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.