Friday, October 20, 2006

Week 7 Fantasy Injuries

The Counselor is IN:

Week 7 Injuries and comments.

WR Larry Fitzgerald (Hamstring) - Doubtful- Arizona is being very careful with Fitzgerald. Since Bryant Johnson has been playing well in place of Fitzgerald, they can make sure that Fitzgerald is fully healthy before bringing him back. It is hard to keep a stud on the bench but keep him there this week.

QB Aaron Brooks (Shoulder) - Out- He is out but he is getting close to coming back. He might practice next week. He is not a keeper even when he is back and starting. If you have held on to him, it is time to cut your losses.

RB Justin Fargas (Shoulder) - Questionable- He is a backup in a bad offense. He might have some value if Jordan goes down for an off week but I would not count on it. He did practice the last couple of days.

RB LaMont Jordan (Back) - Probable- He practiced Thursday and Friday. He will start against Arizona. He might be a decent choice for an off week this week.

RB DeAngelo Williams (Ankle) - Doubtful- He will not play this week. He participated in rehabilitation drills during practice this week. It might be a few weeks before he is back.

WR Kelley Washington (Hamstring) - Out- This is a bad time for Washington to be out with a hamstring. He was going to the 3rd receiver with Henry’s suspension but now Washington is out. It looks like he will be out for several weeks.

WR Chad Johnson (Shoulder) - probable- He was able to fully practice on Friday. The local media does not see this injury as a concern. You should not either. Start him and smile about it.

TE Kellen Winslow (Knee) - Questionable- He practiced all week. He is an elite TE. Denver is tough against TE but start him anyway.

WR Laveranues Coles (Calf) - Questionable- He missed part of practice this week. New York Media has not even asked about it so they do not think that it is an issue but I would be a bit more cautious with Coles. Keep an eye on him and make him a game day decision.

RB Kevan Barlow (Calf) - Probable – Kevan will play. He is splitting some carries with Rookie Leon Washington so he is not a fantasy stud but can be a good spot starter.

QB Chad Pennington (Calf) - Probable- Pennington appears to be fine. He continues to be a decent backup.

QB. WR Robert Ferguson (Foot) - Out- Ferguson may be out for the year. He has a Lisfranc foot injury. Ferguson is a former fantasy stud but that has been a while. It is time to move on past Ferguson.

RB Ahman Green (Hamstring) - Probable- Green will play this week. He is injured prone and he has very little tread on his tires. He is good for an occasional off week start.

WR Wes Welker (Calf) - Questionable- Wes was able to practice fully on Thursday and Friday. I would not start any Dolphin receiver that is not named Chambers.

WR Matt Jones (Hamstring) - Out- This year was suppose to be Matt's start to fantasy stardom but has turned into a season on the injured list.

QB Byron Leftwich (Ankle) - Questionable- He did not practice on Friday and will have an MRI on his left ankle. Bench him for this week and see how he is next week.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Foot) - Probable -Maurice had a full week of practice. It appears that he will play on Sunday. He has been splitting some time with Taylor. He is a great keeper and should get a real shot when Taylor gets injured. He is not really worth starting until then.

WR Reggie Williams (Shoulder) - Probable -Reggie also practiced all week. He will play. He is starting to develop into the receiver that they thought he would be when they drafted him in the top ten a couple of years ago. He is a decent number 3 receiver. He is a better off week replacement. He is some to hold onto in a keeper league.

TE Jeb Putzier (Foot) - Questionable - He has missed a portion of practice all week long. He is not a safe play for this weekend. He is not a typical fantasy starter. Find someone else to start at TE.

TE. RB Shaun Alexander (Foot) - Out- All indications point to him being out until week 9. He will be back for the final push to your fantasy playoffs, if you are not mathematically out by the time he gets back.

WR Bobby Engram (Illness)- Out - Bobby continues to be out with Graves disease. He supposedly will be able to practice next week. With Branch emerging with Seattle, it might be too late for Engram to keep his starting job.

RB Kevin Faulk (Ankle)- Questionable -Kevin will be a game time decision. He is not a great start any week. Keep him on the bench.

TE Daniel Graham (Ankle)- Questionable - He is another game time decision. With Ben Watson having a good year at TE, Graham is only worth a 3rd TE backup role.

QB Tom Brady (Shoulder)- Probable - It appears that Brady will be starting with no problems. He had a rough game two weeks ago against Miami before the off week. Do not let that bad game convince you to bench him. He is a must start every week.

WR Donte' Stallworth (Hamstring)- Questionable - Stallworth did practice on Friday but only ran a few routes. He will be a game time decision. Even if he plays, he will not be a full strength. I would keep him on the bench this week. Hopefully he will be full strength for next week's game.

RB Brian Westbrook (Knee)- Questionable - ESPN's John Clayton and the Philadelphia Inquirer are both reporting that Westbrook will play. If John Clayton reports it, then it must be true.

WR Reggie Brown (Quadricep)- Probable - It appears that he will play. He had a huge game last week. I would not count on such a great game but he should be a good #3 starter for you.

TE L.J. Smith (Shoulder)- Probable - L.J. will play on Sunday. If you have him, he should be starting for your team. He has played like a fantasy starter all year.

QB Chris Simms (Splenectomy)- Out - The expectation is that he will go on the IR for the year any day. Until they do this, keep him stashed on your injured list just in case.

WR Mark Jones (Hamstring)- Questionable - He did not play all week. At best he is a number 5 or 6 fantasy wide for any team.

QB Michael Vick (Shoulder)- Probable - Vick practiced on Thursday and Friday. He will play on Sunday. It is being reported that he is unhappy with the offense. His situation could be troublesome. He is safe to start but keep an ear to the complaints. It could become interesting in Atlanta.

WR Vincent Jackson (Groin)- Questionable - The Rookie speedster has an injured groin. This is a troublesome and lingering type of injury especially for someone with speed. Keep him on your bench and hope that he gets some time to properly heal. He did not practice all week.

QB Trent Green (Head)- Out - Green has been cleared for practice. He is not expected to play before week 9. If it does not work out, maybe Troy Aikman can get him a gig with commercials for bricks and hot wings. I would not trust him as a starter until he proves himself in a game or two.

WR David Patten (Thigh)- Probable - He appears ready to play. Do you really want to start him?

RB Dominic Rhodes (Ankle)- Questionable - He will be a game time decision. If he plays, he will continue to split carries with Addai. The Colts' running game has been non-existent for most of the season. There is no reason to start Rhodes even if he is able to play.

WR Brandon Stokley (Knee)- Questionable - He has been ruled out to play this week. His left knee was injured on October 8th.

K Adam Vinatieri (Right Groin)- Questionable - Rotoworld is reporting that he is 99% sure he will play on Sunday. He should be starting unless Indy signs Gramatica again. I don't know about the rest of you but this will help my fantasy team.

WR Sinorice Moss (Quadricep)- Questionable - It appears that he will be downgraded to Doubtful even though he practiced all week. Keep the rookie on the bench.

WR Amani Toomer (Calf)- Probable - He practiced on Friday. He should be a go for Sunday. He is a safe play for your team.

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