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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 13
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/01/12 11:42
Dallas: DeMarco Murray is expected to start despite being listed as Questionable. Murray was able to practice this week for the first time since injuring his foot 6 weeks ago. His return pushes Felix Jones (expected to play despite being Questionable himself with a knee issue) back into being a backup RB. WR Miles Austin is Questionable with a hip injury but is expected to play. Expect Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten to all finish this week as top 5 players at each of their positions. The Cowboys are likely to brutally beat up their division rival while they're down.

New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw should be fine despite being limited with his foot injury. With Andre Brown out the rest of the year with a broken leg, David Wilson will get a chance for an increase offensive role. Also likely to get some touches are either Ryan Torain, or Kregg Lumpkin. Both free agent RB's were signed this week to provide a bigger RB presence that was lost when Brown went down.

Philadelphia: Nick Foles starts again at QB with Michael Vick still OUT with his concussion. Bryce Brown starts again at RB with LeSean McCoy OUT with his concussion. Neither Vick nor McCoy is expected back next week either. Don't be surprised if Foles and Brown finish out the rest of the season as the starters. WR DeSean Jackson is on injured reserve because of cracked ribs. Damaris Johnson or Jason Avant will take his place as the starter with the other likely serving as the #3 WR. Bryce Brown is the only Eagles player I'd trust in fantasy. The rest of the offensive players are hamstring by Foles' weak play and the defense has plain given up.

Washington: Pierre Garcon made it thru last week without aggravating his foot injury and he appears to be back to being trustworthy for fantasy purposes. His foot won't be fully recovered the rest of this season but as long as he can play on it, he is a guy you can consider in fantasy lineups.

Chicago: Matt Forte dodged a bullet and the ankle injury he suffered week 12 has turned out to be minor. Forte has practiced all week, is Probable, and will start for the Bears this week. He should be fine to consider as you normally would. WR's Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery will both miss week 13. Hester has a concussion and Jeffery is recovering from a knee injury.

Detroit: Early week concerns about Mikel Leshoure and an ankle issue can be allayed as Leshoure is Probable and practiced late in the week. WR Titus Young's status for week 13 is uncertain. He isn't injured, but his attitude and lack of maturity got him suspended week 12 and it's likely he could be deactivated every game the rest of the season. There's been no official word about that, but there's also been no word he will be active. Stay away from Young for now. Ryan Broyles is the starter opposite Megatron.

Green Bay: Greg Jennings is Probable and will play for the first time since week 4. He won't be in for a full amount of regular starter snaps but he'll get as much playing time as he can handle. His return pushes James Jones down to being the #4 WR. Cedric Benson will not be returning from injured reserve as his Lisfranc foot injury hasn't healed up on its own and will require surgery. His season is done. The split between RB's James Starks and Alex Green will continue to be close to 50/50.

Minnesota: Percy Harvin is Doubtful and is not expected to play. TE Kyle Rudolph is Probable and will start despite having suffered both a minor concussion and a minor shoulder injury week 12. However, without Harvin, on the road against the Packers, the only Vikings player who makes a solid start is Adrian Peterson.

Atlanta: The Falcons played Thursday night, came out without new injuries and we'll revisit them next week.

Carolina: Jonathan Stewart is Doubtful with injuries to both ankles. DeAngelo Williams will start and be the primary RB but that's hardly meant much earlier this season when Stewart was missing games and I'm not buying into meaning much now. But at least he'll start with Mike Tolbert getting an increase in playing time as the #2.

New Orleans: The Saints played Thursday night, came out without new injuries and we'll revisit them next week.

Tampa Bay: The Bucs are a breath of fresh air. They list only 4 players total on their injury report and all 4 are Probable. QB Josh Freeman failed to throw for a single TD in a game this season last week. It also snapped a 6 game streak with at least 2 TD passes. His fantasy owners are hoping he gets back on track this week in Denver. The Broncos haven't allowed a single QB to throw for over 300 yards this season, but they have allowed 2 or more TD passes in 7 of 11 games.

Arizona: Beanie Wells is expected to be okay to start despite being listed as Questionable with a knee injury. Andre Roberts is Questionable and will be a game time decision after not practicing all week because of an ankle injury. Early Doucet is also Questionable but was able to practice all week and should play. Rookie Ryan Lindley starts again at QB which bodes well for no Cards pass catchers.

St. Louis: Danny Amendola is Doubtful again this week after not having practiced at all because of his foot injury. This is the same routine as last week and he was a surprise active on game day. Even if Amendola is active again this week, I wouldn't recommend starting him. Amendola only played 7 offensive snaps last week and clearly is more a decoy than anything else.

San Francisco: Colin Kaepernick will start at QB and as long as he doesn't flop, he'll likely start the rest of the regular season over Alex Smith. With Kendall Hunter out the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, expect both Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James to be active on game days. Jacobs is considered the favorite to be the top backup to Frank Gore, but the explosive James could pass him up if Jacobs struggles or James shows his skills translate into games. Normal 4th WR Kyle Williams is also out the rest of the year with a knee injury and therefore #1 draft pick A.J. Jenkins is expected to finally be active on game days. But he won't be worth anything fantasy wise. K David Akers is Probable and while he scared everyone with a pelvic injury earlier in the week, he should be okay to kick week 13.

Seattle: Sidney Rice popped up on the injury report Friday as Questionable with a calf injury. It's unknown if he's really in jeopardy of not playing week 13 or not. Considering the poor matchup on the road, it's easy to recommend keeping Rice benched whether he plays or not. Week 12 was only the second time all season Marshawn Lynch has been held to less than 80 rushing yards. Even though the matchup isn't good for him, he's proven to be too reliable to sit more often than not regardless of matchup.


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