Perriman entered the NFL’s concussion protocol earlier in the week, and he has yet to participate in a practice, putting his status for Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at risk, while Crowder was able to put in a limited session following his absence from last week’s loss due to a groin injury. Denzel Mims made his NFL debut in Week 7 and essentially took over the second outside wide receiver role from Jeff Smith and accumulated a 31.8% target share on 97.8% of snaps, so if Perriman is unable to suit, Smith would likely reclaim a full-time role with Mims working as the de facto first option on the outside. However, if Crowder ends up being cleared to play, he’ll absorb a large portion of the available targets from Sam Darnold and take over the large majority of slot routes from Braxton Berrios, who logged a 93.3% snap rate in his absence.
Brown returned to practice on Wednesday and was listed as a full participant, which is a positive sign for his availability in this Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the New England Patriots as he recovers from a nagging knee injury. In his absence, Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, and Cole Beasley worked as quarterback Josh Allen’s top receivers in three-wide sets, but Beasley was easily the biggest beneficiary of Brown being sidelined as he ran 44 routes on passing downs, logged an 84.3% snap share, and just barely trailed Diggs with 29.3% market share of the targets. The likely return of Brown will relegate Davis to a backup role once again, but Beasley’s snap count should depend more on the availability of Dawson Knox and the rest of the tight end group since he runs such a large majority of his routes from the slot.
Ingram did not participate in practice on Wednesday due to a high-ankle sprain, which is concerning for his potential availability in Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers since he had the entire bye week to rest and heal up the aforementioned injury. If Ingram isn’t ready to go by the weekend, rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would likely form a two-running back committee and would be quite the improvement over the Ravens’ current three-way backfield timeshare. Assuming Justice Hill remains an afterthought, Dobbins should profile as the better option in daily fantasy formats over Edwards, but following Ingram’s early exit in Week 6, the two backs essentially split snaps down the middle with Dobbins running six more routes on passing downs than his backfield counterpart.
The 49ers announced that they’ve officially designated Coleman to return from injured reserve, and he’ll have a 21-day practice window before he’s required to be moved to the active roster. This means that Coleman still has a chance to activated prior to Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks after missing the previous four games with a knee injury. The timing of Coleman’s potential return couldn’t be better for the Niners with Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. already on short-term injured reserve with their respective ailments, making possible Colemen steps directly into the lead running back role for head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense with JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon also likely seeing a portion of the backfield touches. McKinnon’s workload has been sporadic, to say the least, of late, so he may be an easy player to avoid in daily fantasy formats if Coleman is ultimately activated prior to this weekend’s contest.
Robinson was forced to leave the game late in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams due to a blow to the head, and head coach Matt Nagy confirmed with reporters on Zoom that Robinson is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol and won’t participate in practice on Wednesday afternoon. It’s still too early to be concerned about Robinson’s potential availability for this Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, but if he’s not able to return to practice by Friday, it’s likely that he’ll be unable to suit up this weekend. If that’s the case, Darnell Mooney would become the de facto number one receiver for quarterback Nick Foles, and he’s coming off of a game where he had a 91.2% snap rate, ran 42 routes on passing downs, and led the Bears pass-catchers with seven total targets.
As expected, the Browns officially placed Beckham on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his knee, effectively ruling him out of Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders and ending his 2020 season. The absence of Beckham will not only make Jarvis Landry the undisputed number one receiver in the Browns offense, but it will also open up additional opportunities for Rashard Higgins and likely some combination of Donovan Peoples-Jones and Khadarel Hodge, who is slated to be activated from injured reserve this week. The health status of Austin Hooper will be a key situation to monitor in Week 8 heading into the weekend as he would be set to be the number two target for quarterback Baker Mayfield if active or, if not, Harrison Bryant and David Njoku would enter consideration for daily fantasy formats across the industry once again.
The Panthers announced that they’ve officially designated McCaffrey to return from injured reserve, and he’ll have a 21-day practice window before he’s required to be moved to the active roster. According to reports from Panthers beat writers, McCaffrey was on the practice field with a helmet today, so it seems likely he’ll participate in practice in at least a limited fashion, leaving open the possibility he is activated prior to Thursday night’s Week 8 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons after missing the previous five games with an ankle injury. Unfortunately, since McCaffrey isn’t on the active roster yet, he won’t be included on the Panthers’ practice reports this week, but even if he practices in full the next two days, he still appears to be a longshot to return to game action on a short week.
Godwin fractured his left index finger making a touchdown catch this past Sunday and is undergoing surgery on Tuesday morning to repair the damage. This effectively rules him of Monday night’s Week 8 matchup against the New York Giants, and depending on how quickly it heals, he could return for the Buccaneers Week 9 contest. Godwin has only played in four games this season, so there is a decent sample size as far as the NFL goes with Mike Evans as the lead wide receiver in this offense, and in those instances, he’s averaged nine targets from quarterback Tom Brady compared to the three targets he’s averaged with Godwin active. Additionally, with Antonio Brown not eligible to return from suspension until Week 9 at the earliest, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson figure to see more opportunities in the passing game as well.
Higbee was able to be a limited participant in practice on Saturday, but he’s officially been downgraded from questionable on the Rams’ injury report and will be inactive for Monday night’s matchup against the Chicago Bears due to a hand injury. His absence will obviously make Gerald Everett the primary pass-catching tight end for quarterback Jared Goff, but it will also likely force head coach Sean McVay to utilize more 1-1 personal, which would allow Josh Reynolds and maybe even Van Jefferson to see more routes in three and four wide receiver sets. This makes each of them, along with Everett, intriguing options in the single-game daily fantasy slates across the industry this evening.
Samuel was forced to exit in the second half of this past Sunday’s win over the New England Patriots, and head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed with reporters via Zoom that Samuel won’t be available for the Week 8 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks and most likely Week 9 as well due to a hamstring injury. The strain must be fairly significant if Samuel has already been ruled out this far in advance, and in his absence, Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne are in line to take on a much more significant role in the offense, though George Kittle clearly remains the top target in the passing game for quarterback Jimmy Garropolo moving forward. Additionally, the 49ers are also set to be without both Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. for at least the next two games, and if Tevin Coleman isn’t activated from the injured reserve list, JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon figure to lead this Niners’ backfield in touches this upcoming weekend.
Drake underwent an MRI on Monday morning that revealed a slight tear to a ligament in his ankle, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is expected to miss at least a few weeks. The Cardinals have a bye week in Week 8, but given that prognosis, he’ll seemingly miss at least two or three games heading out of the bye, if not more since the Cardinals are treating this injury as a severe high ankle sprain. In Drake’s absence, Chase Edmonds should undoubtedly lead this Arizona backfield in carries and routes run for the duration he’s sidelined, putting him in a prime position to produce fantasy points at an elite level over the course of the next few games.
Carson appears to have avoided a significant injury, but he is still considered week-to-week and is expected to miss some time, effectively ruling him of Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers due to a mid-foot sprain. Travis Homer was also banged up in last night’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, so Carlos Hyde unsurprisingly took control of the Seahawks’ backfield and totaled 41 snaps and accumulated 18 combined carries and receptions. With Carson sidelined, Hyde should continue to play well ahead of rookie DeeJay Dallas if Homer is unavailable, but it’ll be interesting to see how much headway the young running back can make in Hyde’s snap share given his general lack of versatility out of the backfield.
DeAndre Hopkins didn’t appear at risk of sitting, and as expected the star WR will be active Sunday night. While he has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past few weeks, Hopkins still leads the NFL with 47 receptions and 601 yards. He should approach 10 targets once again tonight. KeeSean Johnson will be inactive, and he has only appeared in two games so far this season.