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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard had a quiet day in Week 2 against the Lions, though he was still sneakily involved in the offense. Lazard saw five targets, which was an improvement on the four looks he saw in Week 1. He hasn't put up amazing numbers yet, though he has been on the field far more often than fellow wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who has had better stats so far. Interestingly enough, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a higher passer rating when targeting Lazard than when he throws to Valdes-Scantling or star receiver Davante Adams. These are reasons to keep the 24-year-old stashed on fantasy benches. Lazard has a couple of fantasy-friendly matchups on the way against the Packers in Week 3 and the Falcons in Week 4.
Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde (hamstring) didn't practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Week 8 against the 49ers. It's a shame that he won't be active since both Chris Carson (foot) and Travis Homer (knee) are also injured and are questionable for Sunday. Rookie DeeJay Dallas is the only healthy back on the team's roster, so he could wind up seeing the lion's share of the backfield work this weekend. Dallas would be an RB3/flex against a stout San Francisco run defense if all the other running backs are inactive, making him worth a waiver wire pickup if you're desperate at the position. If at all possible, though, this is a situation to avoid unless you have Carson and he plays.
Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (foot) and All-Pro safety Jamal Adams (groin, illness) are questionable for Week 8 against the 49ers. No. 3 running back Travis Homer (knee) is also questionable. Carson is a true game-time decision on Sunday. With Carlos Hyde (hamstring) doubtful, rookie DeeJay Dallas is the only healthy back on the roster. Seattle will work out their injured backs before the game on Sunday to see who is able to go, but this is clearly a situation to avoid, if possible, especially since San Fran has allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to the position this year. Expect quarterback Russell Wilson to throw often on Sunday. Adams was limited on Friday for the first time since injuring his groin in Week 3, and head coach Pete Carroll called it a "real good sign," although the team has reservations about him playing Sunday after practicing just once in the last month. Adams is a must-start IDP safety if he's active, but you'll have to check the Sunday inactives. Seattle's defense overall has allowed too many yards and points in 2020 to be counted on as a fantasy unit, however. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin (concussion, hamstring) has been ruled out, while nickelback Ugo Amadi is questionable. Ryan Neal, Adams' backup, is also questionable.
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.
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