All signs point to Zach Ertz playing in Week 9 and maintaining TE1 status
In Week 9, the fantasy football injury report is just as long as it's been when six teams were not on a bye. The wide receiver/tight end injuries are here and the quarterback/running back/kicker injuries are in their own article.
Players already ruled out include Pierre Garcon (placed on injured reserve), Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed and Tyler Boyd. Also, Martellus Bennett and Kenny Golladay were downgraded to doubtful, which is almost a sure sign that they're not going to play.
Players listed on the injury report may practice all week and still be inactive on Sunday. Be sure to check the inactive report before game time so there are no surprises.
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.
Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), WR, Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
After injuring his ankle in Week 6, Sanders sat out the past two weeks. He's set to return for Week 9, however, his quarterback is now Brock Osweiler. While this may be an upgrade from Trevor Siemian, it's not enough to make any Denver pass catcher a must-start. Sanders is a WR3 in what is a good matchup, but with a poor quarterback, the matchup rating is useless.
UPDATE: RULED OUT Zach Ertz (hamstring), TE, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
Even though he's listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, the Eagles have said that Ertz will be active in Week 9. He's an every-week TE1 even for what seems like a tough matchup. However, the Denver Broncos actually allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Just look at what Travis Kelce did in Week 8!
Delanie Walker (ankle), TE, Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
After suffering an ankle injury in Week 8, Walker did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. The diagnosis was that he had a bone bruise, which while painful, is more of a pain tolerance issue for him heading into Week 9. He put in a limited practice on Friday, and it seems like he will try to play. Fantasy owners should plan to start him if he's active, but keep fingers crossed that he's able to make it through the game.
DeVante Parker (ankle), WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:30 p.m.
Parker has put in a week of practice and is on track to play in Week 9. The Dolphins do play at night, so fantasy owners won't know for sure if he's active until late, but it's fairly safe to assume Parker is going to play. He and Jay Cutler have had a good rapport this season, although it's only been a three-game sample size when he's been healthy. The Dolphins’ offense is going to look different without Jay Ajayi, so it is possible Parker sees a bigger role. He's a WR3 with upside for Week 9.
Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), WR, Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Maclin has been dealing with this shoulder injury for weeks and may very well be on the injury report for the rest of the season. He had limited practices this week, but is likely going to play in Week 9. With the same injury in Week 8, he had three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, that's pretty much his ceiling. Those kind of numbers put him on the WR3 radar with six teams on a bye, even if it is a good matchup against the Titans.
Marqise Lee (knee), WR, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Coming off the bye, Lee still did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He did put in a full practice on Friday and is expected to play in Week 9. His value drops when Dede Westbrook is active, although Westbrook is not expected to play this this week. The knee injury is not a concern; Lee will play. However, he's only a WR3 until Westbrook comes back; then he's not worth starting.
Mike Wallace (back), WR, Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Wallace was in the concussion protocol, was cleared, and then showed up on the injury report with a back issue. All signs point to him playing in Week 9, but he's been a disappointment for fantasy owners this year. He has one touchdown on the season and one game with 100-plus yards. The rest of the season consists of four games with one catch and no more than 10 yards in each and one game with 30 receiving yards. He's not a recommended fantasy option.
— 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.