FantasySavvy 2012: Week 12 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Happy Thanksgiving to all. Everybody enjoy and be grateful for Family, Food, and of course, Fantasy Football. We have just two weeks left until the Fantasy Playoffs, so it is truly crunch time. I hope you all have done everything in your power to get your teams where they need to be. If you guys have any questions you can email me at or @FantasySavvy on Twitter.

You won’t see the obvious names on here, that would be pointless. Maybe occasionally to give you a reminder, but rather we are looking to identify some guys that you may be on the fence with and encourage you to either start or sit them. Matchups will be broken down, stats will be used, some projections will be provided and some “gut” feeling will be mixed in. But when it comes down to the come down, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

*Players listed in order of projected effectiveness in the start ‘em category and ineffectiveness in the sit ‘em category.


Start ‘Em

Tony Romo vs Washington

Romo is starting to pick it up of late and despite the fact he only has one multi touchdown game in his last four outings he does have one 400-yard and two 300-yard performances to his credit. Romo and Dez Byrant also seem to finally be getting on the same page. At home, on Thanksgiving, against the Washington Redskins and their poor defense allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy QB’s, Romo can be trusted and should be in your lineups.

Colin Kaepernick @ New Orleans

Technically there has been no starter named for Sunday’s game against the Saints, but I think there is no doubt that the 49ers will go with Kaepernick. I highly doubt that Alex Smith would have had the type of performance Kaepernick had against the Bears throwing for 243 yards with two TD’s. Expect Harbaugh to go with Kaepernick on Sunday and once Kaepernick succeeds against the Saints, and he will, the 49ers will keep going with him. If you are in need of QB help and he is still available in your league, do not hesitate to snatch him up. Look for over 300 total yards and at least two TD’s.

Update: Kaepernick named starter.

Chad Henne vs Tennessee

Blaine Gabbert was simply not the answer for the Jacksonville Jaguars and he was killing the entire teams Fantasy value. After Gabbert went down against the Texans, Chad Henne came in and completely ignited this offense and specifically Justin Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis. All this against a very tough Houston Texans defense. Start Henne in Week 12 as the Jaguars welcome the Titans into town, who have allowed the 9th most points to Fantasy QB’s.

Sit ‘Em

Cam Newton @ Philadelphia

Just a disappointing season overall for Cam, throwing for over 300 yards just once and having just 12 TD’s overall. I have been waiting for him to break out and have a big time performance but it still hasn’t come. If you have Andy Dalton, or Kaepernick, I would start them both over Cam this weekend. At this point Cam really doesn’t offer much upside, he’s going to give you his usual 230 yard passing, 30 yards rushing, one TD game.

Eli Manning vs Green Bay

Eli Manning might very well turn it around coming off the bye week, but after three straight brutal games where he didn’t throw even one touchdown, he needs to show his owners he can be trusted again.

Matthew Stafford vs Houston

Here is another guy who has been inconsistent all season and is hard to trust on a week to week basis. Stafford put up another dud last week throwing two INT’s with just one TD, although he did throw for over 250 yards. Yes, Chad Henne did just torch the Texans secondary, but they are still ranked 10th best against Fantasy QB’s and will be much more focused than they were last week. I want two to three TD games from my starting QB, not one TD, two interception performances. I think that is most likely what we will see from Stafford this week.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Marcel Reece @ Cincinnati

Keep Marcel Reese going as Darren Mcfadden continues to sit out. Reece has totaled 151 rushing yards and 146 receiving yards in his last two games and the Bengals are allowing the 7th most points to Fantasy backs. Expect another 100+ total yard game and a possible score.

Ronnie Hillman @ Kansas City

With McGahee on injured reserve, Hillman steps into a great situation playing with Peyton ManningLance Ball will get some carries, but Hillman should get the majority and be the the Broncos goal line option. There should plenty of opportunities to score against the Chiefs who are ranked 10th worst against Fantasy RB’s so look for Hillman to approach 100 total yards and possibly find the endzone.

Jalen Parmele vs Tennessee

Rashad Jennings has lost the starting job and Parmele is next in line. He runs harder than Jennings and is the more talented back. With Chad Henne the Jaguars will be able to move the football which bodes well for Parmele. Look for him to have a nice game against the Titans who are allowing the 4th most points to Fantasy Backs.

Sit ‘Em

James Starks @ NYG

Starks, Alex Green it doesn’t matter, neither one of these guys is talented enough to get the job done. Starks is still the better runner but McCarthy was not happy with his performance last week and it looks like he will go back into more of a timeshare with Green now.

Reggie Bush vs Seattle

Bush has just not been the same since his week three injury to the Jets. Ever since then his YPC has decreased and his touches have went down. At this point, it looks like the Dolphins are intentionally not using him because they don’t want to bring him back next year. They do not give him enough carries and they use him horribly in the pass game.Daniel Thomas is playing more than Bush, it’s pathetic. This is just a rough matchup and you can not trust Bush at all right now, his playoff schedule is very light however, but at the same time he couldn’t get it done against the Bills last week. Keep Bush reserved until this coaching staff shows that they want to feature him in the offense again.

Chris Ivory vs San Francisco

Besides the horrid matchup against the best Run D in the league, Darren Sproles should also be returning this week which kills Ivory’s value.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Michael Crabtree @ New Orleans

Kaepernick provides legitimacy to this passing game again and Crabtree will get it going against the Saints and their horrible defense. Start him comfortably.

Justin Blackmon vs Tennessee

Finally! We have been waiting for this game all year, it just sucks it took 11 weeks to finally come. Chad Henne knows how to get this man the ball and Blackmon had 13 targets last week with over 200 yards receiving. He should also be able to exploit the Titans defense so stick with JB.

T.Y. Hilton vs Buffalo

T.Y. Allday long! Love this little guy. Donnie Avery could be out with a concussion which means a ton of targets for Hilton as Luck throws it up and down the field against the Bills. Hilton has two 100-yard games in his past three and needs to be in your lineups this week.

Sit ‘Em

Santana Moss @ Dallas

While Moss has four TD’s in his last four games he has just 150 yards receiving which is less than 40 yards per game. Besides all that, I do not like this matchup against the Cowboys and their secondary who have been tough against fantasy WR’s all year, ranked 9th best.

Mike Wallace @ Cleveland

Do you trust Charlie Batch tossing the rock to Wallace? Didn’t think so. Making matters worse, Joe Haden has a good shot to return for this game. No matter, Wallace is just too risky to rely upon this week.

Jeremy Maclin & DeSean Jackson vs Carolina

These two guys couldn’t get it done in a plus matchup against the Skins last week with a combined two catches for five yards, therefore I do not trust them this week against Carolina. Nick Foles looked pretty bad and until he proves he can get the ball to these guys, you need to sit em down. Two catches for five yards?

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Vernon Davis @ New Orleans

Vernon has been freed! Finally they throw this guy the dang football. I guess Alex Smith just was not looking his way? Just another reason for the 49ers to start Kaepernick this weekend against the Saints. Look for Vernon to go over 60 yards and potentially find the endzone once again.

Brandon Myers @ Cincinnati

Myers, aka Carson Palmer‘s older brother has been extremely steady of late with 27 targets in his last three games with three TD’s and over 150 receiving yards. The Bengals are 4th worst against defending the Tight End so look for Myers to continue his success.

Dwayne Allen vs Buffalo

Coby Fleener will be OUT once again so get Allen in your lineups as he has 20 targets in his last three games going over the 60-yard receiving mark twice.

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ San Diego

Pitta left last weeks game early after suffering a concussion and although he did practice Wednesday and should pay Sunday, he cannot be trusted. Flacco has regressed, Pitta has regressed and you can feel pretty comfortable letting Pitta loose if you need to.

Heath Miller @ Cleveland

Same story with Mike Wallace, without Big Ben Miller can not be trusted. It’s a shame because he was one of the best producers at the position with Ben back there. Cleveland is also 2nd best at defending the Tight End, so just not a good look all around.

Kyle Rudolph @ Chicago

After being abused by the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick last week, the Bears are going to take their anger out onChristian Ponder. Ponder will struggle meaning Rudolph will likely be limited as well.


Start ‘Em

Wesley Woodward vs Kansas City

 The Denver Broncos defense has been on fire of late and Wesley Woodward has been a huge reason why. Woodward leads the Broncos in tackles with 54, has three sacks and also three interceptions. The Chiefs have allowed the 2nd most points to Fantasy LB’s this year so Woodward is a must start this week.

Charles Johnson @ Philadelphia

Johnson who has 8.5 sacks this season steps into a nice matchup against the Eagles who have allowed the third most sacks this season. Look for Johnson to get to Foles at least twice.

Sit ‘Em

Tamba Hali @ Denver

Hali has been one of the bright spots on the KC defense with six sacks, but against Peyton Manning and the Broncos who have allowed the 3rd fewest sacks, Hali’s sack chances will be minimal.

Jonathan Joseph @ Detroit

Joseph’s hamstring has hindered him all season and he now has has to play on a short week against Calvin Johnson. Keep him reserved.


Fantasy Savvy Player Rankings (Week 11)

1.    Phillip Rivers vs. DEN
2.    Michael Vick vs. NYG
3.    Drew Brees vs. SEA
4.    Aaron Rodgers @ MIN
5.    Tom Brady vs. IND
6.    Peyton Manning @ NE
7.    Ben Roethlisberger vs. OAK– Big Ben wants some revenge after last week’s loss to the Patriots, and he’ll get it against the Raiders secondary who are without Nnamdi Asomugha.
8.    Matt Ryan @ STL– The Rams are much better at home, while Ryan is a little shaky on the road, but I suspect Ryan will get it going early and often Sunday in St. Louis.
9.    Kyle Orton @ SD
10.    Eli Manning @ PHI
11.    Mark Sanchez vs. HOU- Faces the 31st ranked pass defense in what should be a big game for Sanchize and his receivers.
12.    Matt Schaub @ NYJ
13.    David Garrard vs. CLE
14.    Carson Palmer vs. BUF
15.    Jon Kitna @ DET
16.    Brett Favre vs. GB
17.    Joe Flacco @ CAR- The reason behind such a low ranking is the fact that I think this game will be over early and you’ll see a heavy dose of Ray Rice and Willis McGahee for the 2nd half.
18.    Matt Cassel vs. ARI
19.    Shaun Hill vs. DAL
20.    Josh Freeman @ SF- Freeman continues to impress, at least 15 fantasy points in every week except week 3. He faces a tough 49ers defense but should still have a solid game once again.
21.    Sam Bradford vs. ATL
22.    Vince Young vs. WAS
23.    Troy Smith vs. TB
24.    Ryan Fitzpatrick @ CIN
25.    Donavan McNabb @ TEN
26.    Colt McCoy @ JAC- Could have a big game especially if they fall behind as the Jags are one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
27.    Matt Hasselback @ NO
28.    Derek Anderson @ KC
29.    Jason Campbell @ PIT
30.    Brian St. Pierre vs. BAL


1. Frank Gore vs TB– Huge game for the 49ers, they will get it to their best player against TB’s weak run D.

2. Ray Rice @ Carolina– Huge workload for Rice this week and expect him to have a great fantasy day.

3. Chris Johnson vs Washington

4. Adrian Peterson vs GB

5. Jamal Charles vs Arizona– Expect him to go off  (150 Total yards and a TD)

6. Peyton Hillis @ Jacksonville

7. Maurice Jones-Drew vs Cleveland

8. Rashad Mendenhall vs Oakland

9. Arian Foster @ NYJ– Will be bottled on the ground but similar to Peyton Hillis last week, should have 100 Yards total with a possible score.

10. Steven Jackson vs Atlanta– Gonna step up this week, in big divisional game

11. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Philly

12. Lesean Mcoy vs NYG

13. Cedric Benson vs Buffalo

14. Michael Turner @ STL- Will struggle here.

15. Darren Mcfadden @ Pitt- Could prove me wrong here, with Pitt’s D-line still banged up some.

16. Felix Jones vs Detroit- Looked motivated last week, could have another big game here

17. Ladainian Tomlinson- Should rack up some PPR points in this one

18. Shonn Greene @ Houston

19. Knowshon Moreno @ SD

20. LeGarrette Blount @ SF

21. Fred Jackson @ Cincy

22. Jahvid Best @ Dallas

23. Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis vs Indy

24. Thomas Jones vs Arizona

25. Reggie Bush vs Seattle- Could have a nice game in his first game back, but may not see a huge role just yet. (Gametime decision)

26. Keiland Williams vs Titans

27. Mike Tolbert vs Denver

28. Mike Goodson vs Baltimore

29. Brandon Jackson @ Minnesota

30. Danny Woodhead vs Indy

31. Tim Hightower @ KC

32. Beanie Wells @ KC (questionable)

33. Donald Brown @ New England

34. Willis McGahee @ Carolina

35. Darren Sproles vs Denver

36. Marion Barber vs Detroit

37. Justin Forsett @ NO

38. Brandon Jacobs @ Philly

39. Cadillac Williams @ SF

40. Jason Snelling @ STL


1.    Roddy White @ STL
2.    Terrell Owens vs. BUF
3.    Dwayne Bowe vs. ARI– Can’t bet against this guy at this point especially at home vs. the Cards.
4.    Calvin Johnson @ DAL
5.    Hakeem Nicks @ PHI
6.    Miles Austin vs. DET
7.    Reggie Wayne @ NE
8.    Greg Jennings @ MIN
9.    Brandon Lloyd @ SD
10.    Anquan Boldin @ CAR
11.    Desean Jackson vs. NYG
12.    Marques Colston vs. SEA
13.    Dez Bryant vs. DET- Had a huge game last week against the G-Men, he’s starting to come into his own. WATCH OUT!!
14.    Larry Fitzgerald @ KC
15.    Andre Johnson @ NYJ- Very tough matchup against Revis this week but I just can’t in my heart of hearts find a reason to drop him any lower than this.
16.    Mike Wallace vs. OAK- Had a HUGE 4th quarter last week, I expect similar numbers, only more spread out throughout the game.
17.    Steve Johnson @ CIN
18.    Jeremy Maclin vs. NYG
19.    Santonio Holmes vs. HOU
20.    Michael Crabtree vs. TB
21.    Mike Thomas vs. CLE
22.    Percy Harvin vs. GB
23.    Chad OchoCinco vs. BUF
24.    Mario Manningham @ PHI
25.    Hines Ward vs. OAK- Recovered from last week’s concussion, should have a big game, especially for PPR leaguers.
26.    Randy Moss vs. WAS- The Skins’ are one of the league’s worst pass defenses as we saw Monday night, and I can definitely see VY finding Moss for at least 1 deep touchdown.
27.    Wes Welker vs. IND
28.    Austin Collie @ NE
29.    Santana Moss @ TEN
30.    Mike Williams @ SF- Fresh off a DUI arrest, he’s going to play and his a decent WR3.
31.    Steve Breaston @ KC
32.    Braylon Edwards vs. HOU
33.    James Jones @ MIN
34.    Pierre Garcon @ NE
35.    Steve Smith vs. BAL-Could have a decent game based purely on the air it out factor after the Ravens get out to a huge lead.
36.    Patrick Crayton vs. DEN
37.    Mike Williams@ NO
38.    Mike Sims-Walker vs. CLE- has struggled at home, but I think he gets in done in this one.
39.    Malcom Floyd vs. DEN- He had some soreness in the hamstring that has caused him to miss the last month. This ranking is based on him playing.
40.    Lee Evans @ CIN
41.    Sidney Rice vs. GB- he’s saying he’ll play but that is not yet known nor is the number of plays he’ll be on the field for.
42.    Danny Amendola vs. ATL- Has been the Rams most consistent receiver since the loss of Mark Clayton, he’s a good flex start with some WR3 upside especially in PPR.
43.    Derrick Mason @ CAR
44.    Nate Washington vs. WAS
45.    Deion Branch vs. IND
46.    Early Doucet @ KC
47.    Jabar Gaffney @ SD
48.    Nate Burleson @ DAL
49.    Louis Murphy @ PIT
50.    Brandon Gibson vs. ATL
51.    Anthony Armstrong @ TEN
52.    Michael Jenkins @ STL
53.    Seyi Arjirotutu vs. DEN- Bump up to Floyd’s spot if Floyd sits.
54.    Eddie Royal @ SD
55.    Kevin Walter @ NYJ
56.    Jacoby Ford @ PIT
57.    Mohammed Massaquoi @ JAC
58.    Robert Meachem vs. SEA
59.    Jacoby Jones @ NYJ
60.    Ben Obomanu @ NO

Tight Ends

1. Jacob Tamme @ NE– Leads the league in receptions last 3 weeks

2. Dustin Keller vs Houston– Should have a field day against this defense, Houston worst against the pass, worst against Tight Ends

3. Vernon Davis vs Tampa Bay

4. Antonio Gates (game-time decision/doubtful) vs Denver– Playing on Monday Night Football so probably gonna have to look for other options

5. Zach Miller @ Pittsburgh– Expected to play and should enjoy a nice game vs the Steelers D that was tore up by Rob Gronkowski last week.

6. Jason Witten vs Detroit– Disappointing 1 catch performance last week vs the Giants, should rebound here.

7. Ben Watson @ Jacksonville– Mcoy’s favorite target will have a nice game in this matchup

7A. Chris Cooley @ Tennessee

8. Visanthe Shiancoe vs GB– Got robbed of a TD last game in GB, he gets revenge here and finds the endzone.

9. Aaron Hernandez vs Indy– Colts are #2 in points allowed to Tight Ends but I expect Hernandez to get back in the mix this week after a quiet week 10.

10. Tony Gonzalez @ STL– Roddy may see a lot of attention this week, so the Ol man should get a good amount of looks

11. Brandon Pettigrew- Now that Shaun Hill is back, his numbers should improve again.

12. Jermaine Gresham vs Buffalo- Best game of the year last week, should enjoy another nice week vs Buffalo who are giving up 2nd most points to Tight Ends

13. Todd Heap @ Carolina- Probably will be playing with a lead all game, but should get some early points. Carolina 3rd worst against Tight Ends

14. Kellen Winslow @ SF- Got more involved last week and Freeman should find him again with his talent.

15. Tony Moeaki vs Arizona- Warming up a bit after a few slow weeks. Good matchup here.

16. Marcedes Lewis vs Cleveland- Mangini will keep him out of the endzone. If he doesn’t score he isn’t really useful.

17. Heath Miler vs Oakland

18. Brent Celek @ NYG- Be patient with him as teams start to give more and more focus to Jackson, things should open up for him.

19. Jeremy Shockey vs Seattle

20. Kevin Boss @ Philly

Player News 10/23

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49ers News

WR Josh Morgan(thigh) was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is expected to play Sunday in Carolina. CB Nate Clements(ankle) is likely to miss Sunday’s game which could mean a big day for Steve Smith who himself is returning from an ankle injury. TE Vernon Davis(knee) practiced with no issues this week and will start Sunday.

Bears News

LB Lance Briggs(ankle) was able to practice Friday and is expected to start Sunday. IDP leaguers get him back into your lineups against the Redskins.

Bengals News

CB Jonathan Joseph(ankle) is questionable for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Joseph is likely to play, however may not be 100% meaning Roddy White could have a big day.

Bills News

No Major injuries effecting your fantasy squad.

Broncos News

CB Champ Bailey(ribs) has the best chance at playing this week over the rest of the Broncos on the injury report. WR Eddie Royal(groin) participated in a limited fashion during Friday’s practice and will be a game time decision. If you have another option, use him over Royal who even if he does play won’t be 100%.

Browns News

RB Peyton Hillis(quadricep) is probable this week and should play in a pretty good matchup against the Saints. WR/KR Josh Cribbs (concussion) is expected to play Sunday. WR Mohammed Massaquoi(concussion) is listed as doubtful and likely won’t suit up against the Saints. Rookie QB Colt McCoy will get the start once again this week while QB’s Jake Delhomme(ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) sit out.

Buccaneers News

RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) is questionable this week and isn’t likely to play Sunday. Cadillac Williams and LaGarette Blount are expected to shoulder the load in a good matchup against the Rams. TE Kellen Winslow(knee) practiced in full late this week and will play Sunday.

Cardinals News

WR’s Steve Breaston(knee) and Early Doucet (groin) are both being considered game time decisions. If you have other options or cannot wait until the 4pm game to make a roster decision, look elsewhere. Rookie WR Stephen Williams (back) is not likely to play Sunday and could miss some more time as he is dealing with a small fracture in his back.

Chargers News

WR’s Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee(hamstring) are both unlikely to play Sunday in what would be great matchup against the Patriots. TE Antonio Gates(toe) will be a game time decision, but many close to the Chargers believe Gates will play. RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) practiced in full Friday and will start. Mathews is a high end RB2 against the weak Pats defense.

Chiefs News

No significant Fantasy news.

Colts News

The Colts are on a bye this week, however they are just riddled with injuries. TE Dallas Clark(hand/wrist) was placed on IR ending his season. WR Austin Collie(foot) had surgery this week and will be sidelined at least two weeks. RB Joseph Addai (shoulder) is seeking a second opinion on his shoulder but sources say he will probably miss the next 4-5 weeks.There is nothing torn just some nerve damage. Donald Brown(hamstring ) would be first in line to start with Addai out but he just can’t seem to get healed up. Mike Hart would get the starting nod in Week 8 if Brown is unable to go.

Cowboys News

Dez Bryant (ribs/ankle) is fully healthy according to sources and will play Monday night against the Giants.

Dolphins News

No significant Fantasy News

Eagles News

Michael Vick(ribs) will not start Sunday but will dress and will be emergency QB. Vick is expected to return to a starting role in week 9 after next weeks bye. RB LeSean McCoy(broken rib) says his rib is not yet fully healed but has been playing through it and will continue to do so. WR Desean Jackson(concussion) will not play Sunday but will likely return week 9 after next weeks bye, as long as he passes all his tests.

Falcons News

CB Dunta Robinson(concussion) will not play Sunday. Robinson suffered to concussion on a devastating hit on Eagle receiver Desean Jackson who will not play this week either.

NY Giants News

WR Hakeem Nicks(hamstring fatigue) will play Monday against the Cowboys. Nicks said its just some fatigue and will be fine.

NY Jets News

The Jets are on a bye this week and have no significant injuries.

Jaguars News

QB David Garrard(concussion) will not play Sunday. Coach Jack Del Rio will not announce a starter until Sunday. It will be between Trent Edwards and Todd Bouman, neither of which is a viable option.

Lions News

The Lions are on a bye this week. QB Matthew Stafford(shoulder) is expected to return and start week 8. LB Zach Follett(stinger) was released from the hospital and thankfully will be ok. He layed motionless on the field during Sunday’s loss to the Giants after getting hit by DE Jason Pierre-Paul. It looked a lot worse and luckily he was not severely injured.

Packers News

WR Donald Driver(quadricep) returned to limited practice Friday and is listed as probable. Driver is very likely to play so keep him in your lineups. LB Clay Matthews(hamstring) is going to play Sunday but more than likely will only play on passing downs. If you don’t have other options, you have to start him, but if possible, bench him for this week as his total snaps will be limited.

Panthers News

WR Steve Smith(ankle) practiced in full and will start Sunday in a good matchup against the 49ers. Smith also gets Matt Moore back at QB and is a solid WR3 with WR2 upside this week.

Patriots News

RB Fred Taylor(turf toe) will be out once again this week. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead will split the carries and both are decent flex plays this week, especially Woodhead in PPR leagues. WR Julian Edelman(concussion) was limited at practice Friday and will be a game time decision.

Raiders News

QB Jason Campbell(knee) is likely to start Sunday unless he has a setback. He was able to practice on a limited basis the last few days so he should be good to go. This brings some value back to the Raiders receivers, who would have had little to none with Kyle Boller at the helm. Bruce Gradkowski(shoulder) is still unable to go. RB Darren McFadden is listed as questionable still but Coach Tom Cable believes he will play Sunday against the Broncos. Run DMC will likely split carries with Michael Bush and both are good flex plays.

Rams News

No significant fantasy news

Ravens News

TE Todd Heap, who suffered a shoulder injury after a big hit by Patriots Safety Brandon Meriweather, is expected to play Sunday against the Bills.

Redskins News

TE Chris Cooley, who suffered a concussion Sunday night is expected to play in Chicago Sunday. Check back in tomorrow with us to make sure but he looks like a go. RB Ryan Torain(ankle) is fine and will start in a tough matchup against the Bears.

Saints News

RB Pierre Thomas(ankle) has been once again ruled out for week 7. RB Reggie Bush(leg) will not play either but is expected back for week 8.

Seahawks News

No significant fantasy news

Steelers News

RB Rashard Mendenhall(shoulder contusion) is not listed on the injury report and will start Sunday against the Dolphins. He is a low end RB1 this week.

Texans News

LB DeMeco Ryans(achilles) was placed on IR thus ending his 2010 season. LB Zac Diles is expected to fill in at MLB and could be a sleeper for tackles in IDP leagues.

Titans News

RB Chris Johnson(thigh) practiced in full Friday, and as we expected is going to start Sunday. QB Vince Young(knee/ankle) is not expected to play Sunday, meaning Kerry Collins will start. WR Kenny Britt(bar fight) is a game time decision as to whether or not coach Jeff Fischer will sit him for disciplinary reasons. Check back in tomorrow morning for an update. TE Bo Scaife(groin) is listed as questionable but expects to play Sunday against the Eagles.

Vikings News

WR Percy Harvin(hamstring) was limited in practice Friday but is expected to play Sunday against the rival Packers. He’s a solid WR3 this week.

Player News 10/20

Colts TE Dallas Clark is out indefinitely after suffering hand/wrist injuries during Sunday’s win against the Redskins. The Colts are not optimistic and it is a possibility that Clark will miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter

Joseph Addai will go for a 2nd opinion on his shoulder injury that could keep him out several weeks. Addai resting during the bye. SOURCE:@JasonLaCanfora

Raiders RB Darren McFadden(hamstring) split reps today with Michael Bush during practice. If McFadden can go close to full speed Thursday, he will play Sunday against the Broncos. He’s a great flex play along with Bush if he can play. SOURCE: Vittorio Tafur on Twitter

Panthers WR Steve Smith seems to be having another miraculous recovery from an ankle injury suffered back in Week 3. Smith practiced in full Wednesday and is expected to start Sunday against the 49ers. I don’t know what voodoo doctor he visits but I need their number. Smith is a solid WR2 if he starts even with Clausen under center.

Titans RB Chris Johnson (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday but isn’t expected to miss Sunday’s game. Its likely just some rest for Johnson who has just been getting a huge workload thus far. We will obviously monitor this situation but I highly doubt he will miss any time. QB Vince Young (ankle,knee) was also held out of practice Wednesday and his week 7 status is still up in the air. Back QB Kerry Collins (thumb) was held out of practice today as well but it is not believed to be serious.

49ers TE Vernon Davis(knee), practiced in full Wednesday and is close to 100%. He will start Sunday against the Panthers and is a must start. SOURCE: Matt Maiocco on Twitter

Eagles Desean Jackson has not yet passed his concussion tests thus far and will likely not play Sunday. The Eagles have also officially named Kevin Kolb the starter for Sunday’s game against the Titans. SOURCE: Jeffrey McLane on Twitter

Browns Coach Eric Mangini said Wednesday, unless Seneca Wallace(ankle) and Jake Delhomme (ankle) make significant progress the next few days, rookie Colt McCoy will make his second straight start against the Saints. McCoy played well against the Steelers Sunday and could have a similiar if not better game against the suspect Saints Defense.

Titans WR Justin Gage (hamstring) returned to a full practice Wednesday and is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles. The Gage injury opened the door for Kenny Britt to start and I can’t imagine with the way Britt has played, Coach Fischer would take snaps away from Britt for Gage. Britt is undoubtedly the most talented receiver on the team, so expect Gage, not Britt’s role to be reduced going forward.

Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday and the extent of this injury is still a mystery. We’ll keep an eye on this closely as the week goes on. SOURCE: Mark Long on Twitter

Cardinals WR Early Doucet (groin) returned to practice Wednesday in limited fashion. His status for this week is still up in the air. WR Steve Breaston (knee) after practicing in full Tuesday, was limited today but I believe it was only precautionary and he should start Sunday.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday but isn’t expected to miss any time, just some rest. SOURCE: Kevin Acee on Twitter

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (toe) was held out of Wednesday’s practice but is still being considered day-to-day by coach Norv Turner. He’s got a chance to play Sunday especially if he can practice either tomorrow or Friday. SOURCE: Kevin Acee on Twitter

Ravens Ray Rice was limited during Wednesday’s practice but he isn’t injured, it was just a day off so he’s good to go Sunday in a great matchup against the Bills. WR Derrick Mason (finger,ankle) was limited Wednesday but is expected to be fine and is a pretty good flex play against the Bills this week. SOURCE: Jamison Hensley on Twitter

Browns RB Peyton Hillis (quad) was limited in practice Wednesday but the fact that he did practice after being held out the last few Wednesday’s is a good sign. He’ll start Sunday against the 14th ranked run defense in the Saints.

Redskins TE Chris Cooley (concussion) participated in light drills today and has a chance to play this week. The Skins’ will be cautious with him but if he continues to have no ill effects he should start.

Dez Bryant (ribs,ankle) has been a full participant in practice this week unlike last week when he didn’t practice at all. He should be good to go Monday night against their division rivals the NY Giants. He’s a risky WR3 however since he hasn’t been very consistent during his young career.


Last Minute Injury Updates

Previously ruled out for Week 6.

QB’s-Seneca Wallace(ankle)

RB’s- Clinton Portis(groin), Pierre Thomas (ankle), Reggie Bush(fibula), Fred Taylor (toe)

TE’s-Jermichael Finley(knee)

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion) is active today and is a good play against the Dolphins today.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (ankle) will start Sunday in Minnesota. He’s a risky play because of the emergence of Roy Williams and the fact that he’s been unable to finish games. He’s a average flex play at best.

Ravens RB Ray Rice (knee) was limited in practice Thursday and Friday say’s he’s 100% healthy and will start in a great matchup against the Patriots today according to NFL Network.

Eagles QB Mike Vick (ribs) will serve as the team’s #3 QB today against the Falcons, but in my opinion, if Kevin Kolb gets hurt, Vick will likely go under center not rookie Mike Kafka.

Colts RB Donald Brown(hamstring) is inactive today along with WR Anthony Gonzalez. Joseph Addai (shoulder) will start tonight in Washington. WR’s Austin Collie(foot) and Pierre Garcon(hamstring) will play.

Packers LB Clay Matthews(hamstring) will sit today, get him out of your lineups in IDP leagues.

In other IDP news, Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon(knee) and Bears LB Lance Briggs (ankle) are both inactive today so look for other options as well.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (shoulder) is active against the Giants today.

Giants K Lawrence Tynes (ankle) is out Sunday. Former Bengal Kicker Shayne Graham will handle the kicking duties.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis(thigh) will start today in a very tough match up in Pittsburgh.

Lions QB Shaun Hill will get the start against the Giants today. Matthew Stafford will serve as the emergency QB today behind Drew Stanton.

Newly acquired Eagles RB Jerome Harrison is inactive today. There is no known injury here, they just seem to want him to learn the playbook before giving him game action.

Bucs WR Mike Williams (foot) is active and will start in a solid match up with the Saints. RB LaGarrette Blount is inactive but the reasoning is unkown. Earnest Graham will assume backup duties and most likely goal line carries as well.

Texans WR Jacoby Jones(calf) is active today but is a borderline flex play at best. Andre Johnson will play as we expected so make sure he’s in your lineups.

Patriots WR Deion Branch is active today against the Ravens. Keep him on benches until he can carve out a role in that offense.

Chargers WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring) is inactive today.

10/12 Player Updates

The Patriots on Monday traded a 4th round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for receiver Deion Branch. Branch isn’t expected to take the job from Brandon Tate, but Tate needs to perform with Branch right behind him.

49ers QB Alex Smith will start Sunday against the Raiders but will have a short leash. I know he’s had his ups and downs, but David Carr is just not a better option. Smith I think will play better and hold onto this job for the remainder of the season.

Bears QB Jay Cutler is a go to start Sunday at home against the Seahawks in a really good matchup. SOURCE: Jason LaCanfora on Twitter

Packer TE Jermichael Finley underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today on his right knee. Early reports are that he will miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora on Twitter

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said newly acquired RB Marshawn Lynch is in for a major role this Sunday in Chicago. Lynch makes for a solid flex start this week, with some RB2 upside.

Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant (ankle) is expected to practice in full Wednesday. It looks like he’ll be fine but we’ll monitor the situation closely as the week goes on. SOURCE: ESPN Dallas

The Vikings CB mess got worse Monday, as Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the loss against the Jets and will be out for the rest of the season. SOURCE: Josina Anderson on Twitter

Viking WR Sidney Rice, who has been out since preseason after hip surgery, is finally able to walk without crutches. He’s eligible to come off the PUP list Week 7 but its looking more like a week 9 or 10 return.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis re-aggravated his hamstring injury and his status for Week 6 is unknown. It looks like this could be something that could linger on throughout the season. It makes one think had he been their for training camp, would this be an issue right now? Hopefully he learned his lesson next time he wants to hold out.

Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz is hoping Calvin Johnson (shoulder) can practice at some point this week. The Lions have a bye next week and it would make some sense to hold him out this week against the hard hitting Giants. If he were to miss this week, Nate Burleson gets a big boost in value. We’ll see how he progresses throughout the rest of the week and keep you guys posted.

2nd year QB Matthew Stafford(shoulder) is not expected to start before week 8. He won’t quite be ready this week against the Giants and with their bye week coming after that it makes sense. Look for him to get back out there in week 8. Shaun Hill will start Sunday but right now its not a great idea to start anyone against the Giants rejuvenated defense.

Colts RB Donald Brown(hamstring) and WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) both returned to practice Monday. I wouldn’t get too excited just yet, but the fact that they are able to do anything is definitely a positive sign. With Joesph Addai(shoulder) banged up and uncertain to play this week, keep an eye out for Donald Brown update. The Colts have a bye in week 7 so it is possible that they old Addai out if Brown is able to go.

It is believed that rookie QB Colt McCoy will start for the Browns Sunday in a tough tough matchup with the Steelers. Welcome to the league rookie, with Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace out with ankle injuries, McCoy will certainly be tested big time in his first career start. He is not a viable fantasy option especially on the road against the Steelers. SOURCE: Chip Brown on Twitter

Jim Thomas of St. Louis Dispatch has said rookie Mardy Gilyard is most likely to gain the most time on the field with the Mark Clayton season ending knee injury. Gilyard has got a lot of talent and is someone to definitely keep an eye on. SOURCE: Jim Thomas on Twitter

10/11 Player News

Rams WR Mark Clayton, who was finally coming into his own, suffered a knee injury Sunday against the Lions and is done for the year. Danny Amendola’s value skyrockets now and it remains to be seen whether or not Laurent Robinson will stay healthy or Brandon Gibson or rookie Mardy Gilyard will step up. The biggest loser in all of this is Sam Bradford, who failed to develop any type of rhythm after the Clayton injury.  SOURCE: Jim Thomas on Twitter

Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley was carted off the field today with a leg injury as well. He will undergo an MRI Monday. Finley apparently is dealing with a displaced hamstring, which is an extremely rare injury to have. Initially they thought it was a knee injury which would have been terrible news, but it looks like this won’t be season ending and he could be back within a week or two. We’ll keep you up to date on this situation throughout the week.

Green Bay may have also suffered an even bigger loss Sunday with QB Aaron Rodgers who suffered a concussion during the overtime period. He will undergo and have to pass numerous tests throughout the week in order to play week 6 so stay tuned to the situation. If he can’t go this week, Matt Flynn will get the start.  SOURCE: Jim Thomas on Twitter

Browns RB Peyton Hillis, who missed most of the teams practices leading into Sunday’s game with the Falcons with a quad injury, reaggravated it during the game. He put up a pretty productive fantasy day and probably isn’t in danger of missing week 6 but monitor the situation closely. He may be a guy you want to bench next week anyway as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the leagues best run defense, and not to mention the return of Ben Roethlisberger. SOURCE: Nate Ulrich on Twitter

In other Browns news, QB Seneca Wallace, who got the start Sunday, left the game with a sprained ankle. The early reports are that he is unable to put any weight on the injured ankle. Jake Delhomme replaced him and did what Jake does and threw 2 interceptions.

Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant suffered an ankle injury in the first half of Sundays loss against the Titans. He did return shortly thereafter but had a noticeable limp. His availability for next week is not yet known.

Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski , who was having a shoulder issue coming into the week, left the game in the 2nd quarter after being sacked. He reaggravated the injury and Jason Campbell replaced him and lead the Raiders to their first victory over the Chargers in 13 meetings dating back to 2003. We’ll monitor this situation closely as he would have a pretty good matchup week six against the now winless 49ers.

Another player I own in a few leagues, Colts RB Joseph Addai , left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. The fact that he left the game and didn’t return is never a good sign but lets just hope it was precautionary. Donald Brown would get the start next Sunday in Washington, if he is healed up from his hamstring injury otherwise it would be Mike Hart, who ran pretty well against a solid Chiefs rush defense.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson injured his shoulder during Sunday’s blowout win over the Rams. It is not believed to be serious and more of a precaution. Check back in the coming days for updates.

Texans RB Arian Foster suffered a knee injury but reiterated after the game, “i’m fine” and I think we believe him as of right now. We’ll continue to monitor his status but I wouldn’t worry too much about him in week 6.

Eagles WR Desean Jackson(knee) and TE Brent Celek(possible concussion) both left Sunday night’s game against the 49ers. The severity of these injuries is not yet known but we will continue to keep track of both and keep you up to date.

Broncos rookie DeMaryius Thomas left Sunday’s road loss to the Ravens after just being absolutely leveled on a kickoff return. As of now the exact injury is not yet clear, although by the looks of it, I would figure it was some type of head injury, probably a concussion but we will keep you posted on his status.

Chargers WR Legedu Naanee left in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Raiders with a hamstring injury and was unable to return after the half. Naanee, a guy I was very high on coming into the season, hasn’t done much since his big week 1 performance and is clearly behind Malcom Floyd (8 for 213 1TD Sunday) for targets and even Buster Davis at the moment. SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune