This was a great week to start…
Good morning, Fools. It's a crisp, beautiful morning in Big D, but our thoughts are with those in Sandy's path this week. Stay safe and dry, Fools.
Let's hop around the league and figure out wassup as we make our final roster decisions for the weekend...
Felix Jones will start today, since we know DeMarco Murray is out. Fragile Felix is dealing with a bruised knee, so don't expect greatness from him. We'll likely get a good look at Philip Tanner again; but neither of the Cowboys backs are recommended today, despite the favorable matchup.
No worries about Frank Gore's availability on Monday night. He has been dealing with sore ribs, but it sounds like all systems go.
Jonathan Dwyer will pull another start with both Mendenhall and Redman inactive. I'm not expecting big production for the rookie against Washington, but stranger things have happened. He's a decent flex play if you need him.
Donald Brown is expected to return to action today, dealing a blow to Vick Ballard's value. They have a good matchup with Tennessee, but it's hard to trust either.
Jordy Nelson is OUT for today's game, due to a bum hammy. Good news for owners of Randall Cobb and James Jones. Heck, Donald Driver might even get some extra looks today. And maybe, just maybe, Jermichael Finley will finally produce something of value.
Don't count on Danny Amendola today, but things are looking up for him to return in Week 10 after the Rams' bye.
Jimmy Graham is traveling with the Saints to Denver and will be a game-time call. That's tough for us, of course, because they don't play until tonight. I do not recommend banking on him, simply because he was inactive last week and has been limited in practice all week.
We know Aaron Hernandez didn't make the trip across the pond, so make sure you have another option at TE.
That's it for now. Make sure you're following my tweets (www.twitter.com/ladd_biro) as the inactive reports are coming in now. Have a great day, Fools!
Wondering whether or not to start Aaron Rodgers and LeSean McCoy, or to bench Brady Quinn and Braylon Edwards? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
Back in the 1990s, when many of today’s fantasy diehards wore diapers and stats were tallied with a calculator, the key to successful drafting was simple: Land Barry Sanders or Emmitt Smith, and a postseason berth was yours.
Today, there’s Arian Foster, and there’s everyone else. The Texans’ workhorse just doesn’t have an off game. If he’s not racing for 100-plus yards and a touchdown, he’s pounding in two scores to make up for a sub-100-yard outing.
Good morning, Fools. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I was surprised with a big new, not-yet-available-in-the-stores flat screen last night so I could watch the games today in extra special style. Really looking forward to the afternoon!
Here's what we'll be watching:
Trent Richardson will suit up today with a flak jacket, so start him if you've got him. Don't count on much from Montario Hardesty, unless the starter gets knocked out again.
With DeMarco Murray out, it will be interesting to see if (a) Felix Jones can handle a full starter's workload, and (b) Phillip Tanner gets much action. I'm betting it's no and yes, which is why I didn't rush to grab Jones off the waiver wire.
Pittsburgh's running game could be a train wreck tonight. Both Mendenhall and Redman are out, leaving the duties to Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch. It's also possible that C Maurkice Pouncey, the anchor of their line, won't be playing. I was high on Dwyer's chances as a sleeper candidate during the offseason, but the rookie was a major let-down in the early part of the season. I just don't like this situation tonight at all.
Still no Greg Jennings, so look for more James Jones and Randall Cobb.
Rookie Alshon Jeffery is out for the Bears, and the Browns will go without Mohamed Massaquoi.
And perhaps the biggest loss of the day, Jimmy Graham is sidelined with a bum ankle. Hope you do better than I did in covering for a missing TE. I traded for Vernon Davis, whose only stat line on Thursday night was a tackle.
Inactive reports will be out shortly. Make sure you're following me at www.twitter.com/ladd_biro for all the late-breaking news and developments.
Have a great day, Fools!
Here are a few excerpts from my 4th & Long column on Sporting News:
Ben Roethlisberger left practice early Thursday after tweaking his ankle. At this time, it doesn't appear to be anything serious, so plan to start him if you normally would. Lord knows Big Ben has played effectively with injuries in the past.
For obvious reasons, Montario Hardesty was a popular waiver-wire addition this week. But don't get overly excited about his prospects Sunday. Trent Richardson (ribs) claims to be "pain-free," and all signs point to him donning a flak jacket and carrying the load against the awful Colts run defense. So Richardson should be protected if Hardesty comes after him with a gun, making the backup unworthy of a starting spot in all but the most depleted of lineups.
Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee) belongs in your lineup this weekend after emerging from the 49ers contest no worse for wear. He's still not 100 percent, but he's on track to play against the porous Washington secondary.
Another week, another "O" for Greg Jennings. Don't count on Jermichael Finley (shoulder), either.
If it matters to you that there's a competition between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn for the starting quarterback job in Kansas City, you should stop reading now. Your team doesn't stand a chance.
[Saturday updates: DeMarco Murray, Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Brandon Bolden and Laurent Robinson all have been officially ruled out for Week 7.]
Wondering whether or not to start Drew Brees and Arian Foster, or to bench Blaine Gabbert and Knowshon Moreno? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
This was a great week to start…
Doesn’t anybody play defense anymore?
For starters, next week’s Ravens-Texans contest should be a high-scoring affair.
Good morning, Fools. It's a glorious Sunday. My son Preston was baptized today, so our family is celebrating.
And I'm blogging...at least for a few minutes. Here's what you need to know to get ready for the day:
No big surprises with the early game inactives. We knew, or assumed, that Donald Brown, Daniel Thomas, Kevin Smith, Matt Cassel, Peyton Hillis, Andre Brown and Danny Amendola would be out.
We also know Greg Jennings, Julian Edelman and Nate Kaeding were ruled out previously.
Hakeem Nicks traveled with the Giants to SF. He'll be a game-time call, but if he starts, he's risky. I'll probably start him anyway, just because of the upside; but I won't be surprised if he disappoints against the stout 49ers secondary.
Aaron Hernandez also will be a game-time call. If he plays, he's a near must-start. [Update: For what it's worth, the Boston Globe expects Hernandez to play but be limited.]
Things are looking up for a couple guys with nagging injuries playing Monday night. Demaryius Thomas (hip) is probable and Malcom Floyd (groin) is questionable, but expected to suit up.
Make sure you're following me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ladd_biro) for all the inactives and other late-breaking news.
Have a wonderful day, Fools!
Here are a few injury updates and other out-takes from my 4th & Long column in Sporting News:
Things that make you say "hmm": If Matt Cassel was as good as Robert Griffin III, would the Chiefs have ruled him out so quickly? And if RGIII was as mediocre as Cassel, would the Redskins be rushing him back so quickly? Both passers suffered concussions last week, and it's fairly shocking that the Redskins would even consider putting their franchise quarterback at risk this weekend. If he starts, I'd have a hard time keeping him out of my fantasy lineup. But I sure would be making contingency plans for the rest of the season.
Jahvid Best is hopeful of returning to the Lions' lineup soon, but haven't we seen this movie before? The poor kid just can't stay healthy, and a series of concussions is nothing to be trifled with. I'm not adding him to my bench as a "preemptive move," as some have advised.
A sore ankle is bothering Adrian Peterson, but it's unlikely to keep him out of the lineup on Sunday. You know what to do.
Daniel Thomas (concussion) almost certainly won't play Sunday, which gives Reggie Bush a slight up-tick against the Rams. Lamar Miller will be his backup. Add Andre Brown to the list of concussed players, and David Wilson to the list of viable handcuffs. The rookie flashed his potential last week with a 40-yard rushing score, and he should be the next man up if/when Ahmad Bradshaw gets dinged.
Until Pierre Garcon declares his foot completely healed, or he shows that he can produce despite the lingering injury, he belongs on your bench.
Hopefully you grabbed James Jones a couple of weeks ago because there's no telling when Greg Jennings (groin) will be back from his rolling shutdown. Jermichael Finley (shoulder) looks like a no-go this week, too.
There's a decent chance Aaron Hernandez (ankle) returns this week. While he may not receive a full complement of snaps, he's still better than most other options you may have.
Wondering whether or not to start Ray Rice and Roddy White, or to bench Bradie Quinn and Chaz Schilens? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 6 of the 2012 season.
Had the pleasure of meeting Cowboys CB Mo Claiborne today at Valley Ranch. He was cutting some radio spots for an upcoming appearance at Raising Cane's.
During a break, I let Mo know that I'm counting on big things from Torrey Smith this weekend, so I'd appreciate if he'd give him a little room on Sunday. He very politely told me to fuggetaboutit.
This was a great week to start…
Five weeks into the season, most of us have had our share of ups and downs. As much as we’d like them to, we can’t expect each of our studs to accumulate massive statistics every week.
Good morning, Fools. It's a chilly one in DFW today.
Let's get right to the day's important news:
Seems like everyone wants to know, whom to start: Fred Jackson or CJ Spiller? If you read Friday's starters and benchwarmers column, you know my answer already. Neither, against the 49ers. If you have no choice than to choose one or t'other, then I guess you have to go with the starter, F-Jax. But again, you're probably better off with "none of the above."
Reggie Bush should be good to go today. He is active.
Rashard Mendenhall is active today, and the team feels good enough about him to deactivate Jonathan Dwyer. Still, I think Mendy gets worked back slowly, and he's a very risky start against Philly's run D.
We knew earlier that Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden, Lance Moore and Greg Jennings would be out today. Add Kenny Britt to that list.
Ben Tate looks likely to suit up for Monday night's game. Remember he's my flier of the week. Of course, if his toe injury keeps him out, my flier will be a bust. But at this point, he looks like he'll be good to go. But make sure you have a backup plan (like Justin Forsett), if you are banking on Tate.
Don't count on Aaron Hernandez being back just yet, but also know that Gronk is in a lot of pain due to a hip injury. That said, I would never sit an active Gronkowski.
That's it for now. I've been tweeting the inactives (www.twitter.com/ladd_biro) already.
Have a great day!
Wondering whether or not to start Drew Brees and Arian Foster, or to bench Mark Sanchez and Austin Collie? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 5 of the 2012 season.
When it comes to the skill positions, scanning the waiver wire a week or two in advance has similar advantages, in that you will generally have a deeper pool of free agents from which to choose.
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.