Fantasy Football Injuries: JuJu Smith-Schuster & T.Y. Hilton Rankings, Backup Plans, More
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- Monitoring fantasy football injuries for JuJu Smith-Schuster, T.Y. Hilton or others?
- Our experts guide you through how to handle lineup decisions around eight 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 seven players we’ll cover:
- T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
- Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
- Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
- Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins
- Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
- Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers
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 sat out in Week 4 but got in some limited practices this week and he appears to be ready to go against the Chiefs after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Hilton is expected to play.
Fantasy Rankings If Hilton Is Active:
- Koerner: WR27
- Raybon: WR19
- Freedman: WR22
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Hilton Is Inactive: Deon Cain (Koerner WR57), Eric Ebron (Freedman TE10), Chester Rogers (Raybon WR56)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Deon Cain, Chester Rogers
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Edelman was able to suit up last week and didn’t miss any time due to his chest injury. Given he never missed any time to begin with and got in limited practices all week, he’s likely to suit up.
Fantasy Ranking If Edelman Is Active:
- Koerner: WR13
- Raybon: WR12
- Freedman: WR17
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Edelman Is Inactive: Jakobi Meyers (Koerner WR52, Freedman WR58), Phillip Dorsett (Raybon WR26)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Jakobi Meyers
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Williams was able to practice all week with his back injury and ended it on a positive note with a full practice on Friday.
Late Saturday night, Schefter also reported that Williams is expected to play.
Fantasy Ranking If Williams Is Active:
- Koerner: WR36
- Raybon: WR48
- Freedman: WR45
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking If Williams Is Inactive: Keenan Allen (Freedman WR3, Koerner WR3), Travis Benjamin (Raybon WR65)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Travis Benjamin
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported early Sunday morning that McLaurin has a better chance to play this week than he did last, but will be tested in pre-game warmups before the team makes a decision.
Fantasy Ranking If McLaurin Is Active:
- Koerner: WR51
- Freedman: WR48
- Raybon: WR48
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With McLaurin Inactive: Kelvin Harmon (Koerner WR83, Freedman WR75), Steven Sims (WR75 Raybon)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Kelvin Harmon
Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are hopeful Williams can suit up for their London game against the Bears, but that seems like a tall ask after he missed practice all week.
The Raiders could be incredibly thin at receiver if Williams is ruled out because J.J. Nelson was also downgraded to a DNP on Friday.
Fantasy Ranking If Williams Is Active:
- Koerner: WR43
- Freedman: WR37
- Raybon: WR37
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Williams Inactive: Darren Waller (Freedman TE3), Trevor Davis (WR60)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Trevor Davis
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
JuJu got in a full practice on Friday, which is usually a good sign. However, Rapoport reported that his sources said Smith-Schuster is a true game-time decision, and the Steelers want to see how he feels in warmups before making a call.
Fantasy Ranking If Smith-Schuster Is Active:
- Koerner: WR17
- Freedman: WR19
- Raybon: WR11
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Smith-Schuster Inactive: Diontae Johnson (Koerner WR32, Freedman WR36, Raybon WR36)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Donte Moncrief, Diontae Johnson
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Mack missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but got in a full practice on Friday. Still, the Colts still consider Mack a game-time decision as they want to be cautious with his ankle, per Rapoport.
Fantasy Ranking If Mack Is Active:
- Koerner: RB23
- Freedman: RB18
- Raybon: RB25
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Mack Inactive: Jordan Wilkins (Koerner RB31, Freedman RB26, Raybon RB29)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Jordan Wilkins
Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Coleman managed limited practices all week with his ankle injury that has kept him out multiple weeks. The 49ers are optimistic that he plays, but even if he is active on Monday night, there’s no telling how big of a workload he’d receive.
Fantasy Ranking If Coleman Is Active:
- Koerner: RB40
- Freedman: RB57
- Raybon: RB48
Biggest Beneficiary + Ranking With Coleman Inactive: Matt Breida (Koerner RB27, Freedman RB24, Raybon RB30)
Potential Waiver Wire Pickup If You’re In A Bind: Jeff Wilson
- Damien Williams (knee) practiced in full all week and is expected to play. Schefter also reported that Sammy Watkins (shoulder) is fully expected to play. His shoulder injury isn’t considered serious.
- Kenny Stills (hamstring) isn’t expected to play Sunday.
- Michael Gallup (knee) is expected to play.
- Devin Singletary (hamstring) is considered a game-time decision.