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.
Robby Anderson - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 18
Huddle Up: Anderson saw a season-high 12 targets last week in the Jets' loss to the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, he 'only' turned those 12 targets into four catches for 76 yards. If Anderson can't play or is limited at all then Jermaine Kearse and Jeremy Kerley demand flex attention.
Chris Hogan - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Hogan is coming off his worst outing of the season and dealing with a rib injury on top of it. There's still plenty of time between now and Sunday night, though, and he and the Patriots are due for a high-scoring affair with the Atlanta Falcons. Assuming Hogan's health isn't an issue, he'll be in low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 territory.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Baltimore Ravens
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) was able to return to practice Wednesday, Oct. 18, on a limited basis.
Huddle Up: Maclin missed last week's game with a bum wing. He is trendy in the right direction toward playing in Week 7, but circle back around Friday for his official status on the injury report before making a decision on starting him as a WR4 or flex play.
Willie Snead - WR - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Snead didn't play much in his return from a suspension and injury last week. It could take a little more time for him to get back to 100 percent, but he should not be dropped by any means. He can be started as a flex if there are not better plays on your roster, but lower your expectations.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Huddle Up: Mariota did not suffer any setbacks on Monday against the Colts, although he was not his normal self by staying mostly in the pocket and rarely moving or scrambling. He should have a nice week against a Cleveland Browns pass defense ranking 17th in the NFL with 226.3 yards per game while allowing a league-high 14 touchdown passes.