FantasySavvy 2012: Week Seven Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

As seen from my article on FP911.com. Make sure to check there for tons of great info. My Rankings will be out late Saturday Night. Everyone enjoy the game tonight. Also make sure to check our radio show tonight at 12:30 est at Blogtalkradio.com/FantasySavvy.

Bad week in Week six, I over thought some things and went a little too stat heavy which is unlike me. I am anything but a stat dork! So I will mix back a little more intuition this week and that should clean things up. I received a lot of questions last week and I’m open to more, feel free to email me at SteveDeAngelo@gmail.com or ask @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.

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Tony Romo @ Carolina

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Romo usually is an every week starter and really doesn’t belong on this list, but his rough start has his owners playing matchups. But despite him averaging just one TD a game in his last four, things will certainly improve. Jason Garrett talked about being more balanced on offense coming off their bye week and it showed last week as the Cowboys ran for over 200 yards against the Ravens. This obviously helps Tony Romo tremendously and the Cowboys despite DeMarco Murray being out should be able to move the chains on the ground again as Carolina has one of the worst rush defenses. Look for Romo to stay fairly consistent from here on out and for it to start this week. I expect around 250-280 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Carson Palmer vs Jacksonville

Palmer is a fairly decent Fantasy QB, let’s face it. The guy isn’t good outside of Fantasy Football anymore, but he can give you those 300-yard two TD type games from time to time. This is a good matchup vs Palmer as he comes home and faces Jacksonville who are giving up an average of 20 points per game to Fantasy QB’s. Look for Palmer to approach 300 yards once again and find the endzone once or twice. Let’s just hope he doesn’t throw over two interceptions if your league is subtracting minus two points per INT.

Josh Freeman vs New Orleans

I was impressed that Freeman threw for over 300 yards against Kansas City who had been improving recently. This week he faces New Orleans and should throw it over 35 times as he tries to keep pace with Drew Brees. The Saints have also been bad against the pass giving up 25 points a week to Fantasy QB’s. Look for Freeman to put up Fantasy worthy numbers.

Sit ‘Em

Christian Ponder vs Arizona

Ponder excelled the last two weeks in what were two great matchups against the Titans and Skins, but he faces a much tougher test against Arizona who are allowing the third fewest points to Fantasy QB’s. Ponder will come back to earth this week as he faces a legit Defense.

Matt Stafford @ Chicago

Stafford continues to frustrate owners every week and is still without a multi-TD game. It won’t turnaround on Monday Night in Chicago against the Bears who are allowing just 13 points a week to Fantasy QB’s, which is best in the league.

Joe Flacco @ Houston

The Texans defense hasn’t been as strong as last year, but they still have been good. And even though they allowed six passing TD”s to Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco is a far cry from Rodgers. Sorry Flacco but you are not elite! On the road, I expect Flacco to struggle a bit here and likely will be held to one TD, so explore other options.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Stevan Ridley vs New York Jets

Because of his late game fumble in Week five against Denver, Ridley was getting less carries than Brandon Bolden last week before Bolden got hurt. When it comes to fumbling Bill Belichick does not play around. Fortunately for Ridley, Bolden did get hurt and might not play this week. Ridley has a great chance to restore his coach’s confidence against the Jets and should find running lanes against New York who are giving up 25 points per game to Fantasy Backs. He should find the endzone and finish with a nice game. Let’s just hope as Ridley owners he holds onto the ball!

Chris Johnson @ Buffalo

I still don’t like the way Johnson is running this season, going down easily and a little too much east to west, but he has started to pick it up a bit over the last few weeks. This has to be a matchup he can succeed in against Buffalo. The Titans should stay close in this game and Johnson should should find room against the Bills who are allowing 29 points a game to Fantasy Backs, sixth worst in the league. C’mon Chris don’t let us down this week, otherwise you will never be on this list again!

Felix Jones @ Carolina

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Jones was probably the number one waiver pick up this week with the news that DeMarco Murray will be out in Week seven. Also, with backs like Reggie Bush, LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles on a bye this week, Jones makes for a nice replacement. The stars have aligned to start Jones here, good matchup (Carolina 2nd worst in points allowed to Fantasy Backs) and Murray is out, allowing pretty much full reign for Jones, although we will see a little Phillip Tanner. You picked Jones up, so stick him in your lineups this week.

Sit ‘Em

Mikel LeShoure @ Chicago

Good news for LeShoure owners that Jahvid Best will not be returning this season, but bad news this week as he goes against the Bears who have allowed the 2nd fewest points to Fantasy Backs. LeShoure hasn’t succeeded in tough matchups before so no reason to think he will here. Keep him benched if you can.

Frank Gore vs Seattle

Going to be a slow physical game in San Fran tonight and Gore won’t find much running room against the Hawks who haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season and given up just two rushing TD’s.

Marshawn Lynch @ San Francisco

Lynch is one of the few who have went over 100 yards against the 49ers and Bradshaw did it last week, but I still am sitting Lynch if I can. Many of us might not have that luxury, but don’t expect another 100-yard game.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Stevie Johnson vs Tennessee

Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

The Titans D has allowed 77 points to Fantasy WR’s the last two weeks and Stevie Johnson should burn them as well. Johnson is a must start this week.

Vincent Jackson vs New Orleans

Phillip Rivers looked like he could of used Vincent Jackson on Monday Night as he struggled mightily.  But unfortunately for Rivers, Jackson has taken his talents to Tampa Bay and has enjoyed continued success with Josh Freeman. Jackson had two TD’s last week and now has four on the year to go along with two 100-yard games. He will be targeted early and often against New Orleans and should easily produce. Even with ineptitude of Josh Freeman, Jackson is proving to be a every week starter regardless of matchup.

Lance Moore @ Tampa Bay

Outside of last week where Tampa faced Brady Quinn the Bucs have allowed over 37 points a game to Fantasy WR’s, including allowing a whopping 76 points to Giants WR’s in week two. Drew Brees will be tossing the rock all day and I look for Lance Moore and Brees to hook up on those back shoulder throws. Go outside Sunday and try to run a couple of those back shoulders throws 15 yards down the field with a defender on the receiver. These guys make it look easy! Moore should find the endzone at least once, at the very least approach 100 yards in this game.

Sit ‘Em

Andre Roberts @ Minnesota

Roberts is talented and it seemed like he was going to be in for a nice little season, but the last two weeks he has fizzed out. He won’t rebound against the Vikings on the road with John Skeleton now at QB. Let’s see how these two work together before reinserting Roberts back into our lineups. Andre could be a waiver candidate soon if he puts up a few more duds.

Michael Crabtree vs Seattle

This game is going to be a slugfest and both offenses will struggle. Keep Crabtree benched for this tough matchup on Thursday Night.

Steve Smith vs Dallas

My gut is telling me Smith may have a breakout game here, but the numbers say otherwise so I will stick with the numbers and logic here. Smith doesn’t have a TD all year and has been held under 100 yards in his last three games. Dallas has been 2nd best against Fantasy Wideouts so consider benching Smith if you have a more lucrative option.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Jason Witten @ Carolina

Witten had a horrible start to the year, but he has returned to normalcy with two strong performances against Chicago and Baltimore. Last time you will see Witten here, he should remain an every week starter from here on in as he continues to be one of Romo‘s top targets.

Martellus Bennett vs Washington

This game should be a wild, high scoring affair in the Meadowlands and Bennett should play a nice role against the Skins who are allowing the 2nd most points to Fantasy Tight Ends. Bennett has slowed up after a fast start, but he should rebound in this game; it’s a good spot to plug him in.

Heath Miller @ Cincinnati

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Heath Miller is actually younger than me! That’s pretty scary as I just turned 30 years old and Miller is only 29. Actually looking at it I’m only eight days older than the guy! It seems like this guy has been playing in the league for 10 years.  So this guy definitely ain’t crusty, although I may have thought that a few times. I know I’m not crusty, although my knee has swelled up from consistently banging it while playing football on Sundays! But dang, being 30 blows. Oh well I made my mistakes, now it’s time to dominate. Ok, back to the youthful and vibrant Miller who started out his first three games with four TD’s, but has slowed down some. Still, he is being targeted often by Big Ben and will be a good play most weeks. This is a matchup he can thrive in against the Bengals who are allowing the 8th most points to Fantasy Tight Ends.

Sit ‘Em

Dennis Pitta @ Houston

So much for Dennis Pitta. This guy was on fire to start the year and has done absolutely jack the last few weeks. I have him in a few leagues and will be holding him for a few more weeks just out of necessity, but he will probably be cut soon, unless he shows some signs. Keep him benched until he proves himself again.

Jermichael Finely @ St. Louis

Finley has been an absolute Fantasy Bust! Let’s face it, this guy is just simply overrated and always has been. Don’t expect a rebound, you will just be disappointed. Try to move him this week before it’s too late, it may already be. He’s going to do nothing again this week most likely. Even when he gets targets he drops the ball! Fughedaboutit!!!

Fred Davis @ New York Giants

I think Davis and Griffin will be a better combo as the season moves on, but right now Davis isn’t providing much (hasn’t scored a TD this season) and this is a tough matchup against the G-Men who are allowing the sixth fewest points to Tight Ends.

IDP’s

Start ‘Em

Chandler Jones vs New York Jets

The Jets have given up the 24th most points to Fantasy DE’s this season and Chandler has enjoyed a nice rookie season with five sacks and three forced fumbles. The Jets will be passing a ton in this game, so Jones will have plenty of shots on Sanchez and should get a sack or two.

Malcolm Jenkins @ Tampa Bay

Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints

Like this spot for Jenkins against Tampa who will be running a lot initially giving Jenkins a chance to rack up tackles. I look for around seven or eight tackles from Jenkins in this game.

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall @ New York Giants

Hall sees this list a lot because I don’t trust him against good QB’s. Hall exploits bad QB’s not good ones and I think he will struggle to produce going against Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Eli Manning.

Cortland Finnegan vs Green Bay Packers

Finnegan has been one of the better Fantasy Corners with 34 tackles, three picks and seven pass deflections. But I don’t think he gets any picks this week nor many pass deflections going against Aaron Rodgers. Tough matchup, I would look to bench him.

 

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Fantasy Savvy Week 15 Playoff Projections

By: Steve DeAngelo

Listed below are my projections for every game on Sunday including the Monday night game. Use these projections as a guide on who to start and who to sit this week. Every projection factors in the matchup, the players caliber, weather as well as some stats and gut feel thrown into the mix. Thanks everybody for following along with us all season, best of luck this weekend.

New Orleans @ Baltimore

Saints

Drew Brees 275 3 TD’s 1 Int, 10 Rushing yards

Reggie Bush-  (If Ivory is out) 5 Catches 40 yards, 8 Carries 36 Yards/ (Ivory Plays) 4 Catches 34 yards 3 Carries 15 yards

Pierre Thomas- (If Ivory is out) 14 Carries 50 yards- 1 TD, 3 Catches 20 yards/ (Ivory Plays) 9 Carries 38 yards, 2 catches 12 yards

Chris Ivory (Questionable)- 12 Carries 45 yards 1 TD, 1 Catch 6 yards

Marques Colston- 8 catches 110 yards 1 TD

Robert Meachem- 2 Catches 70 Yards- 1 TD

Lance Moore- 3 Catches 45 yards

Jeremy Shockey- 3 Catches 30 yards

Ravens

Joe Flacco- 230 Yds 2 TD’s 1 Int

Ray Rice- 19 Carries 65 yards, 7 Catches 60 yards

Willis McGahee- 5 Carries, 25 yards, 1 catch 10 yards

Anquan Boldin- 5 Catches 50 yards

Derrick Mason- 6 Catches 70 yards 1 TD

T. J. Houshurmomma- 4 Catches 38 yards

Arizona @ Carolina

Cardinals

John Skelton- 170 yards 2 Int’s

Tim Hightower- 17 Carries-75 yards 1 TD, 2 catches 15 yards

Beanie Wells (questionable)- 6 carries 30 yards

Larry Fitzgerald- 6 catches 85 yards

Steve Breaston- 4 Catches 50 yards

Panthers

Jimmy Clausen- 180 yards 1 TD 2 Int’s

Jonathan Stewart- 22 Carries 130 yards 1 TD

Mike Goodson- 8 Carries 40 yards, 2 catches 15 yards

Steve Smith- 4 Catches 60 yards

Cleveland @ Cincy

Browns

Colt McCoy 220 yds 1 TD, 30 yards rushing

Peyton Hillis- 25 Carries 135 yards 1 TD, 3 catches 25 yards

Muhammed Massaquoi- 4 Catches 40 yards

Ben Watson- 5 Catches 60 yards

Bengals

Carson Palmer- 240 yards 2 TD’s 2 Int’s

Cedric Benson- 17 Carries 70 Yards, 2 catches 12 yards

Benard Scott- 6 carries 30 yards

Terrell Owens-5 Catches 65 yards

Ochocinco- 7 Catches 89 yards 1 TD

Jordan Shipley- 4 Catches 40 yards

Washington @ Dallas

Redskins


Rex Grossman- 4 yds 7 Int’s

Ryan Torain- 18 Carries 90 Yds 1 TD 1 Catch 8 yds

Keiland Williams- 4 carries 20 yds, 5 catches 34 yds

Santana Moss- 5 Catches 50 yds

Chris Cooley- 6 Catches 70 yds

Anthony Armstrong-  2 Catches 40 yds

Cowboys

Jon Kitna- 250 yds 2 Td’s 1 Int

Felix Jones 16 carries 65 yds, 6 catches 60 yds 1 TD

Tashard Choice (if Barber is out) 15 carries, 75 yds 1 TD , 3 catches 28 yds, (Barber In) 4 carries 20 yds, 1 catch 8 yds

Marion Barber (questionable) – 10 Carries 40 yds 1 TD, 2 catches 10 yds

Miles Austin- 7 Catches 80 yds 1 TD

Jason Witten – 8 Catches 76 yds 1 TD

Roy Williams (questionable)- 5 catches 40 yds

Jacksonville @ Indy

Jaguars

David Garrard- 289 yds 2 TD’s 2 Int

Maurice Jones-Drew- 22 Carries 110 yds 1 TD, 5 catches 40 yds

Mike Thomas- 6 catches 70 yds

Mike Sims-Walker- 4 Catches 60 yds 1 TD

Mercedes Lewis- 4 Catches 30 yds 1 TD

Colts

Peyton Manning- 343 Yds 3 TD’s

Javarris James- 13 Carries 40 yds 1 TD

Donald Brown- 9 Carries 38 yds, 3 catches 30 yds

Reggie Wayne- 10 catches 159 yds 1 TD

Pierre Garcon- 5 Catches 60 Yds 1 TD

Austin Collie- 5 Catches 48 Yds 1 TD

Jacob Tamme- 7 Catches 67 yds

Buffalo @ Miami

Ryan Fitzpatrick- 210 Yds 1 TD, 1 Int 25 Yds rushing

Fred Jackson- 20 Carries 67 Yds

C.J. Spiller- 6 Carries 38 yds, 2 Catches 15 yds

Steve ( I want your love) Johnson- 5 Catches 87 yds 1 TD

Dolphins

Chad Henne- 220 yds 1 TD 2 Int’s

Ronnie Brown- 18 Carries 89 yds 1 TD, 2 catches 15 yds

Ricky Williams- 15 carries 70 yds 1 TD, 2 catches 20 yds

Brandon Marshall- 6 Catches 77 yds

Davone Bess- 5 catches 55 yds

Anthony Fasano 2 catches 20 yds

Philly @ NYG

Eagles

Michael Vick- 260 yds 2 TD’s 1 Int, 40 yds rushing 1 Fumble

Lesean McCoy- 16 carries 77 yds, 4 catches 51 yds

Desean Jackson- 5 catches 60 yds

Jeremy Maclin- 5 catches 90 yds 1 TD

Jason Avant 4 catches 38 yds

Brent Celek- 3 catches 27 yds

Giants

Eli Manning- 240 yds 2 TD’s 2 Int’s

Ahmad Bradshaw- 15 carries 75 yds 1 TD, 3 catches 31 yds

Brandon Jacobs- 14 carries 58 yds, 1 catch 10 yds

Hakeem Nicks- 6 catches 80 yds 1 TD

Mario Manningham- 4 catches 55 yds

Derek Hagan- 3 catches 27 yds

Kevin Boss- 5 catches 50 yds 1 TD

Kansas City @ St. Louis

Chiefs

Matt Cassel- 220 yds 2 TD’s 1 Int

Jamal Charles- 20 carries 87 yards, 3 catches 57 yds 1 TD

Thomas Jones- 10 Carries 50 yds, 1 catch 10 yds

Dwayne Bowe- 6 catches 60 yds 1 TD

Tony Moeaki- 4 catches 40 yds

Rams
Sam Bradford- 220 yds 1 TD 1 Int, 15 yds rushing

Steven Jackson- 19 carries 87 yds, 4 catches 38 yds

Danny Amendola- 6 catches 70 yds

Laurent Robinson- 2 catches 40 yds

Danario Alexander- 4 catches 55 yds 1 TD

Detroit @ TB


Lions

Drew Stanton- 221 yds 1 TD 2 Int’s, 38 yds rushing

Jahvid Best- 10 carries 46 yards, 2 catches 15 yards

Calvin Johnson- 8 catches 120 yds 1 TD

Nate Burleson- 3 catches 40 yds

Brandon Pettigrew- 4 catches 40 yards

Tampa Bay

Josh Freeman- 230 yards 2 TD’s , 25 yards rushing

LaGarette Blount- 19 carries 89 yards 1 TD, 2 catches 20 yards

Mike Williams- 6 Catches 78 yards 1 TD

Arnelious Benn- 4 catches 55 yards

Kellen Winslow- 4 catches 50 yards 1 TD

Houston @ Tennessee

Texans

Matt Schaub- 265 Yards 2 TD’s 1 Int

Arian Foster- 20 Carries 115 yards 1 TD, 4 catches 40 yards

Andre Johnson- 7 catches 90 yards 1 TD

Jacoby Jones- 5 catches 50 yards

Kevin Walter- 3 catches 26 yards

Owen Daniels 6 catches 61 yards 1 TD

Titans

Kerry Collins- 249 yards 2 TD’s 1 Int

Chris Johnson- 17 carries- 76 yards 1 TD, 5 catches 60 yards

Kenny Britt- 7 catches 78 yards 1 TD

Randy Moss- 3 Catches 75 yards

Nate Washington- 4 catches 38 yards

4 O’clocks

Atlanta @ Seattle

Falcons

Matt Ryan- 230 yards 2 TD’s 1 Int

Michael Turner- 20 carries 100 yards 1 TD

Roddy White- 8 catches 110 yards 1 TD

Michael Jenkins- 5 Catches 40 yards

Tony Gonzalez- 4 catches 50 yards 1 TD

Seahawks

Matt Hasselback- 210 yards 2 TD’s 2 Int’s

Marshawn Lynch- 16 carries 55 yards, 3 catches 20 yards

Mike Williams- 6 catches 89 yards 1 TD

Ben Obama- 4 catches 45 yards

Denver @ Oakland

Broncos

Tim Tebow- 188 yds 1 TD 1 Int, 36 rushing yds

Knowshon Moreno 19 Carries 90 yards 1 TD, 3 catches 27 yards

Brandon Lloyd- 4 Catches 30 yards

Jabaar Gaffney- 4 catches 40 yards

Eddie Royal- 5 catches 55 yards

Raiders

Jason Campbell- 230 yards 2 TD’s 1 Int, 20 yds rushing

Darren Mcfadden- 20 carries 145 yards 1 TD, 4 catches 50 yards 1 TD

Michael Bush- 10 Carries 40 yards 1 TD

Louis Murphy- 5 catches 50 yards

Zach Miller- 5 Catches 56 yards

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh

Jets

Mark Sanchez- 200 yards 1 TD 1Int, 1 Fumble

Shonn Greene- 10 Carries 38 yards, 1 Catch 7 yards

L.T.- 12 carries 40 yards , 2 catches 10 yards

Santonio Holmes- 5 catches 70 yards 1 TD

Braylon Edwards- 3 catches 30 yards

Jerricho Cotchery- 5 catches 40 yards

Dustin Keller- 5 catches 60 yards

Steelers

Ben Rothlisberger- 210 Yards 2 TD’s 1 Int

Rashad Mendenhall-  18 carries 66 yards, 2 catches 20 yards

Mike Wallace- 4 catches 40 yards

Hines Ward- 7 catches 86 yards 1 TD

Green Bay @ New England  8:20 Sunday Night

Matt Flynn- 210 yds 1 TD 2 int’s

Brandon Jackson- 9 carries 37 yards, 1 catch 10 yards

James Starks- 11 Carries 44 yards 1 TD, 2 catches 15 yards

Greg Jennings- 6 catches 60 yards

James Jones- 3 catches 30 yards

Patriots

Tom Brady- 230 yards 2 TD’s 1 Int

Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis- 15 carries 60 yards 1 TD

Danny Woodhead- 7 carries 30 yards, 4 catches 30 yards

Deion Branch- 4 catches 48 yards

Wes Welker- 8 catches 99 yards 1 TD

Aaron Hernandez- 5 catches 60 yards

Rob Gronkowski- 4 catches-40 yards 1 TD

Chicago @ Minnesota 8:30 Monday Night

Bears

Jay Cutler- 180 yards 1 TD 2 Int’s

Matt Forte- 16 carries 50 yards, 3 catches 15 yards

Chester Taylor- 5 carries 20 yards, 3 catches 30 yards

Johnny Knox- 5 catches 60 yards

Earl Bennett- 3 catches 40 yards 1 TD

Greg Olsen- 2 catches 30 yards

Vikings

Joe Webb- 150 yards 2 Int’s, 35 rushing yards

Adrian Peterson- 22 carries 90 yards 1 TD, 4 catches 40 yards

Toby Gerhart 10 carries 30 yards

Sidney Rice- 5 catches 60 yards

Percy Harvin- 3 catches 30 yards

Visanthe Shiancoe- 2 catches 10 yards

Week 13 Early Game Active/Inactives

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson(ankle) will be active and start Sunday against the Bills 32nd ranked run defense. Toby Gerhart will get around 8-10 touches i’d guess to give AP more rest than normal. Gerhart is a decent desperation flex play.

Saints RB Pierre Thomas(ankle) will sit out today’s game in Cincy. Chris Ivory, Reggie Bush and Julius Jones are going to share touches. Reggie Bush’s leg is not yet at 100% but he expects to be heavily involved today in both the passing and running game.

Chiefs RB/WR Dexter McCluster(ankle) will start against the Broncos and opposite of Dwayne Bowe. McCluster’s return could help Bowe’s cause as he could burn down the field to allow the safeties to help and leave Bowe one on one with Champ Bailey.

Vikings WR Percy Harvin(migraines) is OUT today against the Bills. Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian get a big boost with Harvin out as well as Greg Camarillo.

Giants WR Steve Smith(pectoral) will be inactive as expected for Sunday and Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth(illness) will be inactive against the Giants as well. RB Ryan Torain(hamstring) is out today. James Davis and Keiland Williams will split carries against the 5th best defense against the run.

Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall(hamstring) will sit today against the Browns. Davone Bess and Brian Hartline are solid flex plays today.

49ers Brian Westbrook(ankle) will play today after battling some ankle pain during the week. Westbrook will get bulk of carries but Anthony Dixon will likely get the carries around the goal line.

Packers receiver Greg Jennings is active today as expected and RB Dmitri Nance(concussion) will not play. Rookie James Starks will be active for the first time in his career but it remains to be seen how much if at all he’ll be used.

As expected Colts wideout Austin Collie(concussion) will not play today against the Cowboys. Blair White becomes a solid WR3 for this matchup.

Titans wideout Kenny Britt(hamstring) is officially out today, he’s likely to return week 14. Kerry Collins(calf) is going to start against the Jaguars today as expected.

Bills RB C.J. Spiller (hamstring) will return today in Minnesota and will handle return duties and get a few touches out of the backfield. Fred Jackson will still get majority of touches so don’t worry about using him.

Week 12 Waiver Adds

By Mike Cannici

 

QB

Jon Kitna– Kitna has now put together two straight solid starts, totaling 7 touchdowns including one rushing. He seemed to just need a few games to adjust after not playing in two years and has now found a groove, plus the new team “attitude” with Wade Phillips gone. He’s a solid backup add and must add in 2QB leagues.

Sam Bradford– Bradford has been pretty solid throughout most of the year, averaging a little less than 16 points per week. He has a favorable schedule the rest of the way with the Saints being his only tough matchup going forward. The rest of the pass defenses he faces are all ranked outside the top 15 in the league. The next few weeks are all on the road but two of them are very favorable at Denver and at Arizona. If you’re in need jump on board, especially in deeper leagues and keeper leagues. This kid is going to be a good one.

RB

Mike Goodson– Goodson has compiled two straight hundred yard efforts in games where the Panthers were getting trampled. With DeAngelo Williams done for the year and the ineffectiveness and now concussion suffered by Jonathan Stewart, this could be Goodson’s job the rest of the way. He’s a must add in all formats at this point.

Keiland Williams– This is a guy from preseason I said by midseason would be the Redskins starter the rest of the way. Goshdarnit, now he is. Portis reaggravated his groin tear during his return Sunday and Ryan Torain who knows when he’ll be back at this point. If Williams is still somehow available in your league, he must be a top priority, especially in PPR leagues.

Maurice Morris– With Kevin Smith placed on IR and Jahvid Best still hurting from his turf toe, Morris is likely to handle the bulk of carries Sunday against the Patriots. Morris had 10 carries in Sunday’s loss vs. the Cowboys along with four receptions. The Patriots are a decent matchup for him especially at home in the dome so if you need some help in your backfield, grab this guy as he does have some talent.

WR

Vincent Jackson– I hope for your sake, your league mates have still left him on the waiver wire, as VJax will return this week for San Diego. I’d expect him to make an immediate impact as he has been practicing with the team and should be very well rested. The way that Rivers flings the ball through the air, Jackson could immediately become a legit WR1.

Sidney Rice– Rice returned to the lineup last week and hauled in three passes for 56 yards. He’s being worked back in slowly, and with the firing of Brad Childress, the reemergence of the Vikings offense might have the same effect as the Cowboys offense did after they fired their coach. Rice probably isn’t available if you’re in any type of competitive league, but if he is grab him ASAP.

Blair White– With Austin Collie potentially missing this week’s game, White is a solid pick up after finishing with 5 catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Peyton Manning loves his slot receivers and that’s exactly where White fits in. If you’re starving at receiver, especially in PPR leagues, White is your man.

Brandon Gibson– The Rams receiver was targeted and caught 5 of them for 42 yards and a touchdown. Gibson has had at least 5 catches and 40 yards in three straight and seems to be Bradford’s second option just after Amendola. Gibson is a solid add especially in PPR formats.

Ben Obomanu– With the foot injury suffered by Mike Williams now potentially being serious, Obomanu seems to be the new number one target for Hasselback. Sunday, Obomanu finished with 5 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Obomanu stepped into the starting lineup for the first time last week and definitely didn’t disappoint. He’s a must add in all 12 team or deeper leagues, and worth a look in shallower leagues.

Derek Hagan– Hagan was a cast away after training camp for the Giants, but after the Steve Smith injury, was brought back in last week. He caught three balls for just 10 yards, but did get into the end zone Sunday against the Eagles. The guy knows the offense like the back of his hand, and with Hakeem Nicks expected to miss the next 3 weeks, Hagan will be forced to step into the starting lineup. The Giants like to pass the ball and Hagan is a better red zone threat than Mario Manningham. In deep leagues he’s definitely worth a look on an offense that is 7th in the league in passing yards.

TE

Joel Dreessen– He’s a guy I’ve liked for a while now, and with Owen Daniels status week to week being totally up in the air, Dreessen is a worthy pick up. Dreessen picked up four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s loss to the Jets. He hasn’t been a complete model of consistency, but with all the injuries to tight ends this year, he’s not a bad replacement, if the Marcedes Lewis’s and Todd Heaps of the world are rostered.

Jimmy Graham– Graham is a big rookie tight end out of The U. of Miami(6’6 260lbs) who has struggled to get playing time as his blocking abilities having quite caught up to his receiving abilities. He got his chance Sunday with Jeremy Shockey out with a rib injury. Although his size might fool you, he is very quick and has great hands and he showed it Sunday with 5 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. He’s the future at tight end for the Saints, and the future might just start now. If you’re in deep or keeper league’s he’s a very solid prospect with tons of upside. Watching some highlights of him from Sunday, he reminds me a bit of a young Antonio Gates.

 

10/27 Player News

Broncos receiver Eddie Royal(groin) sat out practice today. He’s probably best left on benches again this week until he is fully healthy.

Raiders receiver Louis Murphy(lung) will be out a couple of weeks. He has a chest contusion near his lung according to coach Tom Cable.

Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez(ankle) will be in the lineup Monday night against the Texans and is a good pick up with Dallas Clark and Austin Collie out.

Antonio Gates(toe) was held out of practice Wednesday and is unlikely to practice much if at all until his toe is healed. Based on last week, i’d say its safe to say Gates will start Sunday. Legedu Naanee(hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday and if he can avoid a set back he should play Sunday. Receivers Patrick Crayton and Buster Davis may have already passed him up on the depth chart, but Naanee is a good blocker and Rivers loves to pass. He is still better left on the waiver wire, at least for now.

Cardinals WR’s Early Doucet(groin) and Steve Breaston(knee) were both limited in practice Wednesday and their statuses for Sunday are still in question. QB Max Hall(concussion) is fully participating in practice this week and is expected to start Sunday against the Seahawks.

Titans QB Vince Young(ankle,knee) is getting better according to coach Jeff Fisher but will not yet commit on him starting against the Chargers where Young is winless (0-4) in his career although Young did practice in full Wednesday.

Sidney Rice(hip) ran half speed and caught some passes Wednesday but isn’t likely to return until Week 9 at least but this is a good sign. Rice’s recovery is headed in the right direction. SOURCE: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter

DeAngelo Williams (ankle) missed practice Wednesday but he is not yet ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Rams. If Williams couldn’t go, Jonathan Stewart owners(like me) would be ecstatic as he would get his first start against a lower echelon defense in the Rams. Stay tuned for updates in DWILL as the week goes on. SOURCE: Darin Gantt on Twitter

Lions QB Matthew Stafford(shoulder) is taking all first team reps thus far in practice and is expected to make his first start since week 1 this week.

Saints RB Reggie Bush(leg) was unable to practice again Wednesday and according to Jason La Canfora on Twitter, is very doubtful to play Sunday night. Pierre Thomas (ankle) also was absent from practice Wednesday and looks like he’ll miss another week. Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts will share touches against the Steelers if these two cannot go.

 

Player Updates 10/19

Sorry guys we fell behind yesterday, I just started working and been a little off getting back into working mode. Here is some info and updates from around the league.

Michael Vick(ribs) is expected to return week 9 following their week 8 bye. Kevin Kolb has been playing well so Andy Reid’s decision to go back to Vick may not be as cut and dry as it was two weeks ago. Stay Tuned.

Sidney Rice (hip surgery) may return in three weeks according to Coach Brad Childress. He has been out since before the start of the season.

Antonio Gates injured his toe Sunday and left the game and didn’t return. The injury is not considered serious. Gates is a very tough player and will likely go Sunday and keep his 85 consecutive game streak alive.

Desean Jackson suffered a concussion Sunday after taking a SHOT from Falcon CB Dunta Robinson. Jackson’s status for this week is up in the air while Robinson should be alright to play this week but both left the game after the vicious yet legal hit. Jackson did do plenty of damage before leaving including a 31 yard TD run and catching a 34 yard TD pass. Robinson was also fined $50,000 for the hit.  UPDATE: Jackson will not be cleared to practice Wednesday and several reports are saying that he won’t return to practice until after the week 8 bye. Explore other options for the next two weeks at the receiver position.

Reggie Bush (fibula) is expected to return in week 8 while Pierre Thomas (ankle) has a good shot at returning Sunday against the Browns in a very good matchup.

Joseph Addai(shoulder) left Sunday nights game after injuring his shoulder once again and it was seen heavily wrapped. He had his best rushing performance in a long time, so it was sad to see this happen to him. Luckily the Colts have a bye this week and more than likely no more information will be given out until later in the week at best.

Ravens RB Willis McGahee was not traded at today’s trade deadline either. The Ravens are planning on getting Willis more touches in the first half of games. McGahee didn’t play this past week as many believed they didn’t want to risk him getting hurt before trying to trade him before today’s deadline. Now that hasn’t happened, and there going to try and work him in a little bit more, basically i feel to keep Ray Rice fresher for the 4th quarter. Rice is in no danger of losing his job and McGahee is merely a handcuff going forward, with some value as a flex play in TD heavy leagues.

Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong has been named the starter opposite Santana Moss going forward. Armstrong has much more value and potential at this point than Joey Galloway and should be owned in all leagues with McNabb throwing the ball a lot.

Todd Heap, who was hit with a helmet to helmet shot by Patriot Safety Brandon Meriweather reportedly has no concussion or neck injuries after an MRI Monday. Heap should be alright this week while Meriweather’s pockets took a hit in the sum of $50,000 for the illegal hit.

Rashard Mendenhall suffered a shoulder contusion Sunday after yet another big time hit by Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward. Initially many thought Mendenhall suffered a concussion but this is good news. Mendenhall will probably take a few days off from practice but looks like he is in no danger of missing Sunday’s game in Miami.

Vince Young is being considered day to day after an MRI revealed he has a mild knee strain and an ankle sprain. He may or may not be able to practice Wednesday. If he can’t go veteran Kerry Collins will start this week, hurting the value of RB Chris Johnson as well as emerging WR Kenny Britt.

Vernon Davis had an MRI Monday which revealed a knee contusion, much better than some people expected. He will be fine and start against the Panthers.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford reportedly will return and start after the week 7 bye. He has been out since week one with a shoulder injury will come back to face a terrible Redskin pass defense in week 8.

Darren McFadden (hamstring) will test the hammy out Wednesday to see if he can “burst” in his words and then determine how much more he’ll do over the course of the week. His status won’t be known until later in the week.

Jason Campbell suffered what is thought to be a torn meniscus in his knee, which could cause him to miss most of if not all of the season. Bruce Gradkowski still isn’t recovered from his shoulder injury and veteran Kyle Boller could make the start in Denver Sunday.

Texans MLB DeMeco Ryans tore his achilles Sunday against the Chiefs and will miss the rest of the season. It is being speculated that Zac Diles will move to the inside and take over for Ryans, opening up an outside spot for Xaiver Adibi. Diles could be a nice sleeper pickup in IDP leagues.

Josh Cribbs and Mohammed Massaquoi both suffered game ending concussions at the helmet of Steeler LB James Harrison, who today was fined $75,000 for those hits. Coach Eric Mangini believes Cribbs still has a shot to play this week while he wasn’t as confident in Massaquoi’s status. Another idea floating around is that both will sit until after the week 8 bye, which might be a great move on the Browns part and in the best interest of these two players.

Tampa RB Kareem Huggins will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL Sunday. Earnest Graham and rookie LaGarette Blount will see more touches going forward.

Chris Cooley suffered a concussion Sunday night and it actually happened in the 2nd quarter and didn’t leave the game until the 2nd half when he removed himself. Cooley suffered three in college and his week 7 status remains unclear.

Packers DB’s Atari Bigby(ankle), Al Harris (knee) and rookie RB James Starks (hamstring) are all expected to return to practice Wednesday after starting the season on the PUP list. Bigby and Harris should reclaim starting jobs within a week or so if they show there healthy while Starks has a possibility to take over the running duties if he can stay healthy and beat out the likes of Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn.

Steve Breaston(knee) has missed the last two games but is expected to practice Wednesday and has stated their is no doubt he will play this week against the Seahawks.

David Garrard also suffered a concussion Monday night against the Titans and his status for this week is still up in the air. I can’t remember seeing so many concussions on one injury report ever in my life, its almost sickening. Garrard was coming off two solid games. Trent Edwards will get the start if Garrard can’t go. Edwards who played poorly as has always been his M.O. isn’t a good fantasy option if he were to start.

Felix Jones apparently was vomiting and had to recieve and IV during halftime of Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. Jones was being leaned on early and often to carry the load but was almost completely out of gas by the half. He is not nor never will be the workhorse the Cowboys want him to be, but still can do a lot of damage even in a time share.

The Chargers had no phone calls from any teams inquiring about making a deal for Vincent Jackson before today’s 4pm trade deadline. He will report to San Diego on Oct 31 and be eligible to play his first game in week 12.


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