FantasySavvy 2012: Week 9, Fantasy Five

By: Kevin Lewis   * rankings will be released late tonight.

Pittsburgh @ New York Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw is questionable for the game as his foot is acting up again. If you have Andre Brown, be prepared to start him.

Hakeem Nicks has been largely a disappointment this year. I expect him to have a good game against a spotty Steeler secondary though. On a side note, it has the feel of a bit of a “lost” year for him. On one end, his schedule gets a bit softer, but on the other end he’s been banged up all year. I’d wait for another breakout game then try and move him.

Victor Cruz will rebound with a good game as he doesn’t have to see the Cowboys secondary. Nobody in that secondary can hang with him. The Steelers have the #1 rated pass defense but that is misleading because they haven’t really played anyone. And when they did, Peyton Manning shredded them. Don’t shy away from either Giant WR this week. They will get theirs.

-The Steeler backfield is in shambles with injuries and such but Issac Redman is the best of the options. Start Redman this week if you have no alternatives.

Arizona @ Green Bay

-While Larod Stephens Howling had a rough game against a great 49er defense this past week, the going should get a little smoother this week. He also provides in the passing game, and given the state of the Cardinals offensive line, that should provide value. I wouldn’t be completely confident in starting him because the Cardinals entire offense is sketchy but I wouldn’t drop him either. Keep an eye on him.

Larry Fitzgerald has been up and down all year (product of shoddy QB play. No surprises here). I’d start him pretty confidently this week though. Not that John Skelton will ever inspire confidence in anyone, but Green Bay’s secondary isn’t good, and the Cardinals may be trailing for a good portion of the game. As bad as Skelton is, he should be able to find Fitzgerald enough to make it worth your while.

Alex Green is getting a lot of touches in the Green Bay offense, but hasn’t stepped up. As a result the Packers are talking about getting James Starks more involved this week. If you can help it, hold on to him and monitor what happens, but make sure to leave him on the bench.

Philadelphia @ New Orleans

Jeremy Maclin hasn’t done much this season. Albeit, not entirely his own fault, he hasn’t done anything of note. To me, this is his last hurrah. If he can’t do anything against THAT secondary you should cut your losses and be done with it. That or leave him on your bench.

Darren Sproles is out indefinitely. If you can, try and swing Pierre Thomas. His value takes a bit of a boost with Sproles out. Thomas can do a little of everything, and Mark Ingram has done next to nothing as a pro.

DeSean Jackson should be a good play this week. It’ll be a challenge for NO to stop McCoy which may limit the Eagles pass attempts but when they do, Desean should be able to spring free.

– I view Michael Vick the same way I view Jeremy Maclin. If he can’t put up big numbers against New Orleans, his fantasy hope is doomed. Unlike Maclin, I have full confidence in him starting this week though. Start him and don’t look back. Potential turnovers be damned.

Baltimore @ Cleveland

-If you are in need of a QB alternative this week, go with Brandon Weeden. He has played well and Baltimore’s defense has been shoddy. He’s probably still on the wire, so if you need someone go with Weeden.

Josh Gordon has been relatively successful but one wonders how much of that is actually sustainable. That being said, he’ll have plenty of opportunities against a struggling Ravens defense. Start him at your own risk.

-Cleveland’s defense has been “meh”, for lack of a better way to describe it. But they have improved since the return of CB Joe Haden so I’d ease off Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith until they regain the chemistry they had earlier in the season.

-Drop Dennis Pitta if you haven’t already. He stinks like your Uncle Seth’s armpits.

Detroit @ Jacksonville

Matthew Stafford finally played like an elite QB. You Stafford owners can step off the ledge. Considering how bad Jacksonville’s run defense is, Stafford may have a light day at the office. Expect good numbers from him once again.

MIkel Leshoure and Rashad Jennings are must starts. Leshoure is a must start because of the caliber of defense he’s playing and Jennings because he’s the every down back in Jacksonville now. Both guys will have productive days.

-I still don’t quite buy Cecil Shorts as an impact receiver especially with Blaine Gabbert as his QB. That defensive line will get after Gabbert so I wouldn’t be tempted by Shorts.

-With Nate Burleson out and defenses consistently playing 2 deep, Titus Young has to step up. He had 9 catches for 90 yards and a TD last week. Young might just hack it as a flex play this week, especially with word now that Calvin Johnson could be limited to third downs.

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FantasySavvy 2012: Week 4 Player Rankings

Updated as of 1:30 Sunday Morning. Have a great day everyone! God Bless.

Quarterbacks

  1. Aaron Rodgers vs NO
  2. Drew Brees @ GB
  3. Matt Ryan vs CAR
  4. Tom Brady at BUF
  5. Peyton Manning vs OAK
  6. RG3 @ TB
  7. Mike Vick vs NYG
  8. Eli Manning @ Philly
  9. Matthew Stafford vs MIN
  10. Matt Schaub vs TEN
  11. Tony Romo vs CHI
  12. Andy Dalton @ JAC
  13. Cam Newton @ ATL
  14. Phillip Rivers @ KC
  15. Christian Ponder @ DET
  16. Carson Palmer @ DEN
  17. Alex Smith @ NYJ
  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs NE
  19. Matt Cassel vs SD
  20. Josh Freeman vs WAS
  21. Jake Locker @ HOU
  22. Kevin Kolb vs MIA
  23. Russell Wilson @ STL
  24. Jay Cutler @ DAL
  25. Sam Bradford vs SEA
  26. Mark Sanchez vs SF
  27. Blaine Gabbert vs CIN
  28. Ryan Tannehill @ ARI

Running Backs

  1. Arian Foster vs TEN
  2. Jamaal Charles vs SD
  3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs CIN
  4. LeSean McCoy vs NYG
  5. Darren McFadden @ DEN
  6. Ryan Mathews @ KC
  7. Marshawn Lynch @ STL
  8. Adrian Peterson @ DET
  9. Frank Gore @ NYJ
  10. Doug Martin vs WAS
  11. Stevan Ridley @ BUF
  12. Cedric Benson vs NO
  13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ JAC
  14. Darren Sproles @ GB
  15. Reggie Bush @ ARI *questionable
  16. DeMarco Murray vs CHI
  17. Matt Forte @ DAL *questionable
  18. Willis McGahee vs OAK *probable
  19. Michael Turner vs CAR
  20. Mikel LeShoure @ MIN *questionable
  21. Alfred Morris @ TB
  22. C.J. Spiller vs NE *questionable
  23. Fred Jackson vs NE *questionable
  24. Andre Brown @ Philly
  25. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Philly *probable
  26. Ryan Williams vs MIA
  27. Ben Tate vs TEN
  28. DeAngelo Williams @ ATL
  29. Jonathan Stewart @ ATL
  30. Chris Johnson @ HOU
  31. Shonn Greene vs SF
  32. Pierre Thomas @ GB
  33. Jaquizz Rodgers vs CAR
  34. Danny Woodhead @ BUF
  35. Juran Bolden @ BUF
  36. Daniel Thomas @ ARI
  37. Mark Ingram @ GB
  38. Bilal Powell vs SF
  39. Mike Tolbert @ ATL
  40. Kendall Hunter @ NYJ
  41. Lamar Miller @ ARI
  42. Mike Goodson @ DEN

Wide Receivers

  1. Calvin Johnson vs MIN
  2. Andre Johnson vs TEN
  3. A.J. Green @ JAC
  4. Greg Jennings vs NO
  5. Larry Fitzgerald vs Miami
  6. Percy Harvin @ DET
  7. Vincent Jackson vs WAS
  8. Julio Jones vs CAR
  9. Roddy White vs CAR
  10. Demaryius Thomas vs OAK
  11. Victor Cruz @ Philly
  12. Brandon Lloyd @ BUF
  13. Jordy Nelson vs NO
  14. Wes Welker @ BUF
  15. Eric Decker vs OAK
  16. Steve Johnson vs NE
  17. Dwayne Bowe vs SD
  18. Steve Smith @ ATL
  19. Marques Colston @ GB
  20. Jeremy Maclin vs NYG *probable
  21. DeSean Jackson vs NYG
  22. Miles Austin vs CHI
  23. Dez Bryant vs CHI
  24. Lance Moore @ GB
  25. Danny Amendola vs SEA
  26. Malcolm Floyd @ KC
  27. Santonio Holmes vs SF
  28. Brandon Marshall @ DAL
  29. Denarius Moore @ DEN
  30. Andrew Hawkins @ JAC
  31. Nate Burleson vs MIN
  32. Michael Crabtree @ NYJ
  33. Nate Washington @ HOU
  34. Sidney Rice @ STL
  35. Randall Cobb vs NO
  36. Brandon LaFell @ ATL
  37. Kevin Ogletree vs CHI
  38. Andre Roberts vs MIA
  39. Ramses Barden @ PHI
  40. Domenik Hixon @ PHI
  41. James Jones vs NO
  42. Titus Young vs MIN
  43. Mike Williams vs WAS
  44. Brian Hartline @ ARI
  45. Brandon Stokley vs OAK
  46. Kenny Britt @ HOU
  47. Jeremy Kerley vs SF
  48. Justin Blackmon vs CIN
  49. Golden Tate @ STL
  50. Santana Moss @ TB
  51. Alshon Jeffery @ DAL
  52. Leonard Hankerson @ TB
  53. Pierre Garcon @ TB * Doubtful
  54. Randy Moss @ NYJ
  55. Julian Edelman @ BUF
  56. Jon Baldwin vs SD
  57. Donald Jones vs NE
  58. Brandon Gibson vs SEA
  59. Josh Morgan @ TB
  60. Cecil Shorts vs CIN * CECIL!!!!!!

Tight Ends

  1. Vernon Davis @ NYJ
  2. Jimmy Graham @ GB
  3. Tony Gonzalez vs CAR
  4. Antonio Gates @ KC
  5. Rob Gronkowski v@ BUF
  6. Owen Daniels vs TEN
  7. Kyle Rudolph @ DET
  8. Brent Celek vs NYG
  9. Martellus Bennett @ PHI
  10. Jermichael Finley vs NO
  11. Brandon Pettigrew vs MIN
  12. Greg Olsen @ ATL
  13. Jermaine Gresham @ JAC
  14. Jacob Tamme vs OAK
  15. Jason Witten vs CHI
  16. Fred Davis @ TB
  17. Jared Cook @ HOU
  18. Tony Moeaki vs SD
  19. Scott Chandler vs NE
  20. Brandon Myers @ DEN
  21. Marcedes Lewis vs CIN
  22. Dallas Clark vs WAS
  23. Anthony Fasano @ ARI
  24. Joel Dreessen vs OAK
  25. Lance Kendricks vs SEA

12/15 Early Player News

Giants wideout Steve Smith is done for the season with a knee injury. We reported yesterday that it was a hammy issue but that was obviously incorrect but those were original reports. Mario Manningham (hip) is expected to return to practice by Thursday and hopes to play Sunday against the Eagles. The Giants need him back in this huge divisional game.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who suffered a wrist injury Monday night against the Vikings says it is of no concern and he will be out their Sunday against the Eagles. I tend to believe what he says and he is a must start.

Browns QB Colt McCoy (ankle) is expected to start Sunday according to coach Mangini saying he will get a “decent amount of first team snaps today” in practice. Expect him to return this week.

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (appendectomy) returned to practice Wednesday and looks on target to start Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers (concussion) missed Wednesday’s practice and Sunday’s status is still uncertain.  UPDATE: Head Coach Mike McCarthy said during Wednesday’s press conference that he doesn’t think Aaron Rodgers will be able to play Sunday vs. the Patriots. This is a big blow to the Packs playoff hopes if he does indeed sit. Matt Flynn would take the reigns in that scenario.

Cowboys RB Marion Barber practiced Wednesday after missing two weeks with a calf injury. His return obviously hurts Tashard Choice’s value going forward.

Colts wideout Austin Collie (concussion) is expected to practice Wednesday and should be on track to return for Sunday’s big matchup with the Jaguars.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (foot) missed Wednesday’s practice and his status for week 15 is uncertain.It is now looking like he’ll sit out tomorrow night’s game vs. the 49ers since he was unable to go today. Act like he’s not going to go and make other arrangements.

Lions WR Shaun Hill (finger) has a very realistic chance to start Sunday against the Bucs. Hill is definitely an upgrade over Drew Stanton, however Stanton has proven he can hold his own out their.

Eagles receiver Desean Jackson is listed as day to day with a sprained foot according to coach Andy Reid. If Jackson is unable to go Sunday that would be a big blow to the Eagles going against the Giants in a big game that could ultimately decide the division. If he can’t go Jason Avant would step into the starting lineup and would have some flex value this week.

Turkey Day Player News

Happy Thanksgiving everyone hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday with friends and family. Here is the latest player news from around the league.

 

Patriots QB Tom Brady(foot) is listed as questionable today but is fully expected to start in Detroit. Don’t hesitate to start him today, he’s good to go.

Cowboys RB Felix Jones(hip) practiced fully Wednesday and is a go today against the Saints.

Saints RB Reggie Bush(leg) is expected to finally make his return in Dallas today while fellow back Pierre Thomas(ankle) is going to sit this one out. Thomas is hoping to make a week 13 return.

Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall(hamstring) is likely to miss this weeks game in Oakland and you shouldn’t be surprised if he misses multiple weeks with this injury. If this is true, Davone Bess and Brian Hartline’s value would increase significantly going forward. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Browns QB Jake Delhomme(ankle) is now 100% recovered and will start Sunday for the injured Colt McCoy(ankle). The Browns QB’s have all suffered high ankle sprains at one point or another this year and Seneca Wallace apparently isn’t fully healed from his, otherwise he’d be the starter Sunday. TE Ben Watson(ankle) was held out of practice again Wednesday and his Week 12 status is up in the air.

Joseph Addai(neck) was limited in practice Wednesday and fully expects to be a game time decision Sunday night. If you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for Sunday night, make other arrangements.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw has lost his starting job to Brandon Jacobs after losing his 5th fumble Sunday against the Eagles. Bradshaw is tied for the league lead in fumbles and coach Coughlin has had enough. Bradshaw will see significant touches and will end up with the better fantasy day as well. Bradshaw is my #11 running back this week so start with confidence.

Raiders Pro Bowl corner Nnamdi Asomugha(ankle) is reported to make his return to the lineup this upcoming Sunday against the Dolphins according to coach Tom Cable.’

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart(concussion) practiced in full on Wednesday and all signs point toward him returning to the starting lineup Sunday in Cleveland. Mike Goodson has played the best out of the Panther RB’s the last two weeks but Stewarts return will knock Goodson’s touches to around 10 this week. Stewart has been disappointing thus far and i’d wait a week at least to see if he can turn it around against a very good Browns defense at home.

 

 

 

Fantasy Savvy Player Rankings- Week 9

By Mike Cannici (QB’s, WR’s) and Steve DeAngelo (RB’s, TE’s)

 

 

QB’s

 

1.    Phillip Rivers @ HOU
2.    Peyton Manning @ PHI
3.    Drew Brees @ CAR
4.    Aaron Rodgers vs. DAL
5.    Tom Brady @ CLE
6.    Ben Roethlisberger @ CIN– Should bounce back after a lackluster performance last wk against the Saints.
7.    Eli Manning @ SEA– It’ll be tough in Seattle against the 12th man, but the Hawks’ can be passed on and Eli will get it done.
8.    Mike Vick vs. IND– Vick’s first game back, he’ll be just fine and maybe even pick up a rushing score.
9.   Matt Ryan vs. TB
10.    Matt Schaub vs. SD– Tough matchup against the league’s best pass D, but Schaub is at home and will still put up QB1 numbers.
11.    Joe Flacco vs. MIA
12.    Brett Favre vs. ARI
13.    Jay Cutler @ BUF
14.    Mark Sanchez @ DET- The Lions are much improved, but can still be scored on and Sanchez should have a solid game.
15.    Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. CHI
16.    Carson Palmer vs. PIT
17.    Josh Freeman @ ATL-Good matchup against the secondary that is susceptible to the big play.
18.    Matthew Stafford vs. NYJ- This kid is going to be a star and soon, but not this week in a tough matchup at home vs. the Jets.
19.    Matt Cassel @ OAK- The Raiders have been great lately, outscoring their opponents the last two weeks but a total of 92-17. They may be without Asomugha which could mean another decent day for Cassel.
20.    Jon Kitna @ GB
21.    Jason Campbell vs. KC
22.    Chad Henne @ BAL
23.    Colt McCoy vs. NE
24.    Matt Moore vs. NO
25.    Charlie Whitehurst vs. NYG-Hasselback isn’t going to play and we’ll finally get to see what Whitehurst has against one of the league’s best defenses.
26.    Derek Anderson @ MIN

 

 

RB’s

1. Adrian Peterson vs Arizona– Moss gone, Harvin banged up, great matchup all means tons of work for Peterson as Childress tries to save his job, Peterson could see 35 touches.

2. Jamaal Charles @ Oakland– I’m expecting Charles to build on his season high 240 total yard effort last week  as the Chiefs will run heavily in this and Charles leads the way.

3. Michael Turner vs TB– Fresh off the bye, Turner is rested and ready to go off against TB and their weak Run D

3A. Arian Foster vs San Diego– Foster will be effective against San Diego and their #1 Rush D, his O-line is one of the best in the league when it comes to run blocking.

4. Ray Rice vs Miami- Rice needed the bye week, he’s ready for a big role against Miami

5. Lesean Mcoy vs Indy– Will continue to be a factor in the pass and run game and will rack up over 100 total yards.

6. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Seattle– Seattle’s run D has taken a bit of a backseat of late and is banged up, Expect the Giants to pound the ball early and often.

7. Rashad Mendenhall @ Cincy– Cincy’s Run D has been getting burnt lately, but expect them to play more inspired on Monday night. Mendenhall should still find his way into the endzone once or twice.

8. Matt Forte vs Buffalo– Here’s hoping Martz isn’t as stubborn as I think he is and actually puts the ball in Forte’s hands this week against Buffalo and their dead last Run D.

9. Darren Mcfadden vs Kansas City– With Zach Miller doubtful for this game, Louis Murphy out, K.C. will stack the box. Mcfadden still will probably go over 100+ total yards he just might not find the endzone.

10. Ladainian Tomlinson @ Detroit– Jets will get back to what they do best against Detroit and their 27th ranked Run D.

11. Peyton Hills vs NE- Hills had the bye week to rest and is healthy. He will get a gigantic workload against NE in the run game and pass game.

12. Thomas Jones @ Oakland– Chiefs will run the ball at least 35 times, so plenty of opportunity for Jones to succeed alongside Charles.

13. Legarrette Blount @ Atlanta– Is now the #1 back for TB and running well thus far.

13A Brandon Jackson vs Dallas– Running much better of late and will be playing against an uninspired defense. Should have a couple of scoring opportunities.

14. Jahvid Best vs NYJ- Not a good matchup here.

15. Felix Jones @ GB– Still the #1 Option in Dallas, but not playing well and Tashard Choice will cut into Jones time this week. Jones is better for PPR.

16. Jonathan Stewart  vs NO– Oline is not opening up any holes and Stewart has been struggling. Will get all the touches with DeAngelo Williams out again, but don’t expect a breakout for Stewart.

16A. Donald Brown @ Philly– With Addai and Mike Hart both out, Brown will get the carries, but he hasn’t been playing well.

17. Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis @ Cle– Big game last week and although he may not get a lot of yards, I think he will have a lot of opportunities to punch the ball in the endzone this week, as Brady will move the ball.

17A. Cedric Benson @ Pit– Rough matchup, but still gets all the carries. Don’t expect yards but a TD is possible.

18. Ryan Matthews @ Houston– Getting healthier , but Sproles and Tolbert are hurting his potential

18A. Bradon Jacobs @ Seattle– Good chance to find the endzone and rack up about 40-50 yards.

19. Darren Sproles @ Houston–  With Gates doubtful, Naanee, Davis and Floyd all out, Sproles will play a big role in the passing game Solid play in PPR leagues.

19A. Danny Woodhead @ Cleveland– Woodhead gets enough catches and carries to be productive as a flex.

20. Shonn Greene @ Detroit– Should get at least 10-15 carries this week, should find some room to run, but has to hit the edge and run away from Suh.

21. Beanie Wells @ Minnesota– Beanie is questionable so , but looks like he’ll play.

22. Ronnie Brown @ Baltimore– Williams and Brown continue to hurt each other

23. Ricky Williams @ Baltimore– Decent flex play

24. Marshawn Lynch vs NYG– Lynch is finding nowhere to run (2.8 ypc as a Seahawk) rough matchup against the Giants Run D.

24. Fred Jackson vs Chicago– C.J. Spiller needs to get more carries, Jackson has been getting a lot of carries but hasn’t produced, tough matchup this week.

25. Mike Tolbert @ Houston – Good chance to find the endzone.

26. Chester Taylor vs Buffalo– Should be a factor as the Bears should run the ball a lot this week

27. C.J. Spiller vs Chicago– Can’t wait to rank this guy in the Top 5, Give him the Ball BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 20 Carries!!!!!!!!

28. Michael Bush vs K.C.– Don’t see him doing much.

29. Julius Jones/Chris Ivory/Ladell Betts @ Carolina– Who knows?

30. Willis McGahee vs Miami– McGahee takes a back seat this week

31. Tashard Choice @ GB– Might get 10 touches this week as Barber could take a lesser role

32. Marion Barber @ GB

33. Justin Forsett vs NYG

34. Derek Ward vs SD

35. Cadillac Williams @ Atlanta

 

WR’s

1.    Roddy White vs. TB
2.    Reggie Wayne @ PHI
3.    Greg Jennings vs. DAL
4.    Hakeem Nicks @ SEA- The last time I ranked Nicks in the top five, he finished with 8 yards, won’t happen again.
5.    Miles Austin @ GB
6.    Andre Johnson vs. SD
7.    Anquan Boldin vs. MIA
8.    Calvin Johnson vs. NYJ-Tough matchup but won’t be blanketed by Revis which means he’ll break out for at least one score.
9.    Marques Colston @ CAR
10.    Desean Jackson vs. IND– If he plays (concussion) he’s definitely a top ten finisher this week with Vick back under center.
11.    Brandon Marshall @ BAL
12.    Mike Williams(TB) @ ATL
13.    Pierre Garcon @ PHI- Great matchup and is now Manning’s # 2 guy.
14.    Larry Fitzgerald @ MIN- Two touchdowns in week 8, good for at least one this week.
15.    Terrell Owens vs. PIT
16.    Jeremy Maclin vs. IND
17.    Hines Ward @ CIN
18.    Steve Smith(CAR) vs. NO
19.    Mike Wallace vs. CIN
20.    Percy Harvin vs. ARI- Great matchup if he can go (ankle) but Coach Childress not so sure now after missing practice all week. I’m still ranking him as if he’ll play.
21.    Dwayne Bowe @ OAK-Scored in three straight, no Nnamdi could mean another solid day
22.    Dez Bryant @ GB
23.    Johnny Knox @ BUF
24.    Braylon Edwards @ DET- Great matchup for him if he can only catch Sanchise’s passes.
25.    Steve Smith(NYG) @ SE
26.    Steve Johnson vs. CHI
27.    Steve Breaston @ MIN- 8-147 last week, look for around 6-100 this week, becoming solid WR 3.
28.    Wes Welker @ CLE
29.    Chad OchoCinco vs. PIT
30.    Lance Moore @ CAR
31.    Patrick Crayton @ HOU- River’s number two target after Gates against league’s worst pass defense.
32.    Santonio Holmes @ DET
33.    Davone Bess @ BAL- Could be a big time PPR guy this week catching a lot of underneath stuff from Henne against the Ravens pass rush.
34.    James Jones vs. DAL
35.    Lee Evans vs. CHI
36.    Derrick Mason vs. MIA
37.    Robert Meachem @ CAR
38.    Mike Williams(SEA) vs. NYG
39.    Nate Burleson vs. NYJ
40.    Bernard Berrian vs. ARI- Not a huge fan of the guy, but he’s the #2 now at worst and # 1 if Harvin sits.
41.    Jordy Nelson vs. DAL
42.    Roy Williams @ GB
43.    Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. KC- Had his best game of his short career last week, might be coming into his own now.
44.    Deion Branch @ CLE
45.    Michael Jenkins vs. TB
46.    Mario Manningham @ SEA
47.    Earl Bennett @ BUF
48.    Anthony Gonzalez @ PHI
49.    Jacoby Jones vs. SD
50.    Saje Arijotutu @ HOU-I’m sure you’ve never heard of him but he’s the # 2 receiver in San Diego now.
51.    Kevin Walter vs. SD
52.    Mohammed Massaquoi vs. NE
53.    Brandon LaFell vs. NO- Scored in two straight, I’m starting to like this kid opposite Smith.
54.    Devin Hester @ BUF
55.    Jericho Cotchery @ DET
56.    Brian Hartline @ BAL
57.    Deon Butler vs. NYG
58.    Josh Cribbs vs. NE
59.    Jason Avant vs. IND- Move up about 15 spots if Desean can’t go.
60.    Devery Henderson @ CAR- This guy always comes out and surprises right when you least expect it, and this week, I least expect it. Don’t take the gamble though.

 

 

TE’s

 

1. Jason Witten @ GB– Kitna’s favorite target

2. Antonio Gates @ Houston (Game-Time Decision)

3. Aaron Hernandez @ Cle

4. Dustin Keller @ Detroit

5. Jacob Tamme @ Philly

6. Visanthe Shiancoe vs Arizona

7. Ben Watson vs NE

8. Tony Gonzalez vs Tampa Bay

9. Tony Moeaki @ Oakland

10. Heath Miller @ Cincy

11. Kellen Winslow @ Atlanta

12. Brent Celek vs Indy

13. Todd Heap vs Miami

14. Jermaine Gresham vs Pitt

15. Brandon Pettigrew vs NYJ

16. John Carlson vs NYG

17. Owen Daniels (questionable) vs Indy

18. Greg Olsen vs Buffalo

19. Jeremy Shockey @ Carolina

20. Anthony Fasano @ Baltimore


 


 

 

 


 


 

10/8 Player Updates

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.

 

 

10/7 Player Updates

The Bears have announced QB Jay Cutler(concussion) will NOT start this weekend against Carolina. Todd Collins will get the call which mean’s i’d be sitting all my Bears receivers but i’m starting TE Greg Olsen.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw(ankle) expects to return to a full practice Friday after not practicing today.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy(rib) has yet to practice this week and the Eagles are not expected to make a decision until the weekend. Prepare for McCoy not to start Sunday in San Francisco.

In other Eagles news, Head Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that when Michael Vick returns from his rib injury he will regain the QB job regardless of how Kevin Kolb performs in his absence.

Colts WR Pierre Garcon(hamstring) “guarantees” he will return to the lineup Sunday against the Chiefs. He has been a full participant the last two days so he looks safe to start.

Colts WR Austin Collie(foot) and RB Donald Brown(hamstring) missed practice again Thursday and its not looking too good right now for Brown. Collie keep a close eye on, if he practices tomorrow he should be a go. Reggie Wayne (knee) returned to a full practice today and is good to go Sunday.

Denver RB Knowshon Moreno(hamstring) missed Thursday’s practice and is listed as questionable going into Sunday’s matchup with the Ravens. Moreno owners should explore other options whether he plays or not with Denver going against the Ravens defense.

The other “Pierre” as in Pierre Thomas(ankle) is still listed as questionable. However, Head Coach Sean Payton said he is “very optimistic” that Thomas will be able to go Sunday in Arizona. If Thomas can start he has a great matchup against the Cardinals run defense that is 30th in the league giving up 154.8 yards per game.  UPDATE: Thomas sat out practice again Thursday, tomorrow should tell the tale if he is unable to go in practice.

Ravens RB Ray Rice practiced once again without limitations and will start Sunday against the Broncos. I’m predicting this to be Rice’s breakout game this week regardless of whether or not Denver shut down Chris Johnson last week.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis was limited in practice Thursday with a thigh injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known, so keep checking back with us for updates.

Their are rumors swirling that the Patriots may be trying to acquire WR Deion Branch from the Seahawks. It is unclear as to how much truth their is to this rumor, but for those of you who ran out and grabbed Brandon Tate, don’t worry, if Branch were to return to New England he would simply be receiver insurance and no threat to Tate’s job.

Texans WR Andre Johnson(ankle) participated in a limited practice Thursday and will be a game time decision. Head Coach Gary Kubiak is Johnson’s progress is very encouraging. On the flip side, WR Jacoby Jones(calf) has yet to practice this week and is also a game time decision. Things look a little more encouraging for Johnson than they do Jones at this point.