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Week 9 Injury Questions

Saturday, November 03, 2012


Every year, running back depth should be a priority for fantasy owners. This week, we’ve added Darren Sproles and Jonathan Dwyer to a list of injured backs that already included DeMarco Murray, Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashard Mendenhall and Beanie Wells among others.

As we get set for Week 9, we’ll help you get set. The Rotoworld News Page will be humming all day long to bring you the latest on who is in and who is out. We’ve got rankings from Chris Wesseling/Mike Clay here and Evan Silva’s ridiculously mind-blowing Matchup Column here. Inside the Season Pass, you’ll find flex rankings and exact projections for every player.

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OK, let’s get to the hurt folks:

1PM GAMES
PANTHERS at REDSKINS
* Brandon LaFell (concussion) is almost certainly out. Louis Murphy will start, but Steve Smith and Greg Olsen are the biggest beneficiaries against the Redskins’ atrocious secondary.  
* Pierre Garcon (foot) remains out. He’s hopeful to play after the Week 10 bye.

CARDINALS at PACKERS
* Jordy Nelson (hamstring) is headed for another game-time call. Considering he didn’t practice all week, the Packers’ bye in Week 10 and the opponent, we wouldn’t expect Jordy to play.
* John Kuhn (hamstring) remains out. If there’s a goal-line run, it figures to go to Alex Green or James Starks.
* Greg Jennings (groin) went under the knife this week. You’d be hard-pressed to find better options than Randall Cobb and James Jones.
* Todd Heap (knee) is listed as questionable once again. He hasn’t played since Week 2.

LIONS at JAGAURS
* Calvin Johnson (knee) didn’t practice at all this week, but is still expected to play. Even at less than 100 percent, we can’t sit him. Coach Jim Schwartz has confirmed that there’s no concern over Calvin suiting up without any practice time.
* Mikel Leshoure (personal) is ready to go as the early-down workhorse despite some concerns about a Week 8 leg injury.
* Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) doesn’t sound close. It’s the Rashad Jennings show once again.
* Laurent Robinson (concussions) is ready to rock, but he’s lost the starting “X” job to Cecil Shorts. Look for Robinson to play out of the slot.

BEARS at TITANS
* Jake Locker (shoulder) is out again, keeping Matt Hasselbeck in the saddle.
* Alshon Jeffery (hand) is nearing a return, but won’t play in this one.
* Kenny Britt (knee) will be a full go. He was a couple questionable offensive pass interference calls away from a big game last week.

BRONCOS at BENGALS
* Brian Leonard (ribs) is ready to return as the third-down back.

RAVENS at BROWNS
* Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) is ready, but he’s not getting his starting job back from Josh Gordon.
* Trent Richardson’s ribs are no longer a real concern.

BILLS at TEXANS
* Ben Tate (hamstring) is out. Justin Forsett will back up Arian Foster.

DOLPHINS at COLTS
* Ryan Tannehill (knee) looks like he’s on the good side of a game-time call. But the Dolphins won’t hesitate to go to Matt Moore during the game if Tannehill’s mobility is compromised.
* Brian Hartline (groin) is expected to play through a questionable tag, but he’s a weak flex option at less than 100 percent.
* Donald Brown (knee) is expected to start and share the load equally with Vick Ballard.

4PM GAMES
VIKINGS at SEAHAWKS
* Percy Harvin (hamstring, personal) is close to 100 percent. No worries here.
* John Carlson (concussion) is out indefinitely. Yawn.
* Braylon Edwards (knee) is out but Doug Baldwin (ankle) will be a go. Ben Obomanu (wrist) is on injured reserve.

BUCS at RAIDERS
* Mike Goodson (toe) is healthier and more effective than Taiwan Jones (knee). Handcuffers, take note.

STEELERS at GIANTS
* Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles’) is out again and Jonathan Dwyer (quad) is doubtful at best. That means Isaac Redman will start, handle short-yardage and passing-down work.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) will likely play through a questionable tag once again. He’s on a once-a-week practice schedule now.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
COWBOYS at FALCONS
* Dez Bryant (hip) is tentatively expected to play despite missing all of the team drills this week. His backup is Dwayne Harris with Kevin Ogletree (hamstring) looking unlikely to play.
* DeMarco Murray (foot) remains out. Felix Jones (knee, shoulder) will draw another start, but he’s hard to love at far less than 100 percent. We’re expecting to see some more of Phillip Tanner.
* Harry Douglas (ankle) is back. Say goodnight to Drew Davis.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
EAGLES at SAINTS
* Michael Vick will start and will be playing for his job. Another loss and it’s likely Nick Foles time.
* Darren Sproles (hand) is out indefinitely. Pierre Thomas gets a massive boost.

MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
In a 12-team half-PPR league, my flex spot came down to Sidney Rice or Lance Moore. It’s a tough call because I like the spots for both this week.

Seattle’s receiving corps is really banged up, yet Rice is extremely healthy. He’s a difference-maker when near 100 percent and will be going against a Vikings’ secondary playing without top corner Chris Cook (arm).

I also like Moore to function as a security blanket underneath for Drew Brees with Darren Sproles out. He’ll see a lot of Eagles nickel corner Brandon Boykin, who teams attack relentlessly.

The tiebreaker here is the projected nature of the game. The Saints/ Eagles is in a dome and should be a shootout. Seahawks/Vikings will be outside and could turn into a defensive slugfest. So I’m rolling with Moore.

SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
Hopefully you’re following me on Twitter, where I gave out the Chargers on Thursday night as my play. If you are looking for a Sunday play, Green Bay is the most likely winner. Yes, they struggled against the Jags last week but that should only keep them more focused this week.

Some spots I’d avoid include the Bears, who are due to get tripped up on the road. The Broncos are not a strong play as the Bengals are desperate and coming out of a bye.



Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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