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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 9 Injury Report — Hyde Your Women And Children, It’s the 49ers!! *Audible Screams*

Fantasy football owners will never forget Week 8 of the 2015 season, which went down as one of the worst injury weeks in recent memory.

Stars like Le’Veon Bell, Keenan Allen and Steve Smith all succumbed to season-ending injuries. Even lesser fantasy players like Khiry Robinson, Reggie Bush and Ricardo Lockette were lost for the remainder of the year. Matt Forte and Kendall Wright are both expected to miss multiple weeks with MCL injuries, and QBs Josh McCown and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also hurt, though Fitz has been announced as this week’s starter.

Of course, if you’re reading this, you’ve been playing fantasy football for at least eight weeks now, so none of this should come as news to you on a Thursday. Therefore, I see no reason in wasting your time by talking about players you’ve already read about on Monday. So let’s discuss some other players who are being affected by injuries, as well as their Week 9 outlooks.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

Jackson has had a terrible season. He had one huge game in Week 4 against Carolina where he racked up 30.7 PPR-league points, but aside from that outburst he’s been extremely quiet. In fact, if you strike that 10-catch, 147-yard, 1-TD performance from his game log, he’d be averaging a mere 6.8 fantasy points per game. That’s downright awful. We’re talking Josh Huff/Brian Hartline/Cole Beasley territory.

Jackson missed last week’s game with a knee injury and sat out Wednesday’s practice — not a good omen for his Week 9 availability. At 32 years old and with declining skills, it looks like V-Jax may be nearing the end of the road. He can be cut in nearly 100 percent of fantasy leagues. His 75 percent ownership percentage in ESPN leagues is absurd.

49ers Offense 

The San Francisco 49ers are downright embarrassing. They were involved in one of the oddest off-season spectacles in recent years: four seemingly healthy players abruptly retired and head coach Jim Harbaugh was let go in a much-publicized divorce. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks was also charged with sexual battery in the same case where former Niner Ray McDonald was indicted on rape charges. The team has let Brooks play, as they have been known to do in recent years when players have been charged with crimes.

None of the above is a good look for a franchise and that has carried over to how poorly the team has performed on the field this season.

These are the 49ers’ offensive ranks heading into Week 9:

  • Points per game: 32nd
  • Yards per game: 32nd
  • TDs per game: 32nd
  • Yards allowed per game: 28th
  • Yards allowed per play: 30th

Yes, the 49ers have a legit chance of landing the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. That’s how bad they are. And to top it off, their two best offensive players — Anquan Boldin and Carlos Hyde — are hurt.

Hyde is dealing with a stress fracture in his foot that the team has admitted could sideline him for the remainder of the season. Yet for some reason I cannot fathom, he is still owned in 92 percent of ESPN leagues. Guys, we’re six weeks away from the fantasy playoffs — even less for some leagues — there’s no reason to continue to roster a player that has a cracked bone in their foot, especially a player, that even when healthy, has been the 27th-best RB in PPR leagues on a per game basis. It’s time to drop Hyde and take a chance on a player with upside, or even stash a defense with a nice playoff schedule.

The exact same logic applies to Boldin. The veteran wideout is currently the 43rd-ranked pass-catcher in PPR leagues. If you omit his huge 24.7-point performance against the Giants in Week 5, he’s averaging a mere 9.25 fantasy points per game. That puts him on par with such luminaries as Chris Hogan, Marquess Wilson — and wait for it — teammate Torrey Smith.

Colin Kaepernick is out as quarterback, and trust me, Blaine Gabbert isn’t improving Boldin’s rest-of-season outlook. Top that off with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss last week as well as Wednesday’s practice, and you’ve got yourself a player that’s 100 percent droppable.

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