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Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic out-snapped Antonio Gibson 46-30 in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Gibson has been dealing with a shin injury that has been limiting his production the past couple of weeks, so that is certainly playing a factor in the increased playing time for McKissic. Moving forward, Gibson's value will be slightly decreased because of his limited role in the passing game. As of late, unless he scores a touchdown he is not producing consistent numbers for fantasy managers. McKissic could have FLEX-appeal in PPR leagues moving forward if he continues to out snap the sophomore, and would vault into RB2 territory if Gibson's shin injury eventually causes him to miss time.
Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said that wide receiver Will Fuller (finger) isn't expected to return from his injury in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills. "Will is doing everything he can to get back. I don't think it's this week. But I think he's getting closer," Flores said. Fuller was suspended to begin the year, so he's played in just two games and has four catches on eight targets for 26 yards for Miami. DeVante Parker (hamstring, shoulder) has also missed the last three games. Rookie Jaylen Waddle continues to see an increase in targets and played a team-high 83.6% of the receiver snaps in the Week 7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Mack Hollins and Preston Williams will continue to serve in three-receiver sets with Fuller out and if Parker misses yet another game this upcoming Sunday. Fuller should remain on the waiver wire and will be an unreliable boom/bust WR4/flex when he returns.
Miami Dolphins running back Malcolm Brown (quadriceps) and safety Jason McCourty (foot) will be placed on Injured Reserve this week after getting injured in the Week 7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. McCourty may end up needing surgery on his foot, according to sources, which would keep him out for the long term. Brown will be forced to miss at least the next three games. He's second on the team behind Myles Gaskin with 33 rushing attempts (125 yards, one touchdown) in seven games, but he's caught only three of five targets for 10 yards, so he hasn't been much of a fantasy option in this uninspiring Miami backfield. With Brown sidelined, Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed will see more opportunities, beginning in Week 8 against a tough Buffalo Bills defense.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulders) is playing through serious injuries to both of his shoulders, but he is planning to put off surgery during the season. OBJ fell hard on his sprained right shoulder just before halftime of Thursday's win over the Denver Broncos and was questionable to return in the second half, but he toughed it out and returned to the field and finished the game with only two catches on six targets for 23 yards. The 28-year-old was able to practice on Monday, which is a good sign for his Week 8 availability against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but fantasy managers are likely considering dropping him in 12-team leagues. Beckham has caught exactly two passes in three of his five games played and doesn't have more than five receptions or 79 yards in a single game and has yet to find the end zone. Things won't be any more promising for him if quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) has to miss another game, either.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (ankle) is believed to have suffered a low ankle sprain in the Week 7 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Sanders' injury looked much more serious, as he was carted off the field and never returned. Tests are still ongoing, so there is no firm word on whether he'll miss any time or how long he might be sidelined, but the good news is that it looks like Sanders isn't dealing with a long-term injury. The 24-year-old had six carries for 30 yards and also caught one pass for minus-three yards before leaving the contest against Las Vegas. Consider him highly questionable for Week 8 against the Detroit Lions in a great matchup for Philly's ground game. If Sanders can't go, rookie Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott should split backfield duties, with Scott likely working more on early downs and Gainwell in obvious passing situations.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has seen an uptick in targets with DeVante Parker (hamstring) sidelined. In Week 7, Waddle hauled in seven of his eight targets for 83 yards in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Those 83 yards were a career-high for Waddle as he continues to build chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins are hopeful that Parker can return next week against the Buffalo Bills. His return could mean less targets for Waddle, but he'll remain on the flex radar for that one.
Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki has been one of the better options at his position over the last month or so. In Week 7, Gesicki hauled in seven of his eight targets for 85 yards and one touchdown in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Dolphins are banged up at wideout, so Gesicki and Jaylen Waddle saw a bulk of the targets. The hope is DeVante Parker (hamstring) is able to return against the Buffalo Bills next week. Regardless, Gesicki should remain on the TE1 radar for that matchup.
Miami Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed has seen an inconsistent workload through the first half of the regular season. In Week 7, Ahmed rushed seven times for 26 yards and hauled in two receptions for 26 yards in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Honestly, it's uncertain if Ahmed would've seen that many carries if Malcolm Brown (quad) didn't go down with an injury. It's unclear if Brown will be able to suit up for the Week 8 matchup with the Buffalo Bills. That means, Ahmed could be asked to be the backup to Myles Gaskin in that one. However, it's not a favorable matchup, so Ahmed should be considered a desperation flex option, assuming Brown is out.
Miami Dolphins running back Malcolm Brown (quad) received the start during the Week 7 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Sadly, Brown only lasted five snaps before exiting the game and not returning. Brown finished with 10 rushing yards on three carries and one reception in the loss. It's uncertain if Brown is going to miss time from this injury. Often times, quad injuries have a tendency to linger on runners. Regardless, it's unlikely that Brown would have flex appeal in a tough matchup against the Bills in Week 8.
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin saw an increased workload on the ground for the Week 7 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. Technically, Malcolm Brown (quad) received the start, but exited the game and didn't return. His absence pushed Gaskin into a larger role during Sunday's loss. Gaskin rushed 15 times for 67 yards and hauled in four receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown. The 15 carries was a season high for Gaskin, but that was likely because Brown was forced out of the game. Fantasy managers shouldn't consider Gaskin a reliable option, but he'll have flex appeal against the Bills next week.
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