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Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III carried the ball 19 times for 70 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers with Phillip Lindsay (toe) inactive, but he salvaged his day for fantasy managers with two catches for 14 yards and his second touchdown of the season. The good news for Gordon is that he should continue to be a big part of this offense with Lindsay potentially out for another game and receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the remainder of the year. He'll be facing a Buccaneers Defense in Week 3 that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the running back position through the first two weeks. Consider Gordon a usage-based RB2 until Lindsay is back in the fold.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson will has a tough task in Week 8 versus a tough Denver Broncos run defense. Jackson has been the starter with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) sidelined, but he has been splitting the backfield work with rookie Joshua Kelley. Jackson only picked up five carries for 12 yards in Week 7, but did secure five catches for 43 yards. The Broncos Defense has only allowed 90 yards per game to opposing runners, but running backs are averaging close to seven catches a game and that works to Jackson's benefit. Between a tough matchup and splitting work with Kelley, Jackson shouldn't be viewed as more than a flex option in deeper leagues this Sunday.
Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will look to keep his strong debut season going against the Denver Broncos in a Week 8 battle on Sunday. Herbert picked up his first victory versus the Jaguars in Week 7 and looked brilliant in doing so. The Broncos Defense has been playing very of late and has only allowed one touchdown over their last three games, but Herbert has been challenged early in his career and has come through. The rookie will come into Sunday's game with 1542 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions and has also rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns over his first five games. It should be a close matchup between the Broncos and Chargers in Week 8 and Herbert should be considered a QB2 with the potential to put up QB1 numbers.
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.
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