Injuries start to mount up as teams are pushing forward trying to get into the playoffs mid-season. There’s a lot of things to be discussed so let’s get right to it!
CAR @ WAS
- Brandon LaFell seems like he’s going to be out and as defenses might be more concentrated on Steve Smith, get ready for a field day for him because I can’t see how Washington’s horrible secondary could keep up.
- Pierre Garcon is still out and is targeting a week 11 return. Santana Moss, anyone? Just keep your expectations low.
ARI @ GB
- It slowly seems like the Cardinals have a non-existent offense outside the occasional Larry Fitzgerald and sometimes even the Andre Roberts catches. It doesn’t matter that Todd Heap is injured, or as a matter of fact, it doesn’t seem like it matters whoever’s injured for this club. I’ve never seen an offense this bad.
- Greg Jennings underwent surgery for his groin injury earlier this week and is expected to be out till pretty much close to the end of the season.
- Jordy Nelson is questionable with a hamstring injury, but is active as of Sunday morning. Greg Jennings is still out so you can still expect good things from Randall Cobb and James Jones.
- I would put Sam Shields here as well if it was any other team, but his injury shouldn’t really put the Packer defense in a tight spot.
DET @ JAC
- Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew are both listed as probable, both of which I’m expecting to play and produce against the Jaguar secondary.
- Calvin Johnson didn’t practice the entire week but Jim Schwartz has confirmed that he doesn’t think Megatron needs any practice to go, which quite frankly, shouldn’t be a problem. I’m expecting Stafford to go all out again against the Jaguars with all his receivers in play.
- Cliff Avril is listed as probable and reports indicate that he’s good to go. Bad news here for Jaguar fans.
- Maurice Jones-Drew is still out with a foot injury so expect a workhorse load for Rashad Jennings.
- Laurent Robinson is good to go coming back from concussions but is behind Cecil Short III in the WR list.
CHI @ TEN
- Jake Locker is still out which means Matt Hasselbeck is going to continue for the Titans, he’s showed some success as of late, so I’m sure Titan WR’s should be okay with that. Also, Nate Washington and Kenny Britt are both listed as probably but should be full go’s come Sunday.
- Lance Briggs is listed as probable with a toe injury and if there’s the smallest chance that Chris Johnson will continue his success against the best rush defense in the league, I’d say it starts with Briggs sitting out.
DEN @ CIN
- Peyton Manning and Jacob Tamme are listed in the Bronco’s injury report but both are expected to play. I’d say get the popcorn ready, this game is probably the best of the 1PM games.
BAL @ CLE
- Both teams are pretty much good to go but I wouldn’t say anyone would be fantasy relevant here, except for Ray Rice and Trent Richardson. I’d lay low on Torrey Smith this week because of Joe Haden.
BUF @ HOU
- Justin Forsett is definitely no Ben Tate, I couldn’t imagine Forsett going over 6 carries in this one. I’m expecting a monstrous game from Arian Foster, my only problem is I’m going up against two Arian Foster owners this week. Just my luck.
MIA @ IND
- Ryan Tannehill is a game-time decision, he shouldn’t be starting in your league anyway. If ever Matt Moore draws the start, I’m expecting less Brian Hartline or Davone Bess and more Reggie Bush.
- Brian Hartline has a questionable tag and is expected to play through a groin injury. He hasn’t showed up much though and this would’ve been a good opportunity if he was at 100%.
- Donald Brown is active but Vick Ballard draws the start for the Colts but it seems like it’s going to be a timeshare between Brown and Ballard from this point on.
MIN @ SEA
- Percy Harvin is close to 100% and should continue his breakout season here on out. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares against the Seahawks’ defense though.
- Doug Baldwin is probable and Sidney Rice is close to 100%, they finally get their top two WR’s together, whether or not Wilson can do some damage against the Viking secondary would be completely up to him I’d say it’s still Marshawn Lynch in beast mode.
TB @ OAK
- All is good to go here fellas.
PIT @ NYG
- Isaac Redman will draw the start for the Steelers but reports indicate that we might see a little bit of Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall this Sunday. I wouldn’t count on any of them though, there should be better options out there. Maybe Redman as a flex play at best.
- LaMarr Woodley and Ryan Clark are both listed as probable and should suit up, but Troy Polamalu is still out with a ankle injury. I smell huge YAC’s again for the Giants.
- Ahmad Bradshaw is listed as questionable but should play through his foot injury again. I’d say he still gets around 15-20 carries, he’s still a viable RB2 play.
DAL @ ATL
- Dez Bryant is expected to play despite missing an entire week’s worth of practice, Kevin Ogletree is doubtful with a hamstring injury. It’s hard to say what you’ll get from Dez week in and week out, that of course depends on how bad Romo plays as well. I’m expecting a decent outing from them though, most likely Jason Witten too after having a career night last week.
- DeMarco Murray remains sidelined and Felix Jones will get the start. I hate Felix Jones. The Cowboys should air this one out.
- The Falcons are going 8-0!!
PHI @ NO
- It can’t be that bad of an idea to play Michael Vick here, fighting for his job against the Saints on Monday Night Football. It’s going to be a shootout and as long as he plays well, I really do not think that his job is in jeopardy. He will start and he should produce in my opinion.
- Darren Sproles is out and Pierre Thomas suddenly becomes a must start in this match up. I’d say all of the Saints’ players are must starts. Drew Brees and Monday Night Football is a recipe for some good times.
Good luck this week fellas!
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