Welcome to Week 8 of the National Football League fantasy division. We have a few game-time decisions (Jimbo Graham!) and with all of these injuries you never know when something wacky will pop up, so stay tuned to the Rotoworld News Page and also check out our live blog which I’ll be live blogging starting an hour before kickoff.
We also have Week 8 Rankings from Mr. Pat Daugherty, Nick Mensio’s sleeper picks, Jeff Ratliffe's D/ST picks, my AFC and NFC Targets and Touches and Evan Silva's detailed look at every game in his Matchup Column. So click on all of those and read them word for word and I'll quiz you when you get back.
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49ers at Jaguars
* Ace Sanders (concussion) has been cleared to play, but Mike Brown has passed him on the depth chart as the #3 receiver.
* Cecil Shorts (clavicle) didn’t have any setbacks after Week 7 and was able to practice Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable and will play.
* Justin Blackmon (hamstring) was able to practice on Thursday, but was rested on Friday and is considered probable. He will play and most likely see plenty garbage-time targets.
* Blaine Gabbert (hamstring) has been cleared to play, but Chad Henne will get the start.
* Jon Baldwin (illness) was limited in practice and is listed as questionable.
Browns at Chiefs
* Dwayne Bowe (groin) did not practice after being limited in practice on Thursday. It seems like he probably aggravated the injury, which puts him in doubt for the game even though he is still listed as questionable.
* Anthony Fasano (knee, ankle) was limited in practice this week, but is listed as probable. The team is just taking it easy on him as he returns from his injuries, but he has had no setbacks.
Dolphins at Patriots
* Cameron Wake (knee) only played on 22 snaps last week in his first game back, but should see a big bump in snaps now that his coach declared him 100%.
* Danny Amendola (concussion) has passed all his protocol tests and is listed as questionable along with seven other Patriots. We won’t know for sure until the inactives are announced, but it looks like he’s a go.
* Brandon Bolden (knee) is listed as questionable every week, and hasn't missed a game this year.
* Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited in practice and is listed as questionable, just like last week when he played.
* Tom Brady (shoulder) returned to a full practice on Friday and is listed as probable.
* Aqib Talib (hip) practiced in a limited fashion all week and is listed as questionable.
Bills at Saints
* Jimmy Graham was able to get limited work in on Friday and will be a game time decision. He is a true game-time decision and you’ll most likely want to start him if he goes unless you have a very good alternative.
* Cameron Jordan (ankle), the Saints best defensive player, is listed as questionable, but was able to get limited practices in on Thursday and Friday. It’s looking good for him to go, but if he doesn’t or is limited in the game it is a boost for Fred Jackson.
* Mark Ingram (toe) was limited in practice and is considered questionable. He’ll be a game-time decision.
* Lance Moore (hand) was a full participant in practice and is listed as probable. He’ll return to the field against the Bills.
* C.J. Spiller (ankle) didn’t practice and is listed as doubtful. They will give his ankle some much-needed rest.
* Fred Jackson (knee) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable. He will play and without Spiller taking away touches in a good matchup.
Cowboys at Lions
* DeMarco Murray (knee) was limited in practice and is officially questionable, but is fully expected to play in Detroit.
* Lance Dunbar (hamstring) is listed as probable and will return for this game, but it looks like he missed his chance with Murray likely back for this game.
* Miles Austin (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and is listed as questionable, but most Dallas beat writers believe he won’t play.
* DeMarcus Ware (thigh) won’t play again this week. That’s good news for the Lions.
* Dez Bryant (hamstring) practiced in full Friday and is listed as probable and will play.
* Reggie Bush (knee) took a precautionary day off on Friday, but all reports are positive on his health and he is listed as probable.
* Calvin Johnson (knee) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable and has no setbacks after his big game against the Bengals last week.
Giants at Eagles
* Brandon Jacobs (neck) didn’t practice and is out against the Eagles. Peyton Hillis will get the start.
* Michael Vick (hamstring) practiced in full and is listed as probable. He ran a 100-yard dash with no setbacks. Nick Foles (concussion) is out.
Steelers at Raiders
* Darren McFadden (hamstring) is not on the injury report and is a full go.
Jets at Bengals
* Santonio Holmes (hamstring) is out.
* Jeff Cumberland (hamstring) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable and will play.
* Marvin Jones (shoulder) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable and will play.
Falcons at Cardinals
* Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) didn’t practice again on Friday and has been ruled out for Week 8. Harry Douglas and Drew Davis will once again draw starts.
* Steven Jackson (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice, but practiced all week and is probable. Jacquizz Rodgers will most likely see most of the passing down duties wile Jackson is eased back in.
* Jason Snelling (ankle) didn’t practice and is out.
* Rashard Mendenhall (toe) didn’t practice this week and is doubtful to play. Andre Ellington will draw the start against the Falcons.
* Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) practiced in full and is probable to play. He has a great matchup so even though he says he's not where he'd like to be, he's a must start.
Redskins at Broncos
* Leonard Hankerson (foot) practiced, but is listed as questionable. Since this is a late game it would be safer to start someone you know will play.
* Champ Bailey (foot) didn’t practice this week and is out.
* Peyton Manning (ankle) practiced Thursday and Friday after resting Wednesday. He is probable and will play.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Packers at Vikings
* James Jones (knee) didn’t practice and is listed as doubtful.
* Jermichael Finley (neck) may not return this season. Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick will fill-in for him.
* James Starks (knee) practiced in full and will retake his #2 running back position this week over Johnathan Franklin.
* Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was a full participant in practice and is listed as probable. He may not be 100%, but he IS Adrian Peterson.
* Blair Walsh (hamstring) was a full participant in practice and is listed as probable.
* Josh Freeman (concussion) is out against the Packers and Christian Ponder will start.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Seahawks at Rams
* Percy Harvin (hip) has resumed practicing this week and has an outside chance of playing, but would most likely see limited snaps.
* Sam Bradford (knee) is done for the season and Kellen Clemens will get the start on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks top defense.
My Week 8 Bye Week Fillers
Mike Brown: The Jaguars #3 probably isn’t at the top of everyone’s list, but the Jags continue to throw the ball a ton as their defense gets them behind quickly. The 49ers are tough on top receivers, but according to Football Outsiders they rank 29th against #3 receivers.
Kris Durham: Durham has taken over the #2 receiving position for the Lions and even with Calvin Johnson back from his injury had eight targets and caught five of them against the Bengals. The Cowboys have been adept at shutting down opposing #1 receivers, so they will of course send extra help Megatron’s way and that could open things up for Durham.
Cole Beasley: On the other side of the ball Cole Beasley has been playing well and last week caught six of seven targets for 53 yards and is averaging 4+ receptions over the last three weeks including a touchdown and has caught 18 of 21 targets this season. He’s quickly becoming a trusted slot receiver for Tony Romo and Miles Austin may not play this week, which would help him see even more snaps.
Anthony Fasano: Fasano came very close to a touchdown twice in his first week back from injury and this week Kansas City may be without Dwayne Bowe. Alex Smith’s propensity to throw it underneath is good news for Fasano.
Stepfan Taylor: With Rashard Mendenhall out this week it looks like Taylor will be backing up Andre Ellington. That’s about as far as I’ll take my endorsement.
Peyton Hillis: He has to be a little better with a week of practice and the knowledge that he’ll be starting. He did get a goal line touchdown last week and five receptions for 45 yards. That has bye week filler written all over it.
Montee Ball: Ronnie Hillman has been benched due to his fumbling issues and Ball is the de facto number two back. Washington’s run defense is arguably the worst in the league and if the Broncos get a lead, Ball would see some garbage time work.
Chad Henne: The Jaguars will get behind in this one most likely and their best players are their receivers. Add that fact to the rules of garbage-time and you have a lot of passes to some pretty good players.
Carson Palmer: The Falcons have yet to keep an opposing quarterback from throwing fewer than two touchdowns and are 26th in sacks. Palmer needs a clean pocket and should have that this week.