I'm at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to celebrate my wife's birthday. Last night, we met a nice couple named Seth and Stacie from Seattle while playing three-card poker. Seth is a big fantasy football player - he owns five teams - and was at Monday night's Packers-Seahawks game. I told Seth I'd give him a shout-out in today's blog post, so here goes: He left with two minutes remaining in the game. The next time you're at a sporting event and think about leaving early, please remember what Seth did, smack yourself, and stay right where you are. Thanks to Seth for helping me share this extremely important public-service announcement.
If you need help getting ready for Sunday's games after reading today's blog entry, here's what you can do before kickoff:
- Send your questions to me via Facebook or Twitter. You can also tweet lineup questions to my colleagues Joel Beall and Mike Harmon.
- Listen to hosts Harmon, Peter Burns and Nate Lundy on the FOX Fantasy Freaks on FOX Sports Radio Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon ET. You can tweet questions to those guys as well.
- Join a pregame chat with Beall and me on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
- Review my Week 4 rankings, along with all the great information at our fantasy football news page.
On to the news:
- Bills RB Fred Jackson appears ready to return from his knee injury this week against the Patriots. Since it sounds like C.J. Spiller won't play - "I don't know where it's going" is what head coach Chan Gailey said Thursday of Spiller's appearance at practice - Jackson appears OK to start as a low-end RB2 this week. I'd stay away from Tashard Choice if Jackson plays.
- Rams RB Steven Jackson hasn't practiced this week because of his nagging groin injury. There's no guarantee that we'll know more about Jackson's progress after today's practice, and he could be tracking toward a gametime decision. Since the Rams are hosting the ferocious Seahawks' D on Sunday, I'd try to avoid SJ39 if I had a good backup. Jackson is my RB29 for the week.
- Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip) practiced on Thursday and Friday, and is apparently ready to go this week. Start him if you have him.
- The Giants have listed WR Hakeem Nicks as doubtful due to a knee injury. Got get 'em again, Ramses Barden!
- Bears RB Matt Forte (ankle) has been practicing on a limited basis this week, and the buzz from Chicago is that he's going to play Monday against the Cowboys. However, make sure you check Forte's status over the weekend, because if the words "gametime decision" come up, you'll want to avoid him. In that case, you'll want to use Michael Bush as no more than a flex option. Damned Monday night games.
- Dolphins RB Reggie Bush worked with the first-team offense on Friday, and looks like he'll play Sunday after hurting his knee last week.
- In case you missed it earlier this week, Cardinals RB Beanie Wells' toe injury will keep him out until at least Week 12. I've got Ryan Williams at RB26 this week, mainly because the Miami run defense has been so good thus far. You can start Williams due to an anticipated heavy workload, but don't expect a Week 4 breakout.
- It's hard to envision exactly how the Giants will divide the backfield workload between Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and Andre Brown this week, but I have them both in flex territory due to the uncertainty.
- Titans WR Kenny Britt sounds iffy for Sunday due to his ankle injury. When asked on Thursday if he'll play, Britt said, "It's possible. I am not counting myself out." That's not so positive, is it?
- Pierre Garcon will again be a wait-and-see proposition because of his foot injury. I kind of like Leonard Hankerson among the rest of the Redskins' WR corps.
- Keep an eye on Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who was limited in Thursday's practice because of a groin injury. I wouldn't worry too much about Bowe yet, though. RB Peyton Hillis (ankle) probably won't play, and you'll need to wait for a Friday update on WR Dexter McCluster (elbow).
- Remember that the Colts and Steelers have byes this week. If you start Isaac Redman by mistake, don't blame me.
- I can't say I'm as excited as some other people about WR Jerome Simpson's debut to the Vikings this week. Having him at WR47 is about as excited as I'll get until I see some catches and TDs.
- Jaguars WR Laurent Robinson (concussion) might be able to play this week, but don't count on it.
- Reminder: Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (hip) is expected to return Sunday night against the Giants.
Good luck in Week 4!