Fantasy Football Injuries: David Montgomery & Emmanuel Sanders Rankings, Backup Plans, More

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  • Monitoring fantasy football injuries ahead of lineup lock? We've got you covered with rankings and backup plans.

It was a busy week on the injury front. We’ve got some marquee fantasy football injuries to monitor leading up to kickoff, but don’t worry — our rankers have you covered in the event any of the players listed below are ruled out.

With this article, we’ll give a brief rundown of some of the players who are entering Sunday with a questionable tag, along with where our fantasy experts — Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman — will have each player ranked if they’re active. We’ll also run through which players would benefit the most if the questionable players are ruled out and who you could pick up on waivers if you’re in a pinch.

Here’s a quick list of the six players we’ll cover:

  • Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
  • Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets
  • David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
  • Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  • Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Keep a close eye on our experts’ real-time fantasy rankings, too, which will be continuously updated until kickoff.

Note: Beneficiaries, recommended waiver wire pickups and rankings as of 7 a.m. ET. Ownership data is via Yahoo Fantasy.


Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets

Bell was on the injury report this week with a rib injury and an illness. He was rested on Wednesday but got in limited sessions on Thursday and Friday.

There were no Instagram posts from Bell this week, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Bell is expected to play today.

Fantasy Rankings If Bell Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB10
  • Raybon: RB8
  • Freedman: RB8

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Bell Is Inactive: Bilal Powell (Koerner RB33, Freedman RB 40, Raybon RB37)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

We’re 11 weeks in and Brown has seemingly made this column all 11 weeks of the season…

Anyway, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Brown will play today against the Texans. It’s good news for Lamar Jackson’s outlook since Houston has one of the most burnable secondaries in the league.


>> Get our experts’ up-to-the-minute fantasy football rankings before lineups lock.


David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

Montgomery didn’t practice on Thursday, but he got in a limited Friday after he rolled his ankle in practice on Wednesday, which isn’t a great sign.

The Bears are calling Montgomery a game-time decision for their Sunday night matchup against the Rams after listing him as questionable.

Fantasy Rankings If Montgomery Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB23
  • Raybon: RB21
  • Freedman: RB25

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Montgomery Inactive: Ryan Nall (Koerner RB36, Freedman RB46, Raybon RB42), Tarik Cohen (Freedman RB24, Koerner RB20, Raybon RB22)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Howard was limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury. It’s not considered a long-term injury, but Schefter and Rapoport both reported that Howard isn’t expected to play today against the Patriots.

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Howard Inactive: Jay Ajayi (Koerner RB52, Freedman RB38, Raybon RB40), Miles Sanders (Koerner RB16)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Despite not practicing all week with a rib injury, Sanders is expected to play against the Cardinals, per Schefter.

Fantasy Ranking If Sanders Is Active:

  •  KoernerWR24
  • Raybon: WR29
  • Freedman: WR29

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Sanders Inactive: Deebo Samuel (Koerner WR29, Freedman WR28, Raybon WR28)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Williams missed some practice time this week due to a personal matter and was listed as questionable on Saturday. However, head coach Andy Reid said Williams “should travel with the team” for their matchup against the Chargers.

Fantasy Ranking If Williams Is Active:

  •  Koerner: RB15
  • Raybon: RB18
  • Freedman: RB13

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Williams Inactive: LeSean McCoy (Koerner RB28, Freedman RB20, Raybon RB27)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Quick Hits

  • As expected, George Kittle (knee) and Matt Breida (ankle) aren’t expected to play after being listed as doubtful on Friday. Dante Pettis (back) is still considered questionable.
  • Ty Johnson cleared concussion protocol on Saturday and was removed from the Lions’ injury report.
  • Will Fuller (hamstring) was downgraded to out on Saturday.

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