Fantasy Football Injuries: Tom Brady & Alshon Jeffery 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 eight players we’ll cover:

  • Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
  • George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
  • Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  • Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  • Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins

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.


Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Jeffery got in limited practices all week, which puts him on the right path to play this week. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Jeffery is expected to play today against the Seahawks.

Fantasy Rankings If Jeffery Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR31
  • Raybon: WR31
  • Freedman: WR37

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Jeffery Is Inactive: Jordan Matthews (Koerner WR56, Raybon WR60, Freedman WR62)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Howard got in limited practices all of last week, but he was never cleared for contact. Once again, Schefter dropped a late-night bomb that Howard isn’t expected to play on Sunday.

Fantasy Rankings If Howard Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB35
  • Raybon: RB35

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Howard Is Inactive: Miles Sanders (Koerner RB15, Raybon RB25, Freedman RB20), Jay Ajayi (Koerner RB45), Boston Scott (Koerner RB47)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


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Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Agholor was never able to log a practice leading up Sunday, so it’s no surprise that Schefter reported that Agholor isn’t expected to suit up.

Fantasy Rankings If Agholor Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR63
  • Raybon: WR57
  • Freedman: WR62

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Agholor Inactive: Jordan Matthews (Koerner WR52, Raybon WR60, Freedman WR62)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Brady popped up as a late addition to the injury report on Friday with an elbow injury, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Brady is expected to play on Sunday.

Fantasy Ranking If Brady Is Active:

  •  Koerner:  QB11
  • Raybon: QB11
  • Freedman: QB10

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Brady Inactive: Jarrett Stidham (Koerner QB22, Raybon QB25, Freedman QB26)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Sanders reaggravated his rib injury last week against the Cardinals and it appears he’s on track to play against the Packers, but there were no late-night Schefter bombs to give fantasy owners a sense of security that he’ll play.

Given he got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, Sanders is trending in the right direction.

Fantasy Ranking If Sanders Is Active:

  •  KoernerWR25
  • Raybon: WR30
  • Freedman: WR29

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Sanders Inactive: Kendrick Bourne (Koerner WR50, Raybon WR56, Freedman WR50)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

Kittle logged in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, putting him on the right path to playing on Sunday night.

And that appears to be true after Schefter reported that he’s expected to ready to go.

Fantasy Ranking If Kittle Is Active:

  •  Koerner: TE2
  • Raybon: TE2
  • Freedman: TE5

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Kittle Inactive: Ross Dwelley (Koerner TE15, Raybon TE24, Freedman TE18)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Samuel also managed limited practices on Thursday and Friday, and Schefter reported that Samuel is expected to be active Sunday night against Green Bay.

Fantasy Ranking If Samuel Is Active:

  •  Koerner: WR23
  • Raybon: WR35
  • Freedman: WR28

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Samuel Inactive: Kendrick Bourne (Koerner WR50, Raybon WR50, Freedman WR50)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins

Peterson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday this week, which is slightly different than his usual practice schedule, typically resting on Wednesday and returning on Thursday.

However, Schefter reported that Peterson is still expected to play. Peterson logged a limited practice on Friday.

Fantasy Ranking If Peterson Is Active:

  •  Koerner: RB36
  • Raybon: RB42
  • Freedman: RB33

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Peterson Inactive: Derrius Guice (Koerner RB22, Raybon RB21, Freedman RB24)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Quick Hits

  • Phillip Dorsett (concussion) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) are expected to be inactive on Sunday. Sanu “has a chance” but will be limited if active.
  • Tim Patrick (shoulder) is expected to be active against the Bills.
  • T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) was added to the Lions’ injury report on Saturday.
  • The Rams are still uncertain of Robert Woods‘ (personal) status.
  • Julian Edelman (shoulder) has been questionable nearly every week but never misses. He’s expected to play.
  • Chris Thompson (toe) is expected to be inactive.

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