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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 8 Injury Report — Return of the Mac

As we say goodbye to October, there are some key injuries you need to be aware of ahead of your Week 8 fantasy football matchups.

There’s another game in London this weekend, and thankfully this is the last we’ll hear of them for the remainder of the 2015 season. They seem rather pointless, as the NFL could never conceivably expand to England with the time zone issues. I get that they want to promote the sport abroad, but one game a year seems sufficient enough. Of course, Roger Goodell and the NFL big wigs always have their priorities all mixed up. As fantasy owners we hate these games, because it means an earlier star time, which is especially brutal for West Coasters.

Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs

Maclin sat out last week’s game after being scratched just minutes before kickoff. He suffered a concussion the week before, but doctors had cleared him to play and he had practiced late in the week. Coach Andy Reid decided to sit him though, as he was more concerned for his long-term health.

Maclin has been a full go at practice this week, however, and is a near-guarantee to suit up this Sunday in London.

The former Eagle has performed well in his first year with the Chiefs and he has a great matchup against a Lions defense that has given up the fourth-most points to opposing wide receivers (in PPR leagues). Owners still need to be vigilant, as the early kickoff time could pose problems.

James Starks, Packers

The Packers were on their bye in Week 7, but Starks was a hot add after dominating the running back touches in Green Bay’s 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 6. Surprisingly, the veteran Starks out-carried Eddie Lacy 10-4, out-rushing him 112-3. He also chipped in two touchdowns, with one coming through the air.

Much to the dismay of those who used a high priority waiver claim to add the Packers’ RB, Starks sat out Wednesday’s practice with a hip injury.

If he truly is in danger of missing Sunday night’s huge matchup against the undefeated Broncos, Lacy would again resume the workhorse role in the Packers’ backfield. If Lacy does well, he may not relinquish it, pushing Starks back to the complementary role he had early in the season.

Chris Ivory, Jets

The NFL’s seventh-leading rusher has been banged up all season long, but that hasn’t stopped him from carrying fantasy teams.

Ivory could be seen on the sidelines last Sunday nursing what turned out to be a quad injury. He ended up finishing the game, but this is now the second time he’s dealt with a lower extremity injury (he had a prior groin injury).

Ivory has yet to be officially inactive for a game this season, but he never played a down during the Jets loss to the Eagles in Week 3, despite remaining on the active roster. Of course, he followed that game up with an incredible 166-yard performance against the Dolphins.

Owners will have to be patient. If Ivory plays, which he is still likely to do, he’ll get to face a middle-of-the-road Raiders run D. Ivory’s owners should still have a backup plan, and that should include adding either Zac Stacy or Stevan Ridley, or both. Why do I say both? Because it’s difficult to tell which of them will benefit most. Stacy seems like the safer add this week, as Ridley hasn’t officially been activated from the PUP list. However, Ridley is the more talented back of the two, and would offer more upside further down the line.

Editor’s Note: Chris Ivory practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play as of this moment. However, if all of your eggs are in the Ivory basket, it may be worth adding Stacy and/or Ridley as a safety net should something come up with the Jets’ starting bell cow in the 11th hour.

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