Fantasy Football Injuries: Zach Ertz & Kyler Murray 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:

  • Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers
  • Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
  • Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  • Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots
  • Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots

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.


Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz missed practice all week due to a hamstring issue, but he’s pushing to try and play on Sunday. This is a tricky one for fantasy owners because even if he does play, it sounds like he won’t be 100%.

Fantasy Rankings If Ertz Is Active:

  • Koerner: TE3
  • Raybon: TE3
  • Freedman: TE2

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Ertz Is Inactive: Dallas Goedert (Koerner TE5, Freedman TE6, Raybon TE5)

Mike Gesicki is Sean Koerner’s top streaming option.


Kyler Murray, QB Arizona Cardinals

Murray was a new addition on Friday’s injury report with a hamstring injury, but it’s encouraging that he practiced in full that day. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported late Saturday that Murray will indeed start.

Fantasy Rankings If Murray Is Active:

  • Koerner: QB9
  • Raybon: QB7
  • Freedman: QB6

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Murray Is Inactive: Brett Hundley (Koerner QB29, Freedman QB28, Raybon QB28)

Nick Foles is Koerner’s top streaming option.


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Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

There were conflicting reports on Breida late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, but now Breida is expected to be out Sunday, per Schefter and Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Rankings If Breida Is Active:

  • Koerner: RB46
  • Raybon: RB47
  • Freedman: RB47

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Breida Inactive: Raheem Mostert (Koerner RB38, Freedman RB42, Raybon RB41)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen got in some limited practices this week and is listed as questionable. That said, Thielen said he won’t play this week if he feels like he’s at less than 100%.

Unfortunately, this could go either way, and this game is on Monday night so fantasy owners will need to decide whether to risk plugging him in or not.

Fantasy Ranking If Thielen Is Active:

  •  Koerner:  WR24
  • Raybon: WR24
  • Freedman: WR30

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Thielen Inactive: Olabisi Johnson (Koerner WR60, Freedman WR52, Raybon WR60)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots

Dorsett sat out last week and has had an extra week to recover. He’s reportedly expected to suit up against the Texans on Sunday night.

Fantasy Ranking If Dorsett Is Active:

  •  KoernerWR258
  • Raybon: WR67
  • Freedman: WR68

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Dorsett Inactive: N’Keal Harry (Koerner WR61, Freedman WR63, Raybon WR60)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots

Sanu was another Patriots receiver who sat out last week due to injury. He’s reportedly expected to play Sunday night.

Fantasy Ranking If Sanu Is Active:

  •  Koerner: WR53
  • Raybon: WR68
  • Freedman: WR60

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Sanu Inactive: Jakobi Meyers (Koerner WR70, Freedman WR69, Raybon WR67)

See rankings for potential waiver wire options.


Quick Hits

  • Ravens TE Nick Boyle (ankle) is expected to play.
  • Ravens WR Miles Boykin (ankle) is a game-time decision.
  • Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) was ruled out on Saturday.
  • Titans WR Tajae Sharpe (shoulder) was downgraded to questionable on Saturday.
  • As usual, Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) is listed on the injury report as questionable, but he hasn’t missed a game from it yet.

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