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Here are the Week 9 fantasy injuries and my commentary.
WR Kelley Washington (Hamstring) - Out- with Chris Henry back from suspension, Washington’s value is very low.
TE Todd Heap (Thigh)-Probable- He missed practice on Friday but was upgraded to probable. It appears that Todd will play.
WR Dennis Northcutt (Ribs) - Questionable – Northcutt will be a game day decision. He is the number 3 WR for the Browns. He has caught a whole 13 catches so far. He is not worth starting.
TE Kellen Winslow (Knee) - Questionable – The AP is reporting that he will play. Winslow is a must start.
WR Terry Glenn (Quadricep) - Probable- He missed part of practice on Friday. He is expected to start anyway. With Tony Romo starting at QB, Glenn has not been receiving as many looks. He is still a fantasy starter but lower your expectations.
WR Santana Moss (Hamstring) - doubtful – He missed practice on Friday and was downgraded to doubtful. Let him stay on your bench.
WR Brandon Lloyd (Shoulder) - Probable – He practiced on Friday. He is expected to start with Moss doubtful. He is not a good fantasy start even when in the starting lineup.
WR David Patten (Hamstring) – Probable – His hamstring is still an issue. He is not a fantasy player that should be kept on your roster.
RB Clinton Portis (Ankle) – Probable – He practiced on Friday. He will play against the Cowboys. He is a fantasy starter every week.
WR Antwaan Randle El (Heel) – Probable – Randle El is a big part of the offense. Not only is he the WR #3 but he is a punt returner and rushes end arounds. He is a better play than Lloyd but should not be a consistent starter on your team.
RB Tatum Bell (Toe) - Probable – He practiced with no restrictions. He should be back this week. He has questionable fantasy value this week while playing against the Steelers and with the big game that Mike Bell had last week. It would be safer to leave him on the bench until we know what his role will be.
WR Santonio Holmes (Shoulder) – Probable- It appears that Holmes will play with no issues. This rookie is having a good season. It will not be long before he is a starter for the Steelers.
WR Cedrick Wilson (Groin) - Probable- He practiced fully on Friday. He should be starting for the Steelers. Look for Holmes to steal some catches from him.
RB Vernand Morency (Back) – Out – He is out at least 2 weeks. He was starting to steal carries from Green but now he is out. He is worth keeping in a keeper league.
WR Greg Jennings (Ankle) – Questionable – He practiced a second straight day on Friday. He has had a good rookie year. He is a marginal fantasy starter.
RB Ahman Green (Knee) – Probable – He practiced Thursday and Friday with no issues. He will not be splitting time with Morency out. He is a safe number 2 starter.
RB Ron Dayne (Illness) - Probable – He should be able to play with no issues on Sunday. He will be Lundy’s backup. He has no fantasy values.
WR Sinorice Moss (Quadricep) - Doubtful – Moss continues his stay on the disabled list. He may end up on the IR for the year yet.
WR Plaxico Burress (Back Spasms) – Questionable – He missed practice all week. It does not look like Burress will be able to go on Sunday.
RB Joseph Addai (Wrist) – Questionable – This may be part of the game the Patriots and Colts are playing. He finished strong last week. The Pats have a very good run defense so he may not be a good start. I strongly believe that he will play with no issues this weekend.
RB Dominic Rhodes (Low Back) – Questionable – Rhodes is in the boat as Addai. He has not been as good as Addai. I would leave Rhodes on the bench even though he will play.
WR Brandon Stokley (Knee) – Questionable – He has continued to miss part of practice. He is one that I believe really is questionable. He is not a good gamble for this weekend.
K Adam Vinatieri (Right Groin) - Probable – He is just fine. Start him this weekend. He always kicks well in Foxboro. Of course, he is now on the other team but he should still have a good game.
RB Kevin Faulk (Ankle) – Probable – He has bee upgraded to probable. He will play on passing downs. He has limited value as a pass catching back.
TE Daniel Graham (Ankle) – Questionable – His injury is real. He may or may not play on Sunday. He is does not have any fantasy value even if he does play.
WR Chad Jackson (Hamstring) – Questionable – It appears that Jackson is another player on the list for the mind games of these two teams. He should play on Sunday. He is not a fantasy starter at this time but a great keeper league player.
RB Laurence Maroney (Ankle) – Questionable – He practiced with no issues on Friday. More mind games instead of injury was involved with his questionable status. He has had some great fantasy starts followed by some awful fantasy starts. He continues to split carries with Dillon. He is a great fantasy keeper and a fine off week starter.
QB Tom Brady (Shoulder) – Probable – Nothing appears to be wrong with Brady. He continues to be a must start fantasy player.
QB Daunte Culpepper (Knee) – Doubtful – The Dolphins may put him on season ending IR. At this point, he is not worth keeping on your team.
WR Marcus Robinson (Back) – Out – He missed practice and was downgraded to out.
TE Vernon Davis (Fibula) – Out – He may be able to return week 10. He will have a lot of work to do to be back to a fantasy option.
RB Reggie Bush (Ankle) – Questionable – He practiced on Friday. Bush should be on the field this weekend. He has been a very spotting fantasy option. It is hard to leave him out of the line up with his potential.
WR Joe Horn (Groin) – Questionable – He is a game time decision. He did practice in a limited capacity this week. The New Orleans press seems to think he will play this weekend. I would not play him unless you see confirmation that he will start.
QB Chris Simms (Splenectomy) - Out- He has been added the IR and ended his season. We saw this coming several weeks ago. He has limited potential in a keeper league.
WR David Givens (Hand) – Questionable – He practiced all week. He is estimated at 85% healthy. He will be splitting time. He is not a good starter this week or in the foreseeable future.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Thigh) – Probable – He had a good weekend last weekend. He is splitting some carries with Taylor. He is not a good fantasy gamble until Taylor gets injured. Taylor is usually injured long before this part of the season.
RB Fred Taylor (Thigh) – Probable – Taylor will play on Sunday. He has had a very solid year. Owners should start him but hold their breath every time he is tackled because of his extensive injury history.
WR Ernest Wilford (Hamstring) – Probable – Wilford will play. It appears that he is loosing his starting status with the Jags since Matt Jones is back. He should also loose any starting fantasy status. He will have a hard time getting the ball.
QB Aaron Brooks (Shoulder) – Doubtful – He returned to practice this week. It does not appear that he will win back the starting job unless Walter is injured.
RB LaMont Jordan (Back) – Questionable – Jordan practiced all week. He should start with no issues. Until the Raiders prove they can run the ball, Jordan is a risky fantasy starter.
RB Shaun Alexander (Foot) – Out – It is possible that he might return for week 10. With an injured foot, will he be back to the fantasy stud of last year? Only time will tell.
QB Matt Hasselbeck (Knee) – Out - Hasselbeck is not expected to return until week 11 at the earliest. Wallace continues to start in his place.
WR Bobby Engram (Illness) – Questionable – The word out of Seattle is that Engram will not play this weekend.
WR Darrell Jackson (Foot) – Probable – He has declared himself ready to play for this weekend. Jackson should be healthy enough to be a good start against the Raiders.
The Counselor is OUT: