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Injury Status: Week 9

Thu Nov 1 11:13 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

This injury report is pretty filled this week, especially if you consider we have a season-high six teams on a bye. This is concerning for fantasy owners in Week 9. Things could be tough for some teams to fill out a top lineup. Hopefully, you aren't one of those teams struggling to put together your best lineup. Here are all the latest injury updates from around the league. . . . .

C.J. Beathard, QB, 49ers. Beathard is dealing with a wrist injury and very iffy to play this week. It isn't helping matters that the 49ers play the Thursday game. At this point, we would expect Beathard to miss the Week 9 game, giving little-known Nick Mullens the start. If Mullens starts, the entire 49ers offense deserves a fantasy downgrade.

Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins. Thompson injured his ribs last week after returning from a different rib injury. He is not practicing yet and likely to miss the Week 9 game. And even if he plays, you just don't know how much he plays after playing very little last week. Go with safer options.

Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos. Freeman missed the game last week because of a high ankle sprain and remains out of practice this week to start the week. He is likely to miss another week of action and even if active, he likely wouldn't play a big role in the game. Phillip Lindsay should dominate carries for the Broncos in Week 9.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins. Tannehill has already been ruled out for the Week 9 game because of a shoulder injury. It isn't certain when he'll return. Brock Osweiler starts another game for the Dolphins.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Cook is practicing some this week and his hamstring injury finally seems to be making progress. He still isn't a sure thing to play, though, especially with the Vikings having a bye next week. The team could opt to hold him out one more week to give him two more full weeks of rest. Latavius Murray seems likely to start another game for the Vikings

Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs. Hill missed some time last week because of a groin injury but he is practicing in full to start the week. His groin injury seems pretty minor and as long as he doesn't suffer a setback later in the week, Hill will be fine to use for fantasy teams.

Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins. Stills was held out of the game last week because of a groin injury. He is out of practice to start the week and looks likely to miss a section week of action. DeVante Parker and Danny Amendola should get most of the snaps at receiver for the Dolphins in Week 9.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. Gordon got in a limited practice Wednesday. He is dealing with a hamstring injury and is iffy to play this week. Consider him a game-time decision. If Gordon can't play, Austin Ekeler is the starter for the Chargers.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings. Diggs suffered some sort of rib injury last week and was held out of practice to start the week. We aren't sure the severity of the injury just yet but it seems holding him out was likely just a precaution. We would expect Diggs to play but make sure he gets in some practice before the week is out.

Sony Michel, RB, Patriots. Michel is practicing on a limited basis this week as he tries to return from a sprained knee, which kept him out of last week's game. He has a shot to play this week but looks like a game-time decision at the moment. The issue is the Patriots play the Sunday night game, so waiting on Michel could be a scary proposition for fantasy owners if you don't have backup options on the limited teams left.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams. Kupp has missed the last two games because of a sprained knee. He is making good progress, though, and seems to have a pretty good shot at playing this week. He has been practicing on a limited basis. The Rams are in a big game with the Saints, so expect the team to do all they can to get Kupp ready. At this point, we think he'll suit up for the game.

Allen Robinson, WR, Bears. Robinson was held out of last week's game because o a groin injury. He is still out of practice this week and likely to miss another week of action. Get other players ready to play.

Keke Coutee, WR, Texans. Coutee missed last week after re-aggravating a hamstring injury. The Texans had a short week, though, because of a Thursday game. Things are looking better for Coutee to play this week. He is trending that way and should have a big role in the game with Will Fuller now out for the season.

Matt Bryant, K, Falcons. Bryant was unable to play the Falcons last game because of a hamstring injury. He is expected to test his injury later this week, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest on his status. He could play this week if he practices well late this week. If he can't go once again, Giorgio Tavecchio starts for the Falcons.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Albert Wilson Jan 23 8:10pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (hip) has progressed in his rehab without setbacks since suffering a hip injury in October, according to a league source. Doctors have ruled out surgery once and for all for Wilson and has raised hope that he will be able to get back on the field this spring. The belief is that Wilson will be ready for the start of the offseason program in April. Wilson ranked third on the team in touchdowns (four receiving and one passing) despite missing nine games, and his yards-per-catch average (15.0) led the team. Although Miami's quarterback situation is up in the air, Wilson should have a prominent place in the team's offense next year regardless.

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Sam Darnold Jan 23 8:10pm ET

The New York Jets officially hired Dowell Loggains as their next offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Wednesday. Loggains has worked under head coach Adam Gase in both Chicago and Miami. With Gase likely running the show on offense, Loggains' main task will be to continue the development of quarterback Sam Darnold, who was very up and down in his rookie season. The Jets ranked 29th in yards per game (299.2), 25th in passing yards (197.8), 26th in rushing yards (101.4) and 23rd in the league in points per game (20.8) in 2018.

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Larry Fitzgerald Jan 23 12:10pm ET

The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year deal on Wednesday so that he can return for a 16th season. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Fitzgerald will turn 36 at the end of August but will remain the No. 1 wideout on the team because of his experience. His numbers took a hit in one of the worst offenses in the NFL in 2018, but he still led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (734) and touchdowns (six). While Fitz can still make an impact on the field, he'll be returning to his third head coach in three years, but the addition of Kliff Kingsbury could improve the offense moving forward. We won't say for sure that Fitzgerald will return to the 1,000-yard mark, but he should be a serviceable WR3 at the very least.

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Greg Schiano Jan 23 10:53am ET

Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is expected to land with the New England Patriots in a top defensive role when linebackers coach Brian Flores heading to the Miami Dolphins.

Steve Spagnuolo Jan 23 10:43am ET

Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has emerged as the favorite to be hired as Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator, according to sources.

Larry Fitzgerald Jan 23 9:43am ET

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Jan. 23, that he'll return for the 2019 season.

Fantasy Spin: Fitz had a 69-734-6 season, which was well below the 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons the three years previously. The rookie quarterback was part of the problem, but he doesn't have much more upside next season. He's still a PPR asset, but he'll be a mid-round option as a WR3.

Larry Fitzgerald Jan 23 9:43am ET

Updating an earlier report, Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Larry Fitzgerald re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Albert Wilson Jan 23 2:13am ET

Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) is on schedule with his recovery from an October hip injury that landed him on IR and could be at full speed when the team's offseason workout program begins in April.

Fantasy Spin: After four largely nondescript seasons in Kansas City, Wilson flashed some playmaking ability before getting injured against the Lions. There are far too many variables in Miami for an accurate read on Wilson's fantasy prospects for 2019, but he did enough last year to warrant your attention.

Nick Foles Jan 23 1:53am ET

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles would be eligible to be franchise or transition tagged and then traded if the team decides not to pick up his option, which ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes is a possibility as doing so would allow the Eagles to influence Foles' destination.

Fantasy Spin: Mortensen indicates such a move would prevent Foles from going to a division rival, but it's all speculation at this point. While it's far from a sure thing, Foles could have some fantasy value in the right situation.

Daryl Worley Jan 23 1:03am ET

Oakland Raiders CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) had successful surgery on his ailing shoulder last week, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

Michael Crabtree Jan 22 11:53pm ET

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree is likely to be released in the offseason, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec.

Cole Beasley Jan 22 5:23pm ET

Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent WR Cole Beasley claimed Tuesday, Jan. 22, that the Dallas front office encourages the coaching staff to get the football to certain players. 'I haven't been a huge priority in that regard. Maybe that will change but I'm not sure,' Beasley said.

Fantasy Spin: Beasley's frustrations are evident and understandable, although Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Gallup are all bigger, more talented threats with the ball. Beasley does have a role to play and put together his second best season from a statistical standpoint. That being said, he's only a mid- to late-round PPR flier if he stays in Dallas.

Alex Smith Jan 22 4:50pm ET

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team is "optimistic" that quarterback Alex Smith (leg) will be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but he also said "we'll see." In his first year with Washington, Smith was a disappointment, throwing for 2,108 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions with an 85.7 QB rating in 10 games before his gruesome leg injury. He'll be heading into his age-35 season and is unlikely to be ready for training camp or the regular season, so he's one to avoid for fantasy purposes. The 'Skins are in dire need of a long-term quarterback.

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Chris Jones Jan 22 4:30pm ET

The Kansas City Chiefs relieved defensive coordinator Bob Sutton of his duties on Tuesday. Sutton was head coach Andy Reid's defensive coordinator for all six of his years in KC, but the Chiefs defense continued to trend downward in 2018 and was their Achilles heel in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots last weekend. Defensive end Chris Jones -- third in the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2018 -- and linebacker Dee Ford are the linchpins of this defense, but they must improve their talent in the secondary. The Chiefs ranked 31st in yards allowed per game (405.5), 31st in passing yards allowed (273.4), 27th in rushing yards allowed (132.1), 24th in points allowed (26.3) and tied for eighth in takeaways (27) in 2018.

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Jared Cook Jan 22 2:13pm ET

Oakland Raiders impending free-agent TE Jared Cook will be re-signed if head coach Jon Gruden has his way, but Gruden admitted that Cook will be a popular name on the free-agent market.

Fantasy Spin: Cook was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders this season, and maybe the lone bright spot. He's a top-five fantasy tight end candidate now after finishing 2018 as the TE5.

Julio Jones Jan 22 2:03pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.

Fantasy Spin: Despite a slow start in the TD department (none in his first seven games) Jones also wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,677) for the second time in the last four seasons. And even with Jones turning 30 this offseason (on Super Bowl Sunday), he remains an elite WR1 in all fantasy formats.

Marshawn Lynch Jan 22 2:00pm ET

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team is unsure if impending free-agent running back Marshawn Lynch plans to play in 2019. Gruden said "we'd love to have him back" if he decides to play another season. Beast Mode will turn 33 in April and is coming off a season in which he played in just six games due to injury. Lynch ran 90 times for 376 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and three scores. Even if Lynch returns, he'd be more of a low-upside, injury-risk RB2 for Oakland that is more attractive in standard-scoring leagues.

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Jared Cook Jan 22 2:00pm ET

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team would like to re-sign impending free-agent tight end Jared Cook, but he knows the market for his services will be competitive. He'll be in high demand after he set career highs across the board in catches (68), targets (101), yards (896) and touchdowns (six) for the Raiders. Given the sad state of the tight end position in fantasy, Cook was a strong TE1 this year and will likely be drafted as one again this year, depending on where he lands. Staying in Oakland might be the best for his value.

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Andy Dalton Jan 22 1:50pm ET

The Cincinnati Bengals are hiring former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan as their next offensive coordinator. Callahan has never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL but has been a QBs coach since 2015. He'll oversee an offense that could easily bounce back after serious injuries to quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green derailed them in 2018. Cincinnati finished 26th in yards per game (310.8), 24th in passing yards per game (205.6), 21st in rushing yards per game (105.1) and 17th in points per game (23.0) in 2018.

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Marshawn Lynch Jan 22 1:43pm ET

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch, an impending free agent this offseason, hasn't announced whether he plans on playing in 2019, but if he does, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday, Jan. 22, that 'we'd love to have him back.'

Fantasy Spin: Lynch will be 33 by the time next season rolls around, but he'd still be a fantasy RB2 consideration if were to be projected to be the primary RB in Oakland.