Injury Report: Jeremy Langford Should Fill In Admirably for Matt Forte

I am not a doctor nor do I play one on television. However, I am willing to give my best guesses as to whether or not certain potential impact players play this week based on their practice reports. This is just my opinion but here are my takes on injured players heading into week nine:

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers, $5,600 – Teammate Vincent Jackson has already been ruled out this week so Jameis Winston is already lacking options in the passing game. This matchup is as good as it gets for Winston and co. considering they’re facing a defense that just allowed 505 yards passing and seven touchdowns (TDs) to Drew Brees and the Saints. Even before Brees dropped a 50 burger worth of fantasy points on the Giants, they already ranked dead last in passing yards allowed per game. After Brees’ monster performance, the Giants are now allowing 315 yards per game which is 13 more than second place Oakland. They’re not just bad, they’re horrific, which is why any option catching passes against them has serious potential. Austin Seferian-Jenkins practiced fully on Friday but is still listed as questionable. Priced less than the minimum for wide receivers (WRs) or running backs (RBs) on FantasyDraft, he will emerge as one of the best values of the day assuming he suits up. Considering the full participation at the end of the week, there’s a better-than-average chance he plays. UPDATE: Seferian-Jenkins is unlikely to play.

Dion Lewis, Patriots, $12,400 – What has gotten into Coach Bill Belichick? Typically he leaves fantasy footballers on the edge of their seats until the final moment. This week he decided to declare Dion Lewis probable on Saturday meaning he will indeed play against the Washington Redskins. On a team with the greatest implied total (33 points) by far according to Vegas, it’s nice to not have to wait this one out. I’m constructing all my teams with at least one Patriot this week as I think they put the hammer down on Dan Snyder’s crew.

Garrett Celek, 49ers, $5,000 – With the team trading Vernon Davis this week, they have now essentially committed to Garrett Celek as their starting tight end (TE) moving forward. Unfortunately for him, he suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to the Rams. In accordance with the league’s continued focus on head injuries, Celek will have to pass all of the league’s concussion protocol tests. If he’s able to do so by game time, he will be allowed to suit up. According to Matt Barrows on Twitter, he has a “chance” to play. Regardless, the 49ers are a team in shambles right now and will start Blaine Gabbert this week who has been nothing short of a disaster in his young career. However if you’re going to invest in someone on the squad, you could do worse than playing a guy priced as the absolute minimum an offensive player can be priced at on FantasyDraft as a pure contrarian GPP option.

Karlos Williams, Bills, $7,600 – Unlike Celek, Karlos Williams has already successfully made it through the concussion protocol and is listed as probable for week nine. Although he backs up LeSean McCoy, he should be good for about eight or so touches on Sunday including possible goal line work. While he’s not a prime target, he could be considered a YOLO (you only live once) GPP option just in case he scores twice or McCoy happens to suffer an injury mid-game. For the most part, avoiding him is probably the best idea.

Matt Forte, Bears, $13,200 – Matt Forte has not officially been ruled out…but he basically has been. Coach John Fox has decided to not be forthcoming whatsoever with injury news but speculation is the injury is related to the MCL. Even assuming it’s only an MCL sprain, it should cost him a couple of weeks, so it is pretty safe to say Jeremy Langford will be the guy this week. Langford isn’t Forte by any stretch of the imagination but his price sits at a juicy $7,600 right now and he draws the best possible matchup for an opposing fantasy RB. That’s right, no other team has allowed more fantasy points to the RB position than San Diego so fire up Langford at an almost unfair discount price.

Mike Davis, 49ers, $7,800 – The 49ers designated Mike Davis to the injured reserve/designated to return list which means he’s out until at least week 17. The team will be without both Carlos Hyde and Davis which means Kendall Gaskins will draw the start. Eventually Pierre Thomas should prove to be the guy but it really doesn’t matter in this gas can offense. They’re terrible, but if you expect them to improve under Gabbert, then maybe Gaskins is worth a hail mary GPP shot.

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, $8,700 – Unlike the Broncos’ ex-Coach John Fox, Gary Kubiak is forthcoming on injury news and declared earlier this week that Ronnie Hillman “definitely will start.” Playing is just the first obstacle for Hillman who has been battling C.J. Anderson for carries since the get-go. Hillman’s 19 carries last week led to 60 yards rushing (3.2 yards per carry) and two TDs but Anderson looked like the better back (7.2 yards per carry). In virtually every other game this season Hillman has outplayed Anderson so it will be interesting to see the carry distribution this week. Both makes are intriguing tournament options this week against a subpar Colts defense but my preference remains with Hillman especially at the $8,700 price tag. UPDATE: Hillman is active.

Sammy Watkins, Bills, $9,900 – Developing a reputation as someone who just cannot stay healthy, there’s once again no guarantee he’ll suit up this week. Listed as questionable, the Buffalo News believes he’ll play but “he could have his snaps managed.” His price is way down and the team’s starting QB Tyrod Taylor will be back this week so a healthy Sammy Watkins would be enticing to use. Nevertheless with this report it’s hard to trust him as anything more than a low-end FLEX option that will need one big play to hit value. UPDATE: Watkins will play but likely be on a pitch count.

Ty Montgomery, Packers, $6,600 – After being downgraded from questionable to doubtful, Ty Montgomery’s hopes of playing completely dwindled. He won’t play in a difficult matchup against the Carolina passing defense that probably possesses the best cornerback in football: Josh Norman. For that reason, the top two receivers are hard to trust this week especially considering reports suggest Norman will not shadow Randall Cobb. This means both Cobb and James Jones will have to deal with him which limits both their upside. Aaron Rodgers is one of the great QBs and will find the open man but the two best values on the offense may be Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams in what should prove to be an incredibly tough test for the Packers.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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  1. Emil Brown says:

    Thanks for defining “YOLO”, Ricky …. really funny and trendy writing you do here. You’re so cool.

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