Waller sidelined early in MNF

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The news: Raiders TE Darren Waller left Monday night’s game against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury.

What does it mean in fantasy: Waller was forced out of Monday night’s game against Kansas City after just six games with a hamstring injury suffered early in the game. He left the field and returned to the sidelines in street clothes to start the second half. Waller has just 16 receptions, 175 total yards and a touchdown in four starts and in the last two games he’s totaled just a fantastic 10.6 points. Waller’s injury is not believed to be significant and he will most likely return to the roster in Week 7 after the Raiders leave.

The news: Raiders RB Josh Jacobs had 193 total yards on 25 touches against the Chiefs on Monday night.

What does it mean in fantasy: Jacobs rushed for a career-high 154 rushing yards against Kansas City as the Raiders’ primary source of offense. He scored 30 or more fantasy points in consecutive games. Jacobs was the RB18 in our draft tendencies this summer. The Raiders are goodbye next week, but in Week 7 against the Texans, he can be considered an RB1.

The news: Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater remain on concussion protocol.

What does it mean in fantasy: Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel provided an update on Tagovailoa and Bridgewater at the start of his Monday press conference. Tagovailoa isn’t ready for the ‘soccer stuff’ as Bridgewater remains on protocol. Bridgewater appears to be an early candidate to clear protocol, while Tagovailoa could be held off for another week. If you need to plan a quarterback streamer, you need to prioritize Geno Smith or Carson Wentz.

The news: Bengals WR Tee Higgins is seen day to day with his ankle injury.

What does it mean in fantasy: Head coach Zac Taylor confirmed Higgins had a sprained ankle at Monday’s press conference. He had been restricted in practice and attempted to play on Sunday but was only on the court for 10 snaps and was not targeted. We’ll keep an eye on his participation in training this week.

The news: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Panthers QB Baker Mayfield suffered a sprained ankle.

What does it mean in fantasy: After Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, Mayfield wore a left-footed walking boot. He hobbled to the touchline at the end of the first half but kept playing. PJ Walker is most likely to start against the Rams in Week 6. He’s not on the fantasy radar in most leagues given the Panthers’ dismal offense.

Go further : The Panthers rank last in the league with 271.4 total yards per game and 24th with 18.6 points per game.

The news: Commanders WR Jahan Dotson did not participate in Monday’s training.

What does it mean in fantasy: Dotson continues to deal with a hamstring injury, and it looks like he will miss more time. With a short week to prepare for Thursday’s game, it seems unlikely that he will be available. Dyami Brown made the most of Dotson’s absence, catching two passes for 105 yards, both touchdowns. If Dotson is ruled out, he can build on his breakout performance on Thursday night.

Go further : Dotson and Cooper Kupp are tied for second in the league with four receiving touchdowns. Dotson has played one fewer game than either Kupp or league leader Stefon Diggs, who has five. With his quick feet and superb road running, Dotson creates separation in the red zone and also excels in contested holds.

The news: Ravens WR Rashod Bateman “could be back this week” according to head coach John Harbaugh.

What does it mean in fantasy: Bateman is suffering from a foot injury and missed Sunday night’s Week 5 game against the Bengals. Devin Duvernay filled the void as the Ravens’ top wide receiver, catching five of seven targets for 54 yards, adding 24 rushing yards on three attempts. The chances of Bateman returning this week are good, but training reports need to be watched closely.

The news: The Buccaneers are playing the “long game” with WR Julio Jones according to general manager Jason Licht and head coach Todd Bowles.

What does it mean in fantasy: Jones, who suffered a partially torn PCL earlier this season, is struggling to return to action. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage are all healthy, so the Buccaneers have no reason to rush Jones into lineup. In two games this year, Jones caught four passes for 76 yards. His one-year, $6 million contract includes receptions, yards and team performance incentives, but Jones isn’t on the fantasy radar in most leagues.

The news: Bills head coach Sean McDermott said WR Isaiah McKenzie remains in concussion protocol.

What does it mean in fantasy: McKenzie failed to clear concussion protocol ahead of Sunday’s game against the Steelers, so he’s now targeting Week 6. With Jamison Crowder (ankle) on IR, McKenzie will play a big role in the Bills’ offense . For the upcoming bye weeks, McKenzie is a great player to hide.

Go further : McKenzie racked up 15 targets in Weeks 3 and 4 and found the end zone in three of his four games this season.

The news: The Panthers fired head coach Matt Rhule after a 1-4 start.

What does it mean in fantasy: Defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach Steve Wilks has been named interim coach. Given that the Panthers have only four draft picks next year, teams that consider themselves contenders are sure to reach out to trade several coins. While Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore may be traded in the coming weeks, fantasy managers should hold onto them for now as their fantasy value is potentially at an all-time low.

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