Shane Vereen - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had 11 carries for 43 yards and five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 7 game Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: In the Pats' first game since losing leading rusher Stevan Ridley, Vereen had 16 of the Patriots' 20 RB touches, including 11 of the 14 rushing attempts and finished with a season-high 114 total yards and the 2 scores. Jonas Gray, just called up from the practice squad, had 3 rushes for 12 yards, while Brandon Bolden had 1 catch for 4 yards but did not have a rushing attempt. James White was a healthy scratch. Of course, it's the Patriots' run game, so it could be a whole different story come Week 8.
Percy Harvin - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (thigh) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16, but he did not mention an injury when he spoke with reporters in the locker room.
Huddle Up: Red flags are flying in the Pacific Northwest with Harvin missing his second straight practice. See if he's able to get on the field in the always important Friday workout.
Shonn Greene - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 7, according to a source.
Huddle Up: As expected, Greene will miss a second straight game and clearing rookie Bishop Sankey for another full workload as the Tennessee starter.
Jonas Gray - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray was activated from the practice squad Thursday, Oct. 16 is active tonight. James White has been declared inactive.
Huddle Up: It's our first big clue as to how the Patriots plan to replace leading rusher Steven Ridley as Gray, and not White, will join Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden in the backfield. Gray, a 5-foot-9, 223-pound third-year back from Notre Dame, is a true mystery man having not played in a game or logged an NFL carry, but he should be available in your league if you're hurting at RB and want to take a speculative flyer.
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery could be a sneaky start this week if WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is unable to play. Even with Benjamin in the lineup last week, Cotchery saw 10 targets in a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: The veteran Cotchery has had at least 4 receptions in four of the five games he's played in this season, and should step into the Panthers' No. 1 WR role if Benjamin is indeed out.
DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: Hopkins should be just fine for Monday night's game in Pittsburgh, and his fantasy owners will certainly be looking for a bounce-back game following his dud of a performance (1 catch for 12 yards on 2 targets) in Week 6.
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: The rookie will be good to go Sunday as he looks for a second straight strong fantasy outing after throwing for a season-high 282 yards and 4 scores last Sunday against the Chargers.
Pierre Thomas - RB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas (illness) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: Just sounds like a temporary blip so no real concerns for now.
Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (hand) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: The feeling is that Locker will return and play Sunday in a favorable matchup against Washington, but see what transpires in practice Friday.
Jimmy Graham - TE - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16. Head coach Sean Payton said he's optimistic about Graham playing this week.
Huddle Up: Graham definitely made some progress Thursday and see if it continues Friday. This situation, though, definitely has the feel of a Sunday-morning game-time decision.
Donald Brown - RB - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) missed practice again Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: There's still hope, but it's starting to look very much as if Brown's concussion is going to cost him another game, leaving the RB chores in the hands of Darren Oilver and Ronnie Brown.
Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he knows has been off to a slow start this season and will try to improve his play. 'I've gotten off to a really slow start,' White said. 'Not one of my favorable years that I'm having. But I've got to turn my game around for our team to start playing better. I'm a leader on this team, and I haven't been going out there and playing like Roddy White football. I've got to get back to just being myself - go out there and just cut it loose - and whatever happens, happens.' White has dropped three passes on 39 targets this season, which is tied for fourth most among receivers.
Huddle Up: Over the Falcons' last 4 games, White has hardly been startable, totalling only 9 receptions for 139 yards and a TD on 24 targets. Sunday would be a good time to start his turnaround facing a Ravens' D that has surrendered the seventh most fantasy points to opposing WRs.
Jace Amaro - TE - New York Jets
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro played 36 snaps in the team's Week 6 loss to the Denver Broncos after being stuck between 20 and 25 snaps in every game this year before that. He also doubled his season high in catches and scored a touchdown against the Broncos. Amaro could be emerging into QB Geno Smith's No. 2 target behind WR Eric Decker in the passing game.
Huddle Up: Amaro, who ranks fourth among all TEs with 15 targets over the last two weeks, is developing into a sneaky-good fantasy TE starter as one of the few pass-catching weapons Smith and the Jets can count on.
Eric Ebron - TE - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) was downgraded Thursday, Oct. 16 and didn't participate in practice.
Huddle Up: The rookie, who got in limited work Wednesday, is headed in the wrong direction 3 days before kickoff. If he can't show some progress Friday, start lining up another TE option for Week 7.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CB - New York Giants
New York Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle, hamstring) will need to make some progress if he wants to play in Week 7, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
Huddle Up: DRC still has a chance to take some strides Friday, but it's looking like a case of bad timing with the G-Men preparing to face the Dez Bryant-Terrance Williams duo, which has combined for 54 catches and 9 TDs already this season.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch had 10 carries in Week 6, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he needs to do a better job of getting Lynch the ball. "I'm not a fantasy owner," Bevell said. " I don't care about anyone's (fantasy) points. But I do care about us winning the game. And Marshawn is a huge key for us winning the game. And I have to do a better job of giving him the ball."
Huddle Up: Good sign for Lynch owners as the last time the RB had this little usage (10 touches in Week 2), he hit season highs with 29 touches, 128 total yards and 2 TDs the ensuing week. Expect a big outing Sunday in St. Louis.
A.J. Green - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: Sorry, Green owners, no change in fortune here as the WR still is expected to sit out a second straight game. Meanwhile, Mohamed Sanu maintains his value as a low-end WR2/flex option.
Jonathan Stewart - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) said he will start in the team's Week 7 game.
Huddle Up: Stewart hasn't played since Week 3 but has a decent matchup against a suspect Packer run defense and could be plugged in if you're desperate at RB.
Justin Forsett - RB - Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett has thrust himself into the lead running back role for the team. He is fourth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards and leads the league with 6.4 yards per carry. The team, however, still wants to use RB Bernard Pierce as an important part of their running game.
Huddle Up: Forsett is definitely the Ravens' back you want to own, with Pierce a distant second. Forsett (14) and Pierce (15) combined for 29 carries and a TD in last week's blowout of the Bucs, while rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro ran only twice.
Tony Romo - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo had his ankle taped but is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: There was some talk that Romo might miss more than his usual Wed. practice this week, but he was out there Thursday and will definitely be good to go in Sunday's matchup against the Giants.
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