Articles By Corby Yarbrough

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Percy HarvinPercy Harvin, Jarius Wright, WRs, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
No Percy Harvin again as he will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. Rookie Jarius Wright will get the start. He has led the Vikings' receivers in targets each of the last two weeks, including a season-high 10 in last week's 28-10 loss at Chicago. Wright caught seven of them for 49 yards. A week earlier, he caught three of five targets for 65 yards, including a 54-yard catch on the team's fifth play to set up his 3-yard TD. The Packers are allowing the seventh-most points to fantasy receivers in PPR scoring this season and are banged up all across the defense. Adrian Peterson should be able to have a solid day and open up opportunities for Wright. He might not be as much of a desperation start as you think. I would play him as a WR3.

 

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts
An ankle injury kept Mikel Leshoure out of practice on Wednesday and limited him on Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable and the Lions have been idle since Thanksgiving. If he's active, he's in your lineup. The Colts are ranked 17th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring but are tied for third in most TDs allowed (11) to the position. The Lions are ranked ninth in points scored from the RB position thanks in part to six TDs from Leshoure and seven double-digit fantasy days. He's a high-end RB2 if he's playing in their early-game matchup against visiting Indianapolis.

 

Danny AmendolaDanny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
Danny Amendola exited the Week 12 game early with a foot/heel injury after catching his only target for 38 yards in 12 snaps played. He missed three days of practice this week and is doubtful for today's game against the 49ers. A clavicle injury, followed by an ankle injury and now the foot/heel injury has hindered a receiver already coming back from a missed 2011 with an elbow injury. The last time he faced San Francisco was upon his return from the clavicle injury in Week 10, and he finished with 11 catches for 102 yards on 12 targets. But two more injuries have occurred since, he only made it 12 snaps last week and did not practice this week. The guy that seemingly gets it done with the deck stacked against him might see that stack a little too high this week.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Percy Harvin, Jarius Wright, Danny Amendola, Mikel Leshoure Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 06:08
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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Matt Forte

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks
The ankle injury that knocked Matt Forte out of last week's game in the third quarter has limited the Bears' running back this week in practice. He is listed as questionable and has practiced on a limited basis this week. He practiced on Friday, which is a good sign, and he told reporters on Thursday, "I'm feeling pretty good." The Seahawks allowed three Miami backs to have double-digit days last week; Adrian Peterson was 17-for-182 with two scores and three catches in Week 9 and Frank Gore was 16-for-131 with five catches for 51 yards against Seattle in Week 7. Today's game is in Chicago and it's an early start so you should have ample time to make your decision. If Forte is active, you play him.

 

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Antonio Brown, listed as probable with his high ankle sprain, appears ready to return to action for the first time since Week 9. However, the Steelers are still without Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback as they will roll out third stringer Charlie Batch for the second straight week. Batch threw for 199 yards on 34 attempts last week with three interceptions against Cleveland. The Steelers, sans Roethlisberger in Week 11 with Byron Leftwich at QB, lost 13-10 to the Ravens. It is hard to start any Steeler until Roethlisberger returns. Emmanuel Sanders' 12.5 and Chris Rainey's 13.2 points are the most any Pittsburgh non-QB skill player has had since Big Ben's injury.

 

Brandon JacobsBrandon Jacobs, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
A Brandon Jacobs mention only occurs because the same game that sent Kendall Hunter to injured reserve with an ankle injury is the same game Jacobs finally made his 49er debut. Jacobs finished with one carries for one yard. Outside of Hunter's 11.6- and 10-point days in Weeks 4 and 11, only Frank Gore has had double-digit days in the 49ers' backfield. Jacobs has the potential to be a goal line vulture, but could also share carries with LaMichael James, who is set to make his NFL debut this week. If they are not named Gore, it is way too risky to insert another San Francisco RB into your lineup.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Antonio Brown, Matt Forte, Brandon Jacobs Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 05:50
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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

DeAngelo WilliamsDeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, RBs, Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Jonathan Stewart did not make the trip to Kansas City and is out for today's game with an ankle injury he suffered last week. This gives DeAngelo Williams a bigger load. Keep in mind that the Panthers are ranked 28th as a team in PPR points scored by the running back position. DeAgelo Williams had 11 carries  a number he has maxed out at four times since Week 3  and collected 21 yards last week against the Eagles. The Chiefs have allowed 11 double-digit days to fantasy RBs this season, including 111 total yards on 24 touches to Knowshon Moreno last week  the same Knowshon Moreno who was inactive for eight weeks prior to last week's game. Give Williams a look as a low-end RB2 designation, that should be a worst-case scenario.

 

Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, RBs, Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns
Darren McFadden (ankle) is set to be back today and Marcel Reece is expected to remain in the running back role, instead of resuming fullback duties, as the Raiders work McFadden back into game shape. There are so many downsides to the Oakland RB situation this week. One: McFadden is coming back for the first time since Week 9 but is not expected to take over the workhorse role. Two: Reece has been a great, late-season, waiver wire pickup, and what is he going to be now? Three: It's a late start, and you have to make your call on both McFadden and Reece in the next couple of hours. It takes Reece from a clear upper RB2, to a questionable flex and furthers the frustration for McFadden owners this season. And all of this comes when the Raiders are playing host to a Browns team that is ranked 25th against fantasy RBs in PPR. I am taking my chances with Reece as a flex and keeping McFadden on the bench.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting on Sunday morning that McFadden is unlikely to play today, tweeting: "After optimism he would play this week, Raiders RB Darren McFadden unlikely to play today vs Cleveland."

FANTASY UPDATE: Reece returns to a clear RB2 role if McFadden is out. The Browns have allowed 14 double-digit outings to RBs, 

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece updates</p>
Post date: Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 18:34
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Beanie Wells is backBeanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams
Guess who's back? Back, again. Beanie's back, back at running back. But should Beanie Wells come off of the designated injured reserve and into your fantasy lineup? Nope. In the three games he played in before the toe injury, Wells combined for 29 carries for 74 yards and no TDs — in three games. Now he returns with a third-string rookie at QB, the offensive line still as bad as they were when he left and facing a St. Louis defense, that while ranked 22nd against fantasy RBs in PPR, limited the Cardinals to 40 rushing yards from RBs in their Week 5 meeting. Plus, Wells is not expected to carry a full work load in his first game back. It might not get much better to close out the fantasy season for Wells, either. Arizona faces defenses ranked 23rd, 11th, seventh and fourth against fantasy RBs from Weeks 13-16.

 

Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
The knee injury still has Donald Brown as probable on the injury report. He went full on Wednesday and Friday in practice with the day off on Thursday. The Colts face the 29th-ranked fantasy defense against RBs today, and the Bills have already allowed AFC South backs, Chris Johnson (32.8), Jamie Harper (12.8) and Arian Foster (17.1), to have double-digit days. It is likely another AFC South back will reach double digits, but the chances of it being Brown seem to be getting smaller and smaller. After tying Vick Ballard with touches (14) in Week 10, Brown had six touches to Ballard's 17 in Week 11. Maybe a 59-24 loss to New England had something to do with it. But if I'm going to trust an untrustworthy backfield, I'd rather go across the line of scrimmage and trust C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson than Brown and Ballard.

 

Marcel ReeceMarcel Reece, Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson, RBs, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Marcel Reece, one of the better late-season waiver wire pickups, is listed as probable on the injury report with hamstring and quadriceps, but practiced on Friday and will be the focal point of the Raiders' running game. Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are still out with high ankle sprains and Taiwan Jones popped up on the injury report with an ankle on Thursday. Reece has been very versatile as a fantasy scorer. When McFadden and Goodson went out in Week 9, Reece added eight catches for 95 yards and a score. He returned in Week 10 with 48 yards on 13 carries, 56 yards on seven catches for a 17.4-point day in PPR, and last week he went 19-for-103 on the ground and 4-for-90 through the air for 23.3 points. The catches are offsetting the lack of TDs, and now Reece draws a Bengals team that has allowed dual-threat backs Jamaal Charles (15.8), Ahmad Bradshaw (10.1) and Andre Brown (20.4) to hit double digits in the last two games.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Week 12 Injury Updates: Beanie Wells, Donald Brown, Marcel Reece, Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:30
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Michael Vick is dealing with a concussionMichael Vick, Nick Foles, QBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers (Monday night)
Like LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick is dealing with a concussion and has already been ruled out for Monday's game against the Panthers. It looks like once he passes his concussion tests, Vick will return to the lineup. In the meantime, the backfield will consist of rookie Nick Foles at quarterback and Bryce Brown in for McCoy at running back. Foles and the entire Eagles offense were a disappointment in Washington last week, scoring just six points against a pretty bad defense. Philadelphia now plays host to an equally bad Carolina team, a Carolina team, however, that is ranked 12th against fantasy QBs. The Panthers are 12th against QBs while being 23rd against fantasy RBs. Maybe it was because it was Foles' first start and it was on the road and Robert Griffin III was on fire, but it's hard to trust Foles when he bombed in last week's juicy matchup. He might prove us wrong for a week, but then the job could go right back to Vick.

 

Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
Donnie Avery suffered a concussion last week but practiced in full this week and should be good to go. The Colts are the fourth-best scoring team amongst fantasy receivers in PPR and Avery has had two double-digit PPR weeks in the last three games. It is hard to trust a Colts receiver not named Reggie Wayne, though. Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton seem to cut into each other's production. The Bills are ranked 22nd against fantasy receivers, but only one receiver on each team each of the last five games has reached double digits and only three TDs have been allowed to the position in those five games.

 

Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
A shoulder landed Brandon Marshall on the injury report. But the scare looks to have progressed from bad to good. The injury kept him out of practice on Wednesday, limited him on Thursday and he was back in full on Friday. The Bears draw a Minnesota team that is 16th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring but just allowed Calvin Johnson to go 12-207 and a score in Week 10. The Vikings have surrendered 52 catches for 629 yards and seven scores in the last four games. Jay Cutler appears ready to return (concussion) and he will keep looking to Marshall often.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Donnie Avery, and Brandon Marshall updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:20
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Willis McGaheeWillis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, RBs, Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
If you missed out on Trent Richardson, Doug Martin or David Wilson in your August fantasy drafts, Ronnie Hillman or Robert Turbin were likely the next men up. Hillman's path to playing time was not as clear as Richardson, Martin's or Turbin's, had Marshawn Lynch been suspended, and David Wilson fumbled away his opportunity from Week 1. Hillman was the only one set to play behind a 31-year-old running back with injury history in Willis McGahee. And if you were patient with Hillman and his own hamstring issues that stunted his development as a rookie, then it looks like it will start paying off in Week 12 of the NFL season. McGahee is on IR with a torn MCL and leg fracture and Hillman will partially get his shot. He had around 60 percent of the snaps when McGahee went down last week and will likely have to compete with Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno for touches. But this is John Fox's draft pick and he gets his first start against a Chiefs defense ranked 24th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring. Denver has the eighth-most rushing attempts in the NFL this season. While I'd normally be conservative about inserting Hillman on his first start, the matchup and Fox's propensity to run the ball have me stepping out of the box on this one. Consider Hillman a mid-level RB2 this week.

 

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
A neck injury forced an early exit for Dwayne Bowe from last week's game as he provided fantasy owners with a goose egg. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was there in full on the final two days. He is expected to play in this 1 p.m. start. However, Denver is ranked 10th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring. The two-touchdown day allowed to Danario Alexander last week was the first multiple-TD game the Broncos allowed to a receiver this season. Bowe has only received double-digit targets once since Week 4, eclipsed 80 yards once since Week 4 and has not scored since Week 4. Bowe is a solid receiver that is a hope-and-a-prayer play now on the league's worst scoring team when it comes to fantasy WRs. I'd rather have a high-upside player like a Danario Alexander in there at this point then have Bowe leave me with zero or be dependent upon Brady Quinn.

 

Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
Percy Harvin is still not ready to return from the ankle injury suffered against Seattle on Nov. 4. He missed the Week 10 game against Detroit and even the bye could not get him healthy in time for today's Bears game. Rookie Jarius Wright stepped in and caught three balls for 65 yards and a score on five targets in Week 10. But the Bears, although losers of their last two, have only allowed one TD and no receiver has gone over 60 or caught more than four balls in those two games. If it's not a healthy Harvin or an alive Adrian Peterson, there are no Vikings I'm playing today.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, Dwayne Bowe, Percy Harvin Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:10
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, RBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers (Monday night)
At least fantasy owners don't have to worry about whether LeSean McCoy will or will not play. He has already been declared out for the Monday night game due to the concussion he suffered last week against Washington. McCoy is still reportedly still dealing with headaches and dizziness. If you have not grabbed Bryce Brown off of waivers already, go do it. Go do it if for no other reason than to block the McCoy owner. Then the question becomes: Do you start Brown? In PPR leagues, he's a definite RB2. Even though the Eagles are ranked 22nd in points from fantasy RBs in PPR scoring, they are ranked 15th in receptions from RBs. Nick Foles will remain at QB as Michael Vick is still out with a concussion. Brown can serve as the proverbial check-down man for Foles while also going up against a Carolina defense ranked 28th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring.

 

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
The high-ankle sprain that Antonio Brown has is one he reportedly said he would not normally try and return too quickly from. But the Steelers are not normal right now. They are down to their third quarterback (Charlie Batch) with injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. Brown practiced on a limited basis and is making the effort to get back on the field to help the team try and stay alive in the playoff race. He is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for the early game against Cleveland. I would avoid Brown; the deck is stacked against him too much this week. With the Steelers down to Batch, the ankle injury not fully healed and outside of Dez Bryant's 12-145-1 day last week, the Browns had not surrendered a score or more than 73 yards to a receiver since Week 6.
UPDATE: Antonio Brown is inactive for today's game. That's a relief to fantasy owners that would like for him to be healthier down the stretch when/if Ben Roethlisberger returns.

 

Jay CutlerJay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Jay Cutler appears as if he has passed all of the concussion tests and will return for the Bears' 1 p.m. start against visiting Minnesota. He practiced daily, albeit in a limited capacity, and multiple reports have him starting today. He faces a Vikings team that has surrendered three touchdowns to opposing QBs each of the last three weeks and 17 total TDs to the position this season. Minnesota has just five interceptions this season and only four sacks; the defense recorded 22 sacks in the first seven games. For what it's worth, which is not much, Cutler threw for 267 and two TDs with no interceptions in his only meeting against Minnesota last season (Week 6) and Josh McCown followed with 160 and a score in Week 17.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Antonio Brown, Jay Cutler Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:05
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Greg JenningsGreg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants (Sunday night)
Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen) practiced on a limited basis this week and will be a game-time decision tonight. There are three red flags right there: return from injury, game-time decision and Sunday night game. Jennings has not played since Week 4, so expecting much from a receiver coming off a two-month layoff would be asking a lot. The Giants have allowed 12 receivers to have double-digit days in PPR scoring since Jennings went out in Week 4. So it's suffice to say the Packers should be fine without Jennings in that department. Green Bay's defensive injuries might mean a shootout is in order and Jennings could be needed, but those are still quite a few scenarios to try and count on a receiver after eight weeks on the sidelines.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday night)
Ahmad Bradshaw finally saw the practice field on Friday in a limited capacity, but this has become the norm for the Giants' running back. He is still listed as probable with the foot injury. Since missing Week 3, Bradshaw has played in the following seven games and never dipped below 10 carries. He has carried 129 times for 581 yards (4.5 YPC) and scored three times. The touchdowns are not coming, but the carries are and that still makes him a decent play. He's scored in double digits five times in PPR scoring in the last seven games, and coming off a bye he gets a Packers defense that has allowed three touchdowns and 3.8 YPC to RBs over the last five weeks.

 

Blaine GabbertBlaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, QBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
So Blaine Gabbert gets injured, Chad Henne steps in and throws for 354 yards and four scores on 16-of-33 passing in an overtime loss at Houston last week. The aftermath: Gabbert goes on IR, Henne gets the start and now welcomes a Tennessee team that is ranked 23rd against fantasy QBs. The Titans followed a three-TD, 229-yard performance against Jay Cutler (thanks in large part to the Bears' defense and a short offensive field) by forcing three interceptions, allowing no TDs and surrendering 217 yards to Ryan Tannehill in Miami. Henne is a for-sure play in two-QB leagues, but you'd be hard pressed to start him in standard leagues.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Greg Jennings, Ahmad Bradshaw, Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:00
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Darrius Heyward-BeyDarrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
A hamstring injury last week in practice landed Darrius Heyward-Bey on the injury report as questionable against the visiting Saints. He ended up playing in the game, drawing five targets for four catches and 69 yards — leading the Raiders' receivers in all three categories. He practiced in full on Friday in preparation for today's game at Cincinnati, and draws a Bengals team that is fifth-best against fantasy WRs. Cincinnati has surrendered just two TDs to receivers in the last five weeks. It could be tough sledding for DHB and his hamstring.

 

Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
Andrew Luck's Stanford teammate and fellow rookie, Coby Fleener, has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury but could return today against the Bills. Even if he returns today, fellow rookie, Dwayne Allen, has not done a bad job as the lead tight end. Allen has posted double-digit fantasy days in two of those three games, something Fleener has not done since Week 1. The question is not so much: Will Fleener have a fantasy impact? It is how much of an affect he will have on what Allen has been able to do the last two games. Allen, a top-12 tight end in PPR leagues the last three weeks, will likely see a drop off and neither can be counted on as fantasy starts.

 

Danny AmendolaDanny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
Danny Amendola has been back two games since his clavicle injury and been great, as usual, in PPR leagues. He was targeted 12 times, grabbing 11 for 102 yards in Week 10 and followed with seven catches on 11 targets for 41 yards in Week 11. However, he injured his foot against the Jets last week and did not practice this week. He is doubtful for the Rams' late start against the Cardinals, and you should probably find another option. Brandon Gibson had PPR games of 16.1, 11 and 7.6 in the three games Amendola missed. He might be an option. However, with Amendola in the lineup against the Cardinals in Week 5, only Chris Givens scored in double digits. That was thanks to his only catch — a 51-yard TD. The Cardinals have allowed seven double-digit receivers in the five games since, but it's a tough ask to go with any Rams receiver not named Amendola.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Coby Fleener, Danny Amendola, Darrius Heyward-Bey: Week 12 Injury Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 05:51
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Fred JacksonFred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts
Fred Jackson practiced this week and is on pace to return to the lineup from the concussion that kept him out of the Bills' Week 11 game. Jackson carried 16 times for 80 yards and caught four of five targets for 35 yards the last time he played. Coach Chan Gailey said C.J. Spiller will get the start and get the majority of snaps. The Bills, who are third in the NFL in fantasy scoring from their running backs, might be abandoning the committee approach. When Spiller and Jackson played together in Week 10, Jackson had the 20 touches and Spiller had 13. Spiller entered the game with a shoulder injury, though. It's hard to know if Gailey will truly give Spiller a majority of the touches. The Colts allow the eighth-most points to fantasy RBs, so there might be room for both. But the Colts also could jump out to a quick lead and the running game for the Bills could be a complete crapshoot.

 

Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
A late scratch in a late game last week in Oakland, Darren Sproles (hand) should be good to go for today's late game against visiting San Francisco. And if he's good to go, then he's good to go in your lineup — particularly in PPR formats. In the seven games Sproles has played this year, he has scored at least 14 points in six of them. He did that in 15 of 19 games last season, including the postseason. That postseason ended with a loss to San Francisco but not before Sproles scored a season-high 33.2 points in PPR. The 49ers are No. 1 against fantasy RBs this season, allowing just four to reach double digits. But that's just the chance you have to take with a back like Sproles.

 

Julio JonesJulio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Julio Jones was a question mark last week after not practicing all week with an injured ankle. He got the start but failed to finish the game. He drew seven targets, catching three for 33 yards. He practiced this week and should be able to start again this week, but we now have to be worried that an early exit is repeated. It stinks on multiple levels because we are making the final playoff push in fantasy and Jones has been the stud on the road while Roddy White's the stud at home. Jones will be a game-time decision in Tampa, but I would play this one conservative and look elsewhere.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Fred Jackson, Darren Sproles, Julio Jones: Week 12 Injury Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 05:50
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Happy Thanksgiving. Now go set your lineup for three games in Week 12 that are probably starting way too early to your likeability. There are a few key injuries that are affecting these Thanksgiving games, and hopefully we can help you out to set your lineup and feel comfortable going into Sunday’s full slate.

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Pierre Garcon returned to action last week and was limited as expected. He played in 23 of the team's 58 offensive snaps — nine pass and 14 run plays — and caught three passes for five yards. Josh Morgan led the Redskins' receivers by playing on 40 snaps. He was limited at practice on Tuesday and saw light work in Wednesday's walk-through in advance of today's game against Dallas. Garcon is still not at 100 percent and he might be a player you hold on to, have to sacrifice him blowing up one game and move on from there. But knowing that Robert Griffin III has the free agent weapon the team went out and got at the receiver this position is at least back in the fold in some way, shape or form is good news as a late-season add.

 

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Felix JonesMan, it is getting uglier and uglier when it comes to the Dallas ground game. DeMarco Murray went down with a foot injury in Week 6 and has yet to return. Felix Jones has stepped in and had six double-digit fantasy weeks in the last seven games thanks to four touchdowns. Jones has been dealing with a knee bruise and is questionable for today's game against Washington. The Cowboys are also likely to be without left tackle, Tyron Smith (ankle). Center Phil Costa (ankle) is out again. Washington, while terrible against the pass — unless you're Nick Foles — has been decent against fantasy running backs because of the pass. The Redskins have allowed just three touchdowns to the position the last five weeks and only three runners have eclipsed 79 yards this season against them. If Jones cannot go then rookie Lance Dunbar would make his first start. He underwent a knee procedure this week but it should not set him back. However, the issues on the line, with the running game itself and the Redskins’ stoutness against fantasy RBs make starting most Cowboys a little scary.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Pierre Garcon, Felix Jones Thanksgiving Day Updates&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 05:30
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Happy Thanksgiving. Now go set your lineup for three games in Week 12 that are probably starting way too early to your likeability. There are a few key injuries that are affecting these Thanksgiving games, and hopefully we can help you out to set your lineup and feel comfortable going into Sunday’s full slate.

DeMarco MurrayDeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Last week we heard Murray say it was the best he's felt since suffering his foot injury. His chances of playing against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday was highly doubtful, particularly with the Cowboys playing today. And as has been evident, Dallas badly needs him to return and spark its running game. However, it appears he will miss his sixth straight game. So we have to hope that lucky No. 7 will make for Murray's return against Philadelphia in Week 13. And the running game that is already struggling will likely even more as Murray's back up, Felix Jones (knee) and left tackle, Tyron Smith (ankle), are questionable. It would be up to rookie Lance Dunbar to pick up the slack if Jones is out. Dunbar underwent a knee procedure of his own this week, putting the Cowboys' run game in an even more precarious position.

 

Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, TEs, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Rob GronkowskiBy now you’ve heard the news on Rob Gronkowski. If you haven’t, the game’s top tight end broke his left forearm on an extra point play with 3:59 remaining in the Patriots’ 59-24 win against Indianapolis last week, had surgery and is now out 4-6 weeks. In steps an injured Aaron Hernandez to fill the role. That is if he is healthy enough to suit up for the last of the three games on Thanksgiving. He reportedly will play tonight. Hernandez has been battling a severely sprained ankle that has kept him out of seven of the team’s 10 games. He returned too soon a few weeks ago and that reportedly set him back in his recovery. Why don’t coaches realize that us as fantasy owners have waiver wires and can make plans until our stud returns with a clean bill of health? But I digress. Hernandez was close to returning for the Colts’ game but the quick turnaround with the Thanksgiving game made that a tough ask of the still injured tight end. You hate to start a question mark on Thursday and wait around until Monday night to make sure you were right, but if Hernandez is active then you start him, The Jets are just behind the Pats as the fifth-worst fantasy defense against tight ends. Gronkowski had six catches for 78 yards and two scores in their Week 7 matchup and Hernandez added five catches for 54 yards in that game. Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd were question marks going into last week, but combined for 18 targets, 11 catches and 125 yards. There will be plenty to go around for Hernandez, plus the red-zone TD opportunities. In the three full games he has played this season, Hernandez has 23 targets, 17 catches for 143 yards and two scores — or 14.6 points per game in PPR leagues.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> DeMarco Murray, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez Thanksgiving Day Updates</p>
Post date: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 05:25
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Owen DanielsOwen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ther Texans have made Owen Daniels active for today's game. So you have plenty of time to make adjustments — unless you're in a Yahoo league. After missing last week with his hip injury, Daniels was limited in practice this week. You really have to wonder if one of this season's top-five tight ends will be needed much against a Jacksonville team that has lost its last six and has only scored in double digits once in those six losses. Maybe look for someone like Oakland's Brandon Myers, fantasy's ninth-best TE who is owned in just 38 percent of Yahoo leagues, going against a Saints defense that is ranked 21st against the position. Myers was listed on the injury report with a concussion and shoulder, but is active as well and practiced in full on Thursday and Friday.

 

DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, RBs, Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns
DeMarco Murray teased us early in the week when he said "this week is the best I've felt." He was listed as doubtful with the foot injury that continues to bother him and is now inactive today. The Cowboys turn around and play on Thanksgiving later this week, so perhaps we will see him back on the field then. Felix Jones finally had a decent fantasy week for those in all scoring formats, hitting 18.3 in PPR and 15.3 in standard scoring. That was Jones' highest output of the season against an Eagles defense ranked 29th against fantasy backs the last five weeks. Now Jones draws a Browns defense that is ranked 25th against his position the last five weeks. Jones doubled the carries of his two backups combined and is at least a high RB2/flex play today.

 

Michael Vick out, Nick Foles inMichael Vick, Nick Foles, QBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
The concussion that knocked Michael Vick out of last week's game against Dallas will keep him out of today's game against Washington. Rookie Nick Foles will get his first start. Foles was 22-of-32 for 219 yards with one TD, one interception and a fumble against Dallas, and now he draws a Redskins defense that is ranked 31st against fantasy QBs (25.4 PPG). No quarterback has thrown for under 200 yards (the first eight hit at least 299), no quarterback has left without a TD and the Redskins are 0-8 against the rookie QBs they've faced since 2006, to boot. Foles has LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, with a back strain, at his disposal. You can't assume that Andy Reid is going to lean on the run game to take pressure off of the rookie QB; he hasn't leaned on the run game in the past. If there was ever a time to take a flier on a QB with high upside, this is the week.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Fantasy updates for Michael Vick, Nick Foles, DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Owen Daniels &nbsp;</p>
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are out again this week with their high ankle sprains, and while Marcel Reece (hamstring) is on the injury report, he did practice this week and is expected to start. And there are a lot of factors that point toward Reece being a very, very solid start this week. First and foremost, he is all but last-man standing in the Raiders' backfield. Starting WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is highly questionable (hamstring) and TE Brandon Myers is dealing with a concussion. Add to all of those factors that the Saints are the second-worst team in the league against fantasy running backs and this should be a stars align kind of matchup. Reece can run and catch and will need to do both for Oakland to keep pace with the Saints.

 

Donald BrownDonald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots
Donald Brown returned last week from his knee injury to split carries with Vick Ballard in the team's 27-10 win at Jacksonville. Two things disconcerting about the timeshare is that neither backs reached 50 yards with the 12 and 14 carries they got, and they won by 17. It is unlikely the Colts are winning by 17 today against New England. Yes, they might run the ball more to try and control the clock against the Patriots, but will one back emerge if that's the route the Colts go? This, of course, is the state of fantasy football with RBBC, but there is nothing dynamic about Brown that makes him a worthy start today. Add in that he is still dealing with the knee and I'd rather take my chances with Marcel Reece or Jacquizz Rodgers.

 

Julio JonesJulio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals
The every other week philosophy is in place with Julio Jones and Roddy White this season. Almost every other week one of the two has gotten theirs and the other simply has not. Only once this season have the two scored above 14 points each in the same game in PPR scoring. Jones started the trend in Week 1 and it turned out to be road games were his forte as the schedule fell. Last week was supposed to be his week in New Orleans and for the first time on the road he failed to reach at least 17.7 points in PPR scoring. Trends say this should not be his week as it is White's turn and the Falcons are at home. Add in the ankle injury for Jones and perhaps the fantasy football gods are telling us something. He did not practice at all this week due to the injury but is active. Arizona is 15th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring and eighth over the last five weeks. The Cardinals have not surrendered over 80 yards to a receiver since Week 6 but they have allowed seven TDs to the position since then. Tough to sit Jones, but the Falcons do have other weapons to get the job done against an Arizona team which is 1-3 on the road and has not scored more than 17 points away from its house since the 20 it had in Week 2.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Darren McFadden, Donald Brown, Julio Jones &nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:31
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Jordy Nelson Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
A hamstring shelved Jordy Nelson in Week 8 and as soon as he comes back he goes out early with an ankle injury in Week 9, receiving just one target and no catches. Coming off of the bye, Nelson waslisted as probable with the hamstring and not the ankle, but is active. Today he draws a Lions secondary that has been depleted all season long. Despite their injuries, the Lions are still middle of the road against fantasy receivers. Only Percy Harvin (Week 6) and Nate Washington (Week 3 thanks to a circus grab) have gone over 100 yards. Brandon Marshall's 6-for-81 and a TD in Week 7 is the third-best day against Detroit. The numbers might be a bit skewed over the last three weeks having faced Seattle, Jacksonville and Minnesota, but no receiver has gone over 65 yards. The Lions have allowed four TDs to four different receivers over that time, however. Bottom line: Coming off a bye, if Nelson is active, he's active in your lineup. The aforementioned numbers are just fair warning. But, speaking of numbers, Nelson was 14-for-253 with four scores in two games against Detroit last season.

 

Wes WelkerWes Welker, WR, New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts
Wes Welker practiced for the first time this week on Friday and is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Welker, along with fellow receiver Brandon Lloyd and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, are all listed as questionable. Is this just the typical Patriots injury report or are we looking at an offensive epidemic? For Gronk and Lloyd, they are much better bets to go in today's late game. For Hernandez, he is likely out, and Welker will be a game-time decision. Welker's injury seems a little more concerning than usual. He's had his three lowest scoring outputs the last three weeks since the 2.9 he opened the season with against Tennessee. There's no guarantee whether it will be Julian Edelman or Deion Branch that would see increased targets were Welker and Hernandez not to play. It's looking like the Pats' receiving corps might be like its RB corps — you don't know which one to count on.

 

Michael TurnerMichael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals
There has been a lot of talk lately about how Michael Turner fits, or doesn't fit, in the up-tempo offense the Falcons are running these days. A lot is still dependent upon the in-game situation. For example, the Falcons trailed the Saints last week and Turner had just 13 carries for 15 yards. It is the seventh time in nine games Turner has been at 18 or less carries this season, however. It is not so much that the role is shifting to the speedy Jacquizz Rodgers as it is just simply Turner will not be the 300-plus carry, 1,200-yard back anymore. He is listed on the injury report this week as questionable with a groin injury. And the Falcons, coming off their first loss, draw a Cardinals team that was gashed by Adrian Peterson (153-1) and C.J. Spiller (110 total yards and a TD) in Weeks 6 and 7 but followed by slowing down San Francisco and Green Bay's running games in losses by 18 and 14 points. Today's Falcons-Cards game is an early start; so monitor Turner's status. If he is out, Rodgers is a must-start.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 11 for Jordy Nelson, Wes Welker, Michael Turner</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:30
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Well, Pierre Garcon is back apparently. A season that began with an 88-yard screen pass for a TD from Robert Griffin III in Week 1 was also cut short because of that TD. Garcon injured his foot on the play and has seen just two more games of action since — garnering eight targets for four catches and 44 yards. Garcon is listed as questionable for today's game against the Eagles and their 13th ranked fantasy defense against receivers in PPR scoring. But all signs point to him returning to action today. Then the question becomes: how much action will he see? It is not likely it will be enough to make a fantasy dent, but keep in mind the only dent he has made thus far in 2012 is one screen pass taken 88 yards for a score. If you are super desperate, give it a shot against an Eagles defense that has given up five TDs to receivers in the last four games.

 

Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Brandon Myers is dealing with a shoulder and a concussion that have him listed as probable on the injury report. But the game's ninth-best tight end was back at practice on Thursday and Friday in full. There is no Darren McFadden or Mike Goodson in the backfield. There might not be a Darrius Heyward-Bey in the receiving corps, but there is a Saints defense susceptible to giving up yards and points. Enter Myers. A week ago, New Orleans allowed Tony Gonzalez to catch 11 balls on 15 targets for 122 yards and two TDs. Now that is a Hall of Famer, but even half that day is 18 points in a PPR. I'd even take the 9.5 Myers is averaging.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts
Brandon Lloyd has been limited all week at practice with his knee injury and joins Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez as Patriots that have a legitimate chance of being inactive for today's late game. Of course Lloyd has been low boom or bust this season already. He was likely providing a good value early on with four straight double-digit PPR days to start the season, but he has had three games under 10 points in his last five outings; the other two have been 14- and 16.8-point games. But he has played with this lingering knee injury and the Pats draw a Colts defense today that is fourth-worst in the league against receivers in PPR scoring.  
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Jay Cutler out, Jason Campbell inJay Cutler, Jason Campbell, QBs, Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers (Monday night)
Jay Cutler has been ruled out of Monday night's game at San Francisco after the concussion he received in the first half of last week's game. Jason Campbell, who stepped under center in the second half last week, will get the starting nod. And the team he draws is fourth-best against fantasy QBs. Granted, here is who the 49ers have faced since Matthew Stafford in Week 2: Christian Ponder, Mark Sanchez, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, John Skelton and Sam Bradford. However, three of the last four starters have had double-digit days. Now Campbell steps in and takes over for a Bears' offense that was already ranked 24th amongst fantasy QBs with three games above 24 fantasy points at the position, and four games below 15 points. If Cutler couldn't do it, why would Campbell, whose had plenty of chances bouncing around the league, be any better for the Bears? Go grab Nick Foles off the wire if he's still out there (in 84 percent of Yahoo leagues he is) and take your chances with him vs. a Redskins defense ranked 31st against fantasy QBs instead of relying on Campbell.

 

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
A neck injury suffered last week vs. Tampa Bay kept Ryan Mathews off the practice field until he returned in a limited capacity on Friday. Injuries are making this quite an interesting matchup on both sides. If Mathews plays he will likely not have left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) helping block for him. On the other side of the line is injured defensive end Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), who will be a game-time decision and cornerback Tracy Porter (illness), who is out. Denver currently ranked 14th against fantasy RBs and have not allowed a back to reach 20 points in fantasy since Week 5. Mathews had 13.3 points in PPR scoring in their Week 6 matchup. Mathews has only eclipsed 20 points once this season (Week 5 - 25.9). It is unlikely you have a better back out there and have been dealing with the Mathews situation all season. But I would take a chance with guys like Alfred Morris and Marcel Reece over Mathews this week; as a matter of fact, I am.

 

Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, WRs, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (Sunday night)
Antonio Brown (ankle) will miss his second straight game with the injury that knocked him out two weeks ago. Emmanuel Sanders will get his second start in place of Brown. The good news: the Steelers face a Ravens team that is ranked 22nd against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring and the secondary, already besieged by injuries earlier in the season, has corner Jimmy Smith out with a groin and safety Ed Reed dealing with a stinger in his shoulder. The bad news: Byron Leftwich is at quarterback for the Steelers and Pittsburgh has a full stable of running backs now that might make depending on a particular receiver a little troublesome. Sanders drew seven targets and caught two of them for 30 yards last week with Brown out. That was with both Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich at QB. I think I'd pass on Sanders tonight as the Steelers run on the Ravens.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 11: Jay Cutler, Ryan Mathews, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:10
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Dwayne BoweDwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Dwayne Bowe is listed as probable on the injury report with a thigh. He is coming off of a 4-for-55 performance on nine targets vs. Pittsburgh. He had a 22-yard TD called back by a ho-hum holding call against the Steelers. Bowe has Matt Cassel at QB again. Cassel has targeted Bowe 19 times in the last two games, but 12-for-134 (12.7 PPG in PPR 6.7 in standard scoring) and no scores is all Bowe has to show for it. Cassel has just one TD to three interceptions in the last three games. Bowe will likely draw coverage from Leon Hall, Pro Football Focus' 38th-ranked cornerback currently. Hall has been targeted 16 times, allowing 13 catches for 126 yards and no scores the last three games. So Bowe should be par for the course average this week.

 

Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders
Darren Sproles is listed as questionable with the hand injury he has. The good news: He could be active today and if active should handle a full workload if the swelling in his hand is not a problem. The bad news: He will likely be part of four active running backs against the Raiders, and counting on a back with a swollen hand in a crowded backfield his first time back from the injury is a pretty scary fantasy prospect. Call me conservative, but I will use this as an exploratory game with Sproles to see how he fares when the game is over. If anyone was silly enough to drop him in your league, then by all means go and grab him now. In eight percent of the Yahoo leagues that is the case.

 

Darrius Heyward-BeyDarrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Isn't this just always the way? Coming off of his best game of the season, Darrius Heyward-Bey is questionable for today's game with a hamstring injury. DHB caught five balls for 82 yards and a score against Baltimore last week and was primed for back-to-back weeks with the Saints on tap today. He strained his hamstring in practice Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday or Friday. No practice. Bad hamstring. Late start. No thanks. The Raiders have other options and are certainly used to playing without Heyward-Bey over his career. If you're a DHB owner, hope he doesn't play so he comes back 100 percent against the Bengals in Week 12.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Dwayne Bowe, Darren Sproles, Darrius Heyward-Bey: Injury Updates Week 11&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:05
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, QBs, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (Sunday night)
Ben Roethlisberger is on the shelf with a scary rib injury and when fantasy's ninth-best quarterback will returns no one knows. We do know that there is no way you can go to his backup, Byron Leftwich, for your fantasy lineup. He never threw more than 15 TD passes in a season, never threw for more than 2,900 yards in a season and might not even be a good fit for the Steelers under Todd Haley. An article from ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley certainly caught my attention early in the week, and it did not spell good news for either Leftwich or Charlie Batch as positive replacements. Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for Big Ben and that no fantasy owner has to rely on either of his backups.

 

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts
He's in. He's out. His ankle injury from earlier in the year continues to be a problem and it seems likely Aaron Hernandez will be out for today's late start against the Colts. Hernandez missed Weeks 2-5 with the injury, returned in Weeks 6 (6-30-1) and 7 (5-54-0) but missed the last two games with a bye week sandwiched in between. Surely you've moved on and have been filling your roster with either or more reliable replacement or are living week to week with a new guy, hoping Hernandez comes back, Well, hope for one more week. And it's a short week at that as the Patriots travel to the Jets for a Thanksgiving night game. That is the last team Hernandez faced, catching the five balls for 54 yards in Week 7.

 

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday night)
A chest injury has Torrey Smith listed as probable on the injury report. He practiced in a limited capacity on Friday and is expected to get the start tonight against the Steelers. Pittsburgh, banged up defense and all, has allowed just one TD to a receiver in the last three weeks, three the last five weeks and seven all season. Outside of Demaryius Thomas' 110 yards in Week 1, no receiver has gone over Titans rookie Kendall Wright's 71 in Week 6. Smith enters the game on the heels of just his second set of consecutive double-digit weeks in PPR scoring; Smith had 5-for-71 and a score on nine targets when the teams last met in Week 9 last season. But with Joe Flacco's struggles on the road — his four lowest outputs are away from home this season — and Smith having just one double-digit fantasy day away from Baltimore this season, you better have no other options.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 11: Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, Aaron Hernandez, Torrey Smith</p>
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears (Monday night)
Limited in practice all week and questionable on the injury report with a concussion, Alex Smith is still expected to start at quarterback on Monday night. Great. Now go face the Chicago Bears, ranked third in fantasy against the QB position, Mr. Smith. The Bears have allowed just seven TD passes this season — no more than one per game, picked off 19 passes and six QBs have thrown for less than 219 yards. Even if this game was Sunday at 1 p.m. and Smith was healthy, I would look for another option.

 

Rashard MendenhallRashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (Sunday night)
Rashard Mendenhall is expected to get the start tonight against the Ravens and the Steelers sure could use him. They are without their starting QB. They are without their No. 2 receiver and their defense is banged up. Enter Mendenhall and ball control. The running back is listed as probable with the Achilles injury that he suffered early in Week 6. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will still be in the mix, making it tough to depend on just Mendenhall. But the stars do seem to be aligning for him to be called on to help a Pittsburgh offense without Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Mendenhall had 25 carries for 97 yards and one TD in two games against the Ravens last year. But these are not the same Ravens and Sunday night will not be the same Steelers.

 

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
A 44-yard TD pass from rookie Nick Foles to Jeremy Maclin in the third quarter last week certainly did nothing to dampen our hopes of what these two could possibly do today against a terrible Redskins pass defense. A back strain has Maclin listed as probable on the injury report, but the receiver said he expects to start. He practiced in full on Friday and his health should not be a concern in Week 11. Washington is ranked 31st against fantasy receivers this season. Seven receivers have eclipsed 100 yards; three more have had at least 71 and 11 have caught a TD.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Alex Smith, Rashard Mendenhall, Jeremy Maclin: Injury Updates Week 11</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 05:50
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The fantasy season is nearing its postseason. The weeks are winding down; the injuries are piling up. You need to stay ahead of everything in order to make that playoff push. Here’s some information on those that are on the Week 10 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Listed as probable with an illness (flu/chest cold), LeSean McCoy saw limited work on Friday for his first practice of the week but should start today. McCoy has scored in double digits in PPR formats in all eight games this season, including a season-high 21.7 against Atlanta in Week 8. Dallas is ranked 10th against fantasy backs in PPR scoring but just allowed Michael Turner to run for 102 yards and a TD on 20 carries last week and Ahmad Bradshaw to run for 78 yards two weeks ago. Start McCoy, take your double-digit scoring and hope the Eagles hold on to the ball long enough for Shady to get into the 20s for just the second time this season.

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants
Listed as probable for today's game against the Giants with an illness, BenJarvus Green-Ellis practiced on Thursday and Friday and should be a go against a New York team ranked eighth against fantasy running backs in PPR scoring. The Giants allowed Isaac Redman to run for 147 yards and a score on 26 carries last week, Alfred Morris to run for 120 yards on 22 carries in Week 7. Green-Ellis has not had 20-plus carries since Week 4 and only twice all year. He produced his first double-digit fantasy day since the 26-carry game last week (13.3 vs. Denver). The Law Firm has had games of 16, 18 and 17 carries the last three outings. The bulk we hoped for is there but so is the 3.4 YPC we expected. One stat in BJGE's favor is this: the Giants have faced nine double-digit carry backs this season, only two have not scored double-digit fantasy points in PPR scoring and the nine of them together have averaged a 13.3-point day. Fittingly, BJGE hit 13.3 exactly last week. It's meant to be, folks.

 

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans
Well, so much for the bum hamstring on a receiver doing damage. Brian Hartline took to the field last week, drew 12 targets and caught eight of them for 107 yards against the Colts. Still listed as probable with the injury, Hartline practiced all week. Now he draws the Tennessee Titans, who are ranked 22nd against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring. In the three games Hartline has drawn double-digit targets he has scored at least 18.7 points in a PPR (20.1 and 43.3 in the others). The Titans have faced six double-digit target receivers this season and held just one of them below 16.1 points. The six have combined for an average of 24.8 points per game in a PPR. Let that sink in. The Titans surrender an average of 24.8 points per game to double-digit targeted receivers this season. Start Hartline.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Brian Hartline, LeSean McCoy: Injury Updates Week 10 &nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 06:40
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The fantasy season is nearing its postseason. The weeks are winding down; the injuries are piling up. You need to stay ahead of everything in order to make that playoff push. Here’s some information on those that are on the Week 10 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Ahmad BradshawAhmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, RBs, New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is listed as questionable for today's game against Cincinnati while Andre Brown, who left last week's game early with a shoulder injury, is listed as probable due to said injury. Both will play today. The Bengals rank 26th against running backs in PPR scoring and allow an average of one TD a week to the position. Bradshaw is still going to be your bulk carrier (106 carries the last five games) while Brown has turned into the goal line back/vulture. I'm sticking with the bulk in Bradshaw and not taking the chance on Brown, who after bursting on the scene with back-to-back games of 17 and 28 points in a PPR has averaged 7.3 points in a PPR in the four games since.

 

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
A back injury on the final play of the game against Atlanta last week has not landed Tony Romo on the injury report. Playing against the Eagles might, however. Romo has already been sacked 14 times this season — five times in the last two games — and been intercepted 13 times to 10 TDs thrown with two lost fumbles. Philadelphia is not as ferocious on defense as it used to be, ranking 30th in sacks (11), 15th in interceptions (seven) and 26th in fumble recoveries (three). The Eagles are on a four-game losing streak, allowing 25 points per game during the slide. This is not the Eagles' defense of old, but Romo's decision making is the equalizer. Dallas has no run game to speak of with DeMarco Murray on the shelf and that leaves Romo to guide a one-dimensional offense. If you think the Cowboys will work quickly on offense and try to limit the time Romo is back there, then he is a decent play. If you assume the questionable decisions by Romo and offensive game plan by the coaching staff continues to underwhelm, then look elsewhere today.

 

Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
Darren Sproles is out today against Atlanta with the fractured hand that will sideline him for a second straight game. For those trying to make a playoff push, the loss of the PPR/all-purpose fantasy player is as untimely as it can get. But it is par for the course for how RBs have fared in general in fantasy this season. However, if you survive to the fantasy postseason you should have Sproles back in time. Even missing a game, he is still ranked 19th in total fantasy points amongst RBs in a PPR — and that is with just 117 yards rushing and no scores on the ground. His 39 catches are still most amongst RBs as are his 323 yards and four scores. So if someone has dropped Sproles, go get him now and stash him before the transactions lock for this week.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 10: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Tony Romo, Darren Sproles &nbsp;</p>
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The fantasy season is nearing its postseason. The weeks are winding down; the injuries are piling up. You need to stay ahead of everything in order to make that playoff push. Here’s some information on those that are on the Week 10 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Brandon LaFellBrandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos
A concussion quickly sidelined Brandon LaFell's brief return to fantasy relevance for 2012. He is not on the injury report for Week 10 and it would be nice to see him build on the 3-for-88 day he had against Chicago in Week 8. A sleeper for many of us this season, the struggles of Cam Newton have trickled down to the struggles of LaFell as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Steve Smith. There is not much suggesting LaFell starts building this week against a Denver defense ranked 10th against fantasy receivers in PPR formats. Steve Smith is likely to have more success as the Broncos have allowed No. 1 receivers to score five TDs and average six catches for 76 yards. Antonio Brown (4-74 in Week 1) and Kevin Walter (3-73-1 Week 3) are the only non-No. 1 receivers to have any success against the Broncos this season.

 

Danny AmendolaDanny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
A tease to return in Week 8 in London, Danny Amendola (shoulder) is expected to return to the lineup this week for the first time since Week 5. At worst, a target magnet, at best a PPR juggernaut. His return comes against a pretty tough matchup against a 49ers team that is ranked second against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring. And their Week 8 performance before their bye is the perfect sample of what you might expect from Amendola. Three separate receivers had 11 targets for Arizona in Week 8 and none cashed in on a score and none turned those targets into more than Larry Fitzgerald's 65 yards. San Francisco, which has surrendered two scores to WRs this season, has defended four double-digit target players before Arizona's trio. The four combined for 46 targets, 29 catches, 280 yards and one score for an average of 15.8 in a PPR league. These numbers are right up Amendola's alley (a 16.9 PPR average this season), but is it worth the risk that he will return to those numbers in his first game against this defense?

 

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans
A knee, a quad, a Titans defense on the other side of the ball. Ryan Tannehill practiced this week, including Friday, and is listed as probable for today's juicy home matchup against Tennessee. The Titans are ranked 27th against fantasy quarterbacks and have allowed multi-touchdown games to the position in seven of nine games this season, and at least one TD in all nine games. The Titans are terrible against fantasy RBs as well, so the question is: Which position gets theirs this week? Tannehill is not a high-end start, but is bye-week or injury replacement worthy and certainly worth a start in two-QB leagues.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, Ryan Tannehill: Injury Updates Week 10</p>
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The fantasy season is nearing its postseason. The weeks are winding down; the injuries are piling up. You need to stay ahead of everything in order to make that playoff push. Here’s some information on those that are on the Week 10 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Dez BryantDez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
A full week of practice with the hip injury is a lot better than not practicing at all last week with the injury. Now the question is whether we can fully trust Dez Bryant or his QB, Tony Romo. The Eagles are ranked 14th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring, and have only faced four double-digit target receivers this season; all four produced double-digit days. The Eagles have allowed four receivers not targeted at least 10 times to also have double-digit PPR days — and all four have happened in the last three games. The Cowboys have no run game without DeMarco Murray, so if Dez Bryant is worth at least a flex and a low-end WR2 with potential (as is every week) to lead the week in WR scoring.

 

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears (Sunday night)
A hip injury could slow down Owen Daniels' resurgent in 2012. It's been a season where the Wisconsin product has become a top-two tight end. But if there was ever a week for OD to miss and make a TE decision easier (if you have a back up or cull the waiver wire) then it is against this Chicago defense. The Bears are ranked 23rd against the TE position in fantasy. A lot of that came from Jason Witten's 13-for-112 and one-TD game in Week 4. The Bears have surrendered just one other TD (Tom Crabtree, Week 2) and no TE has come close to Witten's 112. Coby Fleener had 82 yards in Week 1 and Chicago has not surrendered more than 37 yards to the position outside of those two games. The questionable hip, the strong defense and the Sunday night start should have you looking elsewhere today.

 

Steve Johnson, Donald Jones, WRs, Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Steve Johnson suffered a bruised thigh last week and is questionable for today's game against New England. Perhaps he is limited and perhaps Donald Jones steps in for another big game against the Pats. A 2-for-23 performance for Johnson against New England in Week 4 does not necessarily scream optimism, either. Jones, meanwhile, had 90 yards and a score against the Patriots in Week 4. Maybe Jones draws No. 1 coverage, but the Bills, with or without Johnson, are going to have to throw the ball to hang around because of their own defense against the powerful Pats offense. New England won 52-28 in Week 4. Jones has come on the last few weeks. He has received 14 targets for 10 catches 112 yards and one score.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Dez Bryant, Owen Daniels, Steve Johnson: Injury Updates Week 10</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 05:55
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The fantasy season is nearing its postseason. The weeks are winding down; the injuries are piling up. You need to stay ahead of everything in order to make that playoff push. Here’s some information on those that are on the Week 10 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Jamaal CharlesJamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Monday night)
A neck injury last week had people a little scared about what the status of Jamaal Charles would be for Monday night. But he is not on the injury report. And he also has not been on many positive fantasy reports the last three games. After three straight games of 40.8, 26.5 and 19.1 points in PPR scoring, Charles has a combined 20.3 points the last three weeks and a combined 34.2 in the five games that were not part of the three good ones. Now he draws a Steelers team that has allowed just three backs to have double-digit days in PPR scoring. All three came in a three-game span of Weeks 3-6. Hard to sit Charles but it's also hard to trust anything in a Chiefs uniform right now. He's not even getting garbage-time points. The 20.3 points in the last three games have come in losses by an average of 18.6 points per game.

 

Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez is a fantasy tease. When he's on he's great. But his dependability has been an issue this season. Today he is out with the ankle injury that has been a bother since Week 2. He has played in three full games this season, receiving at least seven targets in those games, catching at least six passes in two games, at least 54 yards in two games and at least one TD in two games. The Pats are coming off a bye and Hernandez missed earlier in the week due to the birth of his daughter. He practiced three days this week but teased us again. And what a match up he had against a Bills team that allowed two scores to the TE position last week, has allowed at least 100 yards to the position twice this season and is ranked 24th altogether against the position in PPR formats. Unfortunately, it is too bad there's not a dependable back up behind Hernandez. It's way too risky to start Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui or Visanthe Shiancoe for the Pats, but it would also not surprise if one of them has a great day.

 

Felix Jones, DeMarco Murray, Phillip Tanner, Lance Dunbar, RBs, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Man, do the Cowboys need DeMarco Murray back. They are 22nd in the league in PPR scoring from the running back position this season and 31st the last three weeks. Whether it is Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, Lance Dunbar or Lawrence Vickers, none of them have proven to be dependable fantasy backs. Now the Cowboys draw an Eagles team ranked 14th against the position in PPR scoring, having given up two TDs on the ground and two through the air to RBs this season. Miles Austin and Jason Witten are about the only two Cowboys (and their DST today) I am trusting against Philadelphia in Week 10.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 10: Jamaal Charles, Aaron Hernandez, Felix Jones, DeMarco Murray</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 05:50

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