Welcome to week 9! If you’re anything like me, you’re reading this out of both desperation and amusement. The list of players that are both fantasy relevant and healthy is growing increasingly thin, and some of the heaviest bye weeks are upon us. Make or break decisions are made this time of year, and my goal is to ensure that your decisions are well informed! As always, if you have any questions about a specific player’s status (on this list or not), you can reach out to me on twitter: @kallen_4!

*This list excludes players on their bye week, on the COVID list, and players currently on IR that are not eligible to return this week.*

Writers:

Kyle Allen, Ride or Dynasty

BYE, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Don’t worry, you haven’t accidentally opened a new article, the players are listed below. However, I wanted to share that I will be out of town and unable to write week 10’s Next Man Up. Have no fear though, I am leaving this duty in the more than capable hands of my good friend, Matthew Walters (@fantasyferret). Matthew is an athletic trainer who is well versed in injury analysis and treatment, and he is a must read for all formats!

Quarterbacks:

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Thumb, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Minshew has reportedly been dealing with ligament damage and a fracture in his thumb since the Jaguars first meeting with Houston. He did not say anything to the coaching or athletic training staff about the injury until this week, and his play has seemed to suffer as a result. He is out for this week and likely to miss a few more. In his absence, rookie and fellow 6th round pick Jake Luton will get the first crack at the starting job in Jacksonville.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

AC Joint Sprain, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited, Saturday-
Next Man Up: An MRI this week did not reveal any structural damage in Darnold’s shoulder. Head coach Adam Gase said that he is “just sore” and that they will evaluate his availability throughout the week. Most recently, Gase has stated that Darnold is, “day-to-day.” He is not a very intriguing fantasy start, even in superflex, and waiting for his Monday night game status is risky at best. If you have another option, it’s best to exercise it.

Running Backs:

Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals

Ankle, OUT
Practice Status: N/A
Next Man Up: Drake has already been ruled out for this week, and it is unclear how many more weeks he may miss moving forward. In the meantime, Chase Edmonds will start at RB for the Cards with rookie Eno Benjamin likely backing him up. Edmunds is at worst an RB2 moving forward with upside for more. Quite frankly, Edmunds has been better than Drake this season and could potentially steal this starting job.

Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens

High Ankle Sprain, DOUBTFUL
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: In Ingrams absence last week, Gus Edwards and rookie JK Dobbins saw a near even split in carries, with Dobbins logging the more impressive fantasy performance. This is likely to remain a split backfield, with each player likely to find fantasy relevance in the Ravens stout rushing attack.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Elliott has been limited throughout the week with a hamstring injury. With the Cowboys collectively reeling from a litany of injuries to key players, this is not welcome news, but it may be wise for them to pace Elliott through the rest of the season. Tony Pollard has looked great in his limited action, and he might just get some extra work this week even if Zeke plays.

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Foot, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Lindsay has been nursing a foot injury through practice this week, but head coach Vic Fangio has been optimistic about his game status. In any event, Melvin Gordon will likely be the only fantasy relevant beneficiary of missed time or a limited Lindsay.

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Knee/Illness, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Despite his young career, Josh Jacobs has proven that he’s one of the toughest backs in the league. If he is healthy enough to play, I expect him to be active. Devontae Booker would be the next man up in Las Vegas, but he is unlikely to have a meaningful fantasy impact. Look for the Raiders to air it out against the Chargers if Jacobs is limited.

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins

MCL Sprain, OUT/IR
Practice Status: N/A

Matt Breida, Miami Dolphins

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Myles Gaskin has been one of the few positive surprises in fantasy this year, unless you’re a Jordan Howard investor, of course. Unfortunately he popped up on the injury report this week with an MCL sprain that will sideline for at least 3 weeks as he has been placed on IR. IN his absence, Matt Breida looked to be the next man up, but a hamstring injury of his own will keep him off the field in week 9. This leaves Patrick Laird and Jordan Howard to split work for Miami.

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

Midfoot Sprain, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks

Hamstring, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: If you started DeeJay Dallas last week, you were more than satisfied by the results you got from a rookie in his first start. He’s staring at another start in week 9 against the Buffalo Bills who currently rank 19th against RBs in fantasy. Whether electively or out of necessity, Dallas is a safe option this week.

Wide Receivers:

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons

Ankle, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Ridley has yet to practice this week, but has been nothing short of transcendent this season. The Falcons will likely look to Julio Jones and Hayden Hurst to do the heavy lifting in the passing game. These two have dominated the Atlanta target share, and will likely to continue to do so until Ridley is 100%. In deeper leagues Russell Gage is another option to keep an eye on, but he may be somewhat limited after nursing a sore knee and shoulder this week.

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: In week 8, when Denver’s second leading receiver was out, the trio of Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, and Melvin Gordon paced the team, each receiving more than 7 targets. Head coach, Vic Fangio, stated that he is confident that Patrick will be good to play this week. However, if Patrick misses week 9 as well, look for this trio to feast on an underwhelming Falcons secondary.

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

Hip, OUT
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Golladay’s injury status will leave the Lions with Marvin Jones Jr. as the clear #1 receiver. While Jones is a sure start in fantasy this week, Marvin Hall and Quintez Cephus are the deeper receivers to look into. Our favorite Scotsman, @dunafc, has called for the Cephus breakout in week 9, and he shouldn’t have too much resistance against a pedestrian Vikings pass defense.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Three straight missed practices means Hilton’s status is most definitely in question for week 9. With the Colts offense already missing Parris Campbell at the receiver position Zach Pascal is likely to lead the team in targets by receivers, but it’s likely that the RBs (Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor, primarily) will be the beneficiaries in fantasy.

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs

Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: While he has returned to limited practice this week, Watkins is listed as questionable for week 9’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Mecole Hardman saw a season high 9 targets last week when Watkins was out and should continue to see an increased workload until Watkins is healthy.

N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots

Concussion, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- DNP, Friday- DNP
Next Man Up: Harry has yet to clear the league’s concussion protocol and is unlikely to play in week 9. Jakobi Meyers has emerged as the clear favorite target of Cam Newton in Julian Edelman’s absence, and Harry’s concussion has further cemented him as the #1 in New England for now.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Hamstring/Ankle, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Thomas is listed as questionable, but it appears to be increasingly likely that he will finally make his return to action this week. If something changes or he is limited, Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook are the only sure things that you can count on in the Saints passing game.

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Groin, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: After another missed game in week 8, Crowder has progressed towards a return throughout the week. While it’s risky to wait until Monday night to find out if a receiver can play, Crowder’s massive target share may be worth a shot. If he does miss yet another game, Braxton Berrios should continue to command a large share of the Jets’ targets.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Broken Left Index Finger, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status:
Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Full
Next Man Up: Godwin was able to log a full practice on Friday, which aligns with head coach Bruce Arians’ expectation that he would start again after missing week 8. If Godwin suffers a setback, look for newly signed Antonio Brown, who is returning from an 8 week suspension, to jump right in to the Buccs’ offense.

Tight Ends:

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills

Calf, Questionable
Practice Status: Wednesday- DNP, Thursday- Limited, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Knox has not been a fantasy superstar this season, and if he’s able to return this week, he will face a Seattle defense that has been generous to receivers, but ranks in the top 10 versus tight ends in fantasy. If he is unable to suit up, Tyler Kroft will lead the Bills’ tight end group, but is unlikely to contribute much fantasy relevance.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts

Knee, QUESTIONABLE
Practice Status: Wednesday- Limited, Thursday- DNP, Friday- Limited
Next Man Up: Cox is officially listed as limited for Sunday. If he’s unable to go Trey Burton and Jack Doyle will share the tight end duties for Indianapolis.

Remember, injury status is a moving target and the majority of these situations are liable to change between now and game time this weekend. Keep an eye on your roster, and monitor the official injury reports closely as the week comes to an end. When in doubt, play the healthy player, and remember, the best ability is availability! That concludes the week 9 injury report, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me via Twitter: @kallen_4. Good luck this week!

Kyle Allen – Injury Writer/Editor
Ride or Dynasty
Twitter: @kallen_4

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