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In case you missed it last night, is Tony Pollard, and with good reason: Ezekiel Elliott is likely to miss Week 8 and Pollard has a great matchup against the Bears on the way. This is exactly why you drafted Pollard — to have a must-start Fantasy option if anything happened to Elliott.
But, of course, it required patience to take advantage of, and that’s a good lesson to remember. Fantasy Football is a game that, in many ways, rewards reacting strongly to new evidence, often to the point where risking an overreaction has value. But, it’s also worth remembering that, in the case of someone like Tony Pollard or Alexander Mattison, playing the long game has plenty of upside, too. Patience is going to pay off with Pollard this week, just like it did with Eno Benjamin last week, and it’ll probably pay off at some point with Mattison or A.J. Dillon or maybe even someone like Jaylen Warren at some point.
Of course, being patient is easier said than done when you’ve got to win games to keep your season alive and make the playoffs. The rest of today’s newsletter is all about helping you do that. We’ve got Dave Richard’s start and sit picks for you today, along with a preview of tonight’s Ravens-Buccaneers game, plus the latest injuries from around the NFL you need to know about.
And if you have other questions you need answers to, make sure you subscribe to the Fantasy Football Today YouTube channel and join Adam Aizer, Dave and I at 2 p.m. ET for our start/sit live stream. We’ll be discussing all of the latest news and answering your toughest lineup questions.
In tomorrow’s newsletter, I’ll have previews of every game on the Week 8 schedule, including the latest injury updates, plus all of the key takeaways from tonight’s game. Get ready for Week 8 with all of our preview content here:
Here’s what else today’s newsletter will cover:
There are the obvious calls, and then there are the ones you need help with. Dave Richard goes through each game to identify the most interesting matchups and biggest lineup dilemmas for Week 8. Here are some of his top picks for this week. :
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When the schedule makers were drawing it up, I bet they thought this was going to be one of the most exciting matchups on the entire Thursday night slate. Instead, the Ravens limp in having failed to top 23 points in any of their past four games, which makes them seem relatively explosive in comparison to the Bucs, who just scored three points against the Panthers have just one game all season with more than 21 points. I have faith both of these teams are going to figure things out eventually, but things do not look great right now.
The Big News: As always, there are plenty of injuries we’re keeping an eye on for Week 8, but two wide receivers stand above the rest right now. Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and DK Metcalf both missed practice Wednesday, and while neither has been ruled out yet, it’s an ominous sign to start the week. Samuel’s role of late has left a lot to be desired, while Metcalf is naturally pretty hit or miss, so it’ll be hard to trust either at less than 100%. We’ll watch both of these over the coming days, but Metcalf’s knee injury seems like more of a concern at this point. I would definitely make sure I have alternate plans for both, but especially Metcalf.
I’ll have a full breakdown of the injury report in Friday’s newsletter along with my previews of each game, but here’s a look at the first practice participation reports of the week.
It’s not clear what these injuries mean quite yet.
This doesn’t mean they will play, but we got good news about them Wednesday.
This doesn’t mean they won’t play, but they aren’t moving in the right direction yet.
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