Fantasy Injury Updates: Rob Gronkowski, Cooper Kupp, Randall Cobb, more impact Week 8 start ’em, sit ’em calls
Rob Gronkowski, Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Randall Cobb, and Geronimo Allison are among the pass-catchers dealing with injuries that have fantasy football owners worried ahead of Week 8 start ’em, sit ’em decisions. As always, there are a lot of injury updates to get to, including a host of key RBs (updates here), so let’s jump right in and get ready to update our rankings.
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Week 8 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Is Rob Gronkowski playing Monday night?
Gronkowski (back) missed Wednesday’s practice, but he returned on Thursday, which is obviously a good sign for his Monday night availability against the Bills.
Because it’s Gronk and because it’s the Pats — and because the game is Monday night — fantasy owners likely aren’t going to have too much clarity when they have to make their lineup decisions on Sunday. But as of right now, it looks like Gronk will play. If you own him, it’s not a bad idea to grab Charles Clay or Dwayne Allen just so you can ensure you have an active TE in your lineup, but Gronk should be good to go.
Is Cooper Kupp playing in Week 8?
According to Rams head coach Sean McVay, Kupp is “making good progress” in his return from an MCL sprain. That said, he’s still doubtful to play in Week 8 against the Packers. This is hardly a surprise, as Kupp was ruled out early last week and it appears that the undefeated Rams are exercising caution in attempting to bring him back.
With Kupp out, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks should continue to dominate target share for the Rams. Woods could be poised for a big game, as he will likely function as an inside/outside threat and should log some time in the slot. Other receivers, such as Josh Reynolds and Nick Williams, could also step into the lineup, but they aren’t really fantasy options, as they won’t get enough snaps or targets to make a big impact.
WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison injury updates
Both Cobb and Allison appear to be on track for Sunday’s game against the Rams, according to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy “feels good” about the availability of the two, according to Michael Cohen of The Athletic , so that’s a boost for the Packers passing attack.
Cobb hasn’t played since Week 3, but when he was active, he was the clear-cut No. 2 receiver on the Packers roster. He nine targets per game and broke double-digits in two of his three outings. So long as the Packers are throwing, Cobb will see a lot of action. He can be trusted as a WR2/WR3, especially considering that he has had a full month to get right after suffering the initial injury.
Meanwhile, Allison should also continue on and be a solid weapon for the Packers. Allison had two TDs in the four games he suited up for and was en route to becoming a steady target for Aaron Rodgers. Provided that talented rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling doesn’t eat into his playing time too much, Allison should continue on as a low-end WR3, but he can be trusted this week in what appears to be a potential shootout between two high-powered offenses.
With the return of these two weapons, Rodgers should see a bump in value. He will now be able to pick apart defenses more easily, and with an extra week of rest under his belt, he could be closer to fully healthy. Either way, having his receiving corps fully healthy will provide him a boost and help him climb back up in our Week 8 QB rankings.
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Allen Robinson injury news
Robinson was banged up against the Patriots and aggravated a groin injury that has plagued him throughout the season. On Wednesday, Robinson missed practice, according to Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune , and he may not be able to get back on the field ahead of the Bears’ Week 8 clash with the Jets.
If Robinson can’t see an upgrade in his practice status in the coming days, he will likely be held out. With Robinson limited/out last Sunday against the Patriots, Trey Burton really picked up the slack and logged 126 yards and a TD. That was by far his best game of the season. It seems likely that he could see similar production and target share against a weak Jets secondary, so he’s definitely a top play at TE this week.
Elsewhere, Taylor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen will probably benefit if Robinson is absent, as they will be the top two targets for the Bears offense. We’ll keep an eye on Robinson, as the ripple effect that could occur if he misses time might be big.
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