Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fantasy football: Week 9 injury-waiver update/Sidney Rice update

The Minnesota Vikings web site is reporting that receiver Sidney Rice, who has not played this season due to hip surgery, practice all week and has a shot to play this weekend, albeit in a very limited role. There are reports that the Vikings will have a handful of offensive packages designed specifically for Rice to begin getting him involved in the offense.
This certainly makes sense since receiver Randy Moss has been booted off the team. But be advised.....if he does play this week it will likely be just a few plays so he can get his feet wet....

Injuries continue to linger and pile up in the NFL and with six teams on the bye this week, that is putting many fantasy football teams in a bind.
For example, if you have San Diego tight end Antonio Gates be prepared to find a replacement. He is still bothered by a toe injury and plantar fascia and didn't practice on Friday. It is unlikely that he will play this week.
The guy to pick up as a replacement if he's still on your waiver wire is new starting Indianapolis tight end Jacob Tamme. He is Dallas Clark's replacement and is a lock for double-digit points every week.
Other injuries to monitor are Indianapolis receiver Austin Collie (hand) and New England receiver Deion Branch (hamstring).

Also, Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson, who has been recovering from a concussion, has been practicing and is expected to start this week. He is being fitted with a special state-of-the-art helmet to give him added protection in the head area.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fantasy football: Week 8 recap

If any of you listened to me last week spouting off and praising the projections of new Dallas quarterback Jon Kitna and actually started him - you're welcome.
He was the top-rated QB in Week 8 with 379 yards and a touchdown. The four interceptions - three on tipped balls- was a bit much but we can live with it. I started Kitna in two leagues and won both games.
It baffles me how so many NFL and fantasy football "experts" were so hesitant to offer Kitna up as a solid play. To me it was a no brainer - an experienced QB champing at the bit get a start with all the offensive weapons a QB could ask for in Dallas.
Other top QB plays were Kyle Orton (Denver) 369 yards, 1 touchdown; Jason Campbell (Oakland) 310 yards, 2 touchdowns; Drew Brees (New Orleans) 305 yards, 2 touchdowns; and Philip Rivers (San Diego) 305 yards, 2 touchdowns.

It was only a matter of time before speedy and shifty running back Jamaal Charles of Kansas City found the right matchup fora solid day. He didn't score a TD but he did rush for 177 yards and had four receptions for 61 receiving yards. One of the hot running back waiver picks of the week will be LaGarrette Blount of Tampa Bay. All he did was rush or 120 yards and score two touchdowns.
Other top running back performances were Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville) 135 yards; Frank Gore (San Francisco) 118 yards, 1 touchdown; and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England) 112 yards, 2touchdowns.

Denver's Brandon Lloyd continues to be the hottest receiver in the league with seven receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown. Thanks to starter Kenny Brit being injured, Tennessee receiver Nate Washington came up with a big day with four receptions, 117 yards and a touchdown. Other top receivers were Mike Sims-Walker (Jacksonville) 8 receptions, 153 yards, 1 touchdown; Steve Breaston (Arizona) 8 receptions, 147 yards; and Miles Austin (Dallas) 7 receptions, 117 yards.

Like Kitna, if you read how much I constantly told readers that new starting Dallas tight end Jacob Tamme was going to step in and make an immediate impact and then actually played him- you're welcome. All Tamme did was have six receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown for 18 points in most point-per-recepton leagues.
Other top tight ends were Antonio Gates (San Diego) 5 receptions, 123 yards, 1 touchdown; Jason Witten (Dallas ) 10 receptions, 97 yards, 1 touchdown; Delanie Walker (San Francisco) 5 receptions, 85 yards; and Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville) 2 receptions, 51 yards, 2 touchdowns.

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