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Friday, October 28, 2005

Week 8 tips

Must starts:
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati. Palmer and company will bounce back against Green Bay at home.
Mark Brunell, Washington. Brunell hasn't looked this good in his career.
Kerry Collins, Oakland. Tennessee's defense remains invisible.
Trent Green, Kansas City. San Diego's pass defense is very vulnerable.

Bench them:
Jamie Martin, St. Louis. He'll start again this week in place of injured Marc Bulger, but not having Torry Holt or Issac Bruce really doesn't give him much of a chance.
Jake Plummer, Denver. The snake will be tested by Philadelphia.
Gus Frerotte, Miami. That quick start to the season has fizzled.
Anthony Wright, Baltimore. Wright is wrong in Baltimore.

Running backs:
Must starts:
Lamont Jordan, Oakland. Tennessee may beat the Raiders, but will be a shootout.
Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati. Shut down by the Steelers, Johnson will rebound against the Packers.
Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay. Cadillac makes his return against San Francisco.
Jerome Bettis, Steelers. Bettis could score twice against the Ravens.

Bench them:
Steven Jackson, St. Louis. He won't find much room to run against Jacksonville.
Julius Jones, Dallas - It looks like he'll sit again this week.
Mike Anderson, Denver. He'll struggle against Philadelphia and he's losing carries to Tatum Bell.

Wide Receiver:
Must Starts:
Randy Moss, Oakland. He'll catch at least one TD pass this weekend. Even at 80 percent, he's better than 95 percent of everybody else.
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati. Maybe we'll see the Curly Shuffle after he scores against the Packers.
Eddie Kennison, Kansas City. Should be strong against an overmatched San Diego secondary.
Steve Smith, Carolina. He'll torture Minnesota like he has every other team this season.

Bench them:
Derrick Mason, Baltimore. The Steelers are going to control the clock, limiting his chances.
Ashlie Lelie, Denver. Will have a tough time against Philadelphia.
Eric Moulds, Buffalo. He's been on a roll, but New England will slow that.

Tight Ends:
Must Starts:
Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota - Is really starting to heat up along with Daunte Culpepper.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh - Has been the team's leading receiver the past two weeks.
Bubba Franks, Green Bay. Expected to be back this week, finally.

Bench them:
Jeb Putzier, Denver. The struggles continue.
Ben Watson, New England. Buffalo's defense will keep him in check.
Desmond Clark, Chicago. Clark's banged up.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Thursday news and notes

Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco. Smith is out this week with a strained MCL. Ken Dorsey will make his first start of the season in his place.

Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay. Williams practiced well again Thursday and is a must-play against San Francisco this week.

Mark Clayton, WR, Baltimore. The rookie was limited in practice Thursday and is iffy to play Monday night at Pittsburgh.

Deshaun Foster, RB, Carolina. Foster got more work Thursday and should be ready to play Sunday.

Keary Colbert, WR, Carolina. Colbert practiced Thursday, but is still listed as questionable.

Desmond Clark, TE, Chicago. Clark sat out practice Thursday with a sore hip and was added to the team's injury report.

Juilus Jones, RB, Dallas. Jones was limited at practice again Thursday. If you've got another option, go with it.

Roy Williams, WR, Detroit. Williams was limited in practice again Thursday and will be the dreaded game time decision.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston. Like Williams, Johnson was limited again Thursday. He's also looking more unlikely to play.

Fred Taylor, RB, Jacksonville. Taylor did more work Thursday, but is a questionable start this week until something more definitive happens.

Corey Dillon, RB, New England. Dillon was limited again Thursday - according to the team. The Pats continually play with their injury list, though. Patrick Pass may again be the man.

Joe Horn, WR, New Orleans. Horn has practiced two days in a row and looks like he'll finally get back on the field.

Plaxico Burress, WR, Giants. Burress missed practice again Thursday, but should play.

Randy Moss, WR, Oakland. Moss is still hurting, but is expected to play this week. He had six balls thrown his way last week despite his banged-up status. Continue starting Moss.

Isaac Bruce, WR, St. Louis. Bruce didn't practice again Thursday with his turf toe. Keep him on the bench.

Torry Holt, WR, St. Louis. Like Bruce, Holt was held out again Thursday. Keep him on the bench as well.

Marc Bulge, QB, St. Louis. Bulger was downgraded to doubtful meaning Jamie Martin will likely start again.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Mid-week news

Trent Dilfer, QB, Cleveland. Dilfer will remain the Browns QB - for now.

Jose Cortez, PK, Philadelphia. A day after being released by Dallas, Cortez was signed by Philadelphia, which released Todd France. Cortez will kick for the Eagles until David Akers returns, which could be in a couple of weeks.

Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco. Smith sprained his knee against Washington and may sit this week against Tampa Bay.

Laveraneus Coles, WR, Jets. Coles suffered an elbow injury Monday night against Atlanta the extent of which isn't known.

Travis Henry, RB, Tennessee. Henry returns from his 4-game suspension this week.

Deshaun Foster, RB, Carolina. Foster is questionable to play this week with a knee injury. He did participate in practice lightly Wednesday.

Keary Colbert, WR, Carolina. Colbert is questionable to play with an ankle injury. He did some light work at practice Wednesday.

Lee Suggs, RB, Cleveland. Suggs looks like he's a week away from returning from his thumb injury.

Julius Jones, RB, Dallas. Jones was limited again on Wednesday with the ankle injury that has sidelined him the past two weeks. Marion Barber could get the start Sunday.

Roy Williams, WR, Detroit. Williams was limited at practice Wednsday with his quad injury.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston. Johnson was held back in practice Wednesday with his knee injury.

Corey Dillon, RB, New England. Dillon was limited at practice Wednesday with an ankle injury.

Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay. The Cadillac looks like he's back as he took a full practice Wednesday.

Steve McNair, QB, Tennessee. McNair was back at practice after sitting out Sunday's game with back and ankle injuries.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Monday wrap

Ahman Green, RB, Green Bay. The injuries continue to mount for the Packers. Green, their workhorse running back, is out for the season after tearing a tendon in his thigh. Tony Fisher will be the primary ballcarrier now.

Robert Ferguson, WR, Green Bay. Ferguson will miss at least a month with a torn lateral cruciate ligament. Antonio Chatman moves into the starting lineup opposite Donald Driver.

Trent Dilfer, WB, Cleveland. After a hot start, Trent Dilfer has begun playing like, well, Trent Dilfer. At 2-4, the Browns may take a look at rookie Charlie Frye at QB.

Jose Cortez, PK, Dallas. After missing a critical field goal attempt Sunday, Jose Cortez was fired by head coach Bill Parcells. The Cowboys signed Shaun Suisham, who was in training camp with the Steelers, to take Cortez' place.

Jeff Garcia, QB, Detroit. Garcia will continue as Detroit's starting quarterback.

Steve McNair, QB, Tennessee. McNair sat Sunday's game at Arizona, but is expected to return to practice this week. Keep an eye on the situation. Backup Billy Volek left Sunday's game with a concussion.

Kevin Johnson, WR, Detroit. Johnson suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and is out for the season.

Chris Simms, QB, Tampa Bay. With starter Brian Griese out for the season, Simms gets his first start of the season this week against San Francisco. Talk about having good luck.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Week 7 Tips

Must starts:
Josh McCown, Arizona – The secret is out. McCown will continue as Arizona's QB even though Kurt Warner is healthy. Look for a track meet against Tennessee.
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants - The "other" Manning is playing well this season. Denver's secondary is still banged up.
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia - Usually, he's a must-start. But he's banged up. San Diego's secondary is awful, however.
Mark Brunell, QB, Washington - He's a little banged up, but San Francisco has allowed 343 yards per game - and that's just through the air.

Bench them:
Kyle Orton, Chicago - I'd rather take a zero at QB than start Orton against the Ravens.
Alex Smith, San Francisco - Ditto Smith, who gets Washington's defense.
Vinny Testaverde, Jets - Vinny gets Atlanta Monday night.
Joey Harrington, Detroit - Jeff Garcia could replace him this week.

Running backs:
Must starts:
Lamont Jordan, Oakland - Buffalo has been soft up the middle and Randy Moss is out.
Steven Jackson, St. Louis - No Marc Bulger or Mike Martz this week means Jackson will see the ball plenty.
Ahman Green, Green Bay - Green will be back this week and he gets the Vikings.

Bench them:
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia - The Eagles have struggled running the ball and San Diego is tough up the middle.
Thomas Jones, Chicago - Could have tough sledding against Baltimore. Cedric Benson is also starting to steal some carries.
Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati - He's the last back to have 100 yards against the Steelers. They shut him down in their second meeting last year. They'll do it again. Plus, he's giving way to Chris Perry on third downs.
Julius Jones, Dallas - It looks like he'll sit again this week.

Wide Receiver:
Must Starts:
Jerry Porter, Oakland - Becomes the defacto No. 1 with Randy Moss out.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona - He's a stud.
Santana Moss, Washington - Has been outstanding since Brunell became quarterback.
Eric Moulds, Buffalo - Has 14 catches in the past two weeks since Kelly Holcomb became the starter.

Bench them:
Kevin Curtis, St. Louis - New Orleans is decent against the pass and Bulger is out. Torry Holt will get his catches, but don't count on Curtis.
Michael Jenkins, Atlanta - Where has he been all season? He won't show up against the Jets, either.
Laverneus Coles, Jets - Figures to be the focal point of Atlanta's pass defense, especially if Justin McCareins doesn't play.
Roy Williams, Detroit - Won't play this week.
Andre Johnson, Houston - See Williams above.
Joe Horn, New Orleans - See Williams and Johnson.

Tight Ends:
Must Starts:
Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota - Should be healthy and ready to catch a bunch of passes against Green Bay.
Steve Heiden, Cleveland - Has quietly played well.
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh - Is becoming more of a factor each week.

Bench them:
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis - Just hasn't had the season everyone expected.
Todd Heap, Baltimore - Other Ravens receivers are hurting and he figures to draw Brian Urlacher a lot.
Jeb Putzier, Denver - Remains invisible most weeks.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Thursday news and notes

The NFL has moved Kansas City's game at Miami up to Friday because of Hurricane Wilma. Adjust your lineup appropriately.

Braylon Edwards, WR, Cleveland. Edwards practiced Wednesday despite being doubtful as he recovers from a staph infection in his arm that required surgery. Don't put him in the lineup just yet, but things are looking up.

Randy Moss, WR, Oakland. It's unlikely Moss will play this week. Doug Gabriel takes his spot.

Marc Bulger, QB, St. Louis. Bulger has a crack in his shoulder and is listed as questionable. He's likely out at least two games.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati. Houshmandzadeh's hand injury is still bothering him. He was unable to practice Wednesday.

Hines Ward, WR, Steelers. Ward took part in drills, but no team practice. Antwaan Randle El and Cedrick Wilson were also out for the Steelers. Friday is the key day.

Roy Williams, WR, Detroit. Williams' quad injury limited him in practice Wednesday and Thursday. He's very questionable.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston. Johnson was limited by his knee injury and remains questionable to play against Indianapolis.

Nate Burleson, WR, Minnesota. Burleson is expected to finally return to the lineup this week.

Arnaz Battle, WR, San Francisco. Battle was unable to practice Wednesday with his sore knee. He's likely out again this week.

Jeff Garcia, QB, Detroit. Garcia returned to practice this week and split snaps with Joey Harrington. Look for him to replace Harrington soon.

Ahman Green, RB, Green Bay. Get him back in the lineup. He'll play this week against Minnesota.

Joe Horn, WR, New Orleans. His troublesome hamstring continues to bother him. Don't count on him this week.

Steve McNair, QB, Tennessee. MacNair was given a day off Wednesday, but missed Thursday for personal reasons. Keep an eye on this situation. If he doesn't practice Friday, keep him in reserve.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Week 7 Tuesday roundup

Brian Griese, QB, Tampa Bay. It appears Griese's season is over with a torn ACL and MCL. Chris Simms will be the Bucs starter, but Tampa Bay also traded for Tim Rattay, who could push Simms if he doesn't play well.

Marc Bulger, QB, St. Louis. Bulger injured his shoulder and did not return to Monday night's loss to Indianapolis. His status is uncertain at this point. Veteran Jamie Martin would replace him.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. As expected, Roethlisberger will be back when the Steelers play Cincinnati. The new backup, however, is Charlie Batch, as Tommy Maddox has been demoted.

Drew Bennett, WR, Tennessee. Bennett is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a dislocated thumb.

Jamal Lewis, RB, Baltimore. Despie backup Chester Taylor's better numbers, Lewis remains the team's starting running back.

Kevin Jones, RB, Detroit. Jones injured his shoulder Sunday against Carolina and will wear a harness to protect the injury this week.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Monday news and notes

And the injuries continue to mount.

Patrick Crayton, WR, Dallas. Crayton is lost for the season with a broken ankle. Peerless Price now takes over the No. 3 spot in Dallas.

Randy Moss, WR. Oakland. Moss owners cringed when they saw their star wideout taken to the locker room Sunday. Moss has a pulled groin and bruised ribs.

Brian Griese, QB, Tampa Bay. Jon Gruden, who's been playing it loose with the injury report this season, said Griese could be out a couple of weeks or the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Thanks Jon.

Julius Jones, RB, Dallas. Jones didn't play Sunday, but Bill Parcells showed his love of veterans by going with Anthony Thomas instead of Tyson Thompson as expected, even though Thomas averaged just over two yards per carry on 21 attempts. Thanks Bill.

Fred Taylor, RB, Jacksonville. Greg Jones looked great in place of an injured Taylor Sunday at Pittsburgh. The Jags likely won't rush Taylor back and Jones may have gotten himself some more carries with his play.

Jake Delhomme, QB, Carolina. Delhomme appeared fine after getting knocked out of Sunday's game at Detroit on a cheap hit by safety Kenoy Kennedy.

Corey Dillon, RB, New England. You just can't trust Bill Belichick's injury reports. Dillon dressed by did not play after suffering an ankle injury last week at Atlanta. Patrick Pass and Amos Zereoue were New England's primary running backs Sunday. No wonder the Pats lost.

Sammie Parker, WR, Kansas City. Parker sprained his knee Sunday.

Joe Horn, WR, New Orleans. Horn reinjured his hurting hamstring. This is going to be a season-long problem.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Week 6 tips

Must starts:
Drew Bledsoe, Dallas. The Giants are scoring so many points because they need to with their banged up secondary. Bledsoe and company take advantage.
Kerry Collins, Oakland. Collins and company will light it up against San Diego's soft secondary.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle. No receivers? No problem against Houston's defense.
Mark Brunell, Washington. Brunell has played reasonably well. Kansas City still has defensive problems.

Bench them:
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers. Won't play this week with a balky knee.
Jake Delhomme, Carolina. Detroit's defense is surprisingly tough. If the Lions only had a quarterback.
Aaron Brooks, New Orleans. If he couldn't get it done against Green Bay, you can forget about it against Atlanta. This team needs a new QB.
Brian Griese, Tampa Bay. Griese will struggle against the Dolphins.

Running backs:
Must starts:
Clinton Portis, Washington. Could find some holes against Kansas City.
Domanick Davis, Houston. Seattle can be run on.
Willis McGahee, Buffalo. Adding Kelly Holcomb to the starting lineup gives him life.
Corey Dillon, New England. Hasn't done much this season, but they'll lean on him to quiet the Mile High crowd.

Bench them:
Mewelde Moore, Minnesota. Chicago's only hope is its defense.
Tatum Bell, Denver. Don't take the bait. Shanahan will probably go with Mike Anderson this week.
Fred Taylor, Jacksonville. Might not play against Pittsburgh. Even if he does, yards should be tough to come by.
Ricky Williams, Miami. Don't get carried away by the hype. Miami drafted Ronnie Brown for a reason.

Wide Receiver:
Must Starts:
Terry Glenn, Dallas. She's showing Bill Parcells she can still play when healthy.
Joe Jurevicious, Seattle. Still the top target in Seattle.
Drew Bennett, Tennessee. Titans will have to score a lot to keep up. Bennett should be a factor.
Reggie Wayne, St. Louis. This game should be a track meet.

Bench them:
Joe Horn, New Orleans. Just not completely healthy and Atlanta's pass defense is strong.
Laveraneus Coles, Jets. Still not sold on Testaverde, especially against the Buffalo defense.
Travis Taylor, Minnesota. He's played well this season, but Chicago's defense is tough.

Tight Ends:
Must Starts:
Jeremy Stevens, Seattle. Should build off his big week last week.
Ben Troupe, Tennessee. Is emerging as a top-flight tight end.
Erron Kinney, Tennessee. Nobody throws to the tight ends more than Steve McNair. It's not pretty, but it does move the ball.
Randy McMichael, Miami. Has scored in every game this season.

Bench them:
Marcus Pollard, Detroit. He's still a big-name TE in fantasy circles, but not with Joey Harrington throwing him the ball.
Jeb Putzier, Denver. They gave him a lot of money in the offseason and aren't using him, Puzzling.
Chris Baker, Jets. Losing playing time.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Thursday news and notes

Braylon Edwards. WR, Cleveland. Edwards was released from a Cleveland hospital Wednesday after being there for a week to battle a staph infection. He's out at least four weeks.

Darrell Jackson, WR, Seattle. Jackson could be out longer than the six weeks the team initially expected with his torn meniscus in his knee. During surgery to repair the damage, doctors found the condition was worse than showed up on the MRI. Joe Jurevicious takes his place in the lineup.

Kelly Holcomb, QB, Buffalo. Though there has been no official announcement, it appears Holcomb will make his second start for the Bills this week.

Rudi Johnson, RB, Cincinnati. Johnson returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. Still, Chris Perry appears to be getting more carries, lowing Johnson's value.

Fred Taylor, RB, Jacksonville. Taylor missed practice Thursday with an ankle injury and was downgraded from probable to questionable.

Ricky Williams, RB, Miami. Williams returned to practice this week after his four-week suspension. He'll back up Ronnie Brown and likely get about 10 carries.

Joe Horn, WR, New Orleans. Horn took reps for the second consecutive day and looks like he'll play this week after missing two games.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Roethlisberger jogged and threw a few passes Thursday, but appears unlikely to play Sunday against Jacksonville. It looks like Tommy Maddox will get the start. Maddox was upgraded to probable with a calf injury.

Hines Ward, WR, Steelers. Ward didn't practice again Thursday, but will still likely play.

Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay. Williams completed a full practice Thursday.

Nate Burleson, WR, Minnesota. Burleson was ruled out of Sunday's game with his sprained knee and sore shoulder.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Mid-week news

Michael Vick, QB, Atlanta. Vick practiced more Wednesday than he did at any point last week, when he was on the bench with a knee injury. He remains questionable.

Carolina running backs. Stephen Davis (knee), DeShaun Foster (knee) and Brad Hoover (shoulder) are questionable to play this week. All sat out practice Wednesday. Pick up Nick Goings.

Thomas Jones, RB, Chicago. It's looking more likely the Cedric Benson will make his first career start as Jones battles a knee injury.

Rudi Johnson, RB, Cincinnati. Johnson didn't practice Wednesday because of a sore knee but is expected to play Sunday against Tennessee.

Braylon Edwards, WR, Lee Suggs, RB, Cleveland. Both are out this week.

Julius Jones, RB, Dallas. Jones was limited Wednesday with an ankle injury but has vowed to play.

Roy Williams, WR, Detroit. Williams (quad) didn't practice Wednesday.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston. Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday because of a knee injury.

Joe Horn, WR, New Orleans. Horn was able to practice Wednesday. Keep and eye on his sore hamstring before you put him back in the lineup.

Hines Ward, WR, Steelers. Ward (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Antwaan Randle El, WR, Steelers. Randle El (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Roethlisberger (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It appears Charlie Batch will replace him Sunday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Weekend wrapup

Sorry for not having anything on Monday, but I was tied up in San Diego.
Here's what happened over a very busy weekend.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Roethlisberger was injured while leading the Steelers to a comeback win over San Diego, but won't be out for the season. The best guess is that Roethlisberger, who has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and bone bruise, will sit out this weekend and return in two weeks at Cincinnati. Tommy Maddox will likely start in Roethlisberger's place.

Lee Suggs, RB, Cleveland. Suggs lasted all of one week in his return. He broke his thumb Sunday and will be out about a month.

Julius Jones, RB, Dallas. Jones is questionable to play this week because of an ankle injury. Tyson Thompson would take his place.

Deuce McAllister, RB, New Orleans. McAllister is out for the season with a torn ACL. Antowain Smith will get the bulk of the carries in his place. The Saints have also traded for Miami's Jesse Chatman.

Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay. After sitting out last week at New York, Williams is probable to play this week.

Michael Vick, QB, Atlanta. After sitting out last week with his sore knee, Vick is optimistic about playing this week at Arizona.

Thomas Jones, RB, Chicago. Jones will sit this week with a knee injury. Cedric Benson will finally get a shot to prove he can be a full-time NFL running back.

Bubba Franks, TE, Green Bay. It looks like Franks will be out at least two more weeks with an MCL sprain.

Najeh Davenport, RB, Green Bay. Davenport was placed on the DL with a broken ankle. With Ahman Green also hurting, Reshard Lee could see more carries.

Braylon Edwards, WR, Cleveland. Edwards sat out this weekend when a serious infection in his arm required surgery. He could miss eight weeks because of the staph infection.

Roy Williams, WR, Detroit. Williams left Sunday's game with a strained quadriceps but is expected to play Sunday.

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston. Johnson suffered a pulled calf muscle. It has not yet been determined how much, if any, time he'll miss.

Nate Burleson, WR, Minnesota. Bureleson is expected to miss his third straight game with a knee injury. He also banged up his shoulder somehow, which is what head coach Mike Tice said is holding him back.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Week 5 Tips

Must starts:
Brett Favre, QB, Green Bay – Favre is proving that the only way the Packers can keep things close is for him to put the ball in the air 40 times per game. He'll throw some interceptions doing that, but he'll also put up some good numbers as well.
Aaron Brooks, QB, New Orleans - Facing his former team, the Packers, in Green Bay for the first time in his career. Brooks should put up good numbers.
David Carr, QB, Houston - Tennessee's secondary just isn't very good.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - San Diego's tough against the run, but awful against the pass.

Bench them:
Trent Dilfer, QB, Cleveland - Chicago's defense will keep the Bears in a boring game against Cleveland.
Jake Plummer, QB. Denver - Hasn't thrown for big numbers this season and Washington's tough defense comes to town.
JP Losman, QB, Buffalo - Won't start this week. Has been replaced by Kelly Holcomb.
Tim Rattay, QB, San Francisco - Won't start this week. Has been replaced by Alex Smith.

Running backs:
Must starts:
Domanick Davis, RB, Houston - Davis has struggled this season, but the Titans are a fine elixer.
Warrick Dunn, RB, Atlanta – New England's defense is vulnerable.
Thomas Jones, RB, Chicago - Cleveland's defense will give up some yards on the ground.

Bench them:
Ahman Green, Green Bay. Won't play this week. Najeh Davenport will start in his place.
Cadillac Williams, RB, Tampa Bay - Fantasy owners heard their least favorite words in regards to Cadillac, "game time decision." The Jets are tough and he could lose time to Michael Pittman.
Kevin Jones, RB, Detroit - Baltimore comes to town.
Rudi Johson, RB, Cincinnati - Bengals are down two centers and that's where the strength of Jacksonville's defense is, up the middle.

Wide Receiver:
Must Starts:
Donald Driver, WR, Green Bay - Favre's favorite target.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona - Is fast becoming a star.
Joe Jurevicious, WR, Seattle - Will start along with D.J. Hackett for the Seahawks this week with both Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson out.

Bench them:
Laveraneus Coles, Jets – It's too much to expect Vinny Testaverde to come in and play well.
Antonio Bryant, Cleveland - The Browns will have trouble moving the ball.
Ashley Lelie, Denver – Hasn't been that big of a factor, once again.

Tight Ends:
Must Starts:
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas – Could finally have a good game this week.
Jerame Stevens, TE, Seattle – With both starting wideouts out, they may lean more on Stevens.
Todd Heap, Baltimore – His star is falling fast, but they've vowed to get him back into the passing game.

Bench them:
Bubba Franks, TE, Green Bay – Still banged up.
Steve Heiden, TE, Cleveland - Mr. Heiden, meet Mr. Urlacher.
Daniel Graham, TE, New England – He's become the invisible man.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Thursday news and notes

Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh. Ward did not practice after tweaking his injured hamstring Wednesday. Ward has promised he'll play Monday night at San Diego and has two more practices at which he can test his injury.

Ahman Green, RB, Green Bay. It appears Green will be OK to play this week after practicing Thursday. How effective he will be on a banged up knee remains to be seen.

Bobby Engram, Darrell Jackson, WRs, Seattle. It looks like Engram will be out this week with two cracked ribs. Jackson, meanwhile, is also doubtful and likely will sit as well.

Cadillac Williams, RB, Tampa Bay. Williams told reporters Wednesday it may be best if he sits out this week to rest his injured hamstring. It will be up to the trainers. Michael Pittman would start in his place.

Kelly Holcomb, QB, Buffalo. Holcomb will replace ineffective J.P. Losman this week against Miami. That's good news for anybody who still owns Eric Moulds or Lee Evans, who have been suffering with Losman's stuggles.

Stephen Davis, RB, Carolina. After sitting out practice Wednesday, Davis was back Thursday.

Rudi Johnson, RB, Cincinnati. Johnson was back at practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with a knee injury.

Terrence Murphy, WR, Green Bay. Murphy was placed on IR. Bump Antonio Chatman up on your pick-up list.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Mid-week news

Cadillac Williams, RB, Tampa Bay, did not practice Wednesday and remains questionable to play Sunday with a hamstring injury. Williams could be a gametime decision, the worst kind for fantasy owners.

Lee Suggs, RB, Cleveland. Suggs is no longer listed on the team's injury report. Wait a week before getting him in the lineup to see what his role will be.

Michael Vick, QB, Atlanta. Vick practiced Wednesday despite a hamstring injury and should be a safe play Sunday against New England.

Curtis Martin, RB, Jets. Martin rested his sore knee Wednesday, but should play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Vinny Testaverde, QB, Jets. Testaverde will replace Brooks Bollinger as the team's starting quarterback.

Joe Horn, WR, New Orleans. Horn got a little work in Wednesday and is closer to playing after sitting out last week with a sore hamstring.

Ahman Green, RB, Green Bay. It doesn't look for for Green, who has knee and quadriceps injuries. Warm up Najeh Davenport.

Bobby Engram, Darrell Jackson, WR, Seattle. Both of the Seahawks starting receivers are seriously in doubt to play this week with rib and knee injuries. Peter Warrick and Joe Jurevicious will start in their places if they are unable to go.

Issac Bruce, WR. St. Louis. Bruce looks to be out two more weeks with his turf toe.

Arnaz Battle, WR, San Francisco. Battle is very questionable to play again this week because of a knee injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday.

Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco. Smith will start in place of Tim Rattay this week and possibly beyond.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Week 5 Tuesday news

Randy Moss, WR, Oakland - Moss is still awaiting word if he will be forced to go back into the league's drug program after acknowledging this summer that he occasionally smokes marijuana. Moss was in the league's drug program four years ago after a positive test, but rotated out after regularly testing clean over a two-year period. If Moss is put back into the program, a slipup could cost him a suspension.

Daunte Culpepper, QB, Minnesota – Culpepper admitted to reporters Monday that he has been playing with a sprained knee and bursitis in his right knee. That doesn't explain his erratic performance this season, but could help explain why he hasn't scrambled as much as in the past.

David Akers, PK, Philadelphia - Akers' hamstring injury may be more significant than thought. Keep him on the bench. Todd France will continue to be the Eagles' kicker, but is not worth starting at this point.

Darrell Jackson, WR, Seattle - Jackson has a sore right knee and will be questionable to play Sunday against the Rams.

Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle - Engram has cracked ribs and is questionable to play Sunday against the Rams.

Priest Holmes, RB, Kansas City - The Chiefs as evaluating whether they want to continue rotating Holmes with Larry Johnson as it has done in its first four games. Holmes has played two of every three series, with Johnson getting the third. Holmes has rushed for 305 yards and Johnson 198.

Nate Burleson, WR, Minnesota - After missing two games with a sprained knee, Bureleson should return when the Vikings come off their bye week Oct. 16 at Chicago.

Hines Ward, WR, Steelers – Ward is questionable to play Monday at San Diego, but has vowed to play.

Mark Bradley, WR, Chicago - The rookie has gotten more playing time than Justin Gage, but has produced just four catches for 57 yards. Keep an eye on him, though if the Bears ever figure out how to throw the ball.

Charles Rogers, WR, Detroit - Rogers has been suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bump rookie Mike Williams and Kevin Johnson up a little, not much, on your play list.

Ahman Green, RB, Green Bay - Green left Monday night's loss to Carolina in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Najeh Davenport took his place. Keep an eye on this situation.

Terrence Murphy, WR, Green Bay - Just when it looked like Murphy was becoming a vital part of the Packers passing game, he suffered a neck injury at Carolina.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Week 4 follow-up

Michael Vick, QB, Atlanta - An MRI Monday revealed no structural damage to Vick's sprained right knee. Vick is expected to start next week against New England.

Roland Williams, TE, St. Louis - Williams dislocated his right knee Sunday and will likely miss the rest of the season.

J.P. Losman, QB, Buffalo - Despite his struggles, Losman will likely remain the team's starter this week. It wouldn't hurt to pick up backup Kelly Holcomb, though.

Carnell Williams, RB, Tampa Bay - It doesn't appear his hamstring problem is serious – Williams wanted to return to play against the Lions in the third quarter but was overrruled by the team's medical staff – but you'd better have backup Michael Pittman ready to go.

Quentin Griffin, RB, Denver - From penthouse to outhouse, the Broncos starting running back last season was released Monday so that the team could sign safety Curome Cox.

Michael Bennett, RB, Minnesota - The trade of Bennett to the Cardinals is looking more and more likely. The Vikings reportedly only want a sixth-round pick in return for their former starter. Hold on to him for now, evern though he's lost his job permanently to Mewelde Moore.

Bobby Engram, WR, Seattle - Engram played three quarters with cracked ribs Sunday. Engram finished the game with nine catches for 106 yards, but you can expect him to be questionable until the ribs are healed.

Issac Bruce, WR, St. Louis. Bruce was out this week with turf toe and is expected to miss at least one more game with the painful injury. Kevin Curtis started in his place.