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The news: Rams WR Cooper Kupp suffered an ankle injury against the 49ers with just over a minute in the game.
What it means in fantasy: Kupp said “things point to dodging a bullet” with the injury. Kupp is “feeling pretty good at the moment” although he will see how his ankle reacts over the next few days. He had duct tape around his right ankle after the game. Kupp’s injury is by far Fantasy’s most significant to monitor this week. Should Kupp eventually drop out, Allen Robinson II, available in 40% of ESPN leagues, would be the primary recipient. On Sunday, he caught five of a season-high seven goals for 54 yards.
The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Browns are willing to grant Kareem Hunt a trade request.
What it means in fantasy: Hunt asked the Browns to trade him last August, but the team initially declined. In any trade Hunt is involved in, Cleveland wants to get a fourth-round draft pick or compensation that would be better than the compensatory pick they get in 2024 from Braun. Adding him to the Rams backfield would be a great move for his fantasy value.
The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Texans are open to trading WR Brandin Cooks.
What it means in fantasy: The chefs’ target could be the giants, rams or vikings. Against the Titans on Sunday, he caught four of six goals for 73 yards. Cooks haven’t been provided with a massive target share even without Nico Collins, and it seems the veteran receiver is becoming less and less involved on offense. Cooks can no longer be considered a flex option against the Eagles in Week 9. Philadelphia’s defense allows opponents just 188 passing yards per game, the fifth-least in the league.
go deeper: There is one significant catch that other teams must consider when trading for Cooks. The veteran receiver is due $18 million next year, which is fully guaranteed, with a $26.6 million cap hit that some teams may find difficult to digest.
The news: Seahawks WR DK Metcalf caught six of 10 goals for 55 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Giants.
What it means in fantasy: Metcalf played 62.5% of offensive snaps against the Giants and led the Seahawks to the finish despite a knee injury he sustained last week. Head coach Pete Carroll has been overly optimistic about injuries in the past, but he was right about Metcalf. Barring one setback, Metcalf can be considered a high-end WR2 against the Cardinals in Week 9.
The news: Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 12 of 13 goals for 159 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings.
What it means in fantasy: Hopkins has amassed 27 goals since returning from suspension and scored 20 or more fantasy points in his two games. Hopkins has been the WR23 in our draft trends this summer, and fantasy managers who hid him will now be well rewarded. Hopkins is firmly on the WR1 radar with upcoming games against the Seahawks, Rams, 49ers and Chargers.
The news: Falcons TE Kyle Pitts caught five of nine goals for 80 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Panthers.
What it means in fantasy: Pitts had his second-highest total and highest number of goals of the season and has now had a touchdown in two of his last three games. Pitts only had one in his first 21 career games. Pitts’ performance offers fantasy managers an opportunity to trade him in. The Falcons are still a run-heavy team, averaging the third most rushing attempts per game (33.5). According to Mike Clay’s Strength of the Schedule Matrix, Atlanta has one of the simplest remaining schedules. The Falcons could often find themselves in neutral or positive flow situations where they don’t need to throw.
The news: Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki caught three of four goals for 38 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions.
What it means in fantasy: Goals in the Dolphins’ passing game were dominated by wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, who together average 19.3 per game. Since Gesicki shares snaps with Durham Smythe and Hunter Long, he’s not the most reliable fantasy tight end. Fantasy players should buy Gesicki, but wait until after the NFL trade deadline in case Gesicki lands on a new team in a more favorable situation. According to Mike Clay’s Schedule Matrix Strength, the Dolphins have one of the easiest remaining schedules. This allowed Miami to rely less on the passing game and more on Raheem Mostert and the running game beyond the two stars.
The news:49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk hit all six of his goals for 81 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Rams.
What it means in fantasy: In his last three games, Aiyuk has averaged 9.3 goals, 7.0 receptions, 82 reception yards and 21.2 fantasy points. This is the first time in his career that he has had three consecutive games with 80 or more receiving yards. Aiyuk is on track to set new career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He was the WR39 in our trending designs this summer, so it’s safe to say that Aiyuk exceeded expectations. Deebo Samuel is likely to return from his hamstring injury after the 49ers byed in Week 9, but Aiyuk is firmly on the flex radar with significant advantages against the Chargers on Sunday Night Football in Week 10
The news: Raiders WR Davante Adams caught one of five goals for three yards against the Saints on Sunday.
What it means in fantasy: Losing to the Saints must have been a wake-up call for the Raiders. They haven’t been ruled out since 2014, when they lost 52-0 to the Rams in Derek Carr’s rookie season and 12th career start. After exceeding 17 fantasy points in each of the three previous games, Adams had his worst fantasy finish of the season and the second-lowest of his nine-year career against the Saints. There will be a flood of trade offers for fantasy managers with Adams on their teams. It won’t be long before he gets back on his feet.
Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and on the ESPN Fantasy App
• Eric Moody’s Waiver Wire Pickups identify the best players to claim for your team
• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Monday Morning Edition recaps Sunday’s games (8am ET)
• Week 9 fantasy football rankings at each position (PPR and NPPR)
Streaming pickups by Matt Bowen: deeper picks for lower leagues and emergencies
Eric Karabell’s Flex and Superflex Rankings for Week 9
• Fantasy Fallout by NFL Nation: Beat reporters answer our most pressing fantasy questions
• Eric Karabell’s trade index and rankings for the remainder of the season for week X and beyond
• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)
In case you missed it:
• Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft on big days for AJ Brown, Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry