Articles By Corby Yarbrough

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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.

Rashard MendenhallJonathan Dwyer, Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Chris Rainey, Baron Batch, RBs, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Monday night)
The entire Steelers backfield is struggling with injuries going into a matchup that is very inviting for running backs against the Kansas City Chiefs. Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles), Jonathan Dwyer (quadriceps), Isaac Redman (ankle) and Chris Rainey (ribs) are all on the injury report. Mendenhall is not likely to return for this week but he will be the man when he does return. Dwyer comes back after missing last week with a quadriceps strain. Redman had 23.1 points in a PPR last week but the return of Dwyer makes the backfield a little diluted. And so does the presence of Chris Rainey. He might not get a lot of touches but the touches he does get means less for the ones that already weren't getting enough. Then there's healthy Baron Batch. Take a flier on Dwyer or Redman in what should be a blowout. But every time I have written, "this team should have its way..." it has been a close game on each occasion.

 

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins
Jake LockerWell, it can't get any worse for the Titans than last week's performance against the Bears. Locker returns to the starting lineup after being sidelined with a separated shoulder he suffered twice this season. The Titans are ranked 22nd amongst fantasy QBs this season, 25th the last three weeks. All three of his top receivers are also on the injury report — Kenny Britt (knee), Kendall Wright (elbow) and Nate Washington (illness). All four are probable and should play against a Miami defense that is ranked 23rd against fantasy QBs, including 433 yards and two scores to Andrew Luck last week. It is unlikely Locker throws for 433, but the Dolphins have not held a starter under 234 yards and at least one TD this season. Locker is likely only useful in two-QB leagues, but there are a lot worse players you can take a shot with this week considering his matchup.

 

Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions
From extremely doubtful to out is the news on Percy Harvin for today's game. An ankle injury had sidelined Harvin all week. He caught just two passes for 10 yards on six targets last week — season lows in every department. And it's just not good all around for the Vikings. Receiver Jerome Simpson is still not 100 percent, listed as probable with a calf injury. Tight end Kyle Rudolph's hot start has certainly not continued throughout the first nine weeks of the season. Christian Ponder has been struggling. Then there's the one that started this season as the biggest question mark but has soared back from ACL/MCL surgery. Adrian Peterson takes on a Detroit team he already ran for 102 yards on in Week 4 and Peterson has been a double-digit scorer in PPR formats every week this season. Stick with him and run from the rest.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 10: Jonathan Dwyer, Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Chris Rainey, Baron Batch, Jake Locker, Percy Harvin</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 05:42
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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.

Hakeem NicksHakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals
I wrote here last week to sit Hakeem Nicks
until he proves he can be productive. Yes, you might have to miss out on a week but it cannot be any worse than what he has done so far. Hopefully, you drafted well or hit the waiver wire and have long since moved on from the underperforming Nicks. He said he did not have a setback with his swollen knee, and he also still has the matter of the broken bone in his foot that he was originally coming back from at the beginning of the season. He told reporters he handles the foot "a lot better" than the knee. Yikes, yikes and yikes. We are 10 weeks into the season and he is coming off of a season-low four-target game — of which he caught one for 10 yards. And now he draws a Bengals team ranked 11th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring.

 

Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, WRs, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Monday night)
An ankle injury will keep Antonio Brown out of the lineup on Monday night. Emmanuel Sanders would be a decent replacement for a Steelers team that ranks 13th amongst fantasy receivers and 12th amongst fantasy quarterbacks in points score. The Chiefs are ranked ninth against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring and 25th against fantasy RBs. However, the Steelers are struggling with the health of their backfield. Sanders' first TD of the season last week salvaged a 2-for-20 day on just two targets. He has been inconsistent in production this season, but the removal of Brown and the drops of Mike Wallace could mean good things for Sanders in the coming weeks.

 

Darren McFaddenDarren McFadden and Mike Goodson, Taiwan Jones, Marcel Reece, RBs, Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore
Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both suffered high ankle sprains last week and are on the shelf for today's early game at Baltimore. Now it is up to speedster Taiwan Jones and bruiser Marcel Reece to carry the load for the Raiders. On Monday, the coaching staff said it did not have trust in Jones due to ball security issues and he and Reece split first-team reps this week. If you want to go for the home run, go for the guy that can likely get it in Jones. If you go for the guy that would likely get the bulk of the carries and can punch it in near the goal line, go for Reece. Keep in mind Oakland is 17th in fantasy when it comes to scoring from RBs. However, Baltimore is 25th against the position, including at least 90 yards allowed to five backs in the last four games and a TD allowed to the position in all but last week's game against Trent Richardson (25-for-105 and six catches for 31 yards).
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 10: Hakeem Nicks, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson, Taiwan Jones, Marcel Reece</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 05:40
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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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts
OK, Ryan Tannehill is probably one of the last QBs you'd be starting, even in two-quarterback leagues. He is currently 30th at the position in fantasy and an inconsistent producer as one would expect from a rookie QB. He has had four games above 200 yards and three games below, and he has only tossed TD passes in three games. A knee injury knocked him out of the Jets game last week, but he will start today. So this is more of a heads up that there are better options than Tannehill. One possible replacement could be his possible replacement in Matt Moore. And that is only because the Dolphins face a Colts team that has allowed five of seven opposing starters to throw for at least 236 yards and at least one score.

 

Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. Buffalo Bills
Well, the Ben Tate as the ultimate handcuff, regardless if starter Arian Foster is playing or not, has not worked out this season. Tate has 178 yards on the ground with two scores and just nine catches for 48 yards. He is not the cheap flex on a run-based team we thought he would be. A hamstring injury will keep him out against a weak Buffalo run defense (ranked last against fantasy RBs) and that is not good coming off a Texans' bye. Tate has not sniffed double digits in fantasy since Week 2's 16-touch, 97 total yards, two-TD day. Might be time to cut, bait, er, Tate.

 

Jordy NelsonJordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Bad hamstring. Missed game. No practice since missed game. A bye week coming up next week. The stars were not aligning for Jordy Nelson to play today against visiting Arizona. But, alas, he is active. Can you trust him, though? Can you throw a receiver in your lineup that relies on speed and has a bad hammy slowing him down? Ask Miles Austin how that has worked over the years. Randall Cobb and James Jones should be able to feast on a Cardinals team that has allowed four touchdowns to receivers in the last three weeks. 
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 9: Ryan Tannehill, Ben Tate, Jordy Nelson &nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 06:00
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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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Darren SprolesDarren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Monday night)
A broken hand has Darren Sproles out indefinitely. If there's any good news, as a selfish fantasy owner writes, is that we don't have to wait until Monday for lineup decisions. The bad news is that we just lost a PPR stud. Yes, it might clear up the Saints' backfield situation a little bit, but I am still not trusting Mark Ingram unless he has regained eligibility at Alabama. Pierre Thomas is clear benefactor here. He has been the team's leading ball carrier each of the last four games, albeit 13 carries is the high watermark in those games. But Sproles had 40 touches in those four games. If Thomas is out there, go get him and at least throw him in as a flex until Sproles' return — if there is a return in time for the fantasy season.

 

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Well, that was nice to see the return of a first-round pick. McFadden ran for a season-high 114 yards and added four catches for 23 yards against the lowly Chiefs. The problem is: Was it a mirage or is this a sign of things to come? McFadden goes from fantasy's 22nd-ranked team against running backs to its 10th this week in the form of the visiting Buccaneers. That said, Adrian Peterson and Alfred Morris have had 100-yard, scoring days against Tampa Bay as two of five backs to score double digits in PPR. Tampa Bay's 30th-ranked fantasy defense against receivers could open things up for McFadden. He is not going to be worth the first-round pick this season (unless you make the semis or finals when he gets Kansas City again followed by Carolina), but McFadden should be able to provide a few more low-end double-digit days on the way there.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Ahmad Bradshaw missed Friday's practice with his foot injury, his second missed practice this week. He is listed as questionable for today's late game against the visiting Steelers. It looks like limited practices will be the norm for Bradshaw and the Giants, who rank fifth in fantasy at the RB position. He had 78 yards and no scores on 22 carries last week. Love the carries; hate the lack of points. He has had games of 22, 12, 27, 30 and 13 carries in the last five games. Meanwhile, Andre Brown and David Wilson have combined for 14 carries in that time. If this is what Bradshaw has to do during the week to be good on Sunday, fine by me. Very few backs are getting that kind of work, particularly when the two behind him have been productive this season as well. Yes, the Steelers are fifth against fantasy running backs and have allowed just three scores to the position since Week 3, but roll with Bradshaw and be happy with whatever you get.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 05:51
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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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans
A shoulder injury has C.J. Spiller on the injury report but he practiced in full and should be good to go, if good to go is going against fantasy's third-best defense against fantasy RBs. Outside of Chris Johnson's inexplicable 141-yard day in Week 4, the Texans have not allowed a back to gain over 69 yards (Week 1) and have only allowed one receiving TD (Maurice Jones-Drew Week 2) and no rushing TDs to opposing running backs this season. The defense and the shared carries with Fred Jackson make it tough to start Spiller, particularly in a game the Bills should not be in. But he is Spiller and does have the CJ speed. So, perhaps, like CJ, he can bust one off or get garbage time yards and catches.

 

DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, RBs, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sunday night)
The Falcons have been somewhat generous to opposing fantasy running backs (ranked 22nd against them), but Dallas has been as equally bad at the position (ranked 24th for them). The Cowboys are without DeMarco Murray tonight (foot) and Felix Jones (knee) has not been much help, either. Whether it is Jones the last couple of weeks or backups to the backup, Phillip Tanner or Lance Dunbar, no Cowboy back has eclipsed 44 yards since the Murray-Jones duo got 93 and 92 when Murray was injured against Baltimore in Week 6. We all wanted to see Jones make good on the opportunity, but he has held true to history and has not done that. There will be garbage-time in PPR or even in standard leagues throughout the game, but there's too much risk to take to start any of the four in any format.

 

Maurice Jones-DrewMaurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, RBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions
So Jennings has had two cracks at the starting running back role in the last two weeks and performed flex-like, particularly in PPR. The Jaguars can sure make games ugly for themselves and the opposition and have stayed in four of their seven games. Jennings has carried the ball 17 and 21 times the last two weeks for 59 and 44 yards — not good, but it's bulk — and he has really helped in the passing game with 13 catches for 114 yards on 17 targets. Regardless of whether the Jags stay in the game with the Lions or not, there is plenty to be had from starting Jennings — either in the form of a guaranteed bulk carrier or the catches and yards he provides (standard or PPR).
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, November 4, 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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Calvin JohnsonCalvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
This sore knee has become a pain in the ... But it is one of the lingering issues dogging Calvin Johnson currently. He did not practice on Friday to conclude a week without practice. No, he has not played like the No. 1 receiver taken off the board, but he has played like the 20th, which is where he is currently ranked in PPR formats at the position. And that means he's still a must-start in leagues that start two WRs (all of them, I would assume, well, except my dynasty league but that's for another day). It's the lack of TDs that are obviously the killer as he is seventh in yards (638) and 11th in catches (41) as the eighth-most targeted receiver (75). What are you going to do? The red-zone targets are down, but perhaps other receivers stepping up will open things up for Megatron.

 

Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
"One of these days I'll emerge and be back." That was the quote attributed to Hakeem Nicks this week. And that is the scary thing about the talented Giants receiver. He has certainly not been back this season, save for the 10-for-199 performance against Tampa Bay in Week 2. Dealing with foot issues entering the season and adding knee issues on top of it has made Nicks a sit suggestion each week, in hindsight. He says he's now "pushing 90, 95" percent in regards of his health, but we hear all sorts of lip service from players. You would like to sit him until he proves he's back but you don't want to be the one with Nicks on the bench when he does emerge. Since Week 2, with Weeks 3-5 missed, Nicks has 12 catches for 147 yards and no scores on 22 targets (three games). You likely don't have better options, but until I see it he's on my bench. And going against a Steelers team that has allowed just eight of the 28 receivers they've faced this year to reach double digits in PPR is not encouraging, either.

 

Jimmy GrahamJimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Monday night)
This is more of a celebration part of the fantasy forecast just to let you know that Jimmy Graham is not on the injury report this week. After battling an ankle injury that shortened his day in Week 5 and did not allow him to return coming out of the Week 6 bye into the Week 7 game, Graham returned in a big way. He drew 10 targets, caught five of them for 63 yards and a late score. With Darren Sproles (hand) out indefinitely, there should be more targets to go around. Graham is still ranked seventh amongst tight ends despite missing basically two games and already having his bye. The Eagles are fifth-best against fantasy tight ends, allowing just one score and only one TE over 65 yards, but if Graham is healthy then Graham is in the fantasy lineup.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Calvin Johnson, Hakeem Nicks, Jimmy Graham: Injury Updates Week 9&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 05:30
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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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Jacob Tamme is listed on the injury report as probable with a hip but practiced Friday and is expected to play against the Bengals today. The Bengals are the sixth-best team against the tight end position in fantasy, but they have allowed one touchdown to the position in three of the last four games. Unfortunately, for Tamme he has just one TD this season and it came in Week 1. The week-in, week-out between Tamme and Joel Dreessen makes it impossible to trust either. There Dustin Keller or Jermaine Gresham, who are at least guaranteed all of the targets at the position.

 

Dez BryantDez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sunday night) 
A hip injury has Dez Bryant listed as questionable for tonight's game against Atlanta. He suffered the injury making the touchdown catch called back against the Giants last week. Atlanta is ranked seventh against fantasy receivers this season, having allowed just four scores to the position this season. Jeremy Maclin's six catches for 33 yards was the highest catch total against the Falcons since Demaryius Thomas's eight in Week 2. It looks like it will be a total crapshoot, outside of Jason Witten, for all of the Cowboys you could start tonight — Bryant, Miles Austin or the foursome of lackluster running backs.

 

Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins
The Stanford Connection has just not happened this season between QB Andrew Luck and Fleener as we hoped it would. One reason is because Luck has been able to incorporate receivers into the game and the other is Dwayne Allen. Fleener has 21 catches for 222 yards and no scores on 36 targets this year and is now out for today's game against Miami with a shoulder injury. It would be nice to say take a flier on Allen, but chances are he stays in and blocks against a run defense that is ranked seventh against fantasy running backs. Fleener was a nice flier to take late in your draft, but like Tamme and Dreessen in Denver, it is likely time to cut bait on Colts TEs for 2012.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 9: Jacob Tamme, Dez Bryant, Coby Fleener &nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 05:20
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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 9 injury report—Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden, Peyton Manning— or those stepping in for the injured.

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Oh, that thumb. We certainly didn't like seeing the best value draft QB in fantasy banging that against a Saints helmet in Week 8. But Peyton Manning practiced and fantasy's sixth-ranked quarterback should be good to go. He gets a defense in the Bengals that is 16th against fantasy QBs but sixth-best against receivers. Only Ryan Tannehill (Week 5) has not thrown a touchdown against Cincinnati and only Blaine Gabbert (Week 4) has not eclipsed 200 yards. Also, the Bengals don't turn QBs over that often, collecting just three interceptions this year to nine TDs allowed.

 

Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Groin and thigh problems have Brandon Weeden on this week's injury report, but he has practiced and is listed as probable for today's early game against visiting Baltimore. Weeden could be a decent spot start if you're battling injuries, byes or elected not to start Philip Rivers on Thursday night. Weeden's is fantasy's 21st-ranked QB and gets a Ravens team ranked eighth against the position in fantasy. Opposing QBs have averaged 308.6 yards and 1.2 TDs thrown in the last five games (not counting the awful Chiefs in Week 5). Weeden was part of that mix in Week 4 when he threw for 320 yards, no scores and one interception.


Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins
If Peyton Manning was not one of your league's best draft values at the QB spot, then his replacement, Andrew Luck, certainly was. The No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL Draft, is fantasy's ninth-best QB thanks to three scores on the ground to counter the 1:1 TD-interception ratio. He is listed on the injury report as probably with a right knee but practiced this week. And today, Luck and the Colts get a Dolphins defense that is ranked 21st against fantasy QBs, allowing all seven starters they've faced to throw for at least 234 and all but one to throw for a TD.  
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Trent Richardson, Cleveland BrownsTrent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Well, the banged up ribs and ineffectiveness did not seem to linger with Trent Richardson in Week 8’s game against San Diego. The rookie, coming off an 8-for-8 performance a week earlier, ran 24 times for 122 yards and one score last week. The ribs/chest injury has limited Richardson in practice but that is to be expected and he will start today against the Ravens. Baltimore is ranked 25th against fantasy RBs and has allowed at least one TD to opposing RBs in six of seven games this season. In his first game against the Ravens (Week 4), Richardson ran for 47 yards and a score and added four catches for 57 yards on six targets — the most a back has been targeted against the Ravens since Cleveland’s Chris Ogbonnaya had six against them in Week 13 last season.

 

Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
A knee injury has limited Titus Young this week, but is it not expected to keep him out of today’s game against Jacksonville and its 15th ranked fantasy defense in a PPR against receivers. Young is coming off a nine-catch, 100-yard, two-TD game on nine targets last week against a stingy Seattle defense. Now he gets a Jaguars defense likely down their top two cornerbacks in Rashean Mathis (groin) and Derek Cox (back). The Jags have allowed a receiver to go for at least 84 yards in six of seven games and have allowed a TD to the position in five of seven games.

 

Brandon PettigrewBrandon Pettigrew, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
A knee injury has Brandon Pettigrew listed as probable, but he practiced Friday and is expected to play. However, the inconsistent tight end draws a Jacksonville team that is ranked fourth against fantasy tight ends as one of just two teams in the NFL (Miami) not to surrender a touchdown to the position this season. No tight end has eclipsed Kyle Rudolph’s 67 yards in Week 1 — 47 yards twice has been the closest — and Brandon Myers’ seven catches on 10 targets in Week 7 are season highs allowed in both categories against the position. Pettigrew has not had double-digit targets since Week 3. He is coming off his best fantasy game of the season (7-for-74 on nine targets) against Seattle, but outside of perhaps more targets coming his way with Calvin Johnson limited (knee), there’s little to suggest he gets going today.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Injury Updates Week 9: Trent Richardson, Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew &nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 05:01
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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 9 injury report—Donald Brown, Blaine Gabbert, Brian Hartline—or those stepping in for the injured.

Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis ColtsDonald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins
A return to practice on Friday gave us optimism that Donald Brown would be good to go for today’s game against the Dolphins. A downgrade to questionable on Saturday after swelling was found in the knee now left Brown owners pessimistic as Sunday’s Week 9 games soon kick off. However, he is active for today's game, in a situation that was already likely to be a time-share with Vick Ballard, much like last week’s 14-12-carry advantage for Brown over Ballard. Brown did more with his carries (14-or-80 to 12-for-55) but Ballard got the TD on his lone catch, leaping into the end zone for a 16-yard score. That was against a Titans team now ranked 30th against fantasy backs; today the Colts draw the seventh-ranked defense against fantasy RBs. They haven’t allowed a TD on the ground to a RB since Week 1 and haven’t allowed a TD through the air since Week 2.  Along the way, yardage totals of 79, 76 and 77 are the most allowed. Look elsewhere if you’re counting on a Colts RB as anything more than a deep flex.

 

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions
The shoulder injury will likely keep Blaine Gabbert on the injury report for the remainder of the season, but it didn’t seem to bother him last week as he throw for a career-high 303 yards, one TD and no interceptions.  He practiced in full this week in preparation for the Lions and gets a secondary, much like his own, which has been maligned with injuries. Detroit has allowed at least two TD passes in four of seven games, has allowed at least 225 yards in four of seven games and has just three interceptions in seven games. Last week, I said it was crazy to start Gabbert but viable in at least two QB leagues.  This week, I still say viable considering Alex Smith and Russell Wilson each threw for at least 226 and two scores against the Lions this season.

 

Brian HartlineBrian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts
Both starting QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) and starting WR Brian Hartline (groin/hamstring) are active today against the Colts. Both were limited in Friday’s practice, and the hamstring injury joined the groin injury for Hartline after Friday’s practice. The Colts allow 1.5 TDs per game to the wide receiver position but have not been gashed on catches or yards as of late. Nate Washington’s five catches in Week 8 and Greg Little’s 6 in Week 7 are the most surrendered since Week 2. Only one receiver has gone over 80 yards since Week 2. Hartline has produced just two double-digit fantasy days this season — PPR or standard — and cannot be counted on as a consistent enough producer to have in your lineup. The injuries to himself and his QB and a Colts team that just doesn’t give up much in the way of WR fantasy production make Hartline too risky a start today.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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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 9 injury report or those stepping in for the injured.

Brandon LaFellBrandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins
Just as Brandon LaFell resurfaced on the fantasy map with seven catches for 141 yards and a score the last two weeks, a concussion will keep him sidelined this week. And of all the weeks to miss, it is the Washington Redskins on the other side of the ball. They are the 31st-ranked team against fantasy receivers. Until last week against the Steelers, Washington had allowed at least one receiver to reach at least 94 yards each of the first seven weeks. It's bad news for LaFell owners, but may be good news for Steve Smith and Greg Olsen owners as the receiving pool is thinned out. Louis Murphy would step in for LaFell, but that trade with the Raiders has netted nine catches for 131 yards on 24 targets this season.

 

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans vs. Chicago Bears
Kenny Britt is listed on the injury report with a knee, which is certainly not something you want to see for a receiver already coming off season-ending knee surgery a year ago. Teammate Nate Washington is also listed as probable with a knee injury. This is not good news for a Titans receiving corps that has to take on fantasy's 12th-best team against receivers and sixth-best against QBs. Steve Smith had seven catches for 118 yards on 16 targets last week against the Bears. Smith is more along the lines of a Washington than he is a Britt. Outside of Smith last week, Dez Bryant in Week 4 (8-for-105 on 13 targets) and Reggie Wayne in Week 1 (9-for-135 on 18 targets), only Miles Austin has eclipsed 15 points in a PPR against the Bears (4-57-1 on six targets). Britt has only received double-digit targets (11) once this season and then it took him the next two weeks to combine for 11. Washington received 10 targets the same week Britt had 11 (Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh) and has combined for 14 the last two weeks. These two are just too inconsistent to rely on and add in the Bears' pass defense and it's going to be a rough day for all Titans.

 

Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks
Percy Harvin was back at practice on Friday after an off-the-field matter and his hamstring does not appear that it will limit his ability to play. Will the Seahawks? That's a different story. Seattle has been gashed by two moveable receivers two of the last three weeks in Wes Welker (10-for-138 and a TD on 14 targets) and Titus Young (9-for-100 and two TDs on nine targets). No receiver had eclipsed 63 yards prior to Welker. On that day Brandon Lloyd added 80 yards on six catches and Ryan Broyles added a TD. That's four TDs in three weeks to receivers. If Harvin is playing then you are starting him and hoping he can emulate Welker and Young.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Darren McFaddenDarren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Darren McFadden is listed as probable on the injury report with a shoulder but practiced all week and should be good to go in one of the two late-afternoon games on the Week 8 slate today. The injuries, as feared in the preseason with McFadden, have not been the problem this year; it has strictly been a lack of production. He has four double-digit days in PPR leagues but just one game above 20 points (24.8 in Week 1). Run DMc has rushed for under 70 yards in five of six games and scored just twice. He is a slightly poorer man’s Chris Johnson so far. A return to the 24.8 points from Week 1 would be nice today against a Chiefs team that has allowed seven running backs to have double-digit PPR days thus far.

 

Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns
This is not so much about Eddie Royal, who has been declared out today, as it is to how much worse Philip Rivers could get. There’s not much worse than the performance Rivers went into the bye week with — a second half against the Broncos that had five turnovers. Royal bailing on a couple of routes did not help matters in that game. But I digress. Royal was limited with a hamstring injury and did not practice on Friday. It was in issue going into the bye week, it is an issue coming out of the bye week and it is an issue for Rivers. The Chargers’ QB has little to no weapons to throw to with Malcom Floyd averaging 6.3 catches for 69.6 yards and just one score this season; free-agents Robert Meachem (12-189-2) and Eddie Royal (13-98-1) have made little impact and Vincent Brown (broken ankle) looks nowhere near ready to return. Tight end Antonio Gates has just 19 grabs for 224 yards and two scores; his 35 targets is 18th amongst tight ends. The Chargers are playing a get-well defense today as Cleveland is ranked 28th against fantasy QBs, but is there enough well on the Chargers’ side for Rivers to be able to capitalize? It’s a four-team bye week so you might not have another route to go, but beware.

 

Jordy NelsonJordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Are you excited about a receiver that depends on his speed and is playing with a bum hamstring? Me either. And that is reinforced even more by two factors today: the Packers have other options and they are playing the Jaguars. Jacksonville is ranked 18th against fantasy receivers and have allowed at least 26 points in five of six games; a number Green Bay has reached in the last four outings. Nelson was held out of Thursday and Friday practices and has been declared out for today's game. This game has James Jones, Randall Cobb and Alex Green written all over it. The Packers’ motto today should be: “Get in, get a win and get out in under 3:10.” It’s what they have done with ease the last two outings.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Danny Amendola

Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots (London)
The PPR machine was back practicing for the Rams this week, including Friday in London. He was listed as questionable for today’s game, but has since been downgraded to out. It would have been Amendola's first game since separating his SC joint Oct. 4. It would have been a pretty big risk for both you as a fantasy owner and the Rams as a team to take in activating Amendola. St. Louis has its bye next week and Amendola should be ready to go by Week 10. If he is on your waiver wire, you might want to go ahead and snatch him back up as he is ahead of his recovery.

 

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers
Let’s be clear, this is only to let you know Blaine Gabbert suffered a torn labrum in his non-throwing arm and will start against the Packers in their early game. Gabbert suffered the injury in the second quarter last week in Oakland. He is only being mentioned for three reasons: He’s starting. Two-quarterback leagues. He’s playing the Packers and their 16th-ranked fantasy defense against QBs. Gabbert was 8-of-12 for 110 yards and a touchdown and on pace for his best game of the season. Yes, it could have been because Maurice Jones-Drew went out on the team’s second offensive play, but production is production. The team will insert Rashad Jennings in place of MJD and Gabbert will get to play a Packers team that has allowed five of the seven starting QBs it has faced to throw for at least 211 yards and only Matt Schaub (232 yards) did not throw a TD against them. Gabbert is fantasy’s 30th ranked QB and you would be crazy to start him in any format, but with Schaub, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick on a bye, he IS viable as the last-ranked QB in 2-QB leagues.

 

Hakeem NicksHakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Hakeem Nicks was a full participant in practice this week — the first time that has happened this season — and he said he feels “like I finally got over the little hump.” The hump has been foot and knee injuries this season. He was still slowed from the foot injury when the Giants opened with the Cowboys in Week 1 and Nicks had four catches for 38 yards on six targets. He returned the following week to post a 10-for-199 and one-TD game on 15 targets against Tampa Bay. But injuries sidelined him until a return in Week 6. He admitted he was not his normal self in the Week 6 game at San Francisco, receiving five targets and catching three for 44 yards. He garnered 10 targets, catching five for 53 yards in last week’s win against Washington. The Cowboys are the third-best team against fantasy receivers this season, allowing four TDs to the position and only three to eclipse 80 yards. It has been hard to trust Nicks this season, obviously, and Eli Manning has not fared very well either. But if Nicks is healthy it is hard to sit a guy that is fantasy’s 52nd-best receiver despite really only playing as himself in two games (Weeks 2 and 7).
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Rob GronkowskiAaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, TEs, New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams (London)
Well, that was a fun two-week return for Aaron Hernandez. He is now back on the shelf as he did not make the trip to London with the Patriots for their early game against the Rams today. Hernandez' ankle injury that sidelined him earlier this season has slowed him down a bit. Still, a bit for him was 11 catches for 84 yards and a score the last two weeks. He was right back to double-digit status in PPR leagues. He will now get Week 8 off and Week 9 for the bye and hopefully return healthy in Week 10 against a Buffalo team that Rob Gronkowski torched for five catches, 104 yards and a score on 11 target sans Hernandez. Gronkowski is listed on the injury report as questionable with a hip but he is expected to play. Gronk, as mentioned, had the 5-104-1 game with Hernandez out of the lineup in Week 4, and he has caught 12 balls for 139 yards and two scores in the two weeks with Hernandez back. If he's dressed, he's in your lineup. St. Louis has been stingy against tight ends, surrendering their first TD to the position in Week 6 and coming back to hold Jermichael Finley to two catches for 31 yards the next week. Brandon Pettigrew (Week 1) and Anthony Fasano (Week 6) are the only two tight ends to reach double digits against the Rams.

Jimmy GrahamJimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos (Sunday night)
The trifecta of bad for fantasy: An elite player, a game-time decision, a Sunday night game. The ankle injury that sidelined Jimmy Graham last week has limited him in practice all of this week in preparation for tonight's game at Denver. "If it were up to me, I'd play," Graham said Friday. But it is not up to him and it is up to us as fantasy owners to make the call on what to do with Graham this week. First thing, is go get a back up off the waiver wire. It would be nice if we could just get Graham's backup, David Thomas, but he is just not dependable. He has nine targets all season with four catches and one score. There are better options on the wire that will see the ball more frequently. I have Graham and I cannot afford the gamble of hoping he will go in a night game. If Lance Moore was not there to steal some of Thomas's targets it would be a no-brainer to own both Saints TEs and then make the call. But Moore is back and picked right back up where he left off. Look elsewhere for your Graham replacement.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Rashard MendenhallRashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, RBs, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins
Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) was ruled out of today's game vs. Washington on Friday. Backup Isaac Redman (ankle) practiced on a limited basis this week. And that leaves Jonathan Dwyer to once again carry the load. A week after rushing for 122 yards on 17 carries against Cincinnati, Dwyer gets a Washington run defense that has allowed six of the 19 running backs they have faced to score double-digit days in PPR, but only Adrian Peterson has sniffed 20 points (19.9). It is unlikely you were counting on a Steelers RB to be an RB1 or 2 this season, and they have only been good plays in any roster slot on four occasions thus far. This should be one of those days for Dwyer.

 

Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks
The pride was thinned out a bit when Nate Burleson went on IR with a broken leg. That leaves the door open for either Titus Young, Brandon Pettigrew or rookie Ryan Broyles to step right in. But for years now, like in Houston, it has been hard, week in and week out, to trust any receiver not listed as the team's top receiver. In the Lions' case that is Calvin Johnson, and he is not living up to fantasy expectations this season. However, Burleson had flashed on multiple occasions this year, scoring double-digit days in PPR formats on four of six outings. Young, who is battling a knee injury and is listed as questionable, has two double-digit days — thanks to a Hail Mary TD to force OT against Tennessee in Week 3 and a 6-for-81 day last week at Chicago. Young has a chance to shine the rest of the season; unfortunately against Seattle might not be where he builds on last week's efforts. The Seahawks have faced 26 receivers and allowed seven double-digit days in PPR scoring. Young could be an OK flex option against a defense the Lions might have trouble running on — especially after the way Frank Gore embarrassed Seattle last week.

 

Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
You know we're knee-deep in bye weeks and the tight end landscape is not as rosy as once predicted when you are reading about Brandon Myers. But with Aaron Hernandez out, Jimmy Graham a game-time decision and four teams with serviceable tight ends (Buffalo, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Houston) on byes, it is time to talk Myers. He is listed as probable (knee) this week but should be good to go against the Chiefs. Myers has just one dud in terms of what to expect from fringe tight ends these days. He has caught at least four balls four at least 44 yards in all but one game. He doesn't produced TDs (just one so far) but he receives targets and catches. In the last two weeks, Myers has 17 targets, turning them into 12 catches for 106 yards. Kansas City has not been very forgiving to tight ends as of late. The first three weeks, the position caught 11 balls for 122 yards and three scores. The last three weeks, it has been seven catches for 92 yards and no scores. Perhaps that is because the Chiefs have been bottom eight against fantasy running backs and quarterbacks. Maybe this is the week Darren McFadden finally busts out, but Myers is a decent TE option in a week where the position is weak.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 07:05
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Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Daniel Thomas is listed as probable and set to return from his second concussion of the season. The Dolphins’ running game has produced seven double-digit PPR days in six games and Thomas has had two of those despite missing two games. The Jets are ranked 23rd against fantasy running backs, having allowed seven rushing scores to the position — the fifth most. The Jets are the best in the league against fantasy receivers. So there should be plenty of opportunities for Thomas to help Reggie Bush in the Dolphins’ backfield. Thomas is a low-end flex at best, but could be a good bye-week fill in as he works back into the lineup.

Maurice Jones-DrewMaurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, RBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville is ranked 28th against fantasy RBs, 19th against fantasy QBs and 18th against fantasy WRs. There is nothing suggesting that the Jaguars will be able to hang with the host Packers today, particularly with the way the Green Bay offense has caught fire as of late. So what will the effectiveness of the Jacksonville running game be? It will be Rashad Jennings who gets the chance to find out as Maurice Jones-Drew is on the shelf for the foreseeable future with a sprained foot. MJD had four double-digit days in PPR leagues and three of those came in defeats. Jennings stepped in for MJD last week and carries 21 times for 44 yards and one score and added seven catches on nine targets for 58 yards. It is those targets and the fact that Jennings is all the Jags have that makes him a decent RB2 start this week.

Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
Stephen Hill is the deep threat and will likely get the scores but it is Jeremy Kerley moving the chains. He collected a season-high 11 targets in last week’s loss to New England. Kerley caught seven of them for 120 yards. Now the Jets take on a Dolphins team that is ranked eighth against fantasy running backs but 26th against fantasy receivers in PPR formats.  Miami’s defense has surrendered just one touchdown to a running back (receiving) and no RB has reached the 80-yard mark on the ground this season. Meanwhile, the Dolphins allow 14.6 catches and 187.3 yards on 26.5 targets per game to the receiver position.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Week 8 Injury Updates: Daniel Thomas, Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings, Jeremy Kerley</p>
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Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Trent RichardsonTrent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, RBs, Cleveland Browns vs. San Diego Chargers
Eight carries against Indianapolis last week and the first thing we hear regarding Trent Richardson's ribs is "the injury is much bigger than what folks think it is." He will obviously have to play through the pain but as long as Cleveland keeps trotting him out there it seems unlikely he can be started with much confidence in fantasy until there is some marked improvement. He is listed as questionable for the Chargers game and will be a game-time decision. His backup, Montario Hardesty (knee) is listed as probable and is expected to play. San Diego has not allowed a running back to score since Jamaal Charles had two in Week 4 and they have only allowed four scores altogether to the position and four double-digit days in PPR to the position — none since Charles in Week 4.

 

 

Vick BallardDonald Brown, Vick Ballard, RBs, Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
Donald Brown looks to be back in the mix after being on the sidelines since knee surgery around Week 4. He is a game-time decision for today's early tilt at Tennessee. He practiced in full on Thursday and Friday and looks like he might get back on the field after missing two games. Vick Ballard bounced back from a poor outing at the Jets - as did the rest of the Colts — when he ran for 84 yards on 20 carries and caught a pass for 19 yards. Delone Carter had 11 carries for 41 yards. Will Brown be eased back into the 11-carry role or take on the 20-carry role? Brown had games of 16, 18 and 17 carries before the injury. Tennessee allowed Buffalo's Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to account for 120 total yards and a touchdown and 102 total yards last week have been relatively atrocious against the run. Brown did have a breakout game the last time he faced the Titans (16-161-1) and scored in both meetings last season. Ballard could still have a role as either the lead back as Brown's worked in or as a goal line threat against a Tennessee defense that should allow the Colts plenty of opportunities.

DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, RBs, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
First it was DeMarco Murray going down, then Felix Jones was ineffective in returning to the starting role and could not stay healthy himself. Murray is out for today's late game against the Giants and Jones is questionable. Phillip Tanner is an option, but we are talking about the Cowboys' third back on a team that has been far from effective on the ground consistently this season. Starting center Phil Costa (ankle) being very doubtful is not a help to the run game, either. It is worth noting that Jones totaled 137 yards on 22 touches in the first meeting with the Giants last year and 77 yards on 18 touches in the Week 17 meeting.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Week 8 Injury Updates: Trent Richardson, Donald Brown, DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner</p>
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Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson & Santana Moss, WRs, Washington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
I told you in this spot last week that Pierre Garcon should sit until after the Redskins’ Week 10 bye and it looks like that is the best-case scenario. It is either surgery or rest for Garcon. One would mean the end of the season the other means no fantasy value for you. It is unlikely that Garcon will have any fantasy value left this season and it will fall to Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss to pick up the slack. Keep in mind that tight end Fred Davis (Achilles) went down for the year last week and Hankerson and Moss should see a marked fantasy improvement. It might be a coin toss as to who’s more productive week in and week out, but after the Week 10 bye, the Redskins face four teams currently ranked 16th or worse against fantasy receivers. Gut says go with experience: Moss; Upside says go with Hankerson.

 

Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers
The rib injury suffered against the Lions on Monday night was worrisome, but Jay Cutler returned to the game and practiced in full on Thursday and Friday this week. The ribs are a concern with how much time Cutler usually spends on the run — and the 150 yards and one score against a Lions team that is ranked 13th against fantasy QBs was not encouraging, either. Carolina is 17th in the league with 14 sacks while Chicago is ranked 28th with 19 allowed. However, the Panthers have allowed the last five starting QBs they’ve faced to throw for at least 221 yards and at least one TD while collecting five interceptions. It should also be a good day for Bears RB Matt Forte as the Panthers are ranked 28th against fantasy RBs. But Cutler could easily benefit from that as Carolina has surrendered the most receptions (53) and the second-most receiving yards (417) to opposing running backs.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, David Wilson, RBs, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is listed as questionable after a week in which he missed Friday’s practice and was limited on Wednesday and Thursday. He told reporter “it’s a bone bruise; it may take a while” in regards to his return to a clean bill of health. But we’re in Week 8 of the NFL season; there is no clean bill of health anymore. Fantasy owners have become accustomed to RBBC’s in the NFL. Sometimes injuries to part of that committee leave you with a great play for a couple of weeks, but upon their return the picture is muddled again. Welcome to New York and a number of other teams across the league. The Giants are the ninth-best team in the league in terms of PPR fantasy scoring from their running backs, and everyone has had their day — Bradshaw with five double-digit days, Andre Brown with three and rookie David Wilson with one. Today, all three face a Cowboys team that has surrendered just three scores to the position and outside of Marshawn Lynch’s 122 yards in Week 2, no back has eclipsed 63 yards since. Bradshaw had 17 carries for 78 yards and a score and two catches for 15 yards in Week 1 against the Cowboys. But that was half a season ago at this point.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Here we are — the halfway point of the NFL season and six weeks away from the start of the fantasy postseason for many. Injuries are making lineup decisions harder — sometimes easier in the committee world of some positions — and bye weeks leave us scrambling for the best start at some positions. Here are a few updates to hopefully help you make that push toward the fantasy postseason.

Peyton Hillis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders
Peyton Hillis is set to return to the lineup for the first time since Week 3 after an ankle injury has kept him on the sidelines. When he was active for the Chiefs the first three weeks, Hillis touched the ball 11, 13 and three times for games of 24, 91 and 11 yards. Kansas City is 0-3 in the games since Hills departed and has scored 36 points combined. This is no way to suggest Hills’ presence has anything to do with the Chiefs’ record, but at 1-5 on the season, don’t put it past them to try and find any kind of spark. And perhaps that spark could be started against a Raiders team is 24th against fantasy running backs with six touchdowns allowed to the position. The ultimate desperation play for both you and the Chiefs, but one that I would not be surprised to see finish in low double digits in PPR formats.

 

Calvin JohnsonCalvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks
A knee issue. Matthew Stafford at quarterback. And the Seattle secondary. This is one of those weeks where you wish you could find a reason to bench Calvin Johnson. You have three pretty good ones already mentioned, but you just cannot sit Megatron. The Seahawks have faced seven double-digit targeted receivers already this season; a stat Johnson has in the last six games. Those seven have combined for 41 catches for 474 yards and three scores — or an average of 15.2 fantasy points in a PPR. While the Seahawks are the fourth-best team against fantasy receivers and Megatron is just the 15th-best receiver in PPR formats, I would take 15.2 from a guy that’s already averaging 17.2 per game.

 

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions
Just in case you thought about starting Doug Baldwin against a depleted secondary, don’t. He is out today with a high ankle sprain. Baldwin should not be on any fantasy roster at this point. Could this clear up the picture for another Seattle receiver to step up? It is unlikely. While their defense is fourth-best against fantasy receivers, the Seahawks offense is ranked fourth worst at the position. No Seattle receiver has more than five catches in a game and no receiver has more than 74 yards in a game. Detroit has been generous to receivers this season, allowing double-digit days in PPR to nine of the 19 receivers it has faced (minimum three targets). Sidney Rice is the only Seahawk worth taking a flier on and feeling a little less than miserable about it. 


—   By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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It’s Week 7 and there are six teams with a bye week. The injuries continue to pile up and teams taking a week off are not helping you as lineup decisions are made. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week as you decide who to start.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
Vincent Jackson showed up on the injury report this week with a calf injury and is listed as probable. He is currently the 21st ranked fantasy receiver in PPR leagues and tied for fourth with four touchdowns. He has only disappointed once this season (1-for-29 on seven targets in Week 3 at Dallas) with four games of at least four catches, three games of at least 65 yards, two games over 100 yards and three games with at least one touchdown. Now he draws a Saints team that is ranked 30th against fantasy receivers, having allowed eight touchdowns to the position and at least 60 yards to an opposing No. 1 receiver in every game; four of those No. 1s have gone for at least 90 yards. It is worth noting that Pierre Garcon (on the 88-yard screen in Week 1) and Greg Jennings (a 9-yard TD on his only catch in Week 4) are the only two No. 1 receivers to score on the Saints. It could mean lowered expectations for VJax — even though he's surely exceeded 2012 expectations already for where you drafted him — and raised expectations for Mike Williams, who likely went undrafted. 

 

Hakeem NicksHakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle, WRs, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
Oh, the Giants' receivers not named Victor Cruz. Hakeem Nicks (knee) returned from a three-game absence last week and admittedly was not at full speed in San Francisco. Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and rookie Rueben Randle have flashed in his sted. Hixon, who missed the Week 3 Carolina game along with Nicks, returned to garner 25 targets over the last three weeks, catching 15 of them for 247 yards and no scores. Barden shined in the first game without Nicks (nine catches, 138 yards on 11 targets in Week 3 at Carolina), but has battled a concussion since then. Randle, the rookie from LSU, did not play a snap against San Francisco. This came a week after six catches for 82 yards on nine targets. Nicks is listed as probable and is expected to start against the Redskins. It is hard to trust any receiver on the Giants not named Cruz, and if Nicks returns at half speed again it just brings the whole lot of them down. If Nicks goes, he has to start, but Hixon is still a good flex play against a Washington defense that is the worst in the league against fantasy receivers.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Should you start or sit them?</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 08:00
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It’s Week 7 and there are six teams with a bye week. The injuries continue to pile up and teams taking a week off are not helping you as lineup decisions are made. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week as you decide who to start.

 

Darren McFaddenDarren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville
A shoulder injury has Darren McFadden on the injury report as probable, but he is expected to start against the Jaguars and their 31st-ranked defense against fantasy running backs. It would be nice to see Run DmC finally pay off for his high draft pick this week. He has averaged 2.6 yard per carry or less in four of six games and his only solid ground day was an 18-for-113-yard performance against Pittsburgh — which included a 64-yard TD run. There is no time like the present for McFadden as he faces a run defense that has surrendered six rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown to the running back position. All five feature backs that have faced the Jags this season have combined for at least 87 total yards and four of the seven TDs allowed.

 

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals
Remember when we stashed Jerome Simpson on the roster with the hopes that he would return from his suspension and play like gangbusters for the Vikings? That was fun, right? He has eight targets, which have turned into four catches for 50 yards and no scores, including last week’s three targets that produced no catches. A lower back injury has him on the injury report and he is listed as probably for the Cardinals game. He was a full participant in practice this week, and it would be great to say “play him” against Arizona’s 16th-ranked fantasy defense against wide receivers. But we need to see the connection between himself and QB Christian Ponder before you can take a flier on Simpson. Take a flier on a proven flier like Cleveland’s Josh Gordon instead.

 

Aaron RodgersAaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
Aaron Rodgers showed up on the injury report with a calf injury and is listed as probable. He practiced on Friday and should be ready to continue his torrid pace after a tepid start to the 2012 season. After three games with three touchdowns and two games under 225 yards, Rodgers has thrown for at least 319 yards in two of the last three outings and 13 TDs in those three games. Outside of Matthew Stafford’s 355-yard, one-TD performance in Week 1, the Rams have held opposing QBs to no 206 yards or less in four of the last five games. But this is Rodgers, likely a top-five pick in your fantasy drafts, and if healthy there is no way you are sitting the Packers’ QB.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Should you start or sit them?</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 07:34
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Path: /fantasy/week-7-fantasy-injury-updates-jimmy-graham-david-thomas-rashard-mendenhall-jonathan-dwyer-ba
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It’s Week 7 and there are six teams with a bye week. The injuries continue to pile up and teams taking a week off are not helping you as lineup decisions are made. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week as you decide who to start.

Jimmy GrahamJimmy Graham and David Thomas, TEs, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jimmy Graham (ankle) went into the bye week in a walking boot and he returns from the bye listed as out today against Tampa Bay. Graham did some light work in practice on Thursday and Friday but was declared out on Saturday. David Thomas could be a desperation replacement for you as there are six teams on byes and many of the waiver wire tight ends have probably been scooped up. As far as his opponent, Tampa Bay has given up catches and yards to some of the better tight ends but have surrendered just one touchdown all season to the position. Greg Olsen (6-56, Martellus Bennett (5-72) and Fred Davis (4-70) have had the bigger days, with Bennett scoring the lone touchdown.

 

Trent RichardsonTrent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts
Richardson (ribs) saw limited work the last three days of practice this week and it could just be a matter of how much of a pain tolerance the rookie running back has. One thing that should brighten him up is the Colts' defense, or lack thereof, against fantasy RBs. They are third worst at it this season and just let Shonn Greene — yes, that Shonn Greene — rip off 161 yards and three scores on 32 carries. It's the second time in three games the feature back has gone for at least 161; Maurice Jones-Drew went for 177 and a score on 28 carries in Week 3. It's a noon game, and even if he were on a shared amount of carries with Montario Hardesty, the matchup is too good to let go by for Richardson.

 

Rashard MendenhallRashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch, RBs, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday night)
The Pittsburgh backfield is a mess with injuries and usage. Just when Mendenhall returned from injury and was the bell cow, an Achilles injury has sidelined him for Sunday night's game against the Bengals. Redman is also out for the game with an ankle injury. That leaves Batch and Dwyer. Dwyer was a healthy scratch last week, so trusting him is a little dicey. But we've seen plenty of players go from zero action to featured player in a week's time. Batch stepped in and carried the ball 10 times for 22 yards against a Tennessee defense that is sixth worst in the league against defending fantasy RBs. It took until Mendenhall returned in Week 5 for the Steelers to get a double-digit fantasy back and they are 31st in the league in rushing. While Cincinnati is ninth worst in the league in points allowed to fantasy backs, it's a tough call to say "go with any Steelers running back tonight." 
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Should you start or sit them?</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 07:29
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Path: /fantasy/week-7-fantasy-injury-updates-rob-gronkowski-greg-jennings-james-jones-dustin-keller
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It’s Week 7 and there are six teams with a bye week. The injuries continue to pile up and teams taking a week off are not helping you as lineup decisions are made. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week as you decide who to start.

Rob GronkowskiRob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
A lingering hip injury has limited fantasy’s No. 2 tight end in PPR leagues this week, including in Friday’s practice. But unless you are not required to start a tight end and with the six teams on bye it is unlikely you can afford to sit Gronk on the pine this week. He has received at least five targets in five of six games this season and come through with at least five catches in four of those five games. The Jets are ranked 22nd in PPR leagues against fantasy TEs, although Houston’s Owen Daniels (4-79-1) in Week 5 has been the only one to any major damage. The tight end position may be deep in fantasy over the last couple of seasons. The Jets may have limited a majority of tight ends they have faced. Gronkowski may be dealing with a hip issue. But with six teams on bye weeks and the No. 2 fantasy TE on your roster, you’d be hard pressed to sit him in any situation save for his bye week.

 

Greg JenningsGreg Jennings and James Jones, WRs, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
Greg Jennings is out again with the groin injury. Jordy Nelson finally shined in his absence last week against the Texans, catching nine of 12 targets for 121 yards and three touchdowns. And that was against top CB Jonathan Joseph nonetheless. James Jones has been the man stepping in for Jennings the last two weeks. He has seven targets each of the last two games, pulling in seven catches for 79 yards and a score — or 10.45 points in a PPR each of the last two games. Only Larry Fitzgerald (8-92) has over 75 yards against the Rams since Calvin Johnson’s 6-for-111 Week 1 performance. There are a number of targets Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers can choose from, but Jones seems to at least be high on his list in Jennings’ sted. You can’t argue with the seven targets each of the last two weeks, and the Rams have been relatively tough on the run. Start Jennings with whatever is a smidge below confidence.

 

Dustin KellerDustin Keller, TE, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Dustin Keller returned from injury last week and played in his first game since Week 1 — although you would not have known it. He received one target and caught it for six yards on 49 offensive snaps played. There is no way you are playing Keller this week — six teams on bye or not. Regardless of his injury or lack or production upon his return last week, the Patriots have given up no more than 64 yards at the position and no more than five catches this season. Jets QB Mark Sanchez has other options in the red zone and it is hard to rely on any Jet offensive player right now. If you are looking for a tight end flier look somewhere other than the Jets’ offense; look at a Heath Miller or Jermaine Gresham.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Should you start or sit them?</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 07:10
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Path: /fantasy/week-7-fantasy-injury-updates-dez-bryant-lance-moore-alex-green
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It’s Week 7 and there are six teams with a bye week. The injuries continue to pile up and teams taking a week off are not helping you as lineup decisions are made. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week.

Dez BryantDez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers
Dez Bryant joined the injury report on Friday after not practicing due to a groin injury; he is now listed as questionable. This is not what we wanted to hear for a receiver coming off a career fantasy day (13-95-2 on 15 targets) a week ago vs. Baltimore. And perhaps he will be primed for more targets with DeMarco Murray (foot) sidelined in the Cowboys’ backfield. Bryant should be able to play, but with his inconsistency during his three-year career, you would rather see no red flags entering a game. The Panthers have allowed Ramses Barden (9-138) and Roddy White (8-169-2) to go off this year but have been quite respectable against the pass otherwise. Only Golden Tate and Mike Williams have scored against them outside of White and Sidney Rice's 67 yards is the closest anyone has come to Barden's 138. Bryant has led the Cowboys' receivers in targets by double the last two games and had one less than Miles Austin's nine in Week 3. If Bryant goes, you play him. It's an early game, so you should be able to make the call with ease.

 

Lance MooreLance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lance Moore sat out Week 5 and was able to use the bye week to heal up a little bit in regards to his hamstring. He practiced in full this week and with the news that Jimmy Graham is out this week (ankle), Moore is a solid option for the Saints and a decent option for your fantasy lineup. Tampa Bay, while ranked 24th against fantasy receivers, has been rather stubborn over the last three weeks. Miles Austin had 5-for-107 and no scores in Week 3 and no receiver has eclipsed 62 yards since. No receiver has scored on the Bucs since Hakeem Nicks (10-199-1) and Victor Cruz (11-179-1) torched them in Week 2. Moore's history vs. Tampa Bay is not great. He does have three scores in six games, but has not had over 57 yards or more than six catches. He has caught right at two passes against them in four of the six meetings. One bright spot was his last outing in Week 4, at Green Bay. Known for being an indoor threat, Moore caught seven balls for 67 yards on 15 targets. It was his second double-digit target day of the season.

 

Alex Green, RB, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
Green joined the injury report with a shoulder, but is listed as probable and should be good to go against the Rams in their early game. It is kind of hard to gauge how Green is going to be used because the Packers lost to Indianapolis two weeks ago and Aaron Rodgers' arm helped them cruise past the Texans last week. In the two games, Green had 31 carries for 120 yards (3.9 YPC). James Starks should not cut into his workload that much, and hopefully the Rams will have their hands full with the Green Bay receiving corps. The receiving threat might be the thing that makes Green viable this week after St. Louis limited Arizona and Miami to 57 yards from running backs the last two weeks. Green should find running room due to his receivers and be a good RB2 for you this week.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

Teaser:
<p> Should you start or sit them?</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 07:00
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy, News
Path: /fantasy/week-7-fantasy-injury-updates-jermichael-finley-wes-welker-pierre-garcon
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It’s Week 7 and there are six teams with a bye week. The injuries continue to pile up and teams taking a week off are not helping you as lineup decisions are made. Here’s a little info about those that are injured or those replacing the injured that can hopefully help lead you to a fantasy victory this week.

Jermichael FinleyJermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
If you're still trusting Jermichael Finley in your lineup then you are a braver fantasy owner than I. Not only is he listed as probable with a shoulder injury, but he is 20th amongst fantasy tight ends in PPR formats. He opened the season with 11 targets, seven catches, 47 yards and a TD against San Francisco. Since then, he has had no more than five targets in a game, no more than four catches in a game and no touchdowns in a game. The last two weeks, Finley has five catches for 23 yards on nine targets — 7.3 in a PPR, 2.3 in non-PPR. It doesn't really matter what the Rams do or do not allow to tight ends since Finley should be on the waiver wire, but just in case here are the numbers. St. Louis is ranked No. 8 against the position, having allowed the first TD to the position last week (Anthony Fasano). The Rams have not allowed a tight end to catch more than four passes since Detroit had two tight ends catch five in Week 1; Fasano had four last week.

 

Wes WelkerWes Welker, WR, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
An ankle injury has Wes Welker as questionable on the injury report, but he is expected to start against a Jets team that is fourth against fantasy wide receivers. Reggie Wayne's 5-for-87 last week was the most yards and the second-most catches allowed to the position this season by the Jets. They have surrendered three scores to the position, all three coming in the first two weeks. You are not sitting Wes Welker, particularly if Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are limited and the shoulder injury Brandon Lloyd suffered last week carries over into today's late game.  Welker has double-digit target outings in each of the last six games and double-digit receiving days in the last two (he had games of nine and eight catches the two weeks before the last two). He has four straight 100-yard receiving games. Welker has 31 catches for 380 and two TDs in the last five meetings with the Jets.

 

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants
The foot injury suffered in Week 1 continues to hinder the Redskins' key free agent acquisition. And it doesn't look like it's going to get better any time soon. Garcon did not practice this week and is not expected to play against the Giants. The Redskins have their bye in Week 10. It'd be a surprise to see Garcon suit up against the Giants, Steelers and Panthers in the three games leading up to that bye. Garcon is already teetering on the brink of release back into the FA pool. If he doesn't play in the Week 11 game against Philadelphia, it'd be time to cut bait. In shallow leagues, he should already be on the waiver wire. In keepers, dynasties and deep leagues, you have to hold out hope.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

Teaser:
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Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 07:00

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