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Week 7 Injury Report: Tamper Expectations For Melvin Gordon

Week 7 Injury Report
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In our Week 7 injury report, the biggest news is about three stud running backs. There could be several starters on the sidelines or limited in Week 7, which means you need to plan accordingly.

If you’re playing daily, the backups to these starters could have a bigger role than most people are expecting.

But to get that edge, you need to see our latest injury report…

Week 7 Injury Report for Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers has a broken collarbone and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 20. The Packers hope he can return in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers, but that is wishful thinking.

In the meantime, Brett Hundley, a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, will be the signal caller.

Stepping in for Rodgers last week, Hundley completed 18 of 33 passes, recorded 157 passing yards, and threw one touchdown and three interceptions. Vegas is giving the edge to the New Orleans Saints (4-point favorites) in Hundley’s Week 7 matchup.

Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings

Bradford is ruled out this week, and Case Keenum will once again lead the offense. Keenum has recorded five touchdown passes and one interception in five games, and he’s been serviceable thus far in the 2017 Fantasy Football season.

However, Teddy Bridgewater is practicing again, so Keenum has to start looking over his shoulder.

 

Week 7 Injury Report for Running Backs

Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers

Gordon has been limited in practice with a shoulder injury this week.

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This is going to be a difficult game for Gordon even if he wasn’t dealing with an injury, as running backs have struggled against the Arizona Cardinals this season. So far in 2017, the Cardinals have allowed the 12th-fewest Fantasy points to opposing backs.

He’s expected to play, but the Chargers could limit his workload.

It’s in the team’s best interest to keep the 24-year old back healthy, as he’s been one of the few bright spots on this offense. In the last two games, he’s rushed for at least 83 yards and caught at least six passes.

In six games so far, Gordon has scored seven total touchdowns.

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette did not practice throughout the week, and he’s going to be a game-time decision in Week 7. If he can play, his workload could be limited.

Now, this is still prime matchup for any running back for the Jags. The Indianapolis Colts have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs this year.

If he’s still on the waiver wire, grab Chris Ivory if Fournette can’t suit up for Week 7.

DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans

Dealing with a hamstring issue, Murray will also be a game-time decision.

And like with Fournette, even if Murray does play, he’ll likely have a limited role. Derrick Henry is proving he can be a lead back, with an average of 5.1 yards per carry (YPC). In games in which he’s recorded 14 or more carries, he’s rushed for at least 92 yards.

The only knock on his game is his receiving skills. The 23-year old back has only caught two passes this season.

 

Week 7 Injury Report for Wide Receivers

Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

The Lions get to take the week off, but Tate might not be ready to play when Detroit returns to action in Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He had to leave the game in Week 6 because of a shoulder injury, and he’s expected to miss a few weeks. If he can’t play, expect more work for Marvin Jones and T.J. Jones.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

Parker is listed as doubtful and will most likely miss Week 7 because of an ankle injury. This would be the second-straight game he misses because of the injury.

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If you’re playing daily, Jarvis Landry should be on your radar. Without enough options to target in the passing attack, Landry was targeted 14 times in Week 6. He posted a 8-62-1 stat line, and Jay Cutler will continue to excessively look his way if Parker is out again.

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs will once again miss another game because of a groin injury. The 23-year old receiver has been a beast when he’s been able to play, averaging 121 receiving yards in games in which he caught five or more passes.

He also has four touchdown catches in five games, but this injury means he has to be on your bench for another week.

 

Week 7 Injury Report for Tight Ends

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

Walker was limited in practice on Thursday and missed practice Friday because of a calf injury. It looks like he will be on the sidelines for the Titan’s Week 7 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

With Murray being a pass-catching back and also dealing with injuries, Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker should be peppered with targets.

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills

Clay recently underwent surgery on his knee and will miss multiple weeks. Normally, we’d recommend a receiver who could benefit from Clay’s absence.

But with Tyrod Taylor only averaging 182 passing yards per game, the only player to own on this team is running back LeSean McCoy.

 

Now that you know all the injury news, also make sure to check out the video below before setting your DFS lineups.

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Jack's love of craft beer and gangster rap is only surpassed by his love of pass-catching running backs. He was a top-40 finisher and $1,500 prize winner for the 2014 RotoBowl, a top-50 finisher in the 2015 Mock Draft Online Championships, finished first in draft accuracy for quarterback rankings in 2015 on Fantasy Pros, and was a contributor to the 2015 and 2016 The Fantasy Football Guide.
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