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Jordan Matthews expected to play
Bills WR Jordan Matthews (broken thumb) is expected to play today with a special glove vs. #Bucs, sources say. 2 wks earlier then expected. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Matthews broke his thumb in Week 4 so it's a bit of a surprise he has returned this early. He does give Tyrod Taylor some much needed help in a depleted receiving corps but Matthews has been nothing more than a WR5, having caught no more than 3 balls in any game this season.
Walker, Murray expected to play for Titans
Injured Titans will give it a go
Titans running back DeMarco Murray and tight end Delanie Walker are expected to play through injuries against the Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, ESPN reports, citing sources. (The Tennessean)
FF Today's Take: Murray got in one limited practice this week (Friday) while Walker hurt his calf on Thursday and missed Friday's session. Murray's availability puts a damper on Derrick Henry's upside but we still expect Henry to out-touch Murray and be a RB2 against the Browns. Murray will likely play the majority of third downs and get some early-down work.
Keenan Allen good to go in Week 7
Injured shoulder during practice
Chargers WR Keenan Allen, listed as questionable for today due to a shoulder injury, will play vs. Broncos, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Allen banged up his shoulder during practice on Thursday and missed Friday's workout. He's got a difficult matchup against the Broncos secondary making him a WR3 in Week 7. Allen posted a 5-35-1 line against Denver in Week 1.
Kelvin Benjamin expected to play
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin, whose knee swelled up during week and is listed as questionable for today, will play vs. Bears, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Benjamin returned to practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday. He'll start opposite Devin Funchess. Both have WR2 value against the Bears secondary that rank in the middle of the pack against wide receivers.
Andre Ellington not expected to play
Recovering from quad injury
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, listed as questionable for Sunday due to quad injury, is not expected to play vs Rams in London, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Ellington missed practice Thursday and Friday so it's no surprise he will miss Week 7. Expect Kerwynn Williams to handle third-down work with Adrian Peterson remaining in his early-down role.
Leonard Fournette not expected to play
A surprise: The Jaguars are not expecting to have star RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) vs. Colts, sources say. Sunday, then bye week to rest. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Fournette missed practice all week and it appears the Jags will error on the side of caution and let their star running back sit in Week 7 with a bye looming in Week 8. In his absence expect Chris Ivory to start at running back with T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant also active. Ivory is an easy RB2 with RB1 upside in a matchup against the Colts who have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to RBs.
Marshawn Lynch suspended one game
Making contact with an official
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch has been suspended without pay for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct in Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, when he made contact with a referee.
The referee was diffusing an active confrontation in which Lynch was not a participant. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Lynch came running from the sidelines to insert himself into a scrum between Raiders and Chiefs players and in the process grabbed and pushed an official. Assuming this case isn't appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, Lynch will miss Week 8 against Buffalo. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will likely split the RB workload in Lynch's absence.
DeMarco Murray limited Friday
With DeMarco Murray nursing a hamstring injury, the door is open for Derrick Henry to gobble up a larger share of the carries in Tennessee. Murray was limited Friday after sitting out practice the previous two days because of a hamstring issue, and the starting running back is questionable heading into Sunday's game versus the Cleveland Browns. (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take: Murray missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a hamstring injury that's been bothering him since early August. He will be a gametime decision. “We’ll see how I feel. I’m going to get a good warmup in before the game and see how I feel and then make a decision from there,” Murray said. Even if he plays Derrick Henry would be the preferred fantasy option in the Titans backfield.
Fournette misses practice Friday, Questionable
Jaguars tailback Leonard Fournette missed a third consecutive day of practice Friday with a right ankle injury and is listed as questionable to play Sunday at Indianapolis. Also questionable are receiver Marqise Lee (knee) and free safety Tashaun Gipson (neck). Both did limited practice work on Friday. (Florida Times Union)
FF Today's Take: Fournette injured his ankle last week but has maintained all week that he will play Sunday. We shall see. If Fournette misses, Chris Ivory would likely get the start with T.J. Yeldon filling a backup role.
Stefon Diggs ruled out
Case Keenum will start
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed in his Friday afternoon press conference that Case Keenum will start at quarterback on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin), quarterback Sam Bradford (knee), guard Nick Easton (calf) have all been ruled out on Sunday after not participating in practice this week. (Vikings.com)
FF Today's Take: Diggs missed Week 6 with a groin injury and will miss Week 7 as well. In his place Adam Thielen will be the main target for Keenum against the Ravens on Sunday. Kyle Rudolph is also a good option for TE streamers.
Kelvin Benjamin expected to play
Returned to practice Friday
Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been listed as questionable after missing practice the first two days of the week with a knee injury. That listing suggests Benjamin’s status is up in the air, but coach Ron Rivera said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, that Benjamin is expected to play. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: Benjamin got hit on the knee last week causing a contusion on his knee. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned Friday and is expected to play. He'll be on the WR2 radar for Week 7 against the Bears.
Jameis Winston will start against Buffalo
Bucs QBs practices Friday
Jameis Winston is will start on Sunday against Buffalo. (Buccaneers on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Winston was able to practice Friday and apparently looked good enough to get the start in Week 7. Winston's shoulder injury will make him a risky play for fantasy owners but he's a better option than turnover machine Ryan Fitzpatrick.
DeVante Parker feeling better
Missed Week 6 with ankle injury
By all appearances, DeVante Parker’s injured ankle is making real progress. He strolled through the Dolphins locker room earlier this week with no sign of a limp or a walking boot. And while he has yet to practice this week, the Dolphins had not ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
“He is feeling much better,” a source told the Miami Herald. That source would not speculate on whether Parker had progressed to the point where will play Sunday. (Miami Herald)
FF Today's Take: Parker took advantage of garbage time in Week 3 to post a 8-76-1 line against the Jets. In the three games in which he started and finished this year, he's posted at least 12.9 points in PPR and attracted at least eight targets each time. Ideally, owners can play the wait-and-see game with him if he goes this week before using him as a WR2/WR3 in Week 8 against Baltimore.
Kelvin Benjamin's Week 7 status in doubt
Team reportedly a "little concerned" about swelling in knee
Kelvin Benjamin's knee has swelled up after taking a shot in (Week 6). HC Ron Rivera said the team is a "little concerned." Same knee as before. (AP - Steve Reed)
FF Today's Take: Benjamin sported a huge bruise on the outside of his left knee late last week, but he returned for a few snaps and ultimately enjoyed his finest game of the season. It is unknown whether that bruise is the issue or if this is related to his Week 3 left knee injury in which he was pulled down backwards. He did not miss a game with that injury, but it sounds as if owners should not plan on having KB available this week, leaving Devin Funchess as a potential low-end RB2 against the Bears.
No practice again for Stefon Diggs
Has missed last five practices with groin injury
Vikings listed Stefon Diggs as DNP again. (USA Today)
FF Today's Take: Diggs was in uniform Thursday but did not do much, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Owners should prepare to be without him again in Week 7. Since the Vikings' bye comes in Week 9, they could sit him next week as well. Throughout his two-plus year NFL career, Diggs has been significantly better in games in which he managed to avoid getting listed on the injury report, so keep that in mind moving forward. Adam Thielen should once again be a target hog in Week 7.
DeMarco Murray absent from practice Thursday
DeMarco Murray did not practice again today for @Titans with hamstring. Mularkey mentioned Khalfani Muhammad as a potential roster call up if @demarcomurray can’t play for @titans (Jim Wyatt on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: It appears Murray is truly questionable this week against the Browns. If he sits Friday, it will be a good indication that Murray will end up on the Inactive list Sunday. For now, it looks like Derrick Henry will be the Titans RB to play in Week 7.
Winston does very little on Thursday
Bucs' Jameis Winston didn't look today like a quarterback expecting to play on Sunday. Could test shoulder more Friday, but seems unlikely. (Greg Auman on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Earlier in the week, the coaching staff noted that Winston likely wouldn't throw until late in the week. We should get a better indication of Winston's availability on Friday but Winston owners should have plan B in place. Ryan Fitzpatrick would start against the Bills if Winston sits.
DeVante Parker misses another practice
Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker and center Mike Pouncey remained absent from practice Thursday but the team is still hopeful one or both might be able to play on Sunday against the New York Jets. If Parker recovers sufficiently the next three days, the Dolphins could potentially just have a package for Parker to limit his exposure to re-injury while still taking advantage of his availability in a limited way.
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Parker is on the wrong side of Questionable this week but we should get a better idea of his status on Friday. If he sits, Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills should be the top two targets for Jay Cutler against the Jets. The represent a neutral matchup against wide receivers.
Luck suffers setback, will not practice
Colts QB experiencing shoulder soreness
The Indianapolis Colts are shutting down their $140 million quarterback, for now, placing Andrew Luck’s 2017 season in doubt. Ten months after he had surgery on his throwing shoulder, and two weeks after he finally returned to the practice field, Luck received a cortisone shot to treat the soreness that has persisted in recent weeks, first-year General Manager Chris Ballard revealed on Wednesday. (Indianapolis Star)
FF Today's Take: The fact that Luck won't be able to practice further delays his timeline for return. Jacoby Brissett should continue to start for the foreseeable future. If you've been stashing Luck on your bench, it's time to give consideration to dropping him from your roster.
Bilal Powell misses practice Wednesday