The Fantasy Football Gods were relatively kind to us over the weekend.  Probably due in large part to my little chat with them on Sunday, if you recall.  Yep, I’m sure that’s why.  Maybe I am good for something after all, despite what my father says.  In your face, dad.  In. Your. Face.

Naturally there were a few bumps and bruises after last week’s action.  This is a medically ill-advised sport, after all.  Let’s take a look at who’s dealing with the wrath of not listening to their parents when they were children by playing this sport anyway, knowing what would happen to them if they did.  In your face, son.  In. Your. Face.

BYE WEEKS: PANTHERS, LIONS, JAGUARS, VIKINGS

OUT FOR THE SEASON

Pwned.

OUT FOR WEEK 9

Pwned again, but not quite as serious as the ‘out for the season’ pwn.

Quarterbacks

Sam Bradford (ankle): Questionable. Bradford has been given the dreaded game-time decision label and although he’s hopeful he plays, it’s not looking good right now.  Get ready for another A.J. Feeley special on Sunday.

Kevin Kolb (turf toe): Doubtful. Not that you’re considering Kolb anyway, but he’s not likely to play against the Rams.  John Skelton is next in line to start and isn’t worth much fantasy consideration mostly because he sucks.

Probable Quarterbacks:  Tony Romo (ribs), Ryan Fitzpatrick (chest), Josh Freeman (thumb), Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral).

Running Backs

Ryan Mathews (groin): Questionable.  Mathews didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday and reports are suggesting he isn’t going to play against the PackersMike Tolbert will handle most of the duties and should put up solid RB2 type numbers if Mathews doesn’t play.

Beanie Wells (knee): Questionable.  Wells was limited in practice, but all signs point to him playing against the Rams.  If he can record 80+ yards and a TD against Baltimore on a bum knee, he should light up St. Louis on Sunday.  He’s a top start this week assuming, of course, that he plays.

Daniel Thomas (hamstring): Questionable.  After practicing in full on Wednesday, Thomas practiced on a limited basis Friday.  It’s looking like he’ll give it a go, but he’ll be splitting work with Reggie Bush.  Even Steve Slaton is getting in the mix in Miami now.  I’d only count on Thomas as a flex if he plays.

Probable Running Backs: LeSean McCoy (illness), LeGarrette Blount (knee), Willis McGahee (hand), Mike Tolbert (hamstring), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), Ben Tate (ankle).

Wide Receivers

Sidney Rice (foot): Questionable.  Rice didn’t practice on Thursday and looks to be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Cowboys.  Like all other game-time decisions, make sure you have a plan B if Rice is declared out.

Plaxico Burress (back): Questionable.  Plaxidental Shooting was downgraded from probable to questionable on Friday.  Despite that it appears he’ll play, but if his back flares up he could be a late scratch.  Burress owners would be wise to be prepared with another option just in case.

Malcom Floyd (hip): Questionable.  No practice for Floyd at all this week.  That can’t be good for his chances of playing.  Him likely missing the game against the Packers is nothing but good news for Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates owners.

Probable Wide Receivers: Wes Welker (neck), Vincent Jackson (leg), Julio Jones (hamstring), Braylon Edwards (knee), Michael Crabtree (foot), Hines Ward (ankle).

Tight Ends

Fred Davis (ankle): Questionable. My hunch is that Davis plays since he’s practicing, albeit on a limited basis.  My hunch has failed me before and probably failed you on occasion as well, so keep an eye on this situation to make sure Davis plays against the 49ers so you don’t have to count on my hunch.  I’ll keep you posted.

Jermaine Gresham (hamstring): Doubtful. Gresham owners need to look elsewhere for a TE.  His hammy is likely going to keep him out another week.  Jerome Simpson gets a little bump in value with Gresham out.  Andre Caldwell isn’t worth considering in most leagues.

Probable Tight Ends: Antonio Gates (foot), Dallas Clark (knee), Aaron Hernandez (knee), Tony Gonzalez (back), Brent Celek (hip).

These are the significant injuries in my estimation, but if you’d like a more extensive injury report, check the ESPN injury report or the CBS Sports injury report.

This post will be updated as needed right up to Sunday kickoff.

  1. sloww2go says:
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    Just wanted an opinion on my RB situation this week. I have Beanie Wells, Rashard Mendenhall, Demarco Murray and Shonn Greene. Need to start two of the four, obviously Mendy is a poor play, I’m undecided b/w Greene and Murray. Let me know what you think …

  2. Emily says:
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    Can’t decide if I should stick with DeSean Jackson or put it Kevin Walter now that Johnson is officially out for Sunday… Your thoughts?

  3. trevor says:
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    @Emily: IMO If you are deciding between Jackson and Walter Jackson is a no brainer.

  4. Clint

    Clint says:
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    @sloww2go: Murray is playing extremely well and will be playing at home against Seattle..I lean his way.

    @Emily: Stick with Jackson. His upside is so much higher and he’s much easier to trust than Walter.

  5. eyyoitsmejerry says:
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    My roster looks like the official injury report. I’m 6-2 and in first place and I don’t feel like like I should drop anyone that’s hurt or not hurt, which might leave me playing without a flex and/or a K.

    QB Manning, Tebow
    RB Jacobs, Ogbannaya, out: McFadden, Bradshaw, Best, F. Jones, Morris.
    WR White, Manningham, out: A. Johnson
    TE Graham, Hernandez
    Def Chiefs
    Kicker:none

    We get to start 1 qb,2 rb, 2 wr, 1 flx (rb,wr), 1 k, 1 D. Do I roll with no flex, no K? Should I drop Felix, Hernandez, or Tebow for an Early Doucet type flex or a Taiwan Jones? It is a ppr league so there are receivers out there that could hit the ten point mark. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks

  6. Clint

    Clint says:
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    @eyyoitsmejerry: Tebow is worth dropping. I’d drop him for either a WR or a K. I’d also consider dropping Felix Jones, even if just for this week. DeMarco Murray has a pretty strong stranglehold on that job right now. Even upon Felix’s return, he’d be splitting carries at best. You’re deep enough at the RB position that you can afford that move. So, if it were my team, I’d drop Tebow and F. Jones to pick up a flex option and a kicker.

  7. friar says:
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    With Hanson on bye this week, I need a kicker. The question, though, is whether Hanson’s good enough to justify holding onto in a 14-team league. My other option is to drop Jon Baldwin, my fourth WR (starting two each week) behind DJax, Manningham, and Washington. Thoughts?

  8. Clint

    Clint says:
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    @friar: I’d hang on to Baldwin and drop Hanson for another kicker. He’s the #1 scoring kicker, but kickers are kickers. Hanson is much easier to replace than Baldwin in a league that deep.

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