If there’s one thing the last few weeks have taught me, it’s that just because a player comes back with an injury doesn’t mean we can just ignore it. We got a major reminder of this when Ja’Marr Chase suffered a serious hip injury after missing just a few shots in week 7, and we could have had another last week with Jonathan Taylor.
I noticed that Taylor left Sunday’s game for a bit to get his ankle bandaged, but he came back without missing too much time, so it didn’t seem like much of a concern. However, Taylor missed Wednesday’s practice with an injury, and while there’s little reason to think it’s a major setback, Colts coach Frank Reich admitted that his status in Sunday’s game against the Patriots isn’t clear yet.
The Colts just traded Nyheim Hines on Tuesday, so this could be another week of Deon Jackson playing a significant role. Jackson played 67% of snaps the last time the Colts played without Taylor and Hines, and while I don’t think we can or should expect to repeat 10 catches in that game, he does lead with 15 touches. a plus if Taylor is eliminated, making him a viable starting option even against a tough matchup.
Of course, we can’t decide yet, and if you have to choose between Jackson and either Dameon Pierce or Miles Sanders in today’s game, you pick the guys from TNF and don’t hesitate. Otherwise, Jackson could force you to make some tough decisions this weekend. If you have questions that you need answers to, be sure to subscribe to the Fantasy Football Today YouTube channel and join Adam Yzer, Dave Richard and me at 2:00 pm ET for our live stream. We will be discussing all the latest news and answering your toughest questions about the squad.
In tomorrow’s newsletter, I’ll have a preview of every game on the Week 9 schedule, including the latest injury news as well as all the key takeaways from today’s game. Get ready for Week 9 with all of our preview content here:
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Here’s what’s in today’s newsletter:
- 🆚TNF Preview: Eagles vs Texans
- 🚑Injury monitoring in week 9
There are obvious calls, and there are those that you need help with. Dave Richard reviews each game to determine the most interesting matches and the biggest lineup dilemmas in Week 9. Here are some of his top picks this week.:
- Josh Palmer: Palmer is a pretty good player with very good opportunities. He is much safer in PPR where he should be able to collect solid stats in a favorable matchup. flex.
- Mike Gesicki: Gesicki has been one of the best tight ends at the streaming level, but his minimal use overall negates any chance of him being a great option. There’s also a little concern about Jeff Wilson. stealing some of Gesicki’s touches in 10, as he is a physical runner with experience in sprinting. All of this to say that Gesicki’s role has been bountiful for fantasy purposes lately and shouldn’t be ignored. I would ride with him on Hayden Hearst, Robert. Tonyang and Dawson Knox”.
- Brandin Cooks: Cooks disappointed Fantasy last week in one of the easiest matches ever. Now he will play in one of the most difficult in a short week. At best, he will be a replacement last week.”
- Garrett Wilson: If Garrett Wilson had a more consistent quarterback, I would recommend trying him as a starter. He’s fun to watch and opens up a lot, but he’s got such a fickle, insane passer that worked in one big game. played last week but last week and this season I have had countless misfires and bad readings. I wouldn’t take a chance with Wilson unless it’s a backup wide receiver who could earn 10 PPRs.”
- Terrace Marshall Jr.: “Marshall deserves moderate consideration as a replacement last week in the PPR leagues and as a DFS dart thrower. He’s making progress in his second season and is definitely getting the attention he deserves from his quarterback. Favorable match should It doesn’t hurt. If you’re stuck, I like him plus more than the other guys last week like Alec Pierce, Julio Jones or Josh Reynolds.”
- Hayden Hurst — “Even with a semi-decent matchup, Hurst qualifies as a tight end with a touchdown or a bust, but not with high yardage potential (on one occasion this year he topped 50 yards). I’d rather start with Evan Engram, Mike Gesicki or Tyler Conklin.”
🆚TNF Preview: Eagles vs Texans
All lines from Caesars Sportsbook
- Line: Eagles -14; 45 O/u
- Intended outcomes: Eagles 29.5-Texans 15.5
The Eagles have beaten just about every team they’ve faced this season, and they probably haven’t faced a team as superior as this Texas team right now. I’m pretty sure the 14-point line here is the biggest for any game this season, and it’s in favor of the road team, which shows just how big the gap between the two is in Vegas’ opinion. Last week, the Texans managed to score just 161 yards in attack, 90 of which came in the last attack. This offense seems pretty hopeless right now, especially with Nico Collins out and Brandin Cooks in doubt. Dameon Pierce should start as RB2, but he needed one last drive to get any closer to a good game last week. This violation limits his potential and gives him a very low level.
- The most difficult decision in terms of composition: DeVonta Smith… Start off. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Smith, who slammed games with 18.7 and 15.4 PPRs between games with 4.7 and 7.7. It’s been that way all season for Smith, more or less, and the Eagles probably won’t. need throw a lot to beat the Texans tonight. But here’s the thing: The Eagles aren’t the kind of team that avoided throwing the ball at all costs last season. They beat the Steelers 22 in Week 8 by 11 at halftime and still called 33 passes with 17 runs. I expect them to run more frequently this week, but there should still be plenty of opportunity for Smith to show the numbers.
- Injuries: Brandin Cooks (Personal) – Cooks was listed on the injury report with a wrist injury, but his absence on Tuesday and Wednesday from training was for personal reasons – presumably due to his frustration at not being traded by Tuesday’s deadline . It’s unclear if he’ll play, but given his mediocrity this season and a tough matchup, you’re probably better off just avoiding him if you can… Nico Collins (groin) – Collins wasn’t able to train this week and was ruled out for today’s game . We will probably see people like Chris Moore, Tyrone Johnson and Phillip Dorsett become mainstream receivers for the Texans if Cook is gone, which is just awful…
🚑Injury monitoring in week 9
Big news: Keenan Allen has apparently failed again with a hamstring! — during the 8th week bye, and now he risks missing the game this week. He was out from Weeks 2 to 6 and then only played half of Week 7, so it’s not like the Chargers weren’t careful. As for Allen, he wasn’t too optimistic when he talked about the injury, and on Wednesday he said that won’t play until hamstring is 100% healed. That means he’s at risk of missing this game, and with Mike Williams (ankle) out for a few weeks, Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense could be very weak. Josh Palmer is likely to enter the WR top 24 for me if Allen and Williams both come out against a very poor secondary Falcons, while Gerald Everett seems to be locked into the TE top 12, at least until then. until the receiving corps is back to full health. . Who knows when that will be. .
I’ll have a full injury report in Friday’s newsletter along with my previews of every game, but here’s a look at the first practice reports of the week.
- FP = Full Participation in Practice.
- LP = Limited participation.
- DNP = Did not practice.
Injuries to Watch for at Week 9
It is not yet clear what these injuries mean.
- Ryan Tannehill (ankle) — LP. Tannehill’s return to training seems like a good sign for his chances to play this week. The Titans didn’t really trust Malik Willis to get the ball up in the air, so the return of Tannehill would be good news for Robert Woods, although he still looks more like a WR3/4.
- Derrick Henry (leg) — LP. I don’t see any sign of this being too much to worry about, but it’s certainly worth noting since Henry missed so much time last year with a foot injury. There’s no reason to think it’s related to this at this point, but we’ll obviously be keeping an eye on it.
- D’Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) – DNP. I’m guessing this is just rest for Swift after he came back from injury last week, but that’s just another point we’ll take for now and hope it doesn’t mean he’s worth worrying about. I’m worried that using Swift might be more like last week (10 taps) in the future and that doesn’t necessarily make me feel any better.
- James Conner (ribs) — LP. At this point, it seems like the question is more about how Conner reacts to training than whether he trains on any particular day. We’ll just have to keep watching this throughout the week, but I’m still going to put Eno Benjamin in the top 20 RB if Conner isn’t there. Otherwise, Conner would in all likelihood be in the top 24, albeit at a real risk.
- Chuba Hubbard (ankle) — LP. Hubbard told reporters that he thought he could play this week, which is a good sign. This complicates…