Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 11/2/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: White, Murray and More in Week 9
November 2, 2013
With the bulk of the Week 9 NFL action set to begin tomorrow, it’s a good time to take a look at the noteworthy injuries around the league. These issues will have some significant implications in fantasy, as we’re already working with a thin week due to the half-dozen byes out there. Here’s a closer look at a few situations worth monitoring until tomorrow.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: If you’re a White owner, chances are he’s probably still on your bench, given the fact that he’s missed the past two games with ankle and hamstring issues. This week’s not looking so good either, as he was only able to earn a questionable designation in advance of the road game against Carolina. He’ll be a game-time call.
The good news here is that White was able to return to practice yesterday after being held out earlier this week, so there’s a chance he may be able to play. That said, there’s a real question as far as how effective he’ll be.
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Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Okay, here’s the deal on Lynch: he missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday this week due to a knee injury, but was able to return yesterday. He’s listed as probable on the injury report for tomorrow’s game against Tampa Bay.
In spite of Lynch’s pair of missed practice sessions this week, his knee issue isn’t thought to be serious. It’s looking like fantasy owners will be able to rely on him safely tomorrow.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Everyone who picked up Heyward-Bey on the strength of his Week 7 performance against the Broncos (not to mention the season-ending injury to Reggie Wayne) may not be able to utilize him this week. He’s listed as questionable on the injury report for tomorrow’s game in Houston.
Heyward-Bey missed practice on Friday, so there’s no telling whether or not he’ll be able to take the field against the Texans. Furthermore, no one really knows what the Colts will look like without Wayne. It’s a risky situation all around.
Arian Foster and Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: Speaking of the Texans, let’s take a look at the dynamic duo in their backfield. Tate is dealing with four broken ribs, but he’s been declared good to go for the Colts game.
Foster, meanwhile, is dealing with a hamstring injury and will be a game-time call. Both players have received limited work in practice this week.
The tough thing here is that the matchup is so good, but here’s what it boils down to: if Foster plays, he’s an obvious fantasy start. In that case, Tate probably wouldn’t get enough work to be viable. If Foster is out, however, then Tate gains some definite fantasy relevance as the starting RB.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys: It’s looking like all systems are go for Murray. He was tagged as probable yesterday in advance of the team’s home game against the Vikings tomorrow. It’s a good-looking matchup, as Minnesota is currently giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
As for Murray, his two missed weeks due to a sprained MCL have been a tough lesson to fantasy owners. He’s an injury risk from year to year, so if you’ve got him on your roster it’s prudent to have a backup plan in place.
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