The NFL season is officially half-way through the fantasy football year. Matchups continue to get more and more crucial in order for teams to make their respective playoffs. The Week 8 NFL Inactives article is here to help. It gives a rundown on all potential inactives and returning players from injured reserve. Make sure to stay up to date through Sunday, as teams will wait until the last second to make things official sometimes. Good luck to everyone in Week 8!
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Potential Week 8 NFL Inactives
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have any significant injuries with fantasy football impact*
DOUBTFUL – Mark Ingram (RB) BAL – Ankle
Mark Ingram is likely not playing on Sunday as he continues to recover from an ankle injury that he picked up prior to the Ravens bye week. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards should see a bulk of the snaps with Ingram out.
Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins
QUESTIONABLE – Tyler Higbee (TE) LAR – Hand
After missing Week 7, Higbee is once again questionable heading into their Sunday showdown with the Miami Dolphins. He practiced on Friday, giving Higbee a glimmer of hope to return in Week 8.
*The Miami Dolphins do not have any significant injuries with fantasy football impact*
New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs
DOUBTFUL – Jamison Crowder (WR) NYJ – Groin
OUT – Breshad Perriman (WR) NYJ – Concussion
The poor Jets simply cannot have a healthy group of receivers on the field all at once. Jamison Crowder looks likely to miss his second consecutive game with a groin injury. Meanwhile, Breshad Perriman has been ruled out following a concussion in Week 7.
QUESTIONABLE – Frank Gore (RB) NYJ – Hand
Gore is questionable on Sunday with originally was said was non-injury related, but now is said to be a hand injury. That is strange. If Gore can’t go, La’Mical Perine will suddenly become a near bellcow back in Week 8.
OUT – Sammy Watkins (WR) KC – Hamstring
Watkins will miss another week with his hamstring injury, which marks his third straight missed game. He didn’t even practice all week, which gives his fantasy impact a gloomy outlook.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
QUESTIONABLE – Dalvin Cook (RB) MIN – Groin
Even though he is listed as questionable, Dalvin Cook looks like a lock to play on Sunday. In fact, expect him to take on his normal heavy volume role in a juicy Week 8 matchup against the Packers.
OUT – Aaron Jones (RB) GB – Calf
Good news on one back, but bad news on the other. Aaron Jones will miss his consecutive game with a calf strain. Jamaal Williams is once again an RB1 in his absence.
INJURED RESERVE – Allen Lazard (WR) GB – Core
Lazard has not been designated for return from the IR yet. However, he has been practicing as of Friday, and could get on the field. The Packers gravely need his presence on the outside opposite of Davante Adams.
Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions
INJURED RESERVE – Michael Pittman Jr. (WR) IND – Leg
Michael Pittman was expected to be back this week, and he has been practicing, but no official word has come out. As of now, we should assume he is playing.
*The Detroit Lions do not have any significant injuries with fantasy football impact*
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns
QUESTIONABLE – Bryan Edwards (WR) LV – Ankle/Foot
The Raiders third-round pick hasn’t had the season many were hoping for, but he could be back in Week 8 after spraining his ankle in Week 3. Edwards is the type of receiver needed by the Raiders on the outside. Watch for him as a potential breakout candidate in the second half of the season.
OUT – Odell Beckham Jr. (WR) CLE – Torn ACL
Unfortunately for the Browns, Beckham is out for the season with a torn ACL. Get your shares of Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins before it’s too late.
OUT – Austin Hooper (TE) CLE – Appendix
For the second consecutive week, Austin Hooper is out following an emergency appendectomy. Harrison Bryant is once again on the TE1 radar.
Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals
*The Tennessee Titans do not have any significant injuries with fantasy football impact*
OUT – Joe Mixon (RB) CIN – Foot
Joe Mixon is once again out in Week 8, and he did not practice all week. This is turning into a concerning injury. Giovanni Bernard is a likely RB1 due to volume alone.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
OUT – N’Keal Harry (WR) NE – Concussion
OUT – Julian Edelman (WR) NE – Knee
As much as Cam Newton has struggled through the air, it is only going to get worse without his top two pass catching options. With Edelman and Harry out, expect Damiere Byrd to be heavily targeted (if the Patriots throw the ball more than 15 times that is).
QUESTIONABLE – Damien Harris (RB) NE – Ankle
Harris was limited in practice all week, but that was likely a precautionary measure, and he should suit up Sunday. He is in line for a heavy workload with the Patriots struggles through the air, although Rex Burkhead will surely take work away from him on the ground.
*The Buffalo Bills do not have any significant injuries with fantasy football impact*
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
COVID-19 – Los Angeles Chargers Offensive Line
Not only have injuries hurt the Chargers offensive line but now a player testing positive has rattled their outlook as well. In what has already been an awful line in terms of run blocking, everyone should plan on staying away from Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley this week against a decent Broncos defense.
QUESTIONABLE – Tim Patrick (WR) DEN – Hamstring
Patrick didn’t practice all week, but there is still one more practice on Saturday than he can participate in. If he practices, he is likely to play. If he doesn’t, his outlook is bleak.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
OUT – Deebo Samuel (WR) SF – Hamstring
OUT – Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB) SF – Ankle
The injuries just keep piling on the San Francisco 49ers. They will be without three of their best playmakers on Sunday, with Samuel and Wilson being the most recent casualties.
INJURED RESERVE – Tevin Coleman (RB) SF – Knee
It is not yet known whether or not Coleman will participate in Sunday’s game after missing weeks with a knee sprain. If he can’t go, JaMycal Hasty is arguably in RB1 territory.
QUESTIONABLE – Chris Carson (RB) SEA – Foot
DOUBTFUL – Carlos Hyde (RB) SEA – Hamstring
QUESTIONABLE – Travis Homer (RB) SEA – Knee
It looks like this is the week we could finally see heavy usage from rookie Deejay Dallas. Every other RB on the roster has some sort of injury, giving the talented rookie a good outlook for Week 8. However, it should be noted that Chris Carson is a freak of nature and seems to play through injuries that would keep most players out.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
OUT – Michael Thomas (WR) NO – Ankle
OUT – Marquez Callaway (WR) NO – Ankle
COVID-19 IR – Emmanuel Sanders (WR) NO – Illness
Yikes. That is three of the top four receivers in New Orleans that will once again be out. Tre’Quan Smith should be in line for some targets, but Alvin Kamara is the true beneficiary of these injuries. He will once again have the highest floor of any player in Week 8.
DOUBTFUL – Allen Robinson (WR) CHI – Concussion
If this wasn’t a superstar player, he would likely have already been ruled out for Week 8. After not practicing all week, expect Robinson to miss Week 8 after suffering a concussion in Week 7.
QUESTIONABLE – Cordarrelle Patterson (WR) CHI – Quadriceps
Patterson was limited at practice on Friday and looks to be truly questionable in Week 8. He doesn’t have much of a fantasy impact, but it should still be noted that David Montgomery will once again be a usage monster.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
DOUBTFUL – Andy Dalton (QB) DAL – Concussion
It is highly unlikely that Dalton suits up on Sunday night, therefore throwing in Ben DiNucci as the Cowboys starters. It could once again be an ugly week for the Cowboys.
OUT – Miles Sanders (RB) PHI – Knee
OUT – Alshon Jeffery (WR) PHI – Calf
INJURED RESERVE – Dallas Goedert (TE) PHI – Leg
The Eagles just can’t catch a break on the injury front. Miles Sanders is once again out with a knee injury, and will likely return following their bye week. Alshon Jeffery will miss yet another game, and it still isn’t known when he will return. Dallas Goedert could return in Week 8, as he’s eligible, but there hasn’t been any news implying he will.
INJURED RESERVE – Jalen Reagor (WR) PHI – Thumb
Reagor is expected to suit up in Week 8, finally giving the Eagles another weapon to help out Carson Wentz. The talented rookie could be in line for a big second half of the season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
OUT – Chris Godwin (WR) TB – Finger
Godwin broke his finger after catching a touchdown pass last week and will miss Monday against the Giants. Mike Evans has been good in his absence, so make sure to fire him up in DFS.
QUESTIONABLE – Rob Gronkowski (TE) TB – Shoulder
Gronk was limited on Friday, but he should be good to go on Monday night.
QUESTIONABLE – Scott Miller (WR) TB – Hip
It seems like every week Miller is on the injury report, and he normally plays. He should be on the field after he has been getting in limited practices at the end of the week.
QUESTIONABLE – Sterling Shepard (WR) NYG – Shoulder
Shepard was a limited participant at practice on Friday, but he should be playing on Monday night after returning in Week 7.
QUESTIONABLE – Devonta Freeman (RB) NYG – Ankle
Don’t expect Freeman to play on Monday after failing to practice this deep into the week. Wayne Gallman will keep lead back duties in his absence, but isn’t a recommended play against a tough Tampa Bay defense.
If you found this breakdown of potential Week 8 NFL Inactives helpful, make sure to check out the rest of our NFL Week 8 Slate of Analysis.
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