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Last minute fantasy football start/sit advice as inactives come in

We break down the last minute fantasy football decisions you have to make in light of Week 7 inactive reports.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman makes a catch in front of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is back for Week 7, and we can only hope things are a little quieter than what we saw on Thursday Night Football to open the week. Patrick Mahomes suffered a dislocated knee cap and is expected to miss at least three weeks recovering from the injury. The Chiefs got the much-needed win as they look to survive at least three weeks of the Matt Moore experience.

A week after a full day of football started in London, we are back to a more traditional NFL schedule. We have eight games kicking off at 1:00 p.m., followed by three in the 4:05/4:25 slot. This week’s byes include the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

There are plenty of notable names on the injury reports and lineups will be dependent on 11:30 a.m. inactives. If you’re trying to figure out your fantasy football lineups, this information is critical to getting the right players in the right spots. If you’ve got key players in the Sunday Night Football or Monday Night Football slots, you’re looking for any grain of information that will help you make the decision early rather than waiting until it’s too late tonight or tomorrow night.

We’re all figuring out last minute roster decisions, and that means not only who is not playing this week, but who is playing but might not be the best start in your Week 7 fantasy football lineup. We’ll provide updates on injuries, key start/sit decisions, and more leading up to kickoffs.

Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett both ACTIVE

The Patriots and Jets released their inactives and Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett will both be ACTIVE on Monday Night Football. Jets tight end Chris Herndon is INACTIVE as he continues rehabbing his hamstring injury. Edelman and Dorsett are both strong starts against a bad Jets secondary.

Julian Edelman arrives at MetLife Stadium

The Patriots have arrived for Monday Night Football and have begun their pregame warmups. Julian Edelman arrived and while we can’t say with certainty how he feels on the field, he seems a good bet to play on Monday against the Jets. Phillip Dorsett is a game-day decision as well, with Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski getting opportunities as well. More to come with inactives at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Eagles-Cowboys inactives

The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys unveiled their inactives for Week 7, and as expected, Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb are both ACTIVE. The Eagles will be without wide receiver DeSean Jackson for another week as he continues dealing with his abdomen injury.

Marquise Brown INACTIVE for Week 7

It should surprise nobody to learn that Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown will be inactive in Week 7. He has been dealing with an ankle injury the past couple weeks, and did not take part in any of the team’s three practices this week. In his absence, Willie Snead is the Ravens leading receiver. Seth Roberts and Myles Boykin will get some work as well, but none of the three are useful fantasy options this week.

Delanie Walker ACTIVE for Week 7

The Titans and Chargers released their inactives, and tight end Delanie Walker is active for the game. He has been dealing with an ankle injury, and was downgraded on Friday. He had been limited at Wednesday and Thursday practices, and was a DNP on Friday. He was listed as questionable, but appears to be good to go after his pre-game workout. If you were waiting to start him, you can safely put him in your lineup. He faces a shaky Chargers defense and some of us are hoping he is a security blanket for new Titans starting QB Ryajn Tannehill.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison status

The Packers announced both MVS and Allison as active. Jake Kumerow and Allen Lazard will get some opportunities with Davante Adams sidelined, but with both MVS and Allison playing, their chances are a little more limited. There is talk of Aaron Rodgers having built a solid chemistry with Lazard, but it remains to be seen how the snaps are split. MVS is the best start of the group, as potentially a WR2 or flex. Allison has some value in deeper leagues, but it’s still a bit speculative. Lazard and Kumerow should remain on your bench for now.

Week 7 1:00 p.m. inactives

Active

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling
WR Geronimo Allison
WR Dede Westbrook
WR Tyrell Williams
RB David Johnson
RB Raheem Mostert — likely a limited third option behind Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida
WR Kenny Stills
RB Devin Singletary

Inactive

DE De’Shawn Hand (good for Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison)
WR Davante Adams
RB Malcolm Brown — Darrell Henderson will be the primary backup to Todd Gurley
WR Marqise Lee
CB Josh Norman
WR Christian Kirk
WR Zay Jones
TE Vernon Davis
RB Chris Thompson

David Johnson set to play

Cardinals running back David Johnson is questionable with an ankle injury, but he is expected to play against the Giants in Week 7, according to Adam Schefter. Johnson sat out Wednesday’s practice, but returned on Thursday and Friday for limited workouts. Last week, Johnson had 12 rushes and six receptions on eight targets. Backup Chase Edmonds had five rushes and two receptions on two targets. Look for a similar split in Week 7, depending on how the game script moves along.

Alvin Kamara out, but not yet ruled out for Week 8

The Saints will be without running back Alvin Kamara in Week 7 due to a high ankle sprain, but he is making progress and might play in Week 8, according to Ian Rapoport. The Saints host Arizona in Week 8 and the first injury report will arrive on Wednesday. I suspect that at best, Kamara will end up questionable and a game-time decision. It’s an early game next week, so fantasy owners should know by 11:30 a.m. what is going on with Kamara.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison looking like game-time decisions

The Packers wide receiver corps is dealing with a host of injuries heading into Week 7. Davante Adams is out with a turf toe injury, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison are both questionable. Allison had been listed as doubtful, but was upgraded on Saturday as he is making progress through the concussion protocol. The Packers training staff will put both receivers through their paces in pre-game warmups before making a final decision, according to Adam Schefter. Both seem decent bets to play, but we’ll know more at 11:30 a.m.

Dede Westbrook should play

Jaguars receiver Dede Westbrook came up with a shoulder injury on Thursday that cost him practice and left him limited on Friday and questionable for Sunday. He is expected to play, according to multiple reports. Westbrook has quietly impressed in recent weeks, and has been targeted at least six times in five of the team’s six games this season. Against a bad Bengals defense, he’s an intriguing option.

Amari Cooper expected to play

The Cowboys should have Amari Cooper for Sunday Night Football against the Eagles, according to Ian Rapoport. Cooper suffered a thigh bruise injury last week and left early in the game. He was a question mark most of the week, but returned to practice on Friday and appears to be good to go for a huge divisional matchup. He’s a must-start against a bad Eagles defense, and he boosts Dak Prescott’s value in the matchup as well. If you were hoping to start Tavon Austin for one week, that’s probably not a good idea anymore.

Mitchell Trubisky expected to play

The Chicago Bears will welcome back quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in Week 7, although he will wear a shoulder harness, according to Ian Rapoport. It has been a season of regression for Trubisky and the Bears offense as a whole. It’s hard to say right now in season-long fantasy if he is an upgrade over Chase Daniel until he shows a bit more in the coming weeks.

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