Fantasy football owners need some good news on the running back injury front, as plenty of studs are out (Latavius Murray, Saquon Barkley, etc.) and several more (Antonio Gibson, Sony Michel, D’Andre Swift) are “questionable.” Add in Damien Williams’ confusing COVID situation, and you have some game-time decisions that will cause Week 7 fantasy start ’em, sit ’em headaches. We’re here to help with the latest updates and official active/inactive reports.
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Is Damien Williams playing in Week 7?
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Williams is expected to play against Tampa.
Williams (COVID) was activated from the COVID/reserve list on Saturday and should be active on Sunday against the Bucs. Because he’s missed practice most of the past two weeks, it’s possible the Bears leave Williams on the sidelines, but we’re expecting him to suit up and at least split RB duties with Khalil Herbert.
It’s tough to know how the Bears will use their RBs against the league’s top run defense. Williams should serve as the Bears’ primary passing-down back, and considering the Buccaneers are heavy favorites, he could see a lot of work in the second half. We still like him as a flex back, especially in PPR leagues, but if possible, this is a situation to avoid.
Is Antonio Gibson playing in Week 7?
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Gibson is expected to play against Green Bay.
Despite limping in and out of last week’s game, Gibson (shin) was on the same practice pattern as usual this week, missing Wednesday but getting in limited sessions on Thursday and Friday. It would be a surprise if he’s inactive against the Packers.
Gibson is a bit riskier than usual, as it seems like his shin ailment is getting worse. Factor in that Green Bay is expected to win big, thus creating more passing-down chances for J.D. McKissic, and Gibson is an unreliable play. However, with all the byes and other injuries this week, you can’t sit Gibson if he’s active. McKissic is a high-end flex in PPR leagues and could even be used in standard leagues if Gibson is active. If Gibson is a surprise scratch, McKissic would bump up to a high-end RB2 in PPR and lower-end RB2 in standard. Jaret Patterson would also see some carries, but he’d be tough to trust in either format.
Is D’Andre Swift playing in Week 7?
Swift (groin) is once again “questionable” despite practicing in a limited fashion all week. He’s in no real danger of missing Sunday’s late-afternoon game against the Rams.
It often takes until garbage time for Swift to really get going, but the good news is the Lions should see ample opportunities again while trailing in the second half. Consider Swift a high-end RB2. If he has a setback and is a surprise scratch, Jamaal Williams would be an RB2 in all formats.
Is Sony Michel playing in Week 7?
Michel (shoulder) is officially “questionable” for Sunday’s late-afternoon game against Detroit, but coach Sean McVay has already said Michel is expected to play.
Given the matchup and all the key RBs out, you can try Michel as a flex in standard leagues, but Darrell Henderson is clearly the leader in this backfield.