Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Week 9 Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

Consider yourself lucky if your fantasy team escaped Week 8 without any major injuries.  Seriously, the amount of big-name players going down was just ridiculous.  For them and their respective teams these injuries are catastrophic and for us they can wreak havoc as well, but at least we get the opportunity to make a few decent decisions on the waiver wire to try and salvage our team.

Let's take a look at this week's injury update.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh - Ouch. What a blow for the Steelers, losing Bell for the year to a torn MCL on the same day that Roethlisberger comes back. It's a tough blow for fantasy owners as well. Look for DeAngelo Williams on the waiver wire since he will move into the starting role and have immediate fantasy RB2 value.

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - Forte left Sunday's game in the third quarter and never returned. Reports from the Bears are that he has an MCL injury, which is a multi-week recovery in most cases, and not an ACL injury. The severity of the injury is not fully known at this point, but he is expected to miss at least two weeks. Jeremy Langford would start at RB in his absence.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego - Allen left Sunday's game before the half and did not return. Early reports from the team were a shoulder injury but now they have been updated to a kidney injury, and it sounds like Allen is out indefinitely. Antonio Gates, Malcolm Floyd, and Steve Johnson should get more targets in the Chargers passing offense for the near future.

Steve Smith Sr, WR, Baltimore - Smith lost the rest of his season to a torn Achilles' tendon. The 36 year-old was having a nice season for the Ravens, but now their receiving corps is in shambles. Kamar Aiken should be the WR1 moving forward, at least until Breshad Perriman can recover from his knee injury.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit - Johnson appeared to injure his ankle making a long catch on Sunday. He left the game and didn't return. The Lions have their bye in Week 9 so we will wait for any status updates for Megatron later today or early this week.

Brandon Marshall, WR, NY Jets - It looked like Marshall injured his foot/ankle a couple of times during Sunday's game. All the Jets would say is that his foot and ankle are "sore" and he is questionable to play Week 9.

John Brown, WR, Arizona - Brown was declared active for Week 8 but then never played a snap, which certainly did his owners no favors.  He is expected to return from his hamstring injury following the team's Week 9 bye.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Atlanta - A hamstring injury kept Hankerson out of Week 8's game against the Buccaneers, leading to a massive amount of targets for Julio Jones.  We will have to wait for an early-week update from the Falcons regarding Hankerson's status.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - Reports are that Watkins will test his ankle in practice this week, and hopefully be able to start Week 9.

Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans - Robinson suffered a broken tibia during Sunday's game and is done for the year.  He was a change of pace back for the Saints and his absence means more work for Mark Ingram.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NY Jets - Fitzpatrick left Sunday's game with an injury to his left (non-throwing) hand.  Reports are that he will need surgery "at some point" and yet he is considered day-to-day.  This sounds like a very unclear situation and we will need to wait for any updates.

Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco - It is believed that Bush tore his ACL during Sunday's game, ending his season.  It's a shame too because he was starting in place of the injured Carlos Hyde and getting some really good usage in the offense.

Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco - A hamstring injury kept Boldin off of the field Sunday.  He should probably be considered questionable for this week until we get clarity on the situation during practice.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde was inactive for Sunday's game, and reports are that his foot injury could keep him out of the lineup until after the Niners' Week 10 bye.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay - Jackson was kept off of the field this week with a knee injury.  From what the team is saying it sounds like he should be considered week to week.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee - Wright sprained his MCL Sunday and his knee is in a brace.  He should be considered extremely doubtful for next week but just keep an eye out for an update just in case.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - After missing the beginning of the season with a hamstring injury, it sounds like he's finally ready to go for Sunday's matchup against the Patriots.

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