The Patriots have downgraded TE Rob Gronkowski (back) to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. We just removed him from the Week 7 Rankings, and he should be on fantasy benches now. New England also ruled out TE Jacob Hollister with a hamstring injury. That leaves Dwayne Allen as the only healthy TE on the roster. But he'd still be just a desperation play for Gronk owners. Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and James White should lead the way in targets tomorrow.
The Chargers have downgraded RB Melvin Gordon to questionable with a hamstring injury. The 9:30 a.m. ET start means we’ll have to check Gordon’s status at 8 a.m. If he’s out, Austin Ekeler would obviously get a big fantasy boost.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play Sunday against the Bears, according to multiple reports. Gronk reportedly landed on the injury report Friday with a back issue and did not travel with the team to Chicago. New England is reportedly keeping open the possibility that Gronk could play if he feels good Sunday, but you should make alternate fantasy plans.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Saturday that both WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) and WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) will play against the Giants on Monday night. Ridley practiced on Friday and Saturday and said he feels like his "normal self." Sanu only worked on Saturday. "I feel good, but it's a little [pain] management, too," he said of his bruised hip. "It's definitely going to get better. I mean, it's way better than it was.'' Consider both Sanu and Ridley risk/reward Week 7 fantasy plays.
Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for what should be a high-scoring affair against the Falcons on Monday night. Engram sits inside TE1 territory in the Week 7 Rankings.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets are releasing WR Terrelle Pryor today. Pryor reportedly has a tear in his groin that's expected to keep him out for 2 weeks. Schefter says the team will be interested in bringing him back once he's healthy. We'll see if other teams keep that from happening in the meantime.
Washington CB Quinton Dunbar left Friday's practice early with a shin contusion and is questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas. ESPN's John Keim said HC Jay Gruden sounded "somewhat optimistic" about Dunbar's chances of playing. The 4:25 p.m. ET makes it tougher to wait on Dunbar for your IDP lineup, though, especially for an unspectacular scoring matchup with the Cowboys. We'll update his status Sunday afternoon for anyone who is waiting, though.
The Buccaneers have ruled DT Gerald McCoy (calf) and DE Vinny Curry (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Browns. Neither is a big IDP factor, but the absences of both starters can only help an already-bright fantasy outlook for Browns QB Baker Mayfield.
Jets CB Trumaine Johnson is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings because of a quad injury thta continued to keep him out of practice all week. Johnson's absence doesn't really matter for IDP purposes, but it'll help Vikings WR Stefon Diggs' outlook. Jets slot CB Buster Skrine also remains out for the 2nd straight week with a concussion.