Week 9 is upon us, and once again I bring you the injury list and opinions for the week.
Kenyan Drake (Arizona Cardinals) – Drake will miss this week with an ankle injury meaning Chase Edmonds will be the lead back and will have plenty of value this week as he is involved in the passing game as well.
Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions) – Golladay was ruled out very early this week so there should have been plenty of opportunities to pick up Marvin Jones Jr. as he will be the top receiver on this team going up against the Vikings who are missing four cornerbacks due to injury.
Matt Breida (Miami Dolphins) – If you didn’t catch it earlier this week, Myles Gaskin was placed on the IR and will miss three weeks. It was supposed to be a split between Breida and Jordan Howard at the beginning of the season, now it’s all down to Howard.
Devonta Freeman (New York Giants) – Freeman is ruled out this week meaning Wayne Gallman will take over at RB. This is a tough matchup against Washington and Gallman will be sharing the backfield with Dion Lewis and Alfred Morris. Not a high ceiling this week for the Giants run game.
Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks) – Carson was ruled out this week as well as Carlos Hyde. Deejay Dallas had the majority of carries last week over Travis Homer, however, the Seahawks signed Alex Collins and he should be getting playing time as well this week. Dallas has the highest value on this team and would be the only player I would be comfortable starting.
Gardner Minshew (Jacksonville Jaguars) – This was another early week report. Jake Luton, a 6th round rookie, will be the starter meaning the values of the receivers are lowered until proven otherwise.
Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders) – Jacobs was downgraded Thursday to DNP (did not practice) with a knee injury. We have seen this before this season and Jacobs ends up playing, but the Raiders called up Theo Riddick from the practice squad this week adding a little skepticism to Jacobs’ status. Jalen Richard and Devonte Booker will share the backfield if Jacobs is out.
Mark Ingram (Baltimore Ravens) – Ingram has sat out of practice this entire week and will most likely be out for this week’s matchup against the colts. J.K. Dobbins has some value this week but is capped by the Colts defense.
Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons) – Even though Head Coach Raheem Morris stated that Ridley is in a “good spot” to play this week, Ridley hasn’t practiced at all. Usually, when players do not practice the entire week, especially on Friday, this means that there is a good chance they will sit out on Sunday. There is still a chance, but not a good one.
Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) – The Dallas OC (Offensive Coordinator) stated that we will have to “wait and see” how Zeke is feeling on game day. Even if Zeke plays, I am not comfortable at all in this matchup against the Steelers. I would set expectations very low for Elliott this week.
Jamison Crowder (New York jets) – Crowder has made his appearance once again on this list. Crowder had limited participation during Friday’s practice making him questionable. The good news is that Crowder plays Monday Night giving him an extra day to heal. I expect Crowder to play this week.
Damien Harris (New England Patriots) – Harris has been struggling with an ankle injury for a few weeks. Fortunately, Harris plays Monday night and should be all ready to go by then, however, Sony Michel is expected to make his return and will eat up some of Harris’ shares.
Phillip Lindsay (Denver Broncos) – Lindsay has been dealing with an injury this week, but HC (Head Coach) Vic Fangio already stated that Lindsay will suit up. This should be a decent matchup and I expect solid flex numbers for Lindsay.
Justin Herbert (Los Angeles) – Herbert had a minor shoulder injury earlier this week which raised some concern, luckily it seems like a very minor injury that should have little to no effect this week.
Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers) – It’s the moment many of us have been waiting for. McCaffrey will suit up this week against the reigning Super Bowl champs and McCaffrey wouldn’t want it any other way. I would expect a limited performance however as they don’t want to push his limits on his first game back.
Tim Patrick (Denver Broncos) – Patrick was questionable earlier this week but HC Vic Fangio stated that Patrick is good to go. Patrick has a pretty generous matchup this week against Atlanta and should be a decent flex.
Drew Brees/Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints) – Brees will play this week after having the questionable tag earlier in the week. Thomas will play his second game this season in a favorable matchup vs the Bucs.
Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – HC Bruce Arians stated that Godwin will suit up this week vs the Saints. Godwin should automatically take back the #1 spot in Tampa.
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