On last night's game ... it looks like Chris Johnson shouldn't have been ranked 247th on the running back list this week after all. Who would have guessed? I'm not suggesting that you should expect the old CJ2K anymore, or that he won't have more 12-yard games, but running backs that carry the ball 19 (or 13 or 15) times have value.
As always, 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, Ryan Fowler 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. (I'll handle the first hour this week).
- Review my Week 6 rankings, along with all the great information at our fantasy football news page.
On to the news:
- Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) took almost a full load of snaps in Thursday's practice, and though he hasn't yet been cleared to play by doctors, it sounds like he'll be ready on Sunday. According to the Washington Post, head coach Mike Shanahan said that he won't limit playcalling to compensate for Griffin's injury. I'm a tiny bit skeptical about that, and I'll keep Griffin at QB8.
- Don't forget your byes: The Saints, Panthers, Jaguars and Bears are off this week.
- While Alex Green appears to be atop the Packers' backfield food chain with Cedric Benson out, this article says that James Starks is "expected to take a share of the load" against the Texans. I wouldn't start Starks, but I might stash him on a bench if I missed out on the other flavors of the week. WR Greg Jennings (groin) and Jermichael Finley (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday, and both are iffy for Sunday night, with Jennings looking like the more doubtful of the two.
- Even though LaRod Stephens-Howling is small, change-of-pace back, the Cardinals' website makes it sound like he'll play an important role along with William Powell against the terrible Bills' defense this week. Powell is probably the best long-term bet, but manage your expectations, as we're talking about third-string runners on a bad running team. Until Beanie Wells returns - possibly in Week 12 - this is what they've got.
- RB Vick Ballard is expected to start for the Colts in the wake of Donald Brown's knee injury, but Indianapolis Star beat writer Philip B. Wilson tweeted earlier this week that he thought Delone Carter would rotate into the picture as well.
- No news yet on Rashard Mendenhall's Achilles' injury. Sorry he got your Week 6 off to such a bad start.
- We should know more today about the status of Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee). Plan to start Nicks if he's active, and if you own Domenik Hixon, his value will plummet quite a bit if Nicks plays.
- Dear Brady Quinn: Since you're going to start at quarterback Sunday against the Bucs, please make sure to remember that Dwayne Bowe is your bread and butter. Sincerely, Fantasy Owners Everywhere.
- "I think we just keep giving him the ball." That's what Jets head coach Rex Ryan said this week about RB Shonn Greene. Greene is mediocre, but he's also been the victim of some bad matchups lately. The Colts should present an easier road, and I wouldn't hesitate to start Greene.
- In other Jets' news, it sounds like TE Dustin Keller (hamstring) will return to action this week. Aside from WR Jeremy Kerley, who else does Mark Sanchez have to throw to?
- This article suggests that the Bills will continue to split things down the middle between Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
- Wondering why Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has been struggling? His offensive line isn't doing him any favors.
- Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas was limited in Thursday's practice due to a hip injury, but it's apparently not serious.
- If you're looking ahead to next week, RB Jahvid Best should find out today if he'll be ready to go. I've picked him up in two leagues already.
- Texans RB Ben Tate (toe) was limited in Thursday's practice, but is expected to play Sunday.
- Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (concussion) didn't practice Thursday. Lamar Miller could have limited value this week as Reggie Bush's caddy.
- Look for Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) to return this week. DHB hasn't been productive, so you don't want to start him yet.
- Alex Smith's injured finger is fine. If you were worrying, stop.
- In an article about the Rams' receivers, QB Sam Bradford said a nice thing about Steve Smith. Smith would be a pretty deep reach, but you might need that.
Good luck in Week 6!