Quarterback is the deepest position in fantasy football, but even when a middle-of-the-road QB is “questionable,” fantasy owners are forced to take notice. There’s always a trickle-down effect when a QB is out, as pass-catchers and even RBs can lose value. Heading into Week 9, Kyler Murray, Tua Tagovailoa, and Sam Darnold are all looking like game-time decisions, and you can bet start ’em, sit ’em decisions will hang in the balance until the official active/inactive reports are released. Until then, we’ll be here with the latest injury updates.
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Is Kyler Murray playing Week 9?
Murray (ankle) failed to practice all week, and Cardinals’ GM Steve Keim said on Friday that Arizona will need to look at the “big picture” with their franchise QB before deciding whether to suit him up against San Francisco.
Murray will be a must-start if the Cardinals deem him healthy enough to play, but this could come down to the last minute. If he’s out, Colt McCoy and possibly more mobile QB Chris Streveler will play in his place. You can’t start either in fantasy. If Murray is out, downgrade Arizona’s other skill players, from the WRs to key receiving back Chase Edmonds. If you’re going to wait out Murray, make sure to have someone like Jimmy Garoppolo, Jordan Love, Ben Roethlisberger, or Justin Fields on your roster and ready to sub in. Love probably has the highest ceiling but a potentially low floor. Garoppolo and Roethlisberger have pretty stable floors but low-ish ceilings.
Is Tua Tagovailoa playing Week 9?
Tagovailoa has a sore and swollen finger, but Dolphins coach Brian Flores is “optimistic” Tua will start against the Texans.
Given the matchup, many were probably planning to stream Tagovailoa, and if he plays, he would still be a good option. If he’s out, Jacoby Brissett would once again start, somewhat limiting the values of Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki, but both would still be in play in all fantasy leagues.
Is Sam Darnold playing Week 9?
Darnold (concussion, right shoulder) was limited in practice all week, and apparently his shoulder is as much of an issue as his head. His status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots will come down to the wire.
Darnold hasn’t played well over the past month, and when you combine the injuries with the unfavorable matchup, it’s clear Darnold shouldn’t be in any single-QB fantasy lineups — even with the potential return of Christian McCaffrey (hamstring). If Darnold is out, P.J. Walker will start, but he doesn’t have much season-long, single-QB value either. D.J. Moore is still a must-start at WR, but none of Carolina’s other pass-catchers are worth worrying about.