News and Notes 9-19-12


*-Drew Brees has a minor ankle injury but practiced in full today and will be fine for week 3. He's got a tasty matchup this week at home against a Chiefs secondary that has allowed 5 TD passes in the first two weeks.

*-Mark Sanchez practiced in full today despite having a minor back injury. He should be fine to start week 3 for the Jets, but you should keep him benched.

*-John Skelton didn't practice today and I have no belief he will be active week 3. Kevin Kolb will start for Arizona this week against Philadelphia. Not a recommended fantasy play though.

Running Backs

*-Ahmad Bradshaw was ruled OUT for Thursday night's game vs. Carolina. The Giants have yet to say what exactly is the injury in his neck, so we don't know if this is just a one week thing, or could last a couple of games. Andre Brown is expected to start and be the primary RB with rookie David Wilson also getting some action as well. The amount of action Wilson gets will depend entirely on whether starts off hot or cold.

*-Jonathan Stewart is Questionable and considered a game time decision for tomorrow night. Stewart has both an ankle injury and a toe injury and was unable to practice at all on this short week. Even if active, I'd have to expect Stewart would be limited and therefore I would recommend keeping him the bench if you have other options.

*-Ryan Mathews practiced today and appears to be on track to play week 3 after missing the first two games recovering from his preseason broken collarbone injury. Barring any setbacks before Sunday, Mathews should be able to be started this week in fantasy leagues.

*-Steven Jackson was held out of practice today because of the groin strain he suffered week 2. This was expected, but it's not known if he's expected to return to practice tomorrow or Friday. He's likely heading to a designation of Questionable for week 3, and could be considered a game time decision. Those with Jackson are strongly encouraged to acquire Daryl Richardson as insurance in case Jackson doesn't play.

*-While there's been some suggestion that Matt Forte's ankle injury isn't as bad as originally believed, he's still a long shot to play week 3 or 4. Forte didn't practice today and it would be a major surprise if he did by week's end. Michael Bush is expected to start week 3 in his place.

*-Rashard Mendenhall continues to practice in full this week, but he is still not expected to play until week 5. Jonathan Dwyer was held out of practice today because of his toe injury but he is expected to be okay for week 3 and probably will split time with Isaac Redman again this week.

*-Jamaal Charles practiced in full today despite having come out of last week's game with soreness in his surgically repaired knee. Barring any setbacks, he should be okay to consider for week 3, but he's no longer a slam dunk as a fantasy RB2.

*-Miami expects to have Daniel Thomas back for week 3. Thomas missed week 2 with a concussion but he's been cleared to practice and should be able to resume his role as Reggie Bush's backup. But after a good showing by rookie Lamar Miller week 2 in that role, Thomas needs to prove he can be the power RB to complement Bush to get meaningful carries.

*-While Javon Ringer returned to practice today for Tennessee, it's unknown if he's going to be active week 3 or not after missing the last few weeks with an elbow infection. But it's a good sign for him being able to return soon and if Chris Johnson continues to struggle, Ringer could end up getting more carries in future weeks. He's a guy to keep an eye on.

Wide Receivers

*-Hakeem Nicks has been ruled OUT for tomorrow night's game vs. Carolina. Earlier today, the Giants listed Nicks as Questionable and intimated that he was expected to be able to play despite aggravating his foot injury week 2, but they changed their minds. At least they didn't wait until game time to do so. With Domenik Hixon also ruled OUT with a concussion, Ramses Barden and Reuben Randle will likely split up time starting opposite Victor Cruz, and Jerrel Jernigan could end up seeing snaps as the slot WR. Of the three choices, if you're desperate for a Nicks replacement, I think Barden offers the most fantasy appeal.

*-Carolina's Steve Smith is Probable for tomorrow night and will start without issue despite some lingering soreness in his knee. Get him in your lineups as the Giants secondary has been pretty bad the first 2 weeks.

*-Calvin Johnson was given today off in practice. I told you last week that this is likely going to be the norm for him as he often took Wednesdays off last year. Officially, the Lions say he has an ankle injury, but unless he misses practice tomorrow and Friday I won't be concerned. Just to be safe, be sure to check out my Saturday Team by Team news and Notes that I post in my blog.

*-Jeremy Maclin missed practice today as he struggles to recover from the hip injury he aggravated week 2. Right now, I'm not too hopeful he'll be able to play week 3.

*-Pierre Garcon put in a limited practice today and tentatively appears to ready to get back into Washington's starting lineup this week barring any setbacks later this week. Garcon missed week 2 with a foot injury.

*-Here's your weekly Austin Collie update: he practiced today, and it currently looks like he stands a chance of playing week 3. However, he practiced last Wednesday as well and then was listed as Doubtful for week 2. Donnie Avery has played well in his absence and would start again this week if Collie can't go. I've said it before and I'll say it again: keep Collie on your fantasy benches until he gets thru an entire game without any concussion symptoms issues.

*-Greg Little was able to practice today despite showing up on the injury report with a back issue. Currently, it's believed to be minor and Little should be just fine for week 3.

*-Dexter McCluster was limited in practice today because of a shoulder ailment. It's not currently believed to be serious enough to jeopardize his ability to play this week but since he is going to be an up and down performer as the Chiefs #4 WR, he's off starting fantasy radar except for the really desperate.

*-Devery Henderson is expected back for New Orleans week 3 after missing week 2 with a concussion. However, Henderson is a poor fantasy consideration.

*-Eddie Royal was able to practice today despite a shoulder injury and currently he is expected to be okay for week 3. But he's a poorer fantasy consideration than Henderson.

*-Amongst WR's who either did not practice for one reason or another, or were limited, but are currently fully expected to play this week without issue, the list includes Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders, Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson (hamstring), New Orleans' Marques Colston (foot), New England's Brandon Lloyd (thigh), and Oakland's Denarius Moore (hamstring).

Tight Ends

*-Antonio Gates practiced today. This is a good sign and if he can avoid any setbacks between now and pre-game warm-ups Sunday he is tentatively expected to be able to play week 3. Gates was a game time inactive week 2 with a ribs injury.

*-Fred Davis may not have suffered a concussion after all. He apparently has passed a concussion test after suffering a helmet t helmet hit week 2 and should be able to play without issue week 3. Davis owners should hope having his bell rung means he'll wake up and start producing on the field. Thru 2 games he's been a complete dud.

*-Heath Miller was held out of practice today because of his sore ribs. However, unless he practices by Friday, I'd prefer to keep Miller benched this week as he rarely is more than a decent fantasy TE2.

*-Dustin Keller missed practice today because of his lingering hamstring injury. Keller says he's going to play week 3, but I wouldn't recommend starting him until I see him get thru a complete game.