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Topic: NFC Team by Team Fantasy Football News and Notes Heading into Week 5
Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/10/09 06:30

Dallas: WR Roy Williams has torn rib cartilage and is Doubtful on the injury report. Miles Austin will start in his place and makes a nice fantasy football sleeper against a bad Chiefs pass defense. Felix Jones is Doubtful as well and will not play week 5 because of his knee injury. Marion Barber is Probable and is expected to start and be fine for week 5.

New York Giants: Eli Manning is Questionable with a foot injury (plantar fasciitis). He practiced Friday though and considering how heís exhibited toughness with injuries in the past itís a good bet he starts this week. He probably wonít throw much though with a matchup against Oakland and I expect the Giants to run the ball a lot. RB Ahmad Bradshaw didnít practice much this week because of a lingering ankle injury but he is Probable and will be fine for week 5. TE Kevin Boss is Doutbful with an ankle injury. WR Domenik Hixon is Probable and will play this week but heís fallen behind Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks. Nicks may actually start pushing Manningham for the starting job if Manningham doesnít get over the case of the drops heís had the last 2 weeks.

Philadelphia: The bye week allowed Donovan McNabb, DeSean Jackson, and Brian Westbrook the time to heal up and be ready to start week 5. Westbrook will split carries with LeSean McCoy though and that could actually be good for Westbrookís value as maybe he wonít be asked to run between the tackles nearly as often. WR Kevin Curtis isnít fully over his knee injury though and is Questionable. While expected to play, he may be limited. Expect him to split time opposite Jackson with Jeremy Maclin.†

Washington: All the concern about Clinton Portis proved to be unwarranted as Portis got 25 carries last week and had his best game of the season. Portis isnít even on this weekís injury report despite bone spurs in both ankles. WR Malcolm Kelly has a thumb injury but he too isnít on the injury report.

Chicago: The bye week is expected to allow WRís Devin Hester and Johnny Knox the time to heal up from their respective injuries. Bears backup RB Adrian Peterson has a knee injury and will miss a few weeks. Garret Wolfe steps in as the top backup to Matt Forte until Peterson returns.†

Detroit: Matt Staffordís knee injury was a subluxation, meaning it was dislocated but popped back into place on its own. It wonít require surgery but Stafford is Questionable on the injury report and it is unlikely he plays week 5. Daunte Culpepper should start this week. Kevin Smith showed a lot of toughness playing thru a shoulder injury week 4 and came out no worse for wear. He is Probable and will start week 5, albeit against a tough Steelers run D. Calvin Johnson is Probable with a minor thigh injury but heís in no danger of not playing week 5.

Green Bay: Hopefully the bye this week will allow the Packers to focus on getting their offensive line issues fixed. Aaron Rodgers is getting killed and the holes havenít been there for Ryan Grant to run thru. Those concerned about Greg Jennings low totals can attribute that to the fact Rodgers just isnít getting time to allow Jennings to complete the deeper routes he usually runs. I havenít given up on Jennings at all and consider him a strong buy low candidate right now.

Minnesota: Brett Favre was limited in practice all week because of foot, ankle, and knee issues. But they are minor and he is fine to start in a juicy matchup against the Rams this week. Favre finally got Bernard Berrian on track week 4 and look for that to continue going forward. While Sidney Rice has some nice upside too, I donít expect his numbers to stay consistent week to week going forward. That said, you could certainly do worse for a bye week or injury filler than Rice or Percy Harvin against the Rams.

Atlanta: The Falcons return from their bye week at full strength. The team spent time looking at film of their rushing plays to figure out why Michael Turner hasnít been as effective as he was last season. Hopefully for fantasy owners of Turner theyíve figured out what theyíve been doing wrong. Unfortunately, itís a tough matchup this week against a solid 49ers run D.

Carolina: RB Jonathan Stewart is Questionable on the injury report because of a lingering Achilles issue. But he practiced in full Friday and is in no danger of not playing and getting his customary 8-12 touches. 3rd string RB Mike Goodson has a concussion and is OUT for this week.†

New Orleans: The Saints are on bye. Itís expected when they return that Pierre Thomas will shed the knee brace heís been wearing since returning from his knee injury. Itís also expected that Mike Bell will be able to return from his own knee injury, but heís not expected to cut too much into a healthy Thomasís playing time. Weíll have to wait until next week to see whatís going on at kicker as the team has said they might keep both John Carney and recently returned from suspension Garrett Hartley.

Tampa Bay: Derrick Ward has been practicing in full this week despite a knee injury and is Probable for week 5. But the team has said they want to make Cadillac Williams their feature RB now and unless thatís a smokescreen, it appears Wardís value is at its lowest right now. Considering Williams has never been able to stay healthy Ward makes an excellent buy low candidate right now. Earnest Graham is Questionable with a hamstring injury and he has no value right now. Josh Johnson will start again at QB week 5, but he needs a better game if he is to continue to be the starter. WR Antonio Bryant is Questionable with his lingering knee issues but is fully expected to play this week. The team released inaccurate Kicker Mike Nugent and signed Shane Andrus to be their kicker going forward.

Arizona: The bye has allowed the Cardinals to be at nearly full health. QB Kurt Warner has fully participated in practices and is Probable. WR Anquan Boldin isnít listed on injury report at all. Steve Breaston continues to be limited in practices and officially is listed as Questionable, but is fully expected to be fine to play week 5. The Cardinals have intimated that this is the week they plan on getting Beanie Wells a lot of work. Considering the matchup against the Texans woeful run defense and both Wells and Tim Hightower could be sneaky flex plays.

St. Louis: Marc Bulger is Questionable and while heís practiced in limited fashion all week itís expected that Kyle Boller will start again week 5. Starting WRís Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton are both Questionable with hamstring injuries. Avery should play, but Burton may not. Considering the matchup against Minnesota wasnít good to begin with, just do yourself a favor and keep any Ram not named Steven Jackson on the bench.

San Francisco: Frank Gore has been ruled out for week 5 meaning Glen Coffee will start again. The 49ers have the bye next week and Gore is expected back then. 1st round pick Michael Crabtree finally ended his ridiculous holdout and signed a contract. Crabtree wonít play this week though and depending on how quickly he assimilates the offense the next 2 weeks will determine how much playing time heíll get in week 7. Crabtreeís certainly worth a flier but the expectations many fantasy owners are placing on him are just unrealistic. No matter what, the 49ers are an offense predicated on running the football.

Seattle: Matt Hasselbeck practiced in full Friday and is Probable on the injury report. Hasselbeck is still dealing with pain from his cracked rib injury but he will start week 5. If he can upright, he does have a great matchup this week. Deion Branch has been outplaying rookie Deon Butler since returning from his injury and seems to have secured himself as the teams #3 WR behind starters T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Nate Burleson.

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 Niner Flower Power_6
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Post Date: 10/10/09 15:20
Solid stuff Russ and thanks for keeping us in the know right before the opening games!
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The Crusher_82584
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Post Date: 10/12/09 08:07
Hey Russ, I'm getting killed week to week by poor performance from Brandon Jacobs and I'm growing impatient with Bernard Berrien.† How long do I hold out for these guys to turn it around?† Also, I'm carrying 3 QBs, I have Brady as a keeper, but I also drafted Orton and grabbed Sanchez with my 16th pick.† I hate carrying three, but I can't†decide who to drop.† Sanchez looked good in Week 3 when I started him over Brady and Orton outperformed Brady this week.† Find someone who needs a better QB and trade Orton for an RB?††
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