Kenny Gainwell – Miles Sanders has a low ankle injury, and it might not be overly serious, but Nick Sirianni did it call it week to week. He’ll likely be out for at least one week. The Lions have allowed 6 receiving TDs to RBs, and Gainwell already had packages near the goal line in the pass game. If the Eagles get near the goal line, I’d be shocked if they don’t use those packages involving Gainwell this week. If Sanders misses another week, the Eagles get the Chargers, who’ve allowed a ton of fantasy points to RBs… but mostly in the run game. Gainwell can still do his thing in this game if the Eagles go pass heavy once again. It’s very possible the Eagles elevate Jordan Howard from their practice squad, but it shouldn’t affect Gainwell’s role. If you’re wondering what the split was after Sanders got hurt, Gainwell was on the field for 57% of those snaps compared to Boston Scott’s 41%. Gainwell dominated passing downs, and keep in mind that the Eagles were down this past week. As far as goal line carries, it’ll probably be either Scott or Jordan Howard. Gainwell will have his red zone packages either way. Gainwell has a good shot to be a solid PPR RB2 over the next two weeks, maybe more. FAAB: 15%
Boston Scott – If the Eagles go up in this game, Scott can rack up some work in the run game, but I’m not willing to bet on the game script when it comes to the Eagles. If Miles Sanders wasn’t getting enough work, should we expect Scott to see 12-15 carries? I won’t be. Jordan Howard will also be active, so it’s possible he steals some goal line work. Gainwell’s role is a bit more secure, and he’ll likely get more snaps than he usually does with Sanders out because of his playmaking ability.
Brandon Bolden – Bill Belichick took advantage of the Jets being one of the worst teams against pass-catching RBs, so Bolden was very involved this week despite being ahead all game. Bolden is the James White replacement, so he can be plugged into your flex in PPR leagues when you need the help.
Kenyan Drake/Peyton Barber – Josh Jacobs suffered a chest injury in Week 7, and Kenyan Drake took over his early down role. Jalen Richard then took over Drake’s former role. After Richard came back a couple of weeks ago, Richard has shared Drake’s passing down role, which left Drake in a bit of no-man’s land in the backfield… because Barber was the one to take over the Jacobs role when he was out with an injury a few weeks ago. Barber was inactive in Week 7, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be the Jacobs replacement coming out of their bye in Week 9 if Jacobs can’t go. It’s also possible that Drake becomes the backup with Jon Gruden’s gone. I wouldn’t spend on either guy a) because the Raiders are on a bye and Jacobs can potentially be back in Week 9. If we hear that Jacobs will miss, I would lean Drake, but it’s a very ambiguous situation.
Sterling Shepard – He was cut in a lot of leagues last week, and he’s back to being rostered in only about 50% of leagues. He was close to playing this past week, so my guess is that he’ll be good to go this week. Good matchup against the Chiefs this week, but he can potentially be a WR3 for you all week while being ranked as a WR2 this week if Golladay misses again.
Kadarius Toney – Toney looked really good when on the field and when healthy. He might not be back this week, but when he’s back, he might be a difference maker. He’s a WR3 if he plays this week, and if he doesn’t, I’d still hold him on my bench.
Michael Gallup – Gallup was activated on Monday. He can return as soon as this week. They don’t have to activate him to the roster this week, but he’s still a very solid pickup if he’s available. He’s a good WR on a good offense.
Laviska Shenault – Shenault is now a full-time player with the injury to DJ Chark. Shenault went from running more than 80% of his routes from the slot to more than 80% of his routes on the outside. He was better from the outside last season, and he now has the ability to create some big plays.
Rashod Bateman – Bateman led the Ravens in targets in Week 6, and tied for the lead in receiving yardage in Week 7. Sammy Watkins is coming back at some point, and there’s no guarantee Bateman keeps his job as the starter opposite Hollywood. However, for him to run the second most routes behind Hollywood in his second game means something, and he’s getting opportunity to potentially win that job. I can see a rotation when Watkins is back, but Bateman is talented enough to win the job at some point. He’s on a good offense, and it can probably support a few receivers at this point, given the fact that Lamar Jackson ispassing the ball more this season.
Allen Lazard – Davante Adams will most likely be out this Thursday after he was put on the COVID list on Monday. Lazard caught 5 balls on 6 targets for 60 yards and a TD this past Sunday. He ran a route a route on 90% of dropbacks, so we should expect the same this week. Good matchup against Arizona. Lazard might be a long-term hold, but with MVS back soon, not sure there will be enough targets to go around.
Randall Cobb – Aaron Rodgers is a QB who feeds his favorite WR. Now that his favorite WR Davante Adams might be out this week, his next favorite WR Randall Cobb can get some targets this week. He’s a desperate flex with some upside. Solid matchup this week against the Cardinals.
KJ Osborn – Osborn’s inconsistent, but the Vikings have the Cowboys this week, so this can be yet another shootout and close game for Minnesota. Start Osborn as a PPR flex if you’re desperate.
Kalif Raymond/Amon-Ra St Brown – He’s the flavor of the week when it comes to the Lions WRs. St. Brown didn’t even get targeted, and that might’ve had something to do with Jalen Ramsey. St. Brown can potentially come back next week to get his 4-5 catches. However, if you look at what Raymond has put together this season, including his 100-yard game last week, he’s been relatively. He’s worthy of a roster spot in a 12-team league, and can be started as a flex.
Darius Slayton – There are several permutations of how the Giants WR corp will look in Week 8. Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney are all banged up, but if any two of them miss this week, Slayton can be a solid play this week against Kansas City. Perimeter WRs have played very well against Kansas City this year, and if Patrick Mahomes gets it together this week, we can have a very high scoring game. He’d be a desperate flex this week. If Shepard and Golladay play, he’s a long shot upside play.
Tim Patrick – Patrick has a good matchup this week, but reports are that Jerry Jeudy will be back this week against Washington. No word on whether Jeudy will play a full complement of plays, but the target share will likely shift to Jeudy and Sutton rather than Patrick and Sutton as it was while Jeudy was out. It might not happen right away, so Patrick can be started as a flex if you’re desperate this week.
DeVante Parker – Parker doesn’t have a great matchup this week, and is banged up, but wouldn’t you want him on your roster if Deshaun Watson gets traded to the Dolphins? If you have an extra roster spot, Parker doubles as a flex option and an upside stash.
Will Fuller – Remember the connection he had with Deshaun Watson? Keep an eye on Fuller.
Daniel Jones @ KC
Carson Wentz vs Tennessee
Jameis Winston vs TB
Teddy Bridgewater vs WFT
Ricky Seals-Jones – he ran a route on 100% of routes. That alone deserves a start. He’s a solid TE1 until Logan Thomas is back. Yes, it’s a tough matchup against Denver, but I rather play RSJ than a TE who isn’t running a ton of routes with a “good matchup.”
CJ Uzomah – Uzomah isn’t working with a ton of target share, but he’s at least running a route on a majority of dropbacks. He’s not near a rate where I feel comfortable starting a tight end, but he’s scored 5 TDs in the last 4 weeks. He now gets the Jets, who have been beat pretty bad by TEs this season.
Evan Engram – If a few of the receivers are out for the Giants, Engram should get a solid target share. He had 8 targets last week, and he gets Kansas City this week, who have not only been a good defense to target for tight ends, but this can also be a pretty high scoring game. The only issue with Engram is that he’s not running a full complement of routes, and Kyle Rudolph is pretty involved.
Robert Tonyan – Tonyan came out of nowhere last week, but he makes a lot more sense this week with Davante Adams out. It’s a pretty tough matchup. Tonyan is a swing for the fences this week if you need a TE.
Lance Thomas – This is just a reminder that Thomas should be back after the bye, so if he’s available, and you need a TE for the rest of the year, he should be able to be a consistent low-end TE1 for you.
RB Stashes (available in ~> 50% of leagues)
Alexander Mattison – Instant high-end RB1 if Dalvin Cook gets hurt
Darrynton Evans – RB1 if Derrick Henry gets hurt
Sony Michel – every down back on a great offense if Darrell Henderson gets hurt
Marlon Mack – Mack is just a stash in case he gets traded
Ronald Jones – If Fournette goes down, Jones has a ton of upside as the primary rusher on a great offense