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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 7
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/20/12 18:47
Dallas: DeMarco Murray is OUT with his foot sprain. Felix Jones will start and we'll also see some of Phillip Tanner, and possibly Lance Dunbar as well. Jones has always been a fantasy tease; never living up to hype and expectation in the past. I think there's a lot of that going on with him again this week. Dez Bryant is officially listed as Questionable with a groin issue, but the Cowboys say he is expected to start and that the injury is not new; just a flare up of a previous problem.

New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw is Questionable with a foot injury that he says is unrelated to the many foot and ankle issues he's dealt with the last few seasons. While Bradshaw is expected to be okay to start, likely we will see quite a bit of Andre Brown, and maybe David Wilson. Brown is over his concussion and appears to have reasserted himself as the primary backup to Bradshaw. Hakeem Nicks is Probable and appears to finally be getting closer to 100% over his foot and knee issues. Martellus Bennett isn't on the injury report at all and while I still have my doubts about how healthy that knee is, he gets a great matchup. The Redskins are the worst fantasy pass defense in the league so Eli Manning, Nicks, Victor Cruz, and even Bennett and for the desperate Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden could be great plays.

Philadelphia: The Eagles are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

Washington: Pierre Garcon is Doubtful and not expected to be active because of the foot injury he just can't seem to shake. Leonard Hankerson will start in his place again. Robert Griffin III continues to just be impressive. His 75.6 rushing fantasy points, in standard scoring systems, is less than 10 total points fewer than teammate Alfred Morris and would rank 10th amongst RB's for 2012. And that's including their receiving stats!

Chicago: Alshon Jeffery is OUT with a hand injury. Earl Bennett is Probable and is expected to start in his place. Matt Forte says he's finally back to being 100% recovered from the ankle injury he suffered a few weeks ago.

Detroit: The release of RB Keiland Williams may mean that Kevin Smith is active as a 3rd RB this week. But he's clearly behind Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell. TE Brandon Pettigrew and WR Titus Young are both Probable and both will play without issue.

Green Bay: Greg Jennings is OUT with his groin injury. I know it's killing his fantasy owners, but this really is the smartest thing for him, the team, and your fantasy team. Getting the groin to the point where it's not at risk of aggravation may take another week, but championships aren't won in October; they're won by the patient and lucky in December. TE Jermichael Finley is Probable and while his shoulder is healing up, he's been a big disappointment again this season. Alex Green appears locked in as the feature RB for now.

Minnesota: Despite being held out of practices earlier in the week to rest up an ankle injury, Adrian Peterson put in a full Friday practice and is Probable. He'll start without issue. WR Jerome Simpson practiced in full all week and is Probable as well. While he is very much expected to start, I don't like the fact his back injury can flare up at any moment. But those who are willing to gamble should be able to play him.

Atlanta: The Falcons are on bye week 7 and we'll revisit them next week.

Carolina: Cam Newton appears to be in the midst of a sophomore slump. He just hasn't been the same QB passing or running this season. Maybe now that coming out of the bye, Jonathan Stewart is fully healthy for the first time all season, we'll finally see something more of the offense we saw last year with the Panthers instead of the clunker we've been seeing the first 6 weeks.

New Orleans: Jimmy Graham has been downgraded to OUT because of his ankle injury. Reports are he has a high ankle sprain and if so, his status for next week should also be in question. Dave Thomas takes his place as the starting TE but isn't near the potential fantasy play Graham would be if healthy. Lance Moore returns from the hamstring injury that prevented him from playing the week before the Saints bye. Moore is officially Probable.

Tampa Bay: Vincent Jackson was a surprise addition to the injury report Thursday with a minor calf injury. He is Probable though and should be just fine to consider as you normally would. It's another great matchup this week for both Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount against a poor opposing run defense. Martin could flirt with RB1 numbers while Blount could be a borderline RB2/3 as long as his end of the time share holds up.

Arizona: John Skelton takes over as the starting QB with Kevin Kolb out the next 6-8 weeks with shoulder and ribs injuries. TE Todd Heap hasn't played since week 2 and is once again Questionable and considered a game time decision with his nagging knee sprain. Don't bother risking him. William Powell did pretty well as the Cardinals top RB last week, but it's a much tougher matchup this week and this will be more telling on whether you'll be able to rely on him as a serviceable option.

St. Louis: There is a lot of speculation that the Rams are going to go with a true RB split between Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson. While that could be true, I'll be curious what happens the first time Richardson isn't getting big gains running to the outside? Jackson is still the preferable RB to have the one to trust as an RB2/3. Danny Amendola remains OUT with his collarbone injury. Big play rookie Chris Givens appears to have assumed the starting role in his place.

San Francisco: Frank Gore suffered a ribs injury Thursday night but he's currently expected to be okay for week 8. Just like I thought last week: the 49ers are now saying the struggles Alex Smith are having is related to his finger injury they claimed wasn't going to be an issue. It's hoped the extra time off will allows Marion Manningham's shoulder injury enough time to get healed up so he can play week 8.

Seattle: The Seahawks came out of Thursday night's game without any injuries and we'll visit them next week.

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