OBJ was officially active after going through warmups and will play against the Broncos. This is the first game that he and Jarvis Landry will both play, so the passing attack will hope to work with Case Keenum, as Mayfield won’t be able to play. OBJ’s active status will hurt Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins, and Anthony Schwartz as the ancillary options.
As expected, Teddy was cleared to play and will start against the Browns. A mild surprise was that Mike Boone was inactive; he had taken a few carries from Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon last game, but now a slight up tick to Gordon and Boone can be expected; they’ll split the backfield 50/50.
According to Schefter, Williams remains on the COVID-19 list since he is unvaccinated, and had a positive test the past Wednesday. This makes the timeline for the Bears tricky as they prepare to play the TB Buccaneers. The earliest Williams could be cleared is Saturday, which would be the tenth day of being on the list. The Bucs rush defense has been stellar all year, and the Bears had no problem trusting Khalil Herbert last week, so even if he is cleared, it may be difficult to see a path to fantasy relevance for Williams. If he misses, Herbert would be in DFS consideration due to his still cheap salary, but the matchup along with the projected game script make him one of the tougher players to trust.
The Bucs offense has been rolling, but it remains to be seen who’s out there against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Gronk and Brown both missed their second straight practice Sunday; Gronk’s been dealing with a rib issue for the last few weeks, while AB turned his ankle this past Thursday. Both players are looking closer to doubtful, but tomorrow’s practice may clear that up. Howard was able to get in a limited session after having a DNP yesterday, so he should be on track to play and would be viable as a cheap TE if Gronk does indeed end up sitting. If Brown sits, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin would be even greater plays due to the target tree condensing, while Tyler Johnson would likely be the WR3 but would be tough to trust as Brady has many other options to choose from.
Both Vegas WRs were limited yesterday, but were upgraded to full practices ahead of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Barring an unexpected setback, Ruggs and Edwards shoul be good to play outside, while Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller man the middle portion of the field.
Hilton missed his second straight practice with a quad issue as the Colts prepare for Sunday Night Football against the SF 49ers. Hilton has said himself that he feels “50-50” for the game, which is certainly an ominous warning as usually players are more optimistic than the coaching staff. Hilton is known as one of the veterans who can go through weeks of not practicing and be perfectly fine for the game, but this year has been rough as he missed the first weeks due to injury. If he ends up sitting, it’ll be work for Michael Pittman (who’s currently the WR1 with or without Hilton). Zach Pascal would play more also. The Colts lost Parris Campbell for quite some time, so Hilton’s injury has even more impact on the upcoming showdown slate.
The Titans had three WRs listed on their injury report, with some mixed news as they prepare to play the high-octane Kansas City Chiefs. The good news is that Julio was able to get in a limited session; he was able to play the last game, but left midway due to his hamstring bothering him. He’s been able to play in previous years without practice, so this may mean he gives it a go. Brown has been dealing with some severe food poisoning (shout out to Chipotle), but despite his second straight DNP, it still feels as if he will play and he’s just taking it easy. Rogers has been dealing with a groin issue, and his may cause him to sit out. The Titans lost Cameron Batson for the year last week, so their depth at WR would be short behind Julio and Brown. Marcus Johnson and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine would be the next men up, although they’d be impossible to trust if Julio and Brown are both cleared.
Parker had missed the last two weeks with a shoulder and hamstring issue, but looks to be doing better this week as he was able to notch a second straight limited practice. Williams may be in line to join him, as he also missed last week with a groin injury, but appears to be okay and should be a depth piece at wideout. The Dolphins remain without Will Fuller, so Parker will compete with Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki as the top targets on the team, while Williams provides some much needed depth.
The Panthers ancillary wideouts are banged up, and at least one is likely to miss. Marshall missed his second straight practice due to the concussion protocol; at this point in the week, it’s difficult to envision him suiting up. Erickson was upgraded to an LP with a concussion of his own, so he may be okay to play if tomorrow’s practice goes well. With Brandon Zylstra on the I.R. and Marshall expected to sit, there is an opportunity for Erickson or Shi Smith to play the third WR behind DJ Moore and Robby Anderson. The Panthers do have two tight ends in Tommy Tremble and Ian Thomas that could see the field, but possible that Smith or Erickson is worth a flier at minimum salary across the industry.
The Lions had some good news Thursday, as Hockenson was able to get in a limited practice Thursday, after sitting out yesterday. This seems to be a trend for Hock, so he should be good to go for the Lions game against the Rams. Swift was limited once again, but he has been that way for the last few weeks and should be good to go Sunday as well.
The Giants had a loaded injury report once again, with even more bad news than yesterday. Barkley, Golladay, and Toney all had their second straight DNP; Barkley and Toney are almost certainly going to sit, while Golladay feels closer to doubtful than anything. Engram was added to the injury report with a calf injury, and was a DNP; he missed the first few games of the year with a calf issue, so it’s a worrisome sign for sure. Slayton and Shepard were both limited but should be good to; Shepard played last week, while Slayton was ruled out last minute and seems close as well. Assuming that everyone that DNP ends up sitting, it’ll be a huge target share for Shepard, with Slayton likely the second option. John Ross and Dante Pettis would mix in as well, but Shepard would be one of the best plays due to his target projection. Tomorrow’s practice will hopefully give a more clear picture on what the situation will be for the Giants.
The WFT has had a lengthy injury report all year, and this week was no exception as they prepare to play the Green Bay Packers. The biggest names (Gibson and McLaurin) were both limited; McLaurin isn’t really expected to miss, but there was some chatter about Gibson missing this week; his stress fracture in his shin limited him to 40% of the snaps last week, but he looks to be in good shape as he was able to get some work in now. RSJ and Brown look like they will both play; Seals-Jones has played every snap at TE, and although his price has gone up a bit, he’ll still be viable as a cheap TE. Both Samuel and Sims have missed their second straight practice, and are looking closer to doubtful; both players missed last week, and Samuel’s groin has been bothering him since week 1. The pass game will likely flow through McLaurin, RSJ, Brown, and Deandre Carter, but other than Mclaurin and Seals-Jones (and possibly the RBs), the team’s better off being avoided.
Both the skill players for the Ravens missed their second straight practice, never a good sign as the Ravens prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals. Murray suffered an ankle issue during the Ravens’ last game, and wasn’t able to finish out the game; it’s looking like he may end up sitting, leading to more work for Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, and Ty’Son Williams (who was a healthy scratch last week.) Watkins missed last game with a hamstring injury that he suffered two weeks ago during the Ravens’ game against the Colts. Watkins has missed practice and played before, so it’s certainly possible he still plays. Even if he does, he may not get much work, as the Ravens prioritize Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews in the pass game, while Rashod Bateman made his debut last week and played on two thirds of snaps and will only get more work as the year goes on.
Brown was listed as a protected player on the practice squad for the team yesterday, and ultimately did get the activation for tonight as the Broncos prepare to play the Cleveland Browns. Jeudy, meanwhile, was not activated off of the IR, and will sit out as expected. Brown will be a depth wideout for the team, as the top two options at WR are clearly Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick, while Noah Fant will be an integral part of the offense. Brown is still showdown viable and may get more work as he gets more acclimated to the team.
Tyreek’s quad is still clearly bothering him, as he logs a second straight DNP this week. The Chiefs will play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in the highest game total on the slate, so Hill’s injury is a huge situation to monitor. It certainly seems like he’ll be able to play, but if not, Travis Kelce would be an even better play, while Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and Josh Gordon would all get some more work.