Ty Johnson – Adam Schefter reported that Kerryon Johnson will miss “some time” with a knee injury, but there’s no word on what the injury actually is. It sounds like a multi-week injury, so Ty Johnson is a priority add, even if it’s only for the Giants game this week. Ty led the Lions in snaps with Kerryon hurt, playing on 64% of snaps compared to JD McKissic’s 25%. Expect Ty to carry the load in Kerryon’s absence.
Chase Edmonds – No word on whether David Johnson will be healthy enough to play in Week 8. If DJ gets a full practice in this week, we should be confident that he’ll be the guy in Week 9. There’s still a chance he doesn’t go next week and Edmonds is the guy once again, in which he’ll be a great start. If DJ does go, Edmonds will likely still be flex-worthy if you’re needy; he probably has gained a role in the rotation with how well he’s played with his opportunity.
Latavius Murray – Murray is rostered in 75% of leagues, but that needs to be closer to 100%. Alvin Kamara is likely out in Week 8, and Murray has a good matchup against Arizona. He had 32 touches this past Sunday against the Bears and succeeded; imagine what he can do against the Cardinals. He’s a RB1 start with Kamara out.
Kareem Hunt – Hunt is a prospective add. There’s no word on what his role will be behind Nick Chubb, but there’s a good chance he can steal 30% of snaps from Chubb at the very least. This is all assuming Hunt is healthy, so keep an eye out if he’s practicing without limitation. Keep in mind you probably won’t want to start him until Week 11 at the very least to understand his role first.
Benny Snell – The Steelers are going to be a run-heavy team as much as possible. With Jaylen Samuels still out, Snell should get some work behind James Conner in positive game scripts like they should have at home against Miami in Week 8. He’s a desperate RB option this week.
Kenny Stills – With Will Fuller expected to miss a few weeks with a hamstring injury, Kenny Stills will step up as the clear #2 WR. He showed flashes this year, including last week against Indianapolis, racking up 105 yards on 4 catches. We saw what Aaron Rodgers did to the Raiders, and the Texans passing offense will have the pleasure of inviting them to Houston in Week 8. Still ran 38 routes in week 7, only 2nd to Hopkins’ 40. For reference Keke Coutee ran 30.
Phillip Dorsett – Dorsett has scored in 3 of 5 games played, and he’s been a reliable option for Brady so far this year. You never know where the Patriots will go with the football in the passing game outside of Julian Edelman and James White, but Dorsett has got it done more often than not. Cleveland is a good matchup next week at home, and if Josh Gordon is back at Baltimore in Week 9, he’ll likely get the shadow from Marlon Humphrey, leaving Dorsett with better matchups.
Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson- The Patriots made Sam Darnold looks like he didn’t belong in the NFL, but he has a lot of growing to do. Meanwhile, he’ll still keep guys like Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder relevant. He’s a PPR WR3 in most games, and will be fine starting him against Jacksonville in Week 8. After that, he has Miami, Giants, Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati, Miami, Baltimore (good matchup for slot WRs), Pittsburgh (good matchup for slot WRs). That’s his ENTIRE schedule for the rest of the season. Robby Anderson is rostered in most leagues, but there are about 25% of leagues where he’s not. His schedule is too good for him to stay on the waiver wire.
Marvin Jones – Jones has two good matchups coming up after his 4 TD outburst in Week 7. Giants and Oakland are two very playable matchups in Weeks 8 and 9. Would start him as a WR3. Don’t expect this type of performance for Jones; we’ve seen this type of performance before from Jones, only to have his opportunity dwindle. Kenny Golladay only had 2 targets on the day, and we should expect that to go back up; the point is, I wouldn’t overspend.
Corey Davis and AJ Brown – Corey Davis and AJ Brown have become a lot more interesting with Ryan Tannehill under center for the Titans. Davis caught 6 of 7 for 80 yards and a TD, and AJ Brown caught 6 of 8 for 64 yards. Good matchup next week against the Bucs, so if you have faith, roll with them with flex expectations, but hope for much better.
Davante Parker and Preston Williams – With Ryan Fitzpatrick back at QB, DeVante Parker and Preston Williams are another WR duo who become a bit more interesting. They both had good games in a really tough matchup this past week. 10 targets for Parker, 8 targets for Williams. More interesting in deeper leagues, but Parker did score in three straight games.
Mohamed Sanu – The Patriots traded a 2nd round pick for Sanu, so you would think they have plans on making him a staple of their passing offense. It seems like they’re overpaying, but Sanu will be a free agent after next season; if he leaves, the Patriots will likely get a 3rd round compensatory pick. Basically, they didn’t pay much. He’s worth a pick up, because the upside is he’s an every down player for Tom Brady. The question is, where does he fit? First guess is Phillip Dorsett takes a hit, even though he’s been playing well. The other guess is that Josh Gordon’s injury can be worse than we think it is, but the Patriots were looking to add a WR before Gordon got hurt. I wouldn’t break the bank whatsoever, but he’s worth an add to put on your bench to see what his role turns into.
Matt Stafford – Stafford has two good matchups coming up – Giants and Raiders, and he’s coming off a 364-yard, 4 TD game against the Vikings.
Kirk Cousins – Cousins has thrown 4 TD passes in each of the last two games, but know that the Vikings can go run heavy at any moment. Detroit forced the Vikings to remain balanced, but we can’t be so sure the Redskins will do the same in Minnesota. It’s a good matchup, but temper expectations.
Teddy Bridgewater – If Brees is out again, Bridgewater has a great matchup at home against the Cardinals.
Ryan Tannehill – This is a little extreme, but he’s going up against the Bucs at home. He has weapons, so it’s just a matter of whether he’ll use them. The Bucs have a great run defense, so the game might fall on Tannehill’s shoulders a bit. Not sure if that’s a good thing, but he’ll get a ton of opportunity.
Gerald Everett – Everett had a 10 target game on Sunday, and that makes 8+ targets for him in 3 of the last 4 games. Cincinnati has actually been good against TEs, but Everett is more of a potential long term option who can succeed in any matchup as long as he’s targeted.
Jimmy Graham – Graham got it done this past week, and has a great matchup against Kansas City in Week 8. He’s been unreliable, but he has as good of a shot at having a good game as any other lower tier TE1.
Chris Herndon – I’m sure you’re tired of hearing Herndon’s name, and with this much hype, he’s destined to fail. We did see the opportunity and production in the preseason, and Sam Darnold has voice his opinion in how much the offense will improve when Herndon returns. They have a rapport, and defenses will have to pick their poison between Jamison Crowder and Herndon in the middle of the field. It’s hard to trust the Jets offense after the Patriots game, but it’s probably why you won’t have to spend too much to pick him up this week if you’re in need of a TE.
Pittsburgh vs Miami – No brainer, and they’re at home.
Indianapolis vs Denver – Denver’s offense hasn’t looked good as of late, and the Colts put up 10 and 9 fantasy points against the Chiefs and Texans over their last two games. At least 3 sacks in 4 of 6 games.
Carolina @ SF – Carolina has been sacking QBs all year long. San Francisco has given up only 6 sacks all game long. Something has to give, but Carolina should still be able to have a decent game.
LA Rams vs Cincinnati – Rams have Jalen Ramsey now, and that’ll be a problem for Cincinnati. Teams have been creating turnovers against the Bengals all year long.
Seattle @ Atlanta – Matt Ryan will likely miss next week, so Seattle’s a fine start against Matt Schaub.