May 122012

RB Ray Rice- Baltimore

Missed some practice time this week, but as has been the case for the past two weeks, Rice will play through an injured knee. Rice rushed for 133 yards last week against Denver and it’s not like New England’s run defense is any better than Denver’s. In fact, it might be worse. You’re going to want him in your lineup.

QB Jay Cutler- Chicago

Cleared to play and good to go.

RB Peyton Hillis- Cleveland

Didn’t practice until Friday this week, but his coach maintains that he will play through a quad injury. However, that quad injury limited him to 28 yards on 10 carries last week and he does face Pittsburgh this year, who held Chris Johnson and Michael Turner under 50 yards this season. Also, the Browns acquired Mike Bell this week, a sign that they could be using him to spell Hillis from time to time and cut into his carries. I’d look at other options this week.

QB Matt Stafford- Detroit

He has practiced this week for the first time since injuring his shoulder week one and the results have been surprisingly positive. The Lions have yet to name a starter, but if you own Stafford, don’t get too excited. I doubt Stafford plays this week, with a bye week coming next week. The Lions are 1-4 and going nowhere fast so I doubt they’ll rush him back this week when they can just start him 100% week 8 after the bye.

WR Calvin Johnson- Detroit

Practiced a little this week and is still listed as a game time decision, but I’d say it is more likely than not that he sits. Check back tomorrow or follow me on twitter, but you probably want to have other options. Even if he does play, he could be severely limited.

QB Aaron Rodgers- Green Bay

He has yet to be officially cleared, but it looks like he will play against Miami this week. Have him in  your lineup.

TE Jermichael Finley- Green Bay


WR Donald Driver- Green Bay 

Pulled a quad at practice on Friday, but is still expected to play.

WR Andre Johnson- Houston

He took it light in practice this week in attempt to once again play this week through an ankle injury. He should be closer to 100% than he was last week, when he caught 5 passes for 95 yards.

WR Jacoby Jones- Houston

Practiced Friday and is expected to play, but didn’t practice before Friday and is still listed as questionable. I wouldn’t start him this week. He’s not a fantasy stud and there’s a chance that he doesn’t even play or is limited behind Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter on the depth chart.

TE Owen Daniels- Houston

He’ll play through his hamstring and knee problems, but as I say every week, wait until he produces before starting him. Last week he caught a season high 3 passes for a season high 45 yards and hasn’t scored all year.

RB Joseph Addai- Indianapolis

After missing practice earlier this week, Addai practiced Friday fully and without problems with a neck injury, but is still listed as questionable. I’m going to say game time decision with him, which could be risky as he doesn’t kick off until 8:20. He also only has 278 yards through 5 games, so I’d look at other options this week to be on the safe side.

RB Mike Hart- Indianapolis

Has a hip problem but still could play and even start if Addai doesn’t start. However, because of that 8:20 kickoff and the fact that they never run the ball well anyway, I’d avoid the Indy backfield for this week.

WR Pierre Garcon- Indianapolis

Missed practice time with his hammy problem, but like last week, he should play through it.


RB Maurice Jones Drew- Jacksonville

He has a swollen hand, but after practicing Friday, they’re calling him probable so I’d feel safe starting him even though he doesn’t kick off until Monday Night.

QB Brett Favre- Minnesota

Favre missing a game? I’ll believe it when I see it. However, his shaky play this season and his elbow problem don’t instill a lot of confidence in him for me as a potential starter this week. However, if you’ve been rolling with him as your guy this year, feel free to do it again this week. Dallas’ defense is playing like crap this season.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe- Minnesota

Limited Wednesday and Thursday, but practiced Friday and is expected to play.

RB Fred Taylor- New England


RB Pierre Thomas- New Orleans


RB Reggie Bush- New Orleans


WR Marques Colston- New Orleans

Practiced all week and should be fine.

RB Darren McFadden- Oakland

He’s a game time decision with a hamstring problem, but with the way Michael Bush ran last week, it’s easy for Tom Cable to give Bush some of McFadden’s carries even if he does play. I’d look at other options this week. I’d also only start Bush if McFadden is out. They could very easily cancel each other out.

QB Michael Vick- Philadelphia

He won’t start, but he may be in uniform this week so he could play if something happens to Kolb. Don’t bet on it though.

TE Brent Celek- Philadelphia

Practiced all week and with his BFFL Kevin Kolb at QB, he should have another big week. 

WR Legedu Naanee- San Diego

Expected to be out with a hamstring problem.

TE Kellen Winslow- Tampa Bay

Once again will play through knee problems.

RB Chris Johnson- Tennessee

Was given an off day Thursday with a quad problem, but he’s going to play Monday Night.

QB Donovan McNabb- Washington

Listed as questionable with a hamstring problem, but practiced all week. Mike Shanahan just loves the questionable label.


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