The season is nigh and the injury game begins.  Our old friend Billy Belichick will be his usual ass face self, but that doesn’t mean other coaches can’t be ass faces as well by not disclosing injuries.  And of course sometimes injuries are just hard to call so as fantasy owners we have to pay attention to every little report when our stud players have wittle boo boos.  When Tom Brady sits out a Monday practice there usually isn’t much to worry about.  When Adrian Peterson takes a nap on Tuesday instead of practicing don’t sell him for a box of crack.  But when Wednesday rolls around start worrying if your guys are getting treatment instead of practicing, especially if it’s methadone treatment.

Here at Razzball General we’ll keep you abreast of your players ailments and probably make fun of them, especially if they are in sensitive areas, i.e. Kellen Winslow’s crotchal zone last year.  I would probably break a toe and/or hip just by stepping onto a NFL field, but I’ve never been one to look too deep into my own hypocrisy.

It was a fairly slow weekend before the regular season in fantasy, but here’s what I’ve seen:

Jerious Norwood: He didn’t practice on Monday so be sure to check the updates if you need him for a flex position and also try to find a starter for your flex position while you’re at it.

Greg Jennings: He is cleared to play after being concussed.  I hate when my players are concussed.  I want to concuss everyone around me and then insult their pets.  Jennings should be fine, but if this happens again he probably won’t be.  That’s my unsolicited medical opinion.

Matt Cassel: He practiced on Monday.  You and I both know that Cassel, if he comes back from his MCL and plays week 1, may be DOA in Baltimore.  So if I were Matt I would just limp around in practice this week and let Croyle or Thigpen get beaten to a pulp.

Pierre Thomas: He was noticeably limping around like an old MLB catcher yesterday.  It’s looking more and more like Bell will get the start in Detroit.  I know I’ve said it too many times, but look for a place to roster Bell.

Cadillac Williams: The new starter in Tampa Bay?  Well, in name it’s Carnell and in nickname it’s Cadillac and in fantasy I still believe it’s Derrick Ward.  You don’t want him as your #2 RB, but he’s still worth a flex with his ability to catch balls out of the backfield.

Matthew Stafford: It’s official.  Mr. Stafford will be the Lions opening day starter.  He will struggle, but he knows his sugar daddy is Megatron and he will throw him the ball early and often.  Especially when they are down 41-10 to the Saints at halftime.

Nate Washington: He practiced in a limited fashion, which means he was carted to the smoothie cart and had a power boost BananaBerry Blast.  The Titans play Thursday night so he probably won’t be ready to go by then, but look for him week 2.  Kenny Britt is good, but he’s playing the Steelers and then Washington will return.  I’m dropping him in one league because I need a friggin kicker.

Justin Fargas: He’s somehow still in the running for starting running back, but has been injured.  It seems to be a foregone conclusion the McFadden will be the starting RB, but Al Davis still rules from the grave.  What?  He’s alive?  Prove it.

Bernard Scott: Learning to block in the NFL is tough especially for a player who considers punching a coach a decent option so Scott hasn’t been exactly doing ollies off the learning curve.  This is hurting his chances right now and boosting Benson up a bit.

Richard Seymour: The crypt keeper made an outstandingly stupid move in getting Richard Seymour from the Patirots for a first round pick and now to add insult to stupidity Seymour wants a long term contract before he’ll play in the black hole.  This is fairly important to us in fantasy land because throwing our RB’s at the Raiders would be just a little more difficult with Dick Seymour in there.  I’m hoping he holds out a while so I can reap the the full bounty of their horrid run D.

  1. eldee says:
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    One roster spot. Standard scoring. Mike Bell or Cadillac?

  2. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Nice column, Doc. Wasn’t Brady listed almost every week of his career as probable before he was injured last year? I also am a Davis Truther, believing that he has been on ice for almost a decade – the Al Davis of my youth would never make a ridiculous deal for Seymour, nor would he have drafted Russell. Stafford as starter – what the heck ever happened to Daunte Culpepper? His promising career went into the toilet after the Love Boat incident.

    Let’s bring it on! My Auto-Draft team is taking on all comers!

  3. Jonny says:
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    Love the site. Here is my money league 12 teamer from last night.

    Carson, Orton
    Forte, Grant, Benson, Leon W
    Andre, Ant. Gonz, TJ, Josh Morgan
    Chargers, Colts

    Do you think I should stick with Leon as my bench guy or get that James Davis on waivers. Love that Davis’ potential in that offense.

    You like Palmer to have a big year right? Feelin shaky about QB.

    Also gonna drop the Colts and get Finley.

  4. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @eldee: Bell

  5. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Woot, grabbed Bell on Sunday by dropping my backup QB. Probably won’t find his way into my lineup but at least I’ll deny his points to anyone else.

    What’s with the new abbreviated article format on the main page? Can’t decide if I like it or not, but what was the reasoning for the switch?

  6. mgeoffriau

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    @mgeoffriau: Actually, let’s discuss that. For Week 1, with RB1, RB2, and a W/R flex spot, I’ve got:

    Steven Jackson (lock)
    Ray Rice
    Julius Jones
    Darren McFadden
    Justin Fargas
    Mike Bell

    Right now my lineup is set with S-Jax, Rice, and Orange Julius. I was planning on leaving the 2 Raiders and Bell on my bench, but is there an argument to be made for playing one of them over Julius Jones (or Rice, for that matter)?

  7. eldee says:
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    @Doc: So you go 3rd guy on a prolific offense over the nominal starter on a garbage offense. I see your logic I suppose. Does the fact that I already own Bush change your mind?

    Thanks either way.

  8. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @mgeoffriau: It allows people to look back at the other articles without scrolling down forever and just makes the page look less muddled. Just trying it out. Any feedback is welcomed.

    Tough call. Jones has a nice matchup, but DMac is the more talented. I usually go for the talent. I would watch to see what Cable says. He could name Javon Walker the starting RB for all I know.

  9. Doc

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    @eldee: I figured this was a bench spot and I see Bell possibly taking over a big role in that offense whereas I see Cadillac losing carries quickly and also getting hurt. If you need reliable carries I’d probably go Caddy, but I like Bell’s upside more.

  10. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Doc: Yeah, I can see the advantage and disadvantage. Is it possible to do a split format? IE, the current post in full, then everything else in the abbreviated format?

    So you’re on board with Jackson and Rice, and then split between Jones and McFadden for the third spot? Bell not a factor over either of those two?

  11. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @mgeoffriau: Yeah, that’s an idea.

    Yeah, as long as Bush is playing I see Bell having a good game, but he’ll lose carries. It really is a tough choice and I could see throwing Bell in there because of the matchup. I am just high on DMac this year.

  12. mgeoffriau

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    @Doc: Yeah, I was stoked when I was able to get him. My draft went surprisingly well considering I was drafting out of spot I hadn’t planned for (damn commish screwed up the draft settings). In a 12 team league I ended up with Jackson, Lynch, Ray Rice, McFadden, Julius Jones, and Fargas. Grabbed Mike Bell on Sunday to round it out. And I didn’t have to scrimp too much on the rest of my team to do it, with Rivers, Andre Johnson, Braylon Edwards, and Kellen Winslow filling the starting spots.

  13. salipp says:
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    Would you pick up either M. Bell or J. Davis and drop K. Walter, my other WR are S. Smith(Car), Edwards, Breaston and Harvin. No ppr.

  14. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Doc… if Pierre Thomas is out Sunday, would Bell actually be the starter over Bush? Do you see them splitting carries evenly?

  15. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Cheese: I see Bell starting while Bush plays 3rd downs and other positions like slot.

    @salipp: I’d hold. Your depth at WR is lacking and you may need Walter. Of course if you are lacking in depth at RB I’d go with Davis before Bell.

  16. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    @Doc: Not to mention, Bell will likely get any goal-line carries.

  17. salipp says:
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    Should have mentioned we start only 2 WR’s, same answer?

  18. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @salipp: What do your RB’s look like?

  19. salipp says:
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    Chris Johnson, LT, McFadden and Wells.

  20. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @salipp: I do like to carry one more RB than WR so I think you’d be ok dropping a WR, but as long as it’s not a return yardage league I like Walter more than Breaston. Breaston’s numbers are a little inflated from Boldin getting his face broken last year. So I’d drop Breaston for Davis.

  21. Atomic says:
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    Drop Donald Brown for Bell?

  22. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Atomic: Nope.

  23. Atomic says:
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    @Doc: Thanks. To be honest I have never heard of either of these guys before. How about Moreno, another new RB on the block? Does he trump Brown?

  24. Doc

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    @Atomic: Yeah

  25. nick m. says:
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    16-team, PPR. I have MJD, McFadden, and Barber with Faulk and Michael Bush on the bench. I’m only allowed to roster 5 RB’s…would you replace Faulk and take a flyer on Bell?

  26. Tecmo Super Bowl says:
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    Doc, I need your help. After this Tampa Bay news about Cadillac came out today, I’m wondering if it’s even worth it to roster Graham. I was pretty happy with myself when I drafted him, but now not so much. Should I drop him for Michael Bush or Chris Brown who should at least see some goal line work? Should I try to swing a trade for Derrick Ward since he should come cheaply and wait for the Caddy to break down? It’s a 14-team league, so RB’s on the waiver wire are scarce. Thanks for the help and the great site.

  27. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Tecmo Super Bowl: Yeah, Graham is pretty useless until the Caddy breaks down again. I would drop him for Brown. But if you can get Ward for cheap it might be a good preemptive move.

  28. nick m. says:
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    16-team, PPR. I have MJD, McFadden, and Barber with Faulk and Michael Bush on the bench. I’m only allowed to roster 5 RB’s…would you replace Faulk and take a flyer on Bell?

  29. Penguin says:
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    I’ve got DMac (vs. SD), LJohnson (@ BAL), Bush (vs. DET), Moreno (@ CINCY), and now I just picked up Bell (vs. DET). It’s a 12-team, non-PPR league. Start two RBs, no flex spots. Who do you go with this week considering their matchups?

  30. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @nick m.: I would. Faulk is nice in a ppr, but I doubt you’ll use him and you need Bush to handcuff DMac.

  31. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Penguin: I like DMac and Bush as long as he practices all week. I could see going with Bell, but Bush just has more upside for a huge game. Moreno might be limited and LJ will get killed in Baltimore.

  32. Penguin says:
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    Thanks Doc… I’m with you on Bush’s upside. I’m just worried the game will get so lopsided that Payton pulls Bush by the end of the first half.

  33. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Penguin: Yeah, that’s always a problem in games like that, but you can’t overthink it. And you never know how long you’ll have Bush, might as well use him while he’s “healthy.”

  34. brad says:
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    My K. Walter + J. Stewart + D. Hester too much/not enough to give up for his S. Smith?

    12 team standard rosters.

  35. stumanji says:
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    Is Caddy a better bench RB than any of these guys: Donald Brown, Julius Jones, Chester Taylor, or Mendenhall?

  36. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @stumanji: If you don’t have AP I’d drop Taylor for Caddy.

    @brad: It’s ok as long as you have some decent pickups to fill those 2 open spots.

  37. brad says:
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    @Doc: yeah, i’m a bit worried, but it’s tough to resist a C. Johnson, A. Boldin, S. Smith receiving corps. It would leave me shallow at WR, with only M. Jenkins on the bench and few good options in the FA pool.

    I’d be starting MJD and T. Jones at RB most weeks, and Ray Rice, McCoy and Mendenhall backing them up, so I’m less worried in the backfield.

    p.s. thanks for the advice. and for doing the site.

  38. paulzone says:
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    Looking for feedback:

    1st pick in 10 team non ppr league (4 pts for passing tds). How’d i do?

    qb: warner/cutler
    rb: AP/addai/rice/bradshaw/stewart
    wr: jennings/white/a gonz/hester/s.smith (ny)
    te: shiancoe
    def: patriots
    k: carney

    thoughts? weaknesses? trades?

  39. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @paulzone: Worried about Warner, but Cutler should be a decent backup. I am more worried about Addai as the season goes on. Hopefully Rice can fill in if Addai loses too many carries to Brown. Great WR’s. If I made any trades it might be Warner/Addai for a RB.

  40. paulzone says:
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    i know a lot will depend on needs/depth but what caliber/tier of rb’s should i shoot for? feel free to throw out some names…thanks!

  41. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @paulzone: I would shoot high at first since Warner’s value varies quite a bit depending on who you talk to. Look for the Brown owner and see who he has. You could shoot for a Gore type, but I doubt they’ll bite. Then you could drop to Kevin Smith/Ronnie Brown.

  42. paulzone says:
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    okay thanks. the gore owner has chris johnson, fjackson, moreno and bush…with hasselback and schaub.

    brown owner has forte, d brown and mcgahee with ryan and flacco at qb…

    we’ll see what happens…

  43. grape ape says:
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    Wondering who I should start for my second RB. Got Forte as my one so hes in, the options for 2 are: McFadden, Parker, Addai, Fred Jackson, and Leon Washington. It’s PPR btw. Awesome site keep up the good work.

  44. ryan says:
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    Start 3 WRs, have White, DeSean Jackson, Holt, Bryant, and Josh Morgan. I’m definitely starting White and Jackson, just trying to figure out who my 3rd WR should be. There’s also options like Hixon, Crayton, Ginn Jr, Burleson, Henderson, Bruce, Maclin, Robiskie, Rice, Bennett on the WW. Would you recommend picking any of those guys up, and dropping say Morgan, or McCoy, or Wells.

  45. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Doc: is welker practicing this week?

  46. Scott says:
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    Do I start Leon Wash or Sproles over either of my tandem of Titan RB’s due to favorable matchups?

  47. jamiesonmj says:
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    how do you see the pierre thomas-bell-bush situation fanning out?

  48. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Scott: I think you have to stick with your horses here.

    @jamiesonmj: I see PT being an injury risk this year. His MCL isn’t healing quickly and could reoccur. Bush will be in and out with injuries and Bell could be consistent. So I like Bell as a bench and fill in player for now, but could see him getting more time later on.

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