Week 7 Fantasy Football Injury Report

How should fantasy managers adjust their lineups following injuries to some key players?
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Week 6 in the NFL gave us plenty of scoring, but also left us with some significant injuries to high-profile players. Amari Cooper, Will Dissly, and Emmanuel Sanders all left their games early and did not return. As you probably know by now if you've had Dissly this year, the Seahawks' tight end won’t be returning at all.

Plenty of injuries to go over, so let’s get to it.

Won’t See Them Again In 2019

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks, Achilles

With a breakout start to his second year in the league, Dissly was quickly becoming one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets all over the field, and especially in the red-zone. In just six games, Dissly leads all tight ends with four touchdowns, and he is currently fourth at the position in fantasy points. But his season will end with his four scores and 50 fantasy points. The Seahawks' tight end will now land on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles tendon in Week 6 against the Browns. Dissly’s rookie season also ended prematurely after he tore his right patellar tendon.

Fantasy Impact: Losing Dissly is a major blow to any squad with him on the roster. Tight end has been brutal this year in fantasy football and Dissly was one of just a handful of bright spots at the position. Likely a waiver wire pickup after Week 1, fantasy managers were overjoyed with his 12.3 point per game average. It’s a big void that is not easily filled, especially for a position as thin as tight end. Luke Willson will take over as the Seahawks' starting tight end. Given the way Russell Wilson is playing this season, he’s worth considering as a pickup. But his career highs (set in 2014) are just 22 catches and 362 yards.

Might Be a While Before We See Them Again

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys, quad

Cooper’s bruised quadriceps is so painful that it may cost one of this year’s best receivers a few games. The Cowboys receiver landed directly on his thigh early in the team’s loss to the Jets and missed the remainder of the game. Cooper not only burned fantasy managers in Week 6 with just one catch, but it looks like he’ll burn them again in Week 7. The Cowboys take on a terrible Eagles secondary that just got torched by both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to the tune of four touchdowns. It’s a dream matchup for Cooper, sadly one that is turning into a nightmare, as head coach Jason Garrett doesn’t seem optimistic about his star playmaker being active.

Fantasy Impact: With Cooper out of the lineup, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb (back), Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson would see a bump in action. Philly’s secondary is so brutally bad, that even without Cooper on the field, Dak Prescott is still a QB1 for your lineups. However, it’s worth noting, Prescott has just two touchdowns in his last three games and hasn’t thrown for more than 300 yards in four of his six games this year.

Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins, foot

We're still waiting on more details regarding Thompson’s foot injury, as interim head coach Bill Callahan couldn’t provide any details before the team received Thompson’s MRI results.

Fantasy Impact: The only reason why Thompson is listed in this section and not “Should be OK” is his lengthy injury history. The Redskins' rusher played in just 10 games in each of the last two seasons and has started all 16 games just once in his seven-year career.

Should Be OK, But Expect A Questionable Tag and Limited Practice

Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos, knee

The Broncos' veteran receiver was forced out of action during the team’s matchup against the Titans after suffering a knee injury. Fantasy managers shouldn’t be overly concerned, as reports almost instantly indicated the injury was not considered serious. However, they should be concerned with his lack of production in his last two outings, where Sanders has just two catches. 

Fantasy Impact: It seems the younger and more physically gifted Courtland Sutton has officially taken over as the Broncos' primary receiving option. Sutton has three touchdowns in his last three games and hasn’t had fewer than seven targets in any game. But if deemed healthy, Sanders will remain a wide receiver three going forward.

Josh Gordon, New England Patriots, knee

It might seem like a while ago, but Gordon did indeed get injured in Week 6 when he played against the Giants on Thursday night. Gordon hobbled off the field after attempting to make a tackle during a Tom Brady interception. He never returned to action but did remain on the sidelines and was spotted riding the stationary bike for most of the second half.

Fantasy Impact: Without Gordon in the lineup, the Brady and the Patriots turned to Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski to fill in. Julian Edelman will remain the top target and Phillip Dorsett is expected back in Week 7. It remains to be seen if Gordon can play against the Jets on Monday night.

Nothing To See Here

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns, hip

A short trip to the locker room to evaluate Mayfield’s hip left the Browns quarterback plenty of time to get back on the field and throw three interceptions. He now has 11 picks in six games.

Fantasy Impact: Cleveland is on a bye in Week 7, so Mayfield will have plenty of time to heal and hopefully get some chemistry with his receivers.

James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers, quad

His best game in 2019 came with some setbacks, but nothing that should last longterm. Conner left twice during the Steelers' rout over the Chargers, once for an elbow/shoulder injury and then again for a quad bruise. Luckily Pittsburgh is on a bye in Week 7, leaving him with some much-needed quality rest, relaxation and healing.

Fantasy Impact: When Conner was tended to on the sidelines, rookie Benny Snell entered the game and played well, rushing 17 times for 75 yards. Jaylen Samuels is expected to miss at least another three weeks making Snell the primary backup if something more serious were to come out about Conner’s injury. Snell is on Adam Ronis's waiver wire list for this week if you want to take that chance.

In the protocol

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys: Evaluated during the game but returned to action

Geoff Swaim, Jacksonville Jaguars

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers

Injured But Not On The Fantasy Radar

Marqisee Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars, right foot

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers, groin

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