Brown returned to practice on Wednesday and was listed as a full participant, which is a positive sign for his availability in this Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the New England Patriots as he recovers from a nagging knee injury. In his absence, Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, and Cole Beasley worked as quarterback Josh Allen’s top receivers in three-wide sets, but Beasley was easily the biggest beneficiary of Brown being sidelined as he ran 44 routes on passing downs, logged an 84.3% snap share, and just barely trailed Diggs with 29.3% market share of the targets. The likely return of Brown will relegate Davis to a backup role once again, but Beasley’s snap count should depend more on the availability of Dawson Knox and the rest of the tight end group since he runs such a large majority of his routes from the slot.
Ingram did not participate in practice on Wednesday due to a high-ankle sprain, which is concerning for his potential availability in Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers since he had the entire bye week to rest and heal up the aforementioned injury. If Ingram isn’t ready to go by the weekend, rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would likely form a two-running back committee and would be quite the improvement over the Ravens’ current three-way backfield timeshare. Assuming Justice Hill remains an afterthought, Dobbins should profile as the better option in daily fantasy formats over Edwards, but following Ingram’s early exit in Week 6, the two backs essentially split snaps down the middle with Dobbins running six more routes on passing downs than his backfield counterpart.
The 49ers announced that they’ve officially designated Coleman to return from injured reserve, and he’ll have a 21-day practice window before he’s required to be moved to the active roster. This means that Coleman still has a chance to activated prior to Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks after missing the previous four games with a knee injury. The timing of Coleman’s potential return couldn’t be better for the Niners with Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. already on short-term injured reserve with their respective ailments, making possible Colemen steps directly into the lead running back role for head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense with JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon also likely seeing a portion of the backfield touches. McKinnon’s workload has been sporadic, to say the least, of late, so he may be an easy player to avoid in daily fantasy formats if Coleman is ultimately activated prior to this weekend’s contest.
Robinson was forced to leave the game late in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams due to a blow to the head, and head coach Matt Nagy confirmed with reporters on Zoom that Robinson is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol and won’t participate in practice on Wednesday afternoon. It’s still too early to be concerned about Robinson’s potential availability for this Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, but if he’s not able to return to practice by Friday, it’s likely that he’ll be unable to suit up this weekend. If that’s the case, Darnell Mooney would become the de facto number one receiver for quarterback Nick Foles, and he’s coming off of a game where he had a 91.2% snap rate, ran 42 routes on passing downs, and led the Bears pass-catchers with seven total targets.
The Panthers announced that they’ve officially designated McCaffrey to return from injured reserve, and he’ll have a 21-day practice window before he’s required to be moved to the active roster. According to reports from Panthers beat writers, McCaffrey was on the practice field with a helmet today, so it seems likely he’ll participate in practice in at least a limited fashion, leaving open the possibility he is activated prior to Thursday night’s Week 8 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons after missing the previous five games with an ankle injury. Unfortunately, since McCaffrey isn’t on the active roster yet, he won’t be included on the Panthers’ practice reports this week, but even if he practices in full the next two days, he still appears to be a longshot to return to game action on a short week.
Carson appears to have avoided a significant injury, but he is still considered week-to-week and is expected to miss some time, effectively ruling him of Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers due to a mid-foot sprain. Travis Homer was also banged up in last night’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, so Carlos Hyde unsurprisingly took control of the Seahawks’ backfield and totaled 41 snaps and accumulated 18 combined carries and receptions. With Carson sidelined, Hyde should continue to play well ahead of rookie DeeJay Dallas if Homer is unavailable, but it’ll be interesting to see how much headway the young running back can make in Hyde’s snap share given his general lack of versatility out of the backfield.
John Ross is back to being inactive for the Bengals, one week after being active but having zero impact. Cethan Carter is a surprising inactive, as he has been heavily involved on special teams. His absence is a slight bump to Drew Sample.
DeSean Jackson just can’t seem to stay healthy. Playing for the first time in four weeks, Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain during a punt return Week 7, and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Jackson only played 3 games last season, and at nearly 34 years old, his risk of injury will only continue to increase. Travis Fulgham has taken on a top role in the Eagles’ offense, topping 10 targets each of the past three games.
Akins wasn’t able to practice the entire week, and even though he’s been listed as questionable on the Texans’ injury report, he is not expected to play in Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Green Bay Packers due to an ankle injury. This will be the third game in a row Akins has missed for a variety of reasons, so Darren Fells will get another crack as the undisputed top tight end in the Texans’ passing game, a role that’s enabled him to see at least 87.7% of the snaps and run a minimum of 25 routes the previous two weeks. Fells’ price tag is on the rise across the daily fantasy industry, but he did accrue an 18.9% target share in this past Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, keeping him in consideration for tournament formats at the very least.
Jackson was upgraded to a full participant in practice on Friday, so even though he’s officially listed as questionable on the Chargers’ injury report, he’s still expected to play in Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite dealing with a knee injury. Prior to the Chargers’ bye week, Jackson worked as the clear replacement to Austin Ekeler, as he amassed an elite 18.8% target share out of the backfield on just five more total routes run than running mate Joshua Kelley, who was widely expected to take over as the lead back in Ekeler’s absence. Jackson also received four more carries than Kelley in that contest, and even though Jackson was clearly the more effective running back, it’d be interesting to see if those numbers flip in Kelley’s favor in a more run-heavy game script.
Samuel was limited in practice all week and has officially been listed as questionable on the Panthers’ injury report for Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints due to an ankle injury that already forced him to miss one game. Samuel hasn’t been seeing enough volume in the passing or running game to be a viable option in daily fantasy formats, but his potential absence is enough to boost the expected fantasy value of the other Carolina wide receivers and running back Mike Davis as Samuel has a respectable 13.3% target share on the season and frequently receives carries on end-around plays or out of the backfield. With Samuel sidelined last week, D.J. Moore accumulated a massive 40.7% target share and 57.0% of the team’s air yards, so even though those metrics aren’t sustainable, he may be an intriguing tournament option at his currently depressed price tag across the industry.
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.