NFL Quick Hits: Cowboys expecting Dez for Week 8

BY foxsports • October 25, 2016

According to the Cowboys' website, Dez Bryant (knee) "took the full complement of reps and his movement was where it needed to be" at Monday's practice. Bryant is expected to return to action Sunday night against the Eagles, and should probably start in most fantasy circumstances. In his two healthy games this season, Bryant caught one pass for eight yards against the Giants in Week 1, and had 102 yards on seven receptions at Washington in Week 2.

Bryant will be catching his passes from Dak Prescott, as Tony Romo still isn't practicing. Romo is reportedly still working on core strength, so the Cowboys' great quarterback controversy will need to wait at least another week.

In other news ...

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) has been cleared to practice, but not yet to play on Sunday. We might need to wait all week for a change in Reed's status, but there won't be stages of improvement along the way. Either he'll get cleared or he won't.

Ty Montgomery "is the key to the Green Bay Packers' new offensive approach," according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. It's possible that subpar backs Knile Davis and Don Jackson will get a few additional snaps this week, but the way we saw the Pack play last week should be what we see moving forward. Ignore Davis and Jackson if you're searching for fantasy backfield help.

The Broncos employed a two-headed monster at running back Monday night. Devontae Booker ran 17 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, while C.J. Anderson rushed 16 times for 107 yards and a score. Booker saw 35 snaps to Anderson's 28, and it appears that we've got a full-blown timeshare on our hands. Booker is owned in just 19.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and joins Montgomery (13.4 percent owned) atop this week's fantasy free agent target list.

Six teams are on a bye in Week 8: Ravens, Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, 49ers. Also, the Redskins-Bengals game in London will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET. MORE MORNING FOOTBALL!

We're in for another wait-and-see week with Bills RB LeSean McCoy, who aggravated his hamstring injury against the Dolphins. Teammate Marqise Goodwin is in the concussion protocol.

Arian Foster has announced his immediate retirement from the NFL, meaning that his Week 8 fantasy value isn't so great.

There's no news from Tampa about Doug Martin's hamstring. Plan to be without him again in Week 8 unless we hear differently.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman strained his hamstring on Sunday, and his status for Week 8 is unclear. If Coleman can't play, Devonta Freeman will be in line for a huge workload against a tough Packer run defense. FYI, Packers-Falcons has the highest over-under of the week at 52.5.

Texans RB Lamar Miller missed some time Monday night due to a shoulder injury, and his status is TBD. Miller played inconsistently after the injury, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry is in the concussion protocol.

Jay Cutler will start at QB for the Bears in their Monday night matchup against the Vikings. If the Cubs have clinched the World Series by then, maybe the fans will be too deliriously happy to boo Cutler.

The Browns don't seem to have any idea who will start at quarterback in Week 8, with Cody Kessler (concussion) and Josh McCown (shoulder) in the mix along with 17th-stringer Kevin Hogan. Cleveland.com notes that the Browns are "at the mercy of the medical staff," but the hope is that Kessler will be ready. Head coach Hue Jackson also said Monday that he isn't sure if WR Corey Coleman (hand) will be ready to resume practice this week.

Jets QB Geno Smith is done for the season with a torn ACL, so Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back under center for this week's matchup against the Browns' 29th-ranked pass defense. Owners of Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger and bad matchup QBs such as Philip Rivers can consider streaming Fitz.

The Cardinals hope to have WR John Brown (leg pain) back this week.

Good luck with your free-agent pickups - tweet me (@jhalpin37) if you have any questions.


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