Week 8: Fantasy Football First Reactions

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith breaks down the latest news from Week 7, including several injuries and a surprising retirement!

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Brian Hoyer placed on injured reserve with broken arm

Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer was forced out of Sunday’s game with brutal broken left arm. Hoyer laid on the ground in obvious pain after failing to be helped up. The good news is at least its non-throwing arm. Reports came out Monday stating he should only miss six weeks after initially being given an eight-week timetable. Unfortunately, we now know he’s going to miss at least eight weeks since the Bears placed him on injured reserve. Odds are Hoyer’s season is likely over. There is a chance he returns late in the season. However, Jay Cutler has been cleared to return for Week 8. While he is far from a great option and was far outplayed by Hoyer this season, he is a significant upgrade over Matt Barkley.

Jets say Geno Smith’s knee is “fine,” diagnosed with torn ACL

Yes, you read that right. New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith finally got his opportunity to start on Sunday replacing a completely incompetent Ryan Fitzpatrick. Needless to say, Smith promptly went down with a knee injury and was replaced by Fitzpatrick. The Jets then stated that Smith’s knee was “fine” and was getting a precautionary MRI. It turns out he wasn’t exactly “fine.” In fact, he tore his ACL and his season along with his career with the Jets is likely over. It turns out Bryce Petty still hasn’t recovered from a preseason shoulder injury and is at least a few weeks away from even being considered as a starter. Fitzpatrick will be the starter Week 8.

Cody Kessler injured again Week 7

The Cleveland Browns’ quarterback woes continued this weekend. Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler is injured again, this time with a concussion. He says he’s “holding out hope” he can get cleared in time to play Week 8. Head coach Hue Jackson says there is “a chance” Josh McCown could play this week against the Jets, but he’s not a lock. The team also picked up Joe Callahan for depth. Currently, the starter would be rookie Kevin Hogan who replaced Kessler Week 7. He was downright anemic throwing the ball. Nevertheless, he rushed for over 100 yards, and any quarterback that plays the Jets is worth consideration in DFS leagues or as a desperation streaming play.

Arian Foster announces his retirement

Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster announced his retirement on FS1’s Uninterrupted. This comes after battling injury and watching Jay Ajayi take his starting job while rushing for over 200 yards in each of the past two games.

LeSean McCoy forced out after re-aggravating hamstring

Head coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills decided it was a good idea to let star running back LeSean McCoy play through a somewhat significant hamstring injury. Naturally, he re-aggravated the injury and admitted he felt pain when running a route in the third quarter. He was forced out of the game and did not return. Before exiting, he was averaging a miserable 1.4 yards per carry. When asked if it would have been a better idea just to sit out Week 7 Shady replied, “You might be right.” Look for him to be questionable again this week and possibly limited if he’s active. Hopefully, the Ryan regime learned from this egregious and blatant error and can make better decisions moving forward. History shows us Sexy Rexy doesn’t tend to learn from his mistakes. Mike Gillislee will likely be the starter and top Fantasy option if McCoy is out Week 8.

Tevin Coleman likely to miss Week 8

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman exited Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. The team fully expects him to sit out Week 8 and he could miss additional games as well. Head coach Dan Quinn is optimistic he won’t miss too much time. "He's dealt with these strains before, and he is a fast healer,'' Quinn said. “So we'll find out how long he'll be out.'' The team is expected to promote Terron Ward from their practice squad. This means a huge workload for Devonta Freeman this upcoming week. He’s a sure-fire RB1.

Dez Bryant expected to return Week 8

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant used the team’s bye week to make a full recovery. He was a full participant in practice on Monday without restrictions and is fully expected to play Week 8. Bryant will face off with a lackluster Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary on Sunday. If Bryant is fully healthy, he’s a strong start. Nevertheless, he’s also a risky play.

Marquise Goodwin suffers concussion Week 7

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin suffered a concussion Week 7 when the back of his head slammed off the grass. Goodwin served as the team’s WR1 with Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins out. If Goodwin isn’t cleared in time for Week 8, Justin Hunter is expected to serve as the team’s top wideout. The Bills WR corps has been ravaged by injury this season. If Goodwin plays, he does have Fantasy value.

Hunter Henry lands in league’s concussion protocol

San Diego Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has been diagnosed with a concussion after being forced out of Week 7 for unknown reasons at the time. The rookie has more than lived up to the hype of being the first tight end drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he is forced to miss time, it will be a significant blow to the Chargers offense. Antonio Gate’s value would improve, but it’s unclear how much he can give based on his physical state and age.

Jordan Reed cleared to practice, not yet cleared to play

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been cleared to practice this week. With that said, this does not make him a lock to play this week. While he’s been cleared to practice, he still needs to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play in a game. The Redskins offense needs him back as soon as possible. However, his length concussion history is a massive concern. This is a situation to monitor moving forward. Vernon Davis will get another start if Reed can’t play.


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