Rashod Bateman, Cooper Kupp, and Mark Andrews were all forced to leave their games early. We’ll provide you with the most recent information on these pass catchers as well as explain how their injury may impact the Week 9 fantasy landscape.
Injury status of Rashod Bateman, Cooper Kupp, Mark Andrews
Update: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Ravens coach John Harbaugh stated on Monday that Bateman (foot) will be out for a few weeks due to a more serious injury than initially thought.
It’s good to hear that Bateman’s injury isn’t serious, but this nagging foot injury will need to be monitored all week.
Devin Duvernay and Demarcus Robinson are viable waiver wire options if Bateman is ruled out for Week 9 due to a favorable WR matchup in New Orleans. Robinson led Baltimore’s receivers with six receptions (eight targets) for 64 yards on Thursday, while Duvernay had six touches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Both have WR3 potential.
- Cooper Kupp
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Update: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Kupp (ankle) is expected to be day-to-day with a sprain.
Kupp (ankle) told reporters on Sunday that he needs to see how his ankle responds over the next few days but feels like he “dodged a bullet,” according to ESPN’s Sarah Bishop.
The star wide receiver was injured late in the fourth quarter, when the Niners had already won the game. Kupp was seen “noticeably limping” in the locker room on Sunday night.
Before the Los Angeles Rams’ Week 9 game in Tampa, Kupp should be considered “questionable.” If Kupp is unable to travel, Allen Robinson will step in as a solid WR3, while Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek will be worth some flex consideration. Matthew Stafford’s QB1 value would suffer as a result of Kupp’s absence.
- Mark Andrews
Update: Ravens coach John Harbaugh stated on Monday that Andrews’ injury is not a “major, major thing,” adding, “I think he’ll be OK.”
- More injury news can be found HERE.
That doesn’t rule Andrews out of playing in Week 9, but he should be ready after Baltimore’s Week 10 bye.
Given that Baltimore has a bye in Week 10, it wouldn’t be surprising if Andrews was given the week off to recover from his various ailments. If he is declared ineligible, fantasy owners should claim Ravens rookie tight end Isaiah Likely off waivers.
Likely led the Ravens against the Buccaneers with six receptions (seven targets) for 77 yards and a touchdown, and he’ll be heavily involved against the Saints as well.