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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron had a disappointing debut with his new team, catching just one of two targets for 18 yards in a Week 1 win over the New York Giants. Ebron will hope for a larger role in the offense when he takes on the Denver Broncos at home in Week 2. While Denver allowed Jonnu Smith to find the end zone in Week 1, Ebron is best left on fantasy benches until he proves that he is going to be a trustworthy part of the passing attack. Treat him as a mid-range TE2 in Week 2.
Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki has put together two reliable performances through the first six games of the season. Honestly, fantasy owners have absolutely no clue when Gesicki is about to go off. He finished with five receptions for 91 yards in Week 5 matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers. A respectable secondary that is usually able to hold tight ends in check. In Week 6, Gesicki gets targeted twice and finishes with zero receptions in the win over the New York Jets. At this point, fantasy owners just have to make a decision and hope for the best. There is hope that Gesicki's role will be more clear with Tua Tagovailoa taking over at center. Honestly, fantasy owners can start Gesicki at their own risk against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. It's anyone's guess what Gesicki is going to do on a weekly basis.
Miami Dolphins tight end Adam Shaheen (shoulder) has pretty much gone unnoticed in fantasy leagues until Week 6. He hauled in all three of his targets for 51 yards and one touchdown in the victory over the New York Jets. The team recently signed Shaheen to a new two-year $7.6 million deal. Clearly, the Dolphins want to keep Shaheen involved in their gameplan moving forward. Although, it's unclear how many targets Shaheen will see with new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa taking over under center. Shaheen is questionable at the moment for Week 8 and his workload is uncertain. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on him and see if he's able to develop chemistry with Tagovailoa.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams has 12 total receptions through the first six games of the regular season. Luckily, he has held some fantasy value because he has been able to haul in three touchdowns. Although, Williams won't have a favorable matchup ahead of him against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. The Rams secondary has been tough to pass against this season. Fantasy owners in standard leagues should feel comfortable with Williams on their bench this week. He might only hold value in deep leagues here.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (groin) remained limited during Thursday's practice, which isn't a great sign. However, Parker has already been playing at less than 100 percent, so he'll likely fight through the pain. Sadly, Parker could be in for a rough week in fantasy leagues. He's already banged up and will have to deal with Jalen Ramsey in Week 8. Right now, fantasy owners should consider Parker a low-end WR3 for the matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
Miami Dolphins running back Matt Breida was expected to have a significant role in the backfield this season, but that hasn't been the case. Breida has not seen more than nine carries in a single game this season. That is unlikely going to change with Myles Gaskin playing well for Miami. Maybe the change at quarterback will bring new life to Breida's value, but that's probably just wishful thinking. He won't be anything more than a low-end desperation option for deep leagues.
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin has become the clear-cut lead back for this offense. He rushed the ball 18 times for 91 yards in the Week 6 victory over the New York Jets. Gaskin is used both in the passing attack and the running game, which makes him a favorable option in PPR leagues. The Dolphins are making a change at quarterback this week with the move to rookie Tua Tagovailoa, but Gaskin's role shouldn't change too much. Fantasy managers should continue to be able to lean on him as a reliable flex option against the Los Angeles Rams.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was surprisingly named the starter for the Week 8 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. This is quite odd timing since the team is 3-3 and was playing well with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Regardless, Tagovailoa was always the future of the team. It's tough to predict what kind of value he'll have since he has only thrown two passes in his whole NFL career. The Rams are not exactly an easy team to pass against this season. Tagovailoa should have better value down the road, but this isn't the best matchup for him.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (foot) missed practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Titans. It will be Mixon's second straight missed game for his fantasy managers. Cincinnati is playing it safe with their leading rusher with their bye coming in Week 9. Backup Giovani Bernard should once again see the majority of the backfield touches this Sunday against Tennessee, making him a plug-and-play RB2. The 28-year-old had 13 carries for 37 yards and added five catches for an extra 59 yards and a touchdown in the Week 7 loss to the Browns. The Titans have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to opposing rushers this year as well, so Bernard has some RB1 upside this week with Mixon out again.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (knee) has been ruled out for the Sunday night game against the division-rival Cowboys in Week 8. Sanders will now miss his second straight game after going down with a knee injury in Week 6 against the Ravens. Make sure he's removed from all starting lineups this weekend. Backup Boston Scott filled in admirably in last week's win over the Giants, toting the bean 12 times for 46 yards while adding three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. Corey Clement was scarcely used behind him, so Scott will be the fantasy play again in Week 8 against a Cowboys Defense allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Scott will have RB1 upside this Sunday night and is a fine plug-and-play option.
New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Marquez Callaway (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Bears. Callaway suffered an ankle injury in his Week 7 breakout with both Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders sidelined. The undrafted rookie caught eight passes for 75 yards in the win over the Panthers. Expect quarterback Drew Brees to rely heavily on running back Alvin Kamara, tight end Jared Cook and receivers Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris in the passing game against Chicago with Thomas, Callaway and Sanders all out this weekend. Smith, 24, caught all four of his targets last week for 54 yards and should be considered an upside WR4/flex in deeper leagues.
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