The Fake Football Emergency Room
September 7, 2013 | adam cook
Hello all! Thanks for entering The Fake Football Emergency Room and let’s discuss some heavily started players who are on the injury report this week.
EJ Manuel- Buffalo Bills- Probable
Prediction: Manuel has already been named the starter this Sunday by head coach Doug Marrone. There are no more worries about him not suiting up tomorrow. However, his first NFL start is against Bill Belichick and this will be his first live game action after knee surgery. Manuel is a high upside QB2 this year, but is best left on the end of your bench this week.
Arian Foster- Houston Texans- Not Listed
Prediction: Foster is in no danger of missing this game even though he will share the workload this week with Ben Tate. There is no reason he should not be in your starting lineup though. Don’t think too much into the workload split as Foster has as good of a chance at scoring a touchdown this week as any other running back in the league.
Ahmad Bradshaw- Indianapolis Colts- Probable
Prediction: As of right now it looks as if Bradshaw is giving it a go tomorrow. I expect the Colts to ease him into action and give Vick Ballard some work as well. I would bench him in PPR formats, but I would start him in standard leagues with the juicy matchup against Oakland.
Rashad Mendenhall- Arizona Cardinals- Probable
Prediction: He fully practiced on Friday so it should be all systems go for Sunday. I would personally bench him this week unless you are in a deep league. If you have a gut feeling he will have a good week then feel free to insert him at your own risk.
Le’Veon Bell- Pittsburgh Steelers- Out
Prediction: Bell is out this week and Issac Redman has been anointed the starter. This is the last chance to buy low on Bell as he is targeting week 2 for his season debut. This prediction will be a lot harder next week.
Victor Cruz- New York Giants- Probable
Prediction: He will play. Cruz has personally said there is no way he is missing the season opener with his heel injury. Start him as you normally would and he has top 10 potential in week 1 against the Cowboys.
Roddy White- Atlanta Falcons- Questionable
Prediction: For a guy who has not missed an NFL game in his entire career, I believe him when he says he is playing. Owners love this news as his matchup against the Saints this week is very juicy.
Danny Amendola- New England Patriots- Probable
Prediction: You know the guy is going to play when even the Patriots list him as probable. He fully practiced Friday leaving doubts about his groin nonexistent for now. He should be started in all leagues as you should enjoy him while his health lasts.
Santonio Holmes- New York Jets- Questionable
Prediction: Holmes practiced on a limited basis yesterday giving a glimpse of hope that he might suit up Sunday. I don’t think he will play, but even if he does start he belongs on your bench regardless. With Geno Smith starting his first NFL game and Revis Island on the other side there is no need to consider him this week.
Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots- Doubtful
Prediction: The 5 straight days of full practice are making owners who drafted Gronk in the 4th round or later look very smart right now. No one is expecting him to play tomorrow, but there is outside hope he may play week 2. If I had to put money on his return though I would target week 3.
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