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Fantasy Football 2020: Week 9 NFL Inactives

Here is an accumulation of potential Week 9 NFL inactives.  These players that are questionable or worse heading into the week. Make sure you get as up to date as possible, as some of these will carry over all the way up to game time on Sunday or Monday. Once again, good luck with your Week 9 matchups!

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Week 9 NFL Inactives


New York Giants at Washington Football Team

OUT – Devonta Freeman (RB) NYG – Ankle

Despite getting in a limited practice on Friday, Freeman will miss his second consecutive game with an ankle injury. Wayne Gallman will be the lead back in his absence.

INJURED RESERVE – Steven Sims (WR) WAS – Toe

Although he hasn’t been activated yet, it appears likely that Washington’s number two receiver should return in Week 9. While he won’t be a target monster, he is talented enough to make some noise.


Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans

*The Chicago Bears do not have any significant fantasy players on the injury report*

OUT – Adam Humphries (WR) TEN – Concussion

The Titans slot receiver was ruled out against the Bears, opening up even more targets for the Titans talented pass catchers. Perhaps no one benefits more than Jonnu Smith, who has been slowed down by an injury the past few weeks.


Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

COVID-19 LIST – Matthew Stafford (QB) DET – Exposure to COVID

So far, so good in terms of Stafford playing this week. He has tested negative two consecutive days, and a third day would likely clear him to play on Sunday. It is a juicy matchup against a poor Vikings defense, so a lot of fantasy owners are praying Stafford is not only healthy first, but on the field playing as well.

OUT- Kenny Golladay (WR) DET – Hip

It has been a brutal season for Golladay owners, as he can’t seem to stay healthy this season. He will once again miss another game after being removed early in Week 8 and scoring 0 points.

*The Minnesota Vikings do not have any significant fantasy players on the injury report*


Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs

INJURED RESERVE – Christian McCaffrey (RB) CAR – Ankle

Finally, we are getting the best player in fantasy football back! While Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook have filled in valiantly in McCaffrey’s absence, the King is back and ready to reclaim his throne.

QUESTIONABLE – Sammy Watkins (WR) KC – Hamstring

Watkins was limited in practice all week, therefore giving him his best chance at playing in weeks. I would expect him to give it a go on Sunday.


Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

*The Houston Texans do not have any significant fantasy players on the injury report*

OUT – Gardner Minshew (QB) JAX – Thumb

Minshew will sit in Week 9 after suffering an alleged thumb injury on his throwing hand. The situation only gets uglier in Jacksonville, where they have reeled off six consecutive losses following an opening week win.


Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts

DOUBTFUL – Mark Ingram (RB) BAL – Ankle

Ingram didn’t practice all week, and will likely miss Week 9. This clears the path once again for J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to receive huge workloads.

DOUBTFUL – T.Y. Hilton (WR) IND – Groin

Hilton did not practice on Friday, likely telling us that he will not play on Sunday. It has been a brutal year for Hilton, and the Colts have some extremely talented young receivers on the roster. This could be the end of the line for a stellar career, but let’s hope Hilton returns to form soon.

QUESTIONABLE – Marcus Johnson (WR) IND – Knee

Johnson fully practiced on Friday, and will likely play on Sunday. With a banged-up receiving core, Johnson has been fantasy relevant for two weeks now. Although this week he draws the Ravens, so he isn’t a recommended option.


Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills

QUESTIONABLE – Chris Carson (RB) SEA – Foot

OUT – Carlos Hyde (RB) SEA – Hamstring

Carson is questionable, but after not practicing on Friday, it looks more doubtful that he will play. Hyde will miss his second straight game, opening up the door for DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer to lead the backfield against the Bills.

QUESTIONABLE – Dawson Knox (TE) BUF – Calf

Knox hasn’t played in weeks and may be held out again with the bye week coming up in Week 10. Tyler Kroft will likely start at tight end in his absence.


Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons

QUESTIONABLE – Phillip Lindsay (RB) DEN – Foot

Lindsay fully practiced on Friday, and he should be available against the Falcons in Week 9. It is an ugly backfield situation between he and Melvin Gordon, as they look destined for 50-50 splits when both healthy.

QUESTIONABLE – Tim Patrick (WR) DEN – Hamstring

The Broncos lead receiver in the absence of Courtland Sutton looks like he should be ready to go this week. It is the juiciest of juicy matchups going against a bad Falcons secondary.

QUESTIONABLE – Calvin Ridley (WR) ATL – Foot

With a DNP on Friday, Ridley’s status is up in the air for Week 9. He has not been ruled out, so there is still the possibility he plays… but I wouldn’t count on it.


Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

QUESTIONABLE – Josh Jacobs (RB) LV – Illness

It is unknown what exactly is going on with Jacobs, but his illness didn’t hold him back from getting a limited practice in on Friday. It is obviously not COVID-related if that’s the case. Jacobs looks destined to suit up on Sunday.

*The Los Angeles Chargers do not have any significant fantasy players on the injury report*


Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys

*The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have any significant fantasy players on the injury report*

QUESTIONABLE – Ezekiel Elliot (RB) DAL – Hamstring

Elliot hasn’t been the same player we have grown accustomed to in 2020, and now it looks like he will be injured on top of that. I would expect him to play, but I would not expect him to do much against the Steelers defense.


Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals

INJURED RESERVE – Myles Gaskin (RB) MIA – Knee-MCL

OUT – Matt Breida (RB) MIA – Hamstring

It’s too bad that Gaskin has hit the IR for the next three weeks, as he was a fun story to follow. Now it looks like Jordan Howard will sneak his way back in as a lead back after falling out of favor. Patrick Laird and Salvon Ahmed will look to get touches as well.

OUT – Kenyan Drake (RB) ARI – Ankle

Time for the Chase Edmonds show. Drake’s injury won’t be as long as what was initially thought, but he will miss Week 9 at a minimum.


New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QUESTIONABLE – Michael Thomas (WR) NO – Hamstring

Michael Thomas finally looks destined to return after missing nearly seven weeks with random injuries and a suspension to boot. He should immediately come back as one of the top three options at the receiver position.

QUESTIONABLE – Chris Godwin (WR) TB – Finger

Wearing a fancy new glove on his hand with the broken finger that required surgery, Godwin got in a full practice on Friday. He should be ready to play on Sunday. It will be fascinating to see how much Godwin and Evans are used with the new addition of Antonio Brown.


New England Patriots at New York Jets

INJURED RESERVE – Sony Michel (RB) NE – Quadricep

Michel returned to practice, giving him a three-week window to return. It is not known when he will come back, but I don’t expect him to take away Damien Harris’s lead back role as long as Harris remains healthy. Harris just looks like a more talented and decisive runner.

QUESTIONABLE – Damien Harris (RB) NE – Ankle

Harris was questionable prior to Week 8, and he reeled off 102 yards on 16 carries. He should be good to go (and a must start player) against the lowly Jets.

QUESTIONABLE – N’Keal Harry (WR) NE – Concussion

Harry did not practice on Friday, so his participation on Saturday needs to be monitored. He isn’t a great option one way or another, as Cam Newton struggles to hit his outside receivers, and Harry struggles to get separation.

QUESTIONABLE – Jamison Crowder (WR) NYJ – Groin

QUESTIONABLE – Breshad Perriman (WR) NYJ – Concussion

The Jets top two options are both questionable. Crowder looks less likely to be healthy, as his groin injury has hampered him for weeks. Perriman got in a full practice on Friday, and should be good to go… neither would be much of a recommended option against the Patriots.

QUESTIONABLE – Sam Darnold (QB) NYJ – Shoulder

Darnold got in a limited practice on Friday, and will likely play on Monday night. Hopefully he won’t be seeing any ghosts.

If you found Justin’s Week 9 NFL Inactives helpful, make sure to check out the rest of our NFL Week 9 Slate of Analysis.

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