Another week, another fantasy stud lost to a season-ending injury. Kenny Britt is the latest victim. Brutal. I swear these injuries get worse every year. Cheer up, compadre. At least you aren’t the owner who drafted Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, Miles Austin, Kenny Britt, Antonio Gates, and Nate Kaeding. Oh, you are? Hmm. Well then, you’re eff’d. Better luck next year, bud. There’s no cheering you up.
Who’s going to contribute this week and who isn’t? Let’s take a look, shall we? Indeed we shall.
OUT FOR THE SEASON
Son of a biscuit eatin’ hairlip. Time to cut your losses, my friend.
- Jamaal Charles (KC – RB)
- Kenny Britt (TEN – WR)
- Marcus Easley (BUF – WR)
- Roscoe Parrish (BUF – WR)
- Jordan Shipley (CIN – WR)
- Domenik Hixon (NYG – WR)
- Nate Kaeding (SD – K)
- Garrett Hartley (NO – K)
OUT FOR WEEK 3
We’re anxiously awaiting your return, gentlemen.
- Peyton Manning (IND – QB)
- Miles Austin (DAL – WR)
- Earl Bennett (CHI – WR)
- Lee Evans (BAL – WR)
- Braylon Edwards (SF – WR)
- Daniel Thomas (MIA – RB)
- Ryan Grant (GB – RB)
- Derrick Ward (HOU – RB)
- Aaron Hernandez (NE – TE)
Michael Vick (hand): Probable. A full practice from Vick on Thursday gives no reason to doubt his playing status this weekend. He’s ready to go.
Tony Romo (rib): Questionable. He played on Monday night with sore ribs, so I don’t see him missing Sunday’s tilt with the Lions. Even though both Dallas and Detroit statistically defend the pass well (ranked 12th and 4th vs. pass respectively), I expect a lot of points in Big D.
Jason Campbell (foot): Probable. The Raiders host the Patriots who allow 377 passing yards a game – worst in the NFL. He’ll have Jacoby Ford back this week, and he’s a great start if you need him.
Kerry Collins (concussion): Questionable. Curtis Painter has been named the starter against the Bucs. So start the Bucs defense.
Darren McFadden (groin): Probable. Nothing to worry about with Run DMC, who just destroyed the Jets to the tune of 178 yards and 2 TDs. He’s the Megatron of running backs, and a must-start against anyone.
Adrian Peterson (calf): Probable. Peterson plays the Chiefs who have allowed a league high 5 rushing touchdowns this season. Full steam ahead for All Day.
Arian Foster (hamstring): Probable. It sounds like Foster will get a full work load against the Steelers on Sunday. He’s worth starting, but keep your expectations in the “coming off a hammy injury and facing the Steelers” range.
Ryan Mathews (toe): Probable. He didn’t practice on Thursday, yet he remains probable and is fully expected to play. With the Chargers finally giving Mathews significant touches, including touches on the goal line, he should be locked in your line up.
Frank Gore (ankle): Questionable. Reports are now saying Kendall Hunter will start at RB over Gore. Hunter is a nice flex play against a soft Eagles rush defense.
Peyton Hillis (illness): Probable. He took a little of grandpa’s ol’ cough medicine and he’s good as new. He’ll be out there on Sunday.
Steven Jackson (quad): Probable. Jackson will play and he said he expects a large workload. I’m expecting RB2 numbers.
Beanie Wells (hamstring): Questionable. Wells will be a game-time decision. Head coach Ken Wisenhunt thinks he’ll play, but it’s best to have another option ready. He plays an afternoon game on Sunday, so make sure you have an afternoon game replacement.
Knowshon Moreno (hamstring): Probable. The Packers are #1 in rush defense and Willis McGahee is getting a lot of work. Moreno will play, but there have to be better options for your faux football team out there.
Felix Jones (shoulder): Probable. Full practice on Wednesday and Thursday for Jones. He’ll be out there on Sunday.
Marion Barber (calf): Probable. Barber will see his first game action this year, but he shouldn’t pose much of a threat to the Forte show in Chi-town.
Roddy White (thigh): Questionable. No practice on Thursday for White, limited practice on Friday. Some concern there, but I ain’t sweatin’. Unless his thigh gets worse in the next couple of days, I’m expecting him to play.
Calvin Johnson (ankle): Probable. Just your weekly reminder that you need to start Calvin unless he’s unconscious, and even then I’d consider it.
Andre Johnson (knee): Probable. See Calvin Johnson.
Vincent Jackson (abdomen): Questionable. Antonio Gates is expected to miss the game, so Jackson is going to have to step up despite being hurt. My hunch is he plays and destroys the 30th ranked Dolphins pass defense that has allowed a league high 8 passing touchdowns.
Mike Wallace (ribs): Probable. There’s no reason Wallace shouldn’t be out there against the Texans on Sunday.
Hakeem Nicks (knee): Probable. Nicks insists he’ll play against the Cardinals and I insist you start him because he’s really really good and the Cardinals are 25th in pass defense which is really really not good.
Dez Bryant (leg): Questionable. Bryant practiced on a limited basis all week, but he’s starting. He’s worth a start, but keep your expectations in check.
Marques Colston (collarbone): Questionable. ESPN reports Sean Payton said Colston will play roughly 50 snaps, and CBS quotes Payton as saying that he “wouldn’t anticipate (Colston) getting 50 snaps.” Conflicting reports conflict my brain, so I’m not expecting much from Colston which means he’ll have 125 yards and 2 TDs.
Santonio Holmes (shoulder): Probable. No worries with Holmes. He practiced in full on Thursday and is ready to go against the Ravens.
Mario Manningham (concussion): Probable. He’s going to play. He wasn’t playing well pre-concussion and now Victor Cruz clouds his value. I don’t know what to expect from Manningham, but he should still see enough targets to warrant a deep WR2/flex start.
Jacoby Ford (hamstring): Probable. Two straight full practice days for Ford. He’s back. I like him as a flex play against the leagues worst pass defense (Patriots).
Jeremy Maclin (hamstring): Questionable. Limited practice for Maclin, but he’s saying he’s going to play. Unless he tweaks that hammy before kickoff, he’ll start against the 49ers.
Malcom Floyd (groin): Questionable. Floyd didn’t practice on Thursday, but practiced in full on Friday. I’d be prepared with another option just in case, but it appears he’ll start against the Dolphins.
Steve Johnson (groin): Probable. There’s no reason to think Stevie J. won’t be out there against the Bengals. Cincy has a good pass defense (ranked 5th in passing yards allowed per game), but with the way the Bills are playing right now, you have to keep Johnson active.
Danny Amendola (elbow): Questionable. I don’t see Amendola playing with the Rams having their bye in week 5, but it’s a good sign Amendola is improving. Week 6 is looking like a more realistic time for Amendola to return.
Plaxico Burress (hamstring): Probable. Plax is practicing, so I expect to see him out there against the Ravens. I don’t like his chances much. I’d look elsewhere.
Mohamed Massaquoi (ankle): Questionable. Massaquoi is turning into a bit of a fantasy factor in Cleveland. He should be starting on Sunday, but I wouldn’t consider him too strongly for your line up this week. He plays the Titans who rank 2nd overall in pass defense.
Antonio Gates (foot): Doubtful. It appears Gates will miss his second straight game with this nagging foot issue. Randy McMichael will start in his place and is a nice start against a Miami defense who allows 15 fantasy points per game (standard scoring) to opposing tight ends – worst in the league.
JerMichael Finley (ankle): Probable. Finley will start. He plays against the..eh..who cares who he plays against. Start him.
Brandon Pettigrew (shoulder): Probable. Pettigrew will look to follow up his surprising 11 catch, 112 yard performance last week with another solid performance against the Cowboys this week.
This post will be updated as needed right up to Sunday kickoff.