Nease’s Insights—Week 9: Major Injuries & Waiver Wire Pickups

Just when you think it could not possibly get any worse, it does. You feel secure and on your way to a championship and then “that injury” hits your team, then another and yes, even another. Add that little problem to the fact that there are six teams with byes in Week 9. There are just five weeks to go until your 13-game schedule ends.

You feel like you are the pilot of a plane, flying over the Atlantic with one engine out and watching the fuel gauge which is scarily showing that you are running out of the precious fuel needed to allow you to reach your destination safely.

I know the feeling. Over the last few weeks I have seen injuries to Calvin Ridley, Will Fuller and Cooper Kupp. This week Tyreek Hill hurt his groin and Will Fuller got knocked out for the season.  

So far, I have survived the onslaught of key players falling by the wayside in two ways—having strong depth in the first place and also by deftly using the waiver wire week after week. When my FCFS waivers open on Wednesday evenings, I make sure I am ready to make my moves before my opponents even have a chance to look. I let my wife watch Survivor and that makes her happy while I nerd it out all evening maintaining my teams.

This week we have a relatively small handful of new injuries, but there are six bye teams (Colts, Bengals, Jaguars, Giants, Eagles and Cardinals) to worry about. All of them, except for Will Fuller, have a status of to be determined later as of now. After finally getting to 100% healthy, he is now out for the season with a torn ACL in his knee. Some of these could affect players for some extended time. Here they are—keep checking their statuses as the week progresses:

  • WR Will Fuller, HOU Torn ACL
  • WR Tyreek Hill, KC Groin
  • RB Ronald Jones ll, TB Hamstring
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT Finger

The problem with injuries is they seldom allow a player to get back to 100%` healthy for a while. That results in us, as fantasy football players, having a difficult time really knowing the health status of players. A Q next to a player’s name leaves us with more questions than answers. All we want to know is if Joe Blow is going to give us the points we need from that lineup slot.

To check current injury statuses, here is a comprehensive, up to date list from Rotoworld of injury statuses by team. I would suggest bookmarking this link and placing it in your fantasy football resources folder

With the injury list climbing and a growing number of players on bye each week, maintaining a strong lineup is imperative in your journey to winning your championship. Here is a list of free agent possibilities for you. There are 25 names on this list, but be aware—not all players are available in all leagues. Some of your competitors may have snapped some of these guys up already.

  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (Watch Jameis Winston Status)
  • QB Dak Prescott, DAL (Surprisingly, I picked him up last week)
  • RB Trenton Cannon, NYJ
  • RB Marcus Murphy, BUF (Dependent on MNF performance after this was written)
  • RB Doug Martin, OAK
  • RB Duke Johnson, CLE (New OC should help get touches for Johnson)
  • RB Chris Carson, SEA
  • RB Jack Adams, PHI (Competing with Clement and Smallwood—too soon to know role)
  • RB Peyton Barber, TB
  • WR David Moore, SEA
  • WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (Now competing with a healthy Cobb and Allison)
  • WR Christian Kirk, ARI
  • WR D. J. Moore, CAR
  • WR Chris Godwin, TB
  • WR Adam Humphries. TB
  • WR Michael Gallup, DAL
  • WR DaVante Parker, MIA (Finally performing as expected)
  • WR Anthony Miller, CHI
  • WR Josh Reynolds, LAR (Status shaky—playing because Kupp is out)
  • WR Rishard Matthews, NYJ (When ready shortly, should get plenty of targets)
  • TE Chris Herndon, NYJ
  • TE Dallas Goedert, PHI
  • TE Jordan Thomas, HOU
  • TE Ed Dickson, SEA
  • TE Hayden Hurst, BAL

We are now moving smoothly through the 2018 season. All of us at Big Guy Fantasy Sports are intent on helping you become the champions you want to be. With our poignant articles and being the home base for the consistency theory, a sound, mathematically-based alternative to ADP, we will be with you for the 2018 season in its entirety. What happens then? That my friends, is easy. We start over and do it all again in 2019!

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for fantasy football questions throughout the year. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me by email with any questions you may have on fantasy football generally, or on consistency specifically, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

Good luck! Have fun!

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