Pass-catchers Davante Adams, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, and Noah Fant all risk losing matches from Week 9. That group includes heavy hitters and perennial Pro-Bowlers, so their latest status and injury updates will affect each fantasy football league while the owners prepare their starting and ending decisions.
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Ahead Adams is playing week 9?
TO UPDATE: Adams was activated off the reserve / Covid-19 list, so it will be ready to go in your WR1 seat
Adams was not in training on Wednesday, as it remained on the reserve / COVID list. We are not sure if he will be ready to go or is it simply a matter of having to wait 10 days, as not much information has emerged from Green Bay about his status. What we do know is that Aaron Rodgers will not play after testing positive for the virus.
With Rodgers out, we have to put Adams down a bit, but Jordan Love is sure to target Adams a ridiculous number of times. We moved Adams down to the WR5 in PPR Other WR6 in the standard championships. His level could be much lower, but given the match with Kansas City, he remains a must if he plays. If not, it’s hard to trust the Packers passersby, but Allen Lazard would be the No. 1 target.
Julio Jones injury update
TO UPDATE: As expected, Jones was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice.
Jones (hamstring) Wednesday practiced, which seems like a bit of a good sign. Now that Derrick Henry (foot) is presumably out for the remainder of the regular season, Tennessee could choose to open the passing game. AJ Brown will remain number 1 WR, but Jones has every opportunity to get involved if he can get back to health. Play Sunday night in a tough fight with the Rams, so stay tuned.
We classify Julio as the WR26 in the PPR championships Other WR25 as standard. We understand if you are too nervous to play with him (or wait until SNF), but he has a 100-yard game on his resume this season and is still second of the team in goals (27), despite missing three games and leaving two leave early. Tennessee would have to pass to remain competitive against a star attack by the Rams.
DeAndre Hopkins injury update
TO UPDATE: Hopkins also missed training on Thursday, so we’ll have to keep an eye on it for Sunday.
Hopkins (hamstring) did not train on Wednesday, but is reportedly on the right side of “questionable” ahead of a matchup with the 49ers. 10 days after his last game, Hopkins had plenty of time to rest. Even with the injury problem, if it’s active, you have to play it.
In the first match between Arizona and San Francisco, Hopkins received six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. This 49ers defense isn’t great against passing, so Hopkins is ours WR5 as standard Other WR6 in the PPR championships.
Is Calvin Ridley playing week 9?
Ridley (personal) is not with the team this week and we shouldn’t expect him to play. Russell Gage and Tajae Sharpe are the best WR against New Orleans, which yields the fourth most fantasy points to the WRs. However, neither will likely be consistent studs, and Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson will likely be the only Falcons weapons you can rely on.
Noah Fant COVID update
Fant was placed on the reserve / COVID list on Tuesday and is due to deliver two negative tests 24 hours apart. As usual, there’s no reason to speculate, so we’ll see if he can be ready against Dallas. If it’s out, we like Albert Okwuegbunam at least as TE2 with a TE1 roof. Dallas gives the ninth number of fantasy points to tight ends, so he would be in a good position if he could start in the absence of Fant.