Week 10 Practice Report & Injury Recap (2020 Fantasy Football)
Another week of football means another week of injuries. Each Friday, I’ll break down the NFL practice reports by matchup. That’s when teams release two key pieces of information: first, a player’s status (full-go, limited, no-go) in practice that week; second, their injury designation (questionable, doubtful, out). It’s vital stuff to follow for your fantasy matchups, and I’ll walk you through the important things to know.
Eagles at Giants (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
The big news here is who isn’t on the injury report: Alshon Jeffery and Miles Sanders. This will be Jeffery’s first game back this season, and I’m unsure what to expect of him following his extended absence. He was a decent play at WR2 in PPR formats last season; I wouldn’t start him this week, but he’s worth stashing due to the lack of healthy alternatives in this offense.
Sanders will also return for the Eagles, and he should be a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 here. The Giants field a mid-pack defense against running backs, and Sanders was the clear workhorse when healthy.
The Giants won’t have Freeman again for at least three weeks, and with him out, Wayne Gallman, Dion Lewis, and Alfred Morris will form a three-back committee. Gallman is the best of the three for fantasy purposes, as he’s scored double-digit half-PPR points in the last three weeks, but he doesn’t have a ton of upside. The other backs don’t get enough volume to be startable.
Tate’s status is still up in the air, although his knee injury has taken a back seat to his social media posts in the headlines. Even if he does play this week, he’s not someone I would consider starting.
Jaguars at Packers (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Jaguars: QB Gardner Minshew (hand) OUT, WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring) OUT, RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) OUT.
Packers: CB Jaire Alexander (concussion/hand) DOUBTFUL, CB Kevin King (quad) QUESTIONABLE, TE Robert Tonyan (ankle) QUESTIONABLE, WR Allen Lazard (core) QUESTIONABLE.
Injuries have turned D.J. Chark from a fade into a must-start for me this week, as the Packers probably won’t have their shutdown corner, Jaire Alexander. Backup Jake Luton proved that he could move the ball downfield last week, and Chark was often the beneficiary — look for the duo to connect for some big plays again this Sunday.
Shenault’s injury doesn’t just increase Chark’s fantasy value, as it will also boost Chris Conley’s value. Conley got a whopping eight targets last week after Shenault left early, and he’s another long-range weapon who benefits from having Luton under center.
The Packers continue to hurt for offensive weapons, and both Tonyan and Lazard could miss Week 10. Head coach Matt LaFleur called Lazard a “game-time decision,” and his absence would leave Marquez Valdes-Scantling as the de facto WR2 in Green Bay. We’ll have some clarity on Lazard’s status by Saturday, however, as the team must add him to the active roster by that point if he has a chance to play.
Meanwhile, Tonyan is trending in the wrong direction. He failed to practice on Friday after logging a limited practice on Thursday. He was a mid-week addition to the report, as he wasn’t listed on Wednesday, and Tonyan managers should have a back-up plan in place.
Football Team at Lions (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
With Allen sidelined, Alex Smith will make his first NFL start since his 2018 injury. This offense shouldn’t change much with him under center, as Ron Rivera has stuck with the same basic scheme through three quarterbacks.
One of the team’s better receivers, Dontrelle Inman, continues to miss time with a hamstring injury. His absence would usually be a boost to guys like Logan Thomas and Terry McLaurin, but I’m not expecting a lot of Washington’s passing game this week. Why? Their running backs should take over here, as Detroit gives up the most fantasy points to the position.
On Detroit’s side of the ball, they’ll have to play without Golladay again. When he sat out last week, Danny Amendola led this team in targets while Marvin Hall led this team in air yards. Amendola is a strong volume-based play in PPR formats, while I wouldn’t really want to start Hall. Marvin Jones didn’t get many targets or air yards, and he’s a fade for me even though he scored last week.
Hockenson’s questionable tag is a bit concerning, as the sophomore tight end missed Thursday’s practice seemingly out of nowhere. He was limited on Friday with this toe injury, but we don’t know a lot about what’s going on here, and I would have a back-up plan ready to go here.
Texans at Browns (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Texans: No fantasy-relevant injuries.
Browns: No fantasy-relevant injuries.
This might be the first time all year that I’ve given both teams this designation. While Odell Beckham is still long-gone for Cleveland, they’ve used their bye week to get healthy. Both Austin Hooper and Nick Chubb are slated to return, and while I wouldn’t start Hooper as more than a low-end streamer, Chubb should immediately return to the RB1 conversation — especially against Houston’s defense, as they rank third-worst against running backs.
Buccaneers at Panthers (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Yikes. I’m sorry, McCaffrey managers, but it’s just not your year. The elite running back will miss yet another game, but the Panthers are cautiously optimistic that he’ll be back next week. Until then, the Panthers’ banged-up backfield belongs to Mike Davis, and he’s a smart starter this week. Davis scored 11.5 half-PPR points the last time the Panthers played the Buccaneers, and he only played a few snaps late in the game after McCaffrey went down.
Chargers at Dolphins (Sunday, 4:05 PM EST)
Chargers: RB Justin Jackson (knee) OUT, RB Troymaine Pope (neck) QUESTIONABLE.
Dolphins: WR Preston Williams (foot) IR, RB Matt Breida (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE, TE Durham Smythe (concussion) QUESTIONABLE.
The Chargers won’t have either Austin Ekeler or Justin Jackson this week, and while I expect Pope to play (he practiced in full every day), the Chargers’ backfield isn’t one to target. Yes, Kalen Ballage looked good against the Raiders, but Las Vegas has been exceptionally bad against running backs. He should fall back down to earth against Miami’s defense, and I’m avoiding every Charger running back in redraft this week.
Like the Chargers, the Dolphins are also dealing with some injuries in the backfield. Myles Gaskin remains on injured reserve, and the Dolphins will turn to some combination of Matt Breida (if he plays), Jordan Howard, Salvon Ahmed, Patrick Laird, and the newly-acquired DeAndre Washington. While Washington and Breida could be worth stashing, none of Howard, Ahmed, or Laird have enough upside to be worth rostering. I’m also avoiding this backfield, especially since the Chargers have been more vulnerable through the air than on the ground.
Preston Williams looked like Tua Tagovailoa’s favorite option in this offense until he went down last week. His absence (and the Isaiah Ford trade) gives DeVante Parker a lot more floor than he usually has. He’s a smart WR2 play in all formats. Likewise, Mike Gesicki should see more volume than usual, especially if backup tight end Durham Smythe can’t clear the concussion protocol.
Broncos at Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 PM EST)
Broncos: WR Jerry Jeudy (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE.
Raiders: No fantasy-relevant injuries.
There isn’t much to report here. Jeudy, who has led the league in air yards over the last two weeks, failed to practice on Wednesday, but he logged limited sessions on Thursday and Friday. Head coach Vic Fangio blamed it on a shoulder contusion. He should be good to go against the Raiders, but I wouldn’t chase the points with him — not only will Tim Patrick have had another week to get healthy, but the Broncos should lean on their running game against the Raiders’ abysmal rushing defense.
Bills at Cardinals (Sunday, 4:05 PM EST)
In great news for over bettors, star safeties on both sides of this matchup are at risk of missing Sunday’s action. Buffalo’s Hyde was added to the injury report on Thursday, and he logged limited reps then — only to completely miss Friday’s practice. His status could go either way at this point, and if he misses time, that’s more power for Kyler Murray and Arizona’s high-powered passing attack.
For the Cardinals, star safety Budda Baker missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned to log limited reps on Friday. I’m not sure if he’ll play, and his status is worth monitoring for Josh Allen owners, as Baker already has a pair of picks on the year.
Kenyan Drake’s status is probably the bigger story for fantasy managers, however — he practiced every day this week, albeit in a limited fashion. He should play this Sunday, and while he may not get his usual heavy workload, Chase Edmonds didn’t do enough to take over the starting job. Edmonds is back to a shaky, reception-dependent flex play in PPR formats.
49ers at Saints (Sunday, 4:25 PM EST)
It’s been a rough year for Niners fans. The team is without its QB1 (Jimmy Garoppolo), RB1 (Raheem Mostert), RB2 (Coleman), WR1 (Samuel), and TE1 (George Kittle); those who don’t appear on this week’s injury report are stuck on injured reserve.
The injuries leave Brandon Aiyuk, Jerick McKinnon, and Jordan Reed as the best fantasy options in a talent-starved offense. Aiyuk should be a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 with Samuel sidelined, even with Nick Mullens under center. And while McKinnon’s usage has been unpredictable, he got 15 touches last week, and he should have a similar role against the Saints.
Seahawks at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 PM EST)
Oh, boy. It’s going to be another long weekend for Carson managers, as both he and Hyde are true game-time decisions. Since his game won’t kick off until the afternoon, Carson managers will have to decide in advance if they want to stomach the risk of finding a late replacement for him. Fortunately, only six games this week will have kicked off before Seattle’s inactive report, so there will be more potential replacements than normal.
I would only consider starting Carson if your backup option doesn’t play at 1:00. Otherwise, you’ll be stomaching far too much risk. If neither Carson nor Hyde can play, DeeJay Dallas should be a smart start, although he’s been a bit touchdown-dependent.
I don’t expect Hyde to play but not Carson, as Carson is “further along” in the recovery process than Hyde.
Bengals at Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 PM EST)
It finally looked like Mixon had turned the corner for fantasy purposes, but injuries have held him out since Week 6. He failed to log a practice session this week, and that puts his status for next week in doubt.
Giovani Bernard has been a reliable RB2 during Mixon’s recovery; he’s scored double-digit points in the two games that Mixon has missed. Third-stringer Samaje Perine may vulture some red-zone work from him, but Bernard is still a good spot starter this week.
Ravens at Patriots (Sunday, 8:20 PM EST)
Alright, Bill Belichick. The Patriots listed 17 players as questionable this week, and they didn’t list any as either “doubtful” or “out.” We know that New England has a pretty low threshold for assigning the questionable tag, as Julian Edelman had one most weeks last year yet played the entire season, so I’ll do my best to interpret what these tags might mean.
Harry was limited in practice all week with a concussion. He still has to clear the league’s concussion protocol, which means this one is out of Belichick’s hands. My read? He should suit up, although he shouldn’t be on your fantasy radar at this point.
Harris, like Harry, was limited all week. Unlike Harry, his status is up to New England’s coaching staff. The Patriots may get Sony Michel back this week, too, and we’ll know by Saturday if the team has activated him. My read here? If Michel gets activated, plan on leaving Harris out of your lineups (note: I’m not telling you to replace him with Michel). If Michel isn’t activated, expect Harris to play and leave him in your lineup if you were planning to start him.
For the Ravens, lead back Mark Ingram was limited on Wednesday, failed to practice on Thursday, and logged a full session on Friday. He should be good to go, but he’s returning as a committee back, and he is nothing more than a touchdown-dependent RB3 at this point. Unfortunately, his return will limit the short-term value of J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. That said, I would keep holding onto Dobbins in hopes that the Ravens give him a larger role late in the year.
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