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Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. He was seemingly close to playing last week and is now on track to return for Monday night's game against the Falcons. A healthy Engram remains an easy TE1.

FOX's Jay Glazer reports that the Falcons are placing RB Devonta Freeman. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the veteran will have groin surgery and hopes to return this season. The 8-week timeline on being designated to return from IR wouldn't bring him back until at least Week 15, though. That puts both Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith into play as potential weekly fantasy starters the rest of the way. Coleman played 38 snaps to Smith's 31 against Tampa, but Smith beat him 11-10 in rushing attempts and matched Coleman's 2 targets. Coleman remains the slightly better bet for touches and the stronger bet for yardage production the rest of the way.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is "likely" out for next Monday night's game against the Giants. Atlanta has a Week 8 bye, which might play a part in the team's decision to hold him out. RBs Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith figure to again form a committee vs. the G-Men.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. The team doesn't expect this to be a long-term absence, but we'll monitor Freeman's status next week. It's worth noting that Atlanta has a Week 8 bye. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith will handle backfield duties on Sunday. In the 3 full games Freeman has missed this season, Coleman averaged 15 carries and 3.3 targets and Smith 6 carries and 2.7 targets.

Giants TE Rhett Ellison (foot) is inactive for tonight's game against the Eagles. TE Evan Engram (knee) is also out. That leaves Scott Simonson as New York's lead TE. He's obviously not a fantasy option. Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley will dominate targets for the G-Men.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Bucs this weekend. We just removed Freeman from the Week 6 RB Rankings and bumped Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith up.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's a bone contusion and that Freeman's availability for this weekend's game against the Bucs is "clearly in doubt." We'll keep an eye on the situation. Freeman's absence would again make Tevin Coleman Atlanta's lead back with Ito Smith in a change-of-pace role.

Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Eagles. He returned to practice this week, putting him on track to return for Week 7. Rhett Ellison gets another game as New York's lead TE but would be a desperation fantasy play.

Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) put in a limited practice on Tuesday. It looks like he has a shot to return for Thursday night's game against the Eagles. We should have a better idea of his status after tomorrow's practice.

Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) "has a shot" to play against the Eagles on Thursday night, HC Pat Shurmur said Monday. Engram will be 2-and-a-half weeks removed at that point from an injury that was expected to sideline him 2-4 weeks. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation over the next couple of days.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. There’s still some risk with Freeman in his first action since the opener — and he gets a Steelers defense allowing just 3.5 yards per carry. But there’s also lots of TD upside in what should be a shootout.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (back) is not listed on the final injury report. He had a procedure early in the week to remove a cyst from his back but put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Shepard is a low-end fantasy play vs. Carolina’s 10th-ranked WR defense.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (back) returned to a full practice on Thursday. He'll play against the Panthers' 10th-ranked WR defense this weekend. Shepard is a low-end WR3 in that matchup.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard was held out of Wednesday's practice after having a procedure to remove a cyst from his lower back, HC Pat Shurmur said. Shurmur added that he expects Shepard back at practice later this week, which presumably means he'll play against the Panthers on Sunday. We'll continue to monitor the situation.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said in a Wednesday morning radio appearance that he expects RB Devonta Freeman (knee) to return for this weekend's game against the Steelers. Freeman returned to limited practices last week, and we'll watch his participation level over the next few days. If healthy, he figures to regain lead duties in Atlanta's backfield.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that he "hopes" to get RB Devonta Freeman (knee) back for this weekend's game against the Steelers. Freeman returned to limited practices last week, so we'd consider him a bit better than 50/50 to play on Sunday. Tevin Coleman has been slightly underwhelming as Atlanta's lead back over the past 3 games.

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Lions WR Golden Tate (hip) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He comes with elevated risk after being added to the injury report on Friday but is still worth using in most fantasy lineups.

Lions WR Golden Tate (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Cowboys. He was added to the injury report and limited in practice on Friday. We'll look for updates on his status and will find out whether he’s active by noon ET on Sunday.

The Giants have ruled OLB Olivier Vernon (ankle) and CB Eli Apple (groin) out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Vernon has yet to play this season. Apple will miss his 2nd straight contest. The absences can only add upside to a Saints pass offense that didin’t need the help.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He returned to practice this week, giving him a shot to play next weekend. Tevin Coleman gets another game as Atlanta's feature back and is a RB1 in what should be a shootout vs. Cincinnati.

 
 
 

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