Fantasy Sports Fix: Injuries, setbacks and surprises
I still can’t get over how fast the NFL season is going. It always seems like this to me every year and it’s not changing. It’s just kind of strange going into Week 8 already, but this is where we stand now. There are still several undefeated teams, there have been several key injuries, and there have been plentiful surprises in the fantasy world.
We lost Arian Foster lost to injury again after only two games back. All was not lost with Foster going down though as he did compile 117 yards and two touchdowns before tearing his Achilles. If you’re looking for someone to come out of that backfield of the Texans to fill Foster’s role, a good bet would be Alfered Blue. Although it may be Blue eventually, it will most likely be a combination of him, Chris Polk and Jonathon Grimes.
Matthew Stafford, who has been playing great since Week 6 with 661 yards passing, six touchdowns and only one interception, is dealing with a hand injury. X-rays on his injured left hand came back negative, so there is no need for Stafford owners to panic. The Lions’ offensive line was pathetic when it came to protecting Stafford, as they gave up seven sacks in Week 7.
Now, here are some players who are worth a look in most leagues.
Stefon Diggs, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings — He is only owned in 43 percent of leagues right now, so there is a good chance he’s available in your league. He is a legit wide receiver from here on out as he has caught 19 passes on 28 targets over the last three contests, and that leads the Minnesota Vikings. He now has eight receptions of over 20 yards in three games, which is half of the team’s total.
Robert Woods, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills — With injuries to Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, Woods emerged as the go-to wide receiver in Week 7. He managed to rack up 84 yards and a touchdown on nine catches against the Jaguars in the London game. Although he could have some nice games due to all the injuries in the receiving corps, don’t be expecting 80 yards and a touchdown every game out.
Eric Ebron, tight end, Detroit Lions — Ebron, although he is available in most leagues and is probably on your waiver wire, is still a top 15 tight end at this point. He had his most productive game of the season in Week 7 against the Vikings where he totaled 89 yards receiving and a touchdown. Not including the two weeks he missed, he’s averaged 8.6 fantasy points per week, but that doesn’t really show you that he scored over 10 fantasy points three times in that span.
Charcandrick West, running back, Kansas City Chiefs — Running backs have all kinds of success under Andy Reid, and West will follow the same path. He will be one of the top waiver adds this week after his Week 7 outing where he racked up 110 yards rushing and a touchdown. Knile Davis, the other backfield option will still get some touches, but the lion’s share of the workload should go to West.
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