I don’t even want to talk about the week seven injuries, but I suppose I have to considering they play such a huge role in this crazy fake game we play. We lost four offensive players for the rest of the season last Sunday. Earnest Graham, Tim Hightower, Kerry Collins, and Chris Cooley. Done. Just like that. Others suffered injuries that will keep them out this week and beyond, and at this critical point in the fantasy season we can’t afford to lose many more players. You already know this, but it’s going to happen. It happens every week. Eff me in the effin’ eff.
That’s why we play this maddening game of fantasy pigskin though, isn’t it? Not because of the injuries of course, but because of the challenge we face of having to deal with those injuries. In it’s own weird way, dealing with these injuries is one thing that makes this game so fun. Am I the only one who thinks that way? Damn. I don’t think my medication has kicked in yet. Forget all that. Injuries suck serious ass. I mean suck serious, serious, Oprah Winfrey sized ass.
Brace yourself – this isn’t going to be pretty.
BYE WEEKS: FALCONS, BEARS, PACKERS, JETS, RAIDERS, BUCCANEERS
OUT FOR THE SEASON
It appears all those NFL rules to keep players healthy are really paying off.
- Chad Henne (MIA – QB)
- Kerry Collins (IND – QB)
- Jamaal Charles (KC – RB)
- Tim Hightower (WAS – RB)
- Earnest Graham (TB – RB)
- Kenny Britt (TEN – WR)
- Danny Amendola (STL – WR)
- Josh Morgan (SF – WR)
- Marcus Easley (BUF – WR)
- Roscoe Parrish (BUF – WR)
- Jordan Shipley (CIN – WR)
- Domenik Hixon (NYG – WR)
- Chris Cooley (WAS – TE)
- Nate Kaeding (SD – K)
- Garrett Hartley (NO – K)
OUT FOR WEEK 8
This list is getting long and I’m not happy about it.
- Peyton Manning (IND – QB)
- Sam Bradford (STL – QB)
- Jason Campbell (OAK – QB)
- Jahvid Best (DET – RB)
- Felix Jones (DAL – RB)
- Willis McGahee (DEN – RB)
- Daniel Thomas (MIA – RB)
- Mark Ingram (NO – RB)
- Cedric Benson (CIN – RB) — Suspended
- Andre Johnson (HOU – WR)
- Santana Moss (WAS – WR)
- Hines Ward (PIT – WR)
- Lee Evans (BAL – WR)
- Todd Heap (ARZ – TE)
Probable Quarterbacks: Cam Newton (stomach virus), Matthew Stafford (ankle), Tony Romo (ribs), Matt Hasselbeck (thumb), Tarvaris Jackson (chest).
Peyton Hillis (hamstring): Questionable. Hillis didn’t practice on Thursday and NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora said that everyone he has talked to suggests Hillis will be out this week. San Francisco allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, so even if Hillis plays he’s only a deep league flex play at best. I’d make other plans.
Beanie Wells (knee): Questionable. Adam Schefter tweeted that Beanie Wells is expected to play today against Baltimore. It’s a tough match up, but he’s worth starting as a RB2. Alphonso Smith and LeRod Stephens-Howling aren’t worth much consideration now.
Joseph Addai (hamstring): Questionable. Addai is active, but won’t start. Delone Carter will start. Addai will only see minimal 3rd down work. I wouldn’t even bother with Addai.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe): Questionable. BJGE has practiced on a limited basis for three consecutive days. He’s looking like a game-time decision. Make sure you’re prepared with a late game replacement if he can’t go.
Mike Tolbert (hand/hamstring): Doubtful. Tolbert isn’t practicing and isn’t looking good to play on Sunday. Even if he plays, he likely wouldn’t see a lot of touches. It’s risky to roll with Tolbert this week if he even plays at all.
Marshawn Lynch (back): Questionable. Despite being listed as questionable, Pete Carroll expects Lynch to play on Sunday. He’ll be available if you need him.
Probable Running Backs: Adrian Peterson (ankle), Ryan Mathews (thumb), Brandon Jacobs (knee), Reggie Bush (groin).
Percy Harvin (ribs): Questionable. Full practice on Thursday for Percy and head coach Leslie Frazier has already said publicly that he expects Harvin to play against the Panthers. He’ll be active.
Malcom Floyd (hip): Questionable. Floyd isn’t practicing and is looking iffy this weekend. For now I’d look elsewhere for your bye week replacement.
Probable Wide Receivers: Michael Crabtree (foot).
Ben Watson (concussion): Questionable. Watson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but practiced on Friday. It looks like he may give it a go. If you need a bye week fill in tight end, Watson will be good for a handful of points.
Probable Tight Ends: Jimmy Graham (ankle), Antonio Gates (foot).
This post will be updated as needed right up to Sunday kickoff.