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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 6
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/13/12 14:55
Dallas: Miles Austin is Probable despite some lingering soreness in his hamstring. He'll be fine. Tony Romo will try to redeem himself against a Ravens pass D that has allowed a league fewest 2 passing TD's this season. DeMarco Murray has struggled of late but may be able to get things going against a Ravens run defense that while only allowing 3.5 yards per rush attempt, is also allowing 118.4 yards per game and 6 rushing TD's total.

New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of his knee/foot injuries. Tentatively, he is expected to play, but likely limited in his first action in 3 weeks. Considering the tough matchup on the road against the 49ers, Nicks is a risky play as more than a WR3 or flex. Ramses Barden is Probable and returns from a concussion but can't be relied on given the situation between Nicks, Hixon, and himself. Martellus Bennett is Probable and will play, but could be limited to a blocking role like he was last week after sustaining a knee injury. RB Andre Brown is OUT with a concussion and appears to be back to being the 3rd man on the totem pole having fallen behind resurgent David Wilson. Wilson's offensive role is expected to be expanded in coming weeks.

Philadelphia: Jeremy Maclin isn't on the injury report at all anymore and appears to finally be over his hip injury. A healthy Maclin pushes Damaris Johnson back to being the #4 WR, but Johnson will be pushed by Riley Cooper possibly as soon as this week as Cooper appears to be finally ready to play for the first time this season. Cooper's been out with a collarbone injury. However, neither Johnson nor Cooper have any fantasy value.

Washington: Robert Griffin is expected to start despite being listed as Questionable because of a concussion suffered last week. RG3 practiced in full Friday and that's usually a sign a player will play. Officially though, he is considered a game time decision so there is still some small risk of him being inactive. The same exact thing happened with Kurt Warner a couple of years ago where he practiced in full Friday but on Sunday was made inactive because of symptoms that appeared that morning. Pierre Garcon is expected to play as well despite being listed as Questionable with the lingering foot injury he's had since week 1.

Chicago: The Bears are on bye this week and I'll revisit them next week.

Detroit: TE Brandon Pettigrew and WR Titus Young are both Probable and both will play despite having been limited in practices this week with knee issues. Results of the most recent concussion test taken by RB Jahvid Best haven't been announced yet and whether he'll be coming off the PUP list any time soon is still unsure. Expect the secretive Lions to keep it quiet for as long as they can. The earliest he's able to return, if he gains clearance, is October 22.

Green Bay: Greg Jennings is OUT and is likely to miss week 7 as well with his groin injury. The Packers are being smart with him allowing it to heal up after trying to rush him back earlier in the season and then having him aggravate it. James Jones will start again in his place. With Cedric Benson out until week 14, Alex Green will get first crack to start at RB but we'll also see a bit of James Starks as well. Neither makes a strong play as more than a RB3 this week against Houston's strong defense. TE Jermichael Finley is Questionable and will be a game time decision with a shoulder injury. His primary backup, D.J. Williams is also Questionable with a hamstring injury and I recommend staying away from both players even if active.

Minnesota: Adrian Peterson (ankle) and Percy Harvin (hamstring) are both Probable and both will start without issue this week. Jerome Simpson though is Questionable and will be a game time decision because of a disc injury in his back that affects his legs. Apparently that was the problem in pre-game warm-ups last week and the reason Simpson was ineffective in limited playing time. Simpson represents the ultimate risk play this week because of the injury and a matchup against the Redskins 32 ranked fantasy pass defense that has also allowed a league high 6 passing plays of 40 yards or more. The matchup also makes Christian Ponder (Probable; knee) an intriguing sleeper play.

Atlanta: It's another week with high chances for strong fantasy production from Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Turner. Oakland ranks 27th in fantasy points allowed thru the air, and 25th against the run. While it's never guaranteed, the odds are in your favor starting each of these players.

Carolina: The Panthers are on bye this week and I'll revisit them next week.

New Orleans: The Saints are on bye this week and I'll revisit them next week.

Tampa Bay: Reports continue to circulate that if Doug Martin continues to struggle that LeGarrette Blount will start getting more carries. While I'm not ready to give up on Martin as a quality RB2 yet, if he doesn't get it going against a Chiefs run defense that allows 4.4 yards per rush attempt and 121 rush yards per game, I'll start having to move him down to RB3 or flex option status. Those with Martin would be smart to pickup Blount if he's available.

Arizona: While reports are the La'Rod Stephens-Howling likely will "start" at RB, William Powell is expected to be the most likely candidate to lead the team in rushing attempts. Powell led the NFL in preseason rushing and LS-H just isn't big enough to hold up for long if he is getting more than maybe 12-15 total touches per game. Powell is an intriguing sleeper play as a RB2/3 for the desperate because of the matchup against Buffalo's 32nd ranked fantasy run defense. TE Todd Heap will again be a game time decision because of his knee sprain and shouldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups until he proves himself on the field. Buffalo's pass defense has been gutted the last couple of games, making Kevin Kolb an intriguing sleeper QB play this week for the desperate.

St. Louis: It's still unknown who the Rams will start in Danny Amendola's place. Rookie Chris Givens is listed as the direct backup, but the team may prefer second year player Austin Pettis or veteran Steve Smith. Even against a suspect Miami pass defense, the Rams WR situation is something to be avoided. While Steven Jackson isn't on the injury report at all since he injured his groin a few weeks ago, he isn't 100% and with a matchup against a Miami run defense that allows the second fewest fantasy points, Jackson is someone who makes a mediocre play as a RB2/3.

San Francisco: Brandon Jacobs is Questionable despite practicing in full and is likely to be inactive week 6. He'll likely be inactive until either Frank Gore or Kendall Hunter get injured or start becoming ineffective. Alex Smith is Probable with a sprained finger on his throwing hand. The 49ers say it's not a concern at all, but I have questions about injuries to throwing hands and wonder if he struggles, will we hear a lot about how the injury was more a problem than we were being let on about. I don't know why, maybe it's playing his former team, but I have a sneaky suspicion that Mario Manningham could really surprise this week ala the way Robert Meachem did last week for San Diego against New Orleans.

Seattle: Marshawn Lynch is Probable (back) and will be fine. The Patriots run defense ranks 8th but Lynch is the best fantasy player on Seattle's offense and may need to do more catching the ball this week as the Patriots are the 31st ranked fantasy pass defense. The Seahawks passing attack may finally show some signs of life with this matchup. Russell Wilson hasn't been much of a factor having only 1 game with over 200 passing yards, but if he is ever to have a good game, it should be this week at home.
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