Fantasy Football Injuries: Josh Jacobs & Keenan Allen Rankings, Backup Plans, More

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  • Monitoring fantasy football injuries for Josh Jacobs, Keenan Allen or others?
  • Our experts guide you through how to handle lineup decisions around five questionable players.
  • See their rankings for if each player is active, as well as potential backup plans if they're ruled out.

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 the week 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 five players we’ll cover:

  • Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals
  • Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
  • Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders

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.


Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Allen was a mid-week addition to the injury report with a hamstring injury, missing practice on Thursday and Friday.

Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Allen would test his hamstring in pre-game warmups before making a decision, but that Allen was not optimistic about playing.

It sounds like he’s more doubtful than questionable at the moment.

Fantasy Rankings If Allen Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR22
  • Raybon: WR27
  • Freedman: WR20

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Allen Is Inactive: Mike Williams (Freedman WR24, Raybon WR24), Andre Patton (Koerner WR72)

Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Geremy Davis


Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Kirk got in limited practices all week, which is a good sign. However, that’s the same schedule he followed in Week 7 and was ultimately ruled out.

He’s still considered a game-time decision for Sunday.

Fantasy Ranking If Kirk Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR51
  • Raybon: WR37
  • Freedman: WR47

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Kirk Is Inactive: Pharoh Cooper (Koerner WR72, Freedman WR85), Damiere Byrd (Raybon WR59)

Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Pharoh Cooper, Demiere Byrd


Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Westbrook got in a limited practice on Friday, and last night Schefter reported that Westbrook is expected to play.

Fantasy Ranking If Westbrook Is Active:

  • Koerner: WR29
  • Freedman: WR35
  • Raybon: WR26

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Westbrook Inactive: Chris Conley (Koerner WR47, Freedman WR50)

Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Chris Conley


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


Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

Jacobs injured his shoulder in Week 7 and returned to action, but he missed practice this week on Wednesday and Thursday and got in a limited session on Friday.

Head coach Jon Gruden said on Friday he expects Jacobs to play. Still, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for your fantasy teams on the chance he’s out.

Fantasy Ranking If Jacobs Is Active:

  •  KoernerRB14
  • Freedman: RB15
  • Raybon: RB14

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Jacobs Inactive: DeAndre Washington (Koener RB34, Freedman RB36, Raybon RB25), Jalen Richard (Koerner RB31)

Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: DeAndre Washington


Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders

Williams got in limited practices all week, and last night Schefter reported that Williams is expected to be active for Sunday’s game against the Texans.

Fantasy Ranking If Williams Is Active:

  •  KoernerWR47
  • Freedman: WR34
  • Raybon: WR34

Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Williams Inactive: Darren Waller (Freedman TE2)

Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Trevor Davis


Quick Hits

  • Per Schefter, the following players won’t suit up on Sunday: Alvin Kamara (ankle), David Johnson (ankle).
  • Davante Adams (toe, doubtful) isn’t expected to play.
  • Julian Edelman (chest) is expected to play.

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