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. Hopefully, you don’t have many names on this list.
Raheem Mostert (RB – SF)
After looking like he was cementing himself as the guy behind Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert broke his arm on Thursday night. His season is over. Alfred Morris will now occupy that change of pace role, but he simply has nothing left.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT)
JuJu Smith-Schuster took a huge hit in the Steelers’ win over the Ravens on Sunday and was helped off the field with his left arm limp. It looked like a concussion, but he was ultimately cleared and returned to the game. He’s fine.
Peyton Barber (RB – TB)
The Bucs’ starting RB tweaked his ankle late in the team’s loss to Carolina. Peyton Barber should be fine, though. There appeared to be no concern over his ankle after the game.
Taylor Gabriel (WR – CHI)
Already down Allen Robinson, the Bears saw Taylor Gabriel limp off the field late in their blowout of the Bills. Matt Nagy said after the game that Gabriel is fine. I’m inclined to believe him, but you never know with knee injuries. If Gabriel is forced to sit, I guess Josh Bellamy becomes a relevant name.
Sammy Watkins (WR – KC)
Sammy Watkins twisted his ankle in the second half of the Chiefs’ victory over the Browns. It didn’t seem the least bit serious so he should be good to go this week.
Charles Clay (TE – BUF)
The Bills’ TE didn’t catch a pass before departing with a hamstring injury. Charles Clay has no fantasy value.
Chris Carson (RB – SEA)
Entering Sunday as a game-time decision due to a hip issue, Chris Carson played, but aggravated his hip in-game and ceded the role to Mike Davis. Carson could miss some time, which would make Davis a must-own in fantasy leagues and a solid start against the Rams swiss cheese defense.
Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel (TE and RB – NE)
Both Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel were trending towards playing this week, until we received an ominous report from Adam Schefter Sunday morning. Ultimately, they did not suit up. This remains a week-to-week issue, especially since running backs don’t matter…
James White (RB – NE)
Which includes James White, who hurt his knee in the first half of the Sunday night game. After White left, Cordarrelle Patterson proceeded to gash the Packers because, again, running backs don’t matter. White did return in the second half, but it’s relevant to note that if White and Michel are out, CPatt is a must-add in fantasy leagues. Kenjon Barner is clearly not the answer.
Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN)
Diggs was ruled out after missing practice early in the week. Diggs confused owners a bit by telling reporters he absolutely expected to suit up. It became clearer as the weekend passed that Diggs was unlikely to play. It was also clear that his absence has a significant impact on the offense as a whole. The good news is that Diggs should be able to return from the rib injury after the team’s Week 10 bye.
A.J. Green (WR – CIN)
Green and the Bengals were on bye Week 9, but reports surfaced that Green is likely to miss some time due to his foot injury. There should be more clarity on the injury early this week, but for now it looks like owners will need to find a replacement for the talented wideout. As a result of the injury, Tyler Boyd and C.J. Uzomah will likely see increased targets. If John Ross can return from injury, he could also benefit, but Alex Erickson could also see an increased role in Green’s absence. The injury certainly doesn’t help Andy Dalton, who’s struggled since his hot start.