Greetings to the happy LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch owners visiting the blog this morning! Not a bad start to your week, huh?
Here's your usual reminder about where you can find fantasy advice as kickoff approaches this weekend:
- Tweet the FOXSports.com fantasy team. I'm at @jhalpin37, and you can also contact Ryan Fowler (@FOXSportsFowler), Joel Beall (@FOXSportsBeall) and Mike Harmon (@SwollenDome).
- Post a message on the Facebook pages for Harmon, Fowler and me.
- Listen to FOX Fantasy Freaks Harmon, Peter Burns and Nate Lundy, on FOX Sports Radio Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon ET. You can also tweet those guys (@FantasyFreaks).
- Chat with Fowler, Beall and me on FOXSports.com Sunday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. I'll be in the noon-1 p.m. slot.
On to the news:
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- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) says he's willing to play hurt, but his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos will be a gametime decision. My hunch is that Peterson will play, but since I'm no doctor, I'll be watching the Sunday morning inactive lists with everyone else.
- Falcons RB Michael Turner (groin) and WR Julio Jones (hamstring) haven't practiced yet this week. Jones is expected back at practice today, and I haven't seen any news suggesting that Turner is in danger of missing Sunday's game. However, if Turner doesn't practice today, his owners might have a problem. Stay tuned.
- Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle) returned to practice in a limited fashion on Thursday, but his status for Sunday is still TBD. If Smith is active, you'll want to play him.
- How many points will my Giants lose by this time? RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and WR Mario Manningham (knee) look like they'll be out again. On the bright side, WR Hakeem Nicks, who hasn't practiced this week, says he'll be back at practice today, according to the New York Daily News.
- Buried in this highly entertaining story about Rolando McClain's arrest is a note warning us that Raiders WR Denarius Moore (ankle) isn't likely to play on Sunday. RB Darren McFadden (foot) and WR Jacoby Ford (foot) sound like they'll be out again, too.
- The Bucs say that the status of QB Josh Freeman (shoulder) might be a gametime decision, but they're preparing to start backup Josh Johnson against the Panthers, according to the St. Petersburg Times. If Johnson plays, the Bucs will be likely to run the ball more often than usual against the horrible Panthers' defense. What odds can I get on LeGarrette Blount breaking the NFL's single-game rushing record?
- Bengals RB Cedric Benson hasn't practiced this week due to a foot injury, but he's expected to play. I'd keep an eye on this situation, though.
- Sam Bradford's ankle might keep him out this week; it's the same injury that kept him out in Weeks 7 and 8. Where will I find another fantasy QB to throw for 155 yards and a touchdown?
- Browns RB Montario Hardesty (calf) hopes to return Sunday after a four-week absence. I wonder how Hardesty and Peyton Hillis will share the workload. Against the Ravens, will it matter? LB Ray Lewis (toe) might miss another game, but he didn't play last week, and the Ravens still shut down Frank Gore.
- I know the Texans will try to keep their game plan conservative for third-string rookie QB T.J. Yates, but I'd still grab the Falcons' defense to play against him.
- Redskins WR Jabar Gaffney (foot) was limited in Thursday's practice, but is expected to play against the J-E-T-S.
- One more note from last night's game: My colleague Mr. Fowler was right about Seahawks WR Golden Tate, who caught four passes for 47 yards and a TD. With Sidney Rice out for the season, maybe Tate is finally getting his chance. Head coach Pete Carroll says Tate is going to keep getting the ball.
- 49ers WR Braylon Edwards (knee, shoulder) is unlikely to play Sunday. Teammate Frank Gore (ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice, but he's expected to play.
- Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is practicing this week, and appears on track to return after missing four games with a hip injury. Floyd's presence would have implications for owners of Vincent Brown, who was targeted 10 times last week by Philip Rivers.
- According to this column, the Eagles can make DeSean Jackson play better by paying him a lot of money. Please read it, and let me know if you hated it as much as I did.
- RB LaDainian Tomlinson returns for the Jets this week, but I don't think he'll get the workload he wants.
- Patriots' backup RBs Danny Woodhead (abdomen) and Shane Vereen (hamstring) were both limited in Thursday's practice. I hope these guys don't miss the chance for some garbage-time work against the Colts. Vereen has carried 15 times in the last two games, you know. To use the parlance of my friends the Fantasy Freaks, Vereen is one of my "fantasy ninjas" this week.
- Dan Orlovsky finally gets a start at quarterback for the Colts. If you're in a two-QB league, I can see starting Orlovsky. The Colts are very likely to be trailing the Patriots by a lot of points in the second half, so they'll throw quite a bit. That strategy didn't do much for Curtis Painter, but Orlovsky can't be as bad as Painter. At least I don't think he can.
- Tyler Palko gets another start under center for the Chiefs on Sunday, but Kyle Orton could enter the game in relief. Wooo!
- If you're looking to start the improving Broncos' defense against the Vikings, know that rookie LB Von Miller might not play after having thumb surgery earlier in the week.
- Attention, Miles Austin owners: Your guy still isn't practicing. He's probably not playing this week. Stop asking if you should start him.
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See you back here Tuesday morning. Good luck this week!