Week 8 DFS NFL Injury Report and Updates
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Key NFL DFS Injuries for Week 8 Lineups
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (Broken left arm)
The fact that it’s not his throwing arm means very little, as Palmer will likely miss the rest of the season and mull retirement after suffering a surgery-inducing injury of this nature. With the veteran sadly out, Drew “Supergirl” Stanton will take over for a Cardinals offense that’s now going to be very committed to riding Adrian Peterson behind a mediocre offensive line. Larry Fitzgerald takes a hit and the Cardinals roulette of deep threats become borderline unusable while Arizona becomes a worthy target for D/ST options.
Carson Palmer will have surgery on his broken left arm and miss eight weeks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2017
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Inactive in Week 7 – ankle)
Fournette apparently just rested out a winnable game against a shoddy Colts defense for precautionary reasons and he should return after the Jaguars bye week. However, if his ankle injury is more serious than initially let on, T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory would apparently split carries in what has been the most run-heavy offense in the NFL this year. Jacksonville returns to action for consecutive home games against the Bengals and Chargers, which is when Fournette’s availability will come into play.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos (Inactive in Week 7 – ankle)
Sanders absence seems to have a ripple effect for a Broncos offense that’s struggling to move the chains right now and might turn to a new QB in the coming weeks. The Broncos are at Kansas City, or Arrowhead a.k.a. “the loudest stadium in the world” next Sunday and the Chiefs pass-rush proficient defense will be well worth paying up for in any format.
Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens (Concussion protocol)
The Ravens offense is an absolute mess, but so too is the Dolphins pass defense, so it’s worth considering how Wallace’s absence might effect Thursday night contests this week. Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Breshad Perriman (concussion) were held out of Sunday’s contest and is questionable at best to play on a short week, leaving Michael Campagnaro and Chris Moore as the Ravens only healthy receivers in a brutal matchup at Minnesota. Most likely Baltimore’s coaching staff will call for a conservative game on Thursday leading to a ton of dumpoffs to RB Javorius Allen and TE Ben Watson and raising the floor for a Dolphins defense that could pray on slow-footed Joe Flacco.
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions (Shoulder injury)
Tate is expected to miss at least “a couple weeks” and is likely to be inactive in Week 8 as the Lions host a surging Steelers team. If he can’t go, Kenny Golladay (dealing with a hamstring injury himself) would have a lot of upside in a potential shootout, while T.J. Jones is more likely to slide into Tate’s roll in the slot as a less explosive option for Matt Stafford. Marvin Jones Jr. would also stand to see more looks, but the Steelers are playing shutdown pass defense and none of these WRs are going to be reliable in cash game formats.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans (Ankle injury)
Walker left the stadium on crutches after Tennessee’s overtime win at the Browns and that would certainly indicate he could miss some time. Marcus Mariota is banged up and the Titans offense is one of the least dangerous in the NFL right now, but they head into a bye week and might be closer to full strength in a Week 9 matchup against Baltimore. Athletic rookie Corey Davis (hamstring) is expected to return after a multi-week absence and he would be a strong target to vacuum targets in the Titans next game if Walker is inactive.
Jay Cutler QB, Miami Dolphins (Cracked ribs)
Cutler is expected to miss a few weeks with a rib injury and based on his track record, he might never show the same competitive spirit again this season. That is to say, if he regains his starting job from Matt Moore, who was solid aside from a bad interception after taking over for Cutler in the second half on Sunday. If any pass catcher takes a hit from this change, it’s DeVante Parker, but he’s dealing with his own perplexing and nagging ankle injury and has been a nonfactor recently.
#Dolphins QB Jay Cutler does, in fact, have cracked ribs from the hard takedown on Sunday, I’m told. No word yet on additional test results
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2017
Joe Thomas, LT, Cleveland Browns (Torn triceps)
A great player, who stuck throw over 10,000 consecutive snaps for the Browns had his streak snapped with a bad injury on Sunday. The cursed Browns are headed towards a potential 0-16 season and carry little value, but Isaiah Crowell is now looking like an even more bleak play with Cleveland’s best run blocker gone. Duke Johnson Jr. could get a bump in PPR formats as the Browns play catchup more often.
#Browns LT Joe Thomas is feared to have a triceps tear, sources say. If the MRI confirms it Monday, it likely means season-ending surgery.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2017
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