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The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cardinals WR Marquise Brown exited the dressing room with a boot on his left foot and a noticeable limp.
What it means in fantasy: Brown caught five of six goals for 68 yards against the Seahawks on Sunday. He injured his leg after landing awkwardly late in the fourth quarter. Due to the absence of DeAndre Hopkins, who was suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Brown had assumed the team’s No. 1 receiver position. The loss of Brown a week before Hopkins’ return is another devastating blow for an offense for the Cardinals, which ranks 16th in yards (346) and 22nd in points (19) per game. Tests will be conducted on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.
go deeper: Brown averaged 10.6 goals and 18.2 fantasy points per game. A Cardinals reception room without Brown could make Hopkins a high-end WR2 in Week 7.
The news: Ravens RB JK Dobbins was knocked out in the second half against the Giants on Sunday.
What it means in fantasy: In the first half, Dobbins rushed for 15 yards seven times and didn’t have another carry after that. After the game, head coach John Harbaugh said Dobbins’ knee “strained up,” suggesting it may not have responded properly to the turf at MetLife Stadium. While Dobbins got stronger with every game, the artificial turf at MetLife is notorious for taking a toll on players’ bodies. The drive in the second quarter, in which Dobbins was still involved, was crowned by a 30-yard touchdown run by Kenyan Drake. After that, Drake carried the burden for 119 rushing yards on a total of 10 attempts. Dobbins’ status should be monitored by fantasy managers as the Ravens prepare for their Week 7 game against the Browns. He could be counted on a pitch even while active as he continues to heal from last season’s injury.
The news: Giants RB Saquon Barkley finished with 95 yards and 25 touches against the Ravens on Sunday.
What it means in fantasy: A play during the game sent Barkley to the touchline, where he paced a bit and then nearly doubled, apparently pinching the sore shoulder he left London with last week. He seemed to struggle with the injury in the second half. His status for Week 7 against the Jaguars, who are seventh in run-stop-win rating, will be interesting.
go deeper: Barkley has averaged 23.3 touches and 20.6 fantasy points per game this season.
The news: Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett went down with a concussion early in the third quarter against the Buccaneers and was officially ruled out early in the fourth quarter.
What it means in fantasy: Prior to relegation, Pickett completed just 11 of 18 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown pass to Najee Harris. He added a sizzling touchdown which made for a decent fantasy performance. Given the concussion climate in the league, it would be prudent to look at Pickett on the wrong side of the dodgy for Week 7 against the Dolphins. Mitch Trubisky should be on the radar of fantasy managers who need a streamer in deeper formats. He completed nine of 12 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown.
go deeper: In the fourth quarter, Trubisky completed all five of his passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. It was Trubisky’s most passing yardage in a fourth quarter since he had 112 against the Packers in Week 12 of 2020.
The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that wide receiver Davante Adams is unlikely to be disciplined by the league until the court case is complete.
What it means in fantasy: It’s likely Adams will be on the field for Fantasy Managers and the Raiders this season, at least until his legal case is resolved, say sources familiar with the situation. After being criminally charged, Adams’ case now represents a possible violation of the league’s conduct policy that warrants an investigation. Still, sources with knowledge of the situation say a resolution would come sooner if the case is resolved. Adams can still be used as a midrange WR1 in fantasy leagues.
go deeper: Adams averaged 10.8 goals and 20 fantasy points per game. For the rest of the season, the Raiders have a very imaginative, football-friendly schedule.
The news: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Rams are expected to take trade calls for RB Cam Akers.
What it means in fantasy: Akers missed Sunday’s game against the Rams for personal reasons. He has “philosophical and footballing differences with head coach Sean McVay”. Akers and Rams are headed for a split. The cause of the split is unclear, but it led to the Rams asking Akers to stay home twice this week. He could have insisted on showing up; According to the collective agreement, a team can only keep a player away by banning him free of charge for harmful behavior. Akers complied with the request. Whether the Rams will find a suitable trade offer before the 2022 trade deadline expires remains to be seen. Darrell Henderson Jr. is suddenly back on the radar of fantasy managers as RB2.
go deeper: Henderson averages 4.1 yards per carry. It’s been a tough season for the Rams’ offensive line. Los Angeles ranks 26th in run block win rate.
The news: The Panthers sent WR Robbie Anderson into the dressing room after several verbal altercations with coaches.
What it means in fantasy: Anderson had no goal against the Rams on Sunday. He was also spotted alone on the sidelines. The Panthers had a rough week with Baker Mayfield’s ankle injury and Matt Rhule’s shot. There are rumors that Anderson could be traded as the NFL’s trade deadline nears. He had 13 receptions for 206 yards in five games when he entered Sunday’s game. Anderson had 1,096 receiving yards in his debut season with the Panthers in 2020. He had just 519 receiving yards last season when Terrace Marshall Jr. replaced Anderson as the starting outside receiver.
go deeper: Anderson averaged 7.4 goals per game from 2020-2021.
The news: Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey finished with 158 yards on 20 touches against the Rams.
What it means in fantasy: McCaffrey has rushed for 100 or more yards in five straight games, the longest active streak in the league. His stellar performance on Sunday only increased his potential NFL trade value as he is the subject of trade rumors while the Panthers’ front office decides his direction. It would be wise for fantasy managers to hide D’Onta Foreman even without McCaffrey. Assuming Carolina doesn’t get a running back in return for McCaffrey, he would become the Panthers’ lead back.
go deeper: It was McCaffrey’s 24th career game with at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards. In such games, he now ranks second in league history behind only Marshall Faulk.
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• Eric Moody’s Waiver Wire Pickups identify the best players to claim for your team
• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp and Liz Loza recap everything you need to know from Week 6 of the NFL season, including some breakout players who could be lineup locks in the future. Also, Liz and Daniel give an audio-exclusive reaction to SNF, including how important Dak’s return to Cowboys’ fantasy guns is. Listen | watch
• Week 7 fantasy football rankings at each position (PPR and NPPR)
Streaming pickups by Matt Bowen: deeper picks for lower leagues and emergencies
Eric Karabell’s Flex and Superflex rankings for week 7
• Fantasy Fallout by NFL Nation: Beat reporters answer our most pressing fantasy questions
• Eric Karabell’s trade index and rankings for the remainder of the season for week 7 and beyond
• Fantasy Focus Podcast Now, 10 p.m. ET
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• Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft’s ups and downs in Week 6: Rhamondre Stevenson, Brandon Aiyuk impress
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