's No. 1 back Raheem Mostert (knee). As a QB2 option, you could do worse, but a defensive battle might be in store, which would of course really limit Garoppolo's ceiling. Start him as a QB2 if you don't have any better options, but don't expect a repeat of his Week 6 showing.
San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) has sat out practice all week after suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 6. Early this week, the speculation was that Mostert would be placed on Injured Reserve. While that has yet to happen, it's still something we could see before the team's game this week. Regardless, he won't be suiting up in Week 7 against the New England Patriots and will likely miss at least one or two more games after that. Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty are likely to lead the backfield for the 49ers in Week 7.
The Philadelphia Eagles Defense played well on Thursday Night Football in a Week 7 win over the New York Giants. They allowed 21 points but recorded three sacks, an interception, and two fumble recoveries. In standard formats, the Eagles defense scored nine fantasy points, their second-best showing of the season. The Eagles defense will be a middling option next week in what will likely be a shootout against the Dallas Cowboys.
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made his only extra-point try and made one of his two field-goal attempts in the Week 7 win over the Giants on Thursday night. Elliott made his kick from 31 yards out and then missed one from just 29 yards out. Elliott has turned into a mostly low-volume kicker this year in a wildly inconsistent Eagles offense, and the consistency he's had in the past seems to be gone. Elliott is not a recommended kicker in standard formats going forward, although he may have a few more opportunities next week against the Cowboys and their league-worst defense.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside showed up in the Week 7 box score against the Giants on Thursday night, catching his lone target for an eight-yard gain. Arcega-Whiteside recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown last week, but overall he's been one of the most disappointing second-round picks in recent history. For the season, the second-year receiver has two catches for 45 yards. He's well off the fantasy radar in single-year formats and is even losing luster in dynasty/keeper leagues. Arcega-Whiteside's role might get even smaller (if that's even possible) when wideout Alshon Jeffery (calf, foot) makes his season debut, possibly in Week 8 against Dallas.
The New York Giants Defense had a strong game for fantasy managers despite costing the Giants late as Carson Wentz marched the Eagles down the field for the win. Star cornerback James Bradberry led the unit with a key interception in the end zone in the first half. New York added three sacks to put up a respectable line for fantasy managers. After two good matchups, New York will face a stiff test in Week 8 against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward scored a touchdown in Week 7, helping the Eagles to a win over the division-rival New York Giants. Ward caught a total of five passes, gaining 42 yards on six targets. His touchdown came on a short three-yard pass from quarterback Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter, putting the Eagles within one score. Ward was third on the team in targets and could have decent PPR value if the Eagles offense starts to get its bearings. Week 8 against the Cowboys porous defense could be a good time for that to happen, although the looming return of receiver Alshon Jeffery (foot, calf) could cut into Ward's appeal the rest of the way.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver John Hightower only made one catch in Week 7, but he gained 59 yards on it and helped set up the Eagles for a comeback victory over the New York Giants. Hightower was targeted twice, both coming in the fourth quarter of the game. He looks like he's settling into a low-volume deep threat role, making him unreliable in most fantasy formats despite his potential for high-scoring individual plays. He's a worthwhile investment in best-ball formats but not a strong head-to-head or points league play yet.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned from a turf-toe injury on Thursday night against the Eagles with six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Shepard hadn't played since Week 2, but he made his return to the lineup felt and added another weapon in the passing game. It surely helped the New York offense after they put up just 112 passing yards last week. Shepard should be added in leagues where he was dropped for those seeking WR help, but he'll draw a tough matchup with Tampa Bay in Week 8. When completely healthy, though, Shepard should be one of quarterback Daniel Jones' top targets. The upside was evident in his first game back.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham remained very heavily involved in the Eagles offense in a Week 7 win. Fulgham was targeted a team-high 11 times, making five catches for 73 yards. It was the first week that Fulgham was on the active roster where he did not score a touchdown, but he continued to operate as the surprising WR1 on the Eagles offense. With DeSean Jackson injured once again and looking like he'll miss even more time, Fulgham season looks like it will continue in Week 8 against the Cowboys.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers led the Eagles in receiving in a Week 7 win over the New York Giants. Rodgers had the most catches, gained the most yards, and was targeted the second-most on the team. The only thing he didn't do was find the end zone. Rodgers caught six passes on eight targets, gaining 85 yards. With Zach Ertz (ankle) and Dallas Goedert (ankle) both out, Rodgers ran as the primary tight end in an offense accustomed to involving their tight end in the passing game. With Ertz and Goedert both on IR, Rodgers could have another week of low-end TE1 value coming up in Week 8 against a very soft Cowboys Defense.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement only recorded three touches in a Week 7 win against the New York Giants. Clement was thought to possibly have a larger role with starter Miles Sanders (knee) out, but Boston Scott took over the Eagles backfield and Clement was nothing more than a change of pace. Clement ended up running the ball twice for nine yards and made one catch for a 12 yard game. He was only targeted that one time. Jason Huntley and Jalen Hurts received the same number of carries as Clement in this one. He'll be firmly off the fantasy radar regardless of the status of Miles Sanders in Week 8.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton had a quiet night on Thursday as he was blanketed by Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. Slayton caught just two passes for 23 yards as New York's leading receiver was targeted just four times by QB Daniel Jones. Slayton has had big games this season, but has also gone silent at times as the second-year receiver has earned the dreaded boom/bust label in fantasy. He'll draw another tough matchup in Week 8 versus the Buccaneers.
The Denver Broncos Defense had one of their best performances of the season in the 18-12 upset win over the Patriots in Week 6. But even after turning the ball over three times last weekend and holding New England to only 12 points, Denver's D still ranks only 20th in the league with 4.8 fantasy points per game. They have only five total turnovers in five games (two fumble recoveries, three interceptions) but have been a bit above average with 14 sacks despite missing All-Pro pass-rusher Von Miller (ankle), who is out for the year. Against one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL in Kansas City, you should be looking to avoid the Broncos defense this week. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown 15 touchdowns to just one interception in six games this year, adding two touchdowns on the ground.
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate scored his first touchdown of the season and did nothing else on Thursday night in Philadelphia. Tate made a contested-catch which he took in for a 39-yard touchdown early in the game and was invisible from there as the veteran receiver didn't record another catch. Tate had just two targets on the night and should not be trusted unless his target-share increases. With Sterling Shepard back in the lineup, fantasy managers shouldn't bet on that happening.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram tied his season-high with six catches Thursday night that he turned into 46 yards. Engram added three rushing yards on two carries. The 46 yards are his second-highest total of the season and while he hasn't found the end zone, things are trending up for the fourth-year tight end. Engram had nine targets in this game after having just five in the previous two games. The Giants gave him a carry inside the five-yard line on their first drive as the offense needs Engram to get going. With the tight end position being a wasteland of fantasy football, Engram offers upside few others can match and has a high target-share in the New York offense. He's a startable tight end in 10-team leagues and larger.
Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus was the hero for both the Broncos and for fantasy managers that started him in the Week 6 win over the Patriots. He accounted for all of the team's 18 points on his six made kicks, including two from 50-plus yards out and two from 40-plus yards. McManus has one of the strongest legs in the NFL, but his Week 6 performance was his only real fantasy relevant one of the year because of the inconsistent nature of the offense in which he resides. The 29-year-old certainly won't be able to win the game himself in Week 7 against the high-flying Chiefs offensive attack, which makes McManus one to avoid for lineups this weekend. KC has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to the kicking position as well.
New York Giants running back Dion Lewis handled three carries for 23 yards in a loss to the Eagles on Thursday. Despite starting running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) leaving after only three carries, Lewis was not a big part of the Giants' game plan as Wayne Gallman handled the bulk of the work in the Big Blue backfield. New York hasn't had enough success rushing the ball this season for Lewis to be a fantasy asset in most fantasy leagues.
Denver Broncos rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam was second on the team with six targets in his NFL debut in the Week 6 win over the Patriots, catching two passes for 45 yards. It was a nice showing for the large-bodied and speedy tight end in his first-ever NFL game. But with Noah Fant (ankle) trending up to return in Week 7 against the Chiefs, the 22-year-old Missouri product could go back to being a healthy inactive this Sunday. When Fant is healthy, he's been one of quarterback Drew Lock's favorite targets, and that is especially true with receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the year. Even if Fant misses another game, Okwuegbunam would be a desperation low-end TE2 in the deepest of leagues.
New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman came off the bench to have a productive game in a one-point loss to the Eagles on Thursday. Starting running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) exited with an injury after three carries and Gallman led the backfield from there. Gallman handled 10 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown while adding five catches for 20 receiving yards. The touchdown came from one-yard away as Gallman handled the goal-line work and fourth-quarter carries while the Giants thought they were salting away a win. If Freeman misses time, Gallman will be a hot waiver-wire addition as his role in this offense should make him the RB to own in New York.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had his best statistical performance of the season on Thursday night, but still came up short in a one-point loss to the Eagles. Jones was 20-for-30 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 92 rushing yards. While those were positives for the second-year QB, Jones had his share of shortcomings as well. Jones should've had a touchdown on a perfectly-executed read-option in the third quarter, but stumbled five yards short of the end zone. Other negatives for Jones included an interception and a fumble as he has not had a turnover-free game this season. His rushing upside gives him QB2 appeal in superflex leagues, but Jones hasn't put up good enough numbers to start in one-QB formats.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott played well in place of the injured Miles Sanders (knee) in a Week 7 win over the New York Giants. Scott ran the ball 12 times for 46 yards and also caught three passes for another 46 yards and a touchdown. Scott was targeted five times in the passing game, and his touchdown came on an 18-yard pass from Carson Wentz that completed the Eagles comeback in the fourth quarter. Scott might get another chance to lead the backfield next week if the Eagles choose to keep Sanders out through their Week 9 bye. If so, Scott will be a solid RB2 against a Cowboys Defense that can't do anything right.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had his best game in a long time in a Week 7 comeback win over the division-rival New York Giants. Wentz led a fourth-quarter game-winning drive and in total completed 25 of his 43 passes for 359 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran the ball seven times for 14 yards and another score. Wentz looked like the good Carson Wentz in a lot of this one, but there were also quite a few of the warning signs that he's shown all season. Still, those brave enough to have him in their starting lineups were certainly happy with what he did on the field Thursday. Wentz may sneak into the lower end of the QB1 consideration next week when he takes on what the Cowboys call a defense.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (leg) had to be helped off the field late in the fourth quarter of the Thursday night game against the Giants after suffering an apparent leg injury on a punt return. Jackson just has not been able to stay healthy the last two years with Philadelphia. He was finally active on Thursday after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury, and it looks like he'll be missing more time moving forward. D-Jax ran the ball once for 12 yards and caught three of his five targets for 34 yards before leaving with his injury. He's been a disappointment when active, considering how many offensive pieces the Eagles have been missing due to injury. Fantasy managers should prepare for Jackson to miss Week 8 against the Cowboys.
Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler (hamstring) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday, giving him a chance to return to action in Week 7 against the Chiefs. Hamler was injured in the Week 4 win over the Jets and hasn't played since. There's a good chance he'll be listed as questionable on the final injury report. But even if the 21-year-old first-year player is active against Kansas City, he cannot be trusted in starting lineups after catching half of his 12 targets for 78 yards in his three games played in 2020. The 5-foot-9, 176-pound slot guy is explosive and will become a nice deep threat for Denver eventually, but he hasn't been a big enough part of the offense yet in his first year. Hamler remains strictly a dynasty/keeper league stash.
San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm (knee) will undergo a patellar tendon repair in his right knee. He underwent a similar surgery on his left knee in 2017 when he was with the Royals. Strahm went 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 19 outings in his third season with the Friars this year. The 28-year-old southpaw made 46 appearances in 2019 and started 16 of those, sporting a 4.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while striking out 9.3 hitters per nine innings. In his five MLB seasons, Strahm has made 151 appearances, with only 24 coming in the form of a start. He can be ignored in the vast majority of fantasy leagues heading into the 2021 season.
New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) is questionable to return to the Monday night game against the Eagles with an ankle injury. Freeman rushed the ball just three times for eight yards in the contest before leaving the game with his injury. He was targeted once in the passing game but came up empty. Coming into the Thursday night game, Freeman had seen double-digit carries in each of the last three games. He had a season-high 18 totes for 61 yards in the Week 6 win over Washington. The veteran running back is averaging a career-low 3.2 yards per carry, though, and is also losing some touches to both Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman. He's been a touchdown-dependent RB2, but if his injury is serious enough, Lewis and Gallman could see more playing time in Week 8 on Monday night against the Buccaneers.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) is in doubt for Week 7 against the Panthers after missing practice on Thursday due to a new hamstring injury suffered in practice. Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 and could now miss his fifth straight game. He was benched in Week 5 for disciplinary reasons after punching a teammate in practice. New Orleans' offense has been up and down without their All-Pro receiver in the lineup, but quarterback Drew Brees did find Emmanuel Sanders for a career-high 12 catches in Week 5. Sanders will be a WR3 with upside if Thomas is forced to miss another game. But if Thomas is active, he's a must-start WR1.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said he thinks that free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown deserves another chance in the NFL and is hoping that the Seahawks sign him. "From the conversations I've had with him, he's really been remorseful and he's been humbled along the way. Like I said, I pray that he can continue to grow, just like anybody," Wilson said. Brown and Wilson worked out together this summer and Brown is also close with backup Geno Smith. The 32-year-old Brown is serving an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's personal-conduct policy. There is potential for further discipline from the league, though, so it isn't a guarantee that Brown will return after Week 8. Wilson has been an MVP candidate through six weeks and the Seahawks offense is the highest-scoring in the league, but Wilson is campaigning for another weapon. Brown is certainly worth a stash if you have the room, but there's no guarantee he'll play for Seattle or anyone else this year.