Jameis Winston threw in practice all week, should be a QB1 for Week 9
Despite six teams on a bye in Week 9, the injury report of fantasy-relevant players is back to being long enough to be split into two parts. The quarterbacks, running backs and kicker are below and the wide receivers and tight ends are in a separate article.
Note that Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson both went on injured reserve this week and Terrance West has been ruled out already. Many of the players below will end up playing, but be sure to check the inactive report before game time.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Nov. 5 unless otherwise noted.
Jameis Winston (shoulder), QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Winston didn't miss any time with the shoulder injury, however, he looked hindered in Week 8. Prior to that game, he didn't throw in practice until Friday. The good news is that he did practice this week, which included throwing. He is fully expected to play in Week 9 and has a good matchup against the Saints. He's a QB2 with upside.
Joe Flacco (concussion), QB, Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
After suffering a brutal hit in Week 8, Flacco has been in the concussion protocol. However, he did put in full practices this week. He is on track to play today, although he's not a fantasy option in most leagues. However, those in 2-QB leagues may be forced to start him. In which case, be aware that concussion symptoms can recur and a player can be ruled out after they've practiced in full, so be sure to check the inactive report to be safe.
Jay Cutler (ribs), QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:30 p.m.
After missing Week 8, Cutler has practiced and is on track to play in Week 9. While he hasn't been a fantasy option in most formats, having him under center instead of Matt Moore does improve the outlook of the Dolphins’ pass catchers. With no Jay Ajayi, the offense may be relying more on Cutler to move the ball downfield. However, he still doesn't have fantasy value in one-QB formats.
Rob Kelley (ankle), RB, Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
He did find the end zone in Week 8, but other than that, Kelley (above, right) hasn't had a good game since Week 2. He's battled a variety of injuries all season, and it is hard to trust him as a fantasy starter. He's in the RB3 conversation for Week 9, but only because six teams are on a bye. The ankle injury isn't a concern; he'll play in Week 9.
C.J. Prosise (ankle), RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins, 4:05 p.m.
The reports from Seattle have Prosise as a game-time decision. This should be enough for fantasy owners to keep him on the bench. Although, he's only even worth owning in deeper leagues as a stash. The backfield in Seattle is a mess, with four running backs who have gotten playing time. Prosise hasn't made a fantasy impact yet this year, and it is becoming more and more likely that he won't make an impact this season.
Andre Ellington (quad), RB, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.
Ellington hurt his quad, but the biggest obstacle to his fantasy relevance is Adrian Peterson. With Drew Stanton under center, the Cardinals are going to have to lean on their running game. The team has already come out and said they are going to feed Peterson the ball. Ellington, at this point, is not worth starting in fantasy, and if owners need room on their roster, he can be dropped.
Randy Bullock (back), K, Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Bullock was given the questionable tag with a back issue, but the biggest sign that he may miss the game is that the Bengals signed Marshall Koehn as a backup kicker. Koehn should not be picked up in fantasy leagues, but owners with Bullock should find another option for Week 9.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.