There were more big injuries in Week 8. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community after the second weekend of NFL games:
Jay Cutler, QB Miami Dolphins – Cutler missed last Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with a rib injury. Miami’s offense struggled without him getting shutout 40-0. Cutler is expected to return in Week versus the Oakland Raiders. He’s thrown seven touchdowns and five interceptions this season.
Joe Flacco, QB Baltimore Ravens – Flacco suffered a concussion in Thursday night’s win over the Dolphins. He was replaced by backup Ryan Mallett. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that Flacco has a good chance to play this week against the Tennessee Titans. If Flacco isn’t cleared by Sunday, Mallett will draw the start.
Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winston started against the Carolina Panthers Sunday but he was ineffective, completing 21 of 38 passes for 210 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s been playing through a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said he considered pulling Winston Sunday. Koetter was noncommittal about Winston’s status for Week 9. If Winston can’t go, backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start versus the New Orleans Saints.
Devonta Freeman, RB Atlanta Falcons – Freeman suffered a minor shoulder injury in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. He only had 12 carries for 41 yards. Freeman will be limited in practice this week but he’s expected to play against the Carolina Panthers.
Danny Woodhead, RB Baltimore Ravens – Woodhead (hamstring) is eligible to come off injured reserve after the Ravens Week 10 bye. He’s expected to return to practice in the next couple of weeks. He can play as early as Week 11 if everything goes well but that’s probably unlikely. Either way, Woodhead will be back before fantasy playoffs. Woodhead caught three passes for 33 yards in just under one-quarter of play this season. He’ll be a major part of the Ravens offense once he’s healthy.
Chris Hogan, WR New England Patriots – Hogan suffered a shoulder injury late in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He was seen with his arm in a sling following the game. The Patriots are on a bye this week, so Hogan has some extra time to get healthy. If it’s something serious, Danny Amendola will be in line for more touches in Week 10.
Devante Parker, WR Miami Dolphins – Parker missed his third straight game Thursday night with an ankle injury. He’s expected to return in Week 9 when Miami faces the Raiders barring a setback. Parker’s return will be a blow to Kenny Stills’ fantasy value.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR Denver Broncos – Sanders was inactive for Monday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an ankle injury. It was the second straight game Sanders missed. He should be considered questionable for Week 9. If Sanders isn’t healthy enough to play, Bennie Fowler will get another start versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Charles Clay, TE Buffalo Bills – Clay didn’t practice Monday as he continues to recover from a knee injury. The Bills play on Thursday this week, so it’s doubtful Clay will be active. He has a better chance of returning in Week 10. Nick O’Leary and Logan Thomas will continue to split time at tight end until Clay gets back.
Zach Miller, TE Chicago Bears – Miller suffered a serious knee injury Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints. He needed an emergency surgery to repair a torn artery. Miller’s injury is obviously much bigger than football. Dion Sims will replace Miller in the Bears non-existent passing game.
Greg Olsen, TE Carolina Panther – Olsen plans to test his injured foot early in the week. If everything goes well, he’ll begin practicing. Olsen is eyeing a return following the Panthers Week 11 bye. If he stays healthy, Olsen will be a big help to owners over the final month of the season.
Jordan Reed, TE Washington Redskins – In the least shocking development of the year, Reed is hurt again. Reed injured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He’s expected to miss Week 9. We’ve seen this story before. Owners should pick up Vernon Davis immediately.
Delanie Walker, TE Tennessee Titans – Walker is dealing with a bone bruise in his ankle and didn’t practice on Monday. He was seen on crutches after the Titans Week 8 win over the Cleveland Browns. There’s a good chance Walker is inactive Sunday and backup John Smith will get the start against the Ravens.