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Darrius Heyward-Bey will play Sunday when the Raiders take on the Falcons. We break down the fantasy implications.
Darrius Heyward-Bey will play Sunday when the Oakland Raiders take on the Atlanta Falcons. Heyward-Bey has yet to play since suffering a concussion in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was cleared for contact Tuesday, and was able to practice fully Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Heyward-Bey is not expected to be limited during Week 6 in Atlanta. Through three games played, he has nine receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Heyward-Bey should give the Raiders' offense a sizable boost. A healthy Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore certainly helps Carson Palmer's prospects. Darren McFadden should also benefit from the extra attention away from the running game.
Heyward-Bey's prospects on their own aren't great, however. He is worth consideration in deeper fantasy leagues, or those starting three wide receivers. A nasty bye week could also thrust him into your starting lineup. Otherwise, he is best avoided if possible in standard leagues going up a good Falcons pass defense.