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5 days agoGreen Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (head) returned to practice on Thursday after clearing the concussion protocol. Williams is expected to be active in a limited capacity for the team's Week 6 contest against the Detroit Lions. However, thanks to his pass-blocking strengths, he should maintain usage in the passing game. While the veteran RB has low fantasy value, his availability could reduce Aaron Jones' snap count and touches. Fantasy-wise, though, Williams should remain on the waiver wire in 10- to 12-team formats but could be a desperation flex play in deeper leagues.--Siddhant GannuSource: Rob Demovsky - ESPN
Week 6:  vs. DET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,700
5 days agoGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could continue his struggle for fantasy owners this week against the Detroit Lions. Rodgers has had a disappointing start to the season for fantasy owners, partly due to surrounding injuries and partly due to the team having success on the ground and moving away from passing the ball. The Lions have managed to limit the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers to no passing touchdowns in their matchups this season, but those games were both at home. With the Lions traveling to Lambeau this week, Rodgers is likely to be a low-end QB1. Especially if the Packers are able to lean heavily on Aaron Jones and limit the need for their quarterback to throw them to victory. Rodgers might be more of a high-end QB2 if his top wideout, Davante Adams (toe), misses another game.--Richard King - RotoBallerSource: Pro Football Reference
Week 6:  vs. DET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,800
5 days agoArizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (back) wasn't seen at the open part of practice on Thursday for the second straight day. Johnson battled through some back issues in the Week 5 win, but he's being evaluated this week and is in real danger at this point of missing Week 6's excellent matchup with the free-falling Falcons Defense. Johnson will need to get in some practice work on Friday to have a chance of playing on Sunday. If that doesn't happen, Chase Edmonds would be the lead back against Atlanta and would have RB1 upside in that matchup. Pick Edmonds up immediately if he's available and you need a running back, regardless of if you own Johnson or not.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource:
Week 6:  vs. ATL
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $8,000
5 days agoNew England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (foot) is not expected to play on Thursday night against the Giants, according to a source. It would be Burkhead's second straight missed game. In a game that should feature positive game script nearly the entire contest against a Giants team that is injured all around, both Sony Michel and James White figure to be heavily featured. The Patriots will also be without receiver Phillip Dorsett, which is more good news for pass-catching back White.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN - Adam Schefter
5 days agoLos Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley's (quadriceps) status is up in the air for Week 6 against the 49ers after he missed practice on Wednesday. The Rams were hinting on Wednesday that Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson could be more involved this weekend, and it might be because Gurley will either miss the game entirely or be even more limited. Not only is his health in question, but the Niners have been the worst matchup for running backs this season. If you're desperate at the position, Brown should be picked up immediately if he's still available. Henderson could be in the flex mix in deeper leagues if Gurley is inactive.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport
5 days agoCincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) is expected to be limited in practice on Thursday for the first time since July 27. Finally some progress from Green, although he's still highly unlikely to make his season debut in Week 6 against the Ravens this Sunday. Green needs to be stashed in all leagues, as he'll be the team's No. 1 receiver when he returns. As things currently stand, it's Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate as the top two wideouts, with Alex Erickson and rookie Damion Willis battling for third duties. Boyd has become a must-start, while Tate has flex appeal in a good matchup with Baltimore this weekend.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Geoff Hobson
5 days agoGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (toe) is not practicing on Thursday. It's not a good start to the practice week for Adams, who missed Week 5 with a mild case of turf toe. He'll be an extremely risky fantasy option again in Week 6 with the Packers facing the Lions on Monday night. If you keep him in your lineups, you'd better have one of Marquez Valdes-Scantling or Geronimo Allison as a backup plan. Adams must practice either Friday or Saturday to have a shot at suiting up. If he's out a second straight week, you'll need to downgrade quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as he struggled without his top receiver last week. Green Bay could lean heavily on running back Aaron Jones if Adams misses another game.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Rob Demovsky
5 days agoKansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday. Watkins was injured early in last Sunday night's loss to the Colts and never returned, and now he's in serious danger of missing Week 6 against the Texans. The good news for the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes is that Tyreek Hill (shoulder) could make his return this Sunday. If that's the case and Watkins sits, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson should remain in three-receiver sets and maintain flex appeal. But if you own Watkins, it's looking like you'll be without him in Week 6. If both Watkins and Hill aren't active, all three of Hardman, Robinson and Byron Pringle will be in play for fantasy owners in an expected shootout with the Texans.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Adam Teicher
5 days agoNew York Jets tight end Chris Herndon IV (hamstring), who suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain while running routes last Friday, is out this week and likely next week, according to a source. Herndon's injury isn't believed to be major, so his absence isn't expected to be long. The Jets tight end was hoping to make his season debut in Week 6 against the Cowboys after serving his four-game suspension. That'll now have to wait, and so will fantasy owners that stashed him hoping that he'd become a viable TE1 with quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) also returning. Ryan Griffin will continue to serve as the team's top tight end, but he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport
5 days agoCarolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that running back Christian McCaffrey (back) is fully expected to practice on Friday and play on Sunday in London against the Buccaneers. Rivera also said a Wednesday off day to rest will be the new normal for the stud running back. McCaffrey should be in all fantasy lineups this weekend across the pond, but his heavy workload -- he leads the NFL in touches by a wide margin -- means that the Panthers will be rightfully giving him rest days during practice the rest of the way. If you're looking to handcuff him, Reggie Bonnafon is your man.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Max Henson
Week 6:  @ TB
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $9,000
5 days agoPhiladelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (abdomen) is expected to miss Week 6 against the Vikings, but he's hoping to play next week against the Cowboys, according to league sources. Jackson's current return window is believed to be between Week 7 and Week 9 against the Bears. Even when he does return, there's an expectation that he'll have to play through some pain. Philadelphia has become less explosive without D-Jax and currently rank 22nd in pass plays of 20-plus yards. With Jackson out another week, it'll remain Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins in three-wide sets. Agholor is the only fantasy option you can really trust, and he's more of a touchdown-dependent WR3 in a tough matchup with Minnesota.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Tim McManus
5 days agoPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (concussion) continues to work through the league's concussion protocol, and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said he's not sure who will start at quarterback on Sunday night against the Chargers. It's highly unlikely that Rudolph will get the go-ahead after a devastating head injury in Week 5, but the Steelers aren't ruling it out, most likely to keep the Chargers in the dark. If Rudolph isn't cleared, it'll be rookie Devlin Hodges under center. That would mean that fantasy owners need to downgrade all Steelers skill players, especially receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Brooke Pryor
5 days agoBaltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Brown's injury isn't believed to be serious, but he sat out for a large chunk of last week's game and hasn't practiced yet this week. You need to be making backup plans in case Brown misses practice again on Friday. He's turning into a much more risky WR3 for Week 6 against the Bengals. If he can't play, the Ravens will lean more on tight end Mark Andrews and receivers Miles Boykin and Willie Snead.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Jamison Hensley
5 days agoBaltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday. It's a new injury -- Andrews had been playing through a foot injury prior -- but Andrews looks to be on track to suit up in Week 6 in a fine matchup with the Bengals. He could see even more targets in the passing game if rookie wideout Marquise Brown (ankle) is limited or doesn't play at all. Andrews continues to be a favorite red-zone target of quarterback Lamar Jackson and needs to be locked into lineups as a solid TE1.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Jamison Hensley
Week 6:  vs. CIN
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $5,800
5 days agoCleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said that wide receiver Rashard Higgins (knee) took part in a full practice on Thursday. Higgins has been out since the season opener, but it looks like he has a chance to return in Week 6 against the Seahawks. The problem is that Antonio Callaway has returned from his four-game suspension, and the Browns are committed to using him as the No. 3 receiver. There's also Damion Ratley, so Higgins is buried on the receiver depth chart on a team that is struggling to keep Odell Beckham Jr. fantasy relevant.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich
Week 6:  vs. SEA
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,700

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