Fantasy Football Injuries: Alshon Jeffery & T.Y. Hilton Rankings, Backup Plans, More
Aug 22, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) warms up against the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
- Monitoring Alshon Jeffery, T.Y. Hilton or other fantasy football injuries?
- Our experts guide you through how to handle lineup decisions around seven questionable players.
Week 3 is here already and it was a busy Friday 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 should any of the players listed below be ruled out.
With this article, we’ll give a brief rundown of some of the players who are entering the week with a questionable tag, along with where our fantasy rankers — 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 five players we’ll cover:
- Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
- Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers
- Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
- T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- LeSean McCoy, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
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.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton logged limited practices all week with a quad inury and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in the wee hours of the night there is optimism surrounding Hilton’s likelihood of playing today.
Fantasy Rankings If Hilton Is Active:
- Koerner: WR20
- Raybon: WR22
- Freedman: WR12
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Hilton Is Inactive: Deon Cain (Koerner WR53, Raybon WR55, Freedman WR50), Chester Rogers (Raybon WR67)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Deion Cain, Chester Rogers
Marlon Mack, RB Indianapolis Colts
Mack didn’t get in a practice last week until he managed a limited session on Friday.
Again, Schefty dropped another late-night (early morning?) tweet that Mack is likely to play, but the Colts want to test him out in pregame warmups first.
Fantasy Ranking If Mack Is Active:
- Koerner: RB18
- Raybon: RB20
- Freedman: RB15
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Mack Is Inactive: Jordan Wilkins (Koerner RB26, Raybon RB28, Freedman RB25)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Jordan Wilkins
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Schefter reported (shocker) that Andrews is a 50-50 shot to play on Sunday against the Chiefs while he continues to deal with his foot injury.
He also mentioned the Ravens won’t know his status until pregame warmups.
Fantasy Ranking If Andrews Is Active:
- Koerner: TE6
- Raybon: TE10
- Freedman: TE4
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Andrews Is Inactive: Hayden Hurst (Raybon TE10, Freedman TE20)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Hayden Hurst
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Olsen was listed as questionable despite practicing in full on Thursday and Friday. I’d expect him to be more probable than questionable, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
Fantasy Ranking If Olsen Is Active:
- Koerner: TE7
- Raybon: TE6
- Freedman: TE11
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Olsen Is Inactive: Ian Thomas (Koerner TE25, Raybon TE17, Freedman TE23)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Ian Thomas
Jimmy Graham, TE Green Bay Packers
Graham missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but got in a limited session on Friday. Packers reporter Rob Demovsky mentioned he thought there’s a good chance Graham would be “available” on Sunday.
That sounds like there is potential Graham could be limited if active.
Fantasy Ranking If Graham Is Active:
- Koerner: TE20
- Freedman: TE15
- Raybon: TE19
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Graham Inactive: Robert Tonyan (Koerner TE32, Raybon TE25, Freedman TE28), Marcedes Lewis (Koerner TE26, Raybon TE31)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Robert Tonyan
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffery didn’t practice all week, yet was listed as questionable on Friday. There’s been mostly pessimism around the NFL regarding his status for Sunday, and per Schefter, he’s unlikely to play, which isn’t a surprise to anyone.
Fantasy Ranking If Jeffery Is Active:
- Koerner: Depends on reports
- Freedman: WR60
- Raybon: WR55
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Jeffery Inactive: Nelson Agholor (Koerner WR37, Raybon WR32, Freedman WR37), Mack Hollins (Raybon WR67), JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Raybon WR70)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Mack Hollins, JJ Arcega-Whiteside
LeSean McCoy, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
McCoy progressively got better each day regarding his practice sessions as he missed practice on Wednesday, was limited Thursday and managed a full practice on Friday.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted early Sunday morning that McCoy is considered a game-time decision, but the Chiefs are optimistic.
Fantasy Ranking If McCoy Is Active:
- Koerner: RB24
- Freedman: RB32
- Raybon: RB23
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With McCoy Inactive: Darwin Thompson (Koerner RB21, Freedman RB24, Raybon RB23) Darrel Williams (Raybon RB45)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Darwin Thompson, Darrel Williams