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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 10
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/10/12 14:42
Dallas: DeMarco Murray remains OUT with his foot injury. Felix Jones will start. It's unknown if Lance Dunbar has permanently usurped Phillip Tanner on the depth chart or not. Dunbar got a lot more playing time last week behind Jones while Tanner barely sniffed the field. Neither is trustworthy behind inconsistent Jones. Dez Bryant has been practicing in full all week and he appears to be almost completely over the hip injury he suffered a couple weeks back.

New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks gave everyone a scare earlier in the week when he developed swelling on the knee he injured earlier in the season. But he was able to practice by the end of the week and he is listed as Probable for this week. Ahmad Bradshaw is Questionable but fully expected to start and be fine. This is the annual Bradshaw foot injury routine. He always gets a foot injury each season; he always is limited one day in practice and doesn't practice the other days of the week; his is listed as Questionable on the injury report; and he always plays on Sundays.

Philadelphia: After missing most of the practices this week with a respiratory illness, LeSean McCoy did manage to practice some Friday and he is Probable on the injury report. He'll start without issue. With 3rd RB Chris Polk OUT with a toe injury, Dion Lewis is likely to be active. Lewis has been inactive most of the season after being passed up by Bryce Brown as the top backup to McCoy. Michael Vick remains the QB despite his struggles to get wins this year and not turn the ball over.

Washington: Washington is on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

Chicago: Alshon Jeffery is Doubtful as he recovers from a hand injury. Devin Hester and Earl Bennett will take up the slack in his absence. Despite a poor matchup, Brandon Marshall is on pace for a career season, elite WR status, and can't be sat. Matt Forte is a weak play as Houston has yet to allow a single rushing TD this season, but he is hard to sit and should still get some decent yardage.

Detroit: Both Calvin Johnson and Titus Young are going to start despite both being listed as Questionable with their respective knee issues. Each practiced some on Friday and will be fine for this week. There has been some concern about Joique Bell taking playing time over Mikel Leshoure, but it needs to be remembered it was Leshoure who was featured and scored 3 TD's in the first half last week and then barely played at all in the 4th quarter.

Green Bay: Hopefully the bye this week will allow Jordy Nelson enough time to get his ankle injury healed up so he can play week 11. We'll revisit the Packers next week.

Minnesota: Percy Harvin is officially listed as Doubtful with his ankle injury and is not expected to play. However, Harvin is notorious for game day surprises and will be given every chance in pre-game warm-ups to show he should be made active. Even if active, I would expect Harvin to be severely limited and wouldn't start him over about 50 other WR's this week. Michael Jenkins and Jerome Simpson are likely to be the starting WR's. RB Adrian Peterson showed why he should never be sat last week after he ran thru a strong Seattle run defense to the tune of 180+ yards and 2 TD's.

Atlanta: What do Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez all have in common besides being Falcons? They should all be in fantasy starting lineups this week! The Saints rank as the second worst fantasy run AND pass defense. Even backup RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who's done very little this season, could be a desperation play for those who are decimated by bye weeks or injuries.

Carolina: Brandon LaFell isn't on the injury report at all after missing last week with a concussion. He'll return to the starting lineup this week. David Gettis was activated off the PUP list and should be able to compete with Louis Murphy for the #3 WR spot right away. FB Mike Tolbert passed his concussion tests this week and is Probable and expected to play his normal role. RB Jonathan Stewart's "featured" RB role the last couple of games hasn't translated into much fantasy production. If he doesn't get it going soon, you almost have to wonder if they'll give the same opportunity to DeAngelo Williams.

New Orleans: Darren Sproles is OUT this week as he recovers from having hand surgery. Sproles is likely to miss at least one more week and possibly two. The three headed RBBC of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, and Chris Ivory will be in full force again this week. With the Falcons likely to make this game a shootout Thomas is likeliest of the group to have fantasy value as he is the best pass catcher of the trio.

Tampa Bay: Doug Martin didn't seem to miss Carl Nicks much last week as he rambled for 251 yards and 4 TD's. Many will now have the very unrealistic expectation of that type of performance regularly, but remember, rookie RB's usually wear down towards the end of the NFL season as they aren't used to the amount of games or the physicality at the pro level. Martin probably will never have higher trade value than he has now and the smart fantasy owner would be looking to take advantage of it now.

Arizona: The Cardinals are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

St. Louis: Danny Amendola is expected to start despite being listed as Questionable with a shoulder injury. This will be Amendola's first game action since dislocating his collarbone back in week 5. Chris Givens is expected to remain in the starting lineup too, so Amendola's return should push Brandon Gibson down the depth chart. Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson have been splitting playing time fairly evenly of late. With a matchup against the 49ers strong defense (against both the run and pass) no Rams are recommended plays this week.

San Francisco: Frank Gore should make a strong play against a Rams run defense that has been becoming increasingly more susceptible in recent games. Michael Crabtree might find it more difficult this week than last week when he torched Arizona. Crabtree is only a borderline WR3 this week. The 49ers defense is a top 5 fantasy play this week given the matchup and being at home.

Seattle: Marshawn Lynch has had some wrist and back issues in practice this week but he's Probable and will be fine. Braylon Edwards is expected to be fine for this week after missing the last 2 games with a knee injury. But he's hard to trust when he splits time with Golden Tate opposite Sidney Rice.

On any given Sunday any fantasy team can beat another, only to still lose Monday night.
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