Fantasy Football Week 9: Who’s in and Who’s out?

Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Reliant Stadium. The Rams defeated the Texans 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

As we approach gametime throughout the day, check back throughout the morning for the latest on who is expected to play and who will be sitting week 9 out. I’ll be collecting updates from a variety of sources and putting them here in one place  for your convenience with my quick take on what it means for your fantasy league this week.

Who’s IN

Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands off to running back Jamaal Charles (25) against the Cleveland Browns in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won the game 23-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Graham-TE-New Orleans Saints: Not surprisingly, Graham is active and makes a good TE1 even though his snaps may be limited.

Arian Foster-RB-Houston Texans: Early reports are that Arian Foster will play tonight against the Colts. He may be limited, but is still a good play if you waited on him or have a way to get him in your lineup for tonight.

Jamaal Charles-RB-Kansas City Chiefs: Charles is active and ready to roll to a big game against the Bills.

Marshawn Lynch-RB-Seattle Seahawks: As expected, Lynch is active and ready to roll against Tampa today.

Zac Stacy-RB-St. Louis Rams: As expected, it looks like Stacy will start for the Rams as they take on the Titans today. Stacy is a high-end RB2 with upside as he gets a feature back’s workload for the Rams in week 9. He’s officially active while Daryl Richardson is inactive.

Pietter Garcon-WR-Washington Redskins: Garcon was never in real danger of missing this game and is a WR1 this week with other options on their bye week.

DeMarco Murray-RB-Dallas Cowboys: Murray is ready to start this week against the Vikings and is a solid RB1.

C.J. Spiller-RB-Buffalo Bills: Spiller is active against Kansas City but is still a high-risk play since the Bills offense will likely struggle against the KC defense.

Jeff Tuel-QB-Buffalo Bills: Tuel will get the start over  the injured Thad Lewis for Buffalo as they take on the Chiefs. Tuel is not a good option even in two-QB leagues.

James Jones-WR-Green Bay Packers: Jones turned in a pair of limited practices so he should be active on Monday Night Football as the Packers take on the Bears. Green Bay throws the ball enough to make him worth a look even in a limited role, but it’s tricky to know how involved he’ll be coming off a knee injury. He’s a high-risk, low-end WR2 with some nice upside.

Eddie Royal-WR-San Diego Chargers: Royal is active and in the lineup against the Redskins.

Who’s OUT

Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) misses catching a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Marques Colston-WR-New Orleans Saints: Colston won’t play this week as he’s been declared inactive with a knee injury. Kenny Stills and Lance Moore get a boost in value since more passes will come their way against a beatable Jets secondary.

Roddy White-WR-Atlanta Falcons: White is inactive making Harry Douglas again a nice play although the Carolina defense has been solid against the pass lately.

Michael Vick-QB-Philadelphia Eagles: Vick is indeed inactive as Nick Foles gets the start in Oaklan due to Vick’s hamstring injury.

Jeff Cumberland-TE-New York Jets: Cumberland is out this week since he still hasn’t been cleared from his concussion.

Kenbrell Thompkins-WR-New England Patriots: Thompkins is a healthy inactive today for New England.

Miles Austin-WR-Dallas Cowboys: Austin will be out again this week keeping Terrance Williams as a WR2.

Aqib Talib-DB-New England Patriots: Talib has been listed as inactive, and he’s expected to miss the Patriots game against Pittsburgh making Antonio Brown a low-end WR1 this week.

Thad Lewis-QB-Buffalo Bills: Lewis got back to practice Friday but isn’t going to start for Buffalo today as Tuel takes over under center

Topics: Fantasy Football, Gametime Decisions, Injury Update, NFL Week 9

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