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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 3
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/22/12 09:14
Dallas: WR Miles Austin (hamstring) and TE Jason Witten (abdomen) are both Probable and both will start without issue. After a huge week 1, WR Kevin Ogletree proved why you don't judge a player after just one game. In week 2 Ogletree saw just 1 target (which he did turn into a stat line of 1 catch for 26 yards). That's why I also caution being wary of the one week wonder. RB Felix Jones remains the backup to DeMarco Murray but if he continues to fumble and run with no heart, it won't be long before he is demoted.

New York Giants: It's hoped that both WR's Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon will be able to play week 4 after being held out of Thursday's game. The return of Nicks would be a boon for Victor Cruz, who struggled as the #1 WR in Nicks absence. However, there's a good chance Hixon will be bumped down to #4 WR status after Ramses Barden had a breakout type of performance. There's a good chance Barden has taken over as the #3 WR and will push Cruz into the slot when the Giants go with 3 WR sets. That's good for all of them. No telling how long Ahmad Bradshaw will miss with his neck sprain. But when he does, Andre Brown has likely played himself into a real time share. Brown has looked great thru 2 games and has pushed rookie David Wilson into the 3rd RB role.

Philadelphia: WR's Jeremy Maclin (hip) and Riley Cooper (collarbone) are both OUT. Damaris Johnson is expected to start in Maclin's place, but could split time with normally #3 WR Jason Avant. Both Avant (wrist) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) are Probable and both will play without issue. Michael Vick has thrown 6 interceptions and lost 1 fumble (on 3 fumbles so far) in just two games. He needs to cut down on the mistakes.

Washington: Pierre Garcon is Doubtful with a foot injury. Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson are expected to split up the duties this week replacing Garcon. Hankerson has more natural talent and big play potential and could be worth a flier as a replacement for desperate Garcon owners. While Alfred Morris has a firm grip on the start RB job currently, it's way too early to start comparisons between him and Terrell Davis.

Chicago: Michael Bush starts at RB in place of injured Matt Forte (OUT; ankle). Forte is expected to miss at least 1 more game after this, and possibly more. Kahlil Bell was re-signed to provide depth as the only other RB's on the roster were Armando Allen and FB Evan Rodriguez. Bell could surprise as he has had success in the system in prior seasons. We'll see if Jay Cutler can bounce back this week after an awful week 2.

Detroit: Mikel LeShoure is back from suspension and while not in total game shape, he should be able to play and get between 5-10 carries. His return cuts into Kevin Smith's time though, making Smith a riskier option than normal. TE Tony Scheffler is Doubtful with a calf injury and is not expected to play. Calvin Johnson is Probable and will start without issue despite having a very minor ankle issue.

Green Bay: WR Greg Jennings is likely to be listed as Questionable and called a game time decision for Monday night. Jennings has either missed practices, or been limited because of his groin injury. I wouldn't want to trust starting him this week as he could easily be inactive. In that case James Jones would likely start again in his place. Randall Cobb has been limited because of a hamstring injury but he is tentatively expected to be okay for Monday night. RB James Starks has been able to practice some this week but is likely looking at week 4 before being able to play after missing so much time with a turf toe injury.

Minnesota: RB Adrian Peterson isn't on the injury report at all. AP is a freak of nature and even though it's a tough matchup against a great 49ers run defense I would need to have some outstanding RB's to choose from before I consider sitting AP. Rookie WR Jarius Wright is finally expected to be able to play after missing the first 2 games with an ankle injury. Wright was a preseason darling but likely will have little fantasy impact. Of bigger note is that this will be the last game WR Jerome Simpson misses. Simpson was suspended the first 3 games of the season and is expected to return week 4 as probably a starter opposite Percy Harvin. Easily more talented than the rest of the WR's besides Harvin, Simpson is a guy to look at acquiring now if available in your league.

Atlanta: WR's Julio Jones (thigh) and Roddy White (knee) are both Probable and both will start week 3 without issue after being rested some in early week practices. RB Michael Turner was arrested for DUI early Tuesday morning hours after the Falcons defeated Denver on Monday night, but he isn't expected to be suspended by the league as this was his first offense. Expect whatever court proceedings come of this to be pushed off until the off-season.

Carolina: It's hoped that after being held out of Thursday night's game with his ankle injury, RB Jonathan Stewart will be able to play week 4. We'll revisit the Panthers next week.

New Orleans: While Marques Colston is officially Questionable with his foot injury, he is tentatively expected to play and be okay this week. But he may come down to a game time decision. Devery Henderson is Probable and will play this week after missing last week with a concussion. Drew Brees is Probable with a minor ankle injury and will start without issue.

Tampa Bay: Been a busy WR week for the Bucs. They released Preston Parker, put Sammie Stroughter on injured reserve, promoted Arrelious Benn to the #3 WR, and signed 3 other WR's in Jordan Shipley, Tiquan Underwood, and Chris Owusu. Benn is the only one who stands a chance of being fantasy relevant as thru 2 games only 4 targets went WR's besides Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. And those 4 went to 2 apiece to Parker and Stroughter.

Arizona: Don't expect Larry Fitzgerald to be held to just 1 catch for 4 yards most games. He torched the Eagles for 146 yards and 2 TD's last year. Despite being able to practice some this week and listed as Questionable on the injury report, QB John Skelton is not expected to start this week. He could be active as the backup to expected starter Kevin Kolb. TE Todd Heap is Questionable with a sprained PCL in his knee and even if active is not a fantasy consideration this week. Rob Housler and Jeff King (Probable; knee) will split up the TE duties most likely. Both RB's Beanie Wells (knee) and Ryan Williams (knee) are Probable and both will play without issue.

St. Louis: RB Steven Jackson is Questionable with a groin injury and considered a game time decision. Jackson says he's played thru worse injuries than this and probably will be active Sunday, but it's a not a sure thing and even if active, I would expect to see a good bit of Daryl Richardson. Richardson has been impressive when on the field and should get at least a split in the carries with Jackson. If Jackson doesn't play, Richardson makes a reasonable RB 2/3.

San Francisco: Both RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) and WR Ted Ginn (ankle) are again listed as Questionable for another week. Jacobs is not expected to play as he is still recovering from his preseason knee injury, but Ginn may be close to returning. However his only impact will be on special teams, and not on offense.

Seattle: Marshawn Lynch is fully expected to be fine for Monday night despite being rested some in practices because of his lingering back issue. TE Zach Miller is expected to be okay as well, despite having some issues with a foot injury. However, he could lose playing time as a receiving option if Anthony McCoy can build on a strong week 2 performance. WR Doug Baldwin is very questionable for Monday night because of a shoulder injury and needs to be kept on fantasy benches.
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