Injuries and byes are hurting some of us in week 4.  But we can at least be thankful that we are only metaphorically hurting (depending on how much cash you have on your teams) while these guys are really hurting.  There are a lot of players already injured this year that a lot of us figured would be.  So if your season is already over start thinking about what players you should avoid next year.  Many of them follow:

Clinton Portis: He’s a game time decision so pick up Betts if you need a running back. Portis is not going to help you much this season.  His ankle bones are riding his muscles and tendons and spurring them on like the Lone Ranger on Silver.  Did you know Silver murdered the Lone Ranger?  He did.

LaDainian Tomlinson: He is probable, but is he ready to face the Steelers? Not too many RB’s are ready to face the Steelers so I’m not trying to rub LT’s nose in his injury prone oldness, but he really is just a flex player at best coming off his ankle injury.

Jamal Lewis: I don’t mind rubbing Lewis’ nose in his oldness that much.  He is out with a bad case of it.  I see no reason to own him at this point, well, really at any point.  Jerome Harrison will get the start again this week and is worth a flex play. Sit James Davis until he does something.

*** EDIT *** Marion Barber: He will play in Denver, but it looks like Tashard Choice will get the majority of the carries according to ESPN.com.  Choice makes for a good start if this is true.  They did sign Chauncey Washington off their practice squad so they must be worried about Barber.  I would be too.

Willie Parker: He is doubtful to play with turf toe.  That should mean Mendenhall will get the start.  He has looked iffy at best, but if you had him handcuffed to Parker then you probably should get him in there.  Mewelde Moore would probably be a better start, but they need Mendenhall to produce.

Wes Welker: Ok, enough is enough.  Dubya Dubya is on my shizz list and he ain’t getting off it until he comes out and says what is wrong with his knee and if he is going to play or not.  I know it’s The Hoodie, but come on, get over yourselves!  He’s a game time decision.  Bastard.

Derrick Ward: He probably won’t play.  Caddy will get the start and is worth a flex, but if you have the ability to sit, trade, or give up on your Buccaneers, do so.

Kevin Smith: He is questionable and a game time decision.  It’s an early game so if he goes he’s worth a start.  So get your but out of bed and check the comments of our Sunday post where we give you the latest injury news!  For rizzle my razzles.

Kyle Boller: The guy isn’t good, that is scientific fact, but he looks like he is trying whereas Bulger looks like he’s running for his life even when he’s on the sidelines.  I think this helps Avery.  The 49ers have a tough defense so it’s not a home run matchup for Tex Avery, but it’s better than a kick in the throat.

Randy Moss: He has been taken off the Patriots’ injury list so he must feel like he’s 18.  I think Moss will have a long TD this week. And then walk back to the sidelines sans faux mooning.

Ahmad Bradshaw: The boot is off!  The boot is off!  Bradshaw is good to go against the Chiefs and is worth a flex spot,  Brandon Jacobs threatened retirement if his per carry average doesn’t rise.  Nobody seemed to care.

Pierre Thomas: He’s nowhere to be seen on the injury report.  If he can have a good game against a tough Jets’ defense and come out of the game unscathed he should solidify that starting role.

Dwayne Bowe: He is a gametime decision.  He should play, but the Giants are taking #1 receivers and swallowing them whole.

  1. Phil says:
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    LT or Jerome Harrison in the flex spot for Sunday?

  2. Frank says:
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    Question: is it time yet to drop lendale white or Jonathan Stewart…

    When is it time to drop… having them on my bench annoy the crap out of me? =)

    Frank

  3. Frank says:
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    @Frank: Sorry for the lack of proofreading. It’s evidence of my rage.

  4. Matt B says:
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    which side would you prefer in PPR
    1) Harvin & Addai
    2) Ronnie Brown & Patrick Crayton

  5. ultCB says:
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    Do I start Leon Washington or Ahmad Bradshaw this week in PPR? Help me out DOC!

  6. ultCB says:
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    Oh and could you tell me the reason as well? I’m leaning more towards Leon because the Jets might use him more in the passing…

  7. Don R. says:
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    Which one for a flex spot in a PPR league?
    RB-Marion Barber or WR-Percy Harvin
    This spot will be replacing Wes Welker, leads the league in receptions the last 2 years and the year I get him, I go through this crap every week.

  8. Matt B says:
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    Also in a PPR where I would have to drop Crayton for a spot start QB next week, which side wins:

    a) Cotchery, Crayton, Addai
    b) Rice, Garrard, A Bradshaw

  9. ultCB says:
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    @Matt B: I would go with Ronnie Brown and Patrick Crayton even though Crayton sucks

    @Don R.: Marion Barber probably would be a better bet for a touchdown so MBIII

  10. Nick says:
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    @Doc: With an empty roster spot and no RB’s on my bench to start (McCoy – Bye) would you pickup Harrison and start him in place of either Crayton, R Williams, Housh or Garcon? Other free agents include Mendenhall, Moore, Taylor (Chester or Fred)…

  11. stumanji says:
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    I’m starting the PT Cruiser and McFadden at RB. Who to flex?

    LT, Mendenhall, Donald Brown, or J. Harrison.

  12. Doc

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    @Phil: I’d go with Jerome

    @Frank: I think they are both worth keeping unless you have better options on the wire.

    @Matt B: Brown and Crayton

    @ultCB: I like Ahmad’s matchup better. KC is poor against the run.

    @Don R.: I’d go Barber.

    @Matt B: I like side B

    @Nick: I’d play Mendenhall instead of Crayton. He should get in the endzone.

  13. stumanji says:
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    Another league (.7 PPR)

    Pick 2 RBs and a Flex: Rice, Fred Jax, Bradshaw, LT, Housh

  14. Doc

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    @stumanji: I’m giving Mendy a shot against a weak Chargers run D.

    @stumanji: Rice, Bradshaw, Jax

  15. stumanji says:
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    @Doc: Cool. Thanks, Doc.

  16. stumanji says:
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    1 more question. Non-PPR league: Housh @ Indy, Gage @ Jax, or Berrian vs GB (if my waiver claim goes through)?

  17. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @stumanji: Berrian

  18. adrenaline says:
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    Hey DOC,

    Do I go with questionable K. Smith or Bradshaw in PPR?

  19. Don R. says:
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    Thanks guys.

  20. Doc

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    @adrenaline: I would wait until the morning and see if Smith goes. I’d go with Smith if he does.

  21. Johnny U says:
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    Start McFadden against Houston or Coffee with perhaps 20-25 touches vs. Stl?

  22. Drew says:
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    Pick 2 out of the following:

    *Benson, P. Thomas, LT, McFadden, Betts

    .5ppr

  23. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Drew: Benson, McFadden

  24. chisox says:
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    Should I try to move Larry Johnson for Sproles? I have LT and Charles.

  25. chisox says:
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    Actually there’s a two day waiting period, so I wouldn’t have him this week. I’ll see how this week goes.

  26. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @chisox: I would.

  27. Doc

    Doc says:
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    *** James Davis is out for the season *** Grab Harrison if you haven’t yet and start him at the flex tomorrow since he’ll get all of the work.

  28. Bofum says:
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    Ray Rice, Reggie Bush, or Darren Sproles? Non PPR need 2

  29. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Bofum: i like Rice and Bush, really, I do.

  30. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    @Doc: I got a problem. I have a RB and flex spot open, but 3 guys I want to start. I got Marion Barber, Rashard Mendenhall, and Devin Hester… Barber normally would be a must start, but he is hurt and I’m skeptical. I think Mendenhall is going to have a good game, so I wanted to get him in there. But if I play those two, I would have to bench Hester, who I also think is going to have a big game. Thoughts? Thanks

  31. GP says:
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    Can you just run my teams for me? Then I won’t have to bother reading your columns and asking for your opinion on every single transaction since I have no guts and no faith in my own ability to make basic decisions.

  32. ETMcgee says:
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    help me pick 3:
    sproles, ksmith, Rrice, cwilliams, fredjackson, abradshaw
    or drop any of the above for harrision or tchoice?

  33. Doc

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    @ETMcgee: Rice, Smith (if he plays), I’d drop Caddy for Harrison and start him.

  34. ETMcgee says:
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    thanks, that is what i was thinking, nice to get the confirmation.
    if no smith, would you start bradshaw over sproles?

  35. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @ETMcgee: yeah

  36. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Barber could get goalline carries, but he could also bust. I’d go with Mendenhall and Hester.

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