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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 14
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/08/12 14:09
Dallas: DeMarco Murray made it thru last week without any setbacks in his foot injury and he is Probable for this week. WR Miles Austin is also Probable despite having hip and hamstring issues. Dez Bryant has been on a tear the last 3 games with 26 catches for 388 yards and 5 TD's in that span. He's emerging into the WR he was drafted to be before our very eyes.

New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks is Questionable and while tentatively expected to play, he will officially be a game time decision because of the knee injury that simply won't stay away this season. Despite having a ton of talent, Nicks is hard to trust as even when healthy he hasn't been producing at a high level. If Nicks can't play, Domenik Hixon likely would start. Andre Brown being on injured reserve didn't translate into much of a role for David Wilson last week. Ahmad Bradshaw is handling a featured RB workload despite his foot injury.

Philadelphia: LeSean McCoy is OUT with his concussion. There's a good chance that McCoy will be put on injured reserve soon as it's been 3 weeks and he continues to have symptoms. The Eagles have nothing to gain by exposing him to further risk. Bryce Brown will start this week and probably the rest of the regular season at RB. Brown has been putting up great points, but needs to get a fumbling issue under control. The Eagles also decided earlier this week to make Nick Foles the starting QB the rest of the season regardless of whether Michael Vick gets over his concussion. Vick has been ruled OUT week 14.

Washington: Pierre Garcon is Probable and while his foot injury won't be 100% at any point the rest of this season, he seems to have gotten over the worst of it. Rookie RB Alfred Morris has shown no signs of hitting the rookie wall, posting back to back games with over 100 rushing yards.

Chicago: WR Alshon Jeffery returns after missing the last couple of games with a knee injury. He'll start. Devin Hester is Probable and returns from a concussion and will be the #3 WR with Earl Bennett OUT because of his own concussion. Backup RB Michael Bush is expected to play despite being Questionable with a ribs injury. But any reduction in his already limited role behind Matt Forte makes him a poor fantasy bet.

Detroit: With Ryan Broyles and Titus Young having been placed on injured reserve earlier in the week Mike Thomas steps in as the starting WR opposite Calvin Johnson. Thomas is definitely worth the flier for the WR desperate because of the prolific passing attack the Lions possess. The Lions say they want to get backup RB Joique Bell more playing time, but with Mikel Leshoure performing well, I'll need to see that before I believe it. Leshoure is still a solid RB2.

Green Bay: Jordy Nelson is OUT with a hamstring injury. This brings James Jones back into fantasy value. Greg Jennings made it thru last week with no issue and isn't on the injury report at all. RB James Starks is OUT with a knee injury. Starks probably won't play again in the regular season but isn't likely to go on IR as the Packers think he'll be back in time for the NFL playoffs. Alex Green takes over as the starting RB and the team signed Ryan Grant to provide veteran depth. Don't be surprised if Grant is starting by week 16 if Green fails again to show himself worthy of being a starting RB.

Minnesota: Percy Harvin was placed on injured reserve earlier this week because of his ankle injury. Michael Jenkins and Jarius Wright are likely to split up starting WR duties in his place. But none of the Vikings WR's are to be trusted now. TE Kyle Rudolph continues to play thru a shoulder injury and he is officially listed as Probable. He'll start without issue and is the only Vikings player other than must start fantasy stud Adrian Peterson that should be considered for anyone's lineup.

Atlanta: Michael Turner is expected to play despite being listed as Questionable with an elbow injury. Turner likely will wear a wrap on the elbow this week. The injury could finally give the Falcons the excuse needed to increase the playing time of Jacquizz Rodgers. Rodgers has shown well of late and could turn out to be the better fantasy RB play this week if the Falcons take it easy on Turner's workload.

Carolina: Jonathan Stewart is Doubtful with injuries to both ankles and he will not play this week. DeAngelo Williams will start again in his place and the RB desperate could do worse. WR Brandon LaFell is Questionable, but is not expected to play after not practicing all week because of a turf toe injury. Louis Murphy is expected to start in his place. TE Greg Olsen has a minor back issue but is Probable and will start without issue.

New Orleans: RB Chris Ivory was added to the injury report Saturday as Doubtful with a hamstring injury. This increases the value of Mark Ingram as he won't share the power RB role at all this week. Drew Brees looks to redeem himself after a miserable week 13. I expect him to do so. Hard to imagine after throwing a TD pass in 54 consecutive games he'd go two in a row without.

Tampa Bay: It's a dream matchup for all the Bucs starting offensive players against an Eagles defense that has allowed 16 passing TD's the last 6 games, and over 100 rushing yards in 8 straight games. Josh Freeman, Doug Martin, and Vincent Jackson all are likely to be top 5 plays at their positions this week with Mike Williams being a top 15 play. With 3 TD catches in the last 4 games, even TE Dallas Clark is a consideration to be a top 10 TE play this week.

Arizona: John Skelton returns as the starting QB after a couple of miserable showings by rookie Ryan Lindley. It's hoped Skelton can get the ball a little more often to Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz is a WR3 play this week based solely on his immense talent. Beanie Wells is expected to start at RB despite being listed as Questionable with a knee issue. With a poor matchup, Wells is a poor fantasy bet. WR Andre Roberts is Questionable and will be a game time decision because of an ankle injury. He shouldn't be in fantasy lineups even if active.

St. Louis: Danny Amendola is officially listed as Questionable and consider a game time decision because of his foot injury. Even if active, Amendola is a poor bet for more than a limited role. WR Chris Givens has shown well recently, but is a boom or bust type of fantasy play. With weather expected to be a factor in Buffalo this Sunday, only RB Steven Jackson should be considered from this offense.

San Francisco: Mario Manningham is Doubtful with a shoulder injury and is not expected to play. Randy Moss likely will start in his place with rookie A.J. Jenkins stepping in as the potential #3 WR. This could be the week we see rookie RB LaMichael James active. Brandon Jacobs didn't look special last week as Frank Gore's backup and James brings an element of speed Jacobs doesn't possess. James, if active, is way too risky to consider for fantasy purposes though. Colin Kaepernick remains the 49ers starting QB over Alex Smith. But if he continues to struggle, it will be interesting to see if the team switches back to Smith before the end of the regular season. I kind of doubt it though.

Seattle: Sidney Rice passed all of his concussion protocols earlier this week and is Probable. He will start this week without issue. Rice has caught 5 TD passes in the last 5 games and appears locked in as a fantasy WR2/3. QB Russell Wilson has been on a tear of late. He's thrown for at least 2 TD passes in 5 straight games and hasn't thrown an interception in the last 4.

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