Week 8 Injury Update

Hello once again! I’m back with this week’s injury update for week 8.


Out:

Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers)– Jones will miss this week with a calf injury. Jamaal Williams will get most of the carries with a little bit of involvement from rookie AJ Dillon.


Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals) – Mixon is out once again meaning that Giovani Bernard will be the solo back in the backfield. Bengals have a bye week after this week meaning we will need to wait until week 10 until we see Mixon back on the field.

Austin Hooper (Cleveland Browns) – Hooper will miss this week, which isn’t surprising, meaning Harrison Bryant will get the opportunity to have another stellar game. Hooper is expected to return week 10 after their bye week.


Julien Edelman/N’Keal Harry (New England Patriots) – both are out this week and should be out of your fantasy team. The Patriots are in shambles right now and hold less fantasy value than the Jets (ouch!).


Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints) – Thomas has become a household name on this list and will miss another game this week. There’s not much I need to say about this situation as we have seen this multiple times before, no value in this saints passing game when Thomas is gone except for Jared Cook.


Miles Sanders (Philadelphia Eagles) – Sanders will miss his second game in a row meaning Boston Scott will be the lead back once again. Scott has the potential to have a very solid game this week as they are playing the Dallas Cowboys.


Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) – Samuel will join his fellow teammates like Jeff Wilson, and Raheem Mostert on the injury list for this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if rookie Brandon Aiyuk is the star player for this week in Samuel’s absence.


Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Godwin will miss this week with a finger injury. Expect Scotty Miller and Mike Evans to have decent games without Godwin.


Doubtful:


Mark Ingram (Baltimore Ravens) – Ingram will most likely miss this week vs Pittsburgh. Even if he plays I do not expect a good performance. If Ingram doesn’t play, JK Dobbins could actually have some value and is a risky flex option.


Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) – Robinson is still in concussion protocol and isn’t expected to be healthy enough to play this week. Obviously, if he is cleared to play, he should be a locked and loaded starter. If Robinson doesn’t play, I do not see any other valuable players in this team’s receiving game.


Andy Dalton (Dallas Cowboys) – It’s looking like the Cowboys will start their third QB in 3 weeks with Ben DiNucci, the seventh-rounder, expected to start. Due to the uncertainty of this, I do not recommend starting any Dallas Cowboy this week except for Ezekiel Elliott.


Devonta Freeman (New York Giants) – Freeman has missed practice all week and would’ve been ruled out if they played Sunday. The Giants will play the Bucs Monday night and I do not see a world where the Giants have a successful run game this week. Freeman should be a sit no matter what.


Jamison Crowder (New York Jets) – Crowder was very limited in practice and will most likely not play. Even Adam Gase, the Jets head coach, stated that Crowder is “not looking good”. With Crowder doubtful and Perriman out, rookie Denzel Mims has potential this week to be fantasy relevant.


Chris Carson/Carlos Hyde/Travis Homer (Seattle Seahawks) – all three of these running backs will be a game-time decision. The out players are usually named 90 minutes before game time, so unfortunately we have to wait until then.  This situation is like a totem pole, if Carson plays, only start him. If Carson is out then Hyde should start and only him. If both Carson and Hyde are out, then Homer should start. If all three ends up being out, rookie DeeJay Dallas will have some value.


Questionable:

Phillip Lindsay (Denver Broncos) – Lindsay will also be a game-time decision this week. I wouldn’t recommend starting him this week unless you are very desperate. The Broncos will need to throw the ball a lot and there are better running back that can be picked up off of waivers, La’Mical Perine for example.


Tim Patrick (Denver Broncos) – Patrick is questionable with a hamstring injury this week. If Patrick plays, he should be in your starting lineup. Patrick has been looking like the top receiver on this team and the Broncos will need to be throwing the ball this week vs the Chargers.


Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams) – Higbee has only had one or two good weeks this season. There are better TEs out there that I would recommend instead of Higbee, one of those TEs would be Jimmy Graham.


Sterling Shepard (New York Giants) – Shepard has had a week of limited practice putting him on the list as questionable. I expect him to play Monday night and he will be a fine flex/WR3 this week.


Probable/Playing:


Scotty Miller (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Miller hasn’t had a fully healthy week this entire season. Almost every time he is listed on the injury report he plays the following week. I fully expect Miller to play and he should be involved this week in the absence of Chris Godwin.


Damien Harris (New England Patriots) – Harris has stated himself that he is feeling fine and should be ready this Sunday. Harris should be a very low-end flex option this week as the Patriots are looking for a savior for this team. Harris has the potential to be that player, but this will take time.


Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings) – it’s looking like Cook is good to go this week vs the Packers. I don’t need to tell you to start him if he plays as he is a top 5 RB this season.


Diontae Johnson/Juju Smith Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers) – Both of these receivers were questionable earlier this week but are good to go for Sunday. This is a very tough matchup against the Ravens and I wouldn’t expect a big week from all the Steelers receivers, only one will have a good week this week and I expect it to be Johnson.

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