Week 9 NFL Injury News and Updates
Week 9 NFL Injury News and Updates
I’m not going to go through all of the COVD problems in the NFL right now. What you need to know is that after seeing the NFL insist that the Packers and 49ers play that game last night, it would take an outbreak of epic proportions for them to cancel or postpone a game at this point. What does this mean for fantasy players? Well, depth has never been more important. NFL teams are being forced to play games without top players due to COVID; fantasy teams are no different.
It’s looking more and more like Kenyan Drake won’t play Sunday due to a ligament tear in his ankle. This is best for two reasons. First, now fantasy owners don’t have to worry about Drake starting but not finishing the game. Second, Chase Edmonds now is a must-start and likely a top-10 running back this week.
If you saw the injury that Calvin Ridley suffered last Thursday, then you’re probably surprised there is even a chance that he might play this week. Well, there is that chance but beware here. Perhaps it’s just a cameo appearance. That being said, in the one league I have him, he’s in my lineup right now as my other option is Mecole Hardman. We would like to start Russell Gage this week, especially if Ridley can’t go, but he is also dealing with an injury. Gage has been limited this week in practice and should play Sunday, but just how much he plays remains to be seen.
Mark Ingram has yet to practice this week due to an ankle injury and hasn’t been on the field since the 18th of October. Ingram is a sit this week whether or not he plays Sunday. This should be the J.K. Dobbins show from this point forward in Baltimore.
Well, there is no new injury news, but Christian McCaffrey should be back for the Panthers this week, and you don’t need me to tell you that he should automatically be put back in your lineup.
Those of you who want Mitchell Trubisky back behind center over Nick Foles can forget about it. Trubisky is expected to miss at least a few weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in the first quarter of last week’s game.
Andy Dalton won’t start for Dallas on Sunday, but this time it’s due to COVID. Ezekiel Elliott is questionable with a hamstring injury but will play. The bottom line is this, either Cooper Rush or Garrett Gilbert are going to start for Dallas on Sunday in what might be the best team in the NFL in Pittsburgh. You likely have to start Zeke, but you shouldn’t want to. I’d bench anyone and everyone with a star on his helmet if I could.
Phillip Lindsay is on the injury report with a foot injury but should play Sunday, and yes, I’m starting him. Tim Patrick was also limited with a hamstring injury but is expected to play. I’d like to start him also verses that Atlanta secondary, but that depends on what else you have on your roster.
Matthew Stafford is currently on the COVID list for a close contact but could play Sunday if he tests negative Saturday. Stafford is at best a QB2 this week, especially if Kenny Golladay misses the game as expected with a hip injury. Marvin Jones has seen more targets of late, but he will still be no better than a WR3.
T.Y. Hilton is not expected to play Sunday due to a groin injury, and honestly, this has to be addition by subtraction. Hilton has been a dud this season with Phillip Rivers starting at quarterback, and now you don’t have to worry about whether or not you should start Hilton versus a tough Baltimore secondary.
Gardner Minshew is out this week due to a hand injury that leaves rookie Jake Luton as the starter for this game. Once again, I’ll sit everyone here not named James Robinson. This includes DJ Chark. I just don’t trust any receivers with a rookie quarterback and not a highly regarded one at that.
Kansas City Chiefs
Sammy Watkins is questionable to play with a hamstring injury, but I’ll sit him either way. My problem is I’d like to start Mecole Hardman but likely can’t if Watkins is active, but I will if he’s out again.
Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Jacobs has been limited this week with a knee injury and also battling an illness but will play Sunday. As with just about any stud player, he starts for you if he starts for his team.
The Dolphins are a mess at running back right now. Myles Gaskin was placed on IR with a knee injury. Matt Breida has missed practice time this week due to a hamstring injury and is out on Sunday. This could leave the running game in the hands of the recently acquired DeAndre Washington and the uninspiring Jordan Howard. This is not exactly what you want in front of a rookie quarterback. This isn’t what fantasy owners want, either. Stay away unless you’re desperate.
New England Patriots
The Pats are another team with issues at running back. Damien Harris has an ankle injury that has seen him be limited at practice this week but should play. Sony Michel also looks close to returning from injured reserve and could be activated for the game Monday. N’Keal Harry is in concussion protocol and will need to pass several tests before being allowed to play if you care.
New Orleans Saints
Perhaps this is the week that Michael Thomas returns to the field. As always, you’re starting him if he plays. Drew Brees is dealing with a shoulder injury but will play Sunday night. How well he plays is another story versus a tough Tampa defense.
New York Giants
Devonta Freeman is out once again with an ankle injury. This means that Wayne Gallman gets the start once again. Gallman has a better than expected outing versus the Bucs last Monday and could be solid this week as well. He’s a low-end RB2 should you need one.
New York Jets
Sam Darnold is dealing with a shoulder injury but is expected to play Monday. Does it matter? Not really, as you’re not starting him. Jamison Crowder has a hamstring injury and is limited. The extra day to heal should be good for him, but there is always the worry that even if he does play, he won’t be at full strength or may have to leave the game early.
The Hawks are still a mess at running back. Chris Carson has barely practiced this week and is a big question mark for Sunday. Carlos Hyde is out with a hamstring injury, and Travis Homer has a knee injury but should be able to suit up in some fashion. If Carson is unable to play, this could once again be a big DeeJay Dallas game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin is expected to play Sunday night. This might come as a bit of a surprise as he just had finger surgery about 10 days ago. Apparently, it’s a pain tolerance issue right now. What might hurt Godwin’s production more than the injury is the return of Antonio Brown. Brown is eligible to play Sunday. You just know that Tom Brady will want to throw Brown’s way early and often to justify standing up for him with the organization.