Good morning, Fools. Let's take a look at the happenings around the league as we make our final lineup decisions for another weekend of fantasy competition.
Steven Jackson is active, but I still don't like his chances against the Seahawks.
Still too early to say if Matt Forte will suit up on Monday night (he's questionable). Be sure you have a fall-back option (like Michael Bush) if you have Forte in your starting lineup, just in case. Keep him in your flex spot, if you have one, so you can sub a WR in there if necessary.
Reggie Bush will be a game-time decision. He has a tough matchup with Arizona, but if he's 100% (which he isn't), he'd be worth starting.
In a very interesting development, both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller are active today. So much for Tashard Choice... The two backs are expected to share carries, but if I had to choose between the two, I'd opt for Spiller. That said, it's anybody's guess how their respective production will shake out at this point.
Meanwhile, Ryan Williams will get his first start for the Cardinals, with Beanie Wells on IR. Also looks like Stephens-Howling will miss the game (he's listed as doubtful), so Williams will have very little competition for carries. His biggest issue will be Miami's strong run defense.
We learned last night that Hakeem Nicks is sitting out again. That's good news for those who snared Ramses Barden after his breakout game. Though his targets may be impacted by Domenik Hixon's return, Barden is still a solid bye-week or injury sub.
Kenny Britt has also been declared out for today's game.
Stephen Hill and Dustin Keller are inactive for the Jets.
Rob Gronkowski is active and will play for the Pats. Hernandez and Edelman are out, though.
Nate Kaeding is out with a groin injury. Nick Novak has been re-signed to fill in. He's a viable proxy if Kaeding is your man. But you should see who else is available first. You never know how long Kaeding will be out, and there are several strong kickers out there.
The rest of the inactives are out now. Follow me on Twitter for those, and other late-breaking news throughout the day.
Good luck, Fools!
Here are some excerpts from my Sporting News Fantasy Source column yesterday, plus some updates from today...
Big things were expected from Daniel Thomas when Miami selected him in the second round of the 2011 draft. But injuries and Reggie Bush’s stellar play conspired to ruin his rookie season. Now, just as Thomas seemed set for at least one start in his place, Bush is back on track to play against Arizona. If Bush starts, he’d be tough to bench. But in a possible time-share, both RBs carry risk, given the stout defense being played in the desert these days.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins. Big things were expected from Thomas when Miami selected him in the second round of the 2011 draft. But injuries and Reggie Bush’s stellar play conspired to ruin his rookie season. Though Bush’s knee injury is not as serious as first feared, Thomas seems destined for at least one start in his place. This could be the opening he needs to re-stake his claim to fantasy relevance.
Good morning, Fools. It's time to bone up for the Week 3 action. Here's what you need to know, so far:
Matt Forte is out. Michael Bush is a great play today vs. the Rams.
On the other side of the ball, Steven Jackson's groin is fine and he will play. He should have a decent outing. Save Daryl Richardson for another day.
Ryan Mathews will play and, as you saw in my Starters & Benchwarmers column Friday, I expect him to have a grand return.
Fred Jackson is hoping to return in Week 4, but it will be the CJ Spiller show in Buffalo again this afternoon.
Sad news for Torrey Smith this morning, as he learned that his brother died in a motorcycle accident. He left the team hotel and his status for tonight's game is currently unknown. Plan accordingly.
Greg Jennings had a good practice on Saturday, with no apparent set-backs; but his status remains questionable for Monday night. I imagine we'll have to wait for the inactive reports to find out for certain if he's a go. Then, of course, if he does suit up, will he aggravate the injury? It's probably best to use a sub today instead. Unless you have Randall Cobb, who has been upgraded to probable for MNF.
Pierre Garcon will not play for the Skins.
Marques Colston will play despite a sore foot. Keep him in your lineup, even though he's been disappointing. The Saints should bounce back fine against the sorry Chiefs defense.
Jets TE Dustin Keller is out with a bum hammy. Jeff Cumberland will start in his place. (No thanks)
That's it for now, Fools. Watch your Twitter feeds for the inactives and other late-breaking news. Good luck this weekend!
Here are a few injury updates excerpted from my 4th & Long column yesterday for Sporting News:
The clock is ticking on Jonathan Dwyer (turf toe) and Isaac Redman staking their claims to a significant role in the Steelers’ backfield. Rashard Mendenhall is practicing “in full” this week, though he is highly unlikely to suit up until after Pittsburgh’s Week 4 bye. At this point, neither back has distinguished himself, meaning if Mendenhall is available in your league, this is the time to stow him away. If he returns healthy, he’ll resume his workhorse duties.
The Packers are in “wait-and-see” mode with Greg Jennings. The good news is he has an extra day to rehab his groin injury, given the Monday night start. The bad news is that his recovery isn’t going as smoothly as expected, and your options may be limited if he’s declared inactive. Ideally, you can hedge your bets with Randall Cobb, whose playing status should not be in jeopardy despite a sore hammy.
Looks like Pierre Garcon will be a dreaded game-time decision on Sunday. His foot is still sore, so plan accordingly.
Jeremy Maclin was back at practice, but later ruled out for Week 3 because of a hip pointer. Find an alternative.
Wondering whether or not to start Arian Foster and Calvin Johnson, or to bench Tim Tebow and Steve Breaston? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
Like many of you, I play in multiple fantasy leagues. My opponents in three of those leagues this weekend spotted me a starting player simply because they were too busy, distracted or downright lazy to check the inactive reports.
Good morning, Fools. Ready for another full slate of Sunday awesomeness?
Let's see what's brewing around the league as we make our final roster adjustments...
It won't affect today's action, but the Bears got some bad news on Matt Forte. He could miss up to 6 weeks with his high ankle injury. Bummer. If you handcuffed Michael Bush, you should be OK for the time being. Kahlil Bell is being recalled by the team to help support Bush.
Don't expect to see Ryan Mathews this week against the Titans. That clavicle just isn't ready to take a beating. But teammate Antonio Gates (ribs) should be good to go.
Daniel Thomas won't play for the Dolphins, boosting Reggie Bush's value a bit.
Look for more work from Jonathan Dwyer today. Isaac Redman may still get the start, but Dwyer will likely see more carries for the Steelers.
Rashad Jennings will miss today's game for the Jags, leaving the backfield completely in MJD's capable hands.
Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is expected to return today, but after last week's rushing debacle in Tampa Bay, you really wouldn't trust a Carolina running back in your lineup, would you?
It's not official yet, but Pierre Garcon (foot) is not expected to play today. That makes RGIII a little less valuable, but he made do just fine after Garcon exited last week. Look for more from Aldrick Robinson and Santana Moss if Garcon doesn't suit up.
DeSean Jackson is expected to play with his tender hammy, but there's much less optimism surrounding Jeremy Maclin's hip pointer. He'll be a game-time call.
Hakeem Nicks should be fine, Denarius Moore is expected to see limited action against the Dolphins, ditto for Kenny Britt in San Diego, and Sidney Rice will give it a go despite a bum knee. Nicks is a sure-fire starter, but I don't like Moore's, Britt's or Rice's prospects today.
There you have it. The inactive reports should start coming out any minute. Make sure you're following along with me on Twitter (@ladd_biro).
Good luck today, Fools!
Wondering whether or not to start Tom Brady and Julio Jones, or to bench Brandon Weeden and Greg Little? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
The NFL season kicked off on Wednesday, but it didn't feel real till now. Welcome back, Fools! It's a beautiful day (regardless of the weather where you are -- though it's awesome in Dallas, fo sho!).
Let's get you ready for a winning day of fantasy fooball:
Ryan Mathews is OUT. (Get used to it, Mathews owners...) That means Ronnie Brown will get the first call out of the San Diego backfield; but he's expected to share carries with Jackie Battle and/or Curtis Brinkley. I don't like any of their chances, and wouldn't start Brown unless I was very desperate.
Adrian Peterson is going to be active today and is expected to get a modest workload (10 - 15 carries) against the Jags. That's not an insignificant number; so while he's certainly not a great option, he's not a sure-fire bench-sitter either. It all depends on your other options; but there are worse flex plays than AP today.
Don't worry (much) about Arian Foster. He says he's going to play today, and we believe him. Ben Tate may get more carries than normal, but not enough to make Foster anything but a sure-fire start against the woeful Dolphins.
Marshawn Lynch (back spasms) will be a game-time decision. If he starts, you have to play him. If not, Robert Turbin is a good proxy, especially against the Cards.
MJD is expected to play on third downs and maybe be featured in a series or two. Depending on your other options, Jones-Drew could be a decent flex play. But Rashad Jennings will be the main man against the Vikes.
There's a lot of speculation about who will be the Redskins' starting RB; but you shouldn't be concerned. As warned all summer, this has the makings of a classic Shanahanigans quagmire. Helu, Royster and now even Alfred Morris all have a legit shot at starting. But who cares about starting? I care who's going to get the bulk of the carries; including those at the goal line. And there's simply no way to know until the game is on. Stay away. Stay far away...
OK, I'm off to early church now. Back in time to report on the game-day inactives (via Twitter: www.twitter.com/ladd_biro) and other late-breaking news.
Have an awesome day, Fools!
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Excerpts from my Sporting News Fantasy Source column today:
Make sure you're following me on Twitter (@ladd_biro) for all the late-breaking news prior to game time. As always, I'll be tweeting game-day inactives, as well as any other news you need to set the best possible lineup.
Tonight, in a fairly significant surprise, the Cowboys have announced that Jason Witten will be active for the opener. He's a big risk, because you know the Gmen will be aiming for his gut; but if he's your far-and-away best TE, he's probably worth the gamble in your starting lineup.
As for the rest of the Cowboys/Giants, start 'em if you got 'em. The Giants' secondary is banged up badly, especially at corner; so Romo's prospects are high. The Cowboys never stop Eli and his WRs, even when they're not 100%. Both Miles and Dez are ready to roll, and I like DeMarco Murray's chances of getting off to a nice start tonight. Bradshaw, too.
Of course, not all of the above will come up big. But all are clearly starter-worthy tonight.
But let's not bury the lead here. THE NFL IS BACK!
It's time to play football!
Your draft is in the books, or will be shortly. The Cowboys and Giants kick off the NFL season Wednesday night. The wait is nearly over for those of us whose lives seem just a tad incomplete without the thrill of fantasy football competition.
My FINAL round of positional rankings -- QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs, Ks, D/STs and the Top 100 -- are now posted here: http://www.scribd.com/laddbiro.
Unless something dramatic happens, I don't intend to update these any more.
Now go out and draft perfect, Fools!
About the author
Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.