News and Notes 9-06-12


Nothing new to report

Running Backs

*-Minnesota says that want to decide on whether Adrian Peterson will play this week before Sunday. Peterson's been limited in practices and even if active, he's not expected to get more than 5-10 carries. Toby Gerhart should get the majority of the workload regardless of whether Peterson plays or not.

*-Arian Foster left practice today after experiencing some soreness in his knee. It's currently not believed to be of any real concern and he is still fully expected to be fine for week 1. However, to be safe, be sure to check out my Saturday team by team news and notes I post in my blog every Saturday from now until the end of the season just to be sure. If it turns out to be something more than we are currently being led to believe, it could mean an increased role for Ben Tate. But for now, I have Foster in my starting lineups and am not too concerned.

*-Despite making good progress in his recovery from a preseason broken collarbone injury, Ryan Mathews has not been cleared for contact drills yet. It's sounding very doubtful that he will play week 1, but he could be back in week 2. The original prognosis was that he'd miss the first two weeks of the season. It's assumed that Ronnie Brown will start week 1 with Leron McClain, Curtis Brinkley, and Jackie Battle all getting sprinkled in.

*-Cleveland's Trent Richardson continues to be able to practice and has had no setbacks in his recovery from a preseason knee scope. It looks like he will start this week against Philadelphia. However, I would prefer to see how much of the load he can handle, and how effective he is before trusting him in a starting fantasy lineup.

*-Marshawn Lynch is now being considered Questionable for week 1 and a game time decision against Arizona this week. Lynch was able to practice in limited fashion today but had been missing practices because of back spasms the last couple of weeks. It's now to the point where I'd wonder if he'd get his regular amount of carries even if active. I think we could see a lot of rookie Robert Turbin this week. If Turbin's available in your league, he should be owned as there's no telling when Lynch will return. It could be he surprises us and is fine in week 1. It could be a situation that plagues him several weeks.  

*-Updating the Pittsburgh Steelers saga at RB, despite Rashard Mendenhall being listed as a full participant in practice again today, Mendenhall is not in the mix to be active for Sunday night's game against Denver. Latest word has him being inactive for this week. Isaac Redman has practiced in full each of the last two days despite his minor ankle injury and is expected to start, but split carries with Jonathan Dwyer.

*-Jonathan Stewart continues to miss practices this week because of the sprained ankle he suffered in preseason. Like I've said before, Stewart is a guy who even if active, probably won't get even his usual amount of carries in the time share he has with DeAngelo Williams. Stewart is a poor fantasy play this week unless he makes a miraculous recovery in tomorrow's practice. Williams could be a solid fantasy play this week if Stewart sits out week 1 against Tampa Bay.

*-Shane Vereen missed practice again today because of his foot injury. While not ruled out for week 1 yet, you shouldn't be counting on him. Danny Woodhead should pick up some extra scraps behind Ridley if Vereen does sit out week 1.

*-Giants rookie David Wilson quickly fell into the doghouse last night after a 1st quarter fumble. But don't give up on him yet. He's very talented and just needs to earn the trust of Tom Coughlin again and that comes with time and good practice reps.

*-Felix Jones suffered a rib injury last night, but it's believed to be minor and he should be okay. But he's not seeing the field on offense right now and isn't even a sure bet to be the right handcuff to DeMarco Murray.

Wide Receivers

*-After a breakout performance last night, Kevin Ogletree will be a hot pickup in many fantasy leagues. You might be considering him as a free agent for your own roster. But remember that Ogletree has caught a total of 25 passes for 294 yards and zero TD's the last 3 seasons combined. Could he develop into this year's version of Laurent Robinson for Dallas? Yes. But it is also very likely that he doesn't repeat last night's stat line the rest of the season. Don't drop a good player to acquire Ogletree, but if you do get him, be open to trade offers for him immediately while his perceived value is at a higher point now than it probably will be in a few weeks. When a career underachiever starts a season with an unexpected big game, it's usually the exception and not a sign of what you can realistically expect on a regular basis.

*-Don't worry about Victor Cruz's dropped passes last night. It was unfortunate and after the amazing season he had in 2011, there's no reason to think he will continue to have problems.

*-Buffalo's Steve Johnson sat out practice again today because of his nagging groin injury. While Johnson is fully expected to start week 1 against the Jets, if he can't at least practice some tomorrow, I expect he'll be officially listed as Questionable when the Friday night injury report comes out. Like with Arian Foster, be sure to check out my Saturday team by team news and notes I post in my blog just to be sure.

*-Marques Colston returned to a limited practice today after missing yesterday with a minor foot injury. He's fully expected to be fine to start as you normally would in week 1.

*-Jacksonville's Justin Blackmon took part in a full practice today after suffering a minor ankle injury yesterday. It was originally reported to be a hamstring issue, but it's now confirmed to be an ankle issue. Either way, a full practice today means Blackmon should be fine to start week 1. But I'd rather have the rookie prove he's worth starting before considering him for a fantasy lineup.

*-Austin Collie is heading in the wrong direction. While it appeared earlier in the week Collie was going to ready for week 1, he was limited in practice today and his status for week 1 is in question because of the preseason concussion he suffered. I'd be loathe to recommend Collie as a fantasy play until he gets thru a game without any issues.

*-Denarius Moore practiced today for the first time in weeks. Moore has been slowed by a preseason hamstring injury and while he is still considered Questionable and a game time decision for Monday night's game against San Diego, if he does play and get thru it okay, he may be set up to be a consideration in week 2. For week 1, I wouldn't chance it. Other than Darrius Heyward-Bey, I'd stay clear of Oakland WR's this week.

Tight Ends

*-Jason Witten escaped last night's game without aggravating his spleen injury. Witten has 10 days before the Cowboys next game and should be more involved in the offense by then after not being targeted much last night.

*-Dustin Keller was able to practice some today. This is a good sign after he hasn't been practicing because of a hamstring injury and he should be okay for this week as long as there are no setbacks by Saturday.

*-Jermaine Gresham returned to practice today and despite a minor knee sprain suffered in preseason he is fully expected to play Monday night. Tough matchup against the Ravens though so you may want to consider another TE option.

*-While earlier in the week it sounded like there was reason for concern about both Ravens TE's Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta being available for Monday night, neither one is on the Ravens injury report and it's now expected that both will be fine for week 1. Dickson is coming off a preseason shoulder injury and Pitta has been out since having hand surgery back in training camp. Neither is considered a particularly strong play this week though.