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Doc is not surprised that Darren McFadden got hurt. That’s right up there with the sun rising in the east, the Cubs being a crummy baseball team and the SEC thinking its the best college football conference since the dawn of mankind. It’s predictable and quite dull.

Since McFadden is quickly becoming a charter member of the frequent injury punch card club, let’s grab his file and see who else is joining him in the clinic this week.

Week 9 saw the most-dreaded three word phrase in injuries rear its ugly head: high ankle sprain. That injury felled Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown and Oakland RB Darren McFadden and is one of the most frustrating injuries in all of sports.

The injury itself is to largest ligaments right above the ankle which makes it tougher to heal because of the size of the ligament themselves and location. This comes from an outward twisting of the foot as opposed to the more traditional ankle sprain that occurs when the foot twists inward. This injury would take several weeks to heal so this may be yet another fantasy season-ending injury to Run DMC. He shall now be known as Limp DMC with how often he gets hurt with various leg injuries over the years. Backup Rb Mike Goodson has suffered the same injury in the same game against Tampa Bay. Their X-rays were negative but neither has been ruled out for this week’s game at the Ravens.

Oakland was 30th in rushing with about 77 yards per game. The prudent move would be to rest the injured backs and let Marcel Reece carry the load this week. Then again, how long has it been since we’ve seen the Raiders be prudent?

Antonio Brown had the same thing happen so the remainder of his season is in jeopardy after he got hurt against the Giants. Pittsburgh losing Brown is damaging both in the passing game and the return game as well. Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery will pick up the slack in the passing game with Sanders getting the extra nod in the return game.

Also in the Steel City, the ground game is a mess. Isaac Redman gets the start against Kansas City while Jonathan Dwyer is the backup. Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) will sit out against the Chiefs. With the expected demolition of the Chiefs being saved for Monday Night Football, consider Redman a flex option this week mainly based on when he plays. That and Pittsburgh should be running a lot after getting up by on the scoreboard by roughly the amount of the national debt on Kansas City by halftime.

The Chiefs will be without Brady Quinn (head injury) and Matt Cassel will get the start. Ricky Stanzi is the third quarterback for Kansas City. Act surprised when you see him on the field in the fourth quarter. RB Jamaal Charles suffered a neck injury in a helmet-to-helmet collision in last week’s game. Charles is probable but hasn’t produced much as of late. Charles has 634 rushing yards this season but 373 of them came in two games (NO, BAL). It also means he hasn’t broken the 90 yard barrier in his other six games this season including a pair of games with less than 5 rushing yards.

Detroit WR Calvin Johnson admitted he had been suffering from some nerve damage issues since his stinger in week four.  Johnson told the team’s official website that the nerve damage contributed to him uncharacteristically dropping passes in the last few games. He said his pre-injury form is coming back so fantasy owners can rejoice in having a healthy Megatron as they push for the playoffs.

Minnesota WR Percy Harvin sprained his ankle in three places last week…and thinks he might play this week. Harvin is a game-time decision but with the Vikings have a bye next week, keep your options open. Without him, the Vikings’ passing attack doesn’t have much of anyone to turn to and none of the other wide receivers have much fantasy value.

Per usual, half of the New England Patriots are on the injury report. Tom Brady has been probable since 2002; Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker are questionable like the quality of the beef in a Yogoboya bucket. Unless someone is missing a limb, you know they’re going to play for the Patriots.

Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert reinjured his left shoulder during the loss to the Colts last night. Chad Henne came in to finish the game off and both quarterbacks played about as well a single-digit Wonderlic score. The ground game was atrocious with Rashad Jennings picking up 27 yards on 11 carries. Maurice Jones-Drew thinks he’ll back for week 12 despite being seen on the sideline in a walking boot last night. I’m hopeful he can come back since the Jaguars need him like a drowning man needs a life preserver.

Titans QB Jake Locker might get the start Sunday against Miami. It would be his first action since week 4 when he dislocated his non-throwing shoulder for the first of two times this season. The Titans are advising Locker not to get involved in playing defense if a turnover occurs. Locker should be left on the waiver wire as I expect Miami DL Cameron Wake to introduce himself to Locker repeatedly. The Dolphins will prepare for either quarterback but both could have a tough time.

Miami WRs Brian Hartline and Davone Bess are both coming off of injuries. Hartline (hamstring) looks to be good to go this week. Bess has been limited in practice for non-injury related reasons but is also expected to play. Both are low-end players this week only by the easy matchup they have.

Buffalo WR Stevie Johnson is back in practice after missing a couple days with a thigh injury and will have a good matchup this week against New England. I’m still waiting for Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to copy edit this column like he did to Ruxin’s speech this week on “The League.”

New Orleans RB Darren Sproles  is still out of the lineup after missing last week’s game against Philadelphia with the broken hand he suffered two weeks ago. Sproles could be out one more week or as many as three. Either way, keep him on the bench for now and ride out the pain. No definite timetable has been given for his return.

Denver WRs Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are coming off of injuries. Decker (thigh) is back to full speed at practice and Thomas fell hard on his knee against the Bengals but missed a few plays and hasn’t missed time at practice. Deploy both Broncos against Carolina as you usually would.

Dallas RB DeMarco Murray is getting close to returning. He was back on the practice field for the first time in a couple weeks which is an encouraging sign. Don’t expect him to come back this week against the Eagles but keep an eye out and see if he might be back next week.

Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson missed practice Thursday which casts a small shadow over his status for this week but it’s nothing major so use him as usual.

St. Louis WR Danny Amendola is expected back in action six weeks after his clavicle injury. Keep an eye on how he gets worked into the wideouts by QB Sam Bradford but don’t expect him to get the lion’s share of the targets this week.

And finally….

NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks  says the swelling in his knee has subsided and he will play this week. Nicks wasn’t concerned with his lack of production. When asked about being a disappointment in fantasy, he replied “Stats are for girls.” Nicks also doesn’t get involved in social media as he’s not on Facebook nor Twitter.

Regardless if whether or not you can pull off a pencil skirt and pumps, leave your questions or fashion advice below. Good luck to everyone in week 10.

–Doc

 

 

29 Responses

  1. Roddy says:
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    Who to start this week?

    Ike Redman vs. KC or Ryan Matthews vs. TB

    Steve Smith vs. Den or B Lloyd vs. Buf

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Roddy, Redman because of the matchup since Tampa is very tough on the run and SD has been turning it over a lot lately.

      I’d go with Lloyd since NE has been able to put up a ton of points on the Bills. Smith will find DEN CB Champ Bailey in his shirt collar all day and Denver is a top-10 team against WRs.

  2. george says:
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    who would you start at flex this week, jonathan dwyer, or titus young? Thanks doc!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @george, Young is back in practice so I would go with the Bosie product. Dwyer will get some carries but with him playing Monday night can your lineup (and possibly your matchup) hinge on him?

  3. Bean says:
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    Percy Harvin educated me that you have 3 places to sprain an ankle…..who knew?

    Because of this I need some help:
    I can start 2 WR and 1 WR/TE and 1 TE…..4 Total
    Titus Young, Amendola, Crabtree, A. Hernandez, Heath Miller

    Can we ask for someone to hit Amendola in practice to make sure that he won’t break in Week 10?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bean, I would go with Young, Crabtree, Hernandez and Miller.

      The concern about Amendola taking a hit is valid but the bigger issue is whether the targets will roll back his way since Bradford has had to distribute the ball to Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson.

      Crabtree against StL is a better matchup then Amendola on the other side trying to catch passes against the 49ers.

  4. george says:
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    Also, I have both roddy white and julio jones. Would you try to trade one, and if so, who?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @george, It all depends on what your team needs and what’s out there. But I would stay with both of them since Matt Ryan has finally found his groove regardless of who he is playing or where.

      Plus the rest of the NFC South is awful so his schedule looks great:

      NO, ARI, TB, NO, CAR, NYG, DET, TB

      • george says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, Hey Andrew, my thought was that having 2 WR on the same team, most the time only one would be productive on any given game. Do you think I should try to sell one of them for a WR1? If so who would you sell.

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I want to pick up Taiwan Jones in case he ends up running with that job, but would have to drop another RB to do so per league roster restrictions. Would it be worth dropping J. Bell, Tate, K. Hunter or Dwyer for Jones? I’m focused primarily on long-term (playoff) value as I’m sitting in 1st.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Drop Hunter out of that group.

      Gore has been running great this season and the 49ers have a tough road the rest of the way in terms of rush defenses.

      CHI, NO, STL is two cake games after a tough one. Three of the final four (MIA, NE, SEA) are tough run defenses in weeks 14-16. They close with Arizona which may not be relevant if your season ends in week 16.

  6. Dan says:
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    Was just offered Jamaal Charles for Wes Welker in a 14-team PPR and .25 PP Carry league

    I have Cruz, Welker, Decker, Britt and Wright at WR
    I have C. Johnson, Reggie Bush, Mendenhall and Vereen at RB

    We start 2RB/2WR and 1 flex

    Charles and the Chiefs don’t inspire confidence but my RBs are pretty shaky and he is a homerun threat that could go off any week, especially in playoff weeks against some poor run defenses…do I take it…what do you think?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dan, I would hang on to Welker, especially in PPR. Welker has been consistent since he woke up after the first couple weeks while Charles has been wildly all over the map.

      You can roll with CJ2K and Bush at RB and realize that there’s nothing wrong with being a passing team with three great WRs to play each week.

      KC finishes the year with: PIT, CIN, DEN, CAR, CLE, OAK, IND, DEN which has some tough run defenses. Since KC has about zero passing game, everyone will key in on him and Charles will have more problems with going off.

      Charles has 132 carries (33 extra points) and 22 receptions (22 extra points) for a total of 55 extra points.

      Welker has 60 receptions for 60 extra points so he already has the edge there and the Pats average just under 300 yards per game passing. Although his production has tailed off recently against weaker opponents, Welker had a run of 5 straight games with at least 95 receiving yards in each of them.

      Still hang on to Welker since the Chiefs seem to have no clue about how to use Charles and his touches fluctuate wildly from week to week.

  7. Murph says:
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    Hey Doc,

    any new info on Greg Jennings return?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, Nothing new as of right now. I just wonder how effective he will be when he comes back late this season.

  8. Matt says:
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    So with Castle in, that means Bowe should be in my lineup at least 1 more week right?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Matt, Yes for this week. Cassel will be throwing all over the place as the Chiefs will be down big early in this game.

      A few of them are bound to land in Bowe’s hands to so keep him in the lineup and hope for this game to escalate quickly.

  9. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Andre brown to pick up Reece ROS?
    Been holding Brown as Waiting for Bradshaw to be out….

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike, Yes I would do that.

      OAK plays BAL, NO, CLE, CIN, DEN, KC, CAR, SD the rest of the way. The first three teams in that list can get torn up by the run. The matchup with KC in week 15 looks tasty and Carolina looks like a train wreck.

      NYG has CIN **BYE**GB, WSH, NO, ATL, BAL PHI to close out. Look for Bradshaw to use the bye week to heal up. It’s also unknown how Bradshaw and Brown will be used since the Giants are about three games up on the rest of the NFC East and could stick it on cruise control.

      Oakland will still be in a tight race all the way to the end and Reece should give you better value.

  10. Ritardo Mantleban says:
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    Need advice on a TE this week. I’ve been riding the crappy Rudolph train for weeks now, thinking he’ll get hot again. Myers is available on waivers. With Percy out, think I should roll with Myers?

    Also, thoughts on Dan Bailey this week? I guess the cowboys only scored 1 td versus them the last 2 games, so what do you think? I know, talking about kickers is lame but it’s crunch time.

    Thanks,
    Ritardo

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ritardo Mantleban, I would try the Rudolph train for this week since Harvin is out. And then dump it next week since the Vikings have their bye.

      I’m not big on Myers right now since we all know how west teams flying east tend to fall on their nose.

      Nothing wrong with a kicker question. It sure beats a punter question. #KickersArePeopleToo

      I’d still stick with him. He’s been reliable overall and I’d keep going with Bailey. It’s not like the Cowboys are scoring 52 points a week and you might have concerns with Romo throwing picks but bailey’s got a nice range.

      • Ritardo M says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        How about jacquizz Rodgers or vereen (or wood head)?

        Crushed by injuries so need a fill in. Thanks brah

  11. Dex says:
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    PIck 2 in PPR.. Matthews, Pierre Thomas, marcel Reese? Tough decision to sit Matthews but the other 2 have better matchups. Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dex, Reese for sure. As for the other slot….I go with Matthews. While it might be against a tough Tampa run defense, you know Matthews will be getting the ball a lot. Pierre Thomas may not see as much of the field if ATL-NO becomes a shootout in the Superdome.

      San Diego should also be looking to Matthews as a way to minimize Rivers’ risk of turning the ball over by throwing short to Matthews.

  12. Rocky says:
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    Struggling mightily with injuries (McFadden, Murray, A. Brown, Harvin) and byes (Cobb) in two .5 PPR leagues. Need some sage advice. Two separate player pools, need 3 from each…

    BJGE, J. Rodgers, M. Reece, Vereen, E. Sanders – Need 3

    J. Charles, D. Thomas, J. Rogers, E. Sanders, Taiwan Jones – Need 3

    Thanks so much in advance!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Rocky, See #14 below. I didn’t hit the reply button nor have I had my coffee yet.

  13. Mike says:
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    Need to look ahead to next week…need a WR to start
    Have byes and injuries
    Titus young vs packers
    Sanders vs Balt
    Maclin vs wash

    Standard league
    Help

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike, Go for Maclin. We all know that the Washington defense is poor against, well, everything.

      Sanders may not be as good against Baltimore since the Ravens are run-vulnerable and I would want to see how the Lions fare this week before committing to Titus Young.

      And aren’t you glad next week is the end of the byes? I know I am.

  14. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    Rocky, it sounds like your teams have gone about 20 rounds with Drago but you’re still standing.

    Pool 1- BJGE, Reece, Sanders

    The Law Firm will get his carries and has a good matchup. Reece will get the ball in space so he’s got nice value in a PPR. Sanders should take Antonio Brown’s targets and have a good game opposite Mike Wallace.

    Pool 2- Thomas, Sanders, Charles

    Demaryius Thomas is a gimme in this list. Sanders is explained above. Charles may not be the best option but I’d rather have a true starting running back than a #2 in the Quiz Show and my passport is stamped for Taiwan.

    And you can only hope that the KC brain trust finally gets a clue on how to utilize Jamaal Charles’ great talent and speed. (Hint: throw it to him in the flat on wheel routes so he gets forward momentum going and fewer defenders when he has the ball)

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