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Fantasy playoffs start next week which means you’re in one of these three camps. The first is that you’re already safely in the playoffs and this Week 9 matchup doesn’t mean much to you. The second is you’re on the outside looking in and you need the win this weekend. The third is my personal favorite, “I can’t make the playoffs and there’s nothing I can do about it.” It allows for the beautiful scenario of beating your best friend Sally and keeping her out of the playoffs! Everyone wins when it’s a moral victory!
The Boston injury report could be its own separate article. There are officially 14 players listed this weekend. Four of them have been on the report all season and only four of them would have been making an impact on your fantasy team anyway.
Fresh off his best game of the season, Teddy Browar-Jarus is out for this weekend’s game against the Current. Misha Sidorsky and Jeff Smith join him as inactive. The most disappointing name to see on the injury report is Ryan Richardson. He’s recorded at least one block in every game he’s played this season and was a solid play if you needed to fill a defender spot for a week.
After a couple of weeks where New York was forced to play with a less than full roster, the Rumble look to play spoiler against the Spinners and with their only notable name on their injury report being Chris Mazur (questionable), things are looking up for New York.
The Spinners have been extremely lucky this year with injuries. Almost every team in the league, outside of Philadelphia, has seen a major star go down for at least a game. With a two-band performance last weekend Nick Purifico is suspended and will not play. Jack Casey is questionable with a knee injury and Matt Glazer is still nursing a banged up wrist but should play on Sunday.
Delrico Johnson was a late scratch from the Current’s lineup last weekend and is still doubtful with his hamstring injury. Joining Johnson with a label of doubtful is Seth Wiggins. Nate Castine and Brian Marshall are both probable but should play, but the biggest news of the weekend is D.C. will be missing superstar Peter Prial, who is inactive for the weekend.
Mr. Clean (Steven Rice) is missing his first game of the season and Raphael Hayes is also inactive this week. Tad Jensen is doubtful with a leg injury and probably will not play. Outside of those three, the juggernaut that is the Portland Stags is healthy and hungry.
The Dogfish played well in the first half against the Stags. It wasn’t until the second half where the lack of roster depth was noticeable on the San Francisco sideline. The Dogfish have some heavy hitters listed as questionable this week. Sam Adamson, James Pollard and Matt Kissmann look like they aren’t going to play, but their status could change as we get closer to game time. Thomas Lassetter returns but is listed as probable, and the same goes for James Yeager and Eric Rivera.
Seattle’s only major inactives this week are Sam Pickel and possible Rookie of the Year Evan Klein. The rest of the roster is good to go.
The Nighthawks were already having a rough season but the last two weeks have seen Vancouver lose two players for the remainder of the year. Kirk Savage hurt his hamstring on Saturday and joins Jordan Tessarolo on the out-for-season list. If things weren’t bad enough on the injury front, Brendan Wong will miss this weekend with a hamstring injury as well.
With all of the injury news in mind, Tail Statistician Tim Brubaker, Assistant Production Manager Greg Fallon and I have provided our own top ten players to start this week:
1. Morgan Hibbert
2. Alan Kolick
3. Mark Burton
4. Cody Bjorklund
5. Tyler Chan
6. Timmy Perston
7. Khalif El-Salaam
8. Charles Eyrich
9. Topher Davis
10. Riley Meinershagen
1. Alan Kolick
2. Jeff Graham
3. Cody Bjorklund
4. Mark Burton
5. Peter Woodside
6. Charles Eyrich
7. Timmy Perston
8. Billy Sickles
9. Tyler Chan
10. Khalif El-Salaam