Thomas tweaked his hamstring at practice earlier in the week, and his absence from Thursday’s practice officially puts his status in some doubt for Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Carolina Panthers due to the aforementioned ailment. If Thomas is ultimately inactive, not many things change for the Saints offense since Thomas has been sidelined since Week 2, so Emannuel Sanders and Tre’Quan Smith would remain the top two wide receivers for quarterback Drew Brees for at least one more game. Sanders would an especially interesting option in daily fantasy formats after amassing at least a 29.8% target share and a minimum 32.0% market share of the team’s air yards over the previous two contests.
Tonyan did some rehab work on the side, but he was still unable to participate in practice for a second consecutive day, putting his potential availability in some question for Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Houston Texans due to an ankle injury. The Packers run a fair amount of two-tight end sets, so if Tonyan is unable to suit up, both Jace Sternberger and Marcedes Lewis would enter the conversation as punt options at the tight end position in daily fantasy formats across the industry. Both have similar target shares thus far on the season, so it’d be interesting to see who takes over the primary pass-catching role if Tonyan is sidelined, though Sternberger easily profiles better as Tonyan’s direct backup and likely gives him the higher upside for tournaments.
Mixon was held out of practice for a second consecutive day, which raises concern about his potential availability for Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Cleveland Browns as he tries to recover from a foot injury. Mixon was in the midst of his usual workhorse role before being forced to exit this past week’s contest with his aforementioned injury, and if he’s unable to suit up this weekend, Gio Bernard would undoubtedly step into a similar role given his prowess in the passing game. Even with just a 27.8% snap rate on the season, Bernard has managed to accumulate an 8.4% target share from rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, giving him a sizable floor and similar ceiling to Mixon if the latter is ultimately inactive this upcoming Sunday afternoon.
Brown and Knox were both observers at practice for a second straight day with their respective ailments, putting both of their availabilities for Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets into serious question. Knox has already missed two games this season, and in those contests, Tyler Kroft took over as the primary pass-catching tight end but had mixed results for fantasy purposes. As for Brown, his potential absence is much more impactful and would elevate Gabriel Davis to the number two outside receiver role that enabled him to accumulate nine targets for a 20.0% target share and a 31.0% market share of the team air yards in Week 5, which was the last time Brown was sidelined with his lingering knee injury.
The Giants haven’t officially activated Shepard from injured reserve to the active roster at the time of this writing, but that is reportedly something they plan to do before the deadline this afternoon. Therefore, Shepard plans to go through a pregame workout to gain clearance to play in Thursday night’s Week 7 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles after missing four games due to a toe injury. If Shepard is active, there haven’t been any reports on how limited he might be, but assuming he’s close to full health, he should regain the starting wide receiver role opposite Darius Slayton on the outside and cut into the massive target share Slayton has accumulated over the previous two weeks. Outside of the single-game contests around the daily fantasy industry, Shepard will be a difficult option to target given the uncertainty surrounding his injury and role in the offense moving forward.
Johnson was a full participant at practice on Wednesday, which gives him a tremendous chance of being able to suit up for this Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans after missing the previous game with a back injury. With Johnson on track to play, the target distribution in Pittsburgh could become infinitely murkier following Chase Claypool’s breakout performances the last two weeks, but Johnson would still be a viable tournament option for daily fantasy formats across the industry in Week 7, especially if he just steps into the role James Washington occupied in this past Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, which equated to a 30.4% target share and 51% market share of the team’s air yards through the passing game.
The Titans announced that they have activated Davis from the Reserve/COVID-19 listed, and he is set to return to practice this week, putting him on track to be ready for this Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers after being sidelined for nearly two weeks. Davis won’t be in a position to receive the same market share of targets he was seeing earlier in the season with A.J. Brown now back in the mix following his injury absence, but with Jonnu Smith suffering an ankle sprain in this past Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans, there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to suit up this coming weekend. If Smith does end up inactive, it would reopen extra opportunities in the passing game for Davis, Anthony Firkser, and the other ancillary Titans’ players on offense.
Wilkins is active Sunday, and will function as the RB3 for the Colts, likely giving him little fantasy value.
Cephus is inactive Sunday, meaning Marvin Hall and Jamal Agnew should function as the 4th/5th WRs for the Lions.
Tate is inactive Sunday, which shouldn’t significantly affect the Bengals’ offense, as Tate had just 1 target each of the past two games. John Ross will be active for the first time since Week 2.
Gordon was sent home from the Broncos’ practice facilities on Friday because of a non-COVID related illness, and he’s officially been listed as questionable on the Bronco’s injury report for Sunday’s Week 6 matchup against the New England Patriots despite his DUI arrest earlier in the week. At this point it seems unlikely that Gordon will be suspended by the Broncos themselves, so as long as he is feeling better and passes the necessary COVID-19 protocol, testing, he should be active this weekend If Phillip Lindsay is healthy enough to carry a large portion of the running back workload, it is still possible Gordon may see his role reduced for an early sector of the game as punishment, which makes him an easy player to avoid in daily fantasy formats with the illness and a potential league suspension also hanging over his head for the foreseeable future.
Beckham was sent home from the Browns’ practice facility with a non-COVID illness for precautionary reasons, but as long as he passes the necessary testing on Saturday morning, he’ll be good to go for Sunday’s Week 6 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Landry is also expected to be available despite popping up on the injury report earlier in the week. So, even though Beckham, Landry, and Mayfield have all been assigned designations on the Browns’ injury report heading into the weekend, there currently shouldn’t be any concern that any of them will end up on the inactive list on gameday.
Godwin was able to practice in full on Friday, and even though he’s been listed as questionable on the Buccaneers’ officially injury report, head coach Bruce Arians disclosed that he expects Godwin to play in Sunday’s Week 6 matchup against the Green Bay Packers after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury. Mike Evans is also listed as questionable, but it appears that quarterback Tom Brady will have his full complement of wide receivers for the first time since Week 3 with both players on track to suit up. However, Leonard Fournette’s status is a bit more unclear, but if both he and LeSean McCoy are able to return to the field this weekend, Ronald Jones’ secure share of the backfield touches could become a bit more strenuous and would make him a more volatile option in daily fantasy formats.
Chark was able to return to the practice field and put in a limited session on Friday, but he has still been listed as questionable on the Jaguars’ injury report for Sunday’s Week 6 matchup against the Detroit Lions due to an ankle injury that forced him to exit last Sunday’s contest early. Laviska Shenault has taken on a much more consistent role in the Jaguars’ offense since the last time Chark was sidelined with an injury and has run at least 31 routes while amassing at least 14.6% of the targets from quarterback Gardner Minshew in each of the previous three games. However, without Chark in that contest, Chris Conley essentially stepped directly into his vacated role on the outside and had a whopping 52% market share of air yards to go along with eight targets and a 79.2% snap rate, making him an intriguing tournament option in tournament formats if Chark unable to play this weekend.