Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 9
Welcome to the dreaded injury report. Professional football is a violent game, and your fantasy players are going to miss time because of it. There was bedlam in Week 9 when we woke up in the morning to set our lineups with surprise inactives from Leonard Fournette and Zach Ertz, but the actual games were very light on injuries with none believed to be serious. As always, hopefully, you don’t have many names on this list.
A.J. Green (WR – CIN)
The Bengals’ best player didn’t actually get hurt. He was ejected for an array of violent acts towards Jalen Ramsey. Green could be looking at a one-game suspension a la Marshawn Lynch.
Carlos Hyde (RB – SF)
I can just group Carlos Hyde with Green above. Hyde was also ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to Arizona. He, too, could be looking at a one-game suspension.
Dez Bryant (WR – DAL)
Dez Bryant suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ win over Kansas City. He tried multiple times to get loose but was unable to get back in the game. Ankle sprains are tricky. Bryant could play next week. He could miss two games. He could miss six games. Brice Butler would take Bryant’s spot if Bryant were forced to miss time. Initial reports indicate the injury isn’t serious, but it’s a situation worth monitoring.
Terrance Williams (WR – DAL)
I normally wouldn’t even bother putting Terrance Williams on this list, but he becomes a relevant name with the injury to Dez Bryant. Williams tweaked his knee shortly after Bryant sprained his ankle. He’s coming off his best game of the season and finally looked like a legitimate number two wide receiver. I’m not quite sure who Dak Prescott will throw to if both Williams and Bryant miss next week’s game. Butler will certainly step up, but Ryan Switzer, who is the fourth WR, is not taking the spot of a flanker.
Jameis Winston (QB – TB)
I’m not sure if this isn’t being played up as an injury to do Jameis Winston a favor. The reality is Winston has not played like an NFL caliber starting QB this season and probably should’ve been benched regardless of his shoulder. Nevertheless, Winston could use a week off especially in a lost season. If Ryan Fitzpatrick starts next week, it’s really not a downgrade for anyone.
Eddie Lacy (RB – SEA)
I know Eddie Lacy isn’t the slightest bit fantasy relevant, but Pete Carroll’s insistence upon giving him the ball forces us to acknowledge his existence. The third worst RB in the NFL (Paul Perkins #1, Rob Kelley #2) injured his groin early in Sunday’s game, paving the way for Thomas Rawls to see increased action. Rawls looked the best he’s looked since 2015 and will almost certainly get a crack at the starting job next week even if Lacy is active.
Ryan Griffin (TE – HOU)
Concussions are not a laughing matter, but it is a bit funny (in a coincidental type of way) that Ryan Griffin suffered a concussion the week before C.J. Fiedorowicz is due back from IR due to his early-season concussion. With Griffin not very effective to begin with, CJF could have some TE2 value with the completely incapable of stretching the field Tom Savage.