We’ll give you the most recent information on these RBs and explain how their injuries could affect the Week 8 fantasy scenery.
Week 8 fantasy injury updates: D’Andre Swift, JK Dobbins and Darren Waller
- D’Andre Swift
UPDATE: Swift (shoulder) is officially listed as “questionable” for Week 7 of the season.
According to ESPN’s Eric Woodyard, Swift (shoulder) told reporters on Wednesday that “he’s pushing toward playing” against the Cowboys on Sunday.
The young running back practiced on Wednesday, which indicates that he could return this week.
Swift has missed the last two games after suffering a shoulder injury against the Vikings in Week 3.
He had 231 rushing yards and two total touchdowns before suffering the injury. Even in a tough matchup against Dallas, he’s a must-start if active.
If Swift is out again, Jamaal Williams would start and be worth an RB2 spot. Williams would be a touchdown-dependent flex if Swift plays.
- JK Dobbins
UPDATE 3: Dobbins (knee) is out for Week 7 and will have arthroscopic knee surgery, which will keep him out for four to six weeks.
UPDATE 2: According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Dobbins (knee) did not practice on Friday. His availability for Week 8 is in doubt because fellow RB Kenyan Drake will have a heavier workload.
UPDATE: According to Melissa Y. Kim, Dobbins (knee) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday, complicating his situation for Week 7.
According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, Dobbins (knee) was one of eight Ravens players who did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Due to a tight knee, the youthful running back was unable to participate in the second half of last week’s game against the Giants.
In little play, Dobbins only gained 15 yards on seven carries. Kenyan Drake, who had his best game as a Raven last week against New York, may need to be started in fantasy football if he is unable to play or is limited on Sunday. Dobbins and Drake are both projected as RB2s with a tremendously advantageous matchup versus the Browns depending on who gets the start.
Baltimore could potentially have two fantasy-relevant running backs depending on who is back and how the touches are distributed this week against Cleveland’s defense, which is allowing the third-most fantasy points to RBs this season (26.5) and 131.5 rushing yards per game. Watch the injury reports carefully as Justice Hill (hamstring) and Gus Edwards (knee) may also enter this equation.
- Darren Waller
UPDATE: According to Tashan Reed of The Athletic, Waller (hamstring) missed practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday.
As a result of missing Wednesday’s Las Vegas practice due to a hamstring injury, Waller’s availability for the Raiders’ Week 7 game against the Texans is uncertain.
Waller left the game against Kansas City in the first half of Week 5 for Las Vegas, and his absence from practice on Wednesday after the Raiders’ bye week raises some questions. We’ll have to wait and see if he can practice again on Thursday or Friday, but at least Foster Moreau, another tight end, was able to work in part on Wednesday. Waller, who entered Week 7 as the overall TE20 in PPR formats, has unluckily been one of the greater disappointments at the TE position this season. When he’s active, he’s still a must-start, and Moreau would make a respectable streamer if Waller was unavailable.
NFL Schedule 2022 – NFL Week 8
- Sunday, Oct. 30
Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars, 9:30 a.m., ESPN+
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., Fox
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox
Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox
Las Vegas Raiders at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., CBS
New England Patriots at New York Jets, 1 p.m., CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., CBS
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 4:05 p.m., CBS
Washington Commanders at Indianapolis Colts, 4:25 p.m., Fox
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m., Fox
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m., Fox
Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills, 8:20 p.m., NBC
- Monday, Oct. 31
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 8:15 p.m., ESPN