Week 8 for fantasy owners may be a tough one. Blame the full moon or the time change or just look at the injury report. Many teams have made lineup decisions semi-easier by disclosing players that are already ruled out ahead of Sunday morning's inactive reports.
Players that are doubtful (such as Carlos Hyde and Mark Ingram this week) rarely play, but that list is short. As for the list of questionable players, there are a few game-time decisions, but fantasy owners should have a clear idea of who will likely play. Their effectiveness is always a question mark, but that's fantasy for you. As always, check the inactive report, just in case, before game time.
Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints
Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Devonta Freeman, RB, New York Giants
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
N'Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots
Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Breshad Perriman, WR, New York Jets
Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers
Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets
Sam Ficken, K, New York Jets
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens
John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Teams on bye: Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington
Dalvin Cook (groin), RB, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
Cook will play. There are conflicting reports whether he is even on the final injury report or not, so all indications are that Cook is going to be active in Week 8. Start him as an RB1.
Chris Carson (foot) and Travis Homer (knee), RBs, Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
Seattle's backfield is an injured mess going into Week 8. The team had said that Carlos Hyde would be a game-time decision, along with Homer and Carson. Hyde is listed as doubtful, while the other two are questionable, but it's anyone's guess who ends up playing. All three missed practice this week, which usually is not a good sign. Because this is a late-afternoon game, it makes for a tough fantasy decision. Gut feeling is that Carson doesn't play. It's hard to recommend Homer, if active.DeeJay Dallas might be the only healthy running back in a tough matchup.
Allen Robinson (concussion), WR, Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
Robinson didn't practice at all this week after he was placed in concussion protocol from a hit sustained on Monday night. But Robinson cleared protocol on Saturday and is expected to play. As long as he's active, Robinson should be in your starting lineup but he may not provide his usual production.
Frank Gore (hand), RB, New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Gore didn't practice on Thursday after practicing on Wednesday, which is usually cause for concern. He returned on Friday for a limited practice, but he clearly will be playing injured if active. Many fantasy owners are likely not starting Gore anyway, but his absence would mean rookie La'Mical Perine would be the lead back for the Jets. It's hard to imagine the running game getting anything going against the Chiefs anyway; it's also hard to recommend starting any Jets player in fantasy. If possible, leave Gore on the bench.
Damien Harris (ankle), RB, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
It seems that Harris will be active in Week 8, but his usage is more of an issue than the injury. He has had 77 total rushing yards in the past two games. He's recorded just one reception in each of the past two games for 14 and 12 yards respectively. Harris was being pegged as someone who would take the Sony Michel role for the team, but it hasn't panned out yet. Harris is a risk/reward RB4.
Phillip Lindsay (concussion), RB, Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Lindsay suffered a concussion in Week 7, after gaining 79 yards on nine carries. Typically it is tough for a player to get concussed in a game on Sunday and then play the following week. Lindsay has yet to clear the concussion protocol and fantasy owners may not know his status before the early games kick off. To be safe, keep Lindsay on the bench. Melvin Gordon will be the starting running back for the Broncos anyway.
Tyler Higbee (hand), TE, Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Higbee is likely a game-time decision, but fantasy owners will know early on Sunday if he is playing. He was surprisingly inactive in Week 7, but fantasy owners have been disappointed all season. Even if he is active this week, it will be hard to trust him. Gerald Everett is still in the mix, and Higbee clearly isn't healthy. The safest bet would be to steer clear of any Rams TEs.
Sterling Shepard (toe), WR, New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)
Shepard missed Weeks 3-6 with a toe injury, but the team has said this is not a re-aggravation. It is possible that he was limited on Thursday because he received treatment on the toe, which would mean the team had to report the injury. Even though this game is on Monday night, fantasy owners that were starting Shepard as a WR3 should plan to keep him in their lineups.
Bryan Edwards (foot), WR, Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Raiders, 1 p.m.
Edwards hasn't played since Week 3, making his rookie season seem like a bust. He was able to put in some limited practices this week, but for a rookie, that may not be enough to give him the green light to play on Sunday. Fantasy owners should plan on keeping Edwards on the bench (or waiver wire) for another week.
Tim Patrick (hamstring), WR, Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Patrick had big games in Weeks 4 and 6, with more than 100 yards each and a touchdown in one. However, he's been dealing with a hamstring injury and missed practice all week. He suffered the injury in Week 7, and it doesn't look like he'll be able to play in Week 8, despite the questionable tag. Even if he is active, he's clearly going to be limited. Fantasy owners should be prepared to be without him this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson (quad), WR, Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
It's hard to imagine anyone starting Patterson in fantasy, but he is on the injury report so he is included. Patterson isn't worth starting on his own, but if he is out, it may mean a few more carries for David Montgomery. This shouldn't impact any start/sit decisions.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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