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Week 8 Injury Updates: Daniel Thomas, Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Jeremy Kerley

Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Daniel Thomas is listed as probable and set to return from his second concussion of the season. The Dolphins’ running game has produced seven double-digit PPR days in six games and Thomas has had two of those despite missing two games. The Jets are ranked 23rd against fantasy running backs, having allowed seven rushing scores to the position — the fifth most. The Jets are the best in the league against fantasy receivers. So there should be plenty of opportunities for Thomas to help Reggie Bush in the Dolphins’ backfield. Thomas is a low-end flex at best, but could be a good bye-week fillin as he works back into the lineup.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, RBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville is ranked 28th against fantasy RBs, 19th against fantasy QBs and 18th against fantasy WRs. There is nothing suggesting that the Jaguars will be able to hang with the host Packers today, particularly with the way the Green Bay offense has caught fire as of late. So what will the effectiveness of the Jacksonville running game be? It will be Rashad Jennings who gets the chance to find out as Maurice Jones-Drew is on the shelf for the foreseeable future with a sprained foot. MJD had four double-digit days in PPR leagues and three of those came in defeats. Jennings stepped in for MJD last week and carries 21 times for 44 yards and one score and added seven catches on nine targets for 58 yards. It is those targets and the fact that Jennings is all the Jags have that makes him a decent RB2 start this week.

Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
Stephen Hill is the deep threat and will likely get the scores but it is Jeremy Kerley moving the chains. He collected a season-high 11 targets in last week’s loss to New England. Kerley caught seven of them for 120 yards. Now the Jets take on a Dolphins team that is ranked eighth against fantasy running backs but 26th against fantasy receivers in PPR formats.  Miami’s defense has surrendered just one touchdown to a running back (receiving) and no RB has reached the 80-yard mark on the ground this season. Meanwhile, the Dolphins allow 14.6 catches and 187.3 yards on 26.5 targets per game to the receiver position.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter