The Bills will be without Dawson Knox on Sunday, as the tight end tested positive for COVID-19. Fellow tight ends Lee Smith, Nate Becker, and Tommy Sweeney were also placed on the COVID/reserve list, as they came within close contact with Knox, per ESPN.
Becker was on the team’s practice squad and Sweeney was on the (PUP), so from an on-field standpoint, the losses aren’t as devastated as they sound. Tyler Kroft will start at tight end against the Jets. Kroft wasn’t with the team for part of the week, instead, spending time away as his wife gave birth.
The Bills will also be without John Brown on Sunday, as he’s dealing with a knee injury. Expect Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley to step up in the team’s passing game with Buffalo having one of the highest implied totals of the week. Beasley is a particularly intriguing streaming candidate season-long leagues and smart, cheap option in daily.
More Fantasy Notes From Around The NFL
- Le’Veon Bell will play his first game as a Chief on Sunday but don’t expect a major workload, as Sports Illustrated’s Jordan Foote explained on this week’s Desktop GM podcast. Bell came to Kansas City expecting to be the backup to Clyde Edwards-Helaire without a real chance to overtake him. This will be a timeshare, one where Bell is happy to contribue any capacity he can. Still, I’d envision Bell joining the RB2 conversation within a few weeks given all of the scoring opportunities.
- Don’t worry about Aaron Rodgers‘ poor performance in Week 6 nor the potential to play without Aaron Jones alongside him, he’s a must start in Houston this week, Nick Mensio of Rotoworld writes. Houston is 15th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks this season, 20th in pass-defense DVOA, and 31st in opponent plays per game.
- In the same piece, Mensio recommends Latavious Murray as a start against the Panthers this week. Murray is averaging 12.2 carries per game this season and Carolina has allowed the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL.
- Robby Anderson has surpassed even the highest of expectations so far in Carolina and David Newton of ESPN.com expects the former Temple Owl to continue to produce as a top-10 fantasy wideout. Anderson has a strong connection with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and he has a nice matchup with the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday.
- Rookie Denzel Mims is set to make his debut for the Jets this week after the team activated him from injured reserve (hamstring injury). With no Jamison Crowder, Mims may be worth a dart-throw in daily fantasy.