It appears Doc has a case of crystal balls. As mentioned last week, I thought the injury report would fill up and it certainly has. Let’s take a look at who’s new in the clinic this week and who went to the morgue known as injured reserve.

Fred Davis of the Washington Redskins went on IR this week after tearing his Achilles’ tendon last week. Logan Paulsen took the snaps for the balance of the game and the Skins signed Chris Cooley to a contract. Cooley spent the last few years as the Redskins’ starting tight end before getting cut this year in training ¬†camp. It’s hard to say which one of them will take the lead in that position.

Jacksonville suffered a pair of injuries that could take their season from bad to worse. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert reportedly tore the labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. His status is up in the air at present and Chad Henne would get the nod against Green Bay if Gabbert can’t go. Gabbert says he wants to play but there’s a hitch. The name you NEVER want to hear with an injury has revealed itself–Dr. James Andrews–and that is almost never good news.

The labrum itself is a mass of cartilage that circles the shoulder socket to give it strength. With Gabbert being a quarterback, he most likely has what is called a SLAP tear which is at the top of the shoulder socket where the bicep attaches to the shoulder. It’s certainly going to hurt Gabbert but could be an injury he can play through depending on his pain tolerance.

The late word out of Jacksonville Thursday afternoon is that Gabbert is good to go and will start against Green Bay. It’s not likely that you’ll be playing him in a standard league but if you are in a deeper and/or multiple QB league, deploy him as usual.

The initial news was worse for RB Maurice Jones-Drew as he went down hurt in the first quarter against Oakland. MJD left the game and reappeared on the sidelines in crutches and a walking boot later in the game. The initial diagnosis included the possibility of the dreaded Lisfranc injury. In this diagram, you see where the Lisfranc is and keep in mind that the key factor on the Lisfranc is that you can’t bear weight on the injured foot. The injury is designated by the oval in the picture.

Had that happened, he would have been done for the season but instead it’s just a sprained foot. While MJD owners can breathe a sigh of relief, he is certain to miss multiple games. I’d be surprised of MJD was back anytime before week 11. He’s already been ruled out against the Packers and the Jaguars host the Lions next week and their tough front four. Week 10 has Jacksonville hosting Indianapolis in a Thursday night game so the short week will do him no favors.

Week 11 against Houston is the earliest I think he comes back. Even if he stays out until week 12, he could be a jumpstart to making the playoffs or winning your league. With their final games against TEN, @BUF, NYJ, @MIA, NE and @ TEN, he could be a force to be reckoned with and put up big points down the stretch.

Green Bay also lost a pair of players last week when CB Charles Woodson went down with a broken collarbone and is done for 4-6 weeks. This shouldn’t impact the Pack too much since they play Jacksonville and a weakened Arizona team before their week 10 bye. The other loss is more concerning as WR Greg Jennings has opted for surgery on the groin he injured all the way back on week one. It’s been called a sports hernia which is a fancy term for a torn abdominal rectus. In this diagram, the impacted muscle is shown in pink and could be a painful tear. He’ll have surgery on the 30th in Philly with specialist William Meyers. Typical recovery time for a professional athlete is 3-6 weeks so he hopes to be back for the end of the regular season. He’ll need his rest and make sure he doesn’t do any more push-ups with a jet ski on his back anytime soon. It makes Randall Cobb a real nice asset to have on your team now.

Over in Cleveland, RB Trent Richardson is dealing with his rib injury. Rumors were abound that Richardson might be shut down for three weeks to let him heal up. Montario Hardesty would be in line to shoulder the load if T-Rich went down. Keep in mind he already had knee surgery that kept him out of the preseason, so some rest might be a good thing for the 1-6 Browns. It’s unclear whether Richardson will play but be ready with Plan B just in case. Even in his weekly press conference, Browns’ coach Pat Shurmur said Richardson had a good day of practice Thursday and did more in practice compared to Wednesday.

Indianapolis RB Donald Brown was a full participant in practice Thursday as he makes he his way back following knee surgery. Look for him to sit out this week but he should be good to go for next week and the Colts’ final 10 games of the season.

New England will be taking some banged up bodies over to London for its game against St. Louis. TE Aaron Hernandez didn’t practice yesterday while Rob Gronkowski is listed as limited with a hip injury. Both could very well play against the Rams.

St. Louis WR Danny Amendola was limited in practice this week, just three weeks after suffering his nearly-fatal clavicle injury against Arizona in a Thursday night game. Amendola won’t play against the Patriots but could be back on the field in week 10 after the Rams’ bye week. Look to try and him pluck him out of the free agent pool next week when the Rams have their bye. Keep in mind, Amendola was one of the league’s leaders in receptions before he got hurt so his value is even higher in PPR formats.

Dallas RB Felix Jones is suffering from neck and shoulder injuries suffered against Carolina last week. With DeMarco Murray out another week, Jones would be a risky play at best against the Giants on Sunday afternoon. Phillip Tanner was taking the first-team reps in practice this week so see if Jones will join Murray on the shelf in week eight.

Saints’ ¬†TE Jimmy Graham¬†reportedly looked good in practice Wednesday and should be in the lineup for the game at Denver on Sunday night. Unless we hear otherwise, get him in the lineup for a game that has all the makings of a shootout in the Mile High City.

Carolina lost LB Jon Beason for the rest of the season. Beason will be lost for the season with knee surgery this year following a 28-tackle campaign. He played in the season opener at Arizona last year but tore his Achilles and missed almost all of 2011. As if the Carolina defense wasn’t already looking weak as it was, losing a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker certainly doesn’t help.

Quick Hits

Seattle lost WR Doug Baldwin with an ankle injury against the 49ers and his status is still uncertain for this week’s game at Detroit. Washington WR Pierre Garcon is suffering from tendon issues in his foot and look for him to be out until wee 10 at the earliest. San Francisco RB Frank Gore looks to be good to go against Arizona on Monday night. Two years ago, Gore broke his hip at Arizona and had to have the training staff hide his helmet so he wouldn’t go back out and play. Kansas City QB Matt Cassel participated in practice but will still yield to Brady Quinn for this week.

As always, leave questions and comments below and good luck to everyone in week eight.

–Doc

 

  1. TheTinDoor

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    I’m really debating my RB2 spot.
    Normally play Richardson, but even if he plays, I’m skittish after last week. Other options;
    -M.Hardesty; possible only if TRich is out prior to kick.
    -Vick Ballard/Donald Brown: Own both. If Brown is out, I could see starting Ballard; if Brown is scheduled to play, I see a timeshare and no good play
    -Jonathan Dwyer. If Mendy/Redman both out, he’s probably the pick.

    All 5 RB’s for one spot, but all of them are iffy. Thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @JTin, I think you have the right idea in your strategy and it’ll cause you to keep an eye on the inactives that start rolling in around 1130 ET.

      The best answer I have is Ballard against the Titans. Brown is likely out this week so that part of the question is answered.

      I’m not big on the Steeler running game this season. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac is reporting that Redman practiced Thursday so he will cut into Dwyer’s carries.

      Ballard looks like the best option to tote the mail himself since I don’t think Mewelde Moore will be anything more than a breaker for Ballard.

  2. CL says:
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    A. Hernandez didn’t travel to London and is out.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @CL, You are correct. That up[date came out after we posted the article. Gronkowski looks like a better play against the Rams because of it.

  3. Jake says:
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    +1 PPR, 2 RB league…

    My RB1 is Doug Martin, and usual RB2 is CJ Spiller. With a 3-4 record, and Spiller on BYE (my current fill-in is Phillip Tanner), is it worth trading Spiller for an active Shonn Greene?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Jake, You must be tickled pink about the way Doug Martin trounced the Vikings Thursday night. Tanner should get some carries so he’ll be okay to get you through this bye.

      I wouldn’t trade Spiller for Greene. Here’s why. After the Jets week 9 bye, Greene is going to be like banging your head into the nearest wall. The Jets have Seattle, St. Louis, New England and Arizona and those are four of the better rush defenses in the league.

      Spiller’s schedule isn’t much better but I’d keep him ROS over Greene. These NFC West teams have all learned how to play good defense, especially against the run.

  4. douglas says:
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    Looking to find a replacement RB for this week, 12 team waiver wire is pretty slim though.

    Do I pick up Jacquizz Rodgers, Kendall Hunter, or stick with my bench option, Michael Bush?

    standard scoring, .5 PPR

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @douglas, Keep your Bush. With the Bears going up against a crummy Carolina team, Chicago will get plenty of chances to run the ball and Bush will get his share of touches.

      Hunter will find tough running behind Gore and into the Cards’ defense. The Quiz Show could also be limited against a hungry Philly team.

  5. Murph says:
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    Would you stay away from both Ballard and Donald Brown this week ? Any updates on Murray timeline for his return?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, See my answer below. Forgot to hit the reply button. Haven’t had my coffee yet. BTW, last week 39-10 and YTD 223-117-2.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        Thanks Andrew I’m holding both to see how it plays out over the next few weeks. Nice record with the 49 teams impressive considering the unpredictable season so far. I’m winning 3 of 4 leagues in the one I’m loosing I’m leading in points for but have had 879 points against standard scoring second closest in points against is 650!!!

  6. Andrew Nordmeier

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    @ Murph, We don’t have a timetable yet on Murray’s return. Consider him week to week at present according to what I’ve seen in the Dallas newspapers.

    As for the Colts, Brown looks to be in a position to possibly play Sunday against the Titans. I’d still go Ballard because of the matchup and these stats:

    With Ballard at RB, the Colts had their best running game of the season with 148 yards on 37 total carries. QB Andrew Luck had to throw a season-low 29 passes so the Indy offense is balanced.

    And, as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke….

    • Murph says:
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      @Andrew Nordmeier,

      True if Luck would stoping attempting his best tebow impression with 2 goal line scores last week Ballard could actually be relevant fantasy wise. Add those 2 TDs and he would have scored 23 Points standard scoring number 2 at RB just behind CJ2K

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Murph, I agree Ballard could be decent, but if I’m not using him this week you think he’s a safe drop for a WR flier? I’d hate to get burned by Brown getting reinjured or Pipped after I drop Ballard, but I also want to be ahead of the curve on WRs I think could have a big week and become unobtainable hot pickups (Givens).

        • Murph says:
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          @Steve Stevenson,

          I always prefer RB depth over WR depth but it really depends on your roster. In my league im keeping Brown and Ballard just to see how it works out but im also dealing with problems at RB and there are plenty of WRs on my waiver wire.

          In regards to Givens I doubt he is any more than a one week fill in, although he has a great matchup this week against new england his bye week is week 9 and Amendola will be coming back after the bye fully recovered. I wouldnt drop Ballard for Givens I would wait to see how the week plays out, if the colts want to change their game plan to ground and pound to take pressure of Luck as mentioned by @Andrew Nordmeier than Ballard could have a significant roll going forward. What other WRs are on waivers?

  7. george says:
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    I have a bit of a dilema. I just traded away seattle D for Jonathan stewart, so I need to drop someone to pick up a D. I have dwyer, felix jones, garcon, and rudolph possible to drop. Who would you drop, also which 2 would you start this week out of dwyer, felix, and stewart? Thanks alot.

    • Murph says:
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      @george,

      Drop Garcon he will be most likely be inactive for the remainder of the season with a plantar plate tear and very ineffective even if he makes it back.

      Dwyer and Felix have the highest upside because of the defensive matchups. I would wait a few weeks with stewart until his matchups get easier (he has the bears this week) and until we know for sure that coach rivera is sincere about stewart being the “starting” running back.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @george, Dump Garcon, now. Start Dwyer and Felix.

  8. JoeBoo says:
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    Frustrated Bradshaw owner here with a lineup dilemma this week. Here goes:
    -With Rice out on bye, I have Morris and Bradshaw as RBs 1 and 2. However, I carry 5 RBs and usually play my RB3 as my flex. This week, with Tate and Rice on bye, Andre Brown is my RB3. My other flex options on my bench are Santana Moss and Brandon Stokely (Stevie Johnson on bye). If I play a WR at flex I have to drop a RB. I have been very frustrated by Tate’s health/lack of opportunity/lack of production but have been holding onto him for the latter quarter of the season.

    Question: Do I drop Tate to play one of the WRs or keep Brown in the flex spot and hope they both get touches?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @JoeBoo, I’d drop Tate. He battled a toe injury this season and has a total of 43 carries for the year. Since it’s not looking like last year for the Texans, Tate is safe to drop.

      Keep an eye on Bradshaw’s status Sunday morning. If he’s out roll Brown and go…if Bradshaw’s in drop Tate and play Moss. Moss had a 2 TD game last week and the ‘Skins will need to pass.

  9. Murph says:
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    Thoughts on the severe weather having an impact on fantasy numbers in the northeast? Hurricane Sandy is on track to hit Philadelphia on Sunday.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Murph, Maybe now Vick will have an excuse for turnovers.

      I think scoring could be down in games like ATL-PHI; MIA-NYJ; WSH-PIT and possibly SD-CLE. You just don’t see 35-31 games in driving rainstorms. Most of those defenses would make good plays because of the potential for weather impact. It would be easy to see handoffs getting dropped into a pile of mud with the rain coming down.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        Haha revickulous….

        Debating between Big Ben and Ryan

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @Murph, Big Ben..I’d even start myself against the Skins pass D

  10. Adam says:
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    +.5 PPR, +3 bonus at 100 yds

    Pick 2 of Rashad Jennings, Alex Green, and Steve Smith?

    Had the 2 RBs in my lineup until I read Steve Smith’s ridiculous career #s vs CHI….

    • Murph says:
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      @Adam,

      You only have 1 game of Steve Smith stats against Chicago to compare. 2011 game 3. Although 181yrds is impressive, how much truth is in the numbers? This game could have just been a product of Steve Smith and Cam Newton clicking at the start of the season as he had great numbers in the first 2 games….game 1 178 game 2 191. Cam and smith are far from being on the same page this year.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Adam, I go for the RBs. if you play Smith you’re hoping for Garbage Time production.

  11. Adam says:
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    Also in a +.5 PPR…

    Pettigrew vs SEA or Cook vs IND?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Adam, Cook yourself up some points. Pettigrew hasn’t been used much, Stafford looks like a shell of last season’s QB and Pettigrew has a tendency to fumble the ball away.

  12. Murph says:
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    Did we see any clarity this weekend in the following complicated backfields? unfortunately carrying Stewart D Williams D Brown and Ballard on one of my teams. Who to keep and who to cut loose?

    Panthers

    Colts

    • Sky

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      Nah, the Colts look like they’re a RBBC to me right now; both players performed well Sunday. Panthers have declared Stewart the starter and lead back. Thought his day wasn’t impressive, the Bears are a pretty tough defense. I think DeAngelo is a reasonable drop unless you believe in the trade rumors (which I don’t).

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