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Raiders' Derek Carr taking pride in the run game heading into Week 7

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr discussed his role in the Raiders run game with reporters this week. Carr said "I've always taken pride in the run game but when Coach Gruden got here it went to a different level. We have plays where I can get to four or five different runs off just one thing he says in the headset and that takes a lot of detail."

What It Means:

Carr's enthusiasm for the run game has benefited the Raiders but hasn't done much for his FanDuel points as he is averaging just 12.9 per game. In Week 7 he will face a Packers defense rated 3rd overall against the pass and 32nd against the run by our power rankings. The Raiders run-heavy game plan is a perfect match for the Packers defense, and if successful, may leave Carr with little to do on Sunday. Our models project Carr for 14.9 FanDuel points in Week 7.

Carr's Week 7 projection includes 237.9 yards, 1.31 touchdowns, and .61 interceptions. He is priced at $6,500.

Colts' T.Y. Hilton expecting a tough, physical game against Houston in Week 7

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton talked to reporters about the Houston Texans' defense this week. Hilton said, "They're very physical man, they got a great front 7, their back end is pretty solid, they're very tough on all three phases".

What It Means:

Hilton also added that he felt the bye week came at the perfect time for the Colts. Coming off that bye, Hilton will face a Texans pass defense rated 12th overall by our power rankings. Hilton has historically put up game-breaking numbers against Houston in the past and is set up well to add another performance to that list this weekend. Our models project Hilton for 13.6 FanDuel points in Week 7.

Hilton's Week 7 projection includes 5.7 receptions for 81 yards and .44 touchdowns on 9.8 targets. He is priced at $7,600 and is the WR6 in our weekly rankings.

Colts' Jacoby Brissett keeping an eye on J.J. Watt heading into key AFC South Battle in Week 7

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett told reporters that J.J. Watt presents a different level of challenge for opposing teams. Brissett said "He's been at the top of the league since he got in the league and hasn't slowed down yet. So, he's definitely a player that you have to keep your eye on and understand where he is on the field at all times."

What It Means:

Brissett is coming off a bye and averaging an impressive 17.9 FanDuel points per game this season. His 11.94 FanDuel point performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5 was more a result of a run-heavy game plan than poor play. In Week 7 he will face a Houston Texans' pass defense rated 12th overall by our power rankings. Our models project Brissett for 17.1 FanDuel points in Week 7.

Brissett's Week 7 projection includes 236.7 yards, 1.53 touchdowns, and .72 interceptions. He is priced at $7,300 and is the QB15 in our weekly rankings.

Jaguars' Gardner Minshew aiming for a fast start against the Bengals in Week 7

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew mentioned how the team prepares for a fast start on offense each week when talking to reporters on Wednesday. Minshew said: "Yeah, I mean we work on it at practice, coming out the gate hot, trying to really push it and I think we'll have the intensity this week to go do it and its something we're actively pursuing."

What It Means:

After a fantastic start to his career, Minshew had his worst performance as a pro against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6. He will look to rebound in Week 7 against a Cincinnati Bengals pass defense rated 26th overall by our power rankings. Minshew may be without his second-option in the passing game, as wide receiver Dede Westbrook is questionable with a shoulder injury. Our models project Minshew for 17.6 FanDuel points in Week 7.

Minshew's Week 7 projection includes 251.1 yards, 1.58 touchdowns, and .72 interceptions. He is priced at $6,900 and is the QB13 in our weekly rankings.

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo praises his offensive line as they prepare to face the Redskins in Week 7

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo complimented his offensive line when talking to reporters on Wednesday. Garoppolo said "I thought the two rookies did a great job stepping in and filling their roles and those guys are just battling upfront. What they do in the run game and pass game is so impressive."

What It Means:

Garoppolo has only scored above 15 FanDuel points once this season as the offense leans heavily on an effective run game. In Week 7 he will have a good chance to reach the 15 point mark for a second time against a Redskins pass defense rated 29th overall by our power rankings. The Redskins are rated 30th overall in total defense by our rankings and the 49ers should be able to move the ball however they choose on Sunday. Our models project Garoppolo for 16 FanDuel points in Week 7.

Garoppolo's Week 7 projection includes 239.7 yards, 1.51 touchdowns, and .71 interceptions. He is priced at $7,500 and is the QB16 in our weekly rankings.

Eagles' Carson Wentz feels he's processing things quicker ahead of Week 7 clash with the Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz told Eagles' Color Commentator Mike Quick that "I feel like I'm just processing things a lot quicker and just being able to find completions when its there instead of always having to force the shot, and I just feel like I'm seeing things pretty clearly out there" when asked about his familiarity with the offense on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Wentz's 21.54 FanDuel points he scored in Week 6 were the most he's produced since a Week 1 meeting with the Washington Redskins. On Sunday night Wentz will face a Cowboys pass defense rated 30th overall by our power rankings in a crucial NFC East showdown. Our models project Wentz for 17.5 FanDuel points in Week 7 and he is the QB14 in our weekly rankings.

Wentz's Week 7 projection includes 254.4 yards, 1.74 touchdowns, and .72 interceptions. He is priced at $7,500 on the Sunday-Monday slate.

Giants' Daniel Jones focused on the team heading into Week 7 showdown with Kyler Murray and the Cardinals

Daniel Jones told reporters on Wednesday that "my focus is on trying to help the team win the game, I think that's the biggest part. It's about being prepared as a team, it's about making sure I'm doing my part in that preparation and I'm ready to play as well as I can" when asked about his mindset when facing Kyler Murray.

What It Means:

Jones reiterated that his focus was on the team and not on how he compares with Kyler Murray, the only quarterback taken above him in this year's NFL draft. Jones has cooled off after his hot start against the Buccaneers in Week 3, but he is set up for success this Sunday facing a Cardinals pass defense rated 28th overall by our power rankings. Our models project Jones for 19 FanDuel points against the Cardinals and he is the QB12 in our weekly rankings.

Jones' Week 7 projection includes 267 yards, 1.94 touchdowns, and 1.15 interceptions. He is priced at $7,200.

Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson (abdomen) will not play in Week 7's game against Dallas

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (abdomen) is ruled out for Sunday's night game against the Dallas Cowboys.

What It Means:

Jackson will miss his fifth straight game after suffering an abdomen injury in Week 2. Alshon Jeffery should play an important role against the Cowboys as Philly's lead receiver.

Our models project Jeffery to haul in 4.9 receptions for 59.8 yards on 8.6 targets.

Titans' Delanie Walker (ankle) questionable for Week 7's matchup against the Chargers

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) did not practice on Friday.

What It Means:

Walker is questionable for Week 7's game against the Chargers after sitting out Friday's practice. Jonnu Smith would be next in line at tight end if Walker is inactive.

If Walker can play in Week 7, our models project the Tennessee tight end to haul in 3.5 receptions for 36.0 yards on 5.3 targets.

Jalen Ramsey (back) set to make his Rams debut in Week 7

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey was removed from the team's injury report on Friday.

What It Means:

Ramsey's back injury cleared up on the cross-country flight and he is officially set to make his first appearance as a Ram against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Ramsey will have to contend with a Falcons' pass offense rated 2nd overall by our power rankings.

Our models project the Los Angeles Rams D/ST for 26 points allowed, 2.4 sacks, .76 interceptions, and 6 FanDuel points in Week 7. They are priced at $4,300.

Rams' Todd Gurley removed from the injury report ahead of Week 7

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was not on the team's injury report Friday.

What It Means:

Gurley is good to go for Week 7 following a one-game absence due to a quad injury. Gurley will return just in time for a prime matchup against an Atlanta Falcons defense rated 32nd overall by our power rankings. Malcolm Brown is doubtful for Sunday, leaving rookie Darrell Henderson to work alongside Gurley in the Rams' backfield against the Falcons.

Our models project Gurley for 71.9 rushing yards, .79 rushing touchdowns, 2.6 receptions, and 16.3 FanDuel points in Week 7. He is priced at $7,100.

Green Bay's Jimmy Graham (ankle) participates in Friday's practice

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) practiced on Friday.

What It Means:

Graham was seen at practice after missing Thursday's session with an ankle injury. The Packers' veteran will need to step up with several Green Bay pass catchers hobbled with injuries.

For Week 7's matchup against the Oakland Raiders, our models currently project Graham to haul in 3.9 receptions for 45.7 yards on 6.5 targets.

Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) limited on Friday for Patriots

New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett was limited in practice on Friday ahead of the team's Week 7 game against the New York Jets.

What It Means:

Dorsett has been limited all week in practice, but it seems as though he'll be ready to go by Sunday's game against the Jets. Dorsett missed last week's game with the hamstring injury, but he's ready to make a return to the field. That's big news for the Patriots offense, especially with Josh Gordon on track to miss the game.

Our models project Dorsett for 1.6 catches, 22.2 receiving yards, 0.2 touchdowns and 4.3 FanDuel points.

New England's Josh Gordon (knee) DNP on Friday

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (knee) did not practice on Friday.

What It Means:

Gordon is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Jets after sitting out this week's practice sessions with a knee injury. Phillip Dorsett should see more snaps if Flash is unable to play.

If Gordon is active in Week 7, our models currently project the Patriots' wide receiver to haul in 1.7 receptions for 27.4 yards on 3.1 targets.

Rams' Malcolm Brown (ankle) doubtful for Week 7's matchup against Atlanta

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 7's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

What It Means:

Brown is unlikely to play after missing practice time with an ankle injury. Expect Todd Gurley and Darrell Henderson to split work against Atlanta.

Our models currently project Gurley and Henderson for 16.3 and 5.3 FanDuel points respectively.

Deebo Samuel (groin) out for San Francisco in Week 7

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel will not play on Sunday in the team's Week 7 matchup against the Washington Redskins.

What It Means:

Samuel is dealing with a groin injury, being considered day-to-day as of earlier this week. However, he's been ruled out for Sunday's game a full two days ahead of kickoff, which doesn't bode well for his prospects going forward in the near future.

In five games this season, Samuel has 15 catches on 22 targets for 168 yards and a touchdown.

Source: Cam Inman

Saints' Jared Cook (ankle) will not play in Week 7's matchup against the Bears

New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (ankle) is ruled out for Week 7's game against the Chicago Bears.

What It Means:

Cook will be inactive for Sunday's matchup against Chicago after missing time with an ankle injury. Josh Hill should see more snaps at tight end in Week 7.

Our models currently project Hill to haul in 3.1 receptions for 29.1 yards on 4.7 targets.

Source: Amie Just

New Orleans' Alvin Kamara (ankle) ruled out for Week 7's game against Chicago

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (ankle) will not play in Week 7's matchup against the Chicago Bears.

What It Means:

Kamara will miss Week 7's game against the Bears after suffering a high ankle injury. Expect Latavius Murray to start and handle most of the touches on Sunday.

Our models currently project Murray for 13.2 FanDuel points at the cost of $5,300.

Source: Amie Just

Rams' Todd Gurley (thigh) expected to play in Week 7

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley is expected to suit up on Sunday in the team's Week 7 game against the Atlanta Falcons, according to head coach Sean McVay.

What It Means:

Even though Gurley will likely be tagged as questionable for Sunday's matchup, McVay believes his star running back will be good to go against Atlanta. It's a great sign for Gurley that he'll only miss one week with the thigh contusion, and perhaps Los Angeles' offense will be able to get back on track.

Our models project Gurley for 71.9 rushing yards, 22.7 receiving yards, 0.9 total touchdowns and 16.3 FanDuel points.

Arizona's David Johnson (ankle) game-time decision for Week 7's matchup against the Giants

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (ankle) is a game-time decision for Week 7's matchup against the New York Giants.

What It Means:

DJ was able to participate in Thursday's practice despite dealing with an ankle injury. If Johnson is active on Sunday, Arizona's versatile back will face a Giants' run defense rated 12th overall by numberFire's power rankings.

Our models currently project Johnson to produce 110.5 scrimmage yards in Week 7.

Redskins' Vernon Davis (concussion) out in Week 7

Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis will not play on Sunday in the team's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

Davis is still not over the concussion that sidelined him a few weeks ago, and despite getting in limited practice all this week, he won't be able to suit up. There's optimism he could return by the team's next game, but for now, it's Jeremy Sprinkle's time to shine in the offense.

In three-plus games this season, Davis has 10 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Thompson (toe) out for Washington in Week 7

Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson will not play on Sunday in the team's Week 7 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

What It Means:

Thompson is dealing with a toe injury, and it'll keep him sidelined against the 49ers' stout defense. That means that Adrian Peterson and Wendell Smallwood will be tasked with carrying the load on offense in what could be a blowout at the hands of San Francisco.

In six games this season, Thompson has 23 carries for 79 yards and 27 catches for 276 yards.

Source: JP Finlay

Devin Singletary (hamstring) not on Bills' Week 7 injury report

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary was not listed on the injury report for the team's Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins.

What It Means:

Singletary has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring ailment, but it seems as though the injury is fully cleared up and he's ready to make his return. That's great news for the Bills offense, as the ground game has been led by the always-aging Frank Gore.

Our models project Singletary for 44.8 rushing yards, 14.4 receiving yards, 0.5 total touchdowns and 9.7 FanDuel points.

Bears' Taylor Gabriel (concussion) expected to play in Week 7

Chicago Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel is reportedly expected to suit up on Sunday in the team's Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints.

What It Means:

Gabriel has been out with a concussion for the better part of a month, but it seems as though he's ready to make a return to the field. He's cleared the league's protocol and was able to practice this week, and all signs are pointing to him getting back to live-game action.

Our models project Gabriel for 1.3 catches, 15.6 receiving yards, 0.1 touchdowns and 3.2 FanDuel points.

Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) questionable for Bears in Week 7

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is considered questionable to play on Sunday in the team's Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints.

What It Means:

Trubisky has missed the last two and a half games with a shoulder injury, but he was able to practice in full the entire week. That leaves his questionable tag a bit confusing, but perhaps the Bears are just being overly cautious. Assuming Trubisky is good to go, Chase Daniel would return to a backup role.

Should he play, our models project Trubisky for 235.4 passing yards, 1.3 touchdowns, 0.8 interceptions and 16.1 FanDuel points.

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