First off, we would like to send our sincere condolences out to Albert Hayneworth and his family for the loss of his half brother, who tragically died last night in Tennessee in a motorcycle accident. We ourselves have lost someone close to us via a motorcycle accident and can understand that this is no easy thing to deal with. We wish the family the best and hope to see Albert back on the field soon.
Now on to the player news for today
Saints RB Pierre Thomas has been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Arizona. Rookie Chris Ivory and veteran Ladell Betts will likely split the load and both make solid flex plays this week.
Lions RB Jahvid Best(turf toe) was limited in practice Friday but is expected to play against the Rams. Keep him in your lineups, but check back Sunday morning for the latest update. TE Tony Scheffler was held out of practice all week but returned in limited fashion Friday. He will be a game time decision so check back Sunday morning for an update.
The Texans are expecting WR Andre Johnson(ankle) to suit up Sunday but is still considered a game time decision. WR Jacoby Jones is expected to sit with a calf injury.
Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew(ankle) practiced fully for the second straight day and is good to go Sunday in Buffalo in a very very good matchup.
Raiders RB Darren McFadden(hamstring) is expected to miss Sundays game against the Chargers, Michael Bush will get the start. WR’s Louis Murphy(clavicle) and Darrius Heyward-Bey(groin) both practiced fully all week and will both start. QB Bruce Gradkowski(shoulder) practiced in full Friday and is expected to play as well.
Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe(hamstring) was limited in practice once again Friday but is still listed as probable for Monday night’s game against the Jets. He is likely to play but if you have a better option and cannot wait until Monday you may want to go that route.
Eagles QB Michael Vick(ribs) has officially been ruled out for this week’s game, Kevin Kolb will start. RB LeSean McCoy(ribs) returned to practice Friday and Coach Andy Reid anticipates McCoy will “play a full game” in San Francsico. Keep an eye out Sunday morning, but all things look good for McCoy to start, he is a solid RB2 this week.
Browns QB Jake Delhomme(ankle) status is still unknown, he was limited in practice Friday and a decision isn’t expected to be made until early Sunday. Delhomme shouldn’t be in any fantasy lineups anyway, but if he plays, WR Mohammed Massaquoi does get a slight boost in value. RB Peyton Hillis (thigh) was held out of Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable although Coach Mangini fully expects Hillis to play.
On the Colts injury report, WR’s Pierre Garcon(hamstring) and Reggie Wayne(knee) both fully participated in practice again Friday and are fully expected to start Sunday. Austin Collie(foot) is listed as questionable and is expected to be a game time decision. RB’s Donald Brown(hamstring) is listed as doubtful while Joseph Addai(knee) is listed as questionable even though he practiced in full all week. We will have updates on these guys throughout the weekend so keep checking back in.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews(ankle) was limited in practice this week but is expected to start Sunday. They appear to be slowly easing him back after this ankle injury and backup Mike Tolbert is expected to have a pretty even amount of touches with Mathews. Both are solid flex options against a terrible Raider’s run defense.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno(hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Ravens. Laurence Maroney and Correll Buckhalter will share the carries. Neither is a good fantasy play.
Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw(ankle) returned to a limited practice Friday and officially is listed as questionable for Sunday in Houston. Bradshaw has stated that he will start however. He is a low end RB2 against a the second best run defense in the league who also gets Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing back this week.