Welcome to Week 9 of the National Football League fantasy division. We don’t have many with all of these injuries you never know when something wacky will pop up, so stay tuned to the Rotoworld News Page and also check out our live blog which I’ll be live blogging starting an hour before kickoff.
We also have Week 9 Rankings from Mr. Pat Daugherty, Nick Mensio’s sleeper picks, Jeff Ratcliffe's D/ST picks, my AFC and NFC Targets and Touches and Evan Silva's detailed look at every game in his Matchup Column. So click on all of those and read them word for word and I'll quiz you when you get back.
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Falcons at Panthers
* Roddy White (hamstring/ankle) was a limited participant in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. He told reporters he would be a game time decision, but signs point to him playing. He isn’t a recommended start in a tough matchup his first game back after little practice time.
* Jason Snelling (ankle) was a full participant in practice and is listed as probable. He will play, but is third in the pecking order behind Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers.
* DeAngelo Williams (quad) was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned to practice Friday and is listed as probable.
* Jonathan Stewart (ankles) will be activated from the PUP list and play against the Falcons. Coach Ron Rivera anticipates him getting 6-10 touches, which will help limit the upside of DeAngelo Williams.
Vikings at Cowboys
* Greg Jennings (knee) is probable and will play.
* Josh Freeman is not on the injury list, but Christian Ponder has been named the starter against the Cowboys.
* DeMarco Murray (knee) was a full participant in practice and will play. Start him as you would normally.
* Miles Austin (hamstring) is doubtful and will not play. Cole Beasley still has some upside with him out.
* DeMarcus Ware (thigh) is doubtful and will not play.
Saints at Jets
* Marques Colston (knee) did not practice and is questionable. He will be a game time decision.
* Jimmy Graham (foot) has been limited in practice and is questionable, but his issue is more about pain tolerance than anything and he will play and should see more snaps this week.
* Mark Ingram (toe) practiced in full and isn’t on the injury report. He will play. How much is hard to tell, but Pierre Thomas would see the biggest hit.
* Santonio Holmes (hamstring) is out.
* Stephen Hill (foot) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable. He’ll play, but may not be 100%.
* David Nelson (quadricep) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable.
* Jeff Cumberland (concussion) was a limited participant in practice and is listed as questionable, but doesn’t look like he’s going to go. Zach Sudfeld would draw the start if he doesn’t.
Titans at Rams
* Zac Stacy practiced in full on Thursday and then was limited on Friday for what seem like precautionary reasons. He is listed as questionable, but has played with the questionable tag in the past. He should be able to go.
* Daryl Richardson (foot) went from limited practice on Thursday to no practice on Friday and is listed as questionable.
* Justin Hunter practiced in full, but is listed as questionable with a finger injury.
Chiefs at Bills
* Jamaal Charles (knee) took practice off Wednesday for a rest, but practiced the rest of the week, is listed as probable and will play.
* Dwayne Bowe (groin) is listed as probable and was a full participant in practice. He will play.
* C.J. Spiller (ankle) practiced all week and is listed as probable along with Fred Jackson. Both will play and limit each other’s upsides somewhat.
* Thad Lewis (ribs) is listed as doubtful. There is still a slim chance he plays, but we’re most likely looking at Jeff Tuel since he knows the offense better than Matt Flynn.
* Stevie Johnson (hip) practiced in full on Friday and is listed as probable.
Chargers at Redskins
* Robert Griffin III (knee) practiced in full and there is no doubt he will play.
* Pierre Garcon (calf) practiced in full and will start as usual.
* Eddie Royal (toe) didn’t practice this week and is listed as questionable. The exact same thing happened last week and he played, so I expect that will happen again.
Eagles at Raiders
* Nick Foles (concussion) practiced in full and will start this week with Michael Vick listed as out with his hamstring injury.
* DeSean Jackson (ankle) was given limited practice this week for his tweaked ankle, but is listed as probable and will play as usual.
Buccaneers at Seahawks
* Doug Martin (shoulder) and Carl Nicks (foot MRSA) are both out for this game.
* Marshawn Lynch (knee) returned to full practice on Friday and will play as normal.
Ravens at Browns
* Willis McGahee (knee) practiced and is listed as probable, but is not a recommended play this week.
Steelers at Patriots
* David DeCastro (ankle) did not participate in practice and is out. This hurts Le’Veon Bell’s upside.
* Aqib Talib (hip) was limited in practice and is listed as questionable, but it looks like he has a better shot at playing this week.
* Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) will be limited in practice for the rest of the season most likely, but is listed as probable and will play and is a must start.
* Danny Amendola (groin) is listed as probable and will start.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Colts at Texans
* Darrius Heyward-Bey did not practice on Friday with a hamstring injury, but coach Chuck Pagano believes he will play Sunday night.
* Ben Tate (ribs) was a limited participant in practice, but is listed as probable and will play, while Arian Foster (hamstring) was a full participant in practice, but is listed as questionable and is a game-time decision.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Bears at Packers
* Jay Cutler (groin) is out for around four weeks and Josh McCown will get the start against the Packers.
* James Jones (knee) returned to a limited practice on Friday and with the extra time until the Monday night game he may have a shot to play.
My Toughest Decision
Shonn Greene vs. James Starks
Coach Mike Munchak announced that he wanted Shonn Greene to get 15 carries a game and coach Mike McCarthy said he wanted to increase James Stark’s usage as well. (Side note: Should we limit the number of head coaches named Mike? Discuss.) Both situations are of course extremely risky, but I need a warm body as a bye week filler. I would just go with the guy with the best matchup, but unfortunately both have great matchups. Opposing running backs has been gashing both the Rams and the Bears. If you look at who deserves to have their carries cut into it’s Chris Johnson who still has yet to rush for a touchdown and is averaging 3.2 yards per carry, but Shonn Greene hasn’t done anything either. On the other side we have Eddie Lacy who has been playing great, but James Starks has also been playing very well. But then again, Starks isn’t the designated goal line back like Greene is.
So the question comes down to, should I go with the guy with a better chance of a touchdown or the guy who has more ability to break bigger runs? I think the deal breaker for me is that the Packers might get a big lead in this one and go to the run and give Starks more work than Greene will get. So James Starks it is!