Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 8? With four teams on their bye week, we've combed the far reaches of the internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice for your consumption. Below you'll find easily digestible nuggets from multiple fantasy experts, addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.
Dig in. And dominate.
Matt Breida, RB, 49ers
An ankle injury continues to plague Breida, who is listed as questionable for Week 8. It's unfortunate since San Francisco gets to face a Cardinals defensive unit that has struggled against the run. Breida owners likely need to find an alternative this weekend.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
After sitting out Week 7 with back and ankle injuries, Gronkowski returned to the practice field for New England on Thursday. That bodes well for his return in Monday night's game against Buffalo. Gronkowski owners are in a bit of a conundrum because you can't bench him if he's in the lineup unless you feel extremely confident in a backup tight end. The concern I have is the Patriots getting off to a big lead and Gronkowski ends up only playing a small amount of snaps. There's also the possibility he could be on the field as a decoy. Ultimately, Gronkowski owners will have to decide if he's worth the risk.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams
If you were hoping for Kupp to return this weekend, you are going to be disappointed. Los Angeles coach Sean McVay says Kupp will not play against the Packers.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
McCoy is going through the concussion protocol, and all signs would suggest he should be OK for Monday night's tilt against New England. McCoy entered Week 7 with a couple of productive weeks; his owners hope he can give that sort of effort against the Patriots.
Sony Michel, RB, Patriots
Just when it seemed like Michel was entering new territory as a fantasy player, the injury bug bit him again. Michel is dealing with a banged-up knee and has not practiced the past two days. His outlook for Week 8 looks grim.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
While Newton was limited in practice for the second straight day as he deals with some arm soreness, Carolina coach Ron Rivera didn't seem too concerned about Newton's status for Sunday's game vs. Baltimore.
Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins
Washington looks like it will have its favorite pass-catching tailback on the field against the Giants. Thompson owners still might want to proceed with caution given it's Thompson's first game back and perhaps he won't play as many snaps, especially if the Redskins get out to a comfortable lead.
Allen Robinson, WR, Bears
It must be tough for Robinson owners to see Mitch Trubisky tearing it up as Robinson fails to produce much. To add insult to injury, it's not looking good for Robinson this weekend as he remains limited in practice with a groin injury.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
It has taken some time for Baldwin to get back to full strength, but his Week 6 effort would seemingly illustrate he is ready to be fantasy relevant again. Seattle faces a Detroit defense that has been generous at times but has since rebounded. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are coming off their bye week and given what we did see in Baldwin's last outing, he should be started with confidence given his fantasy history.
Josh Gordon, WR, Patriots
Gordon has seen 16 targets the past two weeks as he slowly begins to reward owners who took a chance on him or managed to scoop him up while he was languishing in Cleveland earlier this season. Either way, the future looks bright for the wideout playing his fifth NFL season. Don't fret over Gordon's snap count, which is increasing by the week.
Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings
Murray has thrived the past two weeks as he continues to fill in for the injured Dalvin Cook. Some owners who are using him can't afford to bench him due to bye weeks or injuries or lack of depth, but those eyeing Murray for their lineups should brace themselves for a tough matchup against the Saints. If you don't believe me (as I have been known to err on occasion), take someone else's word for it.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
Well, Thomas is on the trading block and has just one game with more than 63 yards this season. He received more than five targets just once this season. We'd like to think a matchup with the rival Chiefs in Kansas City would bring with it some added upside for Thomas, given the Broncos will try to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes and Co. Thing is, Thomas already faced the Chiefs, and he managed just four receptions for 24 yards. While Thomas certainly could have a serviceable game, his owners probably can't afford another week of little production. He simply can't be recommended in Week 8.
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals
Kirk is a popular recommendation in Week 8. I had him in my lineup in Week 7. As a Larry Fitzgerald owner, I opted to grab Kirk in case Fitzgerald's lack of production continues. Fitzgerald, of course, ended up outscoring Kirk last weekend. But with the Cardinals dismissing their offensive coordinator, and Kirk having developed a nice rapport with quarterback Josh Rosen, plus what should be an appealing matchup against the 49ers' secondary, Kirk figures to get his share of targets. If you're in need of WR depth, or need a fill-in for a bye week or injured wideout, Kirk could be the answer. Kirk hauled in a 75-yard touchdown in an earlier meeting with the 49ers, who could be without its starting cornerbacks Sunday. Kirk is owned in just 19 percent of ESPN leagues.
Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders
With Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve, and Richard already serving as Oakland's most receiver-friendly tailback, Week 8 holds a lot of promise for Richard. The Raiders' running back is averaging more than five receptions per game and this weekend's opponent, the Colts, have been generous in that department. While Doug Martin will have a role as well, Richard has been playing more snaps. Richard is owned in 46.5 percent of ESPN leagues.