1. Arian Foster suffers reported torn Achilles' injury
It was yet another gut punch for Arian Foster owners on Sunday. The oft-injured Texans veteran was reportedly lost for the season late in the fourth quarter on Sunday in a blowout loss to the Dolphins. Foster was lined up as a receiver on the play in which he went down, crumpling to the turf as he was starting into his route - a non-contact injury. As Foster owners, you could question why he was even in the game in a can't-win situation. But, really, there's a feeling of inevitability here. If not this week, then maybe the next, or the next ... At this point in his career, you have to wonder if, assuming reports of the Achilles injury are true, if he'll ever play again. His body certainly seems to be calling it quits
This isn't a sitaution like Jamaal Charles, where a pickup of backup Charcandrick West was obvious (and paid off handsomely this week). We've seen the Alfred Blue/Chris Polk platoon show already, and it wasn't worth the price of admission (even if it was free). Those two figure to be back sharing carries going forward, and what a ugly stretch of games they'll face on the upcoming schedule (ranked as the fifth-toughest for RBs for the rest of the season). I wouldn't put in more than a minimal bid on either of these backs, though I prefer Polk. Perhaps KC's West is still out in your player pool (he's still 40% available in Yahoo leagues). He'd be a decent consolation prize. Maybe Matt Jones (if Washington can manage to keep a game close early and not be forced into scramble mode). He's available in 50% of Yahoo leagues, and there's at least a little bit of upside with him. But, unfortunately, this story is mostly lacking in a silver lining.
2. This is the Dolphins we thought they were
"Miller Time!" was the Miami headline last week, as Lamar Miller finally arrived on the '15 scene with 113 rushing yards and a TD in a 38-10 rout of the Titans. He took his act to the next level in Week 7, rolling for 236 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs. But this time, the Miami passing game took an equal share of the spotlight, as Ryan Tannehill threw four touchdown passes against Houston in the first 16 minutes of the game (including one to Miller).
After a sluggish start, this Miami offense looks liberated under the new coaching regime. This was an offense that had high expectations after finishing 11th in scoring offense last season (24.2 ppg). With games against New England, Buffalo and Philly in the next three weeks, the near-term schedule sets up fantastically for Tannehill and aerial partners Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews.
Landry scored through the air for the first time this season on Sunday, but he came into the game leading WRs in red zone targets, so it was only a matter of time. As for Matthews, he's proven to be drought-proof, as he's now scored at least 8.5 fantasy points in five of six games. This trio has entered must-start territory at least while this schedule is on easy street (a Week 12 meeting with the Jets could be the only real speed bump the rest of the way).
3. Diggs, Ebron are waiver gold
The Minnesota/Detroit showdown on Sunday featured the top pickup of Week 7 (Stefon Diggs) and the should-be top pickup of Week 8 (Eric Ebron). Diggs delivered to his 108-yard per game average against the Lions, but also added his first NFL TD to the mix. He started for Minnesota despite the return of Charles Johnson, and for good reason. The guy that was comapred to Antonio Brown by Mike Wallace earlier this week looks like waiver money well spent - he'll get to pick on the generous Chicago secondary next week.
As for Ebron, he returned from a two-game layoff (knee) to post 89 yards and a TD against the Vikes. It was Ebron's third TD in five games, and he's averaging a healthy 53.6 yards in those contests. This is a pass-happy offense that will face an Oakland defense next week that has allowed more fantasy points to the TE position than anyone. Charles Clay, Julius Thomas, Jordan Reed and Zach Ertz are the most notable tight ends on bye next week. Ebron is a fantastic filler for anyone one dealing with those byes next week.