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Week 3 Injury Update

September 28, 2009 1 comment

Here are some key injury updates…

QB Chad Pennington (MIA): Pennington (shoulder) could be done for the year. QB Chad Henne will likely take over, and could be a decent QB2 against favorable matchups. But I would wait and see what he does.

QB Marc Bulger (STL): Bulger (shoulder) could miss some time. If he is out, QB Kyle Boller will start in his place. Boller actually looked alright against GB.

RB Frank Gore (SF): Gore (ankle) could miss a couple weeks. Go get RB Glenn Coffee now.

RB Kevin Smith (DET): It sounds like Smith (shoulder) should be okay, but if you own him, consider adding RB Maurice Morris.

RB Brian Westbrook (PHI): Westbrook (ankle) missed this week’s game with an ankle injury, and it is not clear when he will be back. Go get RB LeSean McCoy now.

RB Marion Barber (DAL): Barber (thigh) is inactive for the game tonight against CAR. Watch to see how DAL uses RB Felix Jones and RB Tashard Choice tonight, because Barber could miss another game or two.’

RB Jamal Lewis (CLE): Lewis was out this week. RB James Harrison got most of the carries in his absence, with RB James Davis getting some touches, as well. But neither really did much. And I would probably avoid any CLE players for the time being, given their woes on offense.

RB Willie Parker (PIT): Parker (toe) is dealing with a minor case of turf toe, which is a notoriously annoying injury. If Parker misses any time, RB Rashard Mendenhall would get the start. Although he has not looked good and the PIT OL is marginal.

WR Wes Welker (NE): Welker missed his second game in a row. WR Julian Edelman played in his place but did not have another Welker-esque outing. Edelman could be worth a roster spot, though, if Welker misses any more time.

WR Laurent Robinson (STL): Robinson (ankle) is likely done for the year after breaking his lower leg. Which is too bad. He was having a great start to the season. I expect WR Keenan Burton to get some extra looks with Robinson out.

WR Chris Henry (CIN): Henry (thigh) has been battling a leg injury all year, which could explain why he has yet to explode onto the scene like I expected/predicted. Or maybe he is just not going to explode. Either way, while he is slowed by injury, WR Andre Caldwell seems to be getting some extra looks.


Week 15: RB Rankings

December 11, 2008 Leave a comment

I like rankings better than the start/sit recommendations. Because it allows me to be “kinda right” and “kinda wrong” instead of “definitely right” or “absolutely wrong”.¬† Either¬† way, here are my RB rankings for week 15. Also, check out my QB Rankings.

  1. Brian Westbrook @ CLE
  2. DeAngelo Williams vs. DEN
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. GB
  4. Chris Johnson @ HOU
  5. Dominic Rhodes vs. DET
  6. Michael Turner vs. TB
  7. Matt Forte vs. NO
  8. Adrian Peterson @ ARI
  9. Clinton Portis @ CIN
  10. Ryan Grant @ JAX
  11. Reggie Bush vs. CHI
  12. Kevin Smith vs. IND
  13. Thomas Jones vs. BUF
  14. Brandon Jacobs @ DAL
  15. LaDainian Tomlinson @ KC
  16. Pierre Thomas vs. CHI
  17. Steven Jackson vs. SEA
  18. LenDale White @ HOU
  19. Steve Slaton vs. TEN
  20. Jonathan Stewart vs. DEN
  21. Marion Barber vs. NYG
  22. Ronnie Brown vs. SF
  23. Sammy Morris @ OAK
  24. Warrick Dunn @ ATL
  25. Justin Fargas vs. NE
  26. Marshawn Lynch @ NYJ
  27. Kevin Faulk @ OAK
  28. Larry Johnson vs. SD
  29. Tim Hightower vs. MIN
  30. Maurice Morris @ STL
  31. DeShaun Foster @ MIA
  32. Cedric Benson vs. WAS
  33. Le’Ron McClain vs. PIT
  34. Mewelde Moore @ BAL
  35. Jamal Lewis @ PHI
  36. Willie Parker @ BAL
  37. Tatum Bell @ CAR
  38. Willis McGahee vs. PIT

Week 14: RB Rankings

December 4, 2008 Leave a comment

As I said, I am trying something new: Rankings. I also ranked the QBs. And the WRs. Let me know what you think.

  1. Adrian Peterson (MIN) @ DET
  2. Matt Forte (CHI) vs. JAX
  3. Steve Slaton (HOU) @ GB
  4. Chris Johnson (TEN) vs. CLE
  5. Michael Turner (ATL) @ NO
  6. Peyton Hillis (DEN) vs. KC
  7. Thomas Jones (NYJ) @ SF
  8. Brandon Jacobs (NYG) vs. PHI
  9. Frank Gore (SF) vs. NYJ
  10. Kevin Faulk (NE) @ SEA
  11. Larry Johnson (KC) @ DEN
  12. Marshawn Lynch (BUF) vs. MIA
  13. Ryan Grant (GB) vs. HOU
    (Assuming he is healthy)
  14. Tim Hightower (ARI) @ STL
  15. Joseph Addai (IND) @ CIN
  16. Pierre Thomas (NO) vs. ATL
  17. Brian Westbrook (PHI) @ NYG
  18. Steven Jackson (STL) vs. ARI
  19. Ronnie Brown @ BUF
  20. Reggie Bush (NO) vs. ATL
  21. Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) @ CHI
  22. DeAngelo Williams (CAR) vs. TB
  23. Le’Ron McClain (BAL) vs. WAS
  24. Cedric Benson (CIN) @ IND
  25. Willie Parker (PIT) vs. DAL
  26. Ray Rice (BAL) vs. WAS
  27. Tashard Choice (DAL) @ PIT
    (Bump up if Barber is out)
  28. Kevin Smith (DET) vs. MIN
    (Bump up if Williams boys are out)
  29. Brandon Jackson (GB) vs. HOU
    (Bump up if Grant is out)
  30. Julius Jones (SEA) vs. NE
  31. Maurice Morris (SEA) vs. NE
  32. Jamal Lewis (CLE) @ TEN
  33. Jonathan Stewart (CAR) vs. TB
  34. Willis McGahee (BAL) vs. WAS
  35. Marion Barber (DAL) vs. PIT (Expected to be game-time-decision)
  36. Clinton Portis (WAS) vs. BAL (Expected to be game-time-decision)

Week 14: Sit

December 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are some players who have less-than-ideal matchups. I would probably sit these guys, unless you have no other (reasonable) options.

QB David Garrard (JAX) @ CHI: Chicago’s pass defense is not that great, but Garrard has just been too inconsistent this year.

QB Daunte Culpepper (DET) vs. MIN: Not even against his former team… Although he did have his best game last year (when he played for the Raiders) against the Dolphins…

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (CIN) @ IND: Indy is tough against the pass.

QB Donovan McNabb (PHI) @ NYG: The Giants are just too good.

QB Ken Dorsey (CLE) @ TEN: I never thought I would have to actually write that.

QB Matt Schaub (HOU) @ GB: He is expected to start, but it’s hard to say how he will play. I would stay away.

QB JP Losman (BUF) vs. MIA: I do think he will connect with Evans on a long TD, but I also think he will connect with a few Dolphins.

QB Shaun Hill (SF) vs. NYJ: I don’t like his chances.

QB Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) vs. NE: Didn’t this guy used to be a Pro Bowler?

QB Marc Bulger (STL) vs. ARI: Not even against Arizona.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. DAL: He “tweaked” his knee in practice this week, and simply has not played all that well this year. Dallas is not great on defense, but… well, I don’t really know. I just do not get a good feeling about this one. Which sucks, because I have to start him in one of my leagues…

QB Jason Campbell (WAS) @ BAL: No way.

QB Jake Delhomme (CAR) vs. TB: Tampa may have the most underrated defense in the NFL.

QB Jeff Garcia (TB) @ CAR: Did anyone else get a little creeped out when they watched the highlights on ESPN and saw Garcia slap Chucky on the butt?

RB Cedric Benson (CIN) @ IND: Indy is weak against the run, so if you are desperate, throw him in. But the kid simply is not very good.

RB Jamal Lewis (CLE) @ TEN: No.

RB Reggie Bush (NO) vs. ATL: He has practiced “fully” this week, but I still think he will struggle.

RB Ryan Grant (GB) vs. HOU: I want to say “start” him, but his thumb injury worries me. As does the emergence of RB Brandon Jackson.

RB Ronnie Brown @ BUF: He will do pretty well, but I think (hope?) you have better options.

RB Julius Jones (SEA) vs. NE: No go.

RB Maurice Morris (SEA) vs. NE: Named the starter. Does that even matter?

RB Marion Barber (DAL) vs. PIT: Pittsburgh + Injured toe = Bench.

RB Clinton Portis (WAS) vs. BAL: I love me some Portis (does that sound weird to anyone else?), but this matchup is too tough, especially given his healthy concerns and how poorly the Skins are playing.

RB Willis McGahee (BAL) vs. WAS: I have no idea what is going on in Baltimore.

RB Jonathan Stewart (CAR) vs. TB: Injury issues. Plus the DeAngelo factor.

WR Devin Hester (CHI) vs. JAX: What happened to the most feared return man in football?

WR Chad Johnson (CIN) vs. IND: I still laugh every time I see “Ocho Cinco”…

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh (CIN) vs. IND: Indy is pretty solid aginst the pass.

WR Braylon Edwards (CLE) @ TEN: Never again.

WR Justin Gage (TEN) vs. CLE: They will be running the ball a lot. And you do not get points for blocking.

WR Laveranues Coles (NYJ) @ SF: Too inconsistent.

WR Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ) @ SF: See Coles, Laveranues.

WR Wes Welker (NE) @ SEA: He is not listed on the injury report, but I have a hard time believing he will be 100% after the vicious hit he took last week. But if anyone can do it, I suspect it is this guy. So start him at your own risk.

WR Torry Holt (STL) vs. ARI: He is old.

WR Roy E. Williams (DAL) @ PIT: I really thought he would come on in Dallas. But I guess not.

WR Santana Moss (WAS) @ BAL: Tough matchup. And Campbell is not playing well.

WR Mark Clayton (BAL) vs. WAS: Do not let last week fool you. He is having a very average year.

Week 13: Start-Sit (Thanksgiving Edition)

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are some start-sit recommendations for the Thanksgiving day games:


QB Tony Romo (DAL) vs. SEA: Do not be fooled by how closely Seattle played the Redskins. They are not very good.

QB Kurt Warner (ARI) @ PHI: Always start him.

QB Donovan McNabb (PHI) vs. ARI: Despite his benching last week, I think McNabb will play well against an Arizona secondary that can be very friendly to opposing QBs.

RB Marion Barber (DAL) vs. SEA: See Romo, Tony.

RB Chris Johnson (TEN) @ DET: Johnson should get back to his high-scoring ways against the Lions.

RB Tim Hightower (ARI) @ PHI: Only 11 carries last week, but he is clearly the go-to RB. Should score a TD.

WR Terrell Owens (DAL) vs. SEA: See Romo, Tony.

WR Roy Williams (DAL) vs. SEA: See Romo, Tony.

WR Anquan Boldin (ARI) @ PHI: See Warner, Kurt.

WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) @ PHI: See Warner, Kurt.

WR DeSean Jackson (PHI) vs. ARI: I think he will do well. Should score against a fairly soft Arizona secondary.

TE Bo Scaife (TEN) vs. DET: Probably the only Titans pass catcher worth starting.


QB Kerry Collins (TEN) @ DET: They will run the ball more than they will pass, I think.

QB Daunte Culppeper (DET) vs. TEN: Small hands. Fumbles too much. Stupid TD celebration. Stay away.

QB Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) vs. DAL: Dallas does not have a great pass defense, but Hasselbeck has not looked all that sharp yet since his return.

RB LenDale White (TEN) @ DET: He might score a TD, so start him if you are desperate. But his role has been diminishing in this offense, which concerns me.

RB Kevin Smith (DET) vs. TEN: Not only is he going up against a very tough Tennessee defense, but he has an injured shoulder.

RB Julius Jones (SEA) @ DAL: Only two carries last week. Will not get revenge against his former team.

RB Maurice Morris (SEA) @ DAL: Not likely to repeat last week’s performance (unlike his teammate Jones).

RB Brian Westbrook (PHI) vs. ARI: Too many injury issues. He has not been effective lately.

WR Justin Gage (TEN) @ DET: See Collins, Kerry.

TE Jason Witten (DAL) vs. SEA: By putting him on this list (and on the bench in one of my leagues), I am almost guaranteeing that he is going to blow up, but it is clear by watching him play that he is not 100% after his rib injury. And until he is, he will not put up the numbers that we got used to early in the year. Hopefully he will get healthy soon. Real soon.

Week 11: Waiver Wire

November 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Here are some players you should consider adding to your roster if they are available in your league:

QB Joe Flacco (BAL): Flacco has played very well over the past 4 weeks, throwing for 6 TDs and zero INTs. His matchups get a little tougher, with the Giants and Ealges up next, but he is still worth a roster spot given how well he has been throwing the ball.

QB Tyler Thigpen (KC): Thigpen has thrown for 6 TDs and zero INTs over his past three games, and faces some pretty easy pass defenses at the end of the season.

QB Brady Quinn (CLE): Quinn played pretty well in his debut against the Broncos. Do not get too excited, though. The Broncos are awful against the pass. But he did look sharp, and is worth a roster spot if you need depth at QB. I would not expect him to be your starter, though. He has a pretty tough schedule ahead of him.

QB Matt Hasselbeck (SEA): After missing most of this season with a knee injury, Hasselbeck is expected to return to the lineup this week. ALthough the Seahawks are struggling in general this year, Hasselbeck could be an option if you are struggling to find a QB.

RB Kevin Smith (DET): It looks like the Lions’ coaches finally realized what everyone else seemed to know already: Smith is a better option than RB Rudi Johnson. If he continues to get 20+ carries, he could be a serviceable RB2 going forward. But do not get too excited; he faces Carolina, Tampa Bay, Tennesee, and Minnesota in his next four games.

RB Peyton Hillis (DEN): Someone has to run the ball in Denver, right? Torain, Pittman, and Hall are all on IR. And RB Selvin Young is still struggling with a groin injury. The Broncos signed RB Alex Haynes this week, but it is not clear if he will be ready to go this weekend. I think Hillis will continue to be involved either way.

RB Julius Jones (SEA): Jones appears to be the main RB in Seattle (at least for the time being), getting 16 carries compared to only 1 for RB Maurice Morris. Jones could give you some RB depth going forward, but do not expect too much from him, although the return of QB Matt Hasselbeck could certainly improve his stock.

RB Dominic Rhodes (IND): Although RB Joseph Addai is back in the lineup, it is clear that Rhodes is still going to be involved. He had 7 carries (Addai had 12) against the Steelers, and he 2 passes for 24 yards and a TD. He is not going to be a starter for you, but if you are looking for depth, you could do a lot worse.

WR Mark Bradley (KC): Since arriving in Kansas City, Bradley has increased his yardage totals each week. And he has scored 2 TDs. I think QB Tyler Thigpen — who is playing pretty well himself — might have found another WR to throw to other than WR Dwayne Bowe.

WR Michael Jenkins (ATL): After catching 2 TDs last week, Jenkins caught 6 balls for 72 yards against the Saints. If you need a WR — even if just for next week, when Jenkins faces Denver — consider adding Jenkins, who appears to be developing a report with QB Matt Ryan.

TE Kevin Boss (NYG): Boss had his best game of the year against the Eagles, and has scored a TD in three straight games. Manning seems to be gaining trust in the second-year TE. He could be solid over the last few games of the fantasy season, although the Giants have a tough matchup next week against the Ravens.

TE Billy Miller (NO): Over the past 5 games, Miller is averaging 63 yards. Much of this is because RB Jeremey Shockey has been out, but Shockey is not a very popular guy in New Orleans these days, and he may have suffered an ankle injury last game. Consider adding Miller if you need help at TE,

TE Tony Scheffler (DEN): He finally returned from a groin injury last week and ended up with 92 yards. Someone in your leauge might have dropped him, since he has been out for a few weeks. See if he is available.

Week 10: Sit

November 7, 2008 Leave a comment

* I want to apologize. I started writing this post earlier (as you can tell by the inclusion of some Browns and Broncos — right and wrong), but was not able to finish it… Unfortunately, some “work-related-obligations” occupied most of my day.

Here is a list of guys who have bad matchups, who I recommend sitting this week, unless your alternatives are worse.

QB Matt Cassel (NE): Buffalo is solid on defense, and I think they will be good enough to contain Cassel.

QB Kerry Collins (TEN): He is a good game-manager in the NFL, but not relevant for fantasy purposes.

QB Daunte Culpepper (DET): It is not even clear whether he will be the starter, and even if he is, he is not worth a start. Way too risky.

QB Gus Frerotte (MIN): The Packers have a pretty solid pass defense and should contain Frerotte. Also, I suspect the Vikings will rely heavily on RB Adrian Peterson against Green Bay’s weak run defense.

QB Shaun Hill (SF): The Cardinals are pretty solid on defense, and I do not think Hill is all that great. I would not want him in my lineup this week.

QB Peyton Manning (IND): The Steelers have the best defense in the NFL, and will likely give Manning some problems. Although you should only sit him if you have another option, I think he will have a rough week.

QB Kyle Orton (CHI): Orton (ankle) is likely out this week, although he claims he might be able to play. Even if he can go, he will not be 100% and will be up against a very good Titans defense.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): It is unclear whether Big Ben will play this week. Although he has a pretty good matchup against the Colts if he does, I would recommend going with another option. He has not been playing very well lately and is banged up.

QB Sage Rosenfels (HOU): Rosenfels will start this week in place of injured QB Matt Schaub, but he is not worth a start unless you are desperate. Although Rosenfels will probably throw a TD or two, he will also turn the ball over a few times against a very good Baltimore defense.

QB Jamarcus Russell (OAK): He had 31 yards passing last week. Ugly.

QB Brady Quinn (CLE): I cannot recommend starting the Golden Boy in his first NFL game. But he does play a very weak Denver defense, so if you are desperate, he is a super-sleeper this week.

RB Joseph Addai (IND): I think Addai is still recovering from his hamstring injury, and he faces a very tough Steelers defense that held Portis in check last week. Bench him.

RB Justin Fargas (OAK): Carolina is tough. And the Raiders are just plain bad right now.

RB Edgerrin James (ARI): He has been replaced in the lineup by RB Tim Hightower.

RB Larry Johnson (KC): He is suspended for week 10.

RB Rudi Johnson (DET): He is worthless.

RB Julius Jones (SEA), RB Maurice Morris (SEA): Seattle is not good. And Miami has a very solid run defnese. Stay away.

RB Willis McGahee (BAL): If he was healthy (and if I was not worried about RB Ray Rice), he would be worth a start against Houston. But I cannot recommend him given those issues.

RB Willie Parker (PIT): Parker is still not 100% and may sit out this week. Avoid him until you know he is healthy.

RB Kevin Smith (DET): Although I think he is a better option than Johnson, I do not expect a big game out of him against Jacksonville. There are too many issues in Detroit right now and they are just not a good team.

RB Fred Taylor (JAX): He plays against Detroit, but he has been very ineffective lately and was limited in practice this week.

RB Michael Turner (ATL): He will probably score between 5-10 points, so if you are happy with that, then start him. But I think he will struggle against an average New Orleans defense.

RB LenDale White (TEN): He might score a TD, but I do not like guys like White, who are feast-or-famine. Outside of one big run last week, he did not do much on the ground. And the Bears run defense is not as soft as Green Bay’s.

RB Selvin Young (DEN): He is still recovering from a groin injury, and RB Ryan Torain should get most fo the carries. Stay away from Young.

WR Anthony Gonzalez (IND), WR Marvin Harrison (IND): I would sit any Indy WR not named WR Reggie Wayne this week. Pittsburgh is just too good on defense.

WR Santonio Holmes (PIT): Indy has a pretty good pass defnse, and it is still unclear whether QB Ben Roethlisberger will be ready this week. Even though he is coming off a good game last week, I would bench him this week.

WR Reggie Brown (PHI): He has been a disappointment. And is now not a major target with WR Kevin Curtis and WR DeSean Jackson on the field.

WR Brandon Lloyd (CHI): Lloyd is back at practice this week and allegedly will play this weekend, but do not expect much out of him, particularly given the QB sitaution in Chicago.

TE Tony Scheffler (DEN): He is still struggling with a groin injury, and is expected to be a game-time decision. And he has not played all that well lately. I would sit him unless you are desperate.