This article breaks down potential Week 7 NFL inactives. It is a rundown of players who are questionable or worse heading into each game this week. Players who are on injured reserve are not included unless they went on the IR following Week 6. The good news is these injury reports seem to be getting smaller, even if on a miniscule level.
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Potential Week 7 NFL Inactives
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons
* The Detroit Lions have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
* The Atlanta Falcons have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
OUT – Austin Hooper (TE) CLE – Appendix
Austin Hooper had an emergency appendectomy on Friday and will miss Week 7 against the Bengals. David Njoku should step in for Hooper as the primary pass-catching option at tight end. Rookie Harrison Bryant should also play a fair share of snaps.
OUT – Joe Mixon (RB) CIN – Foot
As we all know by now, Joe Mixon was ruled out of Sunday’s game with a foot injury. Giovani Bernard should see a majority of the snaps, with Trayveon Williams likely to be the change of pace back.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
* The Pittsburgh Steelers have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
* The Tennessee Titans have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
INJURED RESERVE – Christian McCaffrey (RB) CAR – Ankle
Although he is eligible to return this week against the Saints, it does not appear that Christian McCaffrey will return in Week 7. Week 8 looks like a possibility, but the Panthers very well may hold him out against a Falcons team they have already defeated once this season without their star back.
QUESTIONABLE – Curtis Samuel (WR) CAR – Knee
Although this doesn’t have major fantasy implications, Samuel is worth mentioning for the deepest of leagues. He was inactive in Week 6, and was limited at practice all week. He should be considered truly questionable, giving D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson even more potential target share.
OUT – Michael Thomas (WR) NO – Hamstring
Yikes. It’s something different every week now with Michael Thomas it seems. We are a few weeks away from this being a lost season for Thomas owners, as he has only played in one week dealing with three separate issues.
OUT – Emmanuel Sanders (WR) NO – Illness
Emmanuel Sanders was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, leaving the Saints without their top two pass catching options. Alvin Kamara could see 15 targets before it’s all said and done in Week 7.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
OUT – John Brown (WR) BUF – Knee
OUT – Dawson Knox (TE) BUF – Calf
Two of Josh Allen’s top pass catchers will be out in Week 7 against the N.Y. Jets. It shouldn’t alter the game, but it should be noted that Josh Allen hasn’t put up the monster numbers since Brown has been battling a knee issue.
QUESTIONABLE – Jamison Crowder (WR) NYJ – Groin
Jamison Crowder practiced on Friday after not participating throughout the week due to a groin injury. He was limited the prior week, and still played. Expect him to play Sunday and resume his target monster role.
QUESTIONABLE – Sam Darnold (QB) NYJ – Shoulder
Darnold is expected to play on Sunday after missing the past two weeks with an AC joint injury. The 23-year-old quarterback has not been fantasy relevant in a pathetic Jets offense, and likely won’t be against a solid Buffalo defense. Joe Flacco came in and showed how little support Darnold actually gets behind him, as Flacco looked much worse than what we have grown accustomed to from Darnold.
INJURED RESERVE – Denzel Mims (WR) NYJ – Hamstrings
The talented rookie receiver could make his NFL debut in Week 7 and would be a much-needed addition on the outside for the Jets. But then again, this is an Adam Gase led team, so we shouldn’t expect much.
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team
* The Dallas Cowboys have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
* The Washington Football Team have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans
QUESTIONABLE – Aaron Jones (RB) GB – Calf
Aaron Jones missed practice on Friday and was put on the injury report. He draws the questionable tag and could be considered on the wrong side of questionable with how Green Bay is known to deal with minor injuries (see Davante Adams).
QUESTIONABLE – Robert Tonyan (TE) GB – Ankle
Tonyan returned to practice on Friday in a limited capacity, giving his owners hope that he will play on Sunday.
QUESTIONABLE – Jordan Akins (TE) HOU – Ankle
Jordan Akins has missed the past two games and looks likely to miss a third in Week 7. Darren Fells will likely stay in his primary tight end role.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders
* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
COVID-19 RESERVE – Kolton Miller, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Trent Brown, Denzelle Good (OL) – Illness
Five of the Raiders’ top offensive lineman currently are designated as out after being in contact with Trent Brown, who tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone but Brown could still suit up if they test negative on Saturday. This is huge for the Raiders offense outlook, as they are going against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
OUT – Sammy Watkins (WR) KC – Hamstring
Watkins will miss his second consecutive game due to a hamstring injury. Demarcus Robinson is set to once again take on a majority of the targets in Watkins absence and is an OK start in PPR leagues.
* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots
OUT – Raheem Mostert (RB) SF – Ankle
Mostert picked up the ankle injury in Week 6 and looks destined to miss multiple weeks. Tevin Coleman could be back in Week 8, but expect some form of Jerick McKinnon, JaMycal Hasty, and Jeff Wilson Jr. to take on the bulk of the carries.
QUESTIONABLE – Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB) SF – Calf
A limited participant throughout the week, Jeff Wilson Jr. looks truly questionable heading into Week 7 after missing the prior week. If he doesn’t play, it increases JaMycal Hasty’s fantasy outlook significantly.
QUESTIONABLE – Julian Edelman (WR) NE – Knee
There really is no point in including Edelman when he has a questionable tag, as he has had one the entire season basically. Edelman should play in full in Week 7.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers
* The Jacksonville Jaguars have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
QUESTIONABLE – Justin Jackson (RB) LAC – Knee
Jackson practiced fully on Friday and should be good to go against the Jaguars. He looks to be the lead back in the absence of Austin Ekeler, as he received most of the work in Week 6.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
* The Seattle Seahawks have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
QUESTIONABLE – DeAndre Hopkins (WR) ARI – Ankle
After missing practice all week, Hopkins returned in a limited capacity on Friday. He looks to be legitimately questionable, and his owners need to go ahead and move him into their FLEX spots incase he does miss his Week 7 matchup.
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams
* The Chicago Bears have no significant fantasy players on the injury report*
QUESTIONABLE – Robert Woods (WR) LAR – Groin
Robert Woods was held out of practice Friday, which should ring some alarm bells. Typically after missing practice late in the week, it is not a sign of good things to come. If he returns to practice on Saturday, it should give us a much better outlook on Woods’s status.
QUESTIONABLE – Darrell Henderson (RB) LAR – Thigh
Henderson is listed as questionable but looks like that should be considered probable, as Sean McVay publicly stated he expect him to play.
QUESTIONABLE – Tyler Higbee (TE) LAR – Hand
In what has been an extremely disappointing 2020 season, Higbee only got worse news when he picked up a hand injury. McVay expects him to play as well, but he has missed two consecutive days of practice. His Saturday practice designation will tell us whether or not the tight end will suit up.
If you enjoyed Corbin’s Rest of Season Rankings, make sure to check our full slate of Week 7 Fantasy Football Analysis.
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