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Injuries and Waiver Wire week 9 2021
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WEEK 8 INJURY REPORT
Sam Darnold (Concussion) - Darnold took a big hit late in the second half of Sunday's game and is currently in the concussion protocol.
Kyler Murray (Ankle) - Murray suffered an ankle injury late in Thursday night's game vs the Packers but is not expected to miss any time.
Jameis Winston (Knee) - Winston suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will be out for the season.
Derrick Henry (Foot) - Henry suffered a broken bone in his foot and is going to have surgery on Tuesday. He will be out 6-10 weeks.
Justin Jackson (Quad) - Jackson suffered a quad injury and did not return.
James Robinson (Heel) - Robinson suffered a bruised heel injury. He escaped a serious injury, but his status for week 9 is up in the air.
Damien Williams (Knee) - Williams is questionable to return with a knee injury.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Ankle) - Arcega-Whiteside left Sunday's game with an ankle injury and did not return.
Tutu Atwell (Shoulder) - Atwell left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury.
T.Y. Hilton (Concussion) - Hilton left Sunday's game with a concussion and has already been ruled out for week 9.
Denzel Mims (Finger) - Mims left Sunday's game with a finger injury.
Dante Pettis (Shoulder) - Pettis was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Jalen Reagor (Ankle) - Reagor was carted off the field after trying to score a touchd1 early in Sunday's game vs the Lions.
Calvin Ridley (Personal) - Ridley announced on Sunday that he is stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.
Sterling Shepard (Quad) - Shepard suffered a quad injury on Monday night.
Rob Gronkowski (Back) - Gronkowski was ruled out for the remainder of the game due to back spasms.
Robert Tonyan (ACL) - Tonyan tore his ACL in Thursday night's game vs the Packers and will be out for the season.
Chris Boswell (Concussion) - Boswell left the game after taking a hit on a fake field goal attempt and was ruled out.
Before we dive into the waiver wire, here are the teams that will be on their bye week: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team.
WEEK 9 WAIVER WIRE:
Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) - Over the last three weeks, Tua Tagovailoa has scored at least 15+ fantasy points in each game. In week nine, he gets a matchup vs the Houston Texans. The Texans are one of the worst teams in the NFL. Houston is currently allowing the 11th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season (19.9 FPPG). Look for Tua to continue his hot streak in week nine.
Teddy Bridgewater (DEN) - Bridgewater and the Broncos travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in week nine. The Cowboys are currently allowing the third most passing yards per game (311.2), 2.0 passing touchdowns per game, and the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (20.3). Bridgewater has not displayed a ton of upside recently, but I'd expect that to turn around in week nine in this great matchup.
Also consider: Carson Wentz (IND)
Mark Ingram (NO) - The Saints traded for Mark Ingram last week, and he immediately played a role in the Saints offense. Ingram ran the ball six times for 27 yards and had two receptions for 25 yards in his first game back with the Saints. Ingram is now the number two back behind Alvin Kamara in this offense. Ingram knows the offense, has played here previously, and the Saints had a clear hole to fill behind Kamara. While Ingram will not see a full workload, he should be on fantasy rosters, given his improved situation.
D'Ernest Johnson (CLE) - Johnson is the clear backup behind Nick Chubb in this Browns offense with Kareem Hunt on injured reserve, which is a very important role for fantasy managers. We know the Browns have been running the ball at one of the highest rates in the NFL this season. If Johnson was not added in your league after last week, pick him up while you still can. He will have value until Hunt returns.
Also consider: Jeremy McNichols (TEN), Carlos Hyde (JAX), Boston Scott (PHI)
Rashod Bateman (BAL) - Somehow, Rashod Bateman is only rostered in 10.3% of NFL.com fantasy leagues right now. I strongly believe that number should be closer to 40%. Let's fix that this week. In his first NFL game, (week six) Bateman had six targets, caught four passes for 29 receiving yards, and followed that up with another six targets, three receptions for 80 receiving yards in his second game in week seven. I am expecting Bateman to become a very solid flex option during the upcoming bye weeks. Now that he's had his bye, he has matchups vs Minnesota, @ Miami, and @ Chicago over the next three weeks, all of which are bleeding fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
Kadarius Toney (NYG) - Another receiver who should be on many more rosters than he is right now Kadarius Toney. Toney is only 26.3% rostered in NFL.com fantasy leagues. He was likely dropped in some leagues because of his injury, but he's on his way back. We all saw his upside in week five vs the Cowboys, when he had 29 fantasy points. As long as he's healthy, Toney is a nice WR3 with upside moving forward. He's got a week nine matchup vs the Raiders, followed by a bye, then @ Tampa Bay, vs Philadelphia and @ Miami over the next several weeks. Take advantage of this opportunity while you can.
Nico Collins (HOU) - If you are in a deeper league and need a receiver, take a flier on Nico Collins. He was activated off IR in week six and has been productive over the last few weeks. In week six, he had six targets and caught four of them for 44 yards. In week seven, he led the Texans in receiving yards with 28, and had five targets. In week eight, Collins had four targets, four receptions and 44 yards. He's more of a speculative add right now, but he has a nice schedule coming up @ Miami, a bye, @ Tennessee, and vs the Jets.
Also Consider: Tajae Sharpe (ATL)
Evan Engram (NYG) - If you are playing in a competitive league, it is very likely that Evan Engram is already rostered. However, if by some chance, he's available, add him now. Engram is rostered in just 21.4% of NFL.com fantasy leagues right now. He should not be on waivers. In week nine, Engram gets a phenomenal matchup vs the Las Vegas Raiders, who have allowed the seventh most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season (10.5 FPPG), the fifth most receptions per game (6.29), and the eighth most receiving yards per game (68.1) to the position. Given the injuries to Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, perhaps Engram sees a few extra targets his way in a great matchup.
Pat Freiermuth (PIT) - Friermuth is someone who I have highlighted in this column before, so I won't spend too much time here. In week eight, Eric Ebron was out for the Steelers, and Freiermuth produced yet again. The rookie had four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in week eight. With tight ends like T.J. Hockenson, Ricky Seals-Jones, Logan Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, and Gerald Everett on bye in week nine, Freiermuth is an intriguing bye-week fill-in.
MIA @ HOU
NE @ CAR