Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot, groin) will be placed on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. This is an unexpected move and a huge blow to the Falcons offense as well as Freeman's fantasy owners. Freeman injured his knee in the season opener against the Eagles, missed three weeks and then hurt his foot upon his return. He had just 14 carries for 68 yards and five catches for 23 yards in those two games. It's unclear if he has a chance to return later this season, so fantasy owners should put him in an IR spot if they have one available. Tevin Coleman has been a lackluster RB2 with Freeman banged up, but he should continue seeing most of the workload going forward. Rookie Ito Smith will be his complement and is now worth scooping up in most leagues as a touchdown-dependent RB3/flex, especially if you own Coleman or Freeman.
San Francisco 49ers running back Alfred Morris played only one snap in Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers. His only touch was negated by penalty. This was a nightmare outcome for all fantasy investors hoping an injured Matt Breida (ankle, shoulder) would allot Morris a workhorse-type role. Not only was Breida active but Morris lost snaps to fourth-year back Raheem Mostert. Without requiring his services on a night where the Niners racked up 174 rushing yards, Morris status on the pecking order is in serious jeopardy. Averaging just 3.7 yards per carry, irrelevant in the passing game and now experiencing dwindling playing time, Morris is rapidly becoming an unusable fantasy asset.
The Atlanta Falcons are likely to sign free-agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to replace Matt Bryant (hamstring) in Week 7 against the Giants on Monday night, according to a source. Tavecchio was with the team in camp before being cut, so he is familiar with them. Bryant owners will have to find a replacement for this week, but Tavecchio probably shouldn't be the answer. He is in just his second season and made 16 of his 21 field goal attempts (76.2 percent) for Oakland in 2017. He also missed an extra point.
The Indianapolis Colts placed wide receiver Marcus Johnson (ankle) on the Injured Reserve on Tuesday and signed free-agent wide receiver Dontrelle Inman in a corresponding move. Inman spent time with the Chargers and Bears in 2017. He had 23 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown in eight games with Chicago to close out the year. He'll provide much-needed depth to a really banged-up Colts receiving corps. T.Y. Hilton may be forced to miss another game and Ryan Grant was also hurt in Week 6. Indy may be forced to play Inman immediately this Sunday against the Bills, but he'd be the third wideout behind Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal in a best-case scenario.
Dallas Cowboys owners Jerry Jones said wide receiver Tavon Austin (groin) is unlikely to play in Week 7 against the Redskins. Jones said Austin's injury is similar to the one that cornerback Morris Claiborne dealt with in 2016. That injury caused Claiborne to miss nine games that season. While Austin may be back sooner than that, it's looking like his injury could at least cost him multiple games. Other than Cole Beasley's breakout two-touchdown performance on Sunday, none of Dallas' receivers have shown enough to be considered fantasy viable. Austin can be dropped in most leagues. Perhaps his absence allows rookie Michael Gallup to finally make some noise, but it's probably unlikely.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh said running back Corey Clement wasn't on a "pitch count" last Thursday against the Giants after missing two games with a quadriceps injury. Clement played just 26 offensive snaps, while Wendell Smallwood was in on 44 offensive snaps. "He adds a lot to our offense both as a runner and a receiver and he's always done a really nice job of being conscientious in protection," Groh said. "Having him back and available certainly is a boost for us offensively." Clement should see more work moving forward, starting in Week 7 against the Panthers. He's the better fantasy play over Smallwood as an RB3/flex.
The Philadelphia Eagles are holding out hope that wide receiver Mike Wallace (leg), who fractured his fibula in Week 2, will be able to return this year. Wallace wouldn't be eligible to return until Week 11 against the Saints after being put on Injured Reserve. Both Mack Hollins and Richard Rodgers are eligible to return from their injuries before Wallace, and the team is only allowed to bring two players back from the IR. Without Wallace, the team has had trouble finding a consistent deep threat. Wallace needs to remain on the waiver wire in all leagues, as it's not a lock he'll be back.
The Green Bay Packers defense left a lot to be desired in their Monday night performance against the San Francisco 49ers. That being said, they ultimately got it done when it mattered late in the game. The biggest play of the night was an interception by Kevin Kind late in the fourth quarter that set up the long drive to get Mason Crosby in field goal range. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was involved again as he forced a fumble. Both Kenny Clark and Clay Matthews had a sack in this game. The 49ers only passed for 245 yards, and if you take out the two catches from Marquise Goodwin that went for 97 yards they were pretty stingy in the air. After a few of the big plays the defense managed to only allow six points in the second half. They will get to rest awhile with a Week 7 bye coming up.
The New York Giants placed wide receiver Cody Latimer (hamstring) and linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (concussion) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. In corresponding moves, the Giants signed receiver Bennie Fowler, linebacker Ukeme Eligwe and cornerback Grant Hale and waived cornerback Donte Deayon. Latimer had been operating as the No. 3 wideout this year but hadn't been very involved on offense and wasn't in fantasy consideration. Russell Shepard should now work behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, but he also should remain on the waiver wire.
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (knee) is taking part in practice on Tuesday. Engram hasn't played since Sept. 23 when he sprained his MCL, but he was close to returning last Thursday and is on track to play on Monday night against the Falcons with extra time to get healthy. He'll have a great matchup against the beat-up Atlanta defense, too, so he'll be a strong TE1 option if he's active. We'd expect him to play, barring a setback in practice this week.