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Derek Carr throws for 417 yards in Raiders' win on Thursday
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 417 yards and 3 touchdowns in Thursday's last-second win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 417 yards was the second-most Carr has thrown for in a game in his career and his second 3 touchdown game of the season. The quarterback connected with Amari Cooper for 2 first quarter scores but saved the best for last. Carr led the Raiders on an 85-yard drive with less than 3 minutes remaining, finishing it off with a two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with no time remaining on the clock for the one-point victory.
Carr was projected for just 15.8 FanDuel points on Thursday and finished with 30.18 points against the Chiefs in Week 7.
Alex Smith throws 3 touchdowns in Chiefs' last-second loss
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns in Thursday's 31-30 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Smith completed 25-of-36 passes for his third 300-plus yard passing game of the season. He connected with Tyreek Hill and Albert Wilson for 60-plus yard touchdown and Travis Kelce for a 10-yard score. Smith now has 25 passing touchdowns with 0 interceptions through 7 games played.
Our models projected Smith for 20.8 FanDuel points and he finished above those expectations with 25.68 points on Thursday night.
Tyreek Hill racks up 125 yards and a score in Chiefs' loss
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught 6 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Hill was targeted a team-high 8 times as he recorded his best game since Week 1, where he had 8 catches for 133 yards. He scored on a 64-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter for his third receiving touchdown of the season.
Our models projected Hill for 11.7 FanDuel points and nearly doubled it with 22.2 points on Thursday.
Raiders' Amari Cooper breaks out of slump with 2 scores on Thursday
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper had a career day with 11 catches for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns in a breakout performance for the slumping wideout on Thursday.
Cooper came into the game with just 18 catches for 146 yards and 1 touchdown through 6 games and nearly matched it in one night. He saw a massive 19 targets as he bounced back from a disappointing start ot the season. Cooper scored on a 38-yard and 45-yard touchdown, both coming in the first quarter.
Our models projected Cooper for 10.2 FanDuel points and those who kept the faith were rewarded with 38.5 points on Thursday night.
Raiders' Marshawn Lynch ejected from Thursday's game
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been disqualified from Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lynch ran in from the sideline after Derek Carr took a late hit in the second quarter. In the skirmish, Lynch shoved an official and was thrown out of the game. Jalen Richard will likely take over as Oakland's starting running back.
Before being ejected, Lynch carried the ball 2 times for 9 yards, totaling 0.90 FanDuel points.
Eagles' Ertz projected to lead all tight ends in targets in Week 7
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is projected to see 7.97 targets against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Ertz currently leads all tight ends in the NFL, with an average of 8.83 targets per game this season. Our models project him to continue that trend against the Redskins, who have allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points per game to opposing tight ends this season.
Our models project Ertz for 5.1 receptions, 59.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns, totaling 10.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,200.
Rams' Robert Woods aiming for first touchdown of season in Week 7
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods is hoping to find the endzone for the first time this season against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Woods leads the Rams with 37 targets and 322 receiving yards, while ranking second behind Todd Gurley with 22 receptions, but has yet to catch a touchdown pass. When asked about it earlier this week, he said, "It's just a matter of time."
Our model projects Woods for 3.6 receptions, 47.0 yards and 0.2 touchdowns, totaling 7.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500.
Eddie Lacy will remain part of timeshare in Seahawks backfield
Seattle Seahawks Eddie Lacy will continue to split carries against the New York Giants in Week 7.
Lacy averaged 10 carries per game over the Seahawks past two games, while splitting time with Thomas Rawls. Coach Pete Carroll said, "We're just going to keep working our guys and keep rolling with both really worthy guys."
Our models project Lacy for 44.3 total yards and 0.2 touchdowns, totaling 6.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,300 on Sunday.
Seahawks' Tyler Lockett mentally recovered from 2016 leg injury
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Locket said that recovering mentally from his broken leg has been the biggest hurdle.
Lockett has played in each of the Seahawks first 5 games this season after suffering a broken leg late last season. He said, "The physical part will come, that’s what treatment is for. But I think the biggest thing is those five games allow me to be able to see that I’m still able to play this game, (and) I’m getting back to where I needed to be at each and every day.”
Our models project Lockett for 3.8 receptions, 51.2 yards and 0.1 touchdowns, totaling 8.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,300 in Week 7.
Albert Wilson (knee) is active for the Chiefs on Thursday
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson (knee) is active in Week 7 versus the Oakland Raiders.
Wilson sat out in Week 6 but is a full go on Thursday night. He will start alongside Tyreek Hill in two wideout sets for the Chiefs.
Our models project Wilson for 1.9 catches, 19.7 yards, and 0.1 touchdowns for 3.7 FanDuel points on Thursday.
Charcandrick West (concusion) is inactive for Chiefs in Week 7
Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (concussion) is inactive for Thursday night's game versus the Oakland Raiders.
West suffered a concussion versus the Steelers on Sunday and was not expected to play due to the short week. Akeem Hunt and newly re-signed C.J. Spiller will back up Kareem Hunt in Week 7.
West has totaled 95 yards and 3 touchdowns in 6 games this season.
Keenan Allen (shoulder) added to Chargers' injury report
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (shoulder) was limited in practice on Thursday.
Allen wasn't listed on the injury report on Wednesday, so it appears the shoulder issue is new. Since he got in a partial practice on Thursday, we will wait and see his participation level on Friday before worrying about the shoulder injury.
Our models project Allen for 5.0 catches, 66.8 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns for 12.0 FanDuel points in Week 7.
C.J. Prosise (ankle) gets in full practice on Thursday for Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks running back C.J. Prosise (ankle) completed a full practice on Thursday.
Head coach Pete Carroll said the full practice session is "a really good sign" and that it gives the Seahawks "a chance to possibly have him available” versus the New York Giants in Week 7. Prosise missed two games before Seattle's bye last week due to the ankle issue. He could potentially take on a large workload for a Seahawks' backfield that has failed to get anything going on the ground this season.
At a cost of $4,800, numberFire's models project Prosise for 4.5 FanDuel points in Week 7 on 5.0 touches for 27.8 yards and 0.13 touchdowns this week against the New York Giants.
Chris Hogan (ribs) limited again for Patriots Thursday
New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (ribs) was limited again at practice on Thursday.
Hogan played through the injury last week against the New York Jets and he's expected to do the same on Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons in what sets up for a high-scoring affair.
numberFire's models project Hogan for 4.0 receptions, 57.2 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns on 6.5 targets in Week 7, good for 10.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,200. He's the WR22 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) limited again Thursday for Falcons
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice.
Sanu is likely on the better side of questionable for what sets up to be a potential shootout against the New England Patriots in Week 7. He caught 16 passes for 163 yards and 1 touchdown on 24 targets this season before injuring his hamstring in Week 4.
numberFire's models project Sanu for 5.5 targets, 3.8 receptions, 45.5 yards, and 0.25 touchdowns against the Patriots, tying him as our 39th-ranked fantasy wideout for Week 7.
Wendell Smallwood (knee) a full practice participant for Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (knee) is practicing in full for Week 7 versus the Washington Redskins.
It's a great sign after a previous report expected Smallwood to be limited on Thursday. He seems likely to return on Monday Night Football versus Washington after missing the last two games. Smallwood figures to take over Darren Sproles' role while LeGarrette Blount continues working on early downs.
numberFire's models project Smallwood to score 5.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,200 versus Washington, making him the RB53 in our Week 7 fantasy rankings with a projection of 5.1 carries for 20.9 yards and 0.11 touchdowns with 1.4 catches for 11.1 yards and 0.09 touchdowns.
Jonathan Stewart (ankle) limited again Thursday for Panthers
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice.
Stewart's status is in doubt for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears. He finished with -4 yards on 8 carries on Thursday Night Football last week while trying to play through the injury. Stewart has 17 total rushing yards over the past two games and has yet to score a touchdown on the ground this season. His potential absence would lead to more touches for Christian McCaffrey.
If he plays on Sunday, numberFire's models project Stewart to gain 53.4 rushing yards and 13.0 receiving yards with 0.28 touchdowns while scoring 9.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500 versus the Bears. He's the RB27 in our Week 7 fantasy rankings.
Matt Forte (knee, toe) practices in full Thursday for Jets
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (knee, toe) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.
Forte is expected to lead what will be some form of a three-way committee between him, Bilal Powell (calf), and rookie Elijah McGuire against the Miami Dolphins in Week 7.
numberFire's models project Forte to score 6.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,500 versus the Dolphins, making him the RB44 in our Week 7 fantasy rankings with a projection of 7.7 carries for 28.0 yards and 0.01 touchdowns with 2.6 catches for 22.2 yards and 0.09 touchdowns.
Kenny Britt (knee, groin) limited again Thursday for Browns
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt (knee, groin) was limited again at Thursday's practice.
Britt is expected to return against the Tennessee Titans after a two-week absence due to knee and groin injuries. He's caught just 8 passes on 23 targets this season for 121 yards and 1 touchdown.
numberFire's models project Britt to score 6.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $4,900 in Week 7. He's pegged for 5.6 targets, 3.0 receptions, 37.4 yards, and 0.18 touchdowns versus Tennessee, making him the WR52 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Willie Snead (hamstring) limited again at Saints practice
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice.
Returning from a suspension and hamstring injury, Snead was on the field for only 27% of the Saints' offensive snaps last week. Limited at both of this week's practices, it looks like he will once again be playing a small role against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
numberFire's models project Snead for 41.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on Sunday, making him our 42nd-ranked fantasy wideout for Week 7.
Brandon Williams (foot) a full participant at Ravens' practice
Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams (foot) is practicing in full for Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings.
This makes a second straight practice for Williams as he gears towards returning from a four-week absence due to a foot injury. The Ravens have surrendered 169.5 yards per game in four contests without Williams this season, compared to 85.0 per game in the two he played. Baltimore takes on Jerick McKinnon and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.
Entering Week 7, the Ravens rank 11th in the NFL in Adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points (NEP) allowed per play this season. They are 9th in Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP allowed per play, but only 18th in Adjusted Rushing NEP allowed per play. numberFire's models project Williams to record 26.1 tackles, 0.5 pass deflections, 0.3 fumbles forced, and 0.4 fumbles recovered over the remainder of the season.
Update: Stefon Diggs (groin) sits out practice again Thursday
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (groin) was officially listed as "DNP" in Thursday's practice.
Diggs was in uniform on the practice field but apparently didn't do enough to even warrant a "limited" session. It's beginning to look more and more like he won't play against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7.
If he plays, numberFire's models project Diggs to score 12.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,100 in Week 7. He's pegged for 7.7 targets, 4.8 receptions, 70.7 yards, and 0.42 touchdowns versus the Ravens, making him the WR11 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
Seahawks' Thomas Rawls not expected to light it up in Week 7
Seattle Seahawks' running back Thomas Rawls will take on the New York Giants in Week 7.
Rawls is set to make his third appearance of the season for the Seahawks as they take on the Giants. In his two games this year, Rawls has been limited by injury and has been held to just 24 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Our models project Rawls to post 8.0 FanDuel points with 42.36 rushing yards on 10.36 carries and 23.4 receiving yards against the G-men. He will cost $5,600 this weekend.
Rob Kelley (ankle) practices on limited basis for Washington Thursday
Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday for a limited session.
Kelley missed Week 5 and then had a bye week to heal up, so he's trending towards returning on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2016 undrafted free agent has rushed 29 times for 131 yards in three games this season. His return in Week 7 could mean fewer touches for Chris Thompson.
numberFire's models project Kelley to play in a limited capacity on Sunday, projecting him for 30.9 yards and 0.19 touchdowns on 6.8 carries. He is tied as the 48th-ranked fantasy running back for Week 7 and will cost owners $5,500 on FanDuel with an expected return of 5.4 FanDuel points.
Mike Wallace (back) expects to play Week 7 for Ravens
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace (back) said he expects to play against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 7.
"My back is a little sore," Wallace said. "It's like a bone bruise. It should be fine for Sunday." The 31-year-old wideout didn't practice Thursday after getting in a limited session on Wednesday, but the Ravens may just be limiting his reps. With Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Breshad Perriman (concussion) also ailing, Baltimore is short on healthy wide receivers entering Week 7.
If he plays, numberFire's models project Wallace to score 4.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $5,400 in Week 7, making him the WR75 in our weekly fantasy rankings.
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