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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 8
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/27/12 13:58
Dallas: With DeMarco Murray OUT (foot), Felix Jones will start again despite being listed as Questionable with a knee bruise. However, Jones predictably struggled last week in the featured RB role and we'll likely see a good bit of Phillip Tanner at RB as well again this week. For the first time this season, none of Dallas's WR's are on the injury report at all. Fantasy owners will be happy to see them all healthy finally.

New York Giants: RB Ahmad Bradshaw is Questionable and while considered a game time decision, it is believed he will start despite barely practicing this week because of a bone bruise in his foot. However, close to an even split between him and Andre Brown is a real possibility this week. Brown appears to have leapfrogged David Wilson again as the top backup to Bradshaw. Hakeem Nicks is Probable and it looks like he finally has turned the corner in his recovery from foot and knee injuries from earlier in the season.

Philadelphia: Look for this be a breakout game for RB LeSean McCoy. The Falcons rank 26th in fantasy rush defense and allow an average of 5.2 yards per rush attempt. McCoy hasn't been bad this season, but he hasn't produced up to his draft status. That should change this week.

Washington: Pierre Garcon's foot injury has finally had some details released. It's a torn tendon and will keep him out at least until week 11. Leonard Hankerson will continue starting in his place. TE Fred Davis was lost for the year after tearing an Achilles tendon week 7. While Chris Cooley was re-signed to take his place, the Redskins plan to use a platoon system with Cooley, starter Logan Paulsen, and also Niles Paul at TE. None of them are good bets for fantasy production. RB Ryan Grant was released earlier in the week and former Lions RB Keiland Williams signed to take his place.

Chicago: The bruised ribs injury Jay Cutler suffered last week are a non-issue. He'll start and be fine. WR Alshon Jeffery is OUT with a hand injury and isn't expected back for another couple of weeks. Cutler has been locked into WR Brandon Marshall the last 3 weeks. Of Cutler's 717 passing yards and 5 TD's the last 3 weeks, Marshall has caught 363 yards and 3 TD's. That's over half of Cutler's production.

Detroit: Calvin Johnson is probable and will start despite having missed practice time this week to rest a minor knee issue. WR Titus Young is Questionable but fully expected to play despite a knee issue of his own. Young has taken over as a starter with Nate Burleson OUT with a broken leg suffered week 7. Rookie Ryan Broyles has moved into the #3 WR role. Even after releasing RB Keiland Williams before week 7, Kevin Smith was still a game day inactive for the Lions. Smith is fantasy persona non grata.

Green Bay: Jordy Nelson is Questionable and a game time decision with a hamstring injury suffered in practice this week. I doubt he plays and even if active is a high risk consideration. With Greg Jennings out at least 3 weeks, and possibly 6-7 after having surgery to repair a torn lower abdominal muscle, it's likely Donald Driver will start opposite James Jones this week with Randall Cobb staying in the slot for 3 WR sets. WR Jarrett Boykin also is expected to be active and get some playing time too. RB John Kuhn is OUT with a hamstring injury so James Starks will likely have a bigger than normal role behind Alex Green. Green could redeem himself after a poor week 7 by having a solid game this week against a Jaguars run defense that ranks 30th in fantasy points allowed on the ground. Green is one of my favorite sleeper plays this week.

Minnesota: Despite another some concerns about his recent poor performances, the Vikings say they aren't considering any switch at QB. Christian Ponder has been struggling and there has been some who think it may be related to the knee injury he suffered a few weeks back that he's been playing thru. He's safe for now, but if he doesn't get it turned around soon, the Vikings may change their minds.

Atlanta: #3 WR Harry Douglas is OUT with ankle and knee injuries suffered back in week 6. Kevin Cone steps into his place, but likely has little chance for fantasy value. The Eagles defense has been tough against the run this season allowing only 2 rushing TD's in 6 games so Michael Turner is probably in for a down game and should be considered a RB2/3.

Carolina: The Panthers have decided on a new approach with their RB's. They are going to start Jonathan Stewart and give him every opportunity to be their feature RB. DeAngelo Williams appears to be the odd man out as Mike Tolbert appears locked into a complimentary role. Stewart has his work cut out for him this week against Chicago's top ranked fantasy run defense, but a good showing against them should solidify his role as feature RB. If Stewart fails, DW could get back into the mix.

New Orleans: TE Jimmy Graham is Questionable and will be a game time decision Sunday night because of his ankle injury. You risk a lot if you start Graham with his status not known until the night game. Backup TE Dave Thomas likely will get a lot of playing regardless of whether Graham is active or not. 4th WR Joseph Morgan is OUT with a chest injury. He offered little fantasy hope as the 4th WR anyway.

Tampa Bay: Rookie RB Doug Martin Thursday night finally showed some of that special talent we've been waiting for since the season began. He even got goal line carries and that means he is a complete RB right now. LeGarrette Blount is just a handcuff to Martin now.

Arizona: Those expecting another 100+ yards from RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling are likely to be disappointed. LSH was a surprise last week, but is too small to hold up long getting a lot of carries and only got the opportunity then because of a William Powell fumble early in the game that got him benched. Powell is still likely to lead the team in rushing attempt week 8. But with a matchup against a tough 49ers defense, neither are good fantasy bets.

St. Louis: WR Danny Amendola is officially listed as Questionable and considered a game time decision. Amendola has been out since week 5 with a dislocated collarbone injury. While he may play this week, a more likely scenario is that the Rams (who have the bye week 9) hold Amendola out until week 10. The split situation between RB's Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson doesn't appear to be going away. But at least Jackson found the end zone last week for the first time this season. The split though is leaving both RB's as nothing more than RB3's.

San Francisco: Frank Gore has been able to practice in full all week and will be fine for Monday night despite having a rib injury suffered last Thursday night in week 7. WR Mario Manningham has also been able to practice in full despite a shoulder injury that caused him to miss week 7. Manningham is expected to be okay as well.

Seattle: WR Doug Baldwin is OUT with a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss at least 3 more weeks after this. RB Marshawn Lynch's back issue has popped up again, but he was able to practice in full all week and is Probable for week 8. He'll start without issue.
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