Injury Report: Megatron’s Status is Still Unclear

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 10:

Alshon Jeffery, Bears, $14,000 – Another week, another Alshon Jeffery injury in practice. Earlier in the year, he suffered a calf injury after he had recovered from a hamstring injury. Now, just when it appeared he was finally finding a groove, he injured his groin in practice on Wednesday. It’s frustrating that he’s making it through games but his status still needs to be monitored throughout the week. The groin “tweak” kept Jeffery out of Thursday’s practice completely and he returned to a limited participation on Friday. Coach John Fox said he “liked what he saw” from Jeffery in Friday’s practice but he’s notoriously deceptive with his injury reporting. In other words, this looks like a true 50/50 proposition and there’s really no clarity on the situation. If he plays and is healthy, he can dominate in essentially any matchup. Considering he’s banged up and facing one of the NFL’s defenses (St. Louis), it appears best to just avoid him and Demaryius Thomas’ price makes him a logical alternative. UPDATE: Jeffery is active.

Calvin Johnson, Lions, $14,400 – Common knowledge in fantasy football states that a player whose participation level decreases as the week goes on is never a great bet to play on Sunday…at least to play well. Calvin Johnson did just that as he sat out Friday’s practice after being limited on both Wednesday and Thursday. He has said multiple times this week that he expects to play and the fact that he’s a veteran superstar should add to the optimism. An average, run-of-the-mill talent needs to practice in order for the coach to have faith in him but Johnson has proven his worth in this league. If he says he’s playing I’m going to believe him and just assume he needed additional rest. He has around an 80 percent chance of playing if you ask. Assuming he’s cleared to play, he seems like a safe bet to deploy in what should be a shootout with the division rival Packers. UPDATE: Calvin Johnson expected to suit up.

Eddie Lacy, Packers, $10,500 – At this point, Eddie Lacy can be safely avoided in daily fantasy football lineups. The reason to check up on his status is because you’re considering rostering James Starks and would prefer he assume a full workload. Lacy was limited all week but is expected to play. Coach Mike McCarthy still claims he’s going to use a mix of the two but Lacy’s share is fading by the week. In a matchup against the Lions, I like Starks as a high-end RB2 with potential even beyond that designation. His price ($9,200) is extremely enticing on FantasyDraft this week. UPDATE: Lacy will MISS week 10. James Starks will receive the bulk of the carries.

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos, $14,400 – Heading into last week, Emmanuel Sanders was suffering from an ankle injury. Early in the game against Indianapolis, he took a couple brutal hits, including one that caused him to sit out for a series. He returned to the game to catch six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown (TD). After the adrenaline settled, the ankle became sore once again and he’s been struggling with the pain all week. No updates were provided on Saturday after Coach Gary Kubiak said the team would “check” on him. In this case, no news is bad news and Sanders looks like a true game-time decision. Whether he plays or not, Thomas is the preferred option in the passing game though any wide receiver (WR) to suit up against the Chiefs has a chance as they allow the most fantasy points to the position. If news breaks that he’s playing, I’d still consider him GPP worthy in this prime matchup. UPDATE: Sanders is seeming more and more unlikely by the minute.

John Brown, Cardinals, $10,800 – It’s the same old tune for 180 pound, injury-prone John Brown week in and week out. He’s listed as questionable, practiced in limited fashion and is destined for the game-time decision. Unlike most weeks, the Cardinals passing game does not stand out as a top option considering they’ll square off against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks’ secondary. According to Football Outsiders, the Seahawks have allowed above average production to both team’s second WRs and tight ends (TEs) which makes sense considering Sherman shadows the stars. Considering he’ll likely shadow Fitzgerald, Brown would have a chance for production if he suits up. The preferred GPP option however is Michael Floyd who will head into this game with a three game TD streak in tact.

Latavius Murray, Raiders, $10,800 – Latavius Murray must have been seeing stars after taking a blow to the head last week that forced him to leave the game. Unsurprisingly Murray was diagnosed with a concussion which meant he would need to pass all concussion protocol heading into next week. By Thursday, Murray was completely symptom free and back at practice. After putting in a full practice on Friday, he should be good to go. There’s nothing scary about the matchup against Minnesota who’s allowing 111.6 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry so continue him a solid RB2.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, $12,800 – Coach Pete Carroll added Marshawn Lynch to the injury report on Friday with an “abdominal injury.” Still the coach expects him to play. The issue here is the Seahawks do not play until 8:30pm EST on Sunday night so there’s a bit of uncertainty and essentially no way any updates are provided prior to lock. For that reason, using him in cash is simply too risky when you can use Todd Gurley and DeAngelo Williams in the same price tier. UPDATE: A report suggests Lynch is “50/50” for Sunday Night Football.

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos, $7,800 – Seven rushes only led to one yard last week but, to be fair, he was fighting through a thigh injury which he injured in practice last Thursday. The injury has not been an issue this week as he practiced in full on both Thursday and Friday. His biggest obstacle heading into this week is the recent resurgence of C.J. Anderson who seems to have powered back past Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart. At this point the Broncos running back (RB) that makes the most sense to roster is Anderson despite Hillman’s health.

Wes Welker, Rams (Not Listed on the Site) – While you will not be able to start Wes Welker this week on fantasy draft, the situation is at least worth monitoring. Outside of moving Tavon Austin around the formation, including out of the backfield, the Rams have not been able to get the ball in the hands of their receivers much. This isn’t so much a knock on Nick Foles, who admittedly isn’t great, but is more so a knock on the receivers. Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Brian Quick and Bradley Marquez just haven’t gotten it done which is why the team invested in an the old vet. Welker was always valuable in PPR formats and could emerge as a week 11 option if he turns out to be a nice fit in Jeff Fisher’s offense. UPDATE: Welker is active.

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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