News and Notes 12-06-11


*-Barring any setbacks in his broken ribs injury, Michael Vick remains on track to start week 14. Vince Young goes back to the bench.

*-Colt McCoy suffered a minor knee injury week 13 but he's practicing and will start Thursday night for Cleveland.

*-Andy Dalton suffered a minor hip injury but he's fine and will start week 14 without issue for the Bengals.

*-No idea who will start for the Rams though. Sam Bradford didn't play week 13 with an aggravation to the ankle injury he suffered several weeks ago and it's still considered very sore. A.J. Feeley fractured a bone in his throwing hand and his status is very uncertain. The only other QB currently on the roster is Tom Brandstater. If the Rams sign a QB this week, it will be a clear indication they expect Brandstater to start.

*-It's unclear if the Chiefs will start Tyler Palko or Kyle Orton this week. Orton came in last week for Palko after Palko was looking like his normal awful self and proceeded to dislocate a finger on his throwing hand on his first pass attempt. Orton then came out of the game and Palko finished it, leading the Chiefs to a surprise win over the Bears 10-3. We should know more later in the week.

*-Houston signed Jeff Garcia to provide a second veteran backup to rookie T.J. Yates. Garcia and Jake Delhomme are both there as insurance in case the rookie falters. The Texans waived Kellen Clemens.

Running Backs

*-Matt Forte suffered a knee sprain and he will miss at least 2 weeks, and likely the rest of the regular season. Marion Barber takes over as the Bears top RB with Kahlil Bell moving into the role as a change of pace and possible 3rd down RB. Barber is the preferred RB to own but he does have a history of injuries when he's been relied on too heavily in recent years so Bell could be a sneaky fantasy football sleeper if anything were to happen to him.

*-James Starks aggravated his ankle injury week 13 and his status for week 14 is very uncertain. The Packers would be smart to rest Starks and get him as healthy as he can be for the upcoming NFL playoffs, but whether they go that route or not is unknown. If they do, Ryan Grant likely takes over as the primary RB with Brandon Saine serving as change of pace and 3rd down RB. Saine has gotten a lot of fantasy love as everyone thinks Grant is washed up, but it needs to be remembered that Grant has a proven history and in the one game where he got more than 15 carries this year, he rushed for 92 yards. I expect the Packers would give Grant every chance to be the primary if Starks doesn't play. But Saine is a prime fantasy sleeper as well.

*-Kevin Smith aggravated his ankle injury last week as well and his status for week 14 is uncertain. Smith produced nicely before aggravating it but he was clearly bothered by it last week and I think it's likely the Lions will rest him in practices and make him a game time decision. If he can't play Maurice Morris would be the top RB for Detroit.

*-The Vikings are hoping to get Adrian Peterson back this week. It's not a sure thing as high ankle sprains can cost a player more than 2 weeks, but if Peterson can practice later this week, I expect he'll start. We'll know more later in the week.

*-Oakland does not expect to have Darren McFadden back. His foot injury is taking a long time to heal but at least they're being smart with it and not trying to rush him back before it heals. Expect Michael Bush to be the feature RB for the Raiders again this week and also expect he'll do much better than he did against a strong Miami run defense last week.

*-Peyton Hillis is expected to be able to start Thursday night despite suffering a hip injury Sunday. He may be limited some though and that likely would mean we'd see Montario Hardesty some as well. Chris Ogbonnaya seems to have carved out a niche as a 3rd down RB but offers little else. Considering the poor matchup against Pittsburgh Thursday night, I'd say it's best to not count on much from any Browns RB.

*-LaDainian Tomlinson aggravated his knee injury week 13 but it's not believed to be serious and currently he is expected to play his normal backup role to a suddenly emerging Shonn Greene. Joe McKnight also suffered a hyper-extended elbow injury and it's believed he'll be okay. But Greene is the only Jets RB to trust.

*-It appears for the short term you can safely consider Roy Helu. The Redskins committed to him as the feature RB last week and he performed well. He should continue to be the top Redskins RB.

Wide Receivers

*-Andre Johnson suffered an injury to his hamstring and his status for week 14 is uncertain. Luckily it's not to the hamstring he had surgery on earlier this season and the severity of the injury appears to be minor. But it likely will prevent him from playing week 14.

*-Dallas expects to finally have Miles Austin back this week. Barring any surprises, he is expected to practice this week and play week 14. Laurent Robinson suffered a minor shoulder injury and he likely loses some value with Austin expected back.

*-Nate Washington injured an ankle week 13 and while the Titans say they expect him to be able to play week 14, it's not a sure thing. Unless he can put in practices this week I'd expect him to be a game time decision.

*-Philadelphia hopes to have Jeremy Maclin back this week. If he can practice by Friday, I'd say he'll start after missing the last couple of games with a hamstring and shoulder injuries.

*-While there's been nothing official about it I don't expect Mario Manningham to be able to play week 14. Manningham is having issues with a prior knee injury. Even if he is able to surprise me and play, it's clear he has lost any chance to start with Victor Cruz tearing it up.

*-Malcom Floyd made it out last night's game without aggravating his hip injury and he looks good going forward. If he was dropped in any of your leagues he makes a for medium risk/high reward acquisition.

*-Oakland's Chaz Schilens is expected to be okay for week 14 despite having suffered a foot injury week 13. But how much he plays depends entirely on whether the Raiders get Denarius Moore and/or Jacoby Ford back this week. Both players are expected to try practicing this week and if they can make it thru the week without aggravating their respective foot injuries, Schilens would go back to the Raiders bench.

*-Eddie Royal looks to be Questionable at best for week 14 after suffering a concussion last week. Royal was battling foot and ankle injuries before this happened and I expect he'll miss week 14. DeMaryius Thomas likely steps in as the starting WR opposite Eric Decker but it's really hard to trust any of the Broncos WR's.

*-Jacksonville claimed former Patriot Taylor Price off waivers. Given that the Jaguars have the WORST WR corps in the entire league, Price could actually have value if Blaine Gabbert actually will throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field.

*-San Francisco is likely to be without Braylon Edwards again this week because of continued soreness in his knee. Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn will pick up the slack opposite Michael Crabtree.

Tight Ends

*-Fred Davis has been suspended the last 4 games of the 2011 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy. There's been no word about an appeal but it looks like he will not appeal it and that will finish his season. In dynasty leagues he can be held onto, but in re-draft leagues, he can be dropped. Logan Paulsen takes over as the starting TE for the Redskins but he is really more of a blocker than receiver. We'll find out this week if Paulsen can catch.

*-Scott Chandler is sounding very unlikely to play week 14 with an ankle injury suffered Sunday. Buffalo hasn't ruled him out yet though so there's still a chance. But I'd be planning on not having him.

*-Kevin Boss is considered day to day with a hip injury. Currently he is expected to play for Oakland but that would only take away some of the fantasy value of teammate Brandon Myers, who has looked better catching the ball this season than Boss.

*-No word on whether Jacksonville's Marcedes Lewis will be able to play week 14 or not. He suffered an ankle injury last night. Considering the woeful state of the Jaguars passing game I don't consider this to be something that impacts your fantasy rosters much.

*-Packers backup TE Andrew Quarless suffered a season ending knee injury. This won't impact the fantasy world but I thought I'd mention it.


*-Buffalo's Rian Lindell is expected to miss week 14 with his shoulder injury. Dave Rayner will kick again for the Bills.