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Thursday Night Football has given us some less-than-ideal outcomes this season, but Week 8’s matchup between the Ravens and Buccaneers should give us some fireworks. At least, that’s what it looked like on paper back when the schedule came out. Now? I’m not so sure.
I’ll have my preview for the game in tomorrow morning’s newsletter, but the practice participation reports are a little concerning right now — without even getting into the fact that a lot of the principals in this offense have been pretty mediocre of late. The Buccaneers actually enter the week in pretty decent shape on offense — Mike Evans is dealing with an ankle injury but was limited Tuesday and should be able to play — but the Ravens have some real concerns.
That starts with the fact that Mark Andrews (knee) and Rashod Bateman (foot) were both unable to practice Tuesday. Both played through these issues last week, but the short week makes it less than certain they’ll be able to do the same this time around. But the even more difficult player to pin down is probably Gus Edwards. Edwards looked great in his return from a torn ACL in Week 7, but he’s been limited in practice so far this week. I expect him to play, but I am worried there might be some limitations in his role with just three days off between games. This is always going to be a multi-back attack, but I’m less confident in starting Edwards this week than I think I will be the rest of the way. It’s just not a great situation for his second game back.
We’ll have more tomorrow — plus, Jamey Eisenberg’s Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em calls later tonight — but for now let’s get to today’s newsletter, where we’re previewing each position for Week 8 and talking trade targets. Make sure you check out if you’re looking to make a trade this week, of course. And, to get your questions included in the newsletter in the coming days, send them to [email protected] with “#AskFFT” as the subject line.
And now, here’s Wednesday’s newsletter.
Every Tuesday, Heath Cummings previews each position, providing injury insights, key stats to know, the best waiver-wire adds, DFS targets, and more for , , , and tight end. Here’s a brief rundown of each position, along with some key details you need to know before you go read Heath’s full breakdowns:
“There are eight quarterbacks who are currently averaging 20 or more Fantasy points in a standard CBS league. Two of them are on a bye in Week 8. It’s just about time we lower our standards for what qualifies as a good Fantasy performance from a quarterback in 2022. If you lower the bar to 18, it’s not hard to find nearly a dozen more options including a couple of streamers who are listed in the waiver wire section below.”
“The NFL trade deadline is generally more bluster than actual movement, but with a little more than a week remaining before the deadline, we’ve already had two running backs moved that have altered the landscape of Fantasy Football.”
“It’s been a frustrating year for anyone who drafted Chris Godwin. I should know, he’s on about a third of my teams. Godwin only played 19 snaps in Week 1, pulled a hamstring, and missed Week 2 and Week 3. He still hasn’t scored a touchdown this year, his 10.1 yards per catch is a career low and his catch rate and yards per game are well below his marks in the past two years with Tom Brady.
If you’re someone who didn’t draft Godwin, now is the time to take advantage of that frustration.”
“Making trades for tight ends has become very difficult, mostly because there aren’t very many good options. Even if you count Kyle Pitts, there are only 11 tight ends averaging 10 FPPG or better. And that also includes David Njoku, who we know we won’t have for at least the next two weeks. It’s going to be very difficult to find a current top-12 tight end you can trade for that you both feel good about and can afford. So let’s look for some guys currently outside the top-12 as buy low candidates.”
Last week, I told you to buy low on Ezekiel Elliott, Joe Mixon, and George Kittle, and that looks pretty great after one week. Let’s see if I can do as well with this week’s crop of trade targets. As always, if you’re looking to make your own trades, make sure you check out so you know how to make the right offers.
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