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Fantasy Football Week 8 Injury Updates: Adrian Peterson, James Starks, Carlos Hyde, Joseph Randle

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

Somehow, in the middle of the football season, the Week 8 running back injury report is the shortest that it has been in a while, not that fantasy owners are complaining. Charcandrick West and Melvin Gordon aren't on this injury report because even though they have a probable tag, they practiced in full and will play on Sunday. Be sure to check out the wide receiver (part 1, part 2) and the quarterback/tight end injury report as well.

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Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Teams on bye: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Washington

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Probable – Hip

Peterson did miss practice Wednesday and Thursday, but these were likely rest days for the veteran. He practiced on Friday and the probable tag means he's nearly a sure thing for Sunday. He's a top-3 running back for a great matchup against Chicago. He only has two 100-yard rushing games this year and only three touchdowns. However, he should find the end zone against a terrible Chicago defense.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

Out – Foot

With a bye looming in Week 10, it is possible Hyde sits not just this week, but next week as well. He has a stress fracture in his foot, and the only way for that to heal is to rest. He did not practice this week, and was clearly playing through pain in Week 7. He only had 40 rushing yards, and for his own health, the 49ers will likely try to rest him as much as possible. Reggie Bush and Mike Davis will fill in for Hyde, but neither is an earth-shattering fantasy option. Bush is a RB3 with slightly more value in PPR leagues; Davis is a desperation fill-in.

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James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Questionable – Hip

After rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 before the bye, Starks now shows up on the injury report. It was looking like Starks might start over Eddie Lacy, but now it's unclear if Starks even plays. It's good news for Lacy owners, as Lacy becomes a RB2, and Starks should remain on fantasy benches. Between the tough matchup, the Sunday night game and the hip injury, Starks is too much of a risk this week.

Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Out – Back

With everything going on surrounding Randle, it's not surprising that he is ruled out for Week 8. Whether it is the oblique injury that is keeping him out or not, the bottom line is Darren McFadden has jumped ahead of him on the depth chart. At this point, Randle is worth holding onto until more information (regarding a possible suspension) is revealed. McFadden isn't exactly the picture of health, so Randle may have value in the future. For Week 8, consider McFadden a RB2.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs (9:30 a.m. ET, London)

Probable – Ankle

Bell will be active on Sunday, but at this point, the Lions’ backfield is a mess. Bell had five touches in Week 7 – three carries for 21 yards and two receptions for 14 yards. So, while he's active, he's not worth starting in most fantasy leagues. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are also in the mix and they all detract from each other's value. Kansas City's run defense is stronger than its pass defense, so Bell is a desperation play only.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets at Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)

Out – Ankle

Powell being out again just opens the door for Chris Ivory to have a great game against a mediocre Raiders rushing defense with no one taking carries from him. While the Jets did activate Stevan Ridley, it is unlikely that he will see the field this week. Keep Ivory as a RB1. Powell can be dropped in most formats, and Ridley is worth an add as an Ivory handcuff.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.