Two Minute Warning - Week 9
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups.
Injuries are quickly mounting throughout the league making lineup construction difficult for many fantasy owners in Week 9.
Also remember we are in the "bye week" portion of the NFL schedule. Make sure all Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants and San Francisco players have been removed from your lineup.
Once again fantasy owners should not be worried about bad weather. There is a chance for rain in Seattle (no surprise) and there could be some wet weather in Green Bay on Monday night. Everywhere else looks good.
Below is the latest information to help you make your last-minute decisions.
Case Keenum, Houston - Keenum will make his second career start, but will have had two weeks to prepare. Given his solid debut against the tough Chiefs defense in Kansas City, he should be worthy of low-end starter status.
Tom Brady, New England - We've been accustomed to ignoring Brady being on the injury report all these years, but perhaps his shoulder has been bothering him this year because his performances aren't up to his usual standards. He's no longer a "must-start."
Nick Foles, Philadelphia - Foles has been either very good or very bad in his starts, so he's a high-risk option for Week 9 against Oakland.
Robert Griffin III, Washington - Griffin practiced all week so his early departure from last week's contest shouldn't scare fantasy owners from starting him in Week 9 against a Chargers' pass defense yielding almost 275 ypg. LATEST UPDATE - Griffin is active.
Jeff Tuel, Buffalo - It appears that Tuel will start in Week 9. Facing Kansas City's swarming defense that's going to be a nightmare for Buffalo skill players and they should be avoided. Even if Thad Lewis plays, it's not a good matchup. LATEST UPDATE - Lewis is inactive and Tuel will start.
Running Backs -
Arian Foster, Houston - Foster will be a true game-time decision after getting in two limited practices this week therefore we likely won't get the final answer until inactives are announced about 45 minutes before kickoff. Ben Tate is the obvious option if Foster doesn't go. but even he isn't 100 percent healthy.
C.J. Spiller, Buffalo - He was part of every practice this week and should be ready to go. Spiller and Fred Jackson figure to get an equal share of the workload making both low-end starter material against the highly-ranked Chiefs' defense. LATEST UPDATE - Spiller is active.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina - Stewart is expected to be back, but should only see 6-10 touches in his season debut. The Carolina backfield is now overloaded with DeAngelo Williams, Kenjon Barner, Mike Tolbert, Stewart and Cam Newton and none of the running backs should be expected to produce big numbers. LATEST UPDATE - Stewart is active.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas - Murray is fully expected to start Sunday against the Vikings after missing two games with a knee injury. He has practiced all week and should be installed into fantasy lineups. LATEST UPDATE - Murray is active.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle - Lynch made it onto the practice field Friday which should have eased the worry of many fantasy owners. He's got a surprisingly tough matchup against a Tampa Bay defense which has yielded the sixth-fewest yards on the ground.
Zac Stacy, St. Louis - The newly-anointed workhorse running back in St. Louis is dealing with an ankle injury, but was on the practice field both Thursday and Friday and should be ready to go on Sunday. LATEST UPDATE - Stacy is active.
Wide Receivers -
Roddy White, Atlanta - White showed up for Friday's practice, but isn't expected to play Sunday. Even if he does get onto the field, its likely that he'd play the decoy role again. At this point of the season fantasy owners should have learned how to survive without White in their lineup. LATEST UPDATE - White is inactive.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis - Just when DHB was going to get a chance to shine as the Colts' No. 1 receiver, he injuries a hamstring in Thursday's practice. He'll likely get onto the field, but also could struggle to produce. T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill and tight end Coby Fleener should see most of the targets from Andrew Luck.
Danny Amendola, New England - Amendola missed some practice time but shouldn't missing Sunday's game against the Steelers. With Rob Gronkowski back, however, all Pats receivers take a step back in fantasy value.
Eddie Royal, San Diego - Can anyone still remember when Royal put five touchdowns on the board in the first two weeks of the season? He's done little in the five games since then - disappointing fantasy owners who jumped on the bandwagon. He's played through the toe injury he's currently dealing with so expect him to be on the field Sunday. LATEST UPDATE - Royal is active.
Miles Austin, Dallas - Miles who? It's all Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten. LATEST UPDATE - Austin is inactive.
Tight Ends -
Rob Gronkowski New England - Gronk has added a hamstring injury to his list of nicks and bruises, but he's going to play in Week 9, and is a must-start.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans - Graham played just 18 snaps last week yet still managed to be a top fantasy tight end. He should get a bit more work this time around, but he's still not, and probably won't be for a while, at full strength. LATEST UPDATE - Graham is active.
Aqib Talib, New England - Talib probably won't play which is good news for wide receiver Antonio Brown's owners as Talib would probably have covered him all over the field.
11/03 12:13:08 ET