It is time for Pro Football Network’s QB and TE Fantasy Football Injury Report for Week 8. More than sharing the news, we’re giving you the tools to make smart fantasy decisions. What are the implications of these injuries — not just for each player in question, but also for their teammates? Who are some players who could make or break your fantasy week?
Update: For the most recent updates, make sure to check out our up-to-date Week 8 Fantasy Football Injury Report.
Fantasy QB Injury Report
The following QBs have notable injuries. How will this impact their fantasy value going forward and the fantasy value of their potential replacements?
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
This is officially a large-scale fantasy issue. Look, Dallas is 3.5 games ahead in the NFC East. Yes, they’re playing for a No. 1 seed. But more importantly, they need everyone healthy for when they likely make the playoffs. We should not be surprised if the very questionable Dak Prescott sits on Sunday in Minnesota. We also should not be surprised if he missed a game or two later this year if resting him increases the odds that he’ll be good to go in the postseason.
Prescott’s absence would mean significant downgrades for all Dallas receivers, including CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. However, Ezekiel Elliott should remain prominent regardless. The biggest winner would be Tony Pollard, who already has standalone fantasy value as arguably the league’s top RB handcuff. These two could combine for 40 touches. So, stay tuned for Prescott’s Sunday morning status, and be prepared to adjust your lineup strategy.
Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans
Davis Mills is scheduled to make another start this weekend, while Tyrod Taylor could return as early as Week 9 — or Week 11 if the Texans decide to hold him out until after their bye. Nevertheless, I’m not convinced Taylor’s return to the starting lineup is a foregone conclusion. If you’re in a 2QB league, ask yourself if Houston wants to spend the rest of the year with a journeyman quarterback or if they want to get a closer look at what they have in their third-round rookie. I think the latter is more likely unless they’ve already decided Mills is not the answer.
Zach Wilson, New York Jets
Zach Wilson is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks after spraining his PCL. Mike White will start this weekend, and the newly acquired Joe Flacco will back him up. With Corey Davis doubtful, Jamison Crowder could be the No. 1 receiver, while Michael Carter could go bananas on dump-off passes.
Fantasy TE Injury Report
The following TEs have notable injuries. How will they impact fantasy values moving forward?
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rob Gronkowski is expected to return this weekend despite a questionable tag. With Antonio Brown out, Gronkowski will be a solid TE1 play with extraordinary upside.
Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Ebron will reportedly miss Week 8, opening the door for second-round rookie Pat Freiermuth. I doubt Freiermuth will yield the floor to Ebron, even when the veteran returns. Freiermuth is a legitimate franchise-caliber tight end with a bright future in Pittsburgh if they can figure out how to use him.
Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
After undergoing hand surgery, the high-flying Dawson Knox has been grounded, at least for now. The 26-year-old Tommy Sweeney is now atop the Bills’ depth chart. He will only be a deep-league dart throw on a team that already has six terrific offensive weapons.