2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 IDP Injury Round-Up

by Bob Van Duser
2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 IDP Injury Round-Up

Welcome back for a look at my 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 IDP Injury Round-Up!

Today we're going to dive into the injury reports and look at who may or may not be available for us to start this weekend!

We started the dive in my IDP Rankings earlier this week, and now it's time to wrap it up and put a bow on it as we head into this weekend's slate of games!

After we take a look at the injuries we'll take a look at some moves you might be able to make in your own leagues to fill voids left by injured players as needed! So let's get into it!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 IDP Injury Round-Up

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NOTE: FP=Full Practice, LP=Limited Practice, DNP=Did Not Practice

The "Good-To-Go's"

Darius Leonard, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Practice Week: LP, FP, FP. Injury Designation: None

After what seems like an absence that lasted forever it looks like Leonard will be back and ready to go this weekend. He was able to log two full practices which is usually a big indicator that a player will play barring any setbacks.

The impact of his return on this defense can't be understated. While he's been off to a slow start this year statistically, he's still an integral part of this defense. His return likely diminishes any value Anthony Walker had left. Bobby Okereke is still a reliable option.

Krys Barnes, LB, Green Bay Packers

Practice Week: LP, LP, LP. Injury Designation: None

Where it's not as encouraging that Barnes was only able to log limited practices, it is encouraging to see that he does not hold an injury designation heading into Sunday. Along with that, Barnes has fought through injuries quite a bit in his young career and has managed to stay on the field for the most part.

He'll be faced with the task of tackling RB Dalvin Cook on Sunday, so if he's able to stay on the field he'll be a smash play. However, he could leave you wanting more in your LB spot and I'm likely looking to pivot here.

Melvin Ingram, DL/LB, Los Angeles Chargers

Practice Week: LP, LP, FP. Injury Designation: None

Somehow, someway, Melvin Ingram is good to go for this weekend. While I'm not choosing to start him (as I mentioned in my Week 8 IDP Start-Sit article) he will be taking the field this Sunday.

If anyone saw the hyperextension of Ingram's knee this past weekend I'm sure you're just as surprised as I am. I'm going to look elsewhere out of fear of in-game injury limitations, as well as projected lack of production.

The "Less Likely To Go's"

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Matt Milano, LB, Buffalo Bills

Practice Week: LP, LP, LP. Injury Designation: Questionable

Matt Milano has been battling a pectoral injury for much of the season. While it was cool to see him on the field this past weekend, it was less cool to see him split snaps with A.J. Klein. Being that he was limited all week, I assume he'll play, but likely split snaps again.

Milano isn't an elite option by any stretch and isn't a must-start if he plays. I'm going to be looking elsewhere for LB production this weekend.

Jason Pierre-Paul, DL/LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Practice Week: LP, LP (only two practices thus far this week). Injury Designation: Questionable

Pierre-Paul has been battling injury concern for a couple of weeks and still managed to play each week. I expect this week to be no different. My guess is this is just limiting the workload as JPP ages, as well as keep him able to play.

JPP gets to match up against the lowly New York Giants offensive line that is likely to be missing several starters come Monday Night. He's a must-start unless he isn't playing. If you want to be on the safer side and start someone who's 100% full-go I can't blame you, but being that it's a Monday Night game you likely won't know he's out until just before kickoff.

Antoine Winfield Jr., DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Practice Week: LP, LP. Injury Designation: Questionable

I'm much less bullish on Winfield being able to play. He is battling a groin injury as well as a shoulder injury sp I'd say the odds are stacked against him. Groin injuries have been almost a guaranteed indicator of missing at least one game this season.

However, it is encouraging to see him getting in limited work. On the other hand, it is much less encouraging that his game is Monday night and you'll likely be faced with the risk of starting him just for him to be ruled out. On this one, I'm personally going to be looking elsewhere and looking to start a fully healthy option.

The "Probably No Go's"

Kwon Alexander, LB, San Francisco 49ers

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Practice Week: DNP, LP, LP. Injury Designation: Doubtful

Kwon Alexander has been a rather large disappointment in San Fran. While largely in part due to injuries, his on-field performance has been average at best oftentimes. It may be a bold call but I do believe they're likely to move on from him this off-season if not sooner, leaving Dre Greenlaw as the LB2 alongside Fred Warner. Look at me getting ahead of myself.

Alexander is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Where it's encouraging to see he was able to upgrade from DNP to LP this week, I'm guessing it'll be at least one more week until he makes his return to the field. He's an easy fade this week.

Jamal Adams, DB, Seattle Seahawks

Practice Week: DNP, DNP, LP. Injury Designation: Questionable

Where his designation is questionable and not doubtful, I'm less optimistic about his chances this weekend. It's a huge showdown against the 49ers this weekend so it'd be a big loss for them to be without Adams another week. However, the last thing they want to do is throw him in and risk losing him for the season.

Coming from a guy that rosters Derwin James, Landon Collins, AND Jamal Adams in the same Dynasty League, it sure would be nice if 1/3 of my elite IDP DB trifecta would be available. However, I'd much rather he be healthy for the rest of the season. Coupled with that I'm going to be looking elsewhere this week.

Last-Minute Options

First, I'd highly recommend checking out my Week 8 IDP Waiver Wire article for some start worthy options. This portion will just offer some quick hitters on some players who could serve as a stream worthy option this week should you find yourself in an injury pickle!

Defensive Line (DL):

Jeffery Simmons, DL, Tennessee Titans Vs. Cincinnati Bengals

As mentioned in my Week 8 IDP Start-Sit article, Simmons has one of the best matchups this weekend facing the 2nd Worst Ranked O-Line in terms of most sacks allowed allowing 4 Sacks Per Game.

DeMarcus Lawrence, DL, Dallas Cowboys Vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Poised with another great matchup, Lawrence faces off against the Worst Ranked O-Line in the league that is allowing 4 Sacks Per Game. Normally he wouldn't be so available, but thanks to a down year last year and a slow start this year, he may be available.

Linebackers (LB):

Kyler Fackrell, LB, New York Giants Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This dude just hasn't gotten any love. He gets a tough matchup against a very underrated O-Line. He's still available in a ton of leagues and should be able to provide a safe floor as a fill-in this week in lieu of injuries or Bye Weeks

Emmanual Ogbah, LB/DL, Miami Dolphins VS. Los Angeles Rams

Ogbah has been having a sneaky good year down in Miami. What they've been able to do with "reclamation projects" such as Ogbah and Shaq Lawson is mighty impressive. Miami is building something and Ogbah is going to be a part of it. The Rams don't give up much for sacks but their run game should open up tackling opportunities for Ogbah.

Defensive Backs (DB):

Juan Thornhill, DB, Kansas City Chiefs Vs. New York Jets

This guy shouldn't be available, but following a hot start this season, a few down games must've bogged some people down. Given the number of picks Darnold is bound to throw coming from behind, Thornhill is due for one.

Jamel Dean, DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. New York Giants

Dean has been solid this year and he's been quite a surprise for the Bucs. Look for him to maybe get an interception himself this weekend with the "ever so careful with the ball" Daniel Jones

Thank you for reading my 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 IDP Injury Round-Up!

I wanted to say a huge thank you as always for checking out my content! I had a blast cranking out this 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 IDP Injury Round-Up article and I look forward to bringing it to you all every week!

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