Fantasy Football Week 9: Early Advice for Your Roster

It would have been really hard for Week 8 to top Week 7 in terms of destructive injuries to fantasy players.

Thank goodness it didn’t, though it certainly wiped out a few players anyway—though not every injury was a serious one.

St. Louis Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy had quite the coming-out party Monday night, carrying the ball 26 times for 134 yards.

Stacy didn’t just finish the game with all those yards—he ended up with an ankle injury and was undergoing tests. Fox Sports 1 reporter Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday that it was a low-ankle sprain, so that’s a positive sign. He practiced Wednesday, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and while it was considered “very limited,” it’s a good sign for Sunday.

Unfortunately, Stacy continues to score no touchdowns on the ground, as the Rams seem to collapse in the red zone.

On the last play of the game, the team had him in but didn’t run the ball. It split Stacy out wide and put the game in the super-reliable hands of Kellen Clemens.

We know how that worked out.

So if you think about it, his ankle may hamper him less than his offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer.

The one truly bad injury in terms of skill players happened in the same game, as Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice tore his ACL.

Rice had been battling knee issues this season and has had injury issues throughout his career.

Another season-ending injury came when Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson tore his left patellar tendon in the first half of the game against the New England Patriots. Gibson wasn’t much more than a flex player, but in point-per-reception leagues, he was actually more productive than the No. 1 wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Gibson had more catches and more touchdowns, so depending on scoring, you might miss him more than you would have Wallace, though the latter should see a bump up in both categories.

An injury which, on the surface, doesn’t seem to impact your fantasy lineup is the broken leg sustained by New England Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

If you were watching the game, you could not only hear Vollmer’s screams of agony, but also the crack of the leg during the play.

The problem is that the Patriots have struggled along the offensive line, allowing 23 sacks and 40 quarterback hits, per NFL.com.

While losing a right tackle is not as bad as losing a left tackle in the New England scheme, how the line adjusts is worth watching for owners of any skill players on the team.

If you want a little more insight into the loss of Vollmer and its impact on the line, check out Bleacher Report’s own AFC East lead writer, Erik Frenz, over at Boston.com.

Finally, Michael Vick has already been ruled out with a hamstring injury for Week 9, but after Sunday’s performance, you probably should have given up on him anyway. It seems as if whatever magic Vick had over the last few years has disappeared in 2013, and his upside—while tempting—is obliterated by his massive downside.

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