Week 9: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
The 27-year-old receiver is battling a hip injury that kept him out of Wednesday's practice. Johnson said he expects to return to play in the Week 9 meeting with the undefeated Chiefs, but the daunting matchup, injury and pedestrian production make him nothing more than a WR3 at best. On the season, Johnson is averaging 55 yards per game with three touchdowns. He's been a model of consistency the past three seasons, hauling in between 76-82 catches with 1,000-1,100 yards receiving. Backup quarterback Thad Lewis is battling a rib injury and if he is unable to suit up this week all bets would be off for the passing game with Jeff Tuel or Matt Flynn under center. The Kansas City defense is allowing the 12th fewest fantasy PPG to opposing receivers. A potential meeting with Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers should make fantasy owners consider their options before penciling Stevie into their Week nine lineups.
Roddy White is battling hamstring and ankle injuries that have kept him sidelined for the past two games (first time he's missed games during his nine year career). On the season, White has just 14 carries for 129 yards and has yet to score. He has topped 1,000 yards in each of the past six seasons, but that seems highly unlikely in 2013. With White and Julio Jones out of action, Harry Douglas has exploded onto the fantasy scene. Over the last two weeks, he has 19 catches for 270 yards with one touchdown on 25 targets (led the NFL in targets in Week 8). With Tony Gonzalez drawing most of the defensive attention, Douglas should continue to produce like a WR2 candidate as long as Roddy White remains in street clothes. If White is unable to play against Carolina, Drew Davis would draw the start opposite Douglas. The second year WR from Oregon has played 87% of the snaps over the past two weeks and had a solid performance in Week 8, hauling in five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. The Carolina defense presents a difficult matchup as they are allowing the sixth fewest fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers (allowed just two touchdowns to the WR position).