Fantasy owners are going to have to pay close attention to the inactive report before game time as plenty of players have a questionable tag heading into Week 9 and six teams on bye only complicates matters. Many of these players are big names that fantasy owners would want in their starting lineups, if healthy.
Among wide receivers, Geronimo Allison, Jamison Crowder, Keke Coutee and Torrey Smith have already been ruled out. However, plenty of others may end up game-time decisions. Running backs (Part 1, Part 2) and one rather important tight end are also banged up. Week 9 is where roster depth and management will really be put to the test.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Philadelphia
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Stefon Diggs (ribs), WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
UPDATE: DIGGS IS INACTIVE. Diggs' fantasy owners should make other plans. After his monster game in Week 8 (10 receptions for 191 yards and a TD), Diggs has missed practice with a rib injury that may have occurred toward the end of that game. The Vikings have already called up a wide receiver from the practice squad, which does not bode well for Diggs’ availability. The Vikings have a bye in Week 10, so should he miss Sunday it gives him plenty of time to rest and get ready to return for Week 11.
Josh Gordon (hamstring) and Julian Edelman (ankle), WRs, New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m.
Both Gordon and Edelman are listed as questionable, but so are 11 other players on the Patriots. Both wide receivers are fully expected to play in Week 9. Gordon is a WR2 and Edelman is a WR3. This should be a high-scoring game, and both should put up fantasy points. One of these games, Gordon is going to truly break out. It’s possible it is this week.
Allen Robinson (groin), WR, Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Robinson missed Week 8 with a groin injury, but the team is hoping he can play today. He will likely be a game-time decision, but since the Bears play in the early slate of games, fantasy owners will know in plenty of time if he’s active. Between the injury and a tough matchup, the safest bet is to sit Robinson. Taylor Gabriel has fallen off the fantasy radar with the emergence of Anthony Miller, but it’s hard to trust any Bears receiver as more than a WR3/flex.
Kenny Stills (groin), WR, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
UPDATE: STILLS IS ACTIVE TODAY. Stills missed Week 8 and two days of practice this week with the groin injury. He did return for a limited practice on Friday, but his status for Week 9 is in doubt. Fantasy owners should not plan on using Stills, but if he is active, it would lower the outlook for DeVante Parker. Danny Amendola is healthy (for now) and the Dolphins' offense can only support so many pass catchers.
Randall Cobb (hamstring), WR, Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m.
Based on Cobb’s practice reports, it seems that he will be active in Week 9. Geronimo Allison has already been ruled out. Look for Marquez Valdes-Scantling to have a bigger role, as he did out-perform Cobb when the pair played together in Week 8. Cobb is slowly losing fantasy relevance, and MVS is gaining it. Cobb is a WR4 and MVS is a WR3 with upside.
Robby Anderson (ankle) and Quincy Enunwa (ankle), WRs, New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Both Anderson and Enunwa were able to get in limited practices toward the end of this week, but it is unlikely either plays. They both missed Week 8, and Enunwa has missed more time than Anderson. Neither should be in fantasy lineups for Week 9. In Week 8, Jermaine Kearse had 10 targets with both absent. He’s only a flex option this week, although with six teams on bye, Chris Herndon is a TE2.
Rashard Higgins (knee) and Antonio Callaway (ankle), WRs, Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Callaway did well in Week 8, finding the end zone for only the second time this year, but he injured his ankle in practice this week. He couldn’t practice on Friday, which usually indicates that the player will be out on Sunday. Higgins hasn’t played since Week 5, but at least was able to put in limited practices. For fantasy purposes, leave Callaway on the bench. If Higgins is active, he’s a WR4.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.