We’re halfway through the fantasy football season and the bodies are continuing to pileup in the clinic. Here’s who’s getting treated this week and how it impacts your fantasy team.

Washington WR Pierre Garcon continues to be hampered by his foot issues and has been described as a long shot to play this week against the Giants. Even the Skins defensive secondary has five guys on the injury list, so this could easily spell passing bonanza for Eli Manning and the Giants.

Garcon has been frustrating to own to say the least and patience has worn thinner than you can imagine. With the pain coming from swelling on the bottom of a toe, it’s difficult to stay upright and injections aren’t helping. It’s really close to the time to cut him loose because of this foot issue.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw is dealing with a foot injury but it’s not the same one from last season. He got stepped on last week and is expected to play. What’s more concerning is the Giants are planning to use three backs (Bradshaw, David Wilson and Andre Brown) in this  game so each of them will have reduced value. WR Hakeem Nicks is still limited in practice with a knee injury but is actually practicing which is a positive sign; Domenik Hixon looks to be in line for additional targets.

Arizona will be without QB Kevin Kolb for multiple weeks. Kolb was ridden to the turf by a pair of Bills in the Cards’ loss to Buffalo. He will be out six to eight weeks with a chest injury so severe that his ribs separated from sternum. Ouch. John Skelton gets the nod while Ryan Lindley will be backing him up. Skelton is a less mobile quarterback so he is at additional risk of getting sacked behind the Swiss cheese known as the Arizona offensive line.

Baltimore got battered last week against Dallas and Dallas got beaten up against the Ravens. LB Ray Lewis is done for the year with a triceps injury and CB Lardarius Webb tore his ACL for the second time in four years. DL Haloti Ngata suffered a minor knee ligament sprain. S Ed Reed has played with a torn labrum and LB Terrell Suggs has missed the entire season so far with that Achilles’ injury he suffered in the offseason. The Ravens DST is not what it used to be. They are at best a DST-2 with all the injuries and are potentially droppable as well.

Dallas RB DeMarco Murray suffered ligament damage in his foot and is week to week at best. Felix Jones and Phillip Tanner will be getting the carries against Carolina.

Minnes0ta RB Adrian Peterson is dealing with a sore ankle but is expected to play against Arizona. It remains to be seen how he will do with a short week before a Thursday game next week.

New Orleans might be without TE Jimmy Graham for Sunday against Tampa Bay. Graham rolled his ankle two weeks ago against San Diego is questionable. Look for an update on him later today but be ready with a backup in case Graham is ruled out. WR Lance Moore is expected to play against Tampa after recovering from a hamstring issue.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) was sore but looks okay to go against the Rams. WR Greg Jennings is still out (groin) while TE Jermichael Finley and RB Alex Green are battling shoulder injuries.

Pittsburgh RBs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman are both dinged up and are up in the air for the Sunday night game against Cincinnati. Johnathan Dwyer may get the call but watch this develop over the next 24 hours. Be ready with a Plan B because of the timing of the game.

Many of the players from injury reports of weeks past have returned to practices and most are at full participation. Thankfully it leaves the list significantly shorter this week than any of the previous weeks of the season. Of course, it also means that Doc is expecting a big rash of injuries to hit this weekend.

Good luck to all this week and leave your questions below.

-Doc

 

  1. HotRod says:
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    With the news that Mendy & Redman are out…

    (PPR) Do you like Dwyer over Michael Bush as a RB2 play this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hrm, I’m gonna have to say Dwyer but I’m not happy about it.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew nordmeier says:
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      @HotRod, Dwyer will get touches but not be much tosneeze at. So Dwyer by about three car whiskers.

  2. HotRod says:
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    Forte owner has Gronk….offer him Michael Bush & Hernandez for Gronk? Basically Bush holds little value to me. Who do you like more going forward, Hernandez or Gronk?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d want the Gronk side there.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew nordmeier says:
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      @HotRod, agree with sky and keep your eyes on getting gronkowski.

  3. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Argh, sorry Andrew, thought these were connected to my post.

  4. Murph says:
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    @Andrewnordmeier

    I know this is a continuous annoying question but I just dropped Garcon and need RB help for ROS. Is Brown worth holding on to for the long term with Bradshaws foot injury history? David Wilson is also on the Waiver Wire. Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, I’d give Brown the nod there. He’s got more value in the running and passing game and I think he’s better than Wilson.

      I’d still hold on to him since you never know how foot injuries will feel and Bradshaw has a chance to re-injure it any time.

  5. Ryno says:
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    I have Rudolph and Gresham as my TEs. I just saw that someone dropped O Daniels. Would you drop Gresham for Daniels?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ryno, Yes because Andre Johnson is performing rather average this season and not putting up killer numbers like we’ve come to expect from him. Owen Daniels has to be a big part of the passing game since they can’t ride Arian Foster for the whole season.

      Daniels has one more reception, one more touchdown, five fewer targets and one fewer yard than Andre Johnson this season. Daniels also has 140 YAC so he continues to make plays after getting the ball.

      Gresham is going to be stuck behind AJ Green for targets and is on par with Andrew Hawkins so far this season (in terms of receptions, targets, yards and TDs).

      In my mind, I’d rather have the TE on the team where he is on par with the WR1 as opposed to being deeper down the target list. Houston also has a MUCH easier schedule for the TE than Cincy does.

  6. Dan says:
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    14-team PPR + .25 Point per carry

    My current roster:
    QB Roethlisberger
    WR Cruz
    WR Welker
    RB Chris Johnson
    RB Reggie Bush
    TE Pettigrew
    FLEX Britt/Wright/Blount/Bolden

    I want to sell high on Welker…even though I think he will continue to perform at a high level, I don’t see a better opportunity to bolster my RB position.
    I have offered Welker for MJD but the owner is holding out so I was thinking of offering Welker and Bush for MJD and Witten

    So is the difference in MJD over Bush + Witten over Pettigrew better than the difference of Welker over Decker + Decker over Britt/Wright…do I make that offer or continue with what I have? Any other underperforming RB1s to target?…McFadden is a no-go

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dan, I’d keep Welker since NE is one of the best offenses in the league and their hurry-up will flummox some defenses, leaving mismatches all over the field.

      Stick with what you have, especially in a 14-team league. MJD will get the carries but still hasn’t broken the 80-yard barrier but once this season. I’d rather keep Welker @ 1 PPR as opposed to giving up him and getting MJD @ .25 PPC.

      Welker has gotten you 40 points on receptions alone in the last four weeks. MJD has gotten 17-18 points with his carries and has been kept out of the end zone in four of his last five games.

      Other underperforming RB1s to look for are…Steven Jackson, Shonn Greene (no, he won’t have another monster game like last week), BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

  7. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Currently have DHB as a bye week replacement this week. Drop Ballard (not a D Brown owner, couldn’t trade him, and not starting Ballard this week) for Blackmon?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, or Givens?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, No, I’d keep away from Blackmon. He hasn’t shown any of the talent that made him a top-10 pick in the draft and with Gabbert as his QB, it might be a while until he does.

      I’d stick with DHB for this week only since six teams are on bye. Givens can be an all-or-none proposition and if the Rams can keep it close with Green Bay, Givens won’t be as effective as you think.

      Remember that St Louis has held four opponents to less than 225 yards passing this season.

  8. ChuckD says:
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    Thoughts on Pettigrew this week? Other options

    Cook
    Chandler
    Keller
    Finley

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @ChuckD, Pettigrew could be the safety valve Stafford desperatly needs to find. You know Megatron will be double-covered by the Bears and LeShoure is going to hit LeWall aganst LeBears.

      Keller has been a total piece of junk this season (as have the Jets 4 weeks of 6). Keep in mind that in the Jets’ season-opening win against Buffalo, he was targeted exactly…ONCE and caught a seven-yard pass. If your team almost serves up a 50-burger and fries…and you get ONE target…there’s an issue.

      Cook would be good but I think Chandler is better.

      Finley’s value is name only and his stat line is not so hot compared to past seasons.

      I’d lean towards Chandler because of the matchup.

  9. JMat says:
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    10 team PPR league:

    Pick 2

    Bradshaw, FJax and Britt

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hey JMat, I’m stepping in for Andrew just in case he isn’t near a computer in the next couple of hours seeing as this is an old-ish post now. I’d go with Ahmad & Britt.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @JMat, Agreed with the above. FJax’s drawback is SPiller has been looking good. Bradshaw is active.

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