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2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Injury Impact


Injuries are an enormous part of the game in the NFL. Every year, multiple players become victimized by the game’s grim nature. However, in Fantasy Football, just when you think all hope is lost, an injury can set your team on the right path.

Owners must be savvy and opportunistic. Although it’s somewhat callous to view an injury as an opportunity, it’s also how championships are made.

Fantasy football can be ruthless. In order to help you with those tough decisions, we have the 2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Injury Impact to help you reach your championship.

2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Injury Impact

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco has been using four running backs in their rotation, which is usually a nightmare for Fantasy owners. However, the 49ers’ running game has been fierce this year, with all of them producing quite well.

Last week Tevin Coleman brought down the house with a four-touchdown performance. Breida has mixed in a pair of games with over 100 yards this season, while Jeff Wilson Jr. has racked up four touchdowns on the season. Lastly, Raheem Mostert is coming off his best game of the season in the blowout victory over the Panthers, with 60 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Breida sustained an ankle injury in the second quarter and didn’t return. Currently, it’s unclear if he will suit up against the Arizona Cardinals as a result. Wilson Jr. is the play for Fantasy owners if Breida is unable to play.

Wilson Jr. also left the contest with an injury and didn’t return. If Wilson Jr. is unavailable, owners should move down the line to Mostert for an intriguing FLEX option.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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Philadelphia’s rookie running back out of Penn State, Miles Sanders, was off to a blistering start with 118 yards and a touchdown on only six touches against the Bills last Sunday. Unfortunately for owners of Sanders, he was taken out of the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.

Although the postgame X-rays came up negative, Fantasy owners should be wary of starting Sanders. Veteran back Jordan Howard will be waiting in the wings to gobble up as many attempts as he can handle when the Eagles host the Chicago Bears.

Owners of Howard can slot him in their lineup without hesitation. Even if Sanders does suit up, Howard should see a massive uptick. Those who don’t have Howard will have a tough time finding value in Darren Sproles and Boston Scott. As it stands, neither are Fantasy viable.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams

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In last week’s matchup across the pond, the Los Angeles Rams’ top wide receiver, Brandin Cooks sustained a concussion. The Rams are looking at a bye in Week 9, so there may be time for Cooks to heal for the next regular-season game.

But with this being the third concussion of his career, there is a good chance he’ll miss more time. Cooper Kupp has been great for Fantasy owners so far this season, scoring in bunches. The next player in line for Los Angeles is Josh Reynolds.

Reynolds makes an intriguing Fantasy option. Against the Bengals, Reynolds slid into three-wide sets in Cooks’ absence and snagged a touchdown. Keep an eye out during the bye week, because this injury could end up being the most fruitful for Fantasy owners.


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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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