Marcus Mariota, TEN (knee) – New head coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota is starting in Week 9 after no issues in practice this week. Mariota is pushing QB1 status against the Saints terrible defense.
Tyrod Taylor, BUF (knee) – TT practiced in full all week and all systems are go. He’s a low-end QB1 given his upside and nice matchup.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ (thumb) – Fitzpatrick practiced all week and has been cleared to play. He’s still just a mid-range QB2 though, as he carries the risk of exiting early whether due to issues holding on to the ball or aggravating the injury. Geno Smith is ready to go too and is next up.
Matt Forte, CHI (MCL) – He’s out. Likely a few games. Don’t let John Fox’s nonsense confuse you.
Ronnie Hillman, DEN (thigh) – Hillman suffered a thigh injury in Thursday’s practice. He did practice Friday but is still listed as questionable. It sounds as though Hillman should play, which makes him a RB2 in this bye-heavy week, but if he happened to be a late scratch, C.J. Anderson could *gasp* be a RB1 against the Colts.
Carlos Hyde, SF (foot) – Hyde is out again and could miss the rest of the season if the 49ers decide to shut him down. With Mike Davis‘ hand broken, Pierre Thomas, Kendall Gaskins and Shaun Draughn will share the work, although, not one is worth starting in most leagues.
Mike Evans, TB (groin) – Evans said he tweaked his groin and oblique last week. Even though he’s not on the injury report, it’s worth noting. Even so, Evans is hard not to like as a WR1 with the Giants leaky secondary still missing Prince Amukamara. Vincent Jackson will miss another game due to his knee injury.
T.Y. Hilton, IND (foot) – This is not good. Hilton is questionable but hasn’t got on the field. Oh, and he still has been seen with a walking boot. Plan to be without Hilton this week, which makes Donte Moncrief and Andre Johnson the top options for the Colts. The matchup is with the Broncos though, meaning
Andrew Luck and the receivers are benchable in most leagues.
Dez Bryant, DAL (foot) – Bryant didn’t suffer a setback after playing last week and is good to go for Week 9. Still, Matt Cassel is at quarterback, which limits Bryant’s potential. His skill alone makes him a WR2 and playable though.
Eric Decker, NYJ (knee) – The assumption is that Decker will play Sunday, especially after practicing in full Friday. You can pencil him in as a WR2/3 in a good matchup.
Brandon Marshall, NYJ (toe, ankle) – Marshall is just “banged up” and in no real threat of missing Week 9. Keep him in your lineup as a WR1/2 play.
Julian Edelman, NE (knee) – Edelman did practice all week, he just had limited sessions. It appears there is no real concern here, and Edelman is a WR1 with a matchup against the Redskins on tap.
Anquan Boldin, SF (hamstring) – Boldin hasn’t practiced and is likely out again. If he sat out last week after some limited work, it’s very unlikely he plays, and it’s probably for the best anyway with Blaine Gabbert at QB.
DeSean Jackson, WSH (hamstring) – Jackson practiced in a limited amount all week, which makes him less than guaranteed to play. The assumption has been that DJax would be ready after the bye, so expect him to play and be an upside WR3 against the Pats, but make sure you have options if Jackson sits again.
Stefon Diggs, MIN (hamstring) – Don’t auto-start Diggs just yet. Yes, he’s been impressive, but he’s been limited this week. While it doesn’t sound serious, the matchup is fairly tough with Janoris Jenkins and the Rams secondary being very strong. Diggs will start almost everywhere, but you shouldn’t expect Top 20 WR numbers.
Rueben Randle, NYG (hamstring) – Randle is officially listed as questionable, but you can expect him to play. However, this is the same injury that’s nagged him for weeks and has limited his upside. He’s just a WR4 and likely won’t be 100 percent until after the bye.
Eddie Royal, CHI (knee) – Royal didn’t practice at all and that was the plan all along. Royal is out this week even if John Fox won’t say so, and Marquess Wilson steps in for Royal and is a WR4 with upside.
Sammy Watkins, BUF (ankle) – Watkins and Bills reporters expect him to play against the Dolphins. Even so, Watkins didn’t practice Friday, so he’s still a risk, and you need to monitor his status before lineups lock. Tyrod Taylor is back, so if Watkins plays, you can consider him a fringe WR3. As for Percy Harvin, there is talk that his season could be over. If you haven’t already and don’t have an IR spot, drop Harvin.
Antonio Gates, SD (knee) – Gates has practiced all week, and even though it’s been limited, he didn’t have a setback after playing all of last week. He’ll be ready to go and is a Top 5 tight end with Ladarius Green out. Green wore a protective boot for his ankle this week and is in question for next week too.
Julius Thomas, JAX (abdomen) – Thomas practiced all week and is probable. There isn’t much to worry about here, and Thomas is a fringe TE1 in Week 9.
Austin-Seferian Jenkins, TB (shoulder) – ASJ was limited all week and then practiced in full Friday. There is a ton of upside against the Giants if he can play, so be ready to plug him in if so, but you still need a backup plan.
Jordan Cameron, MIA (knee) – Cameron was limited this week and listed as questionable. He should play, but Cameron has been quiet this year and there are many better options even when he’s 100 percent.