Raiders Waller, Renfrow to IR

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The news: The Raiders placed TE Darren Waller and WR Hunter Renfrow on injured reserve.

What it means in fantasy: Renfrow was struggling with an oblique injury while Waller was struggling with a hamstring injury. The two signed off-season extensions, but neither was able to remain on the field this season. With Waller being the TE5 in our draft trends this summer, his absence has been particularly frustrating for fantasy managers. He has missed eight of the Raiders’ last 14 regular season games. Waller and Renfrow will both miss at least four games starting with Sunday’s game against the Colts and cannot return until the Raiders take on the Rams in Week 14. During Waller and Renfrow’s absences, Mack Hollins and Foster Moreau will see additional targets.

The news: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor was a full participant in Thursday’s practice session.

What it means in fantasy: Taylor has been training for two consecutive days and is looking to play this week after recovering from an ankle injury on the track. Taylor has been fighting behind a Colts offensive line that ranks 23rd in run block win rate. This season he has only scored 20 or more fantasy points in one game and averaged 11.9 per game. Taylor can be considered a low-end RB2 in a dismal Colts offense, ranking 27th at 315.1 yards per game. Zack Moss could make his Colts debut as Taylor’s backup this weekend as Deon Jackson missed two consecutive practice sessions with a knee injury.

The news: Panthers RB D’Onta Foreman rushed 31 for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons Thursday night.

What it means in fantasy: Foreman’s 31 rushing attempts are the most by a Panthers player since Nick Goings had 33 in Week 16 of the 2004 season. Foreman has also rushed for 100 yards or more in three of his last four games. The Panthers have had just three single 100-yard rushing games in their last 46 games combined. Foreman has scored 16.5 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games.

go deeper: The Panthers have one of the most favorable running back schedules for the remainder of the season, according to Mike Clay’s Schedule Matrix Strength. Foreman can be considered a mid-range RB2 for the rest of the season.

The news: Bill’s QB Josh Allen did not practice Thursday.

What it means in fantasy: Allen is dealing with a right elbow injury involving his ulnar collateral ligament. He hasn’t missed a game since his rookie season. Allen missed several games this season, also due to an elbow injury. All signs point to Case Keenum starting for the Bills against the Vikings on Sunday. He’s on the fantasy radar in deeper Superflex formats, but most managers are better off streaming Jimmy Garoppolo, Jared Goff, or Daniel Jones.

The news: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was limited in practice Thursday.

What it means in fantasy: Murray is struggling with a hamstring injury. It would still be a good idea for fantasy managers to have a contingency plan in place as his mobility is a big part of Murray’s appeal in fantasy football. Arizona’s backup quarterback is Colt McCoy. Murray’s absence would hit fantasy relevant players like DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore and James Conner.

go deeper: Murray has averaged 6.5 rushing attempts and 39.9 rushing yards per game this season. He also has two rushing touchdowns.

The news: Rams QB Matthew Stafford entered concussion protocol on Wednesday and did not train on Thursday.

What it means in fantasy: Stafford’s chances of playing the Cardinals this weekend are not looking good. The league’s concussion protocol includes a number of steps, making it unlikely that Stafford will be vacated by Sunday. Most recently, he missed a game with the Lions in 2019. Stafford would be replaced by backup John Wolford. Jimmy Garoppolo, Daniel Jones and Jared Goff are excellent streaming options this week.

The news: Titans QB Ryan Tannehill was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.

What it means in fantasy: Tannehill has missed two games with an ankle injury but is leaning towards a return against the Broncos on Sunday. This is great news for Tennessee’s passing game, as rookie Malik Willis has completed just 11 of 26 passes for 135 yards in the past two games. Treylon Burks should be proactively added by fantasy managers as he is only listed in 23.0% of ESPN leagues. Now that he’s healthy, he may be able to spark the Titans’ passing game.

go deeper: According to Next Gen Stats, the average receiver spacing in the league is 2.92 yards. This season, Burks is the only Titans wide receiver to beat that average in every game he plays.

The news: Packers RB Aaron Jones was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice.

What it means in fantasy: Jones was seen limping and wearing a hiking boot after the Packers’ Week 9 game against the Lions. His tests came back negative. Jones is on track to take on the Cowboys, even if his week 10 replays are limited. He’s averaging 15.0 fantasy points per game and can be considered a low-end RB1 against Dallas. AJ Dillon may see more touches in this game, making him a flexible option.

The news: Chargers WR Keenan Allen did not practice Thursday.

What it means in fantasy: Allen has missed two consecutive practice sessions and is considered a “daily” by Chargers head coach Brandon Staley. The last time Allen trained was on October 21 when he was restricted. Due to his Achilles tendon injury, Allen has not had a full workout since Week 1, the only week he was off the training report. The WR13 in our trending draft has only played two games. With Allen and Mike Williams injured, Josh Palmer and DeAndre Carter will continue to see goals. In Week 9, Palmer and Carter caught 13 of 16 goals for 159 yards. Carter is a flexible option while Palmer can be considered a WR2 against the 49ers on Sunday.

The news: Texas WRs Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins trained Thursday.

What it means in fantasy: Cooks struggled with a wrist injury last week and was sidelined in Wednesday’s training with the same injury. Cooks’ frustration at not being traded has been bubbling to the surface lately, although he’s apparently over at that point. Collins has been struggling with a groin injury but has been training two days in a row. Both can be viewed as flex options against the Giants on Sunday.

The news: Commanders WR Jahan Dotson was listed as restricted for Thursday’s practice.

What it means in fantasy: It seems Dotson could return to the lineup against the Eagles Monday night after missing a long stretch with a hamstring injury. He scored at least 13 fantasy points in three of his first four games. Dotson is only listed in 33.7% of ESPN leagues and should be proactively bunkered. The Commanders will play the Texans in week 11 and the Falcons in week 12. Both are very beneficial matchups.

The news: Brown TE David Njoku did not train on Thursday.

What it means in fantasy: Njoku has missed two consecutive days of practice, meaning he’s unlikely to play the Dolphins on Sunday. If Njoku is left out, Harrison Bryant would fill the void and can be considered a streamer. Cole Kmet finished Week 9 with 22.0 fantasy points against the Miami defense. Fantasy managers looking for tight end options in Week 10 should consider Kmet, Noah Fant, Tanner Hudson and Greg Dulcich.

Today on and on the ESPN Fantasy App:

Mike Clay’s Playbook: predictions and analysis for every game

Eric Karabell’s hot spot for week 10: Leonard Fournette is among the players under the most pressure in week 10

• Daniel Dopp and Liz Loza’s Improv Fantasy: Daniel and Liz discuss making a playoff push or going into rebuild mode

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)

Next Sunday:

• The Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: this week’s best advice in one place

• Inactives Watch: Who’s in, who’s out and what does that mean?

• After the Games: The Fantastic Ups and Downs by Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft

• Fantasy Football Now: Sunday at 10am ET on ESPN2

In case you missed it:

Field Yates Week 10 Field Pass: Josh Allen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, to name difficult backfields

Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Falcons vs Panthers

Tristan H. Cockcroft’s Matchup Map: Best and Worst Matchups in Each Position for NFL Week 10

Matt Bowen’s fantasy film room: Trevor Lawrence, Dak Prescott between upgrades and downgrades in week 10

Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS best buys for week 10

• Fantasy Focus podcast Field Yates, Mike Clay and Daniel Dopp preview Thursday Night Football before discussing the WRs with great matchups and the QBs you can stream this week. Then Adam Schefter joins in to talk about the storylines to be seen in Week 10, including some big injury updates. Listen | watch


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