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Raiders LB Cory James is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs with the knee issue that dogged him in Week 6. James played just 7 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Chargers after leaving the previous game early with the injury. James looks like a poor bet to play in this game and certainly isn't worth trusting in IDP lineups even if he's active.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (concussion) is out for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. He's played 24% of the offensive snaps so far and averaged 2.7 touches per game. The majority of that work should go to RB Kareem Hunt vs. Oakland.

Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Giants. Prosise would be tough to trust in Week 7 fantasy lineups but is worth owning in most PPR leagues. There's opportunity in Seattle's unsettled backfield.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. He was noticeably hobbled on Monday night but never exited the game. We're expecting him to play against the Browns this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Colts GM Chris Ballard said Wednesday that QB Andrew Luck is experiencing soreness in his throwing shoulder. He received a cortisone shot and won't practice this week. This certainly qualifies as a setback. We'd now be surprised to see Luck before the Colts return from their Week 11 bye -- and it's possible he doesn't play at all this season.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He's yet to practice since injuring that groin 9 days ago. Fantasy owners can't plan on having Diggs for Week 7. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (leg) did not practice on Wednesday. He played through the issue on Sunday night but was noticeably hobbled. Thomas figures to play against the Chargers this weekend, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his health.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) was back on the practice field Wednesday. It gives him a shot to play against the Seahawks this weekend. Shepard's slot role would keep him away from CB Richard Sherman, making him a viable WR3. We'll continue to track his progress.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday. It puts him on track to play against the Patriots on Sunday night. Sanu will be in the WR3 mix for that plus matchup.

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) practiced on Wednesday. He was a game-time decision last week before being declared inactive. Maclin should be ready to return for this weekend's game against the Vikings, but he'll be a low-upside fantasy play.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Adam Gase labeled him "day-to-day" before the workout. Fantasy owners can't be counting on Parker for Week 7 right now. We'll see if he can get back on the practice field tomorrow.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) won't practice on Wednesday, according to insider Mike Kaye. That's no surprise after the rookie twisted his ankle 3 days ago. All indications are that Fournette will be ready for this weekend's game against the Colts. We'll see if he gets back on the practice field tomorrow. RB Chris Ivory is worth stashing on benches just in case Fournette misses Week 7.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced on Wednesday that QB DeShone Kizer will start this weekend's game against the Titans. "Barring injury, they'll likely try to ride it out with him for the rest of the season," insider Mary Kay Cabot writes. QB Kevin Hogan was abysmal in last week's loss to the Texans, completing 54.1% of his passes with 1 garbage-time TD and 3 INTs. Kizer has looked lost so far, but the 0-6 Browns might as well see if he can progress over the rest of the season. A struggling offensive line and weak pass-catching corps are just as big of problems for Cleveland as QB play. Kizer isn't a Week 7 fantasy option.

Bills WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) has been cleared to practice, HC Sean McDermott said. Matthews will be limited and remains day-to-day. It'd be a bit surprising if he's able to play against the Bucs on Sunday 3 weeks after breaking his thumb, but it sounds like he has a shot. We'll continue to monitor Matthews' status.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted a temporary restraining order from the Southern District of New York. It again prevents the NFL from imposing Elliott's 6-game suspension. This restraining order is good for no more than 14 days, so it makes Elliott eligible for Week 7 and potentially Week 8. His legal team will need to again make its case in front of a different judge on or before October 30. (Dallas' Week 8 game is on October 29.) So round and round we go. The simple takeaway: Elliott will play against the 49ers this Sunday. His status beyond that is completely up in the air. RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are still worth stashing on fantasy benches.

Colts RB Robert Turbin is expected to miss the rest of the season with the arm injury he suffered in Monday night's loss to the Titans, HC Chuck Pagano said Tuesday. Turbin was averaging just 3.8 carries and 1.8 targets per game, so the fantasy impact here isn't huge. Expect most of his work to go to RB Frank Gore. We'll see if the Colts follow through on their plan to get RB Marlon Mack more involved going forward.

The Redskins have placed K Dustin Hopkins (hip) on IR. He'll be replaced by K Nick Rose, a former undrafted free agent who connected on just 71.1% of his FG attempts at Texas. He also missed a FG and an XP with the 49ers this preseason. Rose can't be trusted in Week 7 fantasy lineups.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey on Monday ruled out WR Corey Davis (hamstring) for this weekend's game against the Browns. It'll be the rookie's 5th straight missed game. And we haven't seen or heard any signs of progress. Tennessee has a Week 8 bye, so perhaps Davis is targeting a Week 9 return. Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker and Taywan Taylor will again serve as the top 3 WRs for Sunday's plus matchup vs. Cleveland.

The Jaguars have released K Jason Myers. He missed 4 FGs and 2 XPs in 6 games this season. Myers will be replaced by K Josh Lambo, who was cut by the Chargers before the season. He's drilled 81.3% of his FGs over the past 2 seasons. Myers ranked 5th in FG attempts through 6 weeks, so Lambo could bring some spot-start value.

Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) told ESPN that he won't play against the Jaguars next weekend. That's been the belief for a while now, with Week 8 looking like his earliest possible return. That's a road game against the Bengals -- a tough spot for a guy coming off a serious throwing-shoulder injury. Week 9 brings a better matchup vs. Houston's 24th-ranked QB defense. Of course, there's still no guarantee that Luck is even ready by then.

 
 
 

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