In our 2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 injury report, the biggest news to watch at the quarterback position is in Minnesota.
Teddy Bridgewater, who hasn’t played since 2015 because of a gruesome knee injury, has started practicing again. Sam Bradford started the season on fire, recording 346 passing yards and throwing three touchdowns in Week 1.
But he hasn’t played since Week 2, and no one knows what’s going on with his knee. Case Keenum has been efficient as the starter, but Bridgewater might give the Vikings a better chance to win. Keenum will start in Week 8, and the Vikings have a bye in Week 9 to decide if Bridgewater will start in Week 10.
That’s the major news at the quarterback position this week, so let’s take a look at the rest of the Fantasy players on your team dealing with injuries.
Week 8 Injury Report for Running Backs
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
We told Fantasy players last week to tamper their expectations for Gordon because he’s dealing with a foot injury, so we hope you listened.
In Week 7, he only averaged 2.1 yards per carry (YPC) and recorded just 38 rushing yards.
And unfortunately for his owners this week, he’s still dealing with the same injury. He was limited in practice Thursday and is expected to play against the New England Patriots in Week 8, but just realize his production may not be what you’ve been accustomed to this season.
Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
He’s not injured, but with injury news for running backs being light this week, we wanted to make sure our readers remembered Lynch is out for Week 8.
Lynch ran out onto the field in Week 7 when the Raiders got in a scuffle with the Kansas City Chiefs over a hit to Derek Carr. He got in the middle of the scuffle and ended up pushing a referee.
Beast Mode was then served with a one-game suspension.
In his place, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will split the workload.
Week 8 Injury Report for Wide Receivers
Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Sanders didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday because of an ankle injury, and Fantasy players are in a tough spot because the Broncos play on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 30-year old receiver has been a steady option in PPR leagues this year, finishing three out of five games with 12 or more Fantasy points.
However, if Sanders doesn’t practice today, you’re going to need to look elsewhere for a pass catcher.
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Tate was limited in Thursday’s practice with a shoulder injury, and he’s questionable for the Week 8 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now, even without the injury, this it’s going to be difficult for any of the receivers on Detroit to have good Fantasy performances. So far this season, the Steelers have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to wide receivers, according to ESPN.
Keep an eye on Tate’s status heading into Sunday.
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs is listed as questionable because of a groin injury, but he was able to practice on Thursday and Friday.
Get him in your lineup for Sunday, barring any new developments.
Week 8 Injury Report for Tight Ends
Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers
Gates was limited in practice because of a knee injury, but he’s expected to play in Week 8 against the New England Patriots.
The 37-year old tight end has only caught 13 passes this season, so you probably weren’t planning on starting him anyway.
However, if Gates is on the sidelines, it could create a more prominent role for Hunter Henry.
Henry’s Fantasy production was all over the place in the first few weeks of the season, as he went without a catch in Week 1 and Week 3. Over the last three games, though, he’s averaged 68.33 receiving yards per game.
Now that you’re caught up with all the Week 8 injury report news, make sure to check out the video below before setting your DFS lineups.
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