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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 2
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/15/12 09:15
Dallas: We'll get a chance to see if Kevin Ogletree is the new Laurent Robinson this week. Dez Bryant isn't on the injury report at all; Miles Austin is Probable but practiced in full all week; Jason Witten is the same as Austin. With a full complement of healthy receiving options this week, we'll see if Ogletree gets another 11 targets while Bryant gets 5, Austin 4, and Witten 3 as happened in week 1. My bet is he won't. RB DeMarco Murray is fine despite being Probable with a minor wrist injury.



New York Giants: Despite being listed as Questionable with a foot injury, WR Hakeem Nicks is fully expected to be fine to start week 2. Look for Victor Cruz to bounce back after dropping 3 passes last week. Rookie RB David Wilson is expected to be given a second chance with several carries this week after getting yanked early week 1 after he lost a fumble. But make no mistake; it's Ahmad Bradshaw who is the primary RB.



Philadelphia: Both WR's Jeremy Maclin (hip) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) are listed as Questionable and both are considered game time decisions. However, both are also expected to play. This is a case of coach speak and media disinformation. Jackson should start and be fine; Maclin should start but probably be limited some with his hip flexor injury. Tough matchup this week though against the Ravens and sitting both WR's is not that hard to do if you have other quality options. #4 WR Riley Cooper is OUT with his collarbone injury. Michael Vick was a bad NFL QB last week despite being a fine fantasy point producer. Four int's don't begin to tell the story of how poorly he played. It's easier sitting Vick this week, too after last week's performance and this week's matchup.



Washington: WR Pierre Garcon is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of his bruised foot injury. While I suspect Garcon will be active, I also think he'll be very limited. Expect backup WR Aldrick Robinson to get a lot of playing time this week regardless of whether Garcon suits up or not. RB Alfred Morris was solid in week 1 and will continue to be given first crack at remaining the Redskins top RB again this week. But remember, it's a situation that can change at any time. I like Morris as a RB2 this week. An Impressive debut by RG3 week 1. The Rams were pretty good against Matt Stafford week 1 and we'll see how the rookie does this week.



Chicago: Matt Forte suffered a high ankle sprain Thursday night and he is expected to miss at least 4 weeks. Michael Bush steps in as the starting RB and makes a fine consideration as a RB2 going forward until Forte can return. Jay Cutler looked awful but Brandon Marshall didn't help him out by dropping a 27 yard TD catch. It was this performance by the Bears offense and the Packers defense why you can't judge an entire fantasy season on just one game. The Bears offense looked great week 1, while the Packers defense was abysmal. Totally different story week 2.



Detroit: Calvin Johnson listed as Probable with a foot injury is nothing to be concerned about. Kevin Smith will start again this week at RB but next week things get interesting as Mikel LeShoure comes back from suspension and will be mixed in for carries. Those who like to gamble on the next RB to come out of nowhere to be fantasy relevant can roll the dice with LeShoure now before he becomes a nationally known name next week. WR Titus Young needs to mature mentally if he's going to challenge Nate Burleson for the starting job.



Green Bay: The Packers played Thursday night and we'll revisit them next week and whether Greg Jennings (groin) will be able to play. It was a really disappointing night for both WR's James Jones and Randall Cobb as neither took advantage of the increased opportunities with Jennings out. At least Cedric Benson looked pretty good.



Minnesota: Adrian Peterson is Probable after making it thru week 1 without any issues on his surgically repaired knee. AP is a freak as he's only 10 months removed from having surgery to repair his torn ACL and he didn't look limited at all week 1. His health and performance pushes Toby Gerhart into a strictly backup/complementary RB role. Michael Jenkins started week 1 at WR in place of suspended Jerome Simpson. Simpson won't return until week 4. Jenkins will continue starting in his place until then.



Atlanta: While WR Roddy White likely ends up being listed as either Probable or Questionable after having been limited in practices because of a minor groin injury, he is fully expected to start Monday night without issue. The Matt Ryan/Julio Jones connection was in full affect week 1. It will be a good test for them this week against the Broncos. RB Michael Turner didn't get much going week 1 despite Atlanta having a big lead in the second half. It's questionable how effective he'll be week to week in the new up-tempo Falcons offense.



Carolina: WR Steve Smith is listed as Questionable with a knee injury and while he was held back some in practice this week, he is fully expected to start and be fine for week 2. RB Jonathan Stewart is Questionable, but expected to play after missing week 1 with an ankle injury. Stewart's return means it's even harder to like DeAngelo Williams at all. Especially after Williams had -1 yards rushing week 1. I wouldn't trust any Panthers RB for stable performances this season.



New Orleans: WR Devery Henderson is OUT because of a concussion suffered week 1. With WR Adrian Arrington having been placed on Injured Reserve earlier in the week, Joseph Morgan steps in as the #3 WR, with free agent signee Greg Camarillo as the #4 WR. Expect better rushing games ahead for all 3 of Mark Ingram (6 carries week 1), Pierre Thomas (4) and Darren Sproles (0; but caught 5 passes). It's not often the Saints will have the lead for only 21 seconds of a game and that led to them getting away from rushing the football much.



Tampa Bay: Doug Martin didn't disappoint handling a full load at RB and looks to do so again week 2. LeGarrette Blount is Probable with a neck stinger suffered week 1. Expect to see a lot bigger game from QB Josh Freeman and WR Vincent Jackson this week against an injury depleted Giants secondary.



Arizona: Kevin Kolb starts at QB with John Skelton Doubtful with his ankle injury. It's a chance for Kolb to reclaim the starting job from Skelton. Both RB's Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams are probable. Wells is expected to start this week after making it thru last week's game without aggravating the minor hamstring strain that limited him week 1.



St. Louis: Offensive Line injuries are a concern for Steven Jackson's hopes for a solid game. It's very disappointing that neither rookie WR, Brian Quick or Chris Givens, has risen to higher than a split in the 3rd WR duties. The Rams veteran WR's lack playmaking ability, something both rookies possess. It may take a few weeks, but owners of Quick and Givens need to be patient for now.



San Francisco: Despite both RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) and WR Ted Ginn (ankle) being listed as Questionable, neither is expected to be active week 2. Rookie RB LaMichael James was inactive week 1 despite being healthy. Randy Moss played barely 1/3 of the offensive snaps week 1. It will be hard to trust Moss to be fantasy productive each week with that limited amount of time on the field.



Seattle: Both WR's Sidney Rice (knee) and Golden Tate (knee) are Probable and will start. Tate missed week 1 and his return pushes Braylon Edwards into a backup role. WR Charly Martin is OUT with a chest injury. RB Marshawn Lynch is Probable and will be fine after getting thru practices this week without any back issues. TE Zach Miller is Questionable with a foot injury but is expected to play. Before really trusting ay Seahawks besides Lynch, I'd like to see improvement out of rookie QB Russell Wilson. He showed promise week 1, but also looked very much like a rookie QB.


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