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Fantasy Recap: NFL News & Notes from Week 7

NFL News and Notes

Did you catch every snap from this weekend’s action? Don’t worry — we’ve got it covered. Here is the most fantasy-relevant information for each NFL team from Week 7

NFL Week 7 News & Notes

Did you catch every snap from this weekend’s action? Don’t worry — we’ve got it covered. Here is the most fantasy-relevant information for each NFL team from Week 7:

Arizona Cardinals

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Wide receiver John Brown was dealing with what was initially reported as a simple hamstring strain in practice, but additional testing revealed a sickle cell trait that was causing additional complications. Brown missed the Sunday night game against the Seahawks, but this isn’t an issue that’s expected to sideline him long-term. The team will likely be able to manage the complications, although it may take a couple of weeks. Michael Floyd started in Brown’s absence, but continued his abysmal 2016 campaign with just two receptions. If there’s a free agent you like, feel free to drop Floyd if you already haven’t.

Atlanta Falcons

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Devonta FreemanThe Falcons’ dynamic duo at the running back position was back at it in Week 7, as Devonta Freeman caught 5 passes with 100 total yards while Tevin Coleman scampered for a 30-yard touchdown run against the Chargers. However, Coleman injured his hamstring in this game and didn’t play in the fourth quarter or overtime.

If Coleman has a multi-week injury, Freeman would become an automatic RB1 in all fantasy formats. Coleman is likely to have testing done on Monday, so watch for news on the severity of his strain.

Baltimore Ravens

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[the_ad id=”66786″]Quarterback Joe Flacco had a sore shoulder that kept him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, bringing his Week 7 availability into question. He returned to practice on Friday but didn’t throw any deep passes, which made it highly unlikely he’d be effective on Sunday. Those worries came true, as he threw for just 5.6 YPA with two interceptions and no touchdowns against the Jets. There’s no official diagnosis, but he may need an extended rest to get his shoulder right.

Steve Smith missed his second game with a sprained ankle, leaving Mike Wallace as the number one receiver in Week 7. He hauled in 10 receptions on 13 targets while playing the most snaps of any receiver, but his role should decrease when Smith returns.

Buffalo Bills

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It was a strange week for LeSean McCoy — he injured his hamstring early in the week at practice and a variety of conflicting reports entered our timelines as the week wore on. At one point he was considered “out” for Sunday’s game, but he put in a limited practice on Friday. Pre-game reports from Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport differed, debating the expected usage for McCoy if he suited up. He did indeed play, but he aggravated his hamstring injury in the second half against the Dolphins. This was the worst case scenario for McCoy — expect a multi-week absence.

Chicago Bears

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Brian Hoyer fractured his arm Thursday night at Green Bay and had surgery on Sunday, sidelining him for a couple of months. Matt Barkley took over against the Packers and looked as bad as you’d expect. He’s bounced around for a few teams in his NFL career and isn’t an option at this point. Jay Cutler is set to return soon, but the Bears are reportedly considering giving Barkley a long look as the starter. If Cutler doesn’t take over, downgrade all Bears’ pass catchers.

Jordan Howard’s run as a featured back has quickly come to an end — Ka’Deem Carey out-snapped and out-touched Howard against the Packers and may have more value until Jeremy Langford returns. Given these recent developments, it’s worth holding on to Langford (or picking him up if he’s a free agent) as he may regain the starting job when he returns from his ankle injury.

Cincinnati Bengals

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Despite touching the ball just nine times on Sunday, Jeremy Hill ran for 168 yards and a 74-yard touchdown before exiting with what appeared to be a re-aggravation of his chest injury. Listen to the Bengals’ Monday news conference and watch practice reports next week to see if Hill can get back to full health. Gio Bernard had another big workload this week (18 touches) and would be a borderline RB1 if Hill is forced to miss any time.

Tyler Eifert made his 2016 debut in Week 7, but only played 15 snaps. Barring a setback, his usage should increase in the coming weeks and may be worthy of a start against the Redskins next week.

Cleveland Browns

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Terrelle Pryor dealt with a hamstring injury most of the week and was deemed a gametime decision for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. He worked it out in pre-game warm-ups, but only managed to see four targets in the game. Although, his ineffectiveness may have been the result of the quarterback situation. Cody Kessler was knocked out of the game with a concussion, causing Kevin Hogan to enter the game (he did run for 100 yards somehow). Hogan is actually the sixth quarterback to take snaps for the Browns this season. That’s not fantasy news-worthy, it’s just unbelievable.

Detroit Lions

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[the_ad id=”63198″]Dwayne Washington was close to making his return this week from a foot/ankle injury, but both he and Theo Riddick were inactive against the Redskins on Sunday. That left Zach Zenner to lead the backfield — he played 16 more snaps than Justin Forsett but was out-touched 10 to 9. Neither of these guys are worth being on a fantasy roster, as they’re ineffective and will only get touches until Washington and/or Riddick returns. Barring an unexpected week of practice, the Lions should have their full stable on backs in Week 8 (minus Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve).

Green Bay Packers

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It’s a weird situation in the Packers’ backfield. Eddie Lacy was placed on IR with a foot injury and James Starks is out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery, so the team called up practice squad UDFA rookie Don Jackson and traded for Chiefs’ running back Knile Davis. But it was wide receiver Ty Montgomery who handled most of the RB snaps on Thursday night — he played 48 snaps in the backfield while spending just 12 plays as a wide receiver. Davis may eventually work his way into a starting role, but Montgomery looks the part and his work as a short-area receiver (20 receptions in two games as a RB) makes him the best fantasy option in this backfield.

Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts were missing a ton of offensive weapons against the Titans on Sunday, as Donte Moncrief still hasn’t returned from his shoulder injury, Dwayne Allen is out a couple of weeks with his ankle injury, and Phillip Dorsett is dealing with a hamstring injury. Not to worry, as T.Y. Hilton continued his dominance — another 100-yard game with a touchdown — and tight end Jack Doyle shined as the starting tight end. These two guys will continue to see a large target share until Moncrief and Allen return.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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So most people expected regressions from the Jaguars’ passing game in 2016, but not to this extent. Against the Oakland Raiders, a team in the bottom five for fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, Blake Bortles completed just 53 percent of his passes while throwing for just 5.7 YPA and two interceptions. Despite eight targets, Allen Robinson was held to just two catches for nine yards — it’s officially time to panic if you spent a first round pick on him. The lone bright spot for this offense was Marqise Lee, whose usage has been trending up in recent weeks. He caught seven balls for 107 yards against the Raiders and is a better fantasy play than Allen Hurns moving forward.

Kansas City Chiefs

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Just two weeks after returning, Jamaal Charles noticed swelling in his surgically repaired knee and was limited in practice on Friday. The Chiefs once again played it safe with Charles, playing him on just two snaps Sunday against the Saints. Spencer Ware continues to dominate, totaling 131 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, and he’s making it increasingly more likely that Charles will not see a featured role all season. If you drafted Ware, congratulations — you have a RB1 on your hands for the rest of the season.

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Los Angeles Rams

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Some may place the blame on Case Keenum for the Rams’ offense, but look at their play-calling distribution from Sunday’s game against the Giants: 53 pass attempts, 15 rushing attempts for Todd Gurley. He hasn’t been effective this season, but you have to give Gurley more than 15 carries. Oh, and Keenum absolutely cannot be asked to pass the ball 53 times. He threw four interceptions, but head coach Jeff Fisher reiterated that he would not make a change at the quarterback position. The Rams have a bye in Week 8, so let’s see if they take the time to get creative and find more ways to get Gurley the rock.

Miami Dolphins

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Jay AjayiThis is now officially Jay Ajayi’s backfield. A week after rushing for 200-plus yards, Ajayi became just the fifth back in NFL history to do it in consecutive games. He busted out 214 yards and a touchdown against the Bills on Sunday while touching the ball 29 times. It’s not like he had just one or two long runs to pad the total — he ran for 10-plus yards on nine different carries, the third most in a game since 1960. This is the highest Ajayi’s value will be all season, so you could get a haul if you decide to sell him before his Week 8 bye.

Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings lost their first game of the season on Sunday, mostly thanks to the offensive line being destroyed all day by the Eagles. They allowed six sacks and four forced fumbles, making it impossible for Sam Bradford to get the offense into a rhythm.

There are a couple positives, though. Stefon Diggs returned from his groin injury and while he only caught two passes, he appeared to leave the game fully healthy. Also, former first round pick Cordarrelle Patterson is fully integrated into the offense — the team only had four active receivers on Sunday and Patterson caught all seven of his targets for 67 yards and a touchdown.

New England Patriots

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LeGarrette BlountIt was an uneventful game for the New England Patriots in Week 7, as they escaped with a win in Pittsburgh with no major headlines or injuries. Tom Brady was his usual efficient self — despite only attempting 26 passes, he threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount did the heavy lifting on Sunday, totaling 127 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on 24 carries. This offense will be tough to predict from week-to-week, but the three major players (Brady, Blount, and Rob Gronkowski) are all high-end fantasy options.

New Orleans Saints

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Rookie wideout Michael Thomas had a big day on Sunday, leading the Saints with 13 targets and finishing with 10 receptions and 130 yards. He’s been a trusted target for Drew Brees early in the season and should be a PPR WR3, at least, for the rest of the year. Willie Snead started the year hot, but a toe injury and the emergence of Thomas has relegated him to a matchup play only in most fantasy leagues. Brandin Cooks did score a touchdown Sunday, but he’s a boom/bust play on the road. All three of these players (especially Cooks) have a much higher outlook when they’re playing in New Orleans.

New York Giants

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In Week 6, Odell Beckham, Jr. suffered a nasty hip pointer that caused him to miss a few snaps against the Ravens. That injury lasted throughout the week as he was limited in practice, but he worked it out in pre-game warmups and played most of the game on Sunday versus the Rams. While Eli Manning looked his way nine times, Beckham was only able to catch five passes for 49 yards. Luckily, the Giants get their bye week after this London game, so the swelling and pain in Beckham’s hip will have plenty of time to subside with two weeks of rest. Expect him to be back to full strength in Week 9.

New York Jets

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Geno Smith earned his first start of the season on Sunday and started out hot with a touchdown pass on a long catch and run from Quincy Enunwa. However, he injured his knee in the second quarter and was in street clothes for the second half of the game. It was announced Monday that Smith tore ACL and will be lost for the season. The Jets should use this time to try out Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg, which would be bad news for the fantasy outlook of WR Brandon Marshall.

Oakland Raiders

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Latavius MurrayLatavius Murray returned on Sunday after missing a couple of games with a toe injury, and he was surprisingly more involved in the offense than he was before his absence. He played 42 snaps on Sunday, handling 20 touches, while DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard saw the field for a combined 17 plays. If this game is any indication, Murray could be a weekly fantasy play. Send a trade offer to see if his owner is skeptical of Murray’s production.

Amari Cooper was absolutely shut down by Jaguars’ rookie CB Jalen Ramsey. In the 26 pass plays Ramsey covered him, Cooper saw just 1 target, 1 catch, and 4 yards. Keep this in mind when a stud WR is facing Jacksonville in the second half of the season.

Philadelphia Eagles

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Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles once again split snaps in Week 7, this time totaling 26 plays each. Mathews saw more touches, but neither of these backs have the chance for impactful fantasy production. Unless there’s an injury, you can’t start any RB from this team.

Carson Wentz was terrible for the second straight game (two interceptions and one fumble lost on Sunday) as teams are starting to get more tape on him and exposing his weaknesses. It also doesn’t help that he lost his All Pro offensive lineman Lane Johnson to suspension. Given his woes, he’s not worth a roster spot on your fantasy team.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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There were a variety of reports regarding the recovery time for Ben Roethlisberger’s knee injury this week. We went from 1 to 2 weeks, to 4 to 6 weeks, and back to potentially just 2 weeks, all in a five day span. Given Roethlisberger’s historically incredible ability to smash return to play timetables, expect him back under center in Week 9 after the Steelers’ bye week.

Antonio Brown was hit in the quad on Sunday and was writhing in pain on the sidelines in the second half against the Patriots. He briefly went to the locker room, but did return to finish the game. It sounds like it’s just a contusion, so he should be fine for Week 9. If he’s not practicing after the bye, then it’d be time for concern.

San Diego Chargers

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It’s time for Hunter Henry to head back to your fantasy benches. He out-snapped Antonio Gates on Sunday against the Falcons 47 to 37, but received just three targets while Gates was targeted 10 times. Gates is back in play as a weekly starter, as Rivers will continue to target him as a trusted option in the passing game. Henry’s run was fun while it lasted, but until he develops more as a blocker, the defense will be able to key more on him during passing plays when he’s on the field.

Running back Melvin Gordon scored three touchdowns in Week 7, his third multi-touchdown game of the season. He’s on pace for 22 touchdowns this year — with his heavy red zone usage, he could realistically finish with 20 total touchdowns.

San Francisco 49ers

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Carlos Hyde had his arm in a sling early in the week and was deemed doubtful to play in Week 7 by Wednesday. He indeed did not suit up on Sunday, leaving a three-way split at the position with Mike Davis, Shaun Draughn, and DuJuan Harris. The playing time was divided nearly evenly (Harris 24 snaps, Draughn 22, Davis 21), while Harris handled the bulk of the touches (13, Davis 7, Draughn 6). None of these guys are worth a waiver add. This backfield will be a mess when Hyde is sidelined, but with a bye next week, we should seen him return in Week 9.

Seattle Seahawks

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With a 6-6 overtime tie with the Cardinals on Sunday night, there’s not much we can really say about the Seahawks Week 7 performance. The biggest takeaway is that despite already having their bye week to rest up, Russell Wilson still doesn’t look fully healthy. He’s not moving around in the pocket and hasn’t hurt opposing defenses with his legs — he had just one carry for negative two yards on Sunday. After his explosion in the second half of 2015, it’s natural to think he’s a great buy low target. However, with his injuries, he may not be right all season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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jacquizz-rodgers-bucsDoug Martin was expected to return in Week 7, but he aggravated his hamstring injury over the bye week and was ruled out early last week. Given that aggravations are usually at least as severe as the original injury, we’ll likely see him out a couple more weeks. In his absence, Jacquizz Rodgers handled 35 touches against the Panthers before the bye and was just as involved on Sunday with 27 touches for 163 yards. It’s hard to dispute his volume and Tampa Bay’s upcoming schedule, so view him as a low-end RB1 until Martin returns.

Tennessee Titans

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After Kendall Wright’s huge Week 6 performance when he hauled in eight receptions, the only red flag in his resurgence was his playing time (just 22 snaps). In Week 7, that red flag proved ominous, as he played just 50 percent of the snaps against the Colts (37 plays) and caught just two passes for 12 yards on four targets. He did play more this week, but we can’t count on him yet until he’s back to a full complement of snaps. Keep him on your bench — he could still be a fantasy factor in the second half of the season.

Washington Redskins

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Jordan Reed received clearance to practice and was in a non-contact jersey in Wednesday’s session, but didn’t participate on Thursday or Friday. It’s unclear if he just didn’t receive clearance or if he experienced symptoms again, but he wasn’t out there on Sunday against the Lions. There are reports of him already being doubtful for Week 8’s game in London, and with a bye in Week 9, it’s unlikely we see Reed back on the field before Week 10. Vernon Davis has been great in Reed’s absence, catching all six of his targets on Sunday for 79 yards. He’s a streaming option next week versus Cincinnati.

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