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K. Sheffield - DB
Falcons CB Kendall Sheffield was forced from Atlanta's Week 8 win over the Panthers following his second concussion evaluation.
Sheffield returned from one evaluation only to require another. He has been an every-down player when not battling an ankle injury this season. Vaguely infamous veteran Blidi Wreh-Wilson is the next man up on the depth chart.
Added 12:28 am (EST)
D. Jackson - DB
Panthers CB Donte Jackson aggravated his toe injury in Week 8 against the Falcons.
Announced as "questionable," Jackson was forced out in favor of Corn Elder. Jackson was having a rough night before going down, getting roasted by Julio Jones. He has 10 days to get healthy for Week 9 against the Chiefs.
Added 12:23 am (EST)
Russell Gage caught 2-of-3 targets for 25 yards in the Falcons' Week 8 win over the Panthers.
It was a disappointing effort on a night where Calvin Ridley missed over half the game with an ankle issue. Gage has just 18 total grabs after combining for 15 across Weeks 1 and 2. Ridley's potential Week 9 absence against the Broncos could put Gage in the WR4 mix, but he will still be third in line for targets behind Julio Jones and Hayden Hurst. There's not much here outside the deepest of PPR leagues.
Added 12:20 am (EST)
Brian Hill rushed 11 times for 55 yards in the Falcons' Week 8 win over the Panthers, adding two receptions for nine additional yards.
The 13 touches were a new season high for Hill on an evening where he got some extended first half run as the Falcons seemed displeased with Todd Gurley. Hill out-rushed Gurley 55-46 despite handling seven fewer carries. Gurley was not targeted in the passing game this evening, and made another late-game mistake when he went out of bounds as the Falcons attempted to kill the clock. Hill, who has now handled 10-plus touches in 2-of-3 games, could see his increased recent usage become the norm. The Broncos are on tap for Week 9.
Added 12:17 am (EST)
Ian Thomas caught 3-of-3 targets for 28 yards in the Panthers' Week 8 loss to the Falcons.
Both the catches and yards were new season highs for the lightly-targeted seam stretcher. There was summer hope that Thomas could have some TE1/2 appeal in the Panthers' high-volume offense, but tonight was the first time since Week 4 he had drawn more than a single look. It's just not happening.
Added 12:15 am (EST)
Hayden Hurst caught 5-of-7 targets for 54 yards in the Falcons' Week 8 win over the Panthers.
Hurst has now reached 50 yards in 4-of-5 games, including each of his past three. He could have had a bigger night but was the victim of some inaccurate Matt Ryan passes, one he turned into a highlight reel shoe-string grab. With Calvin Ridley departing with an ankle injury, Hurst could be needed for more volume in Week 9 against the Broncos. Regardless of Ridley's status, Hurst has locked himself in as a back-end TE1.
Added 12:13 am (EST)
Robby Anderson caught 5-of-8 targets for 48 yards in the Panthers' Week 8 loss to the Falcons.
Anderson also drew an eight-yard DPI in the game's opening minutes. Anderson once again led the Panthers in targets, but tonight was his lowest yardage output of the season. The Panthers have been trying to get Curtis Samuel more involved since his Week 7 return, though Anderson still has 16 targets over his past two games. He is a bona fide top-18 option at receiver. Week 9 opponent Kansas City is really limiting enemy passing game production, but there is always fantasy upside for teams that must chase points against the Chiefs colossus.
Added 12:09 am (EST)
Mike Davis rushed 13 times for 66 yards in the Panthers' Week 8 loss to the Falcons, adding an 11-yard reception.
It was a nice bounce-back effort for Davis on the ground after back-to-back duds. Making what will be probably be his final start before Christian McCaffrey's (ankle) seemingly inevitable Week 9 return, Davis was held to three or fewer passing game targets for the second time in three weeks. Davis has eight grabs over his past three contests after reaching that number three times in his first four appearances. Davis has been everything fantasy managers could have hoped for as a plug-and-play CMC replacement, but whatever coach Matt Rhule claims, his role is going to disappear upon McCaffrey's return. He can already be dropped if you're desperate to create roster space.
Added 12:05 am (EST)