Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 16 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

I'm assuming that if you're reading our post this week that you made it to your league's championship matchup or have a consolation matchup on the line.  Congratulations to you, but we're not done yet!  At this point all that matters is this week, so that is how we are approaching this report.  Only injuries and waiver targets that will help you in Week 16 will matter.  With that said, let's get right to it.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota - Peterson left Sunday's game with an ankle injury but ultimately returned.  So far there are no concerns for his availability in Week 16, but check for practice updates just to be sure.  You'd hate to be caught by surprise with a last minute benching of your top RB.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - McCoy suffered what is believed to be an MCL sprain during Sunday's matchup against Washington.  An MRI is scheduled for Monday so his status should a little clearer very soon.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati - Green left Sunday's game I the third quarter and did not return.  We aren't sure yet if he aggravated a prior back injury or if he was held out because the Bengals were up big on the Niners.  Stay tuned for any updates.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee - Reports are coming in that Mariota injured his MCL during Sunday's game.  If that's the case, he is probably done for the year.  It would make sense for the Titans to rest him as they are out of contention.  Zach Mettenberger will probably finish the season out.
Update:  Mariota has a sprained MCL and will miss the rest of the season.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England - A knee injury knocked Amendola out of Sunday's game against the Titans and he did not return.  With the return of Julian Edelman getting closer, there is a good chance that the Pats give Amendola Weeks 16 and 17 to recover in time for the playoffs.

Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego - Gordon injured his knee and left Sunday's game.  He has an MRI scheduled for Monday, but with a Thursday night game this week he should be considered doubtful until we know more.
Update:  Gordon has been placed on I.R. with cartilage damage in his knee.  He is out for the remainder of the season.

Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco - The knee injuries continue, and we add Draughn to the list.  He left Sunday's game and did not return.  Travaris Cadet finished the day for the Niners and depending on Draughn's status he may start next week as well.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina - The Panthers went with a committee approach at RB on Sunday, and no update has been given so far for Week 16 regarding Stewart.  The Panthers have said that they aren't resting their starters yet but they have no reason to rush Stewart back before he's ready.  Stay tuned for any updates.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Jeffery exited Sunday's game with an apparent hamstring injury.  That does not sound good for his Week 16 prospects, but we will listen for any updates going into this week.

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville - Yeldon missed Week 15 with a knee injury, but during Sunday's game Denard Robinson sprained his foot, meaning that Yeldon may be hurried back from recovery a little quicker for Week 16.  He's still considered day to day and has not practiced, so we will need to listen for updates.

Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville - As mentioned above, Robinson sprained his foot on Sunday.  His status for Week 16 is unknown, but whoever DOES start at RB for the Jaguars will have a great matchup against the Saints, so stay tuned.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 15 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 14 of this NFL season has come and gone, and congrats to those of you who won your playoff matchup - there were plenty of injuries this week that may help you snag a waiver wire target or two to help you for next week.  Let's get right to the injury rundown.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati - Dalton was having one of his best seasons for the Bengals and his fantasy owners were reaping the benefits as well.  Unfortunately, Dalton broke his throwing thumb while trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception on Sunday.  He is done for the year.  There was hope for the Bengals, as A.J. McCarron came in and threw for decent yardage and a couple of TD's.  Those of you who were hoping to have Dalton for the rest of your playoffs will need to pay close attention to QB streamers if you don't have a really good backup.

Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle - Another season-ending injury this week, as Rawls broke his ankle during Seattle's game against Baltimore.  The Seahawks will most likely turn to a committee approach next week against Cleveland, using DuJuan Harris and Fred Jackson.

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville - Yeldon suffered a sprained knee on Sunday and his status for this week is up in the air.  We haven't heard anything positive yet which does not bode well for his Week 15 status.  If he can't go this week, Denard Robinson should be the workhorse RB for the Jags and he would be a top-shelf waiver wire add.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - A turf toe injury has kept Ellington out of action, but the Cardinals expect that he will be ready to play for Week 15.  He would be the backup RB behind David Johnson.

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina - It looked very scary for Olsen and his owners on Sunday when he left the game after a gruesome hyperextension of his knee was caught on the tape.  According to the Panthers, however, Olsen was kept out of the game as a precaution due to the game against the Falcons being a blowout.  He will get an MRI on Monday but nothing bad is expected to come from it.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina - Stewart also left Sunday's game against the Falcons, with the RB suffering an apparent foot injury.  Like Olsen, the Panthers said he was only kept out of the game as a precaution, and while he will get an MRI on Monday they do not expect it to reveal anything significant.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati - Eifert left Sunday's game against Pittsburgh and was checked for a concussion.  He did not return and we will need an update from the team as to his status for this week.

Brian Hartline, WR, Cleveland - A broken collarbone suffered during Sunday's game will end Hartline's season.  He was coming on strong lately for the Browns, with 8 catches and 70-plus yards per game in three straight games.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver - Anderson did not see the field Week 14 even though he was not officially declared inactive by the Broncos.  The team is hoping that he will be healthy enough to play Week 15.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston - Hoyer suffered a concussion on Sunday and was taken out of the game.  His status at this point is week to week.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay - Jackson left Week 14's game against the Saints during the second quarter with an apparent knee injury and did not return.  The team reports that his injury is not considered serious, but with a Thursday night game this week Jackson may be kept out.  Stay tuned for updates from the Bucs.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - Jackson is dealing with a patella contusion knee injury.  His status for Week 15 seems up in the air, but we don't have enough information at this point and will have to see how he practices this week.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 14 Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 13 is in the books and for many of us in season-long fantasy leagues we know our playoff fates.  Congrats to those of you who start your playoff runs this week, and for you who did not, there's always time to prep for next year.

I wanted to take a moment to discuss my philosophy for the playoffs.  I know that it's the NFL and anything can happen in a given week, but I think that a sound game plan can make a difference most of the time in your fantasy match ups.  At this point of the season, based on past performance you should know what kind of team you have.  Do you have eight guys who steadily produce 10-15 points per game, eight boom-or-bust players who could give you zero or 30 points per game, or a combination of both types of players?  For most, especially those in the playoffs, it's a combination of steady players and low-ceiling, high-upside players.  At this point of the season your next week is all that matters since you're done if you lose.  With that in mind, before you pick your roster for this week, take a hard look at your opponent.  What type of players does he or she have on their roster?  Most people will look at their websites "projected points" for each player and leave it at that.  I try to go a step further and analyze my opponent's players in the following ways:

1) Who are they playing against that week?  Is it a good defense or a bad one?  Obviously playing against a great defense will limit their potential stats for that week.  To find this info, look up the opposing defense's "fantasy points allowed" to that player's position.

2) What is the weather forecast?  At this time of the year weather can play a major factor in games.  Generally, bad weather (rain, snow) will benefit running backs and defenses while hurting passing offenses and the kicking game.  Fair-weather games and games in domes take away any negative effects on players.  Use this information to determine what effect, if any, Mother Nature could have on your opponent.

3) What is the Vegas Line for your opponent's players' games?  High-score lines will potentially benefit your opponent's players, while low-score lines will generally be bad for them or good for a defense.  

Generally I believe that using these pieces of information for your own team, combined with your opponent's team, will give you an idea of where you stand in your matchup.  If you believe that you are heavily favored, don't change a thing.  Play as many steady-production players as possible to keep your team's floor high.  If you feel like you are behind you may need to start a few more high-upside players and roll the dice to try and increase your team's ceiling.  If you don't have many of those type of players we will identify a few of them for you in the Waiver Wire sheet below.  

You can never fully predict what will happen in a given week, but you can give yourself the best chance to win.  So good luck to all of you in Week 14!  Now let's get to the injury landscape and the newest waiver wire targets.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati - Eifert missed Sunday's game due to a neck injury.  At this point it's too soon to know his availability for Week 14, so listen for updates from the Bengals once practice starts.

Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland - Benjamin left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and did not return.  His status should be updated early this week.
Update:  According to NFL.com, Benjamin is "unlikely to miss time."

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver - Anderson left Sunday's game with an ankle injury.  Early reports are that the injury was not very serious and that Anderson was kept out of the game as a precaution.  Stay tuned for updates out of Denver early this week.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis - The NFL Network is reporting that Luck is expected to return from his kidney injury for Week 15, with Week 16 being a worse case scenario.  

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville - Hurns was ruled out for Week 13 due to a concussion.  He should be okay to go for Week 14, but listen up for practice updates just in case.
Update:  Hurns has been cleared to play in Week 14.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England - As anticipated, Gronkowski was ruled out Week 13 with his knee injury.  At this point he is week to week, but don't expect him to be ready for Week 14.  Reports are saying that the team will bring him back only when he is 100 percent.
Update:  ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Gronk is "unlikely" to play in Week 14.

Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego - Inman left the field Sunday on a stretcher, but tests came back negative on his neck and he was released from the hospital.  The team has not given any kind of timetable for his return so we will have to wait for an update.

Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego - Johnson left Sunday's game with a groin injury, making for an awful day of injuries for the Chargers.  There are no updates yet as to his injury or return timetable.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 13 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

We've come to Week 13 and for a lot of you it means the last regular season matchup for fantasy football.  Hopefully you're in good shape to make the playoffs......but if you need a win this week, an injury replacement for your bench, or a waiver wire add for the playoffs, look no further.  Let's get into the injury rundown in the NFL and check out some nice waiver wire options.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England - Gronk owners watching the Pats game last night probably had fits watching him get carted off the field after what looked like a potentially serious knee injury.  Reports at this time are that the injury is not as severe as it could have been and Gronk was very mobile after the game.  He has to be considered doubtful for Week 13, however, as the Pats face the Eagles and he may not be needed for them to get the win.
Update:  Reports indicate that Gronkowski is expected to miss "multiple weeks".  He will not play next Sunday against the Eagles and his availability will be considered week to week after that point.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle - Graham, unfortunately, was not as lucky as Gronk.  The Seattle TE tore his patellar tendon - a devastating injury for any football player.  He is considered questionable for the 2016 season.  This is the same injury that Victor Cruz suffered, and he still hasn't recovered from the damage.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas - Romo fractured his collarbone during the Thanksgiving game against Carolina and the team has placed him on IR, ending his season.  What a dreadful year for the Cowboys in terms of injuries, and for Romo especially.

Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona - Johnson left the third quarter of Sunday's game and did not return.  He reportedly took a helmet blow to his knee.  There is no diagnosis yet that we know of, but until we hear anything Johnson should be considered day to day at best.  There is a real possibility that he will miss Week 13.
Update:  Johnson reportedly has a fractured tibia and will miss an "extended period of time".  Johnson will most likely be out the remainder of the fantasy season.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - Ellington suffered a toe injury on the very next drive after Chris Johnson left the field.  He also did not return and should be considered questionable for Week 13 until we hear the results of his MRI.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta - Freeman was inactive in Week 12 due to a concussion.  Reports from the team are that he should be good to go for Week 13.

Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago - Bennett missed the Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Packers due to a rib injury.  The team is hoping that the extra rest days this past week will help him get ready for Week 13.  Stay tuned for any news heading into the team's practices.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati - Eifert suffered a "stinger" during Week 12's game against St. Louis.  He told reporters that he was OK after the game, but just check for any updates from the Bengals during this week's practices.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis - If you're like me, you had rostered Bradshaw on the hopes that he would become a late-season contributor as Frank Gore wore down from a huge RB workload.  Bradshaw suffered a wrist injury during Sunday's game and the Colts have placed him on IR, ending his season.  Dan Herron would fill in for Bradshaw behind Gore unless the team makes any additional moves.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville - Hurns suffered a concussion during Sunday's game and left on a stretcher.  He was released from the hospital and will enter the league's concussion protocol.  He is extremely doubtful for Week 13.

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City - West was inactive on Sunday with a hamstring injury.  We do not have any information regarding his Week 13 availability yet, so we will have to watch for news out of Kansas City.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England - Amendola did not travel with the Patriots to Denver as he was recuperating from a knee injury.  The team is reporting that his rehab is going well and they expect him to be ready for Week 13.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - It appeared that Roethlisberger may have suffered a concussion during Week 12's game against Seattle when he took himself out of the game for evaluation.  All reports at this time state that he will be cleared to play in Week 13 and did not show signs of a concussion after the game.

 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 12 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

We are coming into Thanksgiving week in the NFL, one of the best football weekends in terms of tradition.  Who can say no to football all day on Thanksgiving and then more on Sunday?  For fantasy owners it's a week of goodness.  This goes without saying, but those of you who haven't done this for very long need to check your lineups on Wednesday before the Turkey Day games begin.
There were several injury developments this past week that will send owners scrambling to the waiver wire.  Even if you like your team heading into the final weeks before playoffs, check these updates and evaluate the waiver wire.  There could be some potential league-winners here so let's get started!

All the Ravens, Baltimore - Not 100% true, but we lost some relevant Ravens this week.  QB Joe Flacco tore his ACL on Sunday and is done for the year.  His backup is Matt Schaub.  Also lost to injury this week was RB Justin Forsett, who broke his arm on Sunday.  His season is over as well.  In his absence the main beneficiary should be Javorius "Buck" Allen.  Tough times for the Ravens, who also lost Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith this year as well.

Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona - Floyd missed Sunday night's game with a hamstring injury.  He didn't practice all week so it sounds as if he is highly questionable for next week as well.  Stay tuned to any updates out of Arizona.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta - Freeman suffered a concussion during Sunday's game and as of today he is "off to a good start", according to coach Dan Quinn.  The impressionist that Freeman may be able to play against the Vikings this week.  Check on Wednesday for a practice update just to be sure.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Shoulder and groin issues kept Jeffery off the field on Sunday.  It is not know what his status will be for this week, so keep an eye out for practice updates.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - Forte was inactive this past Sunday, but word from Chicago is that he will be ready to play against Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver - Sanders missed Sunday's game against Chicago with injuries to his finger and ankle.  The decision to sit him was made early on Sunday, so this sounds like a day to day type status.  He is expected to be on the field against the Patriots next week.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver - Manning sat on Sunday as Brock Osweiler started in his place during Denver's victory against the Bears.  He is also ruled out for Week 12, if not longer, and is getting a second opinion on his foot.  If Osweiler plays well going forward, none of this may matter.

Chris Polk, RB, Houston - Polk was a surprising inactive on Sunday due to a hamstring injury.  This sounds potentially troublesome going forward but at this point we don't have enough detail to update his status for Week 12.  Stay tuned for any updates.

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City - West suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's game and did not return.  I'm not sure if his continued absence was all due to the injury of the fact that the Chiefs were blowing out the Chargers.  Either way, he is being called day to day right now, so check for practice updates later in the week.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia - Mathews missed Sunday's game due to a concussion and he was also absent from practice on Monday.  It's not looking good for Week 12.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle - Lynch was ruled out for Sunday's game due to an abdominal injury that could reportedly be a sports hernia.  Lynch is meeting with a specialist on Monday to confirm, and if he does have a sports hernia he will require surgery and his season would be over.  Thomas Rawls went off in Lynch's absence and has proven to be a capable backup.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright has missed several games due to a knee injury.  Reports from Tennessee are that he is expected back for Week 12.

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington - Reed reportedly sprained his MCL during Week 11's game but he continued to play and finished the game, which is unusual.  He is expected to play Week 12, but keep an eye out in case anything changes.

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington - Morris left Sunday's game with an apparent rib injury.  Reports from the teammate that he is good to go for Week 12.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week 11 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Target

I saw some things in Week 10 that I can say for sure I've never seen before.  I don't think I've seen a face mask penalty put a team just inside their kicker's FG range as time expires, leading to a game winning FG with no time on the clock (Jags-Ravens).  I can't remember a Lions win at Lambeau Field until this week.  I've never seen Peyton Manning pulled by his coach for poor performance.  And I KNOW I've never seen Kirk Cousins get a perfect QB rating for a complete game.

Football can be so unpredictable - it's one of the reasons I love it.  But it can frustrate you to no end sometimes as a fantasy owner.  You look at your roster on Sunday morning and think it looks fantastic.....and then the games start and nothing makes sense.  And this is before we even get to injuries, which can happen to anyone at anytime!  But enough ranting, let's see if we can help some of you that are dealing with player injuries and need to hit the waiver wire.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England - This one really hurts for the Patriots. Their PPR machine and WR1 suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during Sunday's game against the Giants. This is basically the same injury that kept Dez Bryant out for six weeks (which was a borderline miraculous return timeframe). Edelman will undergo surgery on his foot and if he has the same timeline for recovery there is a chance he could return for the NFL playoffs at some point. For most fantasy owners, however, that will be too late. Danny Amendola will see a lot more action in Edelman's absence.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona - Floyd had a great game against Seattle, catching seven passes for 113 yards and two TD's.  He injured his hamstring late in the game, however, and the team is considering him day to day at the moment.  Until we hear further he is questionable for Week 11.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas - Romo has been out due to a broken collarbone, but ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the injury has healed and Romo will play in Week 11 against the Dolphins.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - Hankerson was a limited participant in Monday's practice.  It's looking like he will play in Week 11 and his WR2 status on the team will be intact.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - Forte was inactive for Sunday's game due to his MCL injury.  He did practice in a limited fashion this past week though, and the team is saying that he should be able to play Week 11 as long as his knee doesn't act up this week.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver - The Denver Post is reporting that Manning has been suffering from plantar fasciitis in his foot since Week 9.  As bad as Manning has been lately, maybe a rest will do him some good.  The next man up for Denver will be Brock Osweiler, as Manning has already been ruled out for Week 11.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay - Lacy was inactive for Week 10 with a groin injury.  In his absence James Starks got the RB1 workload and there's a chance that this may be the case going forward.  The coaching staff has said they want to get Lacy going but he just hasn't been very effective lately.  We will see how the Packers classify Lacy's status early this week.

T.J.Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville - Yeldon injured his foot during Week 10's game against the Ravens and was spotted on Monday wearing a walking boot.  There has been no word from the team yet regarding the nature of his injury, but with a game coming up on Thursday night he has to be considered questionable until we know more details.
Victor Cruz, WR, NY Giants - I highly doubt any of you were holding out hopes for Cruz this season, but I thought I'd pass along that he will have season-ending surgery on his calf.  I hope he can come back next year for some team, even if it's not the Giants.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NY Jets - Fitzpatrick had surgery on the thumb of his non-throwing hand last week and the Jets expect that he will practice this week.  If practice goes well he should play Week 11.

Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia - Bradford suffered what is believed to be a Grade II AC joint sprain in his shoulder as well as a concussion on Sunday.  The Eagles are saying that he will almost certainly miss Week 11, and possibly Week 12 since its a short week for the team with a game on Thanksgiving Day.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia - Mathews suffered a concussion on Sunday and did not return, and he will enter the league protocol.  He is expected to miss Week 11.

Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego - The NFL Network is reporting that Floyd will attempt to rehab and play through the torn labrum injury in his shoulder.  I honestly have no idea how this will go, but for now he is considered week to week.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright was inactive for Week 10's matchup with the Panthers and is considered questionable for Week 11 as well.  The team said that he will have to have full practices to show that he is ready to play on Thursday night.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde's foot has been giving him issues for weeks.  The team was hoping that the bye week would give him enough time to heal, but he is still day to day.  Owners will have to pay attention to any practice updates from the Niners.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 10 NFL Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 9 of the season is in the books, and it seems like we just cannot get through a week of games without injuries that carry major significance for fantasy football owners.  The regular fantasy season has only a few weeks remaining so a number of these injuries will have impact on the playoffs.

Let's take a look at the relevant injuries for Week 10.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England - Lewis has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and is done for the year. It's really a shame for the team and for Lewis' owners, since he has proven to be a weekly difference-maker. It's anybody's guess what the Pats will do next - they have Blount for carries and James White, Brandon Bolden, or a free agent pickup could serve as the team's passing down back. We will have to see what the team does next but my guess is that anyone outside of Blount will not be worthwhile for fantasy purposes.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - This feels like deja vu. Roethlisberger with another multi-week injury? It looks likely, although it could have been much worse. He is expected to miss Week 10 with a foot sprain but possibly return after the team's Week 11 bye. Landry Jones will start at QB in his place, and DeAngelo Williams will play a bigger role in the Steelers' offense.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - McCoy sustained a shoulder injury on Sunday and did not return. He is insisting that the injury is not significant, but you can always assume that a player will sugar-coat an injury. The team will get an MRI on his shoulder early this week, and the we should know if McCoy will be ready for Thursday's game.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - An MCL injury kept Forte out of Monday night's game against the Chargers. Coach John Fox has called Forte day to day since the injury, so we will have to wait for an update early this week as to his Week 10 status.
Update: Forte received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection in an attempt to assist the healing in his knee. According to the Chicago Tribune, he is in "great doubt" for Week 10.

Calvin Johnson,WR, Detroit - Johnson stayed off of his injured ankle during the team's Week 9 bye. We will need to hear from the team what his outlook will be for Week 10, but his complete absence during the team's practices doesn't sound good.
Update: Johnson did not participate in Monday's practice.

Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland - Murray left Sunday's game with what is feared to be a concussion. If he misses Week 10 the Raiders will mix in Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones and Roy Helu.
Update: Coach Jack Del Rio has said that Murray is indeed going through the league's concussion protocol.

John Brown, WR, Arizona - Brown has missed time due to a hamstring issue.  The expectation is that he will be ready to play in Week 10 following last week's bye.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - Hankerson has missed two games with a hamstring injury.  His targets seemed to have gone mostly to Julio Jones and Jacob Tamme.  We will have to see if he practices this week ahead of the team's Week 10 game.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay - Lacy left Sunday's game at Carolina with a groin injury and did not return.  This has been a terrible season so far for Lacy and his owners, and Week 9 was no different.  James Starks may have jumped him on the depth chart after his performance against the Panthers.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Houston - Shorts is expected to return in Week 10 after missing time with a hamstring injury.  This is more of a minus for those who picked up Nate Washington than anything, as Shorts should take some of Nate's targets.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde missed Week 9's game in which the 49ers pulled off a surprising upset against the Falcons.  His return date is unclear and he is still not practicing so owners will have to wait for an update from the team.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay - In a bit of a surprise, the Bucs held the TE out of Sunday's game against the Giants.  Hopefully he can return from his shoulder injury next week against Dallas.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright missed Week 8's matchup against the Saints due to an injured knee.  Reports are that he should be able to play Week 10, but keep an eye out for any changes this week.
Update:  The Titans are already saying that Wright will not be able to practice on Wednesday.