The fantasy football world was shook by yet another serious injury earlier this week. Denver Broncos’ running back C.J. Anderson suffered a knee injury last week which turned out to be a torn meniscus that will effectively end his season. This had owners scrambling to the waiver wire to add Devontae Booker, a top-ten play at running back in all formats. This serves as a reminder that injuries are one of the worst things about the game of football, but there is always an opportunity that opens up in fantasy.
With all of that being said, this injury report will cover all of the latest news from fantasy relevant players. It’s important to keep tabs on injuries as they may affect a player’s performance from week to week despite that player not missing any time.
LeSean McCoy (RB) – With McCoy failing to log a practice all week, he is currently listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. With the Bills coming up on a bye it would not be a surprise to see McCoy being held out of this one. It was evident the star running back tried to push his hamstring injury last week against the Dolphins which ended poorly. McCoy owners should prepare some sort of backup plan as it looks as though Mike Gillislee will get his first career start.
Lamar Miller (RB) – Miller is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury headed into the Texans’ match up against the Lions. Head coach Bill O’Brien told the media yesterday that Miller would be a game-time decision so owners should definitely have an eye on this situation. If Miller is unable to go come Sunday, Alfred Blue is expected to see a large increase in workload.
Matt Jones (RB) – After missing practice all week, Jones has been ruled out of the Redskins’ game in London against the Bengals with a knee injury. While the severity of the injury is unknown, Jones will benefit from an extra week of rest with Washington’s week nine bye. Owners should expect some kind of mix between Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley in the Redskins’ backfield with Jones out.
Tevin Coleman (RB) – Coleman has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Packers with a hamstring injury. With Coleman missing every practice this week it shouldn’t come as the biggest surprise to owners that he won’t be taking the field. Expect Devonta Freeman to see an increase in work load with Terron Ward serving as the primary backup according to Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.
Mike Gillislee (RB) – Despite being listed as questionable with a foot injury, Gillislee practiced on a limited basis for the third straight day on Friday. With McCoy likely being held out this week, Gillislee should be started in all formats.
Randall Cobb (WR) – Cobb was limited at practice all week with a hamstring injury and is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Owners should keep tabs on Cobb who returned to full participation on the last day of practice the previous two weeks. With that being said, there has yet to be any real indication to show that Cobb won’t play Sunday.
Julian Edelman (WR) – Edelman has been a regular on the Patriots’ injury report over the last several weeks. He is yet again listed as questionable with a foot injury. Edelman played the majority of the Patriots’ offensive snaps last week. In addition to that, there has yet to be a report of any kind of setback with this foot issue so owners should expect Edelman out there come Sunday.
Dez Bryant (WR) – All signs point to Bryant returning this week as he is listed as questionable with a knee injury. Owners should be confident on Dez’s status heading into Sunday night as he was able to log limited practices throughout the week. Bryant also received extra rest coming off of the Cowboys’ bye last week. With that being said, owners should still confirm his status heading into Sunday night’s game against the Eagles.
Jamison Crowder (WR) – Despite the listing of questionable, Crowder is expected to suit up against the Bengals. Crowder was limited at practice all week but was never in any real danger of missing this Sunday’s game. Expect the Redskins’ slot receiver to be a full go come Sunday morning.
DeSean Jackson (WR) – Jackson was limited at practice all week with a shoulder and hamstring issue but is expected to play Sunday. Jackson is also listed as questionable, but much like Crowder was never in any really danger of not playing Sunday.
Travis Benjamin (WR) – Benjamin was limited in practice throughout the week with a knee injury. Although he is listed as questionable, Benjamin is expected to be fully available for the Chargers’ match up against the Broncos on Sunday.
Tyrell Williams (WR) – As part of a second banged up receiving duo, Williams is also listed as questionable with a knee injury. He missed Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury and was limited other than that. Like his teammate Benjamin, Williams is expected to be a full go on Sunday and should be started in all leagues.
Ty Montgomery (WR/RB) – Montgomery was feeling under the weather throughout the week as he logged limited practices with an illness. While he is listed as questionable, Montgomery appears to be good to go for Sunday’s match up against Atlanta. Owners in all formats should plug Montgomery into their lineups and feel good about it.
Donte Moncrief (WR) – Moncrief returned to practice this week for the first time since week two. Coming off of a shoulder injury, Moncrief is not expected to jump back into his every down role that he had to start the season. While it shouldn’t take him long to get there, owners should expect some kind of snap count for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Congrats to the owners who hung onto Moncrief – the wait is finally over.
John Brown (WR) – Brown is currently listed as questionable with a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Brown has already missed one game this season due to leg pains that are attributed to his sickle-cell trait. With Brown practicing all week he is expected to suit up Sunday, while the same cannot be said for teammate Michael Floyd.
Jordan Reed (TE) – After missing the last two games, Reed said on Friday he expects to play. Reed has been on the mend from a concussion and was limited in practice throughout the week. With the Redskins in a different situation than they find themselves most weeks, flying across the pond and all, owner should check Reed’s status before kickoff.
Martellus Bennett (TE) – Bennett is currently listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Normally this would not be too much of a concern, but since Bennett missed practice on Friday owners should check his status before kickoff on Sunday.
Hunter Henry (TE) – Despite practicing fully both Thursday and Friday, Henry still needs final clearance in the NFL’s concussion protocol. With Henry expected to play, owners should still keep an eye on the target share against Antonio Gates. Be sure to check back on his status before San Diego’s kickoff in Denver at 4:05.
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