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Week 8 RECAP: Injuries, RB Snaps, Team Notes
Week 8 Recap
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Who will be the rando to guide you to the top of the showdown leaderboard this week? Here are the baseline projections from Run The Sims…
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Here’s how my first run of showdown lineups went…
Week 8 Injury Cheatsheet
Maark Ingram (Knee) — Exited Game
Ezekiel Elliott (knee) — DNP
James Conner (Ribs) — DNP
Chuba Hubbard (ankle) — DNP
Cam Akers (Personal) — DNP
Rashod Bateman (foot) — OUT Multiple Weeks
Cooper Kupp (ankle) — Exited Game
Christian Watson (concussion) — Exited Game
Richie James (Concussion) — Exited Game
DeVante Parker (Knee) — Exited Game
Deebo Samuel (hamstring) — DNP
Ja'Marr Chase (hip) — Could be OUT 4-6 Weeks
Michael Thomas (Toe) — DNP
Jarvis Landry (Ankle) — DNP
Jahan Dotson (hamstring) — DNP
Allen Lazard (shoulder) — DNP
Corey Davis (knee) — DNP
Kenny Golladay (knee) — DNP
Nico Collins (groin) — DNP
Russell Gage (hamstring) — DNP
Irv Smith (ankle) — Getting MRI
Mark Andrews (knee) — Exited Game
Daniel Bellinger (eye) — DNP
David Njoku (ankle) — DNP
Adam Trautman (Leg) — DNP
Darren Waller (hamstring) — DNP
Cameron Brate (Neck) — DNP
Ryan Tannehill (Ankle) — DNP
Matt Ryan — DNP
Week 8 RB Snaps
*15 snaps for Brian Robinson (he was on the field for the game winning TD run … he just didn’t get the rock*
Week 8 Team Notes
Jags: 86% of the RB carries and a 4th straight game with a 30-yard run. If you’re looking to combine upside with volume … he’s your guy and I don’t see that changing.
Broncos: It was a tough matchup for Courtland Sutton. With Trudy Jeudy coming on, I could see a world in which you get Sutton on the cheap. Always depends on price, but don’t mind the idea of that.
Panthers: Are we back to the ole “the Panthers have two guys that do everything and that’s fine” world? I’m not going that far, but the Foreman/Moore combo dominated the Falcons. Chuba Hubbard might be healthy sooner than later, but Foreman is a lineup lock until Hubbard shows any proof of concept when it comes to a viable NFL running back.
Falcons: Kyle Pitts turned the target share into something? Drake London didn’t and I think that’s how this will work weekly. Which is maddening. This pass game will rarely support two pass catchers but can, due to concentration of targets, get one guy there. Good luck guessing right.
Bears: Khalil Herbert is what Tony Pollard was pre-Zeke injury … a flex worth “backup” that has RB1 potential in the case of an injury. These aren’t the Falcons, but the Bears would rather not pass, so a secondary back can have enough work to crack your lineup.
Cowboys: Dalton Schultz looked great, but the story here is Tony Pollard and if he has finally earned the lead title. I assume the Cowboys will make it as difficult on us as possible, but I’m not cutting or moving ‘Zeke just yet.
Dolphins: 69% catch share for the Hill/Waddle duo. Any time you think this offense is scoring north of 25 points, this is a must have triple stack for GPP’s. Over the next month, they have games against the Bears and Texans. Don’t sweat it if you passed on it this time around … you’ll have more chances!
Lions: Sell-time on Jamaal Williams. He’s averaging 11 carries per game when Swift is healthy. Yes, he has 4 multi-TD games this season, but he’s yet to score 8 PPR points in a game in which he doesn’t score. Go ahead and count on him scoring like this … I’m not.
Cardinals: Turns out … steroids weren’t what made Nuk Hopkins great. Either that or a suspension didn’t stop him from continuing to take them. In any event, he looks unguardable. The biggest challenge left in his way? Late season/Call of Duty Kyler.
Vikings: Kirk Cousins completed 21 of his 25 targeted passes when throwing to Jefferson/Thielen/Cook/Smith. I’m not sure the weekly upside in the pass game for anyone not named Jefferson is all that high, but the consistent efficiency is all it takes to put Thielen on the flex radar and Smith as a viable TE play.
Raiders: A dud from Davante Adams is almost always a good time to buy. His bye week is in the rearview and this team is going to score in bunches … likely sooner than later (at JAX, vs IND, at DEN, at SEA, vs LAC coming up)
Saints: Alvin Kamara scored 3 times in the first 34 minutes today. He had 0 TDs in his first 5 games this season (300 minutes).
Patriots: 15 catches over the past two weeks for Rhamondre Stevenson. He’s yet to get a RB1 workshare on the ground, but the floor is elevated because of Damien Harris’ limitations and this offense really has no other options.
Jets: Tyler Conklin isn’t fun and doesn’t do much well … other than be a body on an offense with inconsistent pass catchers. You know what? That’s enough in this era of tight ends. He’s not a bad answer to the backend of the position from this point forward … no matter how gross it feels.
Steelers: I’m done with thinking any Steeler pass catcher is worth my DFS dollars. FIRE mouth is probably the best option if you’re hell-bent on trying to make this pass game a thing … I’ll pass. On them all. Every week.
Eagles: AJ Brown was limited in the second half, but he big brothered the Steelers for the first 30 minutes and that’s all that matter. DeVonta Smith is a good buy. The targets were there, even in a game where it was clear that Pittsburgh couldn’t do anything with Brown.
Titans: Derrick Henry is just silly. When game flow is in his favor, he’s the best back in fantasy, but if script doesn’t lean his direction, there’s risk. He has to face Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts over his next five games. Just putting it out there that it is possible that the Titans aren’t in Derrick Henry God mode much over the next month or so.
Texans: Brandin Cooks is clogging a roster spot in over 92% of ESPN leagues. Are we sure that’s right? I get his resume, but is there any predictive upside in this offense?
Commanders: No player on this team should be started with any level of confidence. Not enough targets for McLaurin, not enough of a split in carries to make either RB worth it … hot garbage and a waste of space in this newsletter.
Colts: A mobile QB is not what fantasy mangers needed in Indy. The volume was never going to be the same it was with Matt Ryan and now with a mobile QB, I’m not sure there’s enough volume to make two pass catchers viable. You’re probably not playing Parris Campbell or Alec Pierce unless bye weeks reallllly put you in a weird spot.
49ers: As it turns out, Christian McCaffrey in a Shanahan offense might just work. Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle got there with Deebo out, but when Deebo is back … putting food on the plate of three options weekly (CMC, Deebo and one of Aiyuk/Kittle) might be asking a lot, let alone feeding all four of them.
Rams: The Rams run game is officially done. They continue to try to make Allen Robinson a thing in close and that’s enough to make him a “break glass in case of bye week chaos” receiver, but I can’t imagine wanting to go that direction in any other scenario.
Giants: The clock struck midnight on Danny Dimes against the Seahawks. We knew it’d happen eventually and maybe we should have known it would happen here … these same weirdo Seahawks shut down Kyler Murray a few weeks ago when he was DFS chalk. Fun.
Seahawks: Metcalf and Lockett both find ways to score in an otherwise ugly game. I’m still not comfortable watching these games and banking on either, but they seem to get there after four quarters on a regular basis. I’ll trust THE COIN with these … not watching the games is optimal.