Fantasy Football Injury Status: Week 7

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Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants:

RB David Johnson (Q) – Ankle
The Arizona Cardinals will be traveling cross country to match up against the New York Giants. Coming into this 1:00 pm EST game, there are players to monitor coming in. Running-back David Johnson has been listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Last week Johnson had his practice reps capped due to a back injury, he did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday last week and was a limited participant on Friday. Even with this shortened practice schedule Johnson still played 75% of snaps on Sunday and had his best fantasy performance of the year against Atlanta. Being a veteran Johnson does not necessarily need to practice a ton to be able to play but, consecutive weeks of injury is concerning. If Johnson is unable to play this Sunday, his backup Chase Edmonds will be able to step into a full workload without this offense skipping a beat. Edmonds is available in 73.9% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

WR Christian Kirk (Q) – High Ankle Sprain
Christian Kirk has taken a leap forward his second year in the NFL, becoming a large part of this Arizona Cardinals passing offense. Before missing the past 2 weeks, Kirk has averaged a been on the field for 93% of the offensive snaps. However, Kliff Kingsbury revealed that Kirk suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain. This type of injury has been known to sideline players for extended periods of time. A limited participant in Wednesday’s practice is a promising sign that Kirk is progressing well through this injury. If Kirk is unable to play this week against the Giants and are looking for a replacement player there are some receivers available on the Waiver Wire with favorable matchups. 49ers WR Dante Pettis is available in 73.4% of leagues going up against the Washington Redskins who have given up the 9th most receiving yards and the 4th most passing touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos:

WR Emmanuel Sanders (Q) – knee
Exiting last game with a knee injury has been listed as questionable for the Broncos game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Sanders has logged a limited practice on Monday and then two consecutive full-participant practices both Tuesday and Wednesday. It looks like Emmanuel Sanders will be good to go for the Broncos Thursday night matchup against the Chiefs.

WR Sammy Watkins (O) – Hamstring
Sammy Watkins was officially ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos with the hamstring injury he has been struggling with the past few weeks. Watkins however was a limited participant in every practice this week which is hopeful sign that he could return next week. With Watkins out, fellow Chiefs wide receivers will be seeing an expanded role in this explosive offense. Demarcus Robinson, available in 55.9% of ESPN fantasy leagues, out-snapped every other wide-receiver on the team in week 6 and looks to be the #2 wide-receiver on that Chiefs team now that Tyreek Hill is back.

Oakland Raiders @ Green Bay Packers:

WR Tyrell Williams (Q) – Foot
Revealed to have Plantar Fasciitis on Wednesday by Head Coach Jon Gruden after practice on Wednesday. Gruden also added “Whatever that is, he has, it’s not getting much better.” In layman’s terms plantar fasciitis is painful swelling of the foot between the heal and toes. Williams does not look promising to be able to play on Sunday. If Williams is not able to suit up, a replacement you should look at it is Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley. Beasley will be seeing a favorable matchup against the Dolphins who have given up the 3rd most passing touchdowns. Beasley has also become a favorite target of QB Josh Allen through the season averaging 7.6 targets per game.

WR Davante Adams (Q) – Turf Toe
The Packers did not hold a practice on Wednesday but was estimated by the team to have been a non-participant. Adams was diagnosed with turf toe after the week 4 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Without even a limited practice since the week 4 injury Adams does not look promising to make a return to the field. Missing Adams creates a big hole on anyone roster. A player to fill that hole this week is New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton. Seeing 98% of the snaps against the New England Patriots this past Thursday, Slayton will have the opportunity to rack up the fantasy points. Going up against the Arizona Cardinals who have given up the most touchdowns and 3rd most yards to opposing receivers Slayton is a good play this week.

Los Angeles Rams @ Atlanta Falcons:

RB Todd Gurley (Q) – Quadricep
After missing his week 6 matchup against the 49ers this past Sunday Gurley was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Gurley seems to be on track to play this Sunday with an expected limited amount of touches. Even if Gurley is limited in his snaps, he is still a must start fantasy option.

 

WR Julio Jones (Q) – Hip
Jones was a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice with an apparent hip injury. Jones is another must-start fantasy option when available, even with the Rams trading for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The injury does not seem significant enough for Jones to miss this Sunday’s game, Jones should be able to suit up for this matchup.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts:

WR DeAndre Hopkins (Q) – Ribs
DeAndre Hopkins was listed as a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice. Considering Hopkins was on the field for 98% of the Texans snaps this past Sunday this listing of questionable seems mean it is a precautionary tactic to make sure Hopkins is 100% for this Sundays matchup against the Colts.

WR Will Fuller (Q) – Calf/Oblique
Fuller finds himself in a similar situation as fellow receiver DeAndre Hopkins in being limited during Wednesday’s practice. Considering Fuller’s injury history, the Texans seem to be limiting their receivers to ensure they will be fully healthy for Sundays game against the Colts.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Tennessee Titans:

TE Delanie Walker (Q) – Ankle
Walker was listed as a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice. Considering Walker tied his season high snap count of 57% and limited participation signals that Walker should be healthy for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. However, if Walker is unable to play this Sunday a player you should pick-up in his absence is Buffalo Bills’ TE Dawson Knox. Knox has seen an increasing snap count and averaging 15.6 yards per reception with 3.6 targets per game in a matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks:

TE Will Dissly (IR) – Achilles
A very unfortunate injury to Will Dissly, an emerging tight-end who is out for the rest of the season, could leave a valuable hole at your tight-end position. A replacement player you should use this week is Houston Texans tight-end Darren Fells. Fells has been the favored tight-end in that offense, seeing more targets, a higher snap count, and more red-zone targets than fellow tight-end Jordan Akins.

WR Marquise Brown (Q) – Ankle
After missing last week’s matchup against the Bengals is now a non-participant during Wednesday’s practice this week. Brown has been described as day-today by head coach John Harbaugh. If Brown is healthy, he is a must-start fantasy player, but if a replacement receiver to put into your lineup is Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu against the Rams. Sanu seen the field more that Julio Jones so far this season and has seen an average of 6.7 targets per game.

New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears:

RB Alvin Kamara (Q) – Knee/Ankle
Kamara did not practice Wednesday and only saw 59% of the Saints’ offensive snaps against the Jaguars. Kamara was unlike himself in the matchup against the Jaguars rushing for only 31 yards. He was still saw a healthy 8 targets in the passing game. Kamara believes he will be healthy but if not, his back up Latavius Murray, available in 51.2% of ESPN fantasy leagues, will be able to step into the lead back role without much of a hiccup.

TE Jared Cook (Q) – Ankle
Cook did not practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury from the week 6 game against the Jaguars. This is the first injury for Cook since 2016. Still on the field for 58% of the offensive snaps, with an average team snap percentage of 63.1%, this seems to be another precautionary measure the Saints’ are taking in preparation for their week 7 matchup against the Chicago Bears. If Cook is unable to play this Sunday, Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant is a suitable replacement. Available in 90.3% of ESPN leagues, Fant is matching up against the Kansas City Chiefs who rank 27th against fantasy tight-ends this year. Fant has been seeing the field an average of 68.5% of offensive snaps. He is an athletic tight-end averaging 10.9 yards per reception this year who can expose this Kansas City defense.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys:

WR Amari Cooper (Q) – Quadricep
Cooper exited his week 6 game with a quadricep injury, described as a bruise. Cowboys head coach Jason Garret said the team will monitor Cooper’s situation “day by day” according to the Dallas Morning News. Cooper did not practice during Wednesday. If healthy, Cooper is a must start against the Philadelphia Eagle’s lackluster secondary. If Cooper is not healthy come Sunday, look to fellow Cowboy receivers Randall Cobb a starting option.

WR Michael Gallup (Q) – Knee
Gallup was a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice. Considering he played 96% of snaps during week 6 this seems like another precautionary measure taken by the Cowboys, especially because of the Cooper injury. If healthy Gallup is a starting fantasy option against the Philadelphia Eagles’ passing defense. I expect Cobb to suit up this week against the Eagles.

New England Patriots @ New York Jets:

WR Josh Gordon (Q) – Knee
Gordon suffered a knee injury during week 6. Gordon was present for Tuesday’s practice, not indicating much. However, Gordon was riding the stationary bike during the second-half of the week 6 matchup. This is a promising sign that the injury was not serious and that the Patriots were taking precautionary measures to ensure Gordon would be healthy going forward. If Gordon is not healthy for Monday night’s matchup look to fellow wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to have an expanded role in this Patriots offense. Dorsett is available in 74.4% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

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