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  • Austin Hooper

    Cleveland Browns

    Austin Hooper (appendicitis) ruled out for Sunday

    Hooper missed practice on Friday with a non-COVID illness, but head coach Kevin Stefanski later revealed to reporters on a Zoom call that Hooper was suffering from appendicitis and had to undergo an appendectomy. This obviously rules Hooper out of Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, and according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it could sideline him for the Browns’ Week 8 contest as well. The Browns have been among the league leaders in 1-2 personnel (double tight end sets), so both Harrison Bryant and David Njoku will be in line for an increased opportunity through the passing game this weekend. Although we don’t have a great sample size with both Bryant and Njoku on the field together, Bryant clearly ran ahead of Njoku in Week 1 before Hooper established himself as the undisputed alpha at the tight end position in the weeks to come.

    As reported by Jake Trotter via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Joe Mixon

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Joe Mixon (foot) officially ruled out for Sunday

    Mixon was held out of practice for a third consecutive day on Friday, and he’s already officially been ruled out of Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the Cleveland Browns as recovers 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 now that he’s set to be inactive this weekend, Gio Bernard will undoubtedly step into a similar role given his prowess in the passing game out of the backfield. 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, even if he cedes some carries to the likes of Semaje Perine and Trayveon Williams.

    As reported by Ben Raby via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 14.1 proj
    • 1.91 pt/$
    • $7,400
    • 16.28 proj
    • 2.58 pt/$
    • $6,300
  • Sterling Shepard

    New York Giants

    Sterling Shepard (toe) officially active Thursday night

    The Giants officially activated Shepard from injured reserve earlier this afternoon, and he’s officially been cleared to play and will be active for Thursday night’s Week 7 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles after missing four games due to a toe injury. There haven’t been any reports on how limited Shepard might be, if at all, but assuming he’s close to full health, he should regain the starting wide receiver role opposite Darius Slayton on the outside and likely cut into the massive target share Slayton has accumulated over the previous two weeks. However, 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.

    As reported by Ralph Vacchiano via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • 7.85 proj
    • 1.43 pt/$
    • $5,500
    • 10.3 proj
    • 2.24 pt/$
    • $4,600
  • DeSean Jackson

    Philadelphia Eagles

    DeSean Jackson (hamstring) will play Thursday night; Alshon Jeffery (foot) remains out

    Jackson still hasn’t put in a full practice after being limited in Tuesday’s session, but head coach Doug Pederson still believes that Jackson will be ready to go for Thursday night’s Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants despite still recovering from a hamstring injury that’s kept him sidelined for three straight games. Meanwhile, Jeffery is set to be inactive once again and it’s beginning to feel like the Eagles are in no rush to have him active on gamedays with the emergence of Travis Fulgham and rookie Jalen Reagor on track to return in one of the next few games. Even though Jackson will likely be active, it’s almost guaranteed that he will be eased back into action and won’t see a full complement of snaps with Jon Hightower flashing serviceable downfield ability over the last couple of weeks

    As reported by Tim McManus via Twitter Other tagged players: Alshon Jeffery

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Tua Tagovailoa

    Miami Dolphins

    Dolphins name Tua Tagovailoa as starting quarterback beginning in Week 8

    The Dolphins will be on bye in Week 7, but the organization announced this morning that Tagovailoa will be the team’s starting quarterback for their Week 8 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams and moving forward. The timing of the decision is so peculiar that the quarterback change following the bye week had to be Miami’s original plan going into the season, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick leading them to a 3-3 record and playing extremely well through six games. This means that Fitzpatrick now is a backup quarterback once again for the remainder of the 2020 season barring a trade to a quarterback-needy team prior to the NFL trade deadline in two weeks.

    As reported by Adam Schefter via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • breaking-news
    • 16.65 proj
    • 2.45 pt/$
    • $6,800
    • 17.25 proj
    • 3.08 pt/$
    • $5,600
  • Raheem Mostert

    San Francisco 49ers

    Raheem Mostert (ankle) will be placed on injured reserve

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed with reporters on a Zoom conference call Monday that Mostert has a high ankle sprain and will likely be placed on injured reserve in the coming days, effectively ruling him out for Sunday’s Week 7 matchup against the New England Patriots and the following two weeks. Shanahan also reiterated that Tevin Coleman isn’t expected to return any time soon, so Jerick McKinnon, Jeff Wilson Jr., and JaMycal Hasty are set to be the Niners backfield for the foreseeable future. Hasty actually out-carried McKinnon 9-6 in this past Sunday night’s win over the Los Angeles Rams, but with Wilson inactive for that contest, it’ll be tough gauge what Hasty’s role will be moving forward, especially since McKinnon handled over 92% of the running back snaps the last time Mostert and Coleman were both sidelined.

    As reported by Eric Branch via Twitter

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • nfl
    • injury
    • breaking-news
  • Jeff Wilson

    San Francisco 49ers

    Jeff Wilson, Dante Pettis inactive Sunday

    Jeff Wilson and Dante Pettis are both inactive. The 49ers will have Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon as their top RBs, with FB Kyle Juszczyk possibly getting some work. Dante Pettis being inactive isn’t surprising, as he hasn’t had a real role in the offense since Week 1.

    As reported by San Francisco 49ers Other tagged players: Dante Pettis, Raheem Mostert, Jerick McKinnon

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
  • Leonard Fournette

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Leonard Fournette inactive Sunday

    Early reports Sunday indicated Fournette would play, but he is officially inactive. This should set Ronald Jones up once again in a great spot. Even if LeSean McCoy takes on a slightly larger role, Jones should be the clear top back here, as he has been the past two weeks.

    As reported by Greg Auman Other tagged players: Ronald Jones, LeSean McCoy

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
    • 10.56 proj
    • 1.79 pt/$
    • $5,900
    • 11.81 proj
    • 2.41 pt/$
    • $4,900
  • Breshad Perriman

    New York Jets

    Breshad Perriman active Sunday

    Breshad Perriman is active for the first time since Week 2, but returns to a depleted Jets’ offense led by QB Joe Flacco. The Jets also released Le’Veon Bell this past week, taking away one of their few offensive weapons. The Jets are likely to have a tough day Sunday against the Dolphins.

    As reported by New York Jets

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
    • 6.33 proj
    • 1.27 pt/$
    • $5,000
    • 8.01 proj
    • 2.23 pt/$
    • $3,600
  • Tyler Eifert

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Tyler Eifert is active Sunday

    Tyler Eifert is active after being listed as questionable this week. He is clearly the top TE for the Jaguars, getting more targets while running significantly more routes than TE James O’Shaughnessy each week.

    As reported by John Oehser Other tagged players: James O'Shaughnessy

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
  • Darius Slayton

    New York Giants

    Darius Slayton active Sunday

    Darius Slayton will be active Sunday for the Giants. He has been a focal point of the offense this season, including 11 targets last week, and should continue having a similar role.

    As reported by Jordan Raanan

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
    • 9.17 proj
    • 1.48 pt/$
    • $6,200
    • 11.68 proj
    • 2.43 pt/$
    • $4,800
  • Julian Edelman

    New England Patriots

    Julian Edelman active Sunday

    As expected, Edelman is active despite being listed as questionable. He should function in his normal role as a top option for the Patriots’ passing game.

    As reported by Mike Reiss

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
  • Drew Lock

    Denver Broncos

    Drew Lock, Phillip Lindsay both active as expected Sunday

    Lock and Lindsay will both be active for the Broncos Sunday. Lock did have a questionable designation heading into this game, but he is all cleared, while Lindsay will play for the first time since Week 1.

    As reported by Mike Klis Other tagged players: Phillip Lindsay

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
    • 14.92 proj
    • 2.13 pt/$
    • $7,000
    • 15.37 proj
    • 2.90 pt/$
    • $5,300
  • Baker Mayfield

    Cleveland Browns

    Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. all active Sunday

    The Browns had listed their trio of offensive weapons as questionable for Sunday, but all 3 have been cleared and will play.

    As reported by Nate Ulrich Other tagged players: Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
    • 17.74 proj
    • 2.46 pt/$
    • $7,200
    • 18.61 proj
    • 3.05 pt/$
    • $6,100
  • Curtis Samuel

    Carolina Panthers

    Curtis Samuel inactive Sunday

    Samuel is inactive Sunday, a big loss for the Panthers’ offense. Not only was Samuel consistently involved in the passing game, he had been getting multiple rush attempts each game since CMC went out. His absence will give more touches to the entire offense, and his rush attempts could be returned back to the RBs, or lead to a slight increase in passing. Either way, RB Mike Davis is in position for another huge day in both the passing and running game.

    As reported by Myles Simmons

    By: ChrundleTheGreat
    Scott Hanna-Riggs

    • nfl
    • 8.79 proj
    • 1.63 pt/$
    • $5,400
    • 10.64 proj
    • 2.66 pt/$
    • $4,000

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