This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 9 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
As tends to happen at this point of the season, the injury report is a hefty one Sunday, one replete with plenty of noteworthy Fantasy names. The news is most grim on the wide receiver front, although the tight end ranks have swelled with more walking wounded this week as well. On a brighter note, a top-flight running back makes his long-awaited return after a multi-week absence, and two other key pieces appear to be trending toward suiting up. Without further delay, let's dive into the latest developments as of early Sunday morning:
Both Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) remain out for the Bills against the Jets on Sunday, but this week, that pair of absences won't equate to a Nathan Peterman start. Instead, coach Sean McDermott will give veteran Matt Barkley, who just signed with the team Oct. 31, a chance to start a regular-season contest for the first time since Week 17 of the 2016 season. Barkley completed 59.7 percent of his 216 attempts across seven games that season, throwing for 1,611 yards, eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Those numbers, coupled with Barkley's extended period of time in mothballs, doesn't inspire confidence in the Fantasy prospects of any of Buffalo's skill position players – a statement that's been true