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Matt Forte had 12 carries for 49 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as six catches on seven targets for 60 receiving yards and another score Sunday against the Dolphins.

Impact

Forte continues to be the Bears' best offensive weapon, as he leads the team in carries, rushing yards and receptions. He has now scored four touchdowns in the last two games and he'll be heavily relied upon in Week 8 at New England, as the Bears face off against a Patriots defense ranked second in fewest-passing yards allowed per game, but 24th against the run.

Andrew Hawkins had five receptions on nine targets for a season-high 112 yards in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.

Impact

It was a big bounce-back performance for Hawkins, who was held without a catch last week. Other than the aforementioned dud in Week 6, Hawkins has been targeted at least nine times in all five games. He'll look to score his first touchdown next week against Oakland at home.

Jay Cutler completed 21-of-34 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Dolphins.

Impact

After throwing for multiple touchdowns in five straight games to start the season, Cutler has managed only a single score in back-to-back weeks. Sunday's limited output was somewhat understandable, given that the Dolphins are fourth in fewest-passing yards allowed per game this season, though things won't get any easier in Week 8, as the Bears will face off against a Patriots defense ranked second in the category.

Jordan Cameron caught just one pass on six targets for five yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss at Jacksonville.

Impact

Cameron was absent from the box score for most of the game, until he made a short catch in the final couple of minutes. He was wide open in the end zone at one point in the first half, but Brian Hoyer overthrew him. It's a disappointing performance for Cameron, especially coming off a 102-yard game last week, but Hoyer and the entire offense struggled Sunday. He'll look to bounce back in Week 8, taking on the Raiders at home.

Andre Ellington (foot) sustained a rib injury just before halftime Sunday, but returned early in the second half of a win at Oakland, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Impact

Although Ellington yielded short-yardage situations to fellow back Stepfan Taylor, who tallied two touchdowns inside the five-yard line, Ellington took a season-high 24 carries for 88 yards, marking his best YPC (3.7) since Week 2. Additionally, he supplemented fantasy lines with six catches on nine targets for 72 yards. The 160 yards from scrimmage marks his peak on the year to date and doubles as the third outing of 100-plus offensive yards in six games. Considering the substantial usage, touchdowns should soon arrive on his doorstep, but owners can rest assured that he handles the bulk of the RB workload in Arizona.

Daniel Thomas has seven carries for 25 rushing yards and three catches on three targets for 25 receiving yards Sunday against the Bears.

Impact

Thomas seems to have solidified the backup running back job ahead of Damien Williams, though Lamar Miller (83 yards and a touchdown Sunday) continues to get a majority of the touches out of the backfield. As long as Miller stays healthy, Thomas' fantasy value will be pretty limited.

Isaiah Crowell had seven carries for 18 yards and caught one pass on two targets for five yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss at Jacksonville.

Impact

Terrance West was active Sunday, after being a healthy scratch in Week 6, so the opportunities weren't as abundant for Crowell. Tate finished with eight yards on five carries and starter Ben Tate got most of the work, rushing for 36 yards on 16 carries. Based on recent production and usage, Crowell should remain the No. 2 back in Cleveland, but he'll need an injury to Tate in order to make a huge splash. He's got another favorable matchup next week, going against a porous Raiders' rush defense.

Ryan Tannehill completed 25-of-32 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 48 rushing yards on six carries in Sunday's win over the Bears.

Impact

Tannehill was excellent Sunday, completing his first 14 pass attempts, while throwing touchdowns to Charles Clay in the first quarter and Mike Wallace in the second. It was his third straight game with two touchdowns, but his first in that span without a turnover. Things continue to look up for Tannehill, as he'll next face off against a Jaguars defense allowing more passing yards per game than all but two teams this season.

Ben Tate (finger) had 16 carries for just 36 yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss at Jacksonville.

Impact

The entire Browns' offense surprisingly struggled, in what should have been a favorable matchup, at least in theory. Despite the mediocre performance, Tate still got most of the work, as Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West combined to rush for only 26 yards on 13 carries. Tate could potentially bounce back next week, facing a below-average Raiders' rush defense.

Brian Hoyer was not sharp in Sunday's 24-6 loss at Jacksonville, completing just 16-of-41 passes for 215 yards with no touchdowns. He was also intercepted once and lost a fumble.

Impact

Hoyer surprisingly struggled, in what should have been a favorable matchup, at least on paper. He badly missed a wide-open Jordan Cameron in the end zone at one point and failed to lead the Browns to any touchdowns. He's been steady this season, albeit unspectacular, so it would probably take a few more weeks of poor play, before the team considered benching him in favor of rookie Johnny Manziel.

Derek Hagan caught both of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown Sunday against Washington.

Impact

Hagan's 38-yard touchdown catch with 7:41 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Titans up 17-16, though they ultimately lost the game on a last-second field goal. The score was Hagan's first this season, and it was only his third game of the year with a reception, as he continues to be an extremely limited fantasy option.

Justin Hunter had one catch on two targets for six yards Sunday against the Redskins.

Impact

Just two weeks removed from a 99-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 5 against the Browns, Hunter posted his lowest yardage total all year. He's a classic boom-or-bust type player, though his booms are still relatively limited. He has just one touchdown this season and four games with fewer than 40 receiving yards, making him a very tough start in most fantasy leagues.

Julio Jones (ankle) had five catches on eight targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 29-7 loss at Baltimore.

Impact

Jones caught a 10-yard screen at one point, in which he broke several tackles and showed a good burst. He also had a 24-yard grab, but was otherwise silent. Meanwhile, Roddy White busted out for the first time this season, grabbing nine passes on 15 targets for 100 yards and a touchdown. Other than White, the entire Falcons' offense struggled, however, so we'll give Jones a mulligan. It might get tougher for him next week, facing a strong Lions' secondary, although the game will be on turf at home.

Fred Jackson (groin) will not return any sooner than Week 10 against the Chiefs, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Impact

Buffalo faces the Jets in Week 8, followed by a Week 9 bye. With C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) facing an even longer absence than Jackson, the Bills will turn to Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown, the latter of whom has not been active for a game this season. While his short-term value obviously takes a big hit, Jackson could see some extra touches later this season, if he makes it back to the field before Spiller.

Kendall Wright had six catches on nine targets for 68 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Redskins.

Impact

Coming off his worst game of the season, catching one pass for six yards against the Jaguars, Wright led the Titans in targets, receptions and receiving yards, while scoring his third touchdown in as many games. He seems to have developed a decent chemistry with backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, though their relationship isn't likely to matter any more, as Jake Locker is expected to return from his wrist injury to face the Texans in Week 8.

Roddy White had his best game of the season in Sunday's blowout loss at Baltimore, catching nine passes on a whopping 15 targets for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Impact

With Julio Jones slightly hobbled due to an ankle injury, White finally had a breakout game. He provided the lone touchdown for the Falcons, as they struggled for most of the game. He'll have another tough matchup next week, taking on a strong Lions' secondary.

Charlie Whitehurst completed 17-of-26 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and one interception Sunday against Washington.

Impact

Whitehurst connected with eight different receivers, including touchdowns to wideouts Kendall Wright and Derek Hagan. He has now thrown for two touchdowns in two of the last three games, though he's also failed to reach 200 passing yards in more than one game this season. Jake Locker is expected to return from his wrist injury next Sunday against the Texans, which would relegate Whitehurst back to the bench.

Antone Smith had three carries for 10 yards and caught two passes on two targets for minus-one yard in Sunday's blowout loss at Baltimore.

Impact

For what seems like the first time in weeks, Smith failed to make an explosive play. It was a tough matchup for the entire Falcons' offense, however, as they struggled to move the ball, scoring just seven points. Also, Steven Jackson, Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers all were quiet, so it's not like Smith was outshined. It will be interesting to see how the distribution of carries will shake out the next time Atlanta has a close game.

Bishop Sankey, starting in place of the injured Shonn Greene (hamstring), had 16 carries for 56 yards Sunday against the Redskins.

Impact

Sankey has started the last two games, but has failed to do much to warrant keeping the job whenever Greene is able to return. He's garnered 34 carries in the last two weeks, but has rushed for just 117 yards, a 3.4 YPC average that is below Greene's 4.3 average this season. Greene is still unable to practice, so it's entirely possible that he will not play in Week 8 against the Texans, which would give Sankey one more opportunity to show what he can do, before the team's Week 9 bye.

Steven Jackson had eight carries for 22 yards and caught the lone pass thrown his way for three yards in Sunday's 29-7 loss at Baltimore.

Impact

The entire Falcons' offense struggled, and they trailed 17-0 at halftime, limiting Jackson's opportunities in the running game. He once again led the team in rushing attempts, although the presence of rookie Devonta Freeman, speedster Antone Smith and reliable Jacquizz Rodgers limits Jackson's upside on a week-to-week basis.