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Topic: NFC Week 9 Team by Team News and Notes
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/03/12 14:20
Dallas: Dez Bryant is Questionable and while expected to start despite his hip injury, he may be limited some as he didn't practice all week. Kevin Ogletree is also Questionable and probably isn't to play because of a hamstring injury. Even if active he makes a poor fantasy bet. Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley likely to be the 3rd and 4th WR's. With DeMarco Murray OUT (foot), Felix Jones (Probable; knee) will start again. If Jones doesn't get something going against an Atlanta run defense allowing 5.1 yards per rush attempt, don't be surprised if we see more of Phillip Tanner getting a chance.

New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to start at RB despite being Questionable with his foot injury. He only practiced one day this week and this could become the norm going forward as it's the same pattern Bradshaw has had in prior seasons with his chronic foot troubles. It could mean though that we see a bit more of Andre Brown. While Hakeem Nicks has stated he isn't 100% recovered from his knee and foot issues from earlier in the season, he is not on the injury report at all. Victor Cruz is listed as Probable with a minor calf issue but will start without worry.

Philadelphia: Expect this to be a big week for all of your offensive skill position players on the Eagles. The Saints are 31st in fantasy pass defense and 31st in fantasy run defense. Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, and even Brent Celek all make strong matchup plays this week. If Vick doesn't get it done against the Saints, he could lose his starting job to rookie Nick Foles.

Washington: Pierre Garcon remains OUT with his foot injury. He's expected to be out at least until week 11 and possibly longer. Leonard Hankerson has been starting in his place but hasn't done much. The Redskins may decide to try Aldrick Robinson over Hankerson is Hankerson doesn't step up this week.

Chicago: Alshon Jeffery is OUT with his hand injury and probably will be so for another couple of games. After two consecutive games with under 200 passing yards and only 1 pass TD in each, this could be a great week for Jay Cutler as he faces a Titans pass defense that ranks 29th in fantasy points allowed thru the air. Brandon Marshall should be huge this week.

Detroit: Calvin Johnson is expected to play despite being Questionable on the injury report and not having practiced at all this week because of knee soreness. Tentatively pencil Megatron in as he is due for a big game and we'll know for sure about his status early Sunday as the Lions play an early game. RB Mikel Leshoure isn't on the injury report at all, killing any fears that he suffered a calf injury last week. Jahvid Best was placed on the reserve/PUP list this week. That ends any chance of him coming back and playing this season. Doctors could never agree whether to clear him medically or not because of his lengthy concussion history. It's very likely Best's career is over.

Green Bay: WR Greg Jennings has surgery to repair his abdominal muscle tear this past week. He's expected to be out at least 3 more weeks and probably longer. RB John Kuhn is OUT with a hamstring injury. WR Jordy Nelson is Questionable with a hamstring injury. He was unable to practice at all this week and with the Packers having the bye next week, I think it's unlikely Nelson plays. Officially though he'll be a game time decision. RB James Starks is expected to get a chance to prove he can be a better RB than Alex Green. Green has really struggled despite good matchups and while he will start, if he doesn't get something going early, Starks is going to get a chance.

Minnesota: Percy Harvin is Probable and will start without worry despite having a minor hamstring issue. Adrian Peterson is also Probable with his ankle injury but has been playing thru it at a high level and will continue to do so. QB Christian Ponder is Probable with a knee injury he's been playing thru the last few weeks. TE John Carlson remains OUT with a concussion.

Atlanta: Every WR besides Julio Jones is listed on the injury report for the Falcons this week. Roddy White (back), Harry Douglas (ankle; knee) and D.J. Davis (hamstring) are all Probable and each will be fine for their normal roles. WR Kevin Cone is OUT with a groin injury. Kicker Matt Bryant is Probable with a minor back issue, but he'll kick without any trouble.

Carolina: WR Brandon LaFell is Doubtful with a concussion and will not play. Louis Murphy will start in his place and the WR desperate could try Murphy as the matchup this week is against the Redskins 32nd ranked fantasy pass defense. Jonathan Stewart will get another chance to solidify his role as the featured RB this week. Hopefully he does better than he did last week.

New Orleans: RB Darren Sproles is OUT at least a few weeks after having surgery to repair a broken hand injury. The Saints kept this quiet and it popped up in a report Friday morning. Pierre Thomas will start and be both the starting RB and primary passing down RB. He'll get the biggest bump in fantasy value, but Mark Ingram will also get more playing time as well and if he responds well, he could become a fantasy consideration. If he doesn't, don't be surprised if we see Chris Ivory or Travaris Cadet get a chance to get some playing time on the offense.

Tampa Bay: Doug Martin has the look of being a featured RB finally. LeGarrette Blount did get 8 carries last week, but all seemed to come after the outcome of the game was out of doubt. Many are fearful the loss of G Carl Nicks is going to hinder Martin's production, but it remains to be seen. It takes more than just one offensive lineman to open the holes a RB runs thru.

Arizona: Todd Heap remains Questionable and a game time decision every week. He's been out since week 2 with a knee sprain, and it seems like he should have returned by now. I think it's just the turning of the page to Rob Housler. RB La'Rod Stephens=Howling appears to be the Cards preferred RB to William Powell, but I think they're making a mistake in that. LS-H simply is too small to hold up as their primary RB for long.

St. Louis: The Rams are on bye this week and fully expect to have WR Danny Amendola back in week 10. We'll revisit them next week.

San Francisco: The 49ers are on bye week 9 and we'll revisit them next week.

Seattle: WR Braylon Edwards is OUT with a knee issue that popped up just before game time in week 8. Golden Tate solidifies his role as a starter opposite Sidney Rice and with Doug Baldwin Probable the Seahawks have their top 3 WR's. RB Marshawn Lynch continues to show up on the weekly injury report with his back issue, but he's always probable and has yet to miss a game because of it.
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