Articles By Corby Yarbrough

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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.

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals
An ankle injury has Peterson on the injury report and his limited practice seems to be more of a reduction of unnecessary wear and tear. Yes, save those carries for Sundays where fantasy owners want to see him in the end zone — somewhere he has not been since Week 1. This might be the week. Peterson had his best fantasy day of 2011 when these two met in Week 5 last year. He ran for 122 yards and three scores on 29 carries. The Cardinals are ranked 14th against fantasy running backs and have given up production the last two weeks to the position. Two RBBC teams over the last two weeks — St. Louis' Steven Jackson (18-76) and Daryl Richardson (9-35) and Buffalo's C.J. Spiller (12-88-1) and Fred Jackson (16-53-1) — have had over 100 yards on the ground. The Buffalo duo also added nine catches for 52 yards.  

 

DeMarco MurrayDeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, RBs, Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers
DeMarco Murray (sprained foot) is out for today's early game against the Panthers. Felix Jones was the must-have on the waiver wire this week. It was a three-part must-have: He gets the start, it's a bye week for some and the Panthers' fantasy run defense. Carolina has allowed double-digit fantasy days in PPR formats in all five games this season. Five backs have had at least 85 yards on the ground; three backs have had at least 40 yards receiving. Jones is the model of inconsistency, much like the team he plays for. But he did have three 100-plus-yard rushing days last season and three 30-plus-yard receiving days. Along with Jones' inconsistency is the fact that he's had just two 20-carry game in five seasons. Phillip Tanner or Lance Dunbar, two former Sun Belt Conference studs, will also be worked in to the mix. This is not what we want to hear, but roll the dice with Jones and take a chance on Tanner in deeeeep leagues.

 

Ahmad BradshawAhmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, David Wilson, RBs, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) sat out Friday's practice but is expected to start against the Redskins in their early game. Andre Brown is expected to be back from his concussion suffered in Week 4. And rookie David Wilson appears to be out of the doghouse of Tom Coughlin after a career-high seven carries for 35 yards last week. Bradshaw has had 57 carries the last two weeks for 316 yards and two scores. The Giants and Eli Manning will be facing a Redskins defense that has allowed at least 24 points in every game this year, allowed all six QBs to throw for at least 299 yards and surrendered 14 TDs through the air versus three to running backs. If Bradshaw goes, you start him because you cannot sit a guy that's gone 57-200-2 the last two weeks. But a three-headed timeshare is the potential against a team the Giants should be able to score on in a multitude of ways. If you're looking for a second Giants RB, lean toward the hot hand in Wilson as Brown is still listed as probable with the concussion.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 06:36
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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.

 

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears (Monday night)

Brandon PettigrewBrandon Pettigrew (knee) received the third-highest target day of his of four-year career a month ago in Tennessee. He had 12 balls thrown his way that day, pulled in eight for 61 yards and also dropped a TD in the end zone. His targets dropped to nine the following week, catching seven for 67 yards and dropping another potential TD pass. His targets dropped to seven last week, catching three for 38 yards. Now he gets a Bears team, ranked 24th against fantasy tight ends. Most of the damage done against Chicago came on Jason Witten's 13-for-112-1-TD day two weeks ago when the game was out of hand. There's nothing to say that the game won't get out of hand for Detroit Monday night and Pettigrew can get garbage-time production. But so could Titus Young, Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler. Pettgirew is currently 15th at his position in PPR leagues. If you're going to go for someone in prime time this week, go grab Heath Miller or Jermaine Gresham, who are sixth and seventh at TE and play on Sunday night.

 

Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley, WRs, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
Stephen Hill (hamstring) is questionable and Jeremy Kerley (finger) is probable for their late game against the Patriots. Hill returned to action last week for the first time since Week 3 — the seven-target, no-catch game against Miami. The rookie caught all three targets for 23 yards and a score. After back-to-back games with three targets, Kerley has had games of nine and six targets each of the last two weeks, turning them into eight catches for 118 yards and no scores. It is a tough call to say "go with any Jet." The Patriots are ranked 27th against fantasy receivers and have allowed and have allowed at least one touchdown per game to the position. They allowed to different Denver receivers and three different Seattle receivers to score in the last two weeks. The Pats have allowed 33 passes of 20-plus yards — six last week to Seattle — and nine for scores. If you are going to take a flier on anyone in the Jets' passing game this week, it should be Hill.

 

Ben TateBen Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
It's easy to say "No Ray Lewis, so start Ben Tate with ease." But the Ravens were not the run-stopping team of old with Lewis in the lineup this season anyways. They are 22nd against fantasy running backs and are coming off a game in which DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones each ran for 90-plus yards. A week earlier, Jamaal Charles went for 140 yards. The Texans are tops in the league in production from fantasy backs, and that is after their lackluster game against Green Bay a week ago. Tate (toe) is still a risk as Justin Forsett is also in the mix. But it's a bye week for six teams, the Texans should want to get back to ground and pound and Tate is still one of the better flex options for a team that should have rushing success against the Ravens.
 

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 06:33
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

 

Alex Smith, injury updateAlex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants
Alex Smith (finger on his throwing hand) is coming off of a 303-yard, three-touchdown game against visiting Buffalo and now gets another New York team at Candlestick. The Giants are ranked 22nd in defending fantasy quarterbacks, having allowed all starters to throw for at least 241 yards and all but Cam Newton to throw for at least one touchdown. Smith's three-TD game last week was his third multi-TD game of the season and he has just one interception. San Francisco is a running team and the Giants are 16th against fantasy running backs. Bye weeks for others, home game for Smith, friendly pass defense means he's worth a shot if you're looking.

 

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
A back injury has Jerome Simpson's status in the air for a late game at Washington today; he is listed as questionable. While the Redskins are the worst in the league at defending fantasy receivers, you just cannot take the risk with an iffy receiver in a late game that has done little since the return from his suspension. Simpson has four catches for 50 yards and is a waiver-wire prospect until further notice.

 

Aaron Hernandez, injury updateAaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

It appears Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is ready to make his return this week after being close last week. Seattle is the fourth-best team against fantasy tight ends, but we are talking Todd Heap, Jermichael Finley, Lance Kendricks and Greg Olsen to go along with a drop-happy Jason Witten in Week 2.Of course, you are starting a healthy Hernandez over any of the aforementioned, but therein lies the problem: How healthy is he? The Boston Globe is reporting that while Hernandez made the trip to Seattle and is expected to play it will likely be in a limited stint. The tight end field is deep and there is no need to take a chance on Hernandez against this defense in a late-afternoon game. Consider this one a scouting game; see how Hernandez does and hope for an increased role against the Jets in Week 7.

—   Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Which NFL player is healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:55
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Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit LionsThe injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles
A knee injury limited Brandon Pettigrew in practice this week but he is listed as probable and should start today against Philadelphia. But should you start him against the Eagles and their fifth-best defense against fantasy tight ends? Only Dennis Pitta has had over four catches and only Pitta has had over 41 yards against Philly this season. Pettigrew has eclipsed four and 41 in three of four games this season, in fact he's had at least five and 61 in those three games. But will he have to stay on the line to try and fend off that Eagles pass rush or can he roam free and help move the Lions down the field? He's worth a shot on a team that has attempted at least 32 passes every game and at least 42 in three of four games. Do keep in mind that Bear Pascoe has the only TD scored against the Eagles at the position this season.

 

Ben Tate, RB, Houston TexansBen Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday night)
The toe injury that kept Ben Tate out of the Monday night game against the Jets has him as probable on the injury report for this week's Sunday night game. The Houston Chronicle reports that Tate will play, but does he resume his more-than-a-handcuff role behind Arian Foster? The Chronicle goes on to say the team is hopeful he can get 10-12 touches. In the six games last season where Tate got 9-15 touches, he averaged 76.2 yards with two touchdowns. Sounds like Tate could be right back in his flex wheelhouse.

 

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. St. Louis Rams
Miami is still the 25th ranked team when it comes to wide receiver production and that is because the Dolphins don't score touchdowns at the position. Hartline has the lone score and that was as a part of his 12-253-1 day. He has never dipped below 50 yards receiving this season and he has the 253 and a 111-yard day. But you have to wonder if he is not going to settle in as a 4-59 guy like he was against a more than gracious fantasy WR defense like Cincinnati last week. Now Hartline gets a Rams team that allowed Larry Fitzgerald to go 8-for-92 on 15 targets last week - the most any receiver has been targeted against St. Louis this season. Outside of his 92-yard, no-TD day, the Rams have allowed four receivers to eclipse a 4-59 day (Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Leonard Hankerson and Brandon Marshall). It is Hankerson who has the lone wide receiver TD against St. Louis this season. Look elsewhere for a receiver this week as there is nothing to say Hartline can get loose against the Rams.

—   Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Which NFL player is healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:45
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
Whether he is in the clear after the knee surgery is not known, but five double-digit fantasy efforts is good enough for me. He is dealing with an ankle injury this week but was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday. Now he gets a Redskins team that is ranked 10th against fantasy running backs, mostly because they are ranked last against fantasy receivers and 30th against quarterbacks. Only three backs have had double-digit carries against Washington and two of them have had double-digit fantasy days. If Peterson is playing he is in your lineup.

 

Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Titus Young (knee) was limited in practice the last two days after missing Wednesday's practice. He is listed as probable and has a decent flex play matchup playing for a team that has attempted at least 42 passes in three of four games. The Eagles are ranked 14th against fantasy receivers, allowing No. 2 options to catch 21 balls for 347 yards (4.2 catches for 69 yards a game) to average 11.1 fantasy points in a PPR. Just because it's a relatively decent flex play doesn't mean Young should be in there. He has been stuck on three targets in three of the four games and caught one pass apiece in those games. His highlight of the year was the seven-target, six-catch, 75-yard, one-touchdown day against Tennessee - 46 yards and the score coming on a Hail Mary at the end of regulation.

 

Hakeem NicksHakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
After missing the last three games (foot and knee), Hakeem Nicks made the trip to San Francisco and made it through two limited practices and Saturday's walkthrough. This one has all the makings of a one-play-and-injured again type of game. In addition to his durability is it being a late-afternoon start and the 49ers' fantasy defense against wide receivers. The team has allowed just one TD to receivers this season (Week 1). San Francisco faced Buffalo and the New York Jets the last two weeks - not a hot bed of reliable receivers - and played Minnesota, Detroit and Green Bay the first three weeks. Which group do you think had the better production? It was the first three, and that gives fantasy owners hopes against the 49ers. Percy Harvin had nine catches for 89 yards, Calvin Johnson had eight catches for 94 yards and the Packers' four-headed WR corps combined for 23 catches and 256 yards. It's a tough call with the health and the late start, but if you have Domenik Hixon or Ramses Barden, it might be worth the wait and plug in whoever goes.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:39
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

Percy HarvinPercy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
Percy Harvin joined the injury report on Thursday with a hamstring but was a full participant in Friday's practice. He is listed as probable and you certainly are not going to sit fantasy's No. 8 receiver. And you won't sit him with such an appetizing matchup as he has today against a Washington Redskins team that allows the most points to fantasy receivers. The 'Skins have surrendered eight touchdowns, 77 catches and 1,234 yards thus far; ten receivers have eclipsed at least 60 yards against Washington. Six of the 10 had double-digit target days and five of them have the highest scoring fantasy days. Now the Redskins face Harvin, again the No. 8 fantasy receiver, who has done his damage with just three double-digit target days so far.

 

Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
A knee injury hampered Martellus Bennett's day against Cleveland last week. He stayed in the game after suffering the injury in the first quarter and finished with three grabs for 30 yards. That was certainly not the kind of day we wanted to see with Hakeem Nicks out himself. Bennett, after drawing 23 targets for 15 catches, 185 yards and three scores the first three weeks of the season, has just four catches for 32 yards on seven targets the last two weeks. The luster might have worn off a bit, but chances are he will return to fantasy relevance later this season as injuries pile up and knowing that Eli Manning has gone to reliable tight ends in the past in new York. I am not playing Bennett today at the 49ers. The tight end class is deep and there is someone else like a Jermaine Gresham, Jacob Tamme or Owen Daniels that has a better matchup.

 

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos (Monday night)
A groin injury has Malcom Floyd as questionable on the injury report and he was limited at practice on Friday but returned in full on Saturday. It is a little concerning since he is Philip Rivers' only reliable receiver at this point in the season. When did you think you'd ever read that sentence about Maclom Floyd? It is interesting to note that Floyd has never been targeted more than nine times as the team's No. 1 receiver this season. He has caught 20 of his 34 targets (58.8 percent) for 358 yards and one TD so far. Robert Meachem, the free agent signing, has 19 targets for nine catches and 159 yards and two scores. Antonio Gates has 13 catches for 143 yards and no scores on 25 targets. Monday, Rivers and Floyd get a Broncos team ranked 19th against fantasy receivers with five touchdowns and six receivers having already eclipsed 60 yards. The matchup is there but is the consistency from Floyd going to follow. That would be a tough Monday for me, knowing I had to depend on Floyd to bring home the week for me.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:30
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

 

Dustin KellerDustin Keller, TE, New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts
Dustin Keller (hamstring) has not played since Week 1 and has aggravated the injury already this season. He expects to play today and the Jets need him in the worse way. If Mark Sanchez is the starter and Keller is playing it's a decent combo. Keller was targeted 115 times last season for 65 catches, 815 yards and five TDs in 16 games. To put it in perspective, conflict between the two or not, No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes was targeted 101 times in 16 games. The Colts have only allowed 11 catches for 97 yards and one TD to tight ends. You are likely not playing Keller but don't be surprised if he makes some noise in his expected return.

 

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
I told you to take a flier on Josh Gordon here last week and he came through with two touchdowns and 82 yards on just two catches from eight targets. The receiving injuries are about the same this week, and now add Jordan Norwood (foot) to the list. Gordon is about all Brandon Weeden has left outside of Greg Little; so Gordon is all Weeden has left. So take that flier again. In Week 2 against these Bengals, Little and Mohamed Massaquoi combined for 10 catches, 147 yards and a score on 14 targets - and that was with Trent Richardson getting 19 carries for 109 yards and a TD on the ground and 4-36-1 through the air. Since the Week 2 game, the Bengals have allowed five receivers to eclipse 60 yards, seven receivers to have at least five catches and have allowed six passing touchdowns. A matchup is a matchup is a matchup.

 

Darrius Heyward-BeyDarrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons
Last time we saw DHB, he was being laid out in the end zone against Pittsburgh. A bye week and a return to practice later, and Heyward-Bey is listed as probable and slated to be back in the lineup this afternoon against the Falcons. Atlanta has allowed just three touchdowns to receivers this season and Santana Moss' two-catch, 80-yard, one-TD performance was the first time a receiver has had over 60 since Demaryius Thomas in Week 2. Coming off a concussion, the way the Falcons' defense is playing (258 yards allowed to Matt Cassel in Week 1 is a season high) and Oakland being on the road makes for a scary proposition.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:30
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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 Finley, Green Bay PackersJermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers vs, Houston (Sunday night)
Jermichael Finley (shoulder) is questionable as of today on the injury report and considered a game-time decision. Bum shoulder or not, Finley has probably already reached droppable status in most leagues. He is ranked 18th at TE in PPR leagues with 22 catches for 198 yards and one TD on 31 targets. With receiver Greg Jennings (groin) already ruled out and Finley questionable, tight end D.J. Williams could possibly be in play, but the Packers are ranked 17th in the league in fantasy TE scoring. It's probably best to avoid all Packers not named Aaron Rodgers or James Jones this week.

 

Ryan Williams (William Powell), RB, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo
Ryan Williams went on season-ending IR last week after the shoulder injury he suffered against St. Louis. With Beanie Wells already on designated-to-return IR and out until Week 12 that left owners salivating at the wire to pick up a gem - a starting RB for an NFL team in Week 6. That doesn't come along too often and when it does it rarely produces. Then there's the Cardinals. They are already ranked 31st in fantasy production from the RB position, so whether you go and grab William Powell or LaRod Stephens-Howling, it's hard to imagine either being productive in the short-term, long term or even against a terrible defense like Buffalo today. The Bills matchup is a juicy one because they are 31st against fantasy running backs, but unless you are in a DEEEEEP league, there is no reason to start a Cardinals running back. 

Donald Jones, Buffalo BillsDonald Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Arizona Cardinals
Donald Jones is questionable but is likely to play despite being listed on the report with a head injury. But it is Donald Jones. The Bills are terrible all the way around. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the accuracy of most of my articles and the team boasts the 27th-ranked fantasy receivers in the NFL. Outside of Jones' two-catch, 90-yard, one-TD performance against New England in Week 4, no only Steve Johnson in Week 3 has eclipsed 60 yards (7-61-1). Arizona is ranked 20th against fantasy receivers and most of that comes from the Week 4 game against Miami in which it allowed Brian Hartline and Davone Bess to combine for 19 catches, 376 yards and a score. Can you believe you just read that? It probably lends credence to the fact that Jones could be a good play if those two did that to Arizona just two weeks ago.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:25
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis RamsSteven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams vs. Miami Dolphins
While Reggie Bush and Lamar Miller will have a tough road against the Rams' run defense, the same can be said for Steven Jackson. For the first time in a while, Jackson is not on the injury report, however, he is facing the eighth-ranked fantasy run defense. Jackson has faced three top-six fantasy run defenses each of the last three weeks and averaged 15.6 carries for 53.3 yards with no scores. At least he doesn't tease us like Chris Johnson and is consistently a bad fantasy play.

 

Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins vs. St. Louis Rams
Daniel Thomas lands on the injury report with a concussion for the second time this season. He is out for today's game against the Rams. Reggie Bush is on the injury report with a knee but. All of this means more touches for rookie Lamar Miller. However, there are two major problems for Miller today. One: He did not see a touch last week. Two: The St. Louis run defense. Miller had 10 carries in Week 2, nine carries in Week 3, four carries in Week 4 and none last week. See a trend? Hard to trust as him as an even a flex when his carries have trended downward to zero. The Rams have allowed four rushing touchdowns and Alfred Morris (89) and Marshawn Lynch (118) are the only two backs to eclipse 65 yards.

 

Marshawn LynchMarshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots
Marshawn Lynch (back) is on the injury report but practiced in full on Friday and Saturday and should be good to go against the Patriots and their ninth-ranked fantasy defense. Lynch is the only Seahawk fantasy option of any consistency this year, but beware he does get a defense that has allowed just one rushing touchdown and one game above 51 yards - Ray Rice had both in Week 3 (20-101-1).

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:20
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay PackersCedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans
Cedric Benson went on the designated to return IR with a Lisfranc injury and will miss the next eight weeks. The Packers' attempt to run the ball was no joke through five weeks. Benson had days of nine, 20, 17 and 18 carries and had seven when he went down in the first quarter last week. Green Bay rushed at least 17 times with one back just once last year (Ryan Grant, 17-92 in Week 3) and never eclipsed 13 afterwards. Alex Green is the "hot hand" for the Packers and should get first crack at keeping a running game alive for Green Bay. He stepped in for Benson last week and went 9-for-55 and one catch for six yards. There are two major downers for Green this week: James Starks is back and the Packers are facing a Texans team that is ranked seventh against fantasy RBs. This is a good week to monitor how the Packers use the two backs and then play the weekly matchups based on your deduction. Sit them this week, however.

 

Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets
Donald Brown had knee surgery on Tuesday and now Vick Ballard gets the start in his place. For fantasy, it is encouraging because the Colts' backfield becomes a little less crowded for a few weeks. Brown is ranked as fantasy's 29th-best RB. The Jets of just a few years ago are long gone. They are 29th against fantasy running backs, having allowed singular days of 169 and 152 yards and a touchdown each to C.J. Spiller and Arian Foster and double-dips from Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush (130 yards and one TD), Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter (118 yards and two TDs). Ballard was averaging 4.2 carries while Brown was getting 15 carries per game. Now that it is Ballard's backfield, he should be able to have solid production against a team that cannot stop the run.

 

Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
Andre Brown, the waiver wire darling from Weeks 2 and 3, suffered a concussion against Cleveland last week and has been ruled out for today's game at San Francisco. He had five carries the week before and was injured during a first-quarter kickoff. Rookie David Wilson re-entered the picture behind Ahmad Bradshaw and scored his first NFL TD (40 yards in the fourth quarter). He finished with just two carries for 44 yards and the score. Bradshaw was the hot hand with 30 carries for 200 yards and a score and four catches for 29 yards. It's hard to determine how this will work. Yes, Bradshaw was hot, but for Wilson to get just two carries is a little concerning. Also concerning is that the Giants are on the road at a 49ers team that is No. 1 against fantasy running backs with just 287 yards and no TDs allowed this season. Like Green vs. the Texans, you might want to use this one as strictly observation on Wilson. But Brown might be back next week and everything is in the air again.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:15
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RG3, Robert Griffin III, Washington RedskinsThere are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these players and what you should consider.

 

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
Knocked out of last week's game against Atlanta with a concussion, RGIII has passed all his tests this week and did practice this week. Minnesota is 14th against fantasy quarterbacks and second-best against fantasy running backs through five games. The Vikings have allowed all five opponents to throw for at least 200 yards and at least one touchdown and at least 31 attempts. If Griffin is active, he's active in your lineup. Even getting knocked out in the third quarter of last week's game, RGIII is still fantasy's third-best QB this season.

 

Matt Cassel (Brady Quinn), QB, Kansas City Chiefs  vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matt Cassel was knocked out of last week's game against Baltimore with a concussion and is out for this week's game against the Buccaneers. Brady Quinn entered last week and was 3-of-3 for 32 yards. Today will be his first start since 2009 and he is a 52.5-percent passer with a QB rating of 67.3 for his career. Yes, this is the bye weeks and you might be hurting. Yes, Tampa Bay is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to QBs and are ranked 12th against fantasy RBs. Outside of two-QB leagues, look elsewhere.

 

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins
Christian Ponder (knee inflammation) has to be the favorite bye-week replacement quarterback this week. He has thrown for two touchdowns in three of his first five games season and for at least 245 yards in three of five games. His interceptions on back-to-back series against Tennessee last week were his first two picks of the year. Now Ponder gets a Redskins team today that is ranked 30th against fantasy quarterbacks. Washington has allowed multi-touchdown games in four of five games and 300-plus yard days in those same four games. The lone outlier is Josh Freeman's 299-yard, one-touchdown, one-interception game.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Who's healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team&nbsp;</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:10
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The injuries are piling up, the bye weeks are in full effect and there are some names in the fantasy world you did not think you would have to rely on so early. Such is life as a fantasy owner as we reach Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. 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.

Miles AustinMiles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Ravens
A bye week later and Miles Austin is still on the injury report (hamstring), but he's probably always going to be on the injury report. Now he and the Cowboys' struggling offense travel to Baltimore to take on a Ravens team that has been friendly to opposing fantasy receivers. Dwayne Bowe (6-60), Greg Little (4-77), Brandon Lloyd (9-108) and Wes Welker (8-142), DeSean Jackson (7-114) and A.J. Green (5-70) and Andrew Hawkins (8-86) all had double-digit days in PPR leagues against the Ravens. The only thing Baltimore is stingy on is the TD production as just two of them have been surrendered to fantasy receivers this year and they surrendered just eight to the position last year. Austin is one of those that you are starting as long as he is healthy and as long as Dez Bryant continues to consistently play inconsistent.

 

Jacob Tamme, TE, Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers (Monday night)
Every Joel Dreessen touchdown is just a gut-punch to Jacob Tamme owners. Tamme has not had one of those since Week 1. But fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that it is Tamme that helps get Dreessen into position. He has 36 targets to Dreessen's 16 and 21 catches to JD's 11. But it's those three scores that have Dreessen ahead of Tamme in points at the TE position for Denver. A groin injury has Tamme listed as probable on the injury report, and Dreessen TDs or not, you can't bench Tamme. He has 27 of his 36 targets in the last three weeks and could be in a shootout Monday night with San Diego. Enjoy the targets and hope for the occasional bone in the red zone.

 

Demaryius Thomas, Denver BroncosDemaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers (Monday night)
A hip injury lands Demaryius Thomas on the report as probable but he did practice in full on Saturday in advance of the Monday night game with San Diego. And what a matchup he has in store for him in prime time. The Chargers just allowed two New Orleans receivers to go over 120 yards and each score TDs. A week earlier Dwayne Bowe went 7-108-1 and even Jonathan Baldwin posted a 4-50 day. A week before that Atlanta's dynamic duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White combined for 10 catches, 122 yards and one score. Thomas has had 11 targets in three of the five games this season and in the two he didn't he had five catches for 110 and 103 yards. Wow.

 

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Who's healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 07:05
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
Aaron Hernandez (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday, practiced again on Friday and is listed as questionable for today’s late game against visiting Denver. He practiced on a limited basis, per the Patriots’ always forthcoming injury news. If it was gamesmanship to get the Broncos thinking about Hernandez it also has fantasy owners thinking about the standout tight end as well. Denver gave up one touchdown to the tight end position each of the first three weeks and then saw Oakland lay an egg offensively last week.  The Broncos are 19th against fantasy receivers and 10th against fantasy running backs and were allowing 25,6 points per game before the Raiders put up just six. Late game, earlier-than-expected recovery from the injury for Hernandez — if he is recovered — and whether the Pats really need him to win this home game would have me a little leery of inserting Hernandez today.

 

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Atlanta Falcons
Pierre Garcon said earlier this week it’s “going to take some time” for his foot to completely heal, but he should be on the field today against Atlanta — his second game back since missing two games with the injury suffered in Week 1. It might take a fully healthy Garcon, however, to get solid production against a stingy Atlanta pass defense. Outside of Demaryius Thomas’s great toe-drag catch in Week 2 and Kealoah Pilares 36-yard wide-open score on his only offensive play of the game last week, the Falcons have not surrendered any other TDs to receivers. On Wednesday, Garcon had his first full day of practice since the injury. Washington’s pass defense should be no match for Atlanta’s pass offense. You would hope Garcon could get something going early. If the Falcons jump out to a lead and there is garbage-time production to be had, the question is: Will Garcon still be out there to get it? In this offense, if Garcon’s playing, you start him and hope for the best.

 

Lance MooreLance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints vs. San Diego Chargers (Sunday night)
Lance Moore (hamstring), the indoor phenomenon, is out for tonight’s game. He will not get a chance to showcase his skills on turf against a Chargers team that is 11th against fantasy receivers but has allowed production to opposing team’s other non-No. 1 receivers. Rod Streater, Kendall Wright and Julio Jones all caught touchdowns against San Diego and Jonathan Baldwin was 4-for-50. So who steps in for Moore Sunday night?  That’s hard to tell. Being that it is a Sunday night game, there is probably no one on the Saints not named Marques Colston that I would insert in my WR spot today. It’s too much of a gamble when there are better plays out there.

 
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 07:00
All taxonomy terms: Doug Baldwin, Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, NFL, Fantasy, News
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Kenny BrittJared Cook, TE and Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings
Jared Cook had the 61-yard touchdown in Week 3 against Detroit and later suffered ligament damage and an AC joint sprain in that game. He was limited to three catches for 36 yards on four targets in the loss to Houston last week. Cook has been targeted no more than six times this season and now draws a Vikings team that has been kind to opposing No. 1 tight ends in three of the first four weeks. Marcedes Lewis (5-for-52 and a score on five targets), Vernon Davis (5-for-53 and a score on eight targets) and Brandon Pettigrew (7-for-67 on nine targets and dropped a TD pass in the end zone) all had double-digit fantasy days in PPR, and had Pettigrew caught the ball, all would have had double-digit days in non-PPR. Cook said he feels better and should play today. As for receiver Kenny Britt, it is not looking so good. He has returned from the ACL/MCL injuries suffered a year ago only to be bothered by a left ankle sprain. He tweaked the ankle this week while doing running on the side. Britt did not practice on Saturday and it would seem highly unlikely you will see him on the field in Minnesota today. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck takes over for the injured Jake Locker (shoulder) this week. Hasselbeck and Cook really connected at the end of last season, as the tight end was targeted 26 times for 21 catches, 335 yards and one score in the last three weeks of the 2011 season.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina
Doug Baldwin (shoulder) is only drawing a mention because he was likely drafted late — likely dropped since — and it’s a bye week. It’s been a rough go in year 2 for the undrafted free agent out of Stanford. He led the team in receptions last season (51) but has dealt with hamstring that sidelined him in August, broken teeth in Week 1 and a shoulder injury forced him to miss Week 3. He returned last week against St. Louis and drew three targets for one catch and 10 yards. He has little rapport with QB Russell Wilson since they have not worked together much due to the injuries. Today, the Seahawks draw a Carolina team that is last against fantasy running backs — good news for Marshawn Lynch — and sixth against fantasy receivers — likely because of the previous stat. Sure, you could find better, but don’t be surprised if Wilson is showcased in this game as he returns to North Carolina where he played football for N.C. State and minor league baseball for Gastonia and Asheville. Perhaps Baldwin could be the benefit of that showcase, and Pete Carrol said this week “we’ve got to get Doug back into things.” Start today.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> To help you decide who to start and who to sit.</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 06:55
Path: /fantasy/injury-updates-week-5-reggie-bush-christian-ponder-rashard-mendenhall
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Reggie BushReggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals
First the knee, now the hip but neither should keep Reggie Bush from playing against the Bengals. He practiced Friday and it’s a decent matchup for the Miami running game as they go against the eighth-worst fantasy defense against running backs. There might be some fear in the fact theBengals just held Maurice Jones-Drew to 38 yards on 13 carries and he only sniffed a double-digit day in PPR thanks to five catches for 42 yards. At least we know Bush can both run and catch  — 369 ground, 72 air this season, on pace to best his No. 11 ranking as a fantasy RB last year. Prior to MJD, Cincinnati had allowed Alfred Morris 78 yards rushing and a score, Trent Richardson 109 yards rushing, 36 yards receiving and two scores and Ray Rice 68 yards rushing and two scores.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee Titans
Christian Ponder is listed on the injury report as probable with a knee but his availability should not be a concern. After what the Titans have displayed on defense thus far — or lack thereof — Ponder cannot take to the field fast enough. They have allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, third-most to running backs and most to tight ends. Ponder-Adrian Peterson-Kyle Rudolph all sound pretty good to me this week. And that’s not even mentioning what Percy Harvin might do. No starting QB has thrown for under 200 yards, no team has collected less than two touchdowns and only Philip Rivers has been intercepted (once) by the Titans this season. Start Ponder with confidence.

Rashard MendenhallRashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Rashard Mendenhall is slated to make his season debut today against the Eagles, returning from a torn ACL suffered late last season. It is unlikely he will take a full workload in his return. But what is a full workload in Pittsburgh this season? No back has eclipsed 12 carries in a game and Jonathan Dywer’s 43 yards in Week 1 is the high point for rushing. Keep in mind that Mendenhall was not that great last season before the injury. He carried over 20 times once and produced 146 yards and a score in that game (Week 6 against Jacksonville). From that point until the Week 17 injury, he averaged 60.9 yards rushing per game with six scores. Philadelphia is ranked seventh against fantasy running backs this season, having allowed just one rushing score to the position and 3.3 yards per carry.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Who's healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 06:52
All taxonomy terms: Ben Tate, Donald Jones, Jon Baldwin, NFL, Fantasy
Path: /fantasy/injury-updates-week-5-ben-tate-jon-baldwin-donald-jones
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Ben TateBen Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. New York Jets (Monday night)
Texans running back Ben Tate is battling a sprained toe that kept him out of practice until Saturday. It was his first practice this week, albeit limited, and coach Gary Kubiak said he expects Tate to go Monday night. Limited Saturday, Sunday lineup deadline, Monday game, and probably game-time decision at best; not a good trifecta there. These aren’t your older brother’s Jets as they are allowing 4.52 yards per carry with six touchdowns to opposing fantasy running backs. But you have to question how much Tate will be needed after New York took a 34-0 pasting at home against the San Francisco defense and now gets an equally good Texans defense. You might want to find someone else for your flex instead of relying on the ultimate flex/handcuff each week in Tate.

Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens
A hamstring injury has Jonathan Baldwin on the injury report and he is listed as probable. However, he practiced on Friday and should be good to go Sunday against Baltimore. The Ravens have been pretty gracious to No. 2 receivers so far this year. It started in Week 1 when Cincinnati’s Andrew Hawkins went 9-for-86, followed in Week 2 when DeSean Jackson went 7-for-114, continued in Week 3 when Wes Welker went 8-for-142 and sputtered when the Ravens faced whatever Cleveland’s receiving corps is supposed to be. Four receivers not named Greg Little combined for nine catches for 109 yards. Baldwin has been second in targets to Dwayne Bowe each of the last three weeks and turned those 15 targets into 10 catches for 148 yards and no scores — or 8.3 fantasy points per week in a PPR. You could do better, but there’s nothing that says the Chiefs should be in this game and everything saying the Ravens are friendly to No. 2s.

Donald JonesDonald Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers
Donald Jones is listed as questionable with a head injury but is likely to play against San Francisco today. He is not a suggested start, however. When David Nelson went down for the season there was hope that Jones would emerge as the second target for Ryan Fitzpatrick outside of the red zone — since Fitz only has eyes for Chandler inside the 20 it seems. But outside of a 68-yard score on one of his three targets last week, Jones produced six catches for 42 yards and no scores on nine targets in the two weeks after Nelson’s season-ending injury. Nine targets in an offense that ran more three-wide receiver sets — and one of the receivers is on IR — is not going to get it done in fantasy. The emergence of rookie T.J. Graham, Steve Johnson being the target leader (36 in four games for 18th most in the NFL) and Chandler being the 25-yards-and-in TD threat means Jones will have to rely more on the one-play production like he had last week. There are more explosive — and healthier — receivers you can find  to try and bank a TD on than Jones, who has four scores in three years.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 06:40
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Torrey SmithTorrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
An ankle injury last Thursday against Cleveland has Smith as probable on the injury report. However, that was 11 days ago and Smith practiced all week. He and the Ravens get the Chiefs this week, who are 14th against fantasy receivers. After allowing Roddy White and Julio Jones to combine for 12 catches, 195 yards and two scores in Week 1, Kansas City has allowed one receiver to score each of the last three weeks. However, only Buffalo’s Steve Johnson was a No. 1 receiver; Lance Moore and Eddie Royal scored the other two. No receiver has gone over Lance Moore’s 70 yards outside of White and Jones. The Chiefs are also 24th against fantasy running backs. This could be a Ray Rice game, but you cannot ignore Baltimore boasting the fourth-best fantasy receivers in the game, including Smith receiving 10 targets each of the last two weeks for 12 catches, 224 yards and three scores.

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers
A head injury forced the tight end out of the game last week after catching two touchdowns. It’s a bye week and Chandler has already been hanging around the waiver wire as a guy to grab, San Francisco is ranked 23rd against fantasy tight ends. The 49ers gave up four touchdowns over the first two weeks and then faced the offensiveless Jets last week. It’s touchdown-or-bust for Chandler normally as he has just 15 catches for 216 yards but the four touchdowns. The Bills should not be able to run on the 49ers, so Chandler will likely be involved.

Andre JohnsonAndre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans vs. New York Jets (Monday night)
A groin injury has Andre Johnson on the injury report, but something always has Johnson on the injury report it seems. He saw light practice on Friday and it is a Monday night game this week. He looks like he is good to go, and chances are you are not sitting Johnson, particularly with bye weeks in full force. Just some info to know, however: There is no Darrelle Revis on the Jets’ defensive side of the ball anymore. The Jets have allowed plenty of rushing yards and the Texans are ranked 22nd in passing attempts this season. Johnson, since his Week 1 performance of 10 targets, eight catches, 119 yards and one score, has combined for 14 targets, eight catches, 149 yards and one score. Play at your own risk as these are the Texans of a few years ago.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 06:40
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these players and what you should consider.

Julio JonesJulio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins
Julio Jones played in Week 4 with a lacerated hand and it resulted in a one-catch, 30-yard performance on eight targets against Carolina. He said the hand had little to do with the production, or lack thereof last week, and that he’s “ready to go” this week against Washington. And what a matchup it is. The Redskins are the worst in the NFL in points allowed to fantasy receivers. Two Tampa Bay receivers went over 100 yards last week; Two Cincinnati receivers went over 60 and a touchdown and A.J. Green added 183 and a score to weeks ago. The Rams got 160 yards and a touchdown from Danny Amendola and 53 yards and a score from Brandon Gibson in Week 2. And the Saints opened with 191 yards and two scores from Lance Moore and Marques Colston. The Redskins have no pass rush, and Matt Ryan should have time to sling it all across the gridiron with Jones and Roddy White.

Hakeem NicksHakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon, WRs, New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns
Oh, if Hakeem Nicks could have suited up today against Cleveland, his matchup is just as tasty as the Falcons’ receivers. But a knee injury continues to keep Nicks on the shelf after battling a foot injury. Ramses Barden was the pick up to have a few weeks ago when he stepped in for Nicks and caught nine balls for 138 yards against Carolina. But Domenik Hixon was out with a concussion for that game and he returned last week and supplanted Barden as the No. 2 receiver. Hixon finished with six catches for 114 yards on 11 targets; Barden had two catches for 36 yards on four targets. And Barden is now out with a concussion for today’s game. The job is all Hixon’s and he should not disappoint. The Browns are second-to-last in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to receivers, having given up 228 yards and a touchdown to Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin last week and having allowed at least 60 yards and a score to at least one receiver in all four games this season.

Jordan Norwood and Josh Gordon WRs, Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants
Seemingly ever Browns receiver that has logged meaningful minutes opposite Greg Little this season is injured and it might be up to Jordan Norwood and rookie Josh Gordon to try and take advantage of a friendly New York pass defense. Norwood had 10 targets and caught four of them for 56 yards last week at Baltimore. Gordon, a project from Baylor, has seven catches for 93 yards in four games thus far. The Browns can have success in the air against the Giants’ 20th-ranked pass defense (254 ypg) but might try to keep it on the ground since their own pass defense is not any better. Cleveland is 28th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (286.0). New York is 22nd against the run at 118.2 yards per game. It is probably not advised to play either Norwood or Gordon, but it is a bye week, you might be looking for a flier and the Giants, at 8.5-point favorites at home, should mean more passing opportunities. If you take said flier, take it on Gordon, who is slated to start today.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> To help you decide who to start and who to sit.</p>
Post date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 06:32
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /fantasy/injury-updates-week-5-matt-forte-trent-richardson-greg-jennings
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Matt ForteMatt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Matt Forte owners ran the gamut of emotions Monday night as he returned to the lineup quicker than expected, limped off after his first play and then returned to finish the game. Cautious owners, like myself, wish he would have just stayed idle until after next week’s bye but that did not happen. He was not very productive in a 34-18 win over Dallas (13 carries, 52 yards, one catch, minus-three yards). Now he gets a Jacksonville team, on a short week, which has allowed 84.5 yards per game to lead backs — thanks for ruining the average, Donald Brown and your 62 yards. Forte practiced this week. If he’s back, he’s in your lineup.

 

Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants
This is just to tell you that Trent Richardson is on the injury report but it is not injury related. He was welcoming in child No. 3 to the family. Richardson has 183 rushing yards and three scores in the last three games and now gets a friendly New York run defense. The Giants are allowing 4.7 yards per carry to running backs. They have surrendered just one score to the position, but the 4.7 is too big to ignore. Richardson has also become more involved in the passing game, catching 14 balls for 117 yards and a score on 18 targets.

 

Greg JenningsGreg Jennings, WR, Green Bay vs. Indianapolis Colts
Greg Jennings (groin) was declared out before Week 5 officially began Thursday night, so this is just a reminder in case you had not heard. Get Greg Jennings out of your lineup(s). Now the fun begins in regards to who will replace him this week vs. a Colts team that is allowing the sixth-most points to fantasy receivers. When Jennings missed the Week 2 game against Chicago it was Jordy Nelson who got the most production (six catches, 84 yards on nine targets). James Jones and Randall Cob combined for seven targets, three catches and 19 yards receiving. No more or less love went to tight end Jermichael Finley as he has received five targets each of the last three weeks after tying a career-high with 11 in the opener against San Francisco. Jones would be the best bet to plug in as he has at least six targets in three of four games — oddly enough his low mark of five coming when Jennings was out — and has averaged 4.6 catches for 64 yards and one score in those three games.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 06:30
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /fantasy/injury-updates-week-4-fred-jackson-cj-spiller-reggie-bush-0
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills RBs vs. New England Patriots

Fred JacksonBoth injured running backs practiced and both are listed as questionable for today’s game with the visiting New England Patriots.

Good news: It’s nice to see the two running backs, injured so early in the season, already back on the practice field. Jackson is battling a knee sprain suffered in Week 1, while Spiller went out early in last week’s game against Cleveland with a shoulder injury.

Bad news: We went from the thoughts of “Will Jackson get his starting job back when he returns?” to a return to the muddiness that is the Buffalo backfield situation.

Spiller could not have looked any better in Jackson’s sted — back-to-back 25-plus-point fantasy days and was already at 12.8 in a PPR when he was injured in the first quarter.

Jackson looks like he will go today, knee brace and all, but you have to question at what capacity will that be? Then there’s Tashard Choice, who ran for 91 yards on 20 carries in the absence of Spiller last week.

Whichever back goes, they get a Patriots defense that just allowed Ray Rice to post 150 all-purpose yards, five catches and a score — where was that Thursday night, Ray? But I digress. But it’s hard to trust anyone in the Bills’ backfield today or until either Jackson or Spiller is listed as fully healthy, and then we get to return to the decision that was: Do I start Spiller or Jackson?

 

Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins RB vs. Arizona Cardinals

Reggie Bush, Miami DolphinsMiami’s Reggie Bush says “I’m playing Sunday,” but acknowledged this week that is also a coach’s decision. The running back suffered a sprained left knee in the first half against the Jets in Week 3 and is listed as questionable for today’s late-afternoon start.

Gotta love it: A productive back who says he will play but also has a late game against a stingy defense. That’s not my kind of fantasy.

Here’s what the Dolphins and Bush, were he to suit up, face today: An Arizona team has not given up much in either the passing or running game.

The Cardinals have allowed just two touchdowns through the air and also snagged two interceptions. Only Tom Brady has a plus-15-point fantasy day (16.5) against them thus far. Think Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill will threaten that?

Then there’s the Arizona rush defense. No touchdowns have been surrendered to a tailback — on the ground or in the air — and in non-PPRs no back has reached double digits. Even in PPRs, Marshawn Lynch (10.7) and LeSean McCoy (11) just barely cracked the double-digit barrier.

I’m sorry, but if a semi-healthy Lynch and healthy McCoy didn’t get it done against Arizona, a questionable Bush with a knee injury in a late game is going nowhere near my lineup.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 07:35
Path: /fantasy/injury-updates-week-4-matthew-stafford-matt-forte-willis-mcgahee-1
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Matthew StaffordMatthew Stafford, Detroit Lions QB vs. Minnesota Vikings

The quarterback injured his right hip in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter of the Lions’ game at Tennessee in Week 3. He returned to practice on Thursday, practiced in full on Friday and should be healthy enough to go against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

If Stafford’s playing then you’re playing him.

The Vikings’ defense is ranked 18th against opposing fantasy quarterbacks, but they have not faced anything close to a QB like Stafford. Minnesota has played Blaine Gabbert, Andrew Luck and Alex Smith. All three quarterbacks have thrown for at least 200 yards and the Vikings have surrendered five touchdowns to one interception.

In two games against Minnesota last season, Stafford threw for 302.5 yards per game with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

 

Matt ForteMatt Forte, Chicago Bears RB vs. Dallas Cowboys (Monday night)

“Matt Forte continues to get better” and “he’s questionable for the game” Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said this week of his star running back who returned to practice this week as he battles an ankle injury suffered Sept. 13.

Does he “get better” enough to play Monday night in Dallas? Is this a decoy to make the Cowboys waste time preparing for Forte, who thinks he will play.

Unless you have Michael Bush, it’d be pretty irresponsible to have Forte in your starting lineup when games kickoff today. And don’t go grab Felix Jones, Khalil Bell or Armando Allen as a fail-safe, either. This is why you draft, and hopefully you drafted qualify backups to address injured players like Forte.

As a Forte owner in multiple leagues, I would like to see him sit the next two weeks, get another week of rest during the Week 6 bye and then be at full strength when he has to face run defenses like Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minnesota twice and Arizona the rest of the fantasy season.

Yikes. Maybe he should play these next two weeks, have great success and then we can sell high.

 

Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos RB vs. Oakland Raiders

Denver running back Willis McGahee is listed as probable after a rib injury he suffered against Houston last week. The Broncos play host to the Raiders in a late game Sunday afternoon, so a probable, 30-year-old running back with a rib injury does not necessarily scream confident start. 

However, McGahee said this week “all systems go on my end,” and he does have 50 carries on the season — 30 more than his other backfield mates combined.

Oakland’s defense is ranked 25th against fantasy running backs. The Raiders have only faced one true feature back in Reggie Bush. He ran for 172 yards and two scores and caught another three balls for 25 yards.  San Diego and Pittsburgh combined for just 35 running back carries against the Raiders for 68 yards — but Oakland allowed 231 yards and a score and 384 yards and four scores through the air with no interceptions in either game.

So this could tell you two things: An injured McGahee might not be needed as much and Peyton Manning could have a field day against this Raiders’ secondary.

If you have a better option than McGahee, I might go with it.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 07:18
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday night)

Hakeem NicksWe’ve gone from foot to knee with high draft pick Hakeem Nicks and the Giants receiver will miss his second straight game after being declared out on Saturday.

What a tease.

We should’ve been happy that he was out there for the Wednesday night kickoff in Week 1 and followed up a lukewarm opener with a 10-for-199 and a touchdown performance in Week 2. However, he injured his knee in that receiving clinic against Tampa Bay and now we start to get worried.

We heard he was close last week before not even traveling with the team to Carolina for last Thursday’s game Carolina. Then news started circulating on Friday he went from meh to doubtful to Saturday being listed as out for the Sunday night game against the Eagles.

Time to start worrying about Nicks?

Well, Eli Manning has a reliable tight end again in Martellus Bennett. I called Bennett a “value” in this year’s Athlon Sports Fantasy Magazine, noting that when Manning had a reliable tight end from 2005-10, that position averaged 49.7 catches, 607.5 yards and 5.5. TDs over those six seasons — or 143.5 points for a season in PPR, which is easily top-10 tight end material.

Manning has Victor Cruz still doing his thing. Manning has Ramses Barden stepping in for Nicks last week to the tune of 10 catches for 162 yards.

Nicks has yet to play 16 games in a season and injuries are becoming a concern. Barden is available in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues as of this writing and is at least a WR3 or flex play tonight.

Dwayne Bowe WR and Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers

Dexter McClusterDwayne Bowe is questionable with a groin injury but likely to play and Dexter McCluster is also questionable after suffering the nasty elbow injury last week against New Orleans.

Bowe appeared on the injury report Thursday and but did have a limited outing on Friday. McCluster, listed as a RB/WR in Yahoo leagues, a RB in ESPN leagues and a WR in CBS leagues, saw light work on Friday.

There’s a chance both are game-time decisions but can you start either against a San Diego defense that is fifth against fantasy receivers? The Chargers have allowed three touchdowns but no receiver has more than five catches of 67 yards and they have faced a pass-happy Carson Palmer, Jake Locker when the Titans were getting blown out and Matt Ryan, who spread 15 targets, 10 catches, 122 yards and a score to Julio Jones and Roddy White.

If Bowe goes you start him. He has 31 targets the last two games and 37 for the season. He has turned that into 18 catches for 234 yards and two scores — and he’s in a contract year.

McCluster, after receiving 10 targets the first week (six catches for 82 yards), he has received nine combined the last two weeks for seven catches and 60 yards.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 07:15
Path: /fantasy/injury-updates-week-4-pierre-garcon-evan-royster-stephen-hill
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Pierre Garcon, WR and Evan Royster RB, Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon is still living off the 88-yard screen pass for a score he caught in Week 1 against the Saints. However, it is that play that has kept the Redskins’ big free-agent signing off the field for the last two games and is expected to do the same this week.

Rich Campbell of the Washington Times was told by a source that Garcon would “try to play” in today’s game at Tampa Bay. Of course, it is a late-afternoon game, so there is no try, only do.

Even a try could net Garcon points as the Buccaneers are second to only the Redskins in points allowed to fantasy receivers this season and Garcon caught two balls for 146 yards and two scores against Tampa Bay last season. So how about just those two plays, Pierre and then you can get back to the sidelines?

Evan Royster is dealing with a sprained patellar tendon but did return to a full practice on Friday. Roy Helu is on injured reserve and Ryan Grant just joined the team, so if Royster plays he should have the backup role to Alfred Morris.

In three games this season, Royster has just nine touches for 55 yards.

Since teams are having a field day on the Bucs’ pass defense in fantasy, the rush defense looks respectable — ranked sixth against fantasy running backs. They held Dallas’ DeMarco Murray to 38 yards and a score last week. Andre Brown had 71 yards and a touchdown a week earlier and Carolina rushed just seven times with its RBs in Week 1.

There is no way you are starting Royster in any capacity and Garcon is a WR2 if he plays. Yes, it is a late game for the Redskins-Bucs, but seven of the 14 remaining games in Week 4 are 4:05 starts or later. So there’s a chance that the debate between Garcon and another receiver in your starting lineup can be made without worrying about the 1 p.m. games.

Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers

You weren’t thinking of starting Stephen Hill were you? He’s not even on your redraft-league roster anymore, right?

Well, just in case the answer is yes to either, the rookie receiver from Georgia Tech did not practice all week as he battles a hamstring injury and is listed as doubtful for today’s early game against San Francisco.

Hill is also battling not having any catches the last two weeks.

After his Week 1 statline read six targets, five catches, 89 yards and two scores he was one of the top waiver wire claims. Forgetting that Mark Sanchez was his quarterback, fantasy owners ran to the wire to grab Hill. The next two weeks have included nine targets, including seven last week, with no catches.

Jeremy Kerley, already a double-digit fantasy scorer in PPR leagues twice this season, will benefit from no Hill. San Francisco is ranked 14th against fantasy receivers but the Jets are ninth-best in the league when it comes to production from fantasy receivers.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 07:11
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants RB vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday night)

Ahmad BradshawAhmad Bradshaw is set to return from a game-and-a-half hiatus after a bulging disk in his neck sidelined the Giants No. 1 running back. In his sted, Andre Brown has looked more than capable of holding down the starting job — 184 yards, three scores and five catches for 36 yards.

Well, great. A No. 1 back already with an injury history, a journeyman back that has made due in his short time as the No. 1 and a Sunday night game.

What do the Giants do with two healthy, productive backs? What do you do with the two backs in your lineup?

Well, first the matchup. The Giants’ defense is taking on Michael Vick, who has looked terrible so far this season and has been more than willing to turn the ball over to the Giants. The Giants love to pass the ball — no matter who’s in or out of the lineup — and for the most part the Eagles have been pretty good at defending that the last year-plus.

So it is back to what do the Giants do with two healthy backs?

Last year when it was Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs — or D.J. Ware in Bradshaw’s absence — let’s just say it was not fun fantasy.

Only four times when both Bradshaw and Jacobs were in together (10 games) did one of the two get over 16 carries. Bradshaw led on three such occasions — 17-4, 26-5 and 16-7 — and Jacobs once at 19-8.

Bradshaw did lead in carries in all but two games in which they played together, and when he did Jacobs was relegated to nine or less carries each of those eight times.

The bright side for Bradshaw last season was that he still had 10 double-digit fantasy days. The dark side is that Brown certainly brings something different than Jacobs did last year.

This is a tough call to make, particularly with it being a Sunday night game.

I would still roll with Brown for one week on the assumption Bradshaw is eased back in and hope for the best. This would almost be a show-me game to see how Bradshaw looks and if he blows up, oh well, you know he’s back and pop in the lineup for Week 5.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina RB vs. Atlanta Falcons

Jonathan StewartMuch like the Giants’ running back situation, two healthy backs is not necessarily a good thing in regards to fantasy.

Jonathan Stewart has battled a toe injury and that’s about as non-knee related bad as it can get for a running back. He’s great when he plays but he also has DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert to contend with, in addition to QB Cam Newton running the ball.

This offense looked miserable last Thursday against the Giants and the Falcons don’t offer much of a reprieve.

But back to the usage of backs.

Stewart played in all 16 games last season, starting three and carrying 142 times for 761 yards and four scores. His 47 catches for 413 yards and a score made the low carries somewhat tolerable. Williams played in 16, started in 14 and had 155 carries for 836 yards and seven scores. He added 16 catches for 135 yards. Then the team adds Tolbert, the TD vulture/replacement for whichever of the starters inevitably goes down.

I have never drafted any of these three in any league in any year and I am in eight leagues per season. I just don’t want to deal with headaches like this. And now we add the fact that they take on a Falcons team that actually knows how to play defense now.

Willis McGahee’s 25.4 points in PPR leagues makes him the only back to go above 12 points this season against the Falcons, and it took him getting 24 of Denver’s 30 RB touches to do that.

It’s hard to picture Carolina hanging around for long in this one, and it’s hard to picture any one of these three backs being a factor. You might get an early score or a very late score from one, but wouldn’t you rather trust someone that can continue to produce in the middle 30 minutes?

Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos TE vs. Oakland Raiders

OK, when I saw Jacob Tamme go down against the Texans last week and there was a tear in his sock I thought for sure that was a bone coming through. I watched that thing on the DVR like the Zapruder film. There was no tear in the sock when he ran the route and when the play ended, he was hurt and there was a tear in the sock.

Move along further in the game, and Tamme was out there when the Broncos made their last-ditch effort with the multiple laterals on the final play and it was Tamme who last touched the ball. I went from thinking: “Did I just see an L.T.-Theismann injury?" To "does Tamme lose points for touching the last lateral?”

When it was all said and done, Tamme ends up on the injury report this week as probable with a groin injury. He is likely to play and is getting looks from QB Peyton Manning; he just isn’t doing anything with said looks.

The concern of whether you should’ve drafted Tamme or Joel Dreessen is no longer an issue. Tamme has 19 targets (13th in the league) to Dreessen’s nine. However, Tamme only has 10 catches for 87 yards and a score this season.

Old man Brandon Stokley is a problem as he is getting in the way of more production for Tamme and Eric Decker, but unless you’ve already gone to the wire and picked up Martellus Bennett, Brent Celek or Thursday night bust, Dennis Pitta, then there’s really nowhere you can go at tight end.

If Tamme is playing you play him and take solace in the fact that the Broncos take on a Raiders team that is 23rd against fantasy tight ends with 19 catches for 263 yards and a score.  

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 07:04
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There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.

Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks

Steven Jackson did not practice until Friday and that was on a limited basis. Now he gets Seattle’s defense — ninth best against fantasy running backs with 119 yards allowed on the ground and two scores and 18 catches for 136 yards and no scores allowed through the passing game.

Jackson is a RB3 — barely — through three weeks of the NFL season. He is the 36th-best fantasy back currently with 41 carries for 140 yards, six catches for 36 yards and no touchdowns via ground or air.

And whether it is Jackson, Daryl Richardson or current bust Isaiah Pead, the Rams are the third-worst team in the league in regards to fantasy RB production. They have just 259 yards and 10 catches for 63 yards with no scores either rushing or receiving.

Jackson ran for 42 yards with three catches for 19 yards in the first meeting at Seattle last season (Week 11) and followed with a 20-for-63-yard performance on the ground, a 3-for-60 performance through the air and one rushing score in a Week 14 home game.

The ONLY saving grace for Jackson in this game is his history indoors. He has played 78 of his 118 career games indoors and scored 43 of his 52 rushing touchdowns inside. But that’s where indoors stops.

Since he has nearly doubled his indoor games versus his outdoor games, Jackson’s yards per game and per carry are nearly identical and his catches and receiving yards per game are nearly identical.

Bottom line: If he were to miraculously have a good game today, sell, sell, sell.

 

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants (Sunday night)

Listed as probable, Jeremy Maclin practiced in full every day this week and is expected to be back in the lineup Sunday night against the Giants. It is a friendly matchup for Maclin, however, it is a not-so-friendly matchup for his quarterback, Michael Vick.

This is a tough call, due to Vick’s play at quarterback through three weeks.

Do you start a No. 1 receiver against a Giants team that is fifth worst against fantasy receivers this season, having allowed five receivers to eclipsed 70 yards and having allowed five touchdowns?

Or do you think that Vick’s play — six interceptions and three fumbles to three touchdowns — being put to the test against the Giants solid pass rush will make it a bad day for both?

Vick, regardless of his turnovers and TD production, has thrown for 317, 371 and 217 yards in the first three games and Maclin drew a team-high 14 targets in the only full game he’s played this season (Week 1 at Cleveland).

You roll with Maclin, who was Vick’s favorite target at 7.4 a game (13 games) last season, and expect there will be plenty to go around in a game with a line of 47.5.

 

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

Doug Baldwin is only being mentioned for two reasons: He is on the injury report (shoulder) and he had a preseason grade that made him a WR4.

Oops! The second-year receiver has three catches for 13 yards on seven targets in two games. He plays with a rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson who has thrown for 153 or less in the first three games and is completing 57 percent of his passes.

You can only play two Seahawks until further notice: RB Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle defense/special teams.

— Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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