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2017 Fantasy Football Injury Report: October 17
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Derek Grant Headshot

Grant hasn't registered a point and owns a minus-2 rating through the first six games of the season.

Grant is averaging just 10:29 of ice time per game, so he's not receiving much opportunity to contribute at five-on-five. The journeyman forward has slotted into a power-play role over the past four contests, but that projects to be a fleeting gig. Grant should continue to struggle moving the needle in the majority of fantasy setups.
10:08 am (EST)
Braxton Miller Headshot

Miller, who did a forward flip after scoring a touchdown in Week 6, did not get positive reviews from head coach Bill O'Brien for the celebration, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Yeah, I did not like the flip," O'Brien said Monday. "Just score, hand the ball to the official would be my advice to him."

O'Brien may not curtail Miller's playing time because of the celebration, but it was clearly a message delivered by the coach, who would like to see more growth from Miller. "I think he can add some things to our offense," O'Brien said. "Just continue to work and improve in the classroom and on special teams and he'll get more reps on offense." Miller remains fourth on the wideout depth chart, but as a third-round draft pick in 2016, the Texans have more invested in him than Bruce Ellington, the current No. 3 receiver.
10:06 am (EST)
Bruce Ellington Headshot

Ellington caught two of three targets for 22 yards while playing 45 of 66 offensive snaps in a 33-17 win over the Browns in Week 6.

Ellington's been on the decline since Will Fuller returned from a collarbone injury. After a standout game against New England in Week 3 (70 snaps, 59 yards, one touchdown), he's totaled 96 yards on seven catches the following three weeks with a corresponding drop in playing time. He remains ahead of Braxton Miller on the depth chart, but there's only so much room on an offense that includes Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller and Deshaun Watson.
9:59 am (EST)
Chris Wagner Headshot

Wagner has recorded a goal and eight shots while averaging 14:57 of ice time through six games this season.

The 26-year-old forward projects to be a mainstay with the Ducks for most the year. He's a versatile forward to plug into a bottom-six role and has 101 games of NHL experience. Unless Wagner finds his way onto a scoring line or begins receiving consistent power-play time, he isn't a viable fantasy option in most settings, though.
9:59 am (EST)
Benardrick McKinney Headshot

McKInney had a team-high eight tackles (seven solo) in a 33-17 win over Cleveland in Week 6.

The eight tackles were the most by McKinney since Week 1 when he was in on 11 stops. He should run away as the Texans' leading tackler, but has produced fewer per game this season relative to 2016. McKinney has 39 tackles over six games (6.5 per game) after averaging 8.1 last season.
9:52 am (EST)
Jaycob Megna Headshot

Megna has averaged just 14:16 of ice time through three games this season. He's also been a healthy scratch for three contests.

The 6-foot-6 defenseman is an imposing presence on the ice and plays a safe and steady game. However, Megna's offensive upside is extremely limited, and he projects to return to the AHL once the Anaheim blue line is back to full health. There aren't many fantasy settings where Megna warrants attention.
9:51 am (EST)
Johnathan Joseph Headshot

Joseph had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and three tackles in Week 6's 33-17 win over Cleveland.

Joseph, whose touchdown was his first since 2014, had been in a bit of drought with just one interception over the last two seasons. With injuries (J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus) and suspension (Brian Cushing) decimating the front seven, Houston's secondary will be challenged, which presents more opportunities for Joseph.
9:45 am (EST)
Ka'imi Fairbairn Headshot

Fairbairn made his lone field-goal attempt and two of three extra-point kicks in Week 6's 33-17 win over the Browns.

Fairbairn has not missed a field goal yet, making all 10 of his attempts through six games. Unfortunately, he's had just one attempt over the last two games, a byproduct of an offense that's finishing its drives. Fairbairn is tied for 14th among kickers with 7.5 points per game as the Texans enter their bye week.
9:40 am (EST)
Bruce Irvin Headshot

Irvin accounted for six tackles (one solo) and a sack during Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Chargers.

Irvin has now made two sacks throughout Oakland's past three games after failing to reach the quarterback until Week 4 of the regular season. Irvin's role on defense likely won't be impacted much by Monday's signing of former 49er NaVorro Bowman as the Raiders look for a boost during what has become a four-game skid.
4:02 am (EST)
Seth Roberts Headshot

Roberts caught three passes on as many targets for 35 yards during Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Roberts finished as the Raiders' second-leading receiver in terms of yardage during their Week 6 loss, but such a feat remained unimpressive as quarterback Derek Carr passed for just 171 yards total. The third-year wideout has hauled in 14 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown through six games, lacking much fantasy relevance with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree relatively healthy.
3:56 am (EST)
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