As we head into Week 7, the number of injuries in the NFL continues to rise. Fantasy football players around the globe have to search for viable replacements.
This article is created to help people decipher the players who are active and inactive each and every week. Along with that, we also highlight the players who could be inserted into your lineups.
There is a plethora of injuries to notable players this week, whether they are returning from injury or if they are sidelined with one. In this article, the replacements named are typically owned in fewer than 50 percent of leagues.
Without further ado, here is the Week 7 fantasy football injury report.
Saints’ Drew Brees (Out): The New Orleans Saints have been without Drew Brees since Week 2. The veteran quarterback underwent thumb surgery and is still recovering from it.
The positive news is that Brees posted a video of himself throwing a football; his return is imminent. With Brees missing another week, Teddy Bridgewater will start for his fifth-straight game. Bridgewater will face the toughest defense he’s gone up against on Sunday — the Chicago Bears — so it’s wise to look elsewhere at the position.
Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky (Questionable): Mitchell Trubisky has been sidelined since sustaining a shoulder injury in Week 4. After being a full participant in practice all week, it appears the Chicago Bears’ quarterback is on track to play in Week 7.
The third-year quarterback is listed as questionable, but he is closer to probable for Sunday. Considering he is facing a talented Saints defense, Trubisky shouldn’t be started in your fantasy football lineups unless you’re desperate at quarterback.
Possible replacements: Giants’ Daniel Jones, Colts’ Jacoby Brissett, Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew
Rams’ Todd Gurley (Active): After missing Week 6 with a quad injury, Todd Gurley has been removed from the Los Angeles Rams’ injury report. Along with Gurley being active for Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Malcolm Brown is officially doubtful to play.
Therefore, the backfield will belong to Gurley and rookie Darrell Henderson in Week 7. With Gurley being rested, it is worth starting the All-Pro running back with a chance of breaking out this weekend against a reeling Atlanta defense.
Giants’ Saquon Barkley (Active): Similarly to Gurley, Barkley has been removed from the New York Giants’ injury report for Week 7. That means Barkley will make his first start for the Giants since Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
During his recovery process, the second-year running back has shown that he is in fact superhuman. Don’t overthink it and insert Barkley into your lineup without any hesitation as he faces a mediocre Arizona Cardinals defense this weekend.
Cardinals’ David Johnson (Questionable): Last week, David Johnson appeared on the Cardinals’ injury report with a back injury. Now, earlier in the week, the team’s dual-threat back has experienced some discomfort in his ankle.
As a result, Johnson has missed a practice and has been limited throughout the week; making him a game-time decision for Sunday. If Johnson is inactive, Chase Edmonds would receive the bulk of the workload. Look no further than Edmonds as a viable replacement for Johnson in Week 7 (if he’s incapable of playing).
Saints’ Alvin Kamara (Out): The New Orleans Saints are coming into Week 7 with quite a few notable injuries on their offense. Besides Drew Brees and Jared Cook, Alvin Kamara is inactive.
Kamara has been nursing an ankle injury the past couple of weeks and it hasn’t gotten better. With the elusive running back missing Sunday’s game, Latavius Murray will get the start. Murray has a solid floor despite facing a daunting Bears defense in Week 7.
Possible replacements: Cardinals’ Chase Edmonds, Saints’ Latavius Murray, Packers’ Jamaal Williams
Cowboys’ Amari Cooper (Questionable): While the Dallas Cowboys were upset by the New York Jets, Amari Cooper suffered a quad injury that caused him to miss the majority of the second half. The quad injury has caused him to miss two practices and be limited for another this week.
Heading into Sunday, Cooper is listed as questionable and could be a game-time decision. If he’s unable to go, Randall Cobb or Tavon Austin could see an increased role in the offense.
Jaguars’ Dede Westbrook (Active): The Jacksonville Jaguars are favored to win on Sunday, but they could be without Dede Westbrook, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury over the past week and is listed as questionable in Week 7.
It’s positive to see the young wideout log a limited practice on Friday, which could put him in position to start on Sunday. The Jaguars’ No. 2 wide receiver is a decent flex option since he’s active and suiting up against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Packers’ Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Active): The Green Bay Packers have already ruled out Davante Adams for Week 7’s contest against the Oakland Raiders. Along with Adams, Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are both ailing with injuries.
Allison exited last week’s game with head and chest injuries, while Valdes-Scantling has an ankle issue. As of now, both players are active for the game.
Ravens’ Marquise Brown (Questionable): Marquise Brown missed Week 6 with the same ankle injury that has prevented him from practicing this week. Due to not practicing, it isn’t looking positive for him to suit up on Sunday.
The Baltimore Ravens haven’t ruled him out against the Seattle Seahawks just yet. Even so, it’s expected that it will be another week of Willie Snead, Miles Boykin, and Seth Roberts at wide receiver.
Giants’ Sterling Shepard (Out): Sterling Shepard suffered a concussion in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings. Since then, he’s yet to be cleared from concussion protocol and he’s been ruled out for the second straight game.
With Shepard missing this week’s game, Darius Slayton and Golden Tate are viable options to replace him. Of course, Tate would be the wide receiver you’d want in fantasy football.
Eagles’ DeSean Jackson (Out): It seems like forever since we saw Carson Wentz connecting with DeSean Jackson for 50-yard touchdowns. To be exact, we haven’t seen Jackson on the field since Week 2 versus the Atlanta Falcons.
In that game, the big-play wideout suffered an abdominal injury. After being optimistic he could play in Week 7, Jackson has been ruled out for the fifth straight week.
Possible replacements: Bengals’ Auden Tate, Giants’ Darius Slayton, Packers’ Allen Lazard, Cowboys’ Tavon Austin
Titans’ Delanie Walker (Questionable): To begin the week, Delanie Walker was a limited participant in practice with an ankle injury. However, following his two limited practices, the veteran tight end failed to practice on Friday.
Currently, Walker is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game versus the Los Angeles Chargers. With Ryan Tannehill becoming the starter, Walker could be rejuvenated in the offense if he’s able to play.
Saints’ Jared Cook (Out): Jared Cook caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game in Week 6, but he won’t be able to extend that streak. Due to a nagging ankle injury, Cook will miss Week 7’s game against the Bears.
With Cook being sidelined, Josh Hill will get the nod at tight end for the Saints. There are better fantasy football options out there than Hill at the tight end position.
Seahawks’ Will Dissly (Out): Will Dissly was rapidly becoming a staple of Seattle’s offense this season. Then, last week he was carted off the field with an Achilles injury.
After undergoing an MRI, it was discovered that he ruptured his Achilles. Dissly could return sooner than expected but Luke Willson will be his replacement for now. You could do worse than starting Willson this week in fantasy football.
Possible replacements: Seahawks’ Luke Willson, Texans’ Darren Fells, Bills’ Dawson Knox