Player Notes

  • 49ers' Trey Sermon: Zero snaps in Week 7 loss
    Trey Sermon was held without a carry in Week 7 against the Colts.

    Advice: Sermon didn't see the field in JaMycal Hasty's return. With Elijah Mitchell coming off an 100-yard game and Jeff Wilson close to being activated from PUP, Sermon is just a deep league stash as the early-down hedge to the 49ers' backfield. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
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  • JaMycal Hasty plays third-down role in return
    JaMycal Hasty caught 3-of-6 targets for 15 yards in Week 7 against the Colts. 

    Advice: Hasty was making his first appearance since going on IR in Week 2. He was used as a pass game complement to Elijah Mitchell, who led the backfield with 18 carries. Hasty played on all third downs, leading to a 34% snap share. There's some value to Hasty's role when the 49ers are in negative game script, but his snaps are likely going to take a hit when Jeff Wilson (knee, PUP) returns. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
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  • Elijah Mitchell rebounds with 107 yards, TD
    Elijah Mitchell rushed 18 times for 107 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Colts.

    Advice: Mitchell rushed for 57 of his yards and a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. The 49ers featured him early, with nine first-half carries. Mitchell dominated the backfield, getting 66% of snaps, and only leaving the field on third downs for JaMycal Hasty. This was a needed rebound from Mitchell after he was held under 50 yards the previous two games. Jeff Wilson (knee) is nearing a return from the PUP list, but Mitchell looks set to hold down the 49ers' lead back role for at least the next couple weeks. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
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  • Nyheim Hines gets eight carries in win
    Nyheim Hines rushed eight times for 14 yards in Week 7 against the 49ers.

    Advice: His only catch went for negative yards. Hines was targeted just three times in the pass game. The carries were the most since Week 1 for Hines. With Jonathan Taylor losing a fumble, the Colts used Hines to close out the game. Hines hasn't totaled over 50 yards in four straight weeks. He's off the fantasy radar for a Week 8 matchup against the Titans. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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  • Taylor over 100 yards, scores in fourth straight
    Jonathan Taylor had 18 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Week 7 win over the 49ers.

    Advice: It's the second straight 100-yard game for Taylor, who has went over the century mark three of the last four weeks. Taylor fumbled on his first carry of the game, but the Colts stuck with him, giving him a 70% snap share. His touchdown came inside the five-yard line, something Taylor's struggled with despite leading the league in carries from there. Taylor has six touchdowns over the last month after going scoreless in the first three weeks. The Colts should stay run heavy behind Taylor with a matchup against Derrick Henry and the Titans in Week 8. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
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  • J.D. McKissic sees six targets in Week 7 loss
    J.D. McKissic rushed four times for 22 yards, hauling in 4-of-6 targets for 34 yards in Washington's Week 7 loss to Green Bay.

    Advice: Antonio Gibson out-carried McKissic 14-4 but it was the latter who accrued six targets to Gibson's two, registering a double-digit target share for the fourth consecutive game (15.2% < 10.0% < 25.6% < 16.7%). With few reliable options to throw to around Terry McLaurin, McKissic has benefitted immensely with at least four targets in each of his last four starts. He'll remain a RB2 for PPR leagues in Week 8 against the Broncos. Yesterday, 7:13 pm
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  • Antonio Gibson out-touches J.D. McKissic 16-8
    Antonio Gibson rushed 14 times for 51 yards, catching both of his targets for five yards in Washington's Week 7 loss to Green Bay.

    Advice: Gibson out-touched J.D. McKissic 16-8, out-carrying the latter by a significant 14-4 margin. Even so, McKissic earned six targets to Gibson's two, registering a double-digit target share for the fourth consecutive game. Gibson was also encouragingly a shoestring tackle away from scoring a rushing touchdown at one point in the second half as he continues to fight through a fractured shin. He'll continue to rank as a low-end RB1 in Week 9 against Denver as his role in the receiving game remains stagnant. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
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  • Ke'Shawn Vaughn has five carries in garbage time
    Ke'Shawn Vaughn had five rushes for 27 yards in the Bucs' Week 7 win against the Bears. 

    Advice: Vaughn ripped off a nice 15-yard run in garbage time, after the Bucs had yanked Leonard Fournette (17 touches) and Ronald Jones (10 touches). Vaughn, a permanent resident of Bruce Arians' doghouse, probably wouldn't see much playing time even if the Bucs were without Fournette and Jones. He can be left on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 6:45 pm
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  • Miles Sanders undergoing X-rays on injured ankle
    Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said Miles Sanders will undergo X-rays on his ankle.

    Advice: Sirianni added that the team does not believe Sanders broke any bones but did not have a timeline for his return. Sanders rushed six times for 30 yards before exiting in Week 7 versus the Raiders. If he's sidelined for an extended period of time, Kenneth Gainwell will become a weekly FLEX option with RB2 upside. Gainwell saw eight targets against Las Vegas and scored while Sanders was still in the game. He was out-carried by Boston Scott 7-5 but those were Scott's first carries of the season. For now, we can assume Gainwell will still get the first crack at taking over for Sanders. Scott can be added in deeper leagues as well. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
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  • Damien Williams sees just four touches in return
    Damien Williams had three rushes for five yards in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Bucs, adding one catch for three yards.

    Advice: Coming back from a one-game absence on the COVID-19 list, Williams served as Khalil Herbert's backup agains the Bucs. Herbert solidified his status as the team's RB1 by rushing for 100 yards against a dominant Tampa front seven. Williams could struggle to see any playing time when David Montgomery returns from a knee injury. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
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  • Bernard catches two of three targets vs. Bears
    Giovani Bernard caught 2-of-3 targets for five yards in the Bucs' Week 7 win against the Bears. 

    Advice: Playing mostly in the team's two minute offense, Bernard barely saw the field in the Bucs' lopsided victory. He has three or fewer targets in every game but one this season -- the Bucs' Week 3 blowout loss to the Rams. Bernard isn't fantasy relevant unless Tampa sees a bunch of negative game script. Good luck predicting when that might happen. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
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  • Jacobs (chest) reportedly avoids serious injury
    NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Josh Jacobs (chest) likely avoided a major injury in the Raiders' Week 7 win over the Eagles.

    Advice: Jacobs was off to a hot start with six carries for 29 yards and a touchdown plus three catches for an additional 38 yards before getting hurt. He suffered the injury on his scoring run just before halftime and immediately went to the locker room. The Raiders get their bye next week so Jacobs should be able to rest up and return for their Week 9 tilt with the Giants. If he is unable to play in that game, Peyton Barber, who was a healthy scratch for Week 7, and Kenyan Drake will operate a backfield-by-committee until Jacobs returns. Barber earned 36 carries in two games with Jacobs sidelined earlier this year. Yesterday, 6:32 pm
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  • Jones has 63 yards in garbage time vs. Bears
    Ronald Jones had 10 rushes for 63 yards in the Bucs' Week 7 win against the Bears. 

    Advice: Jones got a lot of run in the second half while the Bucs bled the clock with a hefty lead. In typical RoJo fashion, he fumbled and was stuffed not once, but twice at the goal line. Miles behind Leonard Fournette on the Tampa backfield depth chart, Jones will only have fantasy value if Fournette misses time -- or if the Bucs trade him before the league's November 2 deadline. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
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  • Kenyan Drake earns 14 carries with Jacobs hurt
    Kenyan Drake rushed 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 7 win over the Eagles, adding three catches for 10 yards.

    Advice: Josh Jacobs exited this game with a chest injury just before halftime and was ruled out shortly rather quickly. In his absence, Drake soaked up most of the Raiders' rush attempts. Jalen Richard ended the day with four carries. Peyton Barber was a healthy scratch for this game but was heavily involved the last time Jacobs was sidelined. The Raiders get a bye next week and then face the Giants so Jacobs will have an extra week to get right. If he isn't able to go in Week 9, Barber should be made active and will take on Jacobs' role with Drake playing primarily on passing downs. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
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  • Gainwell gets nine touches with Sanders early exit
    Kenneth Gainwell rushed five times for 20 yards in the Eagles' Week 7 loss to the Raiders.

    Advice: Miles Sanders left this game with an ankle injury and was unable to return. In his absence, the Eagles gave Boston Scott seven carries and Gainwell five. The good news is that Gainwell out-targeted Scott 8-2. If Sanders is sidelined beyond this game, Gainwell will likely get the first crack at seeing the bulk of his vacated role. Scott hadn't seen a carry all season until this game. Gainwell was cut in many fantasy leagues after a stretch of quiet games but is now one of the top waiver wire adds of the week. Yesterday, 5:44 pm
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  • Herbert hits 100 yard mark vs. stout TB defense
    Khalil Herbert had 18 rushes for 100 yards in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Bucs, adding five catches for 33 yards. 

    Advice: Herbert did the impossible and had a solid rushing day against the NFL's toughest run defense. Tampa hadn't given up more than 67 yards to a running back this season before Herbert's Week 7 performance. The rookie saw passing-down work too, even with Damien Williams back from the COVID-19 list. Herbert is clearly the Bears' RB1 for as long as David Montgomery (knee) is sidelined, and should have a weekly role when Montgomery returns to action. Herbert, who has drawn praise from coaches and teammates alike, is the only startable Bears player in Week 8 against the 49ers. Yesterday, 5:05 pm
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  • Jamaal Williams rushes 12 times for 57 yards
    Jamaal Williams rushed 12 times for 57 yards in the Lions' Week 7 loss to the Rams. 

    Advice: For the second time in four weeks, Williams was not targeted in the passing game. He now has three catches for six yards over the past month. We assumed Williams would not get a chance to get established on the ground this afternoon, but the Lions ended up keeping the proceedings tight for four quarters. Today was the fourth time in five games Williams notched 12-plus carries, though he has not found the end zone since Week 3. The Eagles are a plus matchup for Week 8, but Williams has demonstrated so little ceiling that he is not an overly appealing RB3/FLEX even with two more teams on bye next Sunday. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
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  • Dillon handles four touches behind Aaron Jones' 11
    A.J. Dillon rushed three times for six yards, catching one of his two targets for two yards in Green Bay's Week 7 win over Washington.

    Advice: It was Dillon's fewest rushes and touches in a single game this year as the Packers concertedly game-planned 35 passes to 12 running back carries to avoid running into the heart of Washington's formidable front-seven. Aaron Jones ultimately out-touched Dillon 11-4 for it, accruing five of Green Bay's seven backfield targets. There are better days ahead for Dillon as a bye-week bandaid considering he had handled double-digit touches in his three games prior to this one. Yesterday, 4:53 pm
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  • Sony Michel touches ball two times vs. Lions
    Sony Michel rushed twice for four yards in the Rams' Week 7 win over the Lions. 

    Advice: The thesis behind "Sony Michel, Week 7 FLEX play" was the Rams getting up double digits early and salting the game away with the run. Instead, the Lions spent a stunning amount of the afternoon playing with a lead, and Michel face planted on his two looks, including a third quarter 3rd-and-1 where he got stood up. It is possible Michel was still bothered by his shoulder. It was a brutal day for anyone who took the RB3 plunge with six teams on bye, but Michel will have the same potential script for Week 8 when the Rams venture to Houston. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
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  • Darrell Henderson held to 64 total yards vs. Lions
    Darrell Henderson rushed 15 times for 45 yards in the Rams' Week 7 win over the Lions, adding three receptions for 19 additional yards. 

    Advice: In one of the shocks of Week 7, Henderson had his worst statistical game of the season as the Lions spent a surprising amount of the afternoon playing with the lead, preventing closeout-mode game script from ever developing. Henderson wasn't allowed loose for any big plays, but the Rams compensated by finding Cooper Kupp over and over again. It was a disappointing failure for fantasy managers justifiably anticipating a top-five day, but Henderson has yet another dream spot for Week 8 in the Texans. We doubt he will go 0-for-2 on these golden matchups. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
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