Free Agency and Injury report week 8 2020

By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF

The 49ers lost Garoppolo to an ankle injury that could be an extension of the high-ankle injury he suffered earlier this year. He is expected to be out indefinitely. When healthy, his lows have been devastating this year. He went scoreless with two interceptions versus Miami and New England this year before being picked apart by Seattle's defense this week. He was intercepted once and couldn't reach 100 yards on 16 attempts. The 49ers shouldn't notice a difference between him and either one of their backups moving forward.


George Kittle, TE, SF

Kittle left with a foot injury and did not return. Initial X-rays were negative so the injury appeared to be minor but later reports have indicated that Kittle is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season. He could return in the playoffs. Ross Dwelley filled in for Kittle and found the end zone once on four targets. He also stepped in for Kittle in Week 2 and recorded four catches for 49 yards. Dwelley is a deep but viable tight end streamer versus the Packers on Thursday night.




T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND

Hilton injured his groin and was ruled out from returning on Sunday. He peaked at 12.9 PPR points in Week 5 and is now dealing with an injury. Hilton can be cut in all leagues.




Kenny Golladay, WR, DET

Golladay suffered a hip injury and is considered week to week. He will not play in Week 9. T.J. Hockenson led the team with 10 targets, seven of which he converted into 65 scoreless yards. Marvin Jones finally showed up to the tune of three catches for 39 yards and two scores. He managed that line on seven targets. His performance this year combined with the Week 8 inefficiency makes Jones a risky play even if Golladay is sidelined. Hiockenson becomes an every-week start at tight end because of the state of the position at this point in the season.




Damien Harris, RB, NE

The Patriots offense continued to struggle in Week 8 but the lone bright spot was the team's second-year back. Harris logged 16 carries for 102 yards and found the end zone. He out-carried Rex Burkhead 16-6 but did not see a target. The lack of usage as a receiver would be a concern for most players but that shouldn't stop him from posting a good game next week versus the Jets. New England has looked like a below-average team for most of the year but they should still be able to handle the Jets. That makes Harris a viable RB2 for next week and an RB3 in more difficult matchups.




Gus Edwards, RB, BAL

Mark Ingram was initially projected to be out for just Week 8 but further reports on his ankle injury now indicate that he will be out for another week. That leaves J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to split the Baltimore backfield. The two operated in an even split this week:
* Edwards: 16 carries, 87 yards, one touchdown
* Dobbins: 15 carries, 113 yards, two targets

Dobbins has a massive edge in the pass-catching department but is also rostered in mist leagues. Edwards can be had off the waiver wire in many leagues and should be rostered in every league as half of the backfield for the league's most run-heavy team.