Justin Jackson is active Sunday after being listed as questionable this week. He will share duties with Joshua Kelley as usual. K.J. Hill is also inactive, although his projected role was minimal at best.
As usual, Julian Edelman will be active after being listed on the injury report as questionable. Devin Asiasi is a healthy scratch, and rookie TE Dalton Keene will make his debut.
Le’Veon Bell is officially active for the Chiefs, meaning he will make his debut Sunday. Clyde Edwards-Helaire will remain the top RB, but Bell will have a role in the offense, although it’ll likely be smaller than usual for his first week. Darwin Thompson is inactive, as he is not needed given the KC RB depth.
Sam Darnold will start for the Jets Sunday, but will be without WR Jamison Crowder. The absence of Crowder means more targets for a player like Braxton Berrios, while Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims and Jeff Smith should also get some chances. However, the Jets offense looks weak, and all these plays come with extremely low floors.
Akins will miss his third straight game for the Texans. Darren Fells will be their top TE option and is coming off a very productive Week 6, where he caught 6 of 7 targets for 85 yards and a TD. Keep in mind, he had just 2 catches each of the two weeks before that game, so there is some downside risk.
Tonyan was questionable this week but is officially active and will play. The Packers are without star RB Aaron Jones, which could open up more opportunities for players like Tonyan in the offense. The Packers also have a favorable matchup against the Texans, making Tonyan an interesting option.
Samuel will be active this week after being listed as questionable. He missed the Panthers’ Week 6 game, but should return to his typical role as the third WR option, while also getting a couple rush attempts.
Jones typically plays a massive role in the Packers’ offense, so his absence opens up significant opportunity. The most direct beneficiaries are the RBs, with Jamaal Williams now a fantastic play and AJ Dillon expected to see an increased work load. The Packers have a good matchup against the Texans, so a value play with high upside like Jamaal Williams will also carry high ownership.
Ian Rapoport provided a series of updates overnight, mostly just confirming that several questionable players are expected to play this week. The Hopkins news update is the most ambiguously worded, but he should be expected to play: he has been playing through the same injury for weeks, and Hopkins almost always plays, having missed just 2 games through his first 7-plus seasons in the NFL.
The Jaguars are reportedly considering benching Gardner Minshew today if he struggles against the Chargers. Week 6 was one of his worst games of the season, but was saved from a fantasy perspective by a rushing TD. His overall numbers are not significantly worse than last season, except for the interceptions – he has already thrown 5 in 240 attempts vs 6 in 470 attempts last season. If he is pulled, Mike Glennon is expected to replace him for the rest of the game, with the long-term plan not clear. This risk of being benched lowers the floor for Minshew, although he was not a safe play to begin with anyways.
Although not officially ruled out, Aaron Jones is reportedly not expected to play Sunday. If he is out, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon should both see increased roles. Williams should be the better option, as he has been handling a greater share of the rushing game, and is much more involved in the passing game. Williams has caught 13 of his 14 targets for 119 yards, while Dillon is yet to even receive a target this season. Jones has averaged nearly 6 targets per game, so there is opportunity for Williams to fill that role.
Henderson and Woods both did not practice Friday, but neither carry an injury designation on the final injury report, indicating they are cleared to play. Higbee got his first action in practice of the week Saturday, although he was limited, and he is considered questionable for Monday night. Gerald Everett would get a nice boost as the top TE for the Rams if Higbee can’t play.
Chris Thompson has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, ruling him out for Week 7. This should mean James Robinson will get all the work he can handle. Devine Ozigbo and Dare Ogunbowale will work behind Robinson, but they’re unlikely to receive any type of real work.
This is obviously great news for the Raiders, as there had been risk they would be without four members of their OL Sunday. None of the players had tested positive, but were in close contact with someone that did, Trent Brown.
Crowder has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Week 7, meaning he is almost certainly out this week. The Jets can’t quite get everyone healthy at the same time, as Denzel Mims is expected to finally make his season debut this week. If Crowder is out, Braxton Berrios could step in and get more work, as could the TEs.