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NFL Week 9 Injury Report: All 14 games

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A player's injury status can have a significant effect on both real life and fantasy football. So, each week, PFF injury analyst Mario Pilato will comb through the official injury reports for each NFL game and give updates and analysis for fantasy-relevant players.

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KEY
DNP: Did not participate in practice
LP: Limited participation in practice
FP: Full participation
(-): Not listed
OUT: Player will not play
D: Player is unlikely to play
Q: Player is not certain to play
NIR – Rest: Not injury-related or resting veteran

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New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts (-10.0)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Mon. Status Tues. Status Wed. Status Game Status
Trevon Wesco TE NYJ Knee 0.1 DNP LP FP (-)
Tevin Coleman RB NYJ Hamstring 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
T.Y. Hilton WR IND Concussion WR95 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Corey Davis WR NYJ Hip WR76 0.0 DNP DNP DNP D
Zach Wilson QB NYJ Knee 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

The Over/Under for this game is currently 45. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys (-10)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Dak Prescott QB DAL Calf QB5 26.6 LP FP FP (-)
CeeDee Lamb WR DAL Ankle WR11 16.2 LP DNP LP Q
Amari Cooper WR DAL Hamstring WR14 16.0 LP LP LP Q
Albert Okwuegbunam TE DEN Knee TE18 6.9 LP LP LP (-)
Blake Jarwin TE DAL Hip TE29 4.8 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Sean McKeon TE DAL Ankle 0.0 FP FP FP (-)

Mario's Take: QB Dak Prescott is returning from his calf injury. WRs CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper are dealing with an ankle and hamstring issue, respectively, but I expect both to play in Week 9. TE Black Jarwin has been ruled out with a hip injury and could miss another week or two.

Andrew's Take:  Don't let the injuries to either Amari Cooper ($5,700) or CeeDee Lamb ($7,200) dissuade you from rostering them in DFS. Prefer Cooper because of the cheaper price tag and his superior WR/CB matchup chart.

Dalton Schultz is a top-10 option at tight end without Jarwin. He owns PFF's third-best TE matchup.

Albert Okwuegbunam ($2,600) is a stone-cold lock with Noah Fant out. He has three games this season with at least three receptions in spite of a sub-60% snap share.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 49. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Minnesota Vikings @ Baltimore Ravens (-6)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Rashod Bateman WR BLT Groin WR45 8.3 (-) (-) DNP Q
Sammy Watkins WR BLT Thigh WR78 6.4 DNP LP LP Q
Dede Westbrook WR MIN Ankle 2.4 FP FP FP (-)
Tyler Huntley QB BLT Illness 0.4 DNP DNP FP (-)
Latavius Murray RB BLT Ankle RB53 0.0 DNP DNP DNP D

Mario's Take: Ravens WR Rashod Bateman logged a DNP Friday due to a groin injury. A late DNP is never a good sign, but word from the Ravens is it is not serious and he's expected to play. WR Sammy Watkins practiced Thursday and Friday for the first time since injuring his thigh. I expect him to play in Week 9. RB Latavius Murray logged DNPs all week and is doubtful for Week 9 with an ankle injury.

Andrew's Take: There's a good chance that we see Watkins and Bateman cannibalize snaps/targets making neither viable cash-game options. We have yet to see the take the field together this season and the added risk of injury makes them pretty fringy options.

No Murray means Devonta Freeman has RB3 fantasy “appeal”. Ideally, you are looking elsewhere with Baltimore throwing more than they have in the past. The ground game – outside designed runs by Jackson – is not a high priority.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 50.5 PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Las Vegas Raiders @ New York Giants (+3)

Mario's Take: Giants WR Kenny Golladay practiced Thursday and Friday for the first time since his knee injury. I believe Golladay has a good chance of returning to the field. WR John Ross has logged multiple limited practices this week with a thigh injury, but I expect him to play in Week 9. RB Saquon Barkley, WR Sterling Shepard and WR Dante Pettis have all been ruled out for Week 9.

Andrew's Take: Continue to fire up Devontae Booker as a sure-fire RB2. At $5,900 on DraftKings, he is cash viable due to his complete stranglehold on Giants' running back touches. As the featured back over the last four weeks, Booker ranks 11th in expected fantasy points per game and fifth in routes run per dropback rate.

Start Kadarius Toney.  Toney’s 41% target rate per route run leads all players over the last four weeks. He is also PFF’s second-highest graded wide receiver (90.4) and the NFL leader in yards per route run (5.58) over that span.

Sit Golladay. Let's see him play a full game before putting him into lineups versus the Raiders, who rank fourth-best in fantasy points allowed to WRs this season.

Take the under on Darius Slayton‘s 35.5 receiving yards prop. Slayton played an 87% snap share last week and had zero catches. With more competition for targets in Week 9 this is an easy under.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 46.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints (-6)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Russell Gage WR ATL Ankle WR50 9.3 LP FP FP (-)
Taysom Hill QB NO Concussion QB19 3.7 LP FP FP (-)
Ty Montgomery RB NO Hamstring RB74 2.1 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Dwayne Washington RB NO Neck 0.1 LP FP FP (-)
Calvin Ridley WR ATL Personal 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Jameis Winston QB NO Knee 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Mario's Take: Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has been placed on the reserve/non-football injury list and will miss at least the next three weeks. Saints QB Jameis Winston tore his ACL and damaged his MCL in Week 8. He will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 41.5 PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins (-5.5)

Mario's Take: QB Tua Tagovailoa has been limited all week with rib/finger injury all week, but I expect him to play in Week 9. Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has been placed on IR with a hamstring injury, and he will miss at least three weeks.

Andrew's Take:  Parker won’t play after suffering a setback in practice, which moves Jaylen Waddle up the rankings because of his 23% target share and 17.3 expected fantasy points per game in his three contests played without Parker.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 46.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Buffalo Bills @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+14.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Cole Beasley WR BUF Ribs WR26 12.1 DNP DNP LP Q
Emmanuel Sanders WR BUF NIR – Rest WR25 11.3 (-) DNP (-) (-)
Carlos Hyde RB JAX Calf RB32 8.5 LP FP FP (-)
James Robinson RB JAX Heel RB37 5.8 DNP DNP LP Q
Dawson Knox TE BUF Hand 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Mario's Take: Bills WR Cole Beasley was a DNP Wednesday and Thursday but logged a limited practice Friday. There is optimism he will play in Week 9. Bills TE Dawson Knox will miss another week since having his surgery on his hand. I expect him to return in the next week or two. Jaguars RB James Robinson was a DNP Wednesday and Thursday but was a limited participant in Friday's practice. His heel issue is something he can play through, but it comes down to pain tolerance. I believe he gives it a go in Week 9.

Andrew's Take:  Avoid Beasley and Robinson. With neither player at 100%, best to avoid the situation. Beasley has a strong track record of underperforming well playing through injuries and we have seen him play on snap counts earlier this season. Fire up Gabriel Davis at $3,500 on DraftKings if Beasley is ruled out before kick off.

Robinson needs volume to thrive, and his injury status makes his bell-cow workload less certain. If he misses, Carlos Hyde as back-end RB2 appeal because he can catch dump-offs in garbage time. If both players are active, fade the entire backfield.

Tommy Sweeney didn’t do much in the Week 8 box score — three catches for 30 yards on five targets — but his underlying usage was the same as Dawson Knox‘s. He ran a route on 76% of Josh Allen’s dropbacks, which is elite tight end usage. Add him off the waiver wire and start him in deeper formats for Week 9.

Sweeney has a plus-matchup versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position over the past four weeks.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 48.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)

Mario's Take: Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones has been limited all week with a groin injury, but I expect him to play in Week 9. Bengals WR Auden Tate and RB Chris Evans were limited participants all week and I expect them to play.

Andrew's Take:  Jarvis Landry is a start in Week 9. He owns a 28% target share since returning from injury two weeks ago, and the Cincinnati Bengals have allowed the second-most receptions to wide receivers this season.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 47. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers (+3.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Sam Darnold QB CAR Concussion/Right shoulder QB22 17.8 LP LP LP Q
Nick Folk K NE Left Knee K9 8.4 LP LP LP Q
Jonnu Smith TE NE Shoulder TE20 6.6 LP LP (-) (-)
N'Keal Harry WR NE Knee WR102 3.0 (-) (-) LP Q
Spencer Brown RB CAR Back 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Mario's Take: Panthers QB Sam Darnold has been limited all week while progressing through the five-step concussion protocol. I believe he has a good chance to play in Week 9. RB Christian McCaffery is expected to make his return from his hamstring injury. Patriots WR N'Keal Harry logged a limited session on Friday, but I expect him to play in Week 9.

Andrew's Take: Start CMC as a back-end fantasy RB2 if he plays. He is expected to be on a snap count, but even a 75% McCaffrey has some fantasy appeal. Play Hubbard as mid-range RB2 if CMC is out. Hubbard has seen crazy volume over the last four weeks — 22 touches per game — but his inconsistencies as a receiver create concerns if the Carolina Panthers face a negative game script.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 41. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Los Angeles Chargers @ Philadelphia Eagles (+1.5)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Justin Herbert QB LAC Right Hand QB7 22.8 LP FP FP (-)
Austin Ekeler RB LAC Hip RB2 18.1 FP FP FP (-)
Jalen Reagor WR PHI Ankle WR76 6.0 DNP LP FP (-)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside WR PHI Ankle 2.2 DNP DNP DNP OUT
Justin Jackson RB LAC Quadricep RB71 0.0 DNP DNP DNP OUT

Mario's Take: Eagles WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Chargers RB Justin Jackson has been ruled out with a quadricep injury, but I do not believe it will be a lengthy absence.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 49.5 PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers (-2.5)

Mario's Take: QB Kyler Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins did not practice all week. They are true game-time decisions, but I do not believe they will play. The Cardinals have Super Bowl aspirations, and thinking long term would be in their best interest. 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell is dealing with a rib issue, but I am not concerned about his availability for Week 9. WR Deebo Samuel is dealing with a calf injury. This is a tricky soft tissue injury and has a high rate of reinjury at 16%. I am pessimistic he plays in Week 9: If he does, I don't believe he will be his normal self. TE George Kittle has been taken off of IR and has a good chance to return in Week 9.

Andrew's Take: Sit Murray and Hopkins.

A non-mobile Murray is a problem for fantasy football. The human-highlight reel saw his fantasy points per game drop off substantially in the second half of last season (30 versus 17.7) when he was battling through a shoulder injury.

And over the last four weeks, Murray has zero games with over 21 rushing yards and zero top-five fantasy finishes.

The Cardinals quarterback is dealing with an ankle sprain, which will surely inhibit his ability to take off as a rusher and limit any top-five fantasy potential. Then consider his tough Week 9 matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers, who held Murray to fewer than 12 fantasy points and one rushing yard on seven carries.

Keep him on the bench this week and look to the waiver wire for a streamer instead. There is no guarantee Murray even suits up at all. Jordan Love is a solid pivot because he also plays at 4:25 pm ET.

Hopkins barely played at all last Thursday, so don't be expect him to 100% even if he does play. Rather play Christian Kirk straight up.

Temper expectations for Samuel. With the injury worse than last week, view Samuel as fantasy WR2 or look to sell-high before Sunday's game. Leave yourself an out to play Brandon Aiyuk in DFS at just $4,100 as he could be the No. 1 if Samuel is ruled out or limited.

Lower Elijah Mitchell in the fantasy football rankings. Mitchell is dealing with a rib injury which could limit full workload. Backup Jeff Wilson Jr. returning also casts some doubt that Mitchell will be as featured as in previous weeks.

George Kittle is expected to play but be on a pitch count, playing roughly half the snaps. This a tricky situation, but one we have seen before. Week 16 last season versus the Cardinals, Kittle played 49% of the snaps, but finished the week with 13.2 fantasy points (TE13 on the week). Treat him as a back-end fantasy TE1.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 45. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs (-7)

Name Position Team Injury Fantasy Rank Proj. points Wed. Status Thurs. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Tyreek Hill WR KC Ankle WR2 20.2 FP FP FP (-)
Travis Kelce TE KC Neck TE1 16.8 FP FP FP (-)
Marcedes Lewis TE GB NIR – Rest TE37 4.7 (-) DNP FP (-)
Josiah Deguara TE GB Finger TE48 3.2 FP FP FP (-)
Michael Burton RB KC Pectoral 0.6 FP FP FP (-)

The Over/Under for this game is currently 48. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Tennessee Titans @ Los Angeles Rams (-7)

Mario's Take: Titans WR A.J. Brown logged a DNP Friday with a knee issue, but it is nothing to worry about. Rams WR Robert Woods logged DNPs Wednesday and Thursday but practiced on a limited fashion Friday. I am optimistic he plays in Week 9.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 52.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5)

Andrew's Take: David Montgomery has a really good chance of returning for the Bears' Monday night game versus Pittsburgh, so avoid starting Khalil Herbert. The rookie needs volume to produce in a horrible matchup, but that seems unlikely with Monty making his return.

The Over/Under for this game is currently 39.5. PFF Greenline uses exclusive game and player data to make projections on NFL game spreads, moneyline, and over/under.


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