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The Weekly NFL Injury Report – FanDuel & DraftKings NFL DFS Implications – Week 8

The Weekly NFL Injury Report – FanDuel & DraftKings NFL DFS Lineup Picks & Implications – Week 8, 2016.

Welcome to the Weekly NFL Injury Report. The purpose of this article is to break down the major injuries of the week and the respective daily fantasy football implications (with a focus on FanDuel and DraftKings contests).

We will share the top players that are set to benefit from the injury, as well as those that should be downgraded where appropriate.

There are quite a few injuries to go through this week, so let’s jump right in!

Running Backs

Matt Jones – This had been a developing storyline all week, but we finally have closure. Jones is officially OUT this week, so it’s the Rob Kelley show for early down work with Chris Thompson getting looks on passing downs. I like both of these guys for tournaments this week, and Kelley in particular comes at a great price.

Tevin Coleman – Coleman is going to miss this week’s game for the Falcons, which gives a nice boost to Devonta Freeman. This is a tough matchup on paper for the ATL RB against GB, but this should be a high-scoring game, and he can be very dynamic. I have no problem giving him GPP love considering the price is great on FD and he has a very high ceiling since he’s looking at 80-90%+ of the work.

LeSean McCoy / Mike Gillislee – McCoy is officially doubtful for this matchup, but Gillislee is also banged up. In my opinion, it’s a situation to avoid in DFS this week even if Gillislee plays. I feel game flow takes over and Tyrod Taylor uses his arm to keep the Bills in it. I can’t argue with some exposure to Gillislee in GPPs since he should get 15+ touches.

C.J. Anderson – Probably the biggest news of the week, as Anderson is down for the count. Devontae Booker is officially in the spotlight now, and he has a strong matchup against the Chargers. His price is a steal on both sites, and he will be very popular as one of the chalkiest plays year to date in NFL DFS.

Theo Riddick – Riddick is set to return for the Lions, which puts another twist into the already complicated backfield. Zenner, Washington and Forsett all take a hit here as Riddick is a key cog in the passing game for Matt Stafford. I’m not crazy about any of these guys this week, but Riddick will be very low-owned as his return to health has flown under the radar quite a bit. Food for thought if you want a really contrarian play.

Lamar Miller – Earlier in the week it looked like Miller may miss this week’s game, but he appears good to go. If something changes between now and Sunday, Alfred Blue becomes the guy and is a great play. Low percentage chance that happens, though.

Jamaal Charles – I’m still staying far, far away from Charles. And that’s a shame for him, because this is one of the best RBvsDEF matchups to exploit on the slate. Wait, is that Spencer Ware music? It is! The Chiefs have no reason to rush Charles back while Ware is doing such a great job. Play him instead.

Jerick McKinnon – He is apparently out of his walking boot this week, and has a nice MNF matchup vs the Bears. He could be an interesting GPP flier since the Vikings should do well in this matchup, but avoid him in cash games. Matt Asiata takes a hit with his return, but if he doesn’t find a way to come back, consider Asiata as a low-own GPP play.

Doug Martin – It will be the Jacquizz Rodgers once again this week, but it does look like Martin is going to come back in a week or two. Like I said on the FantasyPros podcast this week, once that happens, it’s a fantasy situation to avoid (split carries = chaos!).

Wide Receivers

Robert Woods / Marquise Goodwin – It’s looking like it could be the Justin Hunter show this week. Woods is banged up, and Goodwin is out. If Woods doesn’t play, Charles Clay and Hunter will be the 1-2 punch for Buffalo this week. He’s a great GPP option (Hunter) while Clay is also someone to consider, even though I prefer other tight ends in week 8.

John Brown / Michael Floyd – The situation here gives plenty of appeal to 2 guys – J.J. Nelson and Larry Fitzgerald. We could also see some injuries in the Carolina secondary make this even tastier for the ARI WRs. Nelson is a nice punt play, while Fitz makes for a great mid-range value for all formats.

Eddie Royal – His doubtful status puts Cameron Meredith in a situation to succeed once again. I just don’t like the situation this week against the Vikings. It’s a MNF game, so luckily on the main slate you get to avoid it altogether. Only someone for GPPs, in my opinion.

Dez Bryant – Probably the most interesting situation to monitor this week, as his owners have been very impatient (me included) waiting for his return. He’s lined up to play, which is a damper to Cole Beasley‘s value and slightly to Jason Witten as well. I’m going to tread really lightly with exposure here against a solid Philly secondary, but there is plenty of upside considering his talent is fantastic (assuming he’s back to 90% health or better).

Randall Cobb – Cobb is in a great spot to have an elite week, but his injury status is one we need to monitor closely. If he plays, I’d have no problem with him in GPPs. This is an offense to have exposure to vs ATL (should be one of the highest-scoring matchups in week 8). However, with so many different weapons right now for Aaron Rodgers to work with (Ty Montgomery, Jordy Nelson even though he’s struggled and Davante Adams who is emerging quickly), it’ll be hard to pick the right guys. That makes all of them GPP only for me.

Donte Moncrief – Highly unlikely he plays this week. Keeps the value of T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle at nice levels.

Tyrell Williams / Travis Benjamin – Benjamin is someone to avoid this week in my opinion considering they go up against a tough Denver defense. Williams could be a low own target though, as his production has been rock solid lately as he develops a nice chemistry with Philip Rivers (more so than Benjamin it seems).

Vincent Jackson – Just a reminder here that he’s out for the year (maybe his career?) and Mike Evans is a super awesome elite play. Target machine and a great matchup.

Tight Ends

Tyler Eifert – Reports are out saying that Eifert should get “close to his regular set of work” this week, but I think it is wise to wait one more week before starting him in DFS or season-long. No denying the upside, though.

Jordan Reed – Reed looks ready to return for Washington, which is a very welcome piece of news for Kirk Cousins. I’m not crazy about him this week (like with Eifert), but as one of the best pass-catching TEs in the league, he’s on the GPP radar.

Dwayne Allen – Still out, so look for Jack Doyle to continue stepping up. He should still finish with at least 6 or 7 targets (at a minimum), including red zone work. Him and Luck are building a very nice rapport.

Hunter Henry – It’s looking like Henry will be a full go this week, but like I said above with the SD WRs, I’m not sure we need to play him against Denver.

Jimmy Graham – All signs point to him suiting up. I’m a huge fan of him this week going back up against his old pals in New Orleans. He should be the #2 owned TE after Rob Gronkowski, but is cheaper and has arguably the same ceiling.

Quarterbacks

Brian Hoyer – Hoyer is out for the Bears, so Jay Cutler is back in. Not interested in exposure to him this week against the Vikings and their excellent defensive unit. He’s a turnover machine.

Cody Kessler – Kessler is out and Josh McCown is back in. This is very solid news for Terrelle Pryor and Gary Barnidge, who both get a nice boost with this piece of news. I am loving Barnidge this week on DK at his price (still in play on FD, too).

Tony Romo – I mention him here as we could be looking at a return for him in the next week or two. What could that mean? Dak Prescott playing with a little extra “fire” this week. Tough matchup vs the Eagles, but he could use this narrative to put up big numbers.

Andrew Luck – All signs point to him playing this week, and he’s a really nice low-own GPP play with some great stacking options (Hilton/Doyle).

Geno Smith – He had the starting job back for a game, but an injury quickly ended his season. Ryan Fitzpatrick steps back in and has a great matchup here. Don’t be shy to fire him up in GPPs this week as a nice value QB. Pair him with Brandon Marshall if you do play him.

Russell Wilson – Interesting to see what will become of Wilson this week. He’s due for a nice matchup on paper, but he’s playing at less than 100% and is hard to trust outside of a very small percentage of GPP lineups in my opinion. I would much rather invest in Jimmy Graham if you believe in the passing game still having some effect (which I do) but Christine Michael should be very busy. He’s a very nice secondary RB play.

We’ll do our best to check back in with updates before the Sunday lineup lock. Best of luck this week!

About Jared Kwart

Jared is the Co-Founder of Moxyball and is an avid fantasy sports competitor & author. Specializing in DFS Baseball, Football & Basketball, with thousands of dollars in career DFS earnings. Active player on FanDuel, DraftKings & FantasyDraft. Annual NFBC high stakes league participant. Loves his wife, his job, his dog, pizza, burgers, beer, sushi, baseball & golf.

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