Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 9


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 9

It's another week with just six early games, so there isn't a bushel of injury concerns this morning, but there are a few big names to track. Once the inactives are released around 11:30 a.m. Eastern, we'll be here to give you the latest on some notable injured fantasy stars such as Marques Colston @MarquesColston, Jimmy Graham @TheJimmyGraham, Roddy White @roddywhiteTV, C.J. Spiller @CJSPILLER, Zac Stacy @ZSTACY_ and others. Keep refreshing this post until 1 p.m. for all of the updates.

-- Bills QB Jeff Tuel will start in place of Thaddeus Lewis, who is inactive ue to a rib injury. Tuel's presence takes all bets off for Bills receivers. Stevie Johnson can only be a deep WR3 versus the Chiefs. Buffalo will try to go run-heavy, so Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller should see a good amount of work. Hopefully, the week off did Spiller's ankle some good. The best news here is that E.J. Manuel is nearing a return to play.
-- Falcons WR Roddy White is inactive due to his ankle and hip injuries. Harry Douglas is a strong WR2 even against a tough pass defense because the Falcons will be throwing a lot today. Drew Davis is worth a look if you need a WR3.
-- Vikings QB Josh Freeman is a healthy scratch. Christian Ponder will get the start. It's Adrian Peterson or bust for this offense right now.
-- Saints WR Marques Colston is inactive. It's a small surprise, but he hardly practice during the week and was listed as questionable due to his knee injury. Darren Sproles and Lance Moore should see more targets than usual.
-- Saints WR Kenny Stills is active. With Colston out, Stills has a little more appeal, but he is still a boom-or-bust player.
-- As expected, Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is starting versus the Vikings. He is a low-end RB1.
-- Chargers WR Eddie Royal is active despite not practicing this week due to a toe injury. He's done this before, but he's only for the desperate.
-- Jets tight end Jeff Cumerland is inactiive. Zach Sudfeld will fill in for him. No, thanks.
-- With Saints RB Mark Ingram back, Khiry Robinson is inactive. However, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are MUCH better fantasy plays than Ingram.
-- Saints TE Jimmy Graham is active, as expected. He'll play limited snaps again, but you are never, ever benching him when he's active.
-- Rams RB Daryl Richardson is inactive due to a foot injury. However, running back Zac Stacy is active and will start versus the Panthers and there's no indication that his workload will be limited despite a sprained ankle. He is an RB2.
-- Cowboys WR Miles Austin and Demarcus Ware are inactive. The Cowboys have shut Austin down to rest his hamstring. He may never get his starting job back from Terrance Williams.
Bills RB C.J. Spiller is active after not playing last week to rest his ankle. With Jeff Tuel starting at QB, the Bills will try to run the ball A LOT today versus the Chiefs. Spiller is still a risky RB2 until he proves he's healthy. Fred Jackson is also active. I think he's the better start of the two.
-- Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is ready to go versus the Bills. He missed some game time last week and some practice time this week with a sore knee. But he's relatively fine.
-- Panthers RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart @Jonathanstewar1 are active. This will be Stewart's first game of the season, and he is expected to see a small handful of carries. However, with those two along with Mike Tolbert, Cam Newton, and Kenjon Barner, this is one messy running game.
-- Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is active. Even in a week heavy with byes, he isn't worth worth your time.
-- Titans WR Justin Hunter is active. He was listed as questionale due to a finger injury. He is not a fantasy option right now.
-- As expected, Redskins WR Pierre Garcon is active. He should have a good game against the Chargers' pass defense.

Players who have already been ruled out for Week 9 include Michael Vick, Doug Martin, Jay Cutler, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, and Mike Williams. These players and the impact of their absences will be discussed below.

Fantasy Analysis:

-- Vick's hamstring figures to hold him back for a few weeks, at least. He certainly wasn't ready to return from that injury in Week 8. Nick Foles will start and despite a good matchup against the Raiders, he is only a mid-range QB2. You have to downgrade DeSean Jackson just a little bit with Foles, not Vick, under center.
-- The Bucs still won't rule Martin out for the season, but he is out for Week 9. He has a torn labrum in his shoulder that needs surgery. Mike James will get another start in his place and is an unattractive flex option versus the Seahawks.
-- Cutler will miss his first game this season on Monday night due to his torn groin muscle. Josh McCown will control the offense for the next couple of weeks. He is not worth starting outside of two-quarterback leagues, but he shouldn't be a major drain on Brandon Marshall's, Martellus Bennett's or Alshon Jeffery's value.
-- Harvin experienced a setback with his surgically repaired hip last week. Rice is out for the season due to a torn ACL. There's no telling when Harvin will play, but it probably won't be for another week or two. The Seahawks are probably aiming to have him back just before or just after their Week 12 bye. With both wide receivers out, Golden Tate is a high-end WR3 versus the Buccaneers. Doug Baldwin is worth your time as well.
-- Williams is out for the season due to a torn hamstring that needs surgery. Tiquan Underwood will likely replace him in the starting lineup. You want no part of this passing offense, other than Vincent Jackson, in today's game at Seattle.


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1 Comment | Add Yours

Zac Stacy is starting against the Titans, not Carolina. Can I trust this article?

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bubleeshaark 11/03/13 12:58 PM

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