Week 9 2011

Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune has reported that McFadden will not be ready to play on Thursday. He still has not been able to even jog or participate in walk through practices. The short week comes at a bad time for McFadden owners. The fact that Bush as filled in so admirably means the Raiders don’t need to be overly aggressive with McFadden.

Nine weeks in the rear view. Can you believe it? We’re not that far from having to find other things to occupy our time or having to have conversations with our families. But, I digress. Let us move on to the results of Week 9 of the Fantasy Football Crystal Ball Accuracy Challenge. As you know, we collect the rankings of the best of the best and in addition of using them to project custom start/sit advice and data for over 40,000 fantasy footballers relying on Fantasy Football Crystal Ball, we rank the experts overall and by position to see who fared the best that week for the season thus far.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay area, Frank Gore’s left ankle injury, which he played through, caused enough discomfort that after his post-game press appearance he needed assistance in stepping down from the podium area. Despite the left ankle injury Gore rumbled his way to his fifth consecutive 100 yard rushing performance. Gore sprained the other ankle earlier in the year against the Bengals in week 3. Gore misses time every year but not for lack of toughness, he played through the earlier ankle injury and early indications are that he will do the same with this ankle sprain.

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As you all know things can change before Sunday kickoff so be sure to check back as we will be updating Injury status throughout the weekend and then every 10 minutes starting at 11:30 unday morning up until the 1pm kickoffs. We will then check back in with updates starting at 3pm for the late games. Many backfields have been decimated by injuries over the past few weeks. Darren McFadden (foot), Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), Peyton Hillis (hamstring), Mark Ingram (foot) and Felix Jones (ankle) are unlikely to play in week 9.

The bruised heal must be really, really, bruised. This can’t be anything like the bruise I have on my thigh from colliding with a coffee table, that maybe would have kept me out for a week, but never two. What we are getting at is that like the Pierre Thomas issue from last year, we are getting the feeling that this may be more serious than what the Saints are letting on.

Andre Johnson missed practice again on Thursday and unless he is able fully participate in practice on Friday it’s unlikely that Johnson will play on Sunday. Houston faces a Cleveland Browns defense that is giving up on 171 yards per game through the air, 2nd best in the league.

Peyton Hillis aggravated his previous hamstring injury in Friday’s practice and it doesn’t look good for Week 9, maybe longer. Hillis was sent for an MRI but there are no results yet. With both Hillis and Hardesty on the mend the bulk of the RB action will fall to Chris Ogbonnaya.

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