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NFL Injury Report: Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Josh Jacobs for Week 9

Elliott, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, may sit out Week 9

Fantasy football owners need to be aware of players that may not be active for their Week 9 games. Injuries are a part of football, and this is the time of year that the injury report is fairly large.

 

Players are banged up, they are dealing with lingering injuries and they are trying to play through them. Always be sure to check the inactive report before game time to make sure your players are all active.

 

In addition, New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk is also on the questionable list. If possible, don't rely on Folk Monday night. There should be enough kickers on the waiver wire that you can find better options than someone that is dealing with a back injury. Often teams will shy away from letting injured kickers kick when possible, so his role may already be less than usual.

 

Out

Matt Breida, RB, Miami Dolphins

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

Devonta Freeman, RB, New York Giants

Miles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions

N'Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots

Adam Humphries, WR, Tennessee Titans

Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Theo Riddick, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants

Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Buffalo Bills

 

Doubtful

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets

Sam Ficken, K, New York Jets

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Dontrelle Inman, WR, Washington Football Team

 

Week 9 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia

 

Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Nov. 8 unless otherwise noted.

 

Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring), RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.

Elliott suffered a hamstring injury in Week 8, and he was limited in practice all week. On Saturday, the Cowboys promoted a running back from their practice squad. They have a bye in Week 10. They are playing the only undefeated team in the league and they are starting a fourth-string quarterback (Garrett Gilbert). Even if Elliott does play, he figures to be limited and is facing a tough matchup. Fantasy owners would probably be best served by benching Elliott and looking elsewhere. If he's ruled out before kickoff, Tony Pollard could be an option.

 

Michael Thomas (hamstring), WR, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m.

Thomas has been a fantasy bust this season, but he's finally expected to play in Week 9. The hamstring injury (and time away from the field) may play a bit of a role, but fantasy owners should plan on starting him as a WR1.

 

Chris Godwin (finger), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Saints, 8:20 p.m.

All signs point to Godwin being active in Week 9, but he is recovering from a broken finger. The team added Antonio Brown, who will be active this week. It will be hard to trust Godwin, but fantasy owners that have him should still start him as a WR2. He may lose targets to Brown, but when he's been healthy, he's been solid for fantasy owners.

 

Josh Jacobs (knee/illness), RB, Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Jacobs practiced on Wednesday but then was downgraded for Thursday's session. He returned on Friday and was able to put in a limited practice, so he should play in Week 9 and be an RB1. Theo Riddick was promoted from the practice squad but he's already ruled out with an illness as well. In 2020, seeing multiple players with an "illness" designation is alarming, but there are no signs that the team is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Keenan Allen (illness), WR, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

Out of the blue, Allen was listed on the final injury report with an illness. Prior to 2020, the line for this would be "players play through an illness injury designation. Start him as usual." However, this is 2020, so fantasy owners should just make sure that the illness isn't anything more concerning. If it is related to COVID-19, fantasy owners will know about it Sunday morning. But if he's active, start Allen as a WR2.

 

Calvin Ridley (foot), WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.

Ridley missed practice all week after injuring his foot in Week 8. He was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain and that can be a scary injury for football players. In looking at others who have had a similar injury, it has cost them more than just one week. Fantasy owners should be wary of trusting Ridley this week even if he is active. They will know early as the Falcons play in the early slate of games, and if he does play, he should be started as a WR2, but with caution.

 

Phillip Lindsay (foot), RB, Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

The team has said that Lindsay will play, so fantasy owners should plan on starting him as they normally would. Melvin Gordon is healthy and will be the primary running back for the Broncos, although Gordon hasn't exactly lit the field on fire. Lindsay is an RB3 this week.

 

Damien Harris (ankle), RB, New England Patriots at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)

In Week 8, Harris had 16 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. He had the ankle injury prior to that game as well, so fantasy owners should feel good about his playing status for Week 9. The Patriots should be running the ball plenty against the Jets, and Harris is an RB2 for this matchup.

 

Jamison Crowder (groin), WR, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)

The expectation is that Crowder will be active for "Monday Night Football." Unfortunately, Sam Darnold is expected to be out, which will downgrade Crowder's value. Fantasy owners should plan on starting Crowder as a WR3 as he should see targets, but the Jets' offense is just hard to trust as a whole.

 

Mo Alie-Cox (knee), TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Alie-Cox was able to practice on Friday, which is a good sign for his being able to play in Week 9. However, with Trey Burton and Jack Doyle all in the mix, it's hard to trust Alie-Cox in any formats. Burton is the tight end to start, but even he is a risky fantasy option.

 

Tim Patrick (hamstring), WR, Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Patrick missed Week 8 with a hamstring injury, but he should be good to go for Week 9. Patrick had back-to-back 100-yard games before a rough outing in Week 7. Drew Lock should be throwing the ball plenty against the Atlanta Falcons, and he will be a WR3 with upside.

 

Cole Kmet (groin), TE, Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Most people aren't starting Kmet this week anyway. If he is inactive, Jimmy Graham may see a few more targets, but it doesn't raise Graham's value that much. Keep Kmet on the bench if you own him.

 

Marcus Johnson (knee), WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Johnson did practice on Friday and should see some more targets with T.Y. Hilton not expected to play, but this is a tough matchup. Fantasy owners shouldn't rush to pick him up on the waiver wire and Johnson should be started in deep leagues as a WR4/5 only.

 

Vance McDonald (illness), TE, Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

With eight receptions this season, McDonald shouldn't be on fantasy rosters. Eric Ebron is the Steelers tight end to own. Keep McDonald on the bench or on the waiver wire.

 

— 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.

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