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    Jordan Howard Oct 23 12:20pm ET

    Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard might only play a fantasy relevant role in Week 8 if he is able to score a touchdown. Howard and the Eagles travel to Buffalo to take on a tough Bills Defense. While Howard has handled almost all early-down and goal line work lately, he has not put together many yards and is a complete non-factor in the passing game. He's looking at another game that could possibly be similar to his 50-yard performance in Week 7. Howard is a risky RB3 with a concerning floor this week.

    From RotoBaller

    James Conner Oct 23 11:53am ET

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) is expected to play in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

    Fantasy Spin: Conner is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, but he has scored touchdowns in two games straight. The Chargers are a good matchup for the RB2.

    From TheHuddle

    Carson Wentz Oct 23 11:50am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz could have a hard time in Week 8 on the road against the Buffalo Bills. The Eagles offense looked like a mess in Week 7 against the Cowboys, with Wentz throwing for just 191 yards on 16 completed passes. The Bills Defense poses another threat to Wentz and the whole Philly offense. With DeSean Jackson (abdomen) still not a sure thing to suit up, it looks like a week to fade every fantasy-relevant Eagle a bit. Wentz is more of a high-end QB2 this week.

    From RotoBaller

    Kerryon Johnson Oct 23 11:50am ET

    Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) underwent a procedure on Tuesday morning and will miss at least eight weeks while on injured reserve. After many had hoped that the 22-year-old would be in store for a breakout season, Johnson disappointed by compiling just 308 yards and three total touchdowns while averaging a subpar 3.3 yards per carry throughout six games. With his season potentially over, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic will take over, with Johnson potentially getting the bulk of the carries on the ground and McKissic being involved catching passes out of the backfield. How exactly the time will be split is unknown at the moment in addition to the team also rumored to make a deal before the trade deadline.

    From RotoBaller

    DeSean Jackson Oct 23 11:13am ET

    Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen) won't practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

    Fantasy Spin: D-Jax could be inching toward returning, but he'll need to practice over the next couple of days to have a shot to face the Buffalo Bills. Alshon Jeffery remains a low-end WR2 option in PPR leagues if Jackson is out.

    From TheHuddle

    Washington Redskins Oct 23 11:00am ET

    The Washington Redskins Defense will head to Minnesota on Thursday night to take on a Vikings team that has averaged 36 points a game over the last three weeks. Minnesota's recent offensive success directly coincides with its newly established willingness to air the ball out from the arm of Kirk Cousins, who has averaged 325 yards per game and thrown 10 total touchdowns in this span. Adding fuel to the grease fire that is Washington's fantasy outlook for Week 8, the Vikings also have a running back by the name of Dalvin Cook who just so happens to lead the NFL in rushing yards per game at 103.6. Even with Adam Thielen in danger of missing this game for the Vikings, there is no conceivable reason to deploy the Redskins defense in fantasy lineups this week.

    From RotoBaller

    Jeremy Sprinkle Oct 23 10:50am ET

    Washington Redskins tight end Jeremy Sprinkle will presumably start for the fourth consecutive week on Thursday night against the Vikings, but that starting role has yet to yield any positive fantasy results. Vernon Davis has missed Washington's last three games, a time frame in which Sprinkle has caught a total of six passes for 54 yards. Even a visit to the endzone can't necessarily save him from a usage rate that low. The Vikings are allowing double-digit PPR production on average to tight ends, but the last thing you want to do is needlessly roll the dice on a risky Thursday night player and have it go up in flames. Whether Davis (who is currently listed as doubtful) unexpectedly suits up or not, there are safer and more proven options at tight end than Sprinkle for Week 8.

    From RotoBaller

    Paul Richardson Oct 23 10:30am ET

    Washington Redskins wide receiver Paul Richardson has a relatively favorable matchup on his hands Thursday, but has done nothing this season to convince fantasy owners he can capitalize. The Vikings are allowing an average of 15 receptions and 159 yards per game to opposing receivers, along with 11 total touchdowns. Richardson hasn't caught a pass for two straight weeks, and Terry McLaurin is a productive target vacuum in Washington's offense, so the reliability scale tips in the latter's direction. As much as the Redskins would probably like to involve someone other than McLaurin and diversify their attack, Richardson simply cannot be trusted as a fantasy play in any format based on his output to this point in the season.

    From RotoBaller

    Trey Quinn Oct 23 10:30am ET

    Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn has totaled seven catches for 56 yards in his last three games. His only double-digit PPR outing came all the way back in Week 1 when he happened to score a garbage-time touchdown. With a short week to prepare for Thursday night's game and a Redskins offense that hasn't looked any good for pretty much the entire season, Quinn's outlook remains grim even against a Vikings Defense that has been somewhat friendly to wide receivers. If he miraculously has a productive night against Minnesota after catching three or fewer passes in four consecutive weeks, it unfortunately needs to happen on the waiver wire.

    From RotoBaller

    Terry McLaurin Oct 23 10:20am ET

    Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin should be in line for a ton of targets in Thursday night's game at Minnesota, making him the only reasonably safe fantasy option among his teammates. The Vikings have allowed the most receptions to wide receivers of any team in the league, for 1,116 total yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. McLaurin's well-established rapport with Case Keenum through the first half of the season suggests he should be the pass-catcher tasked with exploiting Minnesota's secondary. Game flow figures to work in his favor as well, as the Vikings could reasonably be expected to jump out to an early lead. McLaurin's volume keeps him in flex territory for WR-needy fantasy teams.

    From RotoBaller

    Case Keenum Oct 23 10:10am ET

    Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum will look to bounce back from Sunday's 9-0 loss in which he threw for under 100 yards, but a date with Minnesota doesn't provide him with much more fantasy appeal. This should be interpreted more as a lack of faith in Washington's offense than a vote of confidence in the Vikings' relatively exploitable pass defense, but the point remains. The Redskins are averaging 12.9 points per game on offense, and they could be without both of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson in the backfield. The hope here from a fantasy perspective is that Minnesota's suddenly explosive offense puts the Redskins up against a massive early deficit, thus forcing Keenum to air it out. Even if the Thursday night game unfolds as such, fantasy owners would be putting a ton of misguided faith in pass-catchers like Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn by starting Keenum in fantasy lineups. The reward does not outweigh the risk.

    From RotoBaller

    Wendell Smallwood Oct 23 10:00am ET

    Washington Redskins running back Wendell Smallwood might be the starter by default in Thursday night's game at Minnesota. Adrian Peterson is questionable with a high ankle sprain, while Chris Thompson continues to nurse a toe injury that held him out of last week's contest. Considering the short week, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Redskins err on the side of caution regarding Peterson and Thompson. They don't have much to play for, and it wouldn't be worth risking further injury to either if one or both are not at 100% health. If Smallwood does have the backfield to himself, volume doesn't outweigh the unfavorable matchup. The Vikings are giving up 3.8 yards per carry to opposing backs, and have surrendered just one rushing touchdown to the position. Smallwood will have to turn in his fantasy value in the receiving game, which is not worth banking on. He is best avoided unless you find yourself in desperate need of a PPR flex.

    From RotoBaller

    Phillip Gaines Oct 23 2:03am ET

    Houston Texans CB Phillip Gaines (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injury list Tuesday, Oct. 22.

    From TheHuddle

    Keion Adams Oct 23 1:43am ET

    New York Giants LB Keion Adams (knee) was released from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 21.

    From TheHuddle

    Pernell McPhee Oct 23 12:53am ET

    Baltimore Ravens LB Pernell McPhee (triceps) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 22.

    From TheHuddle

    Brent Urban Oct 23 12:23am ET

    Chicago Bears DE Jonathan Harris was released Tuesday, Oct. 22; the move cleared a spot for the signing of DL Brent Urban.

    From TheHuddle

    Elijah McGuire Oct 23 12:23am ET

    Cleveland Browns RB Elijah McGuire was released from the practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 22.

    From TheHuddle

    Calvin Ridley Oct 22 10:53pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was listed as the No. 2 receiver on the version of the Falcons' depth chart released following the trade of WR Mohamed Sanu Tuesday, Oct. 22.

    Fantasy Spin: Ridley was already Atlanta's second-most productive receiver behind Julio Jones, but he stands to gain at least a few extra targets per game without much depth behind the top two wideouts for the Falcons.

    From TheHuddle

    Kerryon Johnson Oct 22 9:53pm ET

    Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 22.

    From TheHuddle

    Duke Johnson Oct 22 9:13pm ET

    Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson out-snapped RB Carlos Hyde 39-to-26 in the Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Oct. 20.

    Fantasy Spin: Johnson received a total of nine touches and racked up 56 yards. It was his first start of the season but Carlos Hyde still had more carries. Johnson has the higher ceiling in PPR formats, but Hyde is the safer option in standard leagues.

    From TheHuddle

  • NFL Week 8
    Redskins42u
    Vikings-16
    Thu 8:20pm ET
    Seahawks54u
    Falcons+3.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Eagles43.5u
    Bills-2
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Chargers40.5u
    Bears-4
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Giants49u
    Lions-7
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Buccaneers45.5u
    Titans-2.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Broncos43.5u
    Colts-5.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Bengals48u
    Rams-13
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Cardinals48u
    Saints-9.5
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Jets41u
    Jaguars-6
    Sun 1:00pm ET
    Panthers41.5u
    49ers-5.5
    Sun 4:05pm ET
    Browns46u
    Patriots-13
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Raiders51.5u
    Texans-6.5
    Sun 4:25pm ET
    Packers47.5u
    Chiefs+4.0
    Sun 8:20pm ET
    Dolphins43u
    Steelers-14.5
    Mon 8:15pm ET
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