Fantasy Football Injuries & Inactives: Rankings & Backup Plans for Derrick Henry, Christian Kirk, More

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Nov 10, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) is congratulated by running back Kenyan Drake (41) as he scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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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 seven players we’ll cover:

  • Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
  • Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions
  • Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
  • Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
  • D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
  • Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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


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Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Henry was downgraded to questionable on Saturday after being off the injury report on Friday. Then early Sunday morning ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Henry is expected to be out.

Fantasy Rankings If Henry Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB8
  • Raybon: RB9
  • Freedman: RB10

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Henry Is Inactive: Dion Lewis (Koerner RB29, Raybon RB30, Freedman RB28)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions

Scarbrough got in limited work all week with a rib injury, and it sounds like he’s expected to play on Sunday. That said, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said he’s likely to split work with Kerryon Johnson, who was just activated off injured reserve on Saturday.

This looks like a situation to avoid altogether.

Fantasy Rankings If Scarbrough Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB73
  • Raybon: RB68
  • Freedman: RB75

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Scarbrough Is Inactive: Kerryon Johnson (Freedman RB38, Raybon RB39)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


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Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Kirk didn’t practice on Wednesday but got in two limited practices on Thursday and Friday. It’s slightly concerning he was listed as questionable, as in previous weeks he was removed from the report altogether with this ankle injury. On Friday, head coach Kliff Kingsbury called Kirk a game-time call.

There hasn’t been any news from Schefter on this one, but Rapoport said he’s expected to play.

Fantasy Ranking If Kirk Is Active:

  •  Koerner:  WR23
  • Raybon: WR24
  • Freedman: WR27

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Kirk Inactive: Pharoh Cooper (Koerner WR63), Damiere Byrd (Raybon WR64), Larry Fitzgerald (Freedman WR32)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers

Samuel had an interesting week: He was downgraded on Thursday to limited practice, then he got downgraded again on Friday, missing practice completely.

Even so, Rapoport said he’s expected to be active on Sunday.

Fantasy Ranking If Samuel Is Active:

  •  KoernerWR57
  • Raybon: WR59
  • Freedman: WR50

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Samuel Inactive: Jarius Wright (Koerner WR79), Chris Hogan (Koerner WR80, Raybon WR81), Ian Thomas (Freedman TE24)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Chark missed Week 15 with an ankle injury, and he never logged a full practice this week, but Rapoport said he’s expected to play against the Falcons.

Fantasy Ranking If Chark Is Active:

  •  KoernerWR35
  • Raybon: WR35
  • Freedman: R35

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Chark Inactive: Chris Conley (Koerner WR32, Freedman WR34, Raybon WR36), Dede Westbrook (Koerner WR38), Keelan Cole (Koerner WR60)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets

Anderson was downgraded to no practice on Thursday with an illness but managed a limited session on Friday. There haven’t been any updates since the Jets’ Friday injury report, but the limited practice would suggest he’s trending towards playing.

Fantasy Rankings If Anderson Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR47
  • Raybon: WR54
  • Freedman: WR42

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Anderson Is Inactive: Vyncint Smith (Koerner WR55, Raybon WR55, Freedman WR60)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Mattison was only able to get in a practice on Saturday this week, which was his first practice over the last two weeks. Given the Vikings already clinched a playoff berth, it could make sense for the Vikings to rest Mattison.

That said, expecting NFL coaches to be rational thinkers seems like irrational thinking on our part.

Fantasy Rankings If Mattison Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB32
  • Raybon: RB44
  • Freedman: RB40

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Mattison Is Inactive: Mike Boone (Koerner RB14, Raybon RB27, Freedman RB20)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Quick Hits

  • Nelson Agholor (knee) isn’t expected to play on Sunday.
  • Jordan Howard (shoulder) still isn’t cleared for contact.
  • Noah Fant (shoulder) is still listed as questionable but is expected to suit up.

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