Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Week 8 NFL Injury Report and Waiver-Wire Targets

Week 7 takes us past the halfway point of the fantasy regular season for most traditional leagues.  At this point you should have a good idea of your team's potential and where your weaknesses are, so now is the time to really think about your strategy going forward.  Are you 7-0 or 6-1 with an eye toward the playoffs?  Or are you 3-4 and looking for one game-changing trade?  Perhaps you're 2-5 or 1-6, in desperation mode, and needing a Hail-Mary revamp of your roster.  Let's check on the injury situation and waiver wire targets to see if we can help......

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - What a disastrous injury.  Foster suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the rest of this season.  He was likely a cornerstone for his fantasy owners after his return from a groin injury earlier this year.  He can't be totally replaced, and unfortunately the work at RB for the Texans will likely be split in his absence between Chris Polk and Alfred Blue.  We don't know at this point how their roles will shake out.  If I had to choose I would try to pick up Chris Polk right now.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - Hankerson left Sunday's game with hamstring problems, apparently a continuation of his earlier injury.  Look for Roddy White to see a few more targets in his absence if he misses next week's game.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo - The Bills were without their starting QB for the game in London, as he was kept out with a knee injury.  Buffalo has their bye in Week 8, and the hope is that Taylor can return when Bills play in Week 9.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - Like Taylor, Watkins missed the London game as well with an ankle injury.  He has reportedly shed his walking boot and the team hopes he will return following the Week 8 bye.

Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland - McCown's play over the past few weeks has earned him fantasy relevance.  He left Sunday's game with an apparent shoulder injury and he has a scheduled MRI on Monday.  The team is not expecting him to miss any games barring an unforeseen surprise on the MRI.

Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas - Randle left Sunday's game with an oblique injury and did not return.  Reports from the team states that he will miss "some time."  He may have lost the RB1 role to Darren McFadden anyway, so we will have to listen to updates from the team in the coming days.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - There were rumors that Bryant could possibly return for Week 7 but they were quickly put to rest during practice last week.  There is a better chance he returns Week 8 but we will see how he does in practice this week.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver - He is coming off of the team's bye week listed as day-to-day with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder.  He is not expected to miss Week 8 at this point, but keep an eye out for any updates or setbacks.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City - The Chiefs held Maclin out of Sunday's game as a precautionary measure due to a prior concussion.  All indications are that he will be ready to play Week 8.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England - Lewis missed Week 7 with an abdominal injury.  It's not indicated at this point if he is expected to miss any more time so we will watch for additional updates.

Chris Ivory, RB, NY Jets - Ivory appeared to be struggling with a hamstring injury throughout Sunday's game, and stat line was saved by a TD reception in what was otherwise a down game for him.  It is expected that he will be limited in practice this week and then play in Week 8.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger has been out with a knee injury since Week 3.  According to the Steelers he has a really good chance to play in Week 8's game against the Bengals.  Antonio Brown owners would definitely welcome his return as well.

Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego - Gates is plagued by an MCL sprain and the possibility is that he may miss multiple weeks with the injury.  Ladarius Green would take most of his work if Gates can't make it onto the field for Week 8.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay - Jackson exited Sunday's game with a knee issue and did not return.  We are waiting to hear from the team as to his diagnosis.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee - Mariota missed Week 7 with an MCL sprain but the Titans are reporting that he should be ready for Week 8.

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