By the middle of the NFL season, plenty of fantasy-relevant players are on the injury report. Four teams are on a bye, and two have already played (spoiler alert: Patrick Mahomes will be part of the injury report for the next several weeks).
However, the practice reports this week showed plenty of players that missed time and fantasy owners should be concerned. Malcolm Brown is doubtful, but Todd Gurley is off the injury report heading into Week 7. Other QBs/RBs/TEs that have been ruled out already include Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook, Will Dissly (done for the year), Vernon Davis, Justin Jackson, Darren Sproles, Ryan Izzo, and Geoff Swaim. Be sure to get those guys out of your lineup. The list is pretty long for wide receivers too. Also, be sure to check the inactive report before game time to make sure your players are active.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Oct. 20 unless otherwise noted.
Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder), QB, Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
After leaving the game in Week 4 and sitting out Week 5, Trubisky returned to practice this week following the team’s bye. All signs point to him playing, although for the sake of the Bears offense, it didn’t seem to matter if Trubisky or Chase Daniels was at the helm. They are facing a tough Saints defense and Trubisky is a low QB2 for this matchup.
David Johnson (ankle), RB, Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Last week, Johnson was on the injury report with a back injury. He played through that injury and scored two touchdowns. However, the ankle injury is new and cost Johnson practice time this week. The Cardinals have already declared that Johnson will be a game-time decision. Thankfully for fantasy owners, Arizona plays in the early slate of games, but Johnson is legitimately questionable after missing practice this week. Chase Edmonds, who should have been picked up last week, should be owned in all formats.
Rex Burkhead (foot), RB, New England Patriots at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Last week, Burkhead had limited practices and was ruled out for Week 6. He’s followed the same practice schedule this week and is questionable. However, the Patriots don’t play until Monday night. Burkhead certainly could have fantasy value if active, but waiting on him to make that call may not be worth it.
Raheem Mostert (knee), RB, San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
Mostert missed practice this week and is questionable ahead of Week 7. However, for fantasy purposes, Mostert shouldn’t be in starting lineups. Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida are going to handle the running back duties for the 49ers.
Chris Herndon (hamstring), TE, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Herndon was activated this week from his suspension, but he also suffered a hamstring injury. He hasn’t practiced this week and all signs point to him sitting out, including the fact that he was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday. Fantasy owners who picked him up hoping for a tight end to save their season may have to wait another week before he takes the field. Plan on keeping Herndon on your bench even if he’s active.
Delanie Walker (ankle), TE, Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Walker didn’t practice Friday, but he doesn’t need to practice to play. However, Walker hasn’t been much of a fantasy asset this season. He scored two touchdowns in Week 1, but he hasn’t found the end zone since. He had one game over 50 yards and the other four didn’t even hit that mark. Tight end has been a tough position this season, but fantasy owners should try to keep Walker on the bench if possible.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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