Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) has yet to be scheduled for surgery, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. Rodgers remains on the active roster pending the surgery as the team is waiting for the results of the procedure to establish a timeline for his recovery.
Huddle Up: Thus far the only official announcement is that Rodgers 'could potentially' miss the rest of the season, though it seems many are anticipating he won't return in 2017. It's going to be an extended absence no matter what, so if you need the roster space go ahead and cut him. If not, you might as well wait for a more definitive time frame.
Christian McCaffrey - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey leads all running backs with 50 targets, eight more ahead of New England Patriots RB James White, who is second on the list with 42.
Huddle Up: McCaffrey has been a fixture in Carolina's passing game, making him a worthy start in just about all formats, but unfortunately, he hasn't contributed much on the ground. He's accumulated only 104 rushing yards on 38 carries, which amounts to a pretty bad 2.7 yards per carry. With Jonathan Stewart struggling as of late, though, McCaffrey might see some extra rushes in the weeks ahead to go with his usual number of targets through the air.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (leg) is expected to return to practice Thursday, Oct. 19, according to head coach Vance Joseph, who added that Thomas 'needed one more day to get it right.'
Huddle Up: Thomas should be out there on Sunday, and he'll bring along his usual WR1 potential, especially considering Denver's current state of affairs within the receiving corps. Emmanuel Sanders will be out, meaning Thomas has a legitimate chance to build off Sunday night's performance when he recorded season highs in catches (10) and receiving yards (133).
Leonard Fournette - RB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette joined retired RB Robert Edwards as the only two rookies in NFL history to score a touchdown in each of their team's first six games to begin a season.
Huddle Up: It's just another notch on the belt of what has been an outstanding first campaign for the first-round pick out of LSU. Fournette has averaged a tick less than 100 rushing yards per game thus far, totaling seven touchdowns in the process. Any owner who took him in the first or second round of drafts has to be thrilled with the early returns.
Deshaun Watson - QB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is tied with retired QBs Kurt Warner and Mark Rypien for most touchdown passes (15) in a player's first six games of their career.
Huddle Up: What makes that even more remarkable is that Watson didn't even begin the season as the starter. He quickly dethroned Tom Savage for the job, however, and hasn't looked back since. The former Clemson standout has been especially terrific as of late, tossing 12 touchdowns in his last three games alone, compared to just two interceptions. He's also been a force on the ground, tallying more than 20 rushing yards in each of his last five contests. Watson has established himself as a legit QB1 for the time being as a result.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 18, following a 14-month absence, and received rave reviews, with TE Kyle Rudolph even comparing him to retired QB Joe Montana. However, head coach Mike Zimmer said that Bridgewater 'probably' won't play this week.
Huddle Up: It's awesome to see Bridgewater back on the field after sustaining a career-threatening injury last summer. It's even better that he apparently picked up where he left off after having what was reportedly a very good practice. While this is a great start for the 24-year-old, owners shouldn't start considering him as a serious fantasy option for at least several more weeks.
Andrew Luck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) potentially missing the rest of the season wouldn't be a surprise, according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, 'based on what we heard (Wednesday, Oct. 18).'
Huddle Up: Those who drafted the former No. 1 overall pick as their fantasy quarterback this season had to expect a lengthy absence, but certainly not one that would sideline Luck for the entire year. It's a tough break, but that's the baggage that can come with drafting someone that is already severely injured. Jacoby Brissett has looked mostly serviceable in his absence, though he's more of an option for deeper leagues.
Sterling Shepard - WR - New York Giants
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) said he expects to be able to play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 after being able to run some routes and makes some cuts during practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Shepard will be the No. 1 receiver when he returns to the lineup and should receive a solid amount of targets. He will be facing a tough Seattle Seahawks secondary but can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in most leagues.
C.J. Prosise - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Prosise has a very good chance to play this week and may be used as a third-down back. He will have to share playing time with multiple running backs against the New York Giants and probably should be avoided in most leagues since he would see limited touches.
George Kittle - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (back, elbow) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Kittle has started to make a name for himself over the last couple of weeks, tallying 11 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in those games combined. He can serve as fellow rookie C.J. Beathard's safety blanket going forward and is nearing fringe TE1 territory.
Pierre Garcon - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: It was likely a day off for the 49ers' veteran wide receiver. The quarterback change from Brian Hoyer to C.J. Beathard is somewhat worrisome for Garcon since Hoyer targeted him so frequently, but Garcon remains far and away San Francisco's best passing threat. Don't take him out of the WR2 conversation.
Trevor Siemian - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Siemian threw for more than 300 yards for the first time in Week 6 and should be fine against the Los Angeles Chargers. He has thrown eight touchdowns and six interceptions so far this season and should not be a starting option for owners this week.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Charles should return to practice later this week and will have his usual role against the Los Angeles Chargers. He has only received 10 carries over the last two games and probably can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oc.t 18.
Huddle Up: You're not going to bench Gordon if he's active, but the matchup is worrisome versus the Denver Broncos, even after they just yielded over 100 yards to Orleans Darkwa. Even so, start Gordon as long as he's playing. He is averaging 156.5 total yards, 7.5 catches and two touchdowns over his last two contests.
Jordan Matthews - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) appears to have a chance to play in Week 7, according to head coach Sean McDermott.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check later in the week to see if Matthews has any chance to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will need to show that he can catch passes with his injured thumb. Owners may want to wait a week before considering Matthews as a starting option.
Matt Bryant - PK - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (back) was not able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Bryant missed practice last week, too, but still managed to take the field. Keep tabs on his progress throughout the week, but odds are he'll be starting barring any setbacks.
Mohamed Sanu - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) was able to put in a limited practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Sanu is on the mend and on his way to suiting up in Week 7 after being sidelined last week. The Falcons need their No. 2 wide receiver in what is shaping up to be a barn burner with the New England Patriots. Sanu's status needs to be monitored in the coming days, but if he's healthy enough to play then he warrants at least flex consideration.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (quadriceps) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Ellington has been a big part of the team's passing game this season and has 28 receptions and 257 receiving yards in six games. He should be able to play in Week 7 and should be considered a flex option in point-per-reception leagues.
Matt Forte - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Matt Forte (knee, toe) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Forte rewarded owners who took a chance on him last week in their PPR matchups, catching 8 passes for 59 yards and gaining 22 yards on the ground. Forte's rushing effort left something to be desired, but he'll be a PPR flex candidate again if Bilal Powell misses another week.
Bilal Powell - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) was sidelined at practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: If Powell keeps missing practice this week then he'll likely be headed for a doubtful designation. In such a case, Matt Forte garners flex appeal in PPR leagues. Elijah McGuire can't be trusted after the dud he put up last week when Powell was out.