Here we go again, week 7 and another stack of dreaded injury reports to get into. We take a look at the effects it may have on your fantasy teams as well as some alternative options to look for. While this is based on helping your fantasy teams throughout the season, we should always spare a thought for the players who are dealing with these injuries. We obviously wish them well in their recovery no matter how minor or major their injuries are.
Also, as mentioned over the last few weeks, keep in mind any games that are under threat of postponement due to COVID-19 cases, below so far are games that have drawn some attention;
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Las Vegas Raiders
So here we go, lets get into the weekly injury report. Remember, injuries can hit players quickly- so check out our rankings page to get you sorted for the week.
Week 7 Injury Reports – Out
Zack Ertz (TE, PHI)
Ankle – Out
Touching on the Zack Ertz injury despite the Eagles having already played this week. It will have an effect on your roster for the new 4-6 weeks if you own Ertz.
After injuring his ankle in week 6, Ertz has now landed on IR. With fellow Tight End Dallas Goedert also on IR this leaves Richard Rodgers as the starter. That gives him a big opportunity to see an increased workload on an offense that is fond of utilizing their tight ends.
Playing on Thursday Night, Rodgers caught 6 of his 8 targets for 85 yards scoring 14.5 points in PPR format. Rodgers needs to be rostered until Goedert returns from IR. Currently, that is expected to be in around week 10. If Goedert is also available on your leagues waiver wire, pick him up and stash him, tight ends are hard to come by!
Joe Mixon (RB, CIN)
Foot – Out
Bengals Running Back Joe Mixon, for what seems to be the third week running, has shown up on Cincinnati’s injury report. It seems that he is always expected to play and the team are simply taking precautions. However, he has logged 2 non-practices this week which will raise concerns for Mixon owners.
Even if Mixon suits up this weekend, he may not be expected to see his normal workload. So expect to see Giovani Bernard on the field more often in this game.
** Update** Joe Mixon has been ruled out this weekend, pick up Bernard if he is available and you need to replace Mixon in your line up.
Michael Thomas (WR, NO)
Hamstring – Out
Yet another potential setback for the wide receiver this week. Tweaking his hamstring this week in practice on Wednesday and followed up Thursday as a non-participant.
Michael Thomas to date this season has only featured in Week 1 where he injured his ankle and was out for 3 weeks after that. He was expected to return in week 5 against the Chargers, but he was then suspended by the Saints. Not the season Thomas will have expected coming off his record-breaking 2019 year.
With news of this new injury, the Saints may be taking a cautious approach and hope he returns this week. However if he fails to do so, look to Tre’Quan Smith to have yet another opportunity at more snaps and targets.
In the games Thomas has missed so far, Smith has logged 15 receptions from 20 targets for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not quite Michael Thomas figures but if you are needy for a flex play in deeper leagues, Smith could be your guy.
Week 7 Injury Reports – Questionable
Keenan Allen (WR, LAC)
Back – Questionable
After hurting his back in week 5 against the Saints, Allen had an extra week to recover for Week 7. He has so far logged limited practice sessions this week and is hopeful of suiting up against the Jaguars this week.
With Allen seeing an average of 12 targets per game (not including week 5 where he got hurt) owners will be hopeful he plays. However any game time missed leaves a considerable amount of targets to go around. Mike Williams will be hoping to continue his form, would benefit as well as tight end Hunter Henry.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR, ARI)
Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins has missed practice this week as a result of an ankle injury sustained previously. While Hopkins has been known to receive extra rest days, logging back to back practices where he has not featured will leave Hopkins owners uneasy over his status.
If Hopkins plays, it will be normal service in this tasty matchup for the receiver. However, any game time missed would see fellow receivers, Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella’s production increase.
Keep an eye on Hopkins progress as we approach the weekend.
A.J. Brown (WR, TEN)
Knee – Questionable
A.J Brown did not practice on Thursday due to a knee injury. That has raised obvious concerns considering he missed 2 games earlier this season due to knee concerns. While this may be the Titans simply resting the receiver, it is most definitely worth keeping an eye on.
**Titans Tight End Jonnu Smith was set to feature on the injury report. However, has practiced in Full on Thursday and expected to play on Sunday**
Sam Darnold (QB, NYJ) & Jamison Crowder (WR, NYJ)
Shoulder & Groin – Both Questionable
While Quarterback Sam Darnold has returned to practice, Jamison Crowder failed to practice on Thursday with a groin injury. That leaves some concerned as to whether he will play against the Buffalo Bills.
With Crowder being the only really relevant fantasy option from the New York Jets it is not appealing to look at the other options available. However, if you are stuck, look towards receivers Breshad Perriman, Jeff Smith or Braxton Berrios.
Tyler Higbee (TE, LAR) & Darrell Henderson (RB, LAR)
Hand & Thigh – Both Questionable
Tight End Tyler Higbee and Running Back Darrell Henderson both missed practice during the week. Casting some doubt over each players status for The Rams week 7 clash against the Chicago Bears.
Higbee sat out on Thursday with a hand injury while Henderson dealt with a thigh issue. Anytime missed by Higbee would automatically boost Gerald Everett’s snap and target count. Although, the match up against the Bears is not an appealing one.
For Henderson, this makes for more room for speculation as to who will lead this bunged up Rams backfield, with Henderson, Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown all competing for snaps. Based on the season to date, you would expect Brown to benefit here if Henderson is unable to play.
That wraps up the week 7 injury reports. Hopefully, I have covered everything you need. Of course, if you have any other questions or concerns of players on your roster Feel free to reach out to us on social media. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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