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The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that WR Ja’Marr Chase could miss four to six weeks with a hip injury.
What it means in fantasy: Additionally, Schefter reported that Chase saw a hip specialist Wednesday as the Bengals sought more information about the injury. This is devastating news for a Cincinnati criminal offense that has been gaining traction in recent weeks. In the last two games, Chase has scored 30 or more fantasy points in each Bengals win, and Cincinnati has won four of their last five games. Tyler Boyd will be more involved in the Bengals’ passing game with Chase. It’s still available in 35% of ESPN leagues. In the past two weeks, Boyd has caught 14 of 15 goals for 221 yards and a touchdown. Hayden Hurst could also be more involved in the passing game. Joe Mixon and the Bengals’ running game could also be used more.
The news: The Chiefs acquired WR Kadarius Toney from the Giants Thursday for two 2023 draft picks.
What it means in fantasy: Toney always seemed to be looking from the outside under the new regime of coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. Though Schoen insisted he never “shopped” Toney, other teams believed his services were available at a reasonable price this offseason. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Toney thought his hamstring was fine, but the Giants wanted to be careful. The Giants wanted him healthy for the stretch run, which spans three games in 11 days after their bye. Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City will add to Toney’s upside potential, but fantasy managers need to be patient. It will take time to get used to him and get a full package of games, and there are many receiver options for Mahomes to target any game he likes. Toney is still available in 69.5% of ESPN leagues.
The news: Ravens TE Isaiah likely caught six of seven goals for 77 yards and a touchdown Thursday night against the Buccaneers.
What it means in fantasy: Mark Andrews (knee) and Rashod Bateman (ankle) both had injuries before this game but were both active. After Andrews was out with a shoulder injury and Bateman suffered a setback with his foot injury, he likely picked up where he left off the previous season. It wouldn’t be surprising if Andrews and Bateman miss next week’s game against the Saints and the Ravens have a Week 10 bye. Likely, it will likely be featured in next week’s waiver wire column (no pun intended).
The news: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott did not practice Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Elliott is dealing with a knee injury and a thigh contusion. He continues to be biased in the wrong direction and there is a strong chance that Elliott will be disfellowshipped. Tony Pollard can be considered a high-end RB1 in this scenario against the Bears.
go deeper: In his seven regular-season games, Pollard has conceded 15 or more touches throughout his career, averaging 107.6 yards per game.
The news: 49ers WR Deebo Samuel did not practice Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Samuel has not trained all week due to a hamstring injury. He will likely miss Sunday’s 49ers game against the Rams. A backup plan should be in place for fantasy managers with Samuel on their list. Elijah Moore, Tyler Boyd, Michael Gallup and George Pickens are among the recipients who can fill the void.
The news: Raiders WR Davante Adams missed practice on Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Adams had “the bad flu.” The illness prevented him from practicing all week. His return to practice on Friday would indicate his availability against the Saints, although the Raiders would likely give him as much time as possible before ruling him out. Adams should still be launched by fantasy managers when he’s active for the game, but setting the right expectations is important. TE Darren Waller, who has been out for nearly a month with a hamstring injury, was limited in Thursday’s practice.
The news: ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that WR Allen Lazard said he was likely to face the Bills on Sunday.
What it means in fantasy: When attacked in the third quarter of week 7, Lazard heard a “crack, crackle, crack” in his shoulder. It shouldn’t come as a surprise as he hadn’t trained on Wednesday or Thursday. Lazard’s absence coincides with Aaron Rodgers’ dissatisfaction with multiple offensive players. Rodgers’ top three receivers against the Bills are most likely Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs. It’s hard to have any faith in either of them from a fantasy perspective, but Doubs is the one I would choose. It’s still available in 53.4% of ESPN leagues.
The news: Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard did not practice Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Hubbard has missed consecutive workouts due to an ankle injury. If he doesn’t play the Falcons on Sunday, D’Onta Foreman will handle most of the Panthers’ backfield touches. He gained 145 yards in 17 touches against the Buccaneers in Week 7. If Hubbard is expelled, Foreman can be considered RB2.
The news: Seahawks WR DK Metcalf did not practice Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Metcalf has not trained all week due to a knee injury. Pete Carroll’s never-ending optimism about injuries won’t change Metcalf’s trajectory. The Seahawks will replace Metcalf with Marquise Goodwin, who is still available in 96.5% of ESPN leagues. Fantasy execs might add Dee Eskridge in deeper formats as he was released as Seahawks No. 3 receiver will step in.
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Mike Clay’s Playbook: predictions and analysis for every game
Eric Karabell’s Fantasy Hot Seat: Matthew Stafford is among the players under the most pressure in Week 8
• Fantasy Improv by Daniel Dopp and Liz Loza: the lighter side of fantasy
• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)
• The Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: this week’s best advice in one place
• Inactives Watch: Who’s in, who’s out and what does that mean?
• The fantastic ups and downs by Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft
• Fantasy Football Now: Sunday at 10am ET on ESPN2
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Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Buccaneers vs. Ravens
Tristan H. Cockcroft’s positional matchup card
Matt Bowen’s Fantasy Movie Room: Week 8 Upgrades and Downgrades
Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS best buys for week 8
• “Fantasy Focus” Podcast: Field Yates, Mike Clay and Daniel Dopp preview “Thursday Night Football” before discussing the WRs that need to be in your lineup and who to fill this week with as a farewell weekend. Then Adam Schefter joins in to discuss the storylines to be seen in Week 8, including who needs to be on your radar for the second half of the season. Listen | watch