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Happy Thanksgiving, Fools!

Posted by Ladd Biro  November 22, 2012 05:22 PM

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Good morning, Fools, from all of us at the Fantasy Fools.  (That would be me, myself and I.)


Here's hoping you're with loved ones, enjoying great food, great company and great fantasy success with your Thanksgiving Day starters.

Let's take a quick look at the landscape for today's games...

We already know the inactives for the early game: Boneheaded Titus Young and the Texans' Ben Tate.    I don't think either absence should affect your lineup decisions.  Wouldn't start any WR other than Megatron against the Texans, and Justin Forsett (Arian Foster's backup) is only a desperation play.

I really like the Cowboys' passing attack today against the bad Redskins secondary.  Dez and Miles should both produce well.  Kevin Ogletree will not play.  Neither will DeMarco Murray, and Fragile Felix Jones is banged up and will be a game-time decision.  Lance Dunbar could start, but I wouldn't rely on any Cowboys RBs today.  

I wouldn't start Pierre Garcon either, in a tough matchup and clearly not back to full strength (based on last week's performance).

You know Gronk is out for tonight's game.  Aaron Hernandez is the biggest question mark, but most signs point to him suiting up.  Brandon Lloyd is questionable, but will probably play.  Don't like him today, though.  Wes Welker is a must-start.  Don't count on Edelman to repeat last week's heroics.

I'm thankful I don't own any Jets.

In other news, we now know Colin Kaepernick will get another start for the 49ers over the concussed Alex Smith; this time against the lowly Saints defense.  At this stage of the season, I'd hate to have to start such a green QB; but you can't argue with his favorable matchup.  You also have to feel pretty good about Michael Crabtree's and Vernon Davis' chances on Sunday, after Kaepernick's solid start last weekend.

Jay Cutler could be back for the Bears, which is especially good news for Brandon Marshall's owners.

If you were toying with dropping Big Ben due to his very pessimistic updates, don't do it.  Word now is that he could return sooner than expected.  Maybe even by Week 13.  

It sounds like Michael Vick has a better chance to return from his concussion this weekend than LeSean McCoy.  Bryce Brown will be interesting to watch, but wouldn't start him unless your options are really limited.  Philly's offense is a mess.

If you're counting on LaRod Stephens-Howling this week -- and I sure hope you're not -- be advised that Beanie Wells is expected to return to his starting job.  LSH will revert back to a 3rd-down role, meaning neither RB is a great start this week against the Rams.

Looks like Darren Sproles will be back to play against the 49ers.  In a pass-happy offense like the Saints', a 3- or 4-headed backfield sure makes it hard to like anyone.  I suppose a fully healthy Sproles would be the most viable candidate, but I still don't like his chances in this tough matchup.

Danny Amendola is in a walking boot, thanks to the foot injury he sustained last weekend.  His status is in question heading into Sunday's late games.  Plan accordingly.

Denarius Moore is dealing with a bum hammy, but he should play.  I'm benching him in two leagues this week, due to the injury, the tough matchup, and his lackluster performance in Week 11.

Don't expect to see Percy Harvin back this weekend.

It sounds like Greg Jennings is nearing a return, finally.  Don't expect him back this weekend, but Week 13 is a real possibility.  It would be great to let him get a game under his belt before trusting him in the fantasy postseason.

Laurent Robinson has been placed on IR due to multiple concussions.  

Again, I hope you have a joyous Thanksgiving.  Don't ignore your loved ones too much while screaming at the TV...  As usual, I'll be tweeting inactives and other late-breaking news throughout the day (www.twitter.com/ladd_biro). 


Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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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.

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