Description: Colts rookie WR Donte Moncrief stepped up and produced when called on last weekend and coach Chuck Pagano specifically called his name out when saying he'd like to get him "as many touches as possible."
Insight: Moncrief was way ahead veteran Hakeem Nicks as a No. 2 option, but Reggie Wayne is on track to return Monday night against the Giants and that would hurt his chances for a big game.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is dealing with a concussion and will miss Week 9.
Insight: Cameron's concussion is the third in two years and that's a huge red flag. He suffered the injury on a hit from Brandian Ross of the Raiders and initial thoughts were he would miss at least two games.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is no longer in a walking boot, but missed the final practice of the week and is unlikely to go Sunday.
Insight: This Doug Martin, the one we have witnessed all season, isn't fantasy worthy even when healthy. In five games, he's failed to run for more than 45 yards. Bobby Rainey should get the majority of the work, though Charles Sims is also available.
Description: Bengals running back Jeremy Hill could be in for a full workload with starter Giovani Bernard not likely to play in Week 9.
Insight: Hill rushed 10 times for 25 yards and caught four for 28 yards against Indianapolis, but his touches could be ramped up with Bernard doubtful. If he sees 20-plus touches he could become a viable fantasy option.
Description: Giants running back Rashad Jennings has already been ruled out for this Monday night game against Indianapolis, but said his goal was to return for Week 10, according to a Newark Star-Ledger report.
Insight: Jennings has missed four weeks with a left knee injury. He's running, but hasn't cut on the knee yet which comes before practicing.
Description: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was ugly, completing just 10-of-28 for 151 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception.
Insight: The only saving grace for fantasy owners was his seven carries for 43 yards and a touchdown. He hasn't thrown for more than 205 yards in three games and even his running isn't making him a very good fantasy option.
Description: The handwriting is on the wall for Saints wide receiver Marques Colston's owners.
Insight: Colston just isn't a primary target anymore and his fantasy value, save for one big game in Week 7, has been minimal. Thursday night against Carolina he saw three targets, catching all of them, for 36 yards.
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn't reach the 300-yard passing mark after earning the bonus in four consecutive games.
Insight: Brees threw for 297 yards and one touchdown, but did run one in from a yard out. The Saints offense has been much more balanced with the blossoming of Mark Ingram over the past two games and Brees has averaged just 33 passing attempts over that span.
Description: Saints running back Travaris Cadet was once again the backup to Mark Ingram, but was barely utilized.
Insight: Cadet rushed just two time for one yard and caught three of five targets for 29 yards. Fantasy owners who picked him up a couple of weeks ago can see it was a wasted claim. His minimal value will be reduced even more when the injured running backs (Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas) return to the lineup.
Description: New Orleans running back Mark Ingram and his fantasy owners enjoyed another day as the Saints workhorse running back, rushing the ball 30 times for 100 yards and two scores.
Insight: Coming off a 172-yard game in Week 8, one has to wonder what the Saints will do when Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas are ready to return from injury. In the meantime, fantasy owners must start Ingram ever game.
Description: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (ankle) will start Sunday against Minnesota barring any setbacks, according to coach Jay Gruden.
Insight: Griffin practiced in full again on Thursday, so at this point he's a go. He may not be 100 percent as fantasy owners who don't want to gamble should wait a week and see whether he gets through the game and how he performs.
Description: Colts rookie WR Donte Moncrief stepped up and produced when called on last weekend and coach Chuck Pagano specifically called his name out when saying he'd like to get him "as many touches as possible."
Insight: Moncrief was way ahead veteran Hakeem Nicks as a No. 2 option. He caught seven balls for 113 yards and a touchdown and looked as fast as anyone on the field. Don't hurry back Reggie.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green (toe) indicated that he is still unsure about his status for Week 9.
Insight: While he practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, Green admitted that he does not want to make the toe injury any worse. As a result, it is looking likely that he will come down to a game-time decision on Sunday.
Description: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (ankle) will start Sunday against Minnesota, according to NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini.
Insight: Griffin practiced in full on Wednesday, so we feel that Russini's report is correct. However, owners need to wait until coach Jay Gruden gives official word, which should come on either Thursday or Friday.
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will not be rushed back because Branden Oliver is playing so well in the San Diego backfield.
Insight: Mathews have not played since Sept. 14, and it "appears likely" he will be held out through the Week 10 bye according to the Union-Tribune San Diego. If you have held on to him this long, don't drop him. Remain patient because Mathews may return to be the starter.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was in a walking boot on Wednesday due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 8 against the Vikings.
Insight: He did not practice on Wednesday, and his status for Week 9 is unclear. Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims will have a chance to start if Martin can't go. Check back on Thursday for another Martin update.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green practiced on Wednesday according to ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey.
Insight: We don't normally care that much if a player practices or not on Wednesday, but this was Green's first Wednesday practice in about a month. He is going to try and play against the Jaguars on Sunday. If he does, we do not expect his snaps to be limited.
Description: Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had his left knee scoped on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least two games according to ESPN.
Insight: It seems highly unlikely, however, that Burfict will recover in two weeks time. It takes most players about four weeks to come back from a scope. 2014 has been an injury-plagued season for Burfict as he has missed time with concussions, a neck injury, and now his knee.
Description: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is calling quarterback Tony Romo a game-time decision according to ESPN's Ed Werner.
Insight: Werner also added Romo will sit out all practices this week and could miss some time, 1-to-2 games. That is enough for fantasy owners to want to pick up another quarterback, just in case, Brandon Weeden will start in place of Romo.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham remained limited in Tuesday's practice due to his shoulder.
Insight: This is simply a formality. There is no reason Graham owners should be concerned even on a short week. The tight end played in 43-of-69 snaps against Green Bay and did not suffer a setback. He is a top-three tight end option for Week 9.
Description: Redskins coach Jay Gruden continued to say on Tuesday that Robert Griffin III is close to returning
Insight: Gruden has said for weeks that Griffin might play probably to give opponents the feeling that they need to prepare for him. We believe Gruden when he says Griffin is close, but we expect him to return in Week 11 after the Redskins Week 10 bye. That just makes too much sense.
Description: Eagles right guard Todd Herremans has been diagnosed with a torn left biceps, but his plan is to keep playing.
Insight: Offensive line injures have decimated the Eagles this season, but at least fellow interior linemen Jason Kelce and Evan Mathis are getting ready to return to the starting lineup. Herremans likely won't make it through the whole season playing with a torn biceps. We will keep an eye on this situation for LeSean McCoy owners.
Description: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tony Romo's back injury is not related to the back issue he had at the end of the 2013 season.
Insight: That is encouraging news, but the Cowboys are still waiting for the MRI results. Fantasy owners will collectively hold their breathe until then. We will have a much better idea of Romo's status for Week 9 in about a day or so.
Description: Eagle center Jason Kelce practice said he would be a game-time decision for the Week 9 matchup against Houston
Insight: Kelce would be an immediate upgrade in the middle of the Philadelphia offensive line, which has really struggled without him. LeSean McCoy owners cannot wait for Kelce to get back on the field and neither can Nick Foles owners.
Description: Panthers running back Darrin Reaves has been waived.
Insight: Reaves had a chance in Week 3 and Week 4 to show what he could do, but failed to impress and with Jonathan Stewart healthy and DeAngelo Williams ready to return, his roster spot was needed elsewhere.
Description: Detroit running back Reggie Bush's fantasy value, even when he gets healthy, could be in question moving forward as it appears the Lions will use three backs - Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick.
Insight: We are as confused as anyone as to how it will play out, but at the moment it's hard to recommend any of the trio as fantasy worthy.
Description: Lions running back Theo Riddick could be added to the Reggie Bush/Joique Bell tandem going forward after a solid game against Atlanta, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.
Insight: Riddick was Matthews Stafford's primary backfield receiver catching eight balls for 74 yards and a touchdown. A three-man rotation would pretty much rule out any of the trio being fantasy worthy.
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo left Monday Night's game against the Redskins. UPDATE: Romo returned to the game for the last drive of the fourth quarter and overtime.
Insight: Washington sacked Romo for the fourth time early in the third quarter. Romo took the brunt of the hit in his back. The Dallas quarterback had surgery on his back in the offseason. Romo's status is unknown, and the Cowboys turn to Brandon Weeden.
Description: Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted running back Isaiah Crowell's role has been reduced because of his ball security issues according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Insight: The Browns did not give Crowell any carries after he fumbled twice, losing one, against the Raiders in Week 8. Crowell is talented, but he is useless in fantasy if he can't learn to take care of the ball.
Description: Jets quarterback Michael Vick will start in Week 9 against the Chiefs according to the New York Daily News.
Insight: This is great news to anyone with the Kansas City defense or hoping to pick the Chiefs in a survivor league. Actually, it doesn't really matter if Geno Smith or Vick, Kansas City's defense is a great start next week. Vick can more the offense better than Smith, but Vick is just as turnoever prone.
Description: Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss "a few weeks" according to The Baltimore Sun.
Insight: The team said doctors believe Smith suffered a mild Lisfranc sprain in Sunday's defeat to Cincinnati. This is music to Ben Roethlisberger owner's ears as Big Ben was firing on all cyclinders in Week 8 and faces Baltimore next.
Description: Rams receiver Brian Quick's injury is a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Quick is likely done for the season, if that's true. he had taken a giant leap forward this season and in the seven games he played, he had already set career highs for receptions (25), yards (375) and touchdowns (3).
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw the ball a stunning 62 times in a 24-20 loss to Arizona.
Insight: Foles is still struggling with turnovers and it looks bad after last season's 27-2 TD-to-interception ratio, but he's still putting up decent fantasy numbers. Sunday he threw for 411 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Description: Browns running back Ben Tate salvaged an ugly performance with alate touchdown run.
Insight: Tate totaled 26 yards on 15 carries and caught one ball for eight yards. Considering he had minus five yards on his first five carries to finish with nine fantasy points is probably a miracle.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller caught seven of eight targets for for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: The Steelers were wearing their throwback uniforms (really ugly, sorry) so we shouldn't be surprised they resurrected Miller too. Miller is far too inconsistent for fantasy owners to start on a regular basis.
Description: Steelers rookie wideout Martavis Bryant has been active for two games and has three touchdown catches.
Insight: Against the Colts he caught five for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant has shown elite speed in running by most cornerbacks and should become the guy opposite Antonio Brown. If he's available in your league he should be claimed.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown continued his streak of at least five catches, hauling in 10 of 13 targets for 133 yards and two scores.
Insight: Brown's fantasy owners were probable unhappy when Ben Roethlisberger's first two touchdown passes went to wideouts other than Brown, but "Big Ben" didn't forget his No. 1 guy and hit him for two scores in the second quarter.
Description: Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks caught just one of six targets for 27 yards.
Insight: Nicks should be able to see the handwriting on the wall. He's fallen well down the depth chart and isn't going to get many opportunities. Fantasy owners can safely drop him, if thay haven't already.
Description: With Colts starter Reggie Wayne (elbow) missing Week 8, rookie Donte Moncrief stepped up and produced.
Insight: Moncrief was way ahead veteran Hakeem Nicks as a No. 2 option. He caught seven balls for 113 yards and a touchdown and looked as fast as anyone on the field. By next season he'll be starting opposite Hilton on a regular basis.
Description: Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw became a good fantasy option with Trent Richardson likely sideline by a hamstring injury.
Insight: Bradhaw combined for 87 yards and a touchdown, despite seeing just six carries. The Colts abandoned the run early after falling behind 21-3 in the second quarter or Bradshaw would have been a much better option.
Description: Saints receiver Kenny Stills caught all four targets for 57 yards Sunday night against Green Bay.
Insight: Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks is the third receiver with Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham still get the bulk of the targets from Drew Brees which limits Stills' abilityt to produce on a consistent basis. We like his long-term outlook, but that might not become reailty until Colston retires.
Description: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston wasn't very active against Green Bay, catching four balls for 49 yards.
Insight: Colston had six catches for 111 yards on 10 targets in Week 7, but took a back seat to Brandin Cooks and even Kenny Stills in this one. As the young receivers grow, Colston's production is likely to be more and more inconsistent.
Description: Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is obviously not 100 percent and it shows up particularly when he's trying to block.
Insight: Graham was still productive in the passing game catching five balls for 59 yards and a score. Fantasy owners can't be happy that backup tight end Josh Hill scored a late touchdown instead of Graham.
Description: Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks was clearly Brees' favorite target Sunday night against Green Bay.
Insight: Cooks caught six of seven targets for 94 yards and a touchdown, but the one he dropped would have been a big gainer as well. On a team with Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, to be Brees' No. 1 target, says a lot.
Description: Saints running back Travaris Cadet was the backup to Mark Ingram, but was only used as a receiver,
Insight: Cadet rushed just one time for seven yards, but was targeted five times and caught four for 40 yards. His minimal value will be reduced even more when the injured running backs (Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas) return to the lineup.
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb put up a 70-yard touchdown catch and run on the first series.
Insight: Cobb finished the day with 126 yards and the score on five receptions. Jordy Nelson has been the better of the two receivers for most of the season, but the Saints made an effort to take Nelson out of this game. Cobb has scored in five straight and seven out of eight.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy had 13 carries for 59 yards, but for a change was a big factor in the passing game.
Insight: Lacy caught eight of nine targets for 123 yards. Although he didn't get into the end zone, his combined 182 yards made him a great fantasy play. Now if he can just do it a couple of times in a row.
Description: Bengals running back Giovani Bernard scored a touchdown before leaving the game with a hip innjury.
Insight: The score saved his fanatsy-day, as he had only 45 yards on 16 carries, along with two catches for two yards. As long as he is able to suit up for Week 9, Bernard will maintain his borderline RB1 status.
Description: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was completely ineffective in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.
Insight: After throwing for a total of seven touchdowns over the previous two weeks, Flacco threw for only 195 yards, no scores, and two interceptions during Week 8. Flacco will remain a borderline QB1, moving forward.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had a day to forget on Sunday.
Insight: He had only one catch for 13 yards, as his inconsistent play continues. Playing on a team like Tampa Bay only hurts Jackson's value, as owners will hope he is dealt by Tuesday's trade deadline.
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster had another big game, Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: He rushed for 151 yards, his fourth-consecutive 100-yard rushing game, and had two touchdowns on the ground as well. Foster also chipped in with four catches for 22 yards, and additional score. He is one of the best halfbacks in football right now.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a solid afternoon for fantasy owners.
Insight: He rushed the ball 13 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns, as well as hauling in four passes for an additional 44 yards. Kniles Davis took some production away from Charles, with 49 rushing yards and a touchdown as well. Charles will be a top-five back for the rest of the season.
Description: Rams tight end Lance Kendricks caught a touchdown for the third-consecutive game.
Insight: He had only one catch for one yard, and the touchdown, and St Louis' other tight end Jared Cook did not contribute much as well, with one reception for 11 yards. Neither player is a recommended play.
Description: Rams running back Tre Mason did not contribute much on Sunday.
Insight: After breaking out for 85 yards and a touchdown during Week 7, Mason had only seven carries for 32 yards, and one catch for one yard. The tailback situation in St. Louis continues to be extremely cloudy, making it a tough call for fantasy owners every week.
Description: Rams quarterback Austin Davis was unable to continue his magic during Week 8 against the Chiefs.
Insight: After leading St. Louis to an opening-drive score. Davis was ineffective the rest of the afternoon. He finished the day 15-of-25 for 160 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and was also sacked a total of seven times. Davis is no more than a QB2.
Description: Jets running back Chris Ivory was unable to buildoff his impressive Week 7 performance.
Insight: After 107 yards and a touchdown last week, Ivory rushed for only 43 yards on Sunday. Chris Johnson was not any better, totaling only three carries for seven yards. Ivory is clearly the lead dog in New York.
Description: Jets quarterback Michael Vick came in relief of a benched Geno Smith, and totaled 153 passing yards and 69 rushing yards.
Insight: Vick also threw an interception and fumbled the ball four times (lost two), as turnovers continue to haunt him. Heading into Week 9, both Smith and Vick will hav a chance to start under center.
Description: Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins had a nice afternoon, but made a big rookie mistake on Sunday.
Insight: Watkins had three catches for 157 yards and one touchdown, but fantasy owners will be talking about his 84-yard reception in the second quarter, as he thought he had a walk-in score. However, Watkins was caught from behind, leading to a two-yard Frank Summers touchdown-run.
Description: Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller left Sunday's game after aggravating his hip injury.
Insight: He went down in the first half and is technically questionable to return, but Fuller has yet to see the field in the second half. Losing him for an extended period time would be a huge blow to Chicago's defense.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was forced out of Sunday's contest against the Vikings.
Insight: He left with an ankle injury during the third quarter, and had his helmet offf and ankle wrapped. It looks like Martin is done for the day after posting 27 yards on 10 carries. Bobby Rainey will handle the halfback duties, with Martin out.
Description: Bills receiver Robert Woods left Sunday's game against the Jets with an apparent back injury.
Insight: He went into the locker room towards the end of the second quarter, and Buffalo is calling his return questionable. Before he went down, Woods had three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) is surprisingly active Sunday against the Steelers.
Insight: He was unable to practice all week, and most reports indicated Richardson would sit out Week 8. However, he will take the field, but will most likely be on a snap count, making him an RB3 at best. Ahmad Bradshaw is still in line for a heavy workload.