Week 9 Injury Report Recap (2019 Fantasy Football)
It’s Friday, so it’s time for another Injury Report Recap. T.Y. Hilton’s shocking mid-week practice injury is this week’s biggest story, as the receiver is now expected to miss a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the Steelers will have to play without two of their running backs, Davante Adams and Patrick Mahomes might be back, and Joe Flacco is done for the year. Read on for the fantasy implications of this week’s injury headlines!
Texans at Jaguars (Sunday, 9:30 AM EST)
Texans: DL J.J. Watt (pectoral) IR, WR Will Fuller (hamstring) OUT, OT Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE, OT Tytus Howard (knee) QUESTIONABLE.
Jaguars: WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) QUESTIONABLE, CB D.J. Hayden neck) QUESTIONABLE.
It should be a shootout in London, but the Texans’ banged-up offensive line won’t do them any favors. Both Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard will be game-time decisions. Meanwhile, the Jaguars’ defense has racked up 29 sacks on the year, good for fourth-best in the NFL. They sacked Deshaun Watson four times the last time these teams met in Week 2, and they’re coming off of an eight-sack performance against the Jets. I’m still expecting sacks galore from the Jags this week, but they won’t have Jalen Ramsey as they did in Week 2. They could also be without slot corner D.J. Hayden, who currently seems like a game-time decision. Even if Hayden doesn’t miss time, I’m still optimistic that Watson can rebound from his bad Week 2 performance. Will Fuller won’t be back for another few weeks, so Kenny Stills continues to have deep-threat appeal. On the Jaguars’ side of the ball, if Dede Westbrook misses time, look for Chris Conley to put up some decent numbers again.
Redskins at Bills (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Dwayne Haskins will get the start on Sunday with Case Keenum out. Even though the duo played together in college, Terry McLaurin has produced worse fantasy numbers with Haskins than with Keenum. The quarterback change hurts McLaurin, while Chris Thompson‘s continued absence will make sure that Adrian Peterson keeps seeing a heavy workload. That said, Derrius Guice is due back for Week 11. There’s not a lot to say on the Bills’ side, and I expect them to beat Dan Snyder’s disappointing football team. At least Washington has the Nationals.
Titans at Panthers (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
According to Ian Rapoport, football is a “long way off” for Cam Newton. Without him, they’ll continue to start Kyle Allen. Allen has had his ups and downs so far this season, but fantasy owners should expect decent quarterback play when he doesn’t face a tough opponent. The Titans aren’t anything to write home about defensively, so look for typical production from the Panthers’ offensive starters. Greg Little has been out for a while, but his absence hasn’t hurt the Panthers too much. Also, Curtis Samuel is expected to play on Sunday despite his injury designation. Meanwhile, Delanie Walker will miss another week for the Titans, so look for Jonnu Smith to have another solid fantasy day without him.
Vikings at Chiefs (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Adam Thielen missed his first career game last Thursday, but he’s optimistic that he can play on Sunday. After a limited practice session on Thursday, he told the media that he “feels good.” However, he acknowledged that whether or not he plays isn’t his decision, and Mike Zimmer plans to put him through a workout on Sunday before making a decision. Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs had a day without Thielen last week, so if he misses time, look for them to produce once again. If he’s back, Cousins enters QB1 territory while Diggs is probably a boom-or-bust WR2. That said, part of me wonders how long the Vikings’ mid-season passing renaissance will last. Mike Zimmer and Kevin Stefanski could turn the Vikings back into a run-first team behind Dalvin Cook whenever they want, and they could easily do so against the Chiefs if both Frank Clark and Chris Jones miss another game. On the Chiefs’ side of the ball, Patrick Mahomes could make an early return from his dislocated kneecap this week. If he does, all of the Chiefs’ offensive playmakers should get a boost in value. Matt Moore isn’t bad, but no one can replace Mahomes. If you’re a Mahomes owner, I’d still have a plan B ready to go this week, but you should get your QB1 back by the next one.
Jets at Dolphins (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Sam Darnold and the Jets have an opportunity to put up some monster points against an injured Dolphins secondary this week. Miami just threw Xavien Howard on injured reserve, and while they did make a trade for Aqib Talib, he’ll also be out for a while. Ken Webster’s absence won’t help them, either, and they’ll be stuck with Eric Rowe and Jomal Wiltz to hold down the fort. It’s a revenge game for head coach Adam Gase, too, so look for the Jets to throw a bunch. Demaryius Thomas should be good to go despite his questionable tag, but we’ll have to whether Chris Herndon suits up on Sunday. On Friday, Adam Gase didn’t seem optimistic about his chances to return.
Bears at Eagles (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
Bears: No fantasy-significant injury report listings.
Eagles: WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen) QUESTIONABLE.
The best news for the Eagles is that all of their cornerbacks are finally healthy. Avonte Maddox cleared the injury report this week, so he might be able to help Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, and Rasul Douglas right the ship. The Eagles’ secondary has been roastable this season, but if they’re ever going to recover, look for them to do so against Mitch Trubisky and the Bears. Conventional wisdom is to start the Bears’ wideouts this week, and while Allen Robinson is a weekly start, I’m not buying into the Anthony Miller hype. On the Eagles’ side, if DeSean Jackson makes his return as is expected, look for him to revitalize their passing offense. He went off in Week 1 for 154 yards and two touchdowns. His return may limit some of the Eagles’ other offensive weapons, however, so proceed with caution if you’re starting one of them.
Colts at Steelers (Sunday, 1:00 PM EST)
This game is a doozy for fantasy owners. In a massive blow to the Colts and those who drafted him, T.Y. Hilton suffered a calf injury during Wednesday’s practice and is projected to miss 3-4 weeks. Hilton has missed just five games in his eight-year career, and the Indianapolis Star pointed out that the Colts lost all of those games. What does Hilton’s loss mean for the Colts’ passing game? First, it reduces Jacoby Brissett’s upside. Without his best receiver, Brissett could struggle to keep drives moving. Second, it’s a boost for both of the Colts’ running backs, as I’d expect Marlon Mack to run more while Nyheim Hines could get some of Hilton’s 7.7 targets per game. Third, I’d look for speedster Parris Campbell to inherit the deep-threat role with his 4.31 40-yard dash time. As for the other Colts receivers — I’m not a big fan, but Zach Pascal is the best of the rest. Fourth, pay attention to when Devin Funchess returns to practice. He’s eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 10.
And we haven’t even started talking about the Steelers. With both Benny Snell and James Conner likely to miss this week’s game against the Colts, expect Jaylen Samuels to have a chance to shine. He played exceptionally well without Bell and Conner last season, so there’s no reason to doubt that he can produce behind the Steelers’ offensive line. That said, the man can only run so much, and I’d look for Mike Tomlin to push Mason Rudolph to throw the ball some more. And the Colts could be an excellent team to do it against, especially if they’re forced to play without Pierre Desir or Malik Hooker, although I suspect Hooker will suit up despite his questionable tag again this week.
Lions at Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 PM EST)
Lions: DL Mike Daniels (foot) DOUBTFUL, DL Damon Harrison (groin) QUESTIONABLE, CB Darius Slay (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE, RB Tra Carson (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE.
Raiders: No fantasy-significant injury report listings.
The Raiders look pretty healthy going into this one. Although Josh Jacobs was limited in practice all week, he cleared the injury report without a questionable designation. He should have a good game against the Lions’ banged-up defensive line. That said, Detroit might be able to turn its defense around once Mike Daniels and Damon Harrison can get healthy. They started alright this year, but Daniels hasn’t played since Week 4, and Harrison missed part of Week 7 and all of Week 8. Darius Slay is another essential piece of this defense, but his hamstring issues continue to bother him. If he plays, he could limit Tyrell Williams’ upside. On the offensive side of the ball, Tra Carson is already banged up after his start last week, which could boost Ty Johnson’s snap count even if Carson plays. That said, I wouldn’t recommend starting a Detroit running back.
Buccaneers at Seahawks (Sunday, 4:05 PM EST)
When O.J. Howard missed last week’s game with the same hamstring injury, lots of people trusted Cameron Brate as a streaming option. Unfortunately, Brate caught just three passes for 32 yards last week. Fortunately, he’s got a date with the fourth-worst defense against tight ends in Half PPR. He played 66% of the Buccaneers’ offensive snaps last week, so if Jameis Winston can keep the ball out of the Seahawks’ hands, look for Brate to carry some streaming value. Although Brate is questionable, he practiced in full on Friday, so I’d expect him to suit up. While the Seahawks have gotten healthier of late, tight end Ed Dickson is a game-time decision to return from injured reserve. If he plays, he could usurp both Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson for snaps. The former Raven caught three touchdowns for the Seahawks last year, although he did so on just 12 receptions.
Browns at Broncos (Sunday, 4:25 PM EST)
Browns: No fantasy-significant injury report listings.
Broncos: QB Joe Flacco (neck) IR.
Both Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham cleared the Browns’ injury report despite being limited in practice all week. That’s good news for Baker Mayfield, who will look to turn his sophomore slump around against the Broncos. Joe Flacco is done for the year, so we can expect Brandon Allen this week, and we’ll have to wait and see if Denver activates Drew Lock. Flacco’s injury is bad news for Courtland Sutton, who had been averaging 12.6 Half PPR points per game with him under center.
Packers at Chargers (Sunday, 4:25 PM EST)
Davante Adams could make his return this week, but he’ll be a game-time decision, according to Matt LaFleur. The Packers have started to look pretty good without him, as they’ve gotten both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams heavily involved in the passing attack. The two backs could be in for a big game on the ground this week, however, as the Chargers’ front seven continues to struggle with injuries. While Mebane and Jones are progressing toward a return, it probably won’t be this week, so Jones and Williams will play the front seven that allowed David Montgomery and Derrick Henry to explode the last two weeks. The good news for the Chargers is that Keenan Allen cleared this list. Although he suited up and played for some of last week’s game, he was on a snap count. He should be able to play in full this week, but I haven’t liked Allen or the Chargers’ offense in awhile. Let’s see if firing Ken Whisenhunt gets things turned around.
Patriots at Ravens (Sunday, 8:20 PM EST)
Patriots: RB James White (toe) QUESTIONABLE, RB Rex Burkhead (foot) QUESTIONABLE, WR Julian Edelman (heel, chest) QUESTIONABLE.
Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith (knee) QUESTIONABLE, WR Marquise Brown (ankle) QUESTIONABLE.
Despite their questionable tags, both Jimmy Smith and Marquise Brown should be good to return for Sunday Night Football. Smith, along with Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, will form an elite trio of corners that should limit the Patriots’ passing attack on Sunday. It’s heresy to predict failure for Tom Brady, but I’m excited to see what the corners will be able to do along with Earl Thomas. Meanwhile, James White was a surprise addition to the Patriots’ injury report on Friday, as he suffered a toe injury in practice. Belichick runs a tight ship, so we’ll have to wait and see if this affects his availability for Sunday. Both Rex Burkhead and Julian Edelman are listed as questionable again, but I’m more than confident that they’ll be active despite their injury designations.