The NFL kicks off Week 8 in a few hours, and we get an ugly matchup of the Minnesota Vikings and Washington. Thursday Night Football can bring some crazy finishes, so I suppose anything is possible, but it’s hard to see Washington hanging around in this one.
We don’t have too many fantasy football injury question marks heading into this game. Adam Thielen was ruled out on Wednesday, so you don’t have to worry about sweating that one out. And it’s better than him being active and used as a decoy, like we saw with Arizona on Sunday.
Inactives are due at 6:50 p.m., but there will be news earlier in the day as we prepare for the game. If you’re trying to figure out your fantasy football lineups, this information is critical to getting the right players in the right spots. There’s plenty of time for the rest of your fantasy lineups, but many of us have some last minutes decisions to make on Thursday evening. And if you’re looking to play some DraftKings Showdown, make sure and combine this info with our last minute strategy piece.
We’ll provide updates on injuries, key start/sit decisions, and more leading up to the 8:20 p.m. kickoff.
Adrian Peterson ACTIVE
Washington and Minnesota released their inactives. As expected, AP is active. He is potentially on a snap count, so that is something to keep in mind if you need to start him tonight on Thursday Night Football.
Adrian Peterson workload update 5:47 p.m.
AP is going to play tonight, but there is some indication his snap count might be limited to some degree. He told NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero he feels good, but Pelissero tweeted that “His snaps may be limited.” If this game gets out of hand, that could naturally limit his workload. Either way, you might be best suited passing on AP tonight if you have semblance of a better matchup.
Adrian Peterson expected to play
The veteran running back injured his ankle last week against San Francisco, and he later described it to Josina Anderson as both a grade 1 high ankle sprain and a grade 2 low ankle sprain. He is expected to play barring any pre-game setback, according to Anderson. Had he not played Wendell Smallwood would have made sense as a fantasy option. While Smallwood still has some modest PPR value, he is not someone you should be starting. Peterson is a volume play but likely to have fairly inefficient numbers against the Vikings defense.
Olabisi Johnson worth a look
The Vikings will be without wide receiver Adam Thielen on Thursday. Stefon Diggs is an obvious start in traditional fantasy leagues, but Johnson is an intriguing DFS option given the price point (fourth highest costing WR). The Washington defense has been pretty solid against wide receivers, but bet on the Kirk Cousins revenge game!
Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith decision
The Vikings two tight ends stepped up in Week 7 after Thielen went down. Both had five receptions on six targets, with Rudolph hauling in 58 yards and a touchdown, while Smith had 60 yards. Smith is the cheaper value ($7,200 vs. $8,100), and might be worth rolling the dice if you want to invest more elsewhere. Both are good values with Thielen sidelined.