NFL Week 9 Injury Report: Sunday Morning Med Check
We're halfway through the NFL season, and that means the injuries are starting to pile up. The status of players like CJ Spiller, Jimmy Graham, Robert Griffin III and Arian Foster will be big questions coming into Week 9.
Welcome to the Week 9 Sunday Morning Med Check with Will Carroll and Tyler Brooke, where we keep you updated on the latest injury buzz heading into the early afternoon games. This one will be a bit different, with Tyler taking the lead today as Will shifts over to help host Fantasy Live here on Bleacher Report at noon.
Will will be your injury consultant, making calls and finding out what he can about players and whether or not they will play. Meanwhile, Tyler will be checking on Twitter and other sources to give you the latest news reported by local beat writers and NFL insiders.
We'll be checking the inactive list, but for a complete list (that comes out 90 minutes before kickoff), check NFL.com.
We'll also be answering any fantasy football questions you may have. Be sure to tweet at Tyler (@TylerDBrooke) and/or Will (@injuryexpert) using #BRFantasy and we will answer your questions on the live blog.
That's going to do it for the Week 9 Sunday Morning Med Check. Thank you to everyone for sending in questions in the comments and over Twitter, and an even bigger thank you for everyone that's been reading. Make sure to hurry and set your lineups before kickoff starts. From Will and myself, thanks again for reading.
Davina Walton is asking about starting Jarrett Boykin or Torrey Smith this week.
This is a tough one, but I'm going to go with Smith. Neither have ideal matchups, but Smith is a more proven player that will be getting more snaps than Boykin. Even though he has Joe Flacco throwing to him instead of Aaron Rodgers, I like Smith over Boykin. -TB
Tim Graham actually brings up a good point that C.J. Spiller owners should pay attention to.
For as inconsistent as Spiller has been this season, the Bills are likely going to give him a bigger workload with Jeff Tuel under center. He may not have a ton of quality carries, but the sheer volume of touches this week will make Spiller a must-start. -TB
Tim Doner from the comments is asking whether he should start Terrance Williams or Le'Veon Bell.
With Miles Austin inactive, I like Williams to have a big game once again. He's had a touchdown in four straight games, and while he doesn't always put up a ton of yards, he's playing against a very weak Vikings defense. Not only are they giving up 287.9 passing yards per game, they also gave up 35 fantasy points to opposing WRs last week. -TB
Chad Kemmerer from the comments is asking whether to start Doug Baldwin or Donald Brown in the flex spot.
I personally like Baldwin playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sidney Rice is done and Percy Harvin isn't back yet, leaving Golden Tate and Baldwin. He hasn't been very productive over the last couple of games, but Baldwin should have a solid game. -TB
If you're desperately looking for a guy to add at the last minute that can blow up, you should take a long look at Kenny Stills.
Owned in just 40.4 percent of ESPN's fantasy leagues, Stills is an ideal can to pick up. After playing in a very limited role to start the season, he's blown up over the past two games. Last week against the Bills, Still had just three catches, but they went for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Stills has big-play potential, and with Drew Brees throwing him the ball, this could be another big game for the rookie wide receiver. -TB
@TylerDBrooke denarius Moore or leveon bell as flex play in ppr league?— Trey Harrod (@tharrod1) November 3, 2013
Go with Denarius Moore over Le'Veon Bell. While Terrelle Pryor's passing numbers aren't the most appealing, he does tend to find Moore with regularity. Now he'll be going up against the Eagles, a team that allows an average of 31.8 fantasy points to opposing receivers in ESPN's standard scoring leagues. -TB
@injuryexpert Better to start Kenan Allen early, or wait on either Jones/Boykin Monday night? (I have both)— Dan C (@slappywhite2001) November 3, 2013
I would usually advise that you go with any receiver that has Aaron Rodgers throwing to him, but go with Keenan Allen in this one. Jones is expected to play, which takes away snaps from Boykin, so neither will be able to really blow up.
For Allen, he's becoming more and more involved in the offense. He's caught 18 passes for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns over the past three games, and he's going against a Redskins defense that allows the third-most points to opposing receivers. -TB
@injuryexpert Ok, Will, how about Sproles or LBell in a PPR league?— Jason Langley (@JasonInFL) November 3, 2013
Darren Sproles should always be starting in PPR leagues, and now he becomes even more valuable with Marques Colston out. Le'Veon Bell will be going against an underrated Patriots defense, making this decision even easier. -TB
Zac Stacy is active today while Daryl Richardson is inactive. That means more opportunities for him to get the ball, which makes him an intriguing player to start, especially in deeper leagues. -TB
Cowboys inactives: Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, Morris Claiborne, DeVonte Holloman, J.J. Wilcox, Andre Smith and Darrion Weems— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) November 3, 2013
Miles Austin was doubtful to play, but not he's officially out. Terrance Williams becomes a very valuable fantasy play as Tony Romo continues to find ways to get him the ball. -TB
Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) is active. He'll suit up today versus the Redskins, his hometown team.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) November 3, 2013
After not practicing all week, Eddie Royal is officially active. He's a solid flex play due to his ability to find the end zone, Philip Rivers being on fire and an ideal matchup against a struggling Redskins defense. -TB
WR Roddy White is INACTIVE for today's game at Carolina #ATLvsCAR— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) November 3, 2013
Roddy White is inactive once again, which is huge for the Falcons. Things are just not going well for him, but owners with Harry Douglas should make sure to have him start once again. He's had at least 100 receiving yards in each of his last two games, and he's become Matt Ryan's go-to target. -TB
Marques Colston is officially inactive. For those who have Kenny Stills, he just became a must start once again. He's on fire right now with almost 300 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. -TB
Here's your weekly reminder about inactive lists.
For those new to the Sunday Morning Med Check, we will be providing updates on anything major from the inactive lists when they are released. The lists are released 90 minutes prior to kickoff, which means that they will start coming out in about 10 minutes.
We won't be going over every single inactive list, but we will be talking about anything big that we see. -TB
A new update on Arian Foster is coming from Jason La Canfora from CBSSports.com.
Jason is saying that it's unlikely that Foster will be playing tonight against the Colts. For those with few options playing on Sunday or Monday night, that means it might not be worth the risk to keep him in your starting lineup. -TB
THIS JUST IN: It's "TUEL TIME" in Buffalo as QB Jeff Tuel gets the start today at home vs the 8-0 Chiefs. (via @JosinaAnderson)— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 3, 2013
It appears that Thad Lewis, who was dealing with a rib injury and the flu, will not be starting. Jeff Tuel gets the nod against the Chiefs.
Just a quick side note, but it's crazy to think how far Matt Flynn has fallen. After getting a big contract with Seattle, losing the starting job there, moving to Oakland and losing it again, then getting picked up by Buffalo only to be the No. 4 QB, it's safe to say it's been a rough couple of years for Flynn. -TB
@injuryexpert foster, matt forte, stacy, or ckj2? I need to fill three spots.— Jedidiah Smith (@Rum_hfl) November 3, 2013
Start everyone there except Zac Stacy. The Rams aren't going to be able to do much offensively with Kellen Clemens under center.
The other three are players you know can break out huge plays. Chris Johnson is always a risk, but you have to start him because he can break out a monster game at any time. -TB
Darius Bortters from the comments is asking whether to start Geno Smith or Christian Ponder.
Neither are great options, but you have to go with Ponder in this one. Geno is going against the Saints this week, and they've improved dramatically on defense under Rob Ryan. Meanwhile, Ponder is going against a Cowboys defense that allows that most fantasy points to opposing QBs. -TB
Talk about some bad luck for a fantasy team, but the good news is that most of these guys should be good to go.
DeMarco Murray is probable and was a full participant in practice all week, which is very good news and means he should be getting a full workload. There were rumors of LeSean McCoy tweaking his ankle in practice, but they were false and he's going to be fine. C.J. Spiller is also probable.
The only real question is Roddy White, who is still dealing with that hamstring injury. Even if he does play, I'd avoid him. We haven't seem him be a productive fantasy player at any point today, so why will he be now? -TB
Jones is showing improvement and with the extra day, there's a chance he plays. Problem is, Jarrett Boykin is solid and is the lock at WR2. Jones is depth, maybe a bit of a decoy, and might get some work in there.
It's not enough for me to start him, even in flex if I have options. The MNF start is a problem too. There's really no one to pair him with, making waiting on him even more dangerous. I'd say avoid but hold.
While both are banged up, it seems there's a good chance that Zac Stacy and Arian Foster will play this week.
You have to go with Foster in this situation, just because of his huge upside. In his five career games against the Colts, he's run for 752 yards and six touchdowns. Stacy looked last week, but he hasn't proven himself like Foster has. -TB
One of the themes of today is "banged up." There are a lot of banged up, question mark players in key situations, so the watchword you should be focused on is "certainty." Players that have predictable output or at least projectable roles get a bit of a premium in this thin market.
There are situations where it's ok to reach a bit or go with a guy like a Darrius Heyward-Bey or Ted Ginn Jr, guys who are feast or famine. You might need to reach for that point scoring upside if you're up against a superior opponent. But you've been here, so I'm guessing you're the superior opponent. You have better information, you're smarter so don't make dumb mistakes today.
@TylerDBrooke who do you think I should give the start to? Ashlon Jefferey or Golden Tate??— NY Rangers Fan (@NYRangers_5) November 3, 2013
I was a big fan of Alshon Jeffery heading into the season and I've been impressed with what he's done this year, but keep in mind that Josh McCown is throwing to him. Yes, I know that he had 105 receiving yards last week, but that was against a terrible Redskins defense.
Go with Tate here. He's the clear go-to option in the passing game for Russell Wilson, and even though Darrelle Revis will be on the other side of the ball, he'll be able to put up some solid numbers. -TB
@TylerDBrooke is cj spiller a good start this week over deangelo Williams?— Eric Fish (@EFish_5) November 3, 2013
I tend to avoid anyone that's playing against the Kansas City Chiefs, and that includes Spiller. He's probable, but even if he's 100 percent he would likely have problems.
I like DeAngelo Williams over Spiller, but only because of the matchup against the Falcons. He won't get red zone touches, but we can expect Williams to get at least 10 carries in this one. -TB
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