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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook OUT for Week 7

Friday, October 19, 2018, 6:00pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook appeared ready to return to action when he practiced in full on Wednesday, but things quickly turned south, with Cook missing Thursday and Friday practices and being ruled out on Friday. That leaves Latavius Murray to again shoulder the load, this time against the Jets one week after going for 155 yards on 24 carries and scoring a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray really got going last week and now finds himself with a winnable matchup against the Jets defense. He is slotted in as our number 15 running back, which may be conservative if the Vikings get up big early and work the clock in the second half.

Bears WR Allen Robinson practices Friday, listed as questionable

Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:58pm

Dan Wiederer on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bears have officially declared Allen Robinson as questionable for Sunday's game versus Patriots. He returned to the practice field today.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like Robinson should be good to go this weekend in a game the Bears may have to score 25+ points to win. He is a mid-range WR2.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton loses injury designation and is set to play Week 7

Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:56pm

Colts official Twitter - [Full Article]

The Colts official injury report lists T.Y. Hilton as a full participant in practice and removed his questionable tag.

Fantasy Impact:

Now the problem is the matchup, as Hilton faces off against Tre'Davious White and a Bills pass defense that ranks first in the league in our Adjusted Fantasy Points Against metric. For the matchup, Hilton is a borderline WR2.

Lions RB Theo Riddick OUT for Week 7

Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:52pm

Lions Official Website - [Full Article]

According to the Lions official injury report, Theo Riddick will not play Week 7.

Fantasy Impact:

You hopefully weren't starting Riddick anyway, so the main thing to look at here is how his absence will affect Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount. The latter isn't likely to see any change in usage, as he wasn't playing on third downs anyway. Johnson, on the other hand, figures to add Riddick's role to his own, making for an interesting mid-range RB2 in a juicy matchup against the Dolphins.

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch could be headed to IR

Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:44pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said, "My understanding is that Injured Reserve is a strong possibility. Not good."

Fantasy Impact:

Well, that escalated quickly. If Lynch misses more than the four weeks we already expected based on an earlier report, that would make Doug Martin a much more attractive pick through the end of the year. Still, Martin is one of the worst running backs in the league, averaging just under three yards per carry over the last three seasons (309 carries). He is more of a RB2/3 than anything, with Jalen Richard an RB3 as the preferred pass-game option.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley practices Friday

Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:32pm

Falcons Official Website - [Full Article]

The Falcons official practice report listed Calvin Ridley (ankle) as a limited participant Friday. Mohamed Sanu got the DNP designation.

Fantasy Impact:

Assuming there were no setbacks for the Falcons rookie, this puts him on the right path to suit up Monday night. The same can't be said for teammate Sanu, who is unlikely to play. Sanu's absence would vault Ridley into WR2 territory against the Giants.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette may still be expected back Week 10

Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:29pm

Hays Carlyon on Twitter - [Full Article]

Hays Carlyon of 1010XL in Jacksonville says, "I don't think this means he's (Leonard Fournette) had a setback. I think he'll play at Indianapolis after the bye. This trade is the Jaguars saying, "We will not be burned by a Fournette injury again."

Fantasy Impact:

Carlyon isn't a national name, but he is a local media personality in Jacksonville, so we'd take his thoughts as well-informed. Hopefully we get some more definitive news on Fournette soon, but in the interim, the brave among you may want to make a trade offer to his owner to try and capitalize on his hopeful return.

Browns trade Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville for fifth-round pick

Friday, October 19, 2018, 3:50pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns are getting back a fifth-round draft pick from Jacksonville in exchange for Carlos Hyde, per source. The Browns want to get more playing time for rookie Nick Chubb.

Fantasy Impact:

There is big news and then there is this. Where to start?

First off, Hyde probably sticks as an RB2 as long as Leonard Fournette is out. T.J. Yeldon will handle pass work, do the change-of-pace thing and see some early-down work, but his current status as the 10th highest scoring back in 2018 is coming to an end. Until we see exactly how the carry split will work, consider both RB2s with Hyde being more touchdown dependent and Yeldon having a higher floor. For Week 7, Yeldon is still a safe RB2 as Hyde won't be close to up to speed.

What happens with Fournette is the big wild-card. On the surface, it seems like the Jags wouldn't have made this move if they had confidence Fournette would be back soon, if at all this year. At the same time, Yeldon is an impending free agent and Hyde only cost a 5th round pick. That's a fairly small price to pay for somebody like Hyde who could easily slide in for Yeldon should he be elsewhere in 2019. We'd be careful about reading too much into the move until we get some sort of update on Fournette's status.

From the Browns point of view, this instantly thrusts Nick Chubb into Hyde's role (they have already announced him as the starter). So far this season, that has meant 114 carries, good for third in the NFL, behind only Ezekial Elliot and Todd Gurley. Unfortunately for Hyde owners, all that volume only led to him being the 17th highest scorer among running backs. Pro Football Focus' grade for Hyde backs this up, as he is 53rd among the 55 qualifying players at the position. Chubb doesn't have enough carries to qualify, but his current grade of 91.3 would be the best mark in the NFL if he did. The sample size is small, so take that with a grain of salt, but it does hint at his upside. The Browns face the sieve-like Buccaneers run defense this week, vaulting Chubb all the way into RB1 consideration. Should things go well on Sunday, he could maintain that status in our rest-of-season rankings.

Duke Johnson may or may not benefit from this move. He's been the forgotten man this year with only 33 touches, but we could see Cleveland leaning on him a little more as they break their rookie into the offense on a full-time basis. For now, we'd recommend adding Johnson but not starting him until we know more.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Bills QB Josh Allen (right elbow) missed practice again Thursday. Derek Anderson will start for the Bills.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Bengals QB Andy Dalton (back) took full practice reps again Thursday. Dalton should be fine for a great matchup against the Chiefs.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Jets QB Sam Darnold (right elbow) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Redskins QB Colt McCoy (right thumb) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Tannehill is out this week and maybe longer. Brock Osweiler will start against the Lions.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Texans QB Deshaun Watson (chest) took full practice reps again Thursday. Watson will be fine for a tough matchup agains the Jaguars.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. He’s good to go.