Fantasy Football Week 8 Injury Report Creates Value for Chase Edmonds, Mike Williams and Matt Schaub
Even the most well-constructed fantasy teams sometimes have trouble avoiding the injury bug. With bye weeks and a number of top-tier names on the Week 8 injury report, fantasy owners will likely have turned to the waiver wire to help field a competitive lineup this week.
With that in mind, here are some injury updates that could have a significant fantasy football impact in Week 8.
1. Chase Edmonds Could See Increased Role With David Johnson Questionable
Chase Edmonds was flat-out dominant in Week 7 against the New York Giants, much to the chagrin of anyone who started David Johnson. Though Johnson was ultimately active, the Cardinals' star played just three snaps, recording one carry. Edmonds took the opportunity and ran with it, racking up 150 yards from scrimmage and three total TDs. A matchup against the New Orleans Saints is far less enticing than the one he had against the Giants, but Edmonds should, at worst, see a 50-50 share of carries this week, even if Johnson is active on Sunday.
2. Keenan Allen Will Be Limited or Out, Benefitting Hunter Henry and Mike Williams
Keenan Allen's mid-week addition to the Week 8 injury report came as a bit of a surprise. It does look relatively serious though, as Allen will reportedly either see limited snaps or not play at all against the Chicago Bears. Either way, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry should be the primary beneficiaries. Allen has seen a 25 percent target share, which is tied for the eighth-highest mark in the NFL. That suggests that QB Philip Rivers will have to send some of those targets over to Williams and/or Henry, boosting their respective fantasy values in Week 8.
3. Matt Ryan Ruled Out, Matt Schaub to Start in Week
It always looked like Matt Ryan was in danger of missing Week 8, and those fears were realized late Saturday afternoon, as he was officially ruled out against the Seahawks. Matt Schaub is, of course, a downgrade for Atlanta's skill-position players, but he has a chance to post a solid fantasy day for any QB-needy fantasy owners. With Atlanta now listed as an 8-point underdog, per FanDuel Sportsbook, the Falcons will likely be forced to throw, so Schaub could see quite a few passing attempts on Sunday. Schaub is as solid a backup as they come, so while he may not have the highest ceiling, he's capable of posting a solid fantasy output this weekend.
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