Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, or Alvin Kamara: Which top-tier RB should go No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts?
Christian McCaffrey or Derrick Henry -- who should be the No. 1 pick in 2021 standard fantasy football drafts? We weigh in on the debate between the two top-tier running backs. Plus, find out if Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook should be in consideration for top RB in PPR drafts.Below, we'll compare the two (plus Kamara and Cook) and explain what might set them apart from the pack. It's splitting hairs here, but when you're on the clock with the No. 1 pick, you'll have to make the crucial decision.
Damien Williams, Alex Collins, Dallas Goedert, and Rob Gronkowski are all players to keep an eye on heading into Week 7. Their availabilities are in question, and considering they all play in late-afternoon or prime-time games, they'll cause even more start 'em, sit 'em headaches than most banged-up players. We have the latest COVID/injury updates so you can go into the weekend with a better idea of how to handle your fantasy lineup decisions.
For the latest on ailing players from the early games, including Latavius Murray, Saquon Barkley, Antonio Gibson, and more, click here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, T.Y. Hilton affecting Week 7 start 'em, sit 'em calls
Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, and T.Y. Hilton are all hurting heading into Week 7 and will need to be monitored ahead of fantasy start 'em sit 'em calls. We have the latest injury updatesFor the latest on ailing players from the early games, including Latavius Murray, Saquon Barkley, Antonio Gibson, and more, click here. For updates on late-game players Rob Gronkowski, Damien Williams, Dallas Goedert, Alex Collins, go here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
WEEK 7 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start 'em, sit 'em
Damien Williams injury update
Williams remains on the reserve/COVID list after missing Week 6, so we'll have to keep a watchful eye out on his status. As usual, he'll have to turn in two negative tests 24-hours apart, and we can't speculate on whether he'll do that.
If he does play, he's one of our top Week 7 fantasy sleepers, so his absence just takes away another option in a tough week for byes and injuries. If he's out, Khalil Herbert should dominate RB touches again and will be a decent play if he can build on his receiving work. Tampa Bay is the No. 1 rushing defense in the league, but RBs have shredded the Bucs through the air.
If active, Williams is our RB17 in standard leagues and RB16 in PPR. His success depends on his receiving work, but he's proven to be a weapon in that area throughout his career.
Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Damien Williams, Antonio Gibson, Sony Michel, more RBs impacting Week 7 start 'em, sit 'em decisions
Several important RBs, including Damien Williams, Antonio Gibson, Sony Michel, and D'Andre Swift, have questions heading into Week 7's Sunday action. We have the latest injury updates ahead of your fantasy start 'em, sit 'em lineup decisions.For news on injured WRs Sterling Shepard, Julio Jones, Allen Robinson, Tyreek Hill, and DeVante Parker, click here; for more on banged-up TEs Darren Waller, T.J. Hockenson, and Evan Engram, click here; for news on Alex Collins, go here; for the Week 7 weather forecast, go here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
WEEK 7 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 8 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks
As we pass the halfway point of the fantasy football regular season, start 'em, sit 'em decisions become even more crucial. SN's Vinnie Iyer breaks down all the key borderline players and dishes out Week 8 fantasy lineup advice.Just two teams (Raiders, Ravens) are on bye this week, and they feature only a handful of "must-starts" between them. Still, with the likes of Marquise Brown, Lamar Jackson, Darren Waller, Mark Andrews, and Josh Jacobs unavailable -- plus of host of injured players -- plenty of fantasy owners will have to dig deep for waiver wire streamers and reserve sleepers.
Alex Collins injury update
Pete Carroll said Collins (hip/glute) has a chance to play against New Orleans on Monday night, but the team did not practice Wednesday since they play on Monday night. We'll have to monitor the practice reports later in the week, but it's a tricky spot to be in since we may not know his status until right before the game. If you're thin at RB this week, the best option would be grabbing Rashaad Penny (who might be the lead back anyway) as insurance
If Collins is full-go, we rank him as the RB22 in standard leagues and PPR leagues. He does carry a lot of risks, though as Penny and either Travis Homer or DeeJay Dallas could eat into his workload. Given the matchup, this is a situation to avoid if possible.
WEEK 7 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
2021 Fantasy Football Keeper/Dynasty League Tips, Draft Strategy Advice
Check out our draft strategy advice and roster management tips for dynasty and keeper leagues so you can dominate your league in 2021 and beyond.Keeper/dynasty leagues encourage you to value youth and always be mindful of the way a player's career is trending. In a dynasty start-up draft, rookies will be taken much higher than in a typical yearly league (for obvious reasons). The beautiful thing about dynasty leagues is that it operates much like the real NFL -- some teams are in win-now mode; others are building for the future. Still others are stuck right in the middle of a lukewarm hell.
Dallas Goedert injury update
As of two days ago, Goedert remained out of practice on the reserve/COVID list. His situation is similar to Damien Williams', so we'll just have to keep watching the practice reports moving forward.
In his first game without Zach Ertz, Goedert ranks as our TE8 in standard leagues and TE7 in PPR leagues. Las Vegas gives up the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs, so his ceiling could be the overall No. 1 tight end. We'll have to see how much work he gets with Ertz out of the picture. If he's out, check out our Week 7 waiver pickups for the top streamers at the position. The Eagles would turn to rookie Jack Stoll, who would have some value in DFS contests if he's starting.
WEEK 7 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo
Rob Gronkowski injury update
This seems like the week Gronk (ribs) should return, but he missed practice Wednesday. However, he's one of those players that could easily play without practicing all week, so we shouldn't draw any conclusions until game day unless he is ruled out before then. O.J. Howard is the man in line for TE targets if Gronk is out. He caught six-of-seven targets for 49 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles in Week 6. His production may not continue, but the upside is there in this top-notch offense.
Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Rob Gronkowski, T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham Jr., more impacting Week 8 start 'em, sit em calls
Several important pass-catchers have been ruled out, but with Rob Gronkowski, T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham Jr., and more "questionable," fantasy football owners still need the latest injury updates ahead of their Week 8 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions.For the latest on ailing RBs Austin Ekeler, Alex Collins, D'Andre Swift, and Jamaal Williams, go here; for an update on Dak Prescott, go here; for the latest on Kadarius Toney, click here; for more on Sterling Shepard, go here; for the Week 8 weather report, click here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
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We have Gronk as the No. 5 ranked TE in standard and No. 8 in PPR. He's a red-zone and end-zone monster, but the volume is not guaranteed against the Bears, who have been the fourth-best defense against fantasy TEs.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 9 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks .
Start Adrian Peterson and Derrick Gore? Just what the hell is going on here? We try to figure it all out and help with your Week 9 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions. Get lineup advice and NFL DFS tips.It's another four-team bye week, with Washington, Detroit, Seattle, and Tampa getting the week off. We'll miss key players from every team, and when you combine that with some of the injury/inactive worries (Saquon Barkley, James Robinson, Dak Prescott, Calvin Ridley, Noah Fant, Sterling Shepard, etc.), fantasy owners are forced to dig deep for at least a couple starters. If you assess the matchups, study the usage trends, and balance risk-vs.