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NFL Injury Report: Aaron Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Sam Darnold, Justin Jackson for Week 7

Fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere if they were relying on Jones in Week 7

Week 7 for fantasy football owners is here, and this is the time of the year that the injury report gets pretty long. Many players are on injured reserve (so they don't appear on this list) but plenty of others are banged up from the previous week or even injuries that happen in practice.

 

Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on not only the injury report, but also the COVID-19 list as players (Buffalo TE Dawson Knox and Jacksonville RB Chris Thompson, for example) are added to that list nearly every day. Be alert on Sunday morning to make sure that all of your players are active.

 

Week 7 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota

 

Out

John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills

Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

Tyler Eifert, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Brown

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

 

Doubtful

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

Sam Ficken, K, New York Jets

 

Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Oct. 25 unless otherwise noted.

 

Aaron Jones (calf), RB, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Jones is listed as questionable, but all indications point to the Packers resting him on Sunday, giving him the bye week to recover, and then he'll be back in Week 9. Fantasy owners will know early if he is out, but they should expect to use Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon in a good matchup against the Texans. Assuming Jones is out, Williams is an RB2; Dillon is a flex option.

 

DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.

Hopkins didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but he was able to return on Friday for a limited practice. The Cardinals do have a bye in Week 8, which is tempting for the Cardinals to want to sit Hopkins and let him heal. This is going to be tough for fantasy owners because the game was flexed to Sunday night. It seems like Hopkins will play through the injury and if he’s active, he's a WR1. However, be sure you have another option (Andy Isabella is only owned in 2 percent of Yahoo! leagues) available in case Hopkins sits.

 

Sam Darnold (shoulder), QB, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

All signs point to Darnold returning this week unless something happens before game time. Fantasy owners will know as the Jets play in the early window, but hopefully fantasy owners aren't counting on Darnold to win their Week 7 matchup. The Bills are a tough defense, and Darnold, coming off a shoulder injury, to a team of second-string pass catchers (Jamison Crowder isn't expected to play), isn't a fantasy option.

 

Justin Jackson (knee), RB, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:25 p.m.

Coming off the bye week, Jackson is expected to play. He played in Week 5 (before the bye) and ran for 71 yards while catching five passes for 23 yards. Jackson seems to be the preferred running back with Austin Ekeler on IR. The knee injury shouldn’t concern fantasy owners. Jackson is an RB2 this week.

 

Julian Edelman (knee), WR, New England Patriots vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.

Edelman appears on the injury report every week and every week he ends up playing. However, while he used to be a solid WR2 with WR1 upside in PPR formats, Edelman is now barely a WR3. He has had six targets in each of the past three games and a total of seven receptions in those games for 66 yards. He has yet to find the end zone and without the name value, he would be hard to trust in fantasy.

 

Tyler Higbee (hand), TE, Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)

Fellow Rams players Robert Woods and Darrell Henderson Jr. were removed from the injury report, but Higbee remains. However, he was able to practice Saturday (the equivalent of a Friday practice for the Monday night game), which means he's likely to play. Fantasy owners should not worry about Higbee's availability (he’ll likely be active); rather they should be concerned with his usage and production. He had one good game this year (where he scored three touchdowns) and the rest have seen him give his fantasy owners about three receptions for about 40 yards.

 

Robert Tonyan (ankle), TE, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

The good news for fantasy owners is that the Packers play in the early afternoon games. Tonyan missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before returning for a limited practice on Friday. He injured the ankle in Week 6, and it is clearly an issue. He may suit up to play, but if he does, he may be limited in the game. There likely aren't better fantasy options available, so start him if he is active and hope for the best.

 

Jeff Wilson Jr. (calf), RB, San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m.

Wilson injured his calf before Week 6 and then missed that game. He's been limited in practice all week, which bodes well for his Week 7 status. Jerick McKinnon will likely be the lead back with JaMycal Hasty mixing in. It seems that Hasty will be more likely to get carries than Wilson. Fantasy owners that picked up Wilson may be better off dropping him for Hasty. Wilson is not a recommended start.

 

Curtis Samuel (knee), WR, Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

Samuel missed Week 6, but he did put in limited practices this week. The Panthers have said that they aren't going to rush him back into the lineup. For fantasy owners, this means that you should also not rush him back into your lineup. Odds are that he will be active, but he will be limited in the game. Don't trust Samuel for fantasy purposes.

 

Jordan Akins (ankle), TE, Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

Fantasy owners of Akins hopefully have Darren Fells stashed away as it seems like this will be another week of Fells and not Akins. It seems that he has been dealing with a high ankle sprain, and he has only missed two weeks. The Texans didn't place him on IR, but odds are that he is out this week, has the bye week next week to rest and Akins will be back in Week 9.

 

— 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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