WR Tre’Quan Smith (hamstrings) of New Orleans has been in IR all year, and RB Rashaad Penny of Seattle has been out since week one. However, both can be activated in Week 7 when the Saints and Seahawks meet on Monday for Football Night. While it’s hard to recommend starting in the season-extended leagues, fantasy owners will still be looking for the latest injury updates until they know if Smith or Penny deserve to get concessions or start in single-game DFS competitions.
That’s why we will continue to update this article with news from Penny and Smith until the release of the official active/inactive report on Monday at approximately 6:45 PM ET. For the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter Tweet embed.
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Is Rashad Bini playing on Monday night?
Penny hasn’t played since the first week, but then It is set to exit IR Earlier this week, he is expected to return Monday night against the Saints. He’ll probably be out for another week, but all signs are he’s wearing it.
It’s not a perfect match, because the Saints sport the No. 2 running defense. Penny has never been a fan of the pass, so most of his production will likely come on the ground. With Alex Collins (hip) expected to play as well, Penny has marginal fantasy value over the course of the season.
There is an outside chance that Penny will serve as captain for the Seattle team, but until we see him in action, we can’t say for sure. It’s worth a shot at — especially with Jacksonville in Week 8 — but for now, it should only be taken into account in singles DFS competitions.
Does Tre’Quan Smith play on Monday nights?
Smith (hamstring) didn’t play this year, but he was assigned to return From IR last Tuesday and practiced throughout the week. There’s a good chance he’ll make an appearance on Monday night against the 27th-ranked Seattle defense.
If Smith played, he could instantly become the best passing player in New Orleans. Smith has a lot of great playing potential, but he has yet to show any level of consistency. It may have been the year, but Smith had a lot of chances in 2020 and failed to produce.
It’s hard to recommend that Smith immediately be included in the season’s lineups, but like Penny, he deserves to be hiding at his starting opportunity. The Saints have Tampa, Atlanta, and Tennessee in weeks 8-10, all well below average against WRs.