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.
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.
The New York Giants activated wide receiver Sterling Shepard (toe) from Injured Reserve on Thursday, and he'll be eligible to play on Thursday night against the Eagles. Shepard was expected to be one of the team's leading receivers in 2020, but he missed the last four games due to turf toe. In the first six quarters of the season, Shepard caught eight passes for 76 yards. He's the team's longest-tenured player and has started 54 of the 55 regular season games that he's played in and has 255 career catches for 2,838 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 27-year-old is certainly worth owning in 12-team leagues after leading the Giants in receiving last year, but he's a risky option for your starting lineups this week and could have his snap count limited in his first game back.
Minnesota Vikings star defensive end Danielle Hunter (neck) will have season-ending surgery to clean up a herniated disc in his neck. The Vikings will have to decide if they want to make Hunter the highest-paid defender in the league this offseason or trade him away. Minnesota was optimistic in August that Hunter could rehab his injury and return this year, but that didn't turn out to be the case. At 1-5 on the year, the Vikings Defense loses Hunter for the entire season after just trading Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens. The 25-year-old was a Pro Bowler each of the last two years while recording 14.5 sacks in each season as a top IDP pass-rusher. You can now safely drop him in single-year IDP formats.
The Baltimore Ravens are planning to sign veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant to their practice squad if his workout goes well and he passes a physical, according to a source. The Ravens worked Bryant out in August, but he is expected to finally land in Baltimore. The 31-year-old is back in the NFL after last playing in a game in 2017 with the Cowboys when he caught 69 passes (132 targets) for 838 yards and six touchdowns over a full season. Bryant latched on with the Saints several years ago but tore his Achilles before he could even get on the field with them. It remains to be seen what kind of condition he's in at this juncture or if he even has a realistic chance to make the team's active roster, but it's interesting nonetheless. There's no need to run to the waiver wire and pick up Bryant just yet.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry revealed to reporters on Thursday that he is playing through a broken rib. The Cleveland wideout took a big hit during his team's Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts and had to crawl off the field. He wound up missing just five plays in the eventual win. Landry is admittedly in pain but he is not expected to miss any games at this point, although he may practice sparingly going forward. Even before the rib injury, Landry was off to an extremely slow start in 2020. With a cracked rib now affecting him, it is hard to be bullish on his fantasy prospects going forward. Landry will presumably be in uniform when the Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7 but he is not a recommended play as anything more than a flex.
The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are finalizing a trade on Thursday that would send defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round selection, according to sources. The Vikings sent a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-rounder to the Jaguars to acquire Ngakoue earlier this year. A Ravens Defense that was already one of the top units in the league gets better and pairs Ngakoue with Calais Campbell on the defensive front. Ngakoue had just two solo tackles in Week 6 against the Falcons, but he's recorded five sacks, two forced fumbles and seven QB hits in six games this year and has been a top-10 IDP defensive lineman. He could become even more productive in Baltimore's defense the rest of the way.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Week 6 loss to the Ravens. As a result, the Eagles placed him on the short-term Injured Reserve, meaning he'll be eligible to return in Week 10 against the Browns, but he could easily be out longer than that. With Dallas Goedert (ankle) potentially also out until Week 10, Richard Rodgers will become the club's top pass-catching tight end. Rodgers is worth a pickup in deeper leagues or if you're hurting at the tight end position, but he should be considered a low-end TE2 with target upside in this injury depleted Eagles offense. Ertz should be stashed everywhere, as he could return to help fantasy teams that advance to the playoffs.
The Seattle Seahawks are positioned to make a push to sign free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown with his suspension eligible to end after Week 8, according to league sources. Other teams are also interested in signing him, but the Seahawks may be the favorites. Rostered in just six percent of Yahoo leagues as of Wednesday, Brown is worth picking up and stashing if you have the room and need receiver depth. It's unclear exactly how he'd fit in a Seahawks passing game that already includes Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, but he'd be an intriguing fantasy weapon in Seattle's high-scoring offense led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson. Stay tuned for more news on Brown and his suitors with his suspension coming to an end shortly.
Adam Scott has withdrawn from the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Country Club after testing positive for COVID-19. Scott, who last competed at the U.S. Open in September, should be okay for the Masters in one month, but it is a disappointing outcome that will most likely keep him out of action for the next two weeks. Jim Herman will get his spot in the field this week in California, but it is difficult to expect much of the 104th-ranked player in the world. Herman does have two victories in the past two seasons, but those are also his only two top-10 results he has to his name.
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II's (ankle) MRI exam showed a mid- to high-ankle sprain that isn't considered serious, according to a source. With the Ravens on bye this week, head coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that Ingram will likely be back on Nov. 1 for the Week 8 game against the Steelers. Those types of ankle sprains can often sideline players for multiple weeks, so we wouldn't consider it a lock that the 30-year-old veteran will be ready for the Week 8 showdown with Pittsburgh. Rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would see more work in the backfield if Ingram is limited or out in Week 8, making them worth waiver wire pickups if you're looking two weeks into the future. Ingram has rushed the ball 50 times for 225 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in six games in 2020.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) isn't expected to play in Week 7 against the Saints, which will be the fifth game he's missed since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2, according to sources. The Panthers are being cautious with their star running back, but McCaffrey is getting closer to a return and he could be back next Thursday against the Falcons. Carolina still needs to activate McCaffrey from Injured Reserve, and from there fantasy managers can monitor his practice status. Continue to be patient with the All-Pro running back, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the majority of fantasy leagues. Mike Davis continues to see a heavy workload in the absence of McCaffrey, and he'll remain in RB1 territory this Sunday against the Saints.
The Miami Dolphins are naming rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa their starting quarterback heading into their Week 7 bye week, according to a source. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will now serve as the backup after Tagovailoa made his NFL debut in the blowout win over the Jets in Week 6. The rookie from Alabama completed both of his pass attempts for nine yards against New York. The biggest takeaway on Sunday was that he looked fully healthy, and the Dolphins are obviously confident that he's ready for the NFL stage as their starter. That'll come in Week 8 against a tough Rams Defense looking to bounce back after a loss to the division-rival 49ers. Tagovailoa has plenty of upside as a poised and accurate QB that can also use his legs, but he'll be a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues for his first career NFL start in two weeks. Making the change to the rookie now will give him extra time to prepare during the team's bye week.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) is trending toward a third consecutive absence Sunday when his team takes on the Bills, as head coach Adam Gase was not optimistic Monday that his signal-caller would clear the necessary stages to get back on the field. It seems likely that New York will stick with veteran Joe Flacco for the game in the event that Darnold is unavailable, even as the Jets were shut out Sunday by Miami. So long as Flacco is under center, New York’s offense can be targeted by fantasy managers attempting to stream opposing defenses. In Week 8, that will be the Bills Defense. Even upon his return, Darnold will be in a rough spot from a fantasy perspective due to the Jets offensive-line woes and general downturn in production from their skill position players.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (toe) could get back on the field as soon as Thursday’s contest versus Philadelphia, as head coach Joe Judge indicated that Shepard’s status could be determined during a pre-game workout. Shepard has missed the team’s previous four contests with turf toe, with a small window of activation from injured reserve existing before he could potentially return to the field. Having amassed eight receptions for 76 yards in his two appearances this season, Shepard’s return would put a damper on the fantasy outlook of Darius Slayton and Golden Tate, who would remain appealing plays should Shepard remain out. Check back ahead of Thursday for an update on his status.
San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) is “most likely” headed toward a stint on the Injured Reserve due to a high ankle sprain, per 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Mostert had just worked his way back from a knee injury but will now miss considerable time with another lower-body injury, paving the way for Jerick McKinnon to become a fantasy commodity in nearly any-sized season-long league. A full-time starter for the first time this season, Mostert has averaged 5.9 yards per carry over four contests. Those with IR slots available in season-long formats can wait on his ankle injury to heal, while DFS fantasy managers can begin eyeing McKinnon on Sunday versus New England. Jeff Wilson Jr. could also be flex-worthy with Mostert sidelined again.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that running back Mark Ingram III (ankle) is dealing with an ankle sprain, but the team is hopeful that he can return after the team's Week 7 bye to face the Steelers in Week 8. Ingram was injured in the Week 6 win over the Eagles in the first half and was ruled out for the rest of the game. The veteran back had only five carries for 20 yards before his injury occurred. Ingram has 50 carries for 225 yards and two touchdowns while adding three receptions for 25 yards through the air in his six games. The injury comes at a good time for Ingram and it doesn't look to be the dreaded high ankle sprain, but he could still be questionable for Week 8. If Ingram can't go against the Steelers in two weeks, rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would see an increase to their workloads.
Buffalo Bills rookie running back Zack Moss (toe) is active for Monday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. T.J. Yeldon is inactive, suggesting that Moss is good to play at least somewhat of a role against K.C. Wide receiver John Brown (knee) is also active and should see plenty of playing time, though he is likely to trail behind Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in snaps. Neither Moss nor Brown are great options in season-long leagues, though Moss has appeal in deeper leagues due to his projected role in the red zone.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (ankle) is expected to miss three to four weeks after suffering an ankle injury in the Week 6 loss to the Ravens, according to sources. The good news is the Eagles have their bye in Week 9, so Ertz may end up only missing two games for his fantasy managers. However, it's a big blow to an offense that already has fellow tight end Dallas Goedert (ankle) on Injured Reserve. Richard Rodgers, who has nine catches for 99 yards in six games this season, will be the beneficiary of increased targets with both Ertz and Goedert sidelined. He'll be a waiver consideration for those desperate at the tight end position in deeper leagues. Ertz needs to be stashed in all leagues.
The Philadelphia Eagles expect running back Miles Sanders (knee) to miss their Thursday night game this week against the Giants. The injury could also keep Sanders out the following week against the Cowboys, so you'll need to have a backup plan if you roster him. The 23-year-old left in the second half of the Week 6 loss to the Ravens and didn't return. With Sanders set to miss time, backup Boston Scott will be a popular waiver-wire addition this week and should see the majority of backfield touches against a Giants team allowing the 13th-most fantasy points to running backs this year. Corey Clement should also see an increase in snaps in Philly's banged-up offense.
Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle) is dealing with a "minor" ankle sprain and is expected to be questionable for Week 7 against the Steelers, according to a source. The Titans are going to need all of their offensive weapons in a battle of undefeated squads next Sunday, so Smith's practice status this week will be one to watch closely. Smith left the game in the third quarter in Week 6 and didn't return, which doesn't bode well for his status moving forward. He had just one 13-yard catch before leaving, but he's been a strong TE1 so far this season. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will already be a QB to fade against Pittsburgh, especially if he's without Smith this weekend. Anthony Firkser and Geoff Swaim are next up on the depth chart if Smith is forced to sit out.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (leg) went to the locker room midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. He is dealing with a left leg injury. With the game nearing its end, it's probably unlikely that Ertz will return. He had four catches for 33 yards on 10 targets before heading to the locker room.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (knee) left Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter with a knee injury. He is currently questionable to return. Sanders suffered the injury on a 74-yard running play. He had nine rushes for 118 yards and one catch for negative six yards before the injury. While he is sidelined, Boston Scott should see the bulk of the carries.
The Cleveland Browns have brought in Case Keenum at quarterback late in the third quarter of their Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns' starting quarterback Baker Mayfield was dealing with a rib injury prior to the game and struggled mightily in nearly three quarters of work, completing 10 of 18 passes for 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was sacked four times. The Steelers were up 31 to 7 at the time Mayfield was benched, so the team is likely being cautious with him in a game that looks to be out of reach.
Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle) injured his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. His return is questionable. He didn't head to the locker room after the injury, but instead remained on the sidelines with his helmet off, which could be a good sign that he'll be able to return to the game. Smith had just one catch for 13 yards on two targets before leaving the game.
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Ingram had just five carries for 20 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury. With Ingram sidelined, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards should see an increase in carries.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (cramps) is questionable to return in Week 6 as he is dealing with cramps. Ridley left the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter while the Falcons were up 23-7. Ridley had six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown before the cramps set in. Stay tuned for further updates. If he's unable to return, Julio Jones and Russell Gage should see a bump in targets.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Fournette was a true game-time decision going into Sunday's game and was widely expected to play, but apparently warm-ups didn't go as planned. This will be the third-straight game Fournette will miss due to an ankle injury. Ronald Jones II will lead the Buccaneers backfield on Sunday while Ke'Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy will also be involved.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (foot) has returned to his team's Week 6 game against the Indianapolis Colts after exiting earlier with a foot injury. Monitor Mixon to make sure he's a getting a full workload, but it seems he's fine after the injury scare.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon exited Sunday's game with a right foot injury and is questionable to return. If Mixon fails to return, Gio Bernard should be in for a strong second half performance, especially with the Bengals holding a good sized lead and likely running more over the remainder of the game.