Fantasy Football Week 7 Breakdown – Who’s In and Who’s Out?

AJ MassESPN staff writerOctober 22, 2023, 09:56 AM ET5 minutes of reading

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Who should start? Who should sit? To set your fantasy football lineups and avoid starting an offensive player who isn’t in the lineup, we’ll be posting fantasy-related updates and analysis here as NFL teams release their official inactive lists. Any rankings quoted in this column are from us ESPN Fantasy Staff Rankings

Official Sunday blackouts begin approximately 90 minutes prior to scheduled kickoff times: 11:30 a.m. ET for early games and 2:30 p.m. ET for afternoon games.

Update often for latest information.


games at 1 p.m. ET

Damien Harris, RB, BUF Out/IR
Impact: James Cook and Latavius ​​Murray will split carries in the Buffalo backfield.

Quintin Morris, TE, BUFoutside
Impact: Dalton Kincaid returns from a concussion and will split targets with Dawson Knox.

Rosen Johnson, RB, CHIoutside
Impact: He’s still dealing with post-concussion issues, so splitting time between De’Onta Foreman, Travis Homer and Darinton Evans will be in effect.

Justin Fields, QB, CHIoutside
Impact: Rookie Tyson Pageant, out of Division II, will get the call in his place.

Deshaun Watson, QB, CLEquestionable
Impact: Although he hasn’t played since Week 3, there are signs Watson will be back.

Kareem Hunt, RB, CLEquestionable
Impact: This will be decided after the pregame warm-ups. Dion Jackson was promoted to the active roster, so Sunday will see a healthy dose of Jerome Ford (and no Hunt).

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, DEToutside
Impact: Jones did not travel with the team for personal reasons. Expect an improvement in goals from Jameson Williams.

David Montgomery, RB, DEToutside
Impact: Jahmir Gibbs should handle most of the backfield touches, especially since Craig Reynolds is listed as questionable with a rib injury (Reynolds is expected to be active).

Alec Pierce, WR, INDquestionable
Impact: He trained fully late in the week so the signs are good that he will be able to play. However, Michael Pittman Jr. and Josh Towns are the best fantasy options here.

Kylen Cranson, TE, INDoutside
Impact: Mo Ali-Cox and Drew Ogletree are likely to rotate in and out of the lineup.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, LVoutside
Impact: Brian Hoyer will start in his place and throw to Davante Adams, who was removed from Friday’s injury report.

Kayshon Boutte, WR, NEquestionable
Impact: Demario Douglas and JuJu Smith-Schuster are also listed as questionable. One of these three is going to get a chance to fit in, but none of them make decent fantasy options right now.

Hunter Henry, TE, NEquestionable
Impact: Even if he plays, he likely won’t be eligible to start this week — the same goes for Mike Gesicki, who will see more pitches if Henry sits.

Daniel Jones, QB, NYGquestionable
Impact: Tyrod Taylor would be good to get another start for a Giants team that has been underperforming all season.


4pm ET games

Zach Pascal, WR, ARIquestionable
Impact: Michael Wilson passed him so high in the WR pecking order that Pascal’s status deteriorated relatively.

Kyler Murray, QB, ARIoutside
Impact: His training window to return from IR has begun and a Week 8 start is possible. For now, Joshua Dobbs is under center.

Greg Dulcich, TE, DEN Out/IR
Impact: Dulcich injured himself last week and the Boomerangs are back on IR. Adam Trautman will start but it’s not a fantasy.

Aaron Jones, RB, GPquestionable
Impact: His hamstring continues to linger, prompting a game-time call. Be prepared for AJ Dillon to take the lead, but at least for now, Jones is expected to do just that.

Justin Watson, WR, KCoutside
Impact: He will not be placed on IR, but is expected to sit through at least Week 10. Kadarius Toney and Rashee Rice will benefit in the short term, but Mecole Hartman Jr. was reacquired by the Chiefs and may have something to say about that.

Jalen Kyden, WR, LACoutside
Impact: Although his three-week return from IR has begun, he’s still not ready to play. Next week may be a different story.

Kyron Williams, RB, LAR Out/IR
Impact: Darrell Henderson Jr. was promoted from a practice squad that already included rookie Zach Evans, Royce Freeman and Myles Gaskin. Adam Schefter reports that Freeman and Henderson will do the heavy lifting today.

Deontay Johnson, WR, PITActivated from IR
Impact: His return comes at a good time for a Steelers team that has placed TE Pat Freiermuth on IR due to a lingering hamstring injury.

TK Metcalfe, WR, Cquestionable
Impact: After a limited practice Friday, he could be a game-time call-up. If you have a healthy option to play in the early window, you may not want to wait for Metcalf.

Zach Charbonnet, RB, SEAquestionable
Impact: It’s like sitting here. Kenneth Walker III will see more carries than usual. DeeJay Dallas is expected to step into the backup RB role this week.


Sunday night game

Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, MIAActivated from IR
Impact: Eventually, he’ll share the backfield with Raheem Mostert, but it’s unclear how soon he overtakes Salvon Ahmed for that privilege.

Julio Jones, WR, PHI Promoted from practice squad
Impact: He’s only signed with the team, so expecting more than a limited snap this week might be too optimistic.

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