Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fantasy football: Temper expectations with Holmes, Foster and Jackson

Several players are expected to play today despite still hurting with an injury and not being 100 percent. Be careful when you start these players beause their production will likely be limited if they play.

Santonio Holmes is recovering from knee and quadriceps injuries and is listed as questionable for today's game with Jacksonville. But the Jets' website claims Holmes, who was very iffy to play on Friday, plans to play today.
But even if he plays today, don't expect him to be 100 percent. Plaxico Burress will likely be used a lot more with Holmes used as a decoy in a lot of passing plays. I would play Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders or Arizona's Early Doucet ahead of Holmes this week.
Texans running back Arian Foster, who went No. 1 in most drafts this season, is expected to see the field for the first time this season as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury. He is still listed as questionable against Miami and I wouldn't expect a lot from him this week. Backup Ben Tate is expected to get a lot of work with possibly as much as a 50-50 split in carries.
At least for this week, don't expect monster fantasy production from Foster. I would start guys like Cedric Benson, Peyton Hillis and Beanie Wells if they're available over Foster - just for this week.

This is for Monday's game, but St. Louis running back Steven Jackson is expected to be a game-time decisions as far his availibity according to the team's website. Listed as questionable with a quadriceps injury, he didn't practice Saturday. The best bet in this spot appears to be backup running back Cadillac Williams. I would bench Jackson because even if he plays he likely won't be effective when it comes to fantasy production. Go with Williams or some of the other running back options out there. I would even go with New England's Danny Woodhead who I believe will be very active in the Pats' tough matchup with San Diego today.

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