With six NFL teams on a bye this week, the last thing any fantasy owner needs to deal with is an injured player sitting out at the last minute and putting up a big goose-egg on the scoreboard. That is why you should come to TheFinsiders.com every Sunday morning and check out who is hurt, who is injured and who has already been ruled out. Not only do we tell you about who is ailing, but we also give you advice on who to play in their place. This is your one-stop shop for all your last second fantasy advice!
Trent Richardson (ribs) got through a full session on Friday without experiencing any setbacks. Word is that he will not have any limitations on his workload, and is a top-10 fantasy RB against a Colts defense that allows the 3rd most fantasy points to RBs this season at 26.5 PPG.
Dez Bryant is dealing with a groin injury that has him listed as questionable, but everyone in the Cowboys organization expects him to play. The injury is “nothing new”, yet he has put up huge stats over his last two games with 21 catches on 28 targets for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
DeMarco Murray was ruled out early in the week, which means Felix Jones will get the start at RB and makes for a fine RB2 play. The Panthers give up 24.3 PPG to RBs (6th worst in NFL), so there is RB1 upside for Jones this week.
Brandon Pettigrew (knee) and Titus Young (knee) both practiced on a limited basis Saturday, and are listed as probable for Monday Night Football. The Bears are weaker at covering TEs than they are WRs, so Pettigrew could be a low-end TE1, while Young shouldn’t even be on your team unless you are in a 16-team or deeper league.
Greg Jennings is still out for the Packers, which means James Jones will draw another start at WR. Word is that the team is aiming for him to be back in week 8, so don’t lose faith in him just yet.
Laurent Robinson (concussion) is out this week, which means Cecil Shorts will draw the start opposite Justin Blackmon. Even with Oakland giving up 24.4 PPG to WRs (11th worst), neither player is a fantasy option as Blaine Gabbert is still the starting QB.
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham was ruled out this week, which means David Thomas will start in his place. Thomas has reached double-digit yardage in a game in two years, so please look elsewhere for a TE fill-in. Scott Chandler and Greg Olsen are owned in just 24.4 and 21.5 percent of NFL.com leagues respectively.
Ahmad Bradshaw is a full-blown game-time decision today. The good news is that he plays the in the 1PM set of games, so you have time to scramble if he is out. Andre Brown and David Wilson will share the workload if Bradshaw is out, and I suspect the Giants will run a RBBC even if he is in to prevent further injury. I wouldn’t count on Bradshaw as anything more than a low-end RB2/flex play.
Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) have both been ruled out, which means Jonathan Dwyer will draw the start against the Bengals. Dywer has been less than impressive in his production so far, so expect Baron Batch and rookie Chris Rainey to also see some touches. Truth be told, I would use any Steelers RB unless I was absolutely desperate for an RB play.
Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (knee) is hoping to play after returning to a limited practice on Thursday. For a center to make a fantasy injury report, it lets you know just how important he is to the Steelers offensive line.
Ed Reed has been playing with a torn labrum, LB Ray Lewis and CB Lardarius Webb are both done for the season, DT Haloti Ngata tweaked his MCL and will play at less than 100 percent, and DL Terrell Suggs is at best a game-time decision. The reality is that the Ravens will most likely hold Suggs out until after their week 8 bye, meaning you should bench the defense in any format until further notice. There are just too many problems surrounding this defense right now.
Pierre Garcon (foot) is listed as doubtful after missing practice this week. Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan will start at WR, with Santana Moss in the slot. While I RGIII against the Giants this week, I have a feeling we could see numbers similar to last week (182 yards passing, 138 yards rushing and 3 TDs), which means none of his WRs make for good fantasy plays.
Kevin Kolb has been ruled out and is expected to miss approximately 6-8 weeks. That means John Skelton will be under center, but is not worth a look except in the deeper leagues. Larry Fitzgerald has always produced no matter who his QB is, so no worries there.
Be sure to check back here tomorrow for a complete recap of Week 7′s winners and losers as well as advice on which players you should consider adding to your squad before week 8. Good Luck today!
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