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Shane Ray has been designated as an injured reserve-designated for return player. He is now eligible to practice. Ray can resume playing in Week 9. He had eight sacks and a forced fumble last season and will give Denver's pass rush a boost. (Source: Field Yates)

Fantasy Impact: Ray will be a welcomed addition to the Denver pass rush. Adding more sacks will help increase the value of the Denver D/ST.

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Harrison Butker made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 53-yarder, and all three of his extra point attempts on Thursday against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Butker has been fantastic since filling in for Cairo Santos, and has 13 field goals in just four games. He should be one of the top field goal kickers in the game going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Demarcus Robinson hauled in five of eight targets for 69 yards on Thursday against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson saw a season-high in targets, receptions, and yards, as Alex Smith looked for him early and often. It's unclear whether Robinson can develop into the second option at receiver for the Chiefs, but this was an excellent step. He's not a start next week against the Broncos, but keep an eye on him going forward.

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Albert Wilson caught one of his two targets for 63 yards and a touchdown on Thursday against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson's catch should have been picked off, but it bounced off a defender's hands right to Wilson, who finished off the long touchdown catch. The production was great, of course, but absent that fluke play, Wilson would have been shut out on the night. He's simply not a weekly starter, especially not next week against the Broncos.

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De'Anthony Thomas caught his lone target for two yards against the Raiders on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: After scoring touchdowns in back to back games, Thomas had almost no involvement in what was otherwise a big day for the Chiefs' passing game. He has just one game with more than one target, so although he has potential, he can't be considered a start in most weeks, including next week against the Broncos.

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Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said on Friday that "Charles will get more and more touches." Joseph also added, "That’s always the plan with Jamaal as we go forward in the season." (Source: 9news)

Fantasy Impact: Charles' touches have actually gone down the previous two games so this is positive news for his owners. He's still a worthy stash on your bench and makes a great handcuff to C.J. Anderson.

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Tyreek Hill brought in six of eight targets for 125 yards and a touchdown on Thursday against the Raiders. He also rushed twice for seven yards.

Fantasy Impact: Hill was fantastic on Thursday, catching a 64-yards touchdown pass and being heavily involved all game. Although he left the game briefly after taking a hard hit and having blood in his mouth, he returned to the game and looked fully healthy. Hill's skill-set makes him a bit of a boom or bust play, but his talent is undeniable, and he's a definite start each week, including next week against the Broncos.

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After reporting Luke Kuechly looked doubtful for Week 7 vs. Chicago earlier in the week, the official word has been stated. He will not play this weekend. Sources have said that he will see a doctor again on Monday. A Week 8 return is possible with him progressing thru the protocol as he has this past week. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: LB David Mayo will get the start in place of Kuechly. Mayo looked like he struggled when he replaced Kuechly in week 6. It's unclear if Mayo will actually be an every down player or perhaps a two-down run stopper. Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson will be preferred over Mayo this week for a safer fantasy play. Jordan Howard and the Chicago run game receives a slight bump with Kuechly out.

Category: Injury Updates


Travis Kelce caught four of five targets for 33 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Travis Kelce did not do much damage in this game but he salvaged his fantasy performance with a first quarter touchdown. Kelce is one of the most talented tight ends in the league, however his usage can sometimes be very frustrating for his fantasy owners. There are games where Kelce is obviously the focal point of the offensive gameplan and then games like Week 7, where he cedes that prominent role to Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt. Despite some inconsistencies here and there, Kelce will still remain a top tier TE1 for a Week 8 game against the Denver Broncos.

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Alex Smith continued his MVP caliber play by completing 25-of-36 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Alex Smith has been remarkable all season and shows no signs of slowing down. Smith is no longer the conservative game manager that he has been in years prior. Smith is now willing to throw the ball downfield, evidenced by his beautifully thrown 64 yard touchdown pass to WR Tyreek Hill. Smith will have a tough time replicating these stellar numbers in Week 8 against the Broncos stingy pass defense. Smith should be downgraded for this tough matchup but still deserves low-end QB1 recognition.

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Jared Cook hauled in six of seven targets for a season high 107 yards in a win against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: With the Raiders' offense finally firing on all cylinders, Cook posted his best game of the season. You have to be pleased with this yardage production from a tight end. Cook nearly added a touchdown to his night but he was called down by contact just short of the goal line. Cook has been very inconsistent this season however, he is heavily involved in the offense and his 41 targets are tied for second on the team with Michael Crabtree. This performance is promising but Cook should still be considered a risky yet high upside TE2 against the Bills in Week 8.

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Kareem Hunt failed to score for the fourth consecutive game in Week 7, but did extend his streak of 100+ total yards in each game this season as he gained 117 combined yards on Thursday. Hunt rushed 18 times for 87 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Four straight weeks without a touchdown is concerning, but the usage is there and the production continues to keep his floor high. The Chiefs host Denver in Week 8 in a matchup that should have Kansas City relying heavily on Hunt once again.

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Bills tight end Charles Clay is making progress in his recovery from from a torn meniscus and could come back this season, coach Sean McDermott said Friday, (Source: Joe Buscaglia)

Fantasy Impact: While the statement is positive on its face, the use of the word "could" in the context of coming back at all this year is a concerning shift in tone. If Clay is still on your roster, your best-case scenario may be getting him back for the fantasy playoffs, so keep that in mind when deciding whether you have the room to spare for him until then, through all the bye weeks. Hopefully, you already have a solid tight end. If not, Clay's backup on the wide-receiver-averse Bills, Nick O'Leary, is a deep sleeper as long as Clay is out.

Category: Injury Updates


Michael Crabtree brought in three of seven targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 31-30 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree had a subpar game on Thursday night but was able to come through for fantasy owners with the touchdown catch at the end of the game. With Amari Cooper showing up finally, this could mean fewer targets for Crabtree dropping him down to a WR2.

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Amari Cooper brought in 11 of 19 targets for 210 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 31-30 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Cooper had a rough start to the season. Over the first six weeks, he had 18 catches on 40 targets and found his way to many fantasy owner's benches. Cooper finally had a breakout game and expect the Raiders to continue to feature the third year wide receiver the rest of the season. Cooper will look to get a hot streak going in next week's road trip to Buffalo.

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The Oakland defense started the game missing some starters and the Chiefs QB Alex Smith did shred them for 342 yards and three TDs but still, the defensive unit played with tremendous passion and made some good plays. On the ground, the Raiders held Kareem Hunt and company to 94 yards, without a score. Newly acquired NaVorro Bowman led the team with 11 tackles, six of those solo. Khalil Mack and Denico Autry were each credited with half a sack. Bowman, Justin Ellis, and Mack each had one TFL. As a unit, they had five QB hits.

Fantasy Impact: This defense will not likely win many awards but they are fun to watch and are developing a typical Raider identity. They play with passion and when the cards are stacked against them they play even harder.

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Derek Carr led a thrilling comeback win against the Chiefs while completing 29-of-52 passes for 417 yards, including three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Carr also added 15 yards on one rushing attempt.

Fantasy Impact: What a difference a week makes. Carr bounced back from a poor performance in Week 6 to pass for a season-high 417 yards, including a game winning touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. Carr was far from efficient against the Chiefs, completing just 56 percent of his passes but no one can complain about his fantasy numbers. Unlike weeks prior, Carr was was very aggressive in this game and consistently attempted to throw the ball downfield. Carr looked to also finally rekindle his connection with star WR Amari Cooper, who had struggled mightily up to this point. The Chiefs' secondary is not a good group outside of Marcus Peters so it may be a little premature to say Carr is back to QB1 status. However, there is no doubting his talent and this performance against the Chiefs is a positive sign of things to come. Carr will have a tough match up on the road against the Bills in Week 8.

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DeAndre Washington turned concern into an afterthought as he stepped up after Marshawn Lynch's ejection and had nine carries for 33 yards and a score as well as three receptions on four targets for another seven yards. The Raiders won 31-30 on the final play with no time left on the clock.

Fantasy Impact: Washington looked fantastic on his TD run, practically bowling over defenders. He and Jalen Richard need to have a bigger role if Oakland is honest in their assessment.

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Jalen Richard took the opportunity created by Marshawn Lynch's early exit and enjoyed a productive outing. He had nine carries for 31 yards, a 3.4 average, and had four receptions on four targets for another 45 yards, an 11.3 average. The game was won by Oakland, 31-30 over the Chiefs with no time left on the clock.

Fantasy Impact: What's apparent is that Richard and DeAndre Washington need to play more with Marshawn Lynch playing as their backup but that might be unlikely.

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Marshawn Lynch ended his night in the second quarter, the result of a late hit by Chiefs DB Marcus Peters on Raider QB Derek Carr. Pushing and shoving ensued between players from both teams and in the process Lynch pushed a game official which led to his ejection. For the night, he had two carries for nine yards.

Fantasy Impact: Nobody can fault Lynch for defending his quarterback but fantasy owners are left holding the bag again. He has just not been able to produce consistently all season despite the preseason hype and his cost in drafts. Hopefully, he can get things turned around next week in Buffalo.

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