The Walking Dead Fake Football Players
December 2, 2011 | Chet
There are quite a few fake football related injuries to take a look at this week so let’s get down to business.
Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore: Fred Biletnikoff must have killed a Gypsy drifter or something because Raiders receivers are cursed. With their best 2 receivers out again Darrius Heyward-Bey and Chaz Schillens should see the targets against the Dolphins pass defense who has been about middle of the road statistically since getting pummeled by Tom Terrific in week 1.
Miles Austin: He is out for this week so Laurent Robinson will get his full complement of snaps once again which has given him 7 touchdowns in the last 5 games and the Cardinals give up 189 yards a game to wide receivers. That’s 31st or 2nd in the league. Depends on if you think the glass is half full/empty.
Beanie Wells: The Beanster practiced in full on Friday and should be good to go against the Cowboys who started the season as a strong run defense but in the last 5 games are giving up 119 rushing yards a game to running backs and 5.2 yards per carry.
Kevin Smith: He practiced on Thursday and then went light on Friday but is expected to play against the Saints. Unless news changes he is very much worth starting in what should be a high scoring affair. It is risky no doubt but it would be hard to sit him.
LaDainian Tomlinson: LT is listed as probable to play against the Redskins and will take over for Joe McKnight and may cut into Shonn Greene‘s touches more than McKnight did since he is better in pass protection.
Braylon Edwards: BRay Bray didn’t practice on Friday and won’t play against the Rams who somehow have cobbled together a secondary that isn’t giving up a billion yards passing per game even though most of them are on IR. I still like Michael Crabtree to have a decent game and Edwards’ absence should funnel a few more targets his way.
Kevin Kolb: The Cardinals get their big free agent signee back this week! Oh wait, nobody cares. There’s really not a ton of difference between him and the other sucky QBs the Cardinals seem to gather into a big suck pile.
Cedric Benson: He put in a full day of practice after not doing that earlier in the week so he’ll play against the Steelers who in the last 7 games are 4th in rushing yards given up per game and 1st in yards per carry.
Jared Cook: He was concussed last week but practiced and will go. He has a good matchup but is still risky.
Percy Harvin: Harvin didn’t practice on Friday due to an illness but hopefully will be able to go on Sunday but pay close attention to the reports on this one to make sure he is a go.
Adrian Peterson: He’ll be out all day.
Michael Turner: The Back Burner will go and should get his normal amount of carries but has a tough matchup. Of course his goal line looks and work load still make him a top 15 back.
Ahmad Bradshaw: Bradshaw practiced on Friday and will get another workout on Saturday to see how his foot responds. If he does play I’d be afraid to start any Giants’ running back unless you had to.
Josh Freeman: A Josh will start this week against the Panthers but we’re not sure which one.
Julio Jones: He practiced on Friday but seems to still be somewhat limited. After getting burned by him last week it will be hard to start him. Of course he is too good not to consider if he does start. It will really depend on your other options.
Sam Bradford: His ankle is hurting and it looks like a 50/50 chance that he will go. A.J. Feeley would get the start again if he can’t. The good news is that Feeley targeted Brandon Lloyd in double digits when he was in for Bradford a few weeks back.