Michael Thomas Injury Update Brightens Week 8 Fantasy Outlooks for Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris

Larry Rupp
Michael Thomas' latest injury update brightens Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris Fantasy Outlooks.
Michael Thomas' latest injury update brightens Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris Fantasy Outlooks. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Michael Thomas is set to miss another game for the New Orleans Saints as he continues to battle ankle and hamstring injuries. It is the sixth consectuvie game he will miss as he hasn't played since the team's season opener.

With fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders also declared out, the Week 8 fantasy outlooks for Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris are greatly imrpoved as they become the main targets for quarterback Drew Brees.

Tre'Quan Smith Fantasy Outlook

Tre'Quan Smith finds himself at the top of the wide receiver depth chart heading into a matchup against the Chicago Bears and is a worthy consideration at the FLEX position this week. Smith has seen at least 3 targets in each of the past five games and played in 81 percent of the offensive snaps last week.

However, Smith draws a tough matchup in Week 8 as he faces a Bears' defense that is giving up just 222.3 passing yards per game this season (No. 8 in the NFL). Also, the game is projected to be impacted by high winds as well, which makes Smith a risky start in fantasy football this week.

Deonte Harris Fantasy Outlook

Another player set to benefit from the multitude of injuries is second-year wideout Deonte Harris. Originally known for his abilities playing on special teams, Harris showed some potential last week when he caught 4 of 5 targets for 46 yards and scored a touchdown.

Harris is not someone that should be started in most fantasy football leagues this week, but he is a great player to stash on your bench as his production may continue to rise. Harris works mostly out of the slot receiver position and could be peppered with targets moving forward.

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