Week 7 of the NFL season will have several notable injuries, including one of the top running backs in fantasy football. With four teams on bye, fantasy owners will already be without bonafide studs like Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, James Conner, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr., meaning it will be important to play close attention to injuries and the values that will come from them.
Here are four key injury situations to track for Week 7 of the NFL season.
1. Alvin Kamara Ruled Out, Opening Door For Latavius Murray to Start Against Bears
Alvin Kamara was questionable entering last week with what's being described as a high-ankle injury, but will now sit out for the New Orleans Saints' Week 7 matchup at the Chicago Bears. Latavius Murray will start in his place, against a Bears defense that is giving up the 14th-most fantasy points to running backs. Murray hasn't been heavily used this season, rushing 32 times for 138 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown. He is in line to see a season high in touches against the Bears, and could serve as a solid RB2 if he is able to find the end zone.
2. David Johnson is Again a Game-Time Decision With Chase Edmonds Waiting in the Wings
Similiar to Kamara, David Johnson was questionable for Week 6, but ultimately played against the Atlanta Falcons, finishing with 102 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. He is now a game-time decision heading into the Arizona Cardinals' Week 7 game at the New York Giants. If Johnson is unable to go, Chase Edmonds will enter the conversation as a high-end RB2, going against a Giants defense that is allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs.
3. Multiple Injuries to Packers' Wide Receivers Could Lead to Allen Lazard Breakout
Already without Davante Adams, the Green Bay Packers were dealt two more blows to their wide receiver corps when Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling were injured on Monday Night Football in Week 6. Both are listed as questionable for Week 7 against the Oakland Raiders, and if one or two are not to play, 2018 undrafted rookie Allen Lazard stands to benefit. He showed great chemistry with Aaron Rodgers after entering last week's game in the fourth quarter, catching four balls for 65 yards and a TD. The Raiders allow the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
4. Amari Cooper's Sunday Night Football Availability Could Lead to WR1 Week for Michael Gallup
The Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football (SNF), but may be without their top wide receiver in Amari Cooper, who is questionable with a quad injury. While some reports indicate Cooper will try to gut it out, the SNF start time will put his fantasy owners in a risky spot. If Cooper does sit, Michael Gallup will be an elite option going against an Eagles defense giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. Devin Smith and Randall Cobb (also questionable with a back injury) could serve as good emergency options for Cooper owners banking on their star WR playing in Week 7. Cooper is currently the fifth ranked wide receiver in our Week 7 PPR rankings, while Gallup checks in at 15.
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