Saturday, October 28, 2006

Week 8 Fantasy Injuries

The Counselor is IN:

Here are the week 8 fantasy injuries and thoughts.

WR Larry Fitzgerald (Hamstring) - Doubtful - He missed practice all week. Denny Green has does not think that Larry will play until after their off week- week 9.

WR Anquan Boldin (Back) - Probable - He missed practice on Friday with his back. There does not seem to be enough wrong for Boldin not to play. He will play and you should be starting him.

WR Greg Jennings -Doubtful - He is a game time decision. The chances of him playing are slim. Put him on your bench.

RB Ahman Green (Knee) - Probable - Ahman practiced on Friday. He should be a solid starter as a #2 RB against Arizona. He is only a good spot starter depending on match ups.

WR Antonio Chatman (Groin) -Out - Bengals put him on the IR this week. He is done for the year.

WR Kelley Washington (Hamstring) - Out - He is out for week. He might become the number 3 Wide Receiver when he is back. Hold on to him for now.

RB Rudi Johnson (Back) - Probable - He practiced on Friday. He is ready to play. The Falcons' run defense has been beat up and suspect the last few weeks. This should be a good match up.

QB Steve McNair (Head) - Probable - He practiced Friday without any issues. He was upgraded to probable from Questionable. He should be on the field this weekend. The only reason to start McNair is for an off week.

RB Deuce McAllister (Hamstring) - Probable - Deuce practiced all week. He is playing against the Ravens who are the # 2 defense against the run. It would be difficult not to play Deuce if you have him but if you have other good options; you might want to examine them.

RB DeAngelo Williams (Ankle) - Questionable - He did practice Friday after not practicing all week. He is thought to be a game time decision. I would lean to the thought he will not play until after next week's off week.

TE Jeb Putzier (Foot) - Doubtful - He was downgraded on Friday to Doubtful. He is listed as a game time decision. It does not look good for Putzier to play. He should not be your starter anyway. Leave him on your bench. You should have a better option.

WR Eric Moulds (Thigh) - Probable - Moulds will play this weekend. He is a playable option for an off week.

WR David Givens (Hand) - Questionable - He is another game time decision. He has sleeper potential for the second half of the fantasy season. He also has a high bust potential. He will probably break the starting line up for the Titans when he returns.

WR Brandon Jones (Chest) - Questionable - He is not expected to play this week. His fantasy value is only slight. He has some keeper value.

WR Brandon Stokley (Knee) - Questionable -He continues to miss practices and games. It does not appear that he will be back this weekend. When he returns, his role is expected to be minimal.

K Adam Vinatieri (Right Groin) - Probable - He kicked last weekend and he will kick this weekend. He is a must play every week.

RB Tatum Bell (Toe) - Probable - He practiced with no issues all week. He has become a stud since taking over the full time job in Denver. He will start and you should be starting him.

WR Matt Jones (Hamstring) - Questionable - He practiced all week. It appears that he will be playing on Sunday. He will have a backup QB tossing the ball so it would be safer to leave him on the bench.

QB Byron Leftwich (Ankle) - Out - He did not practice and has been downgraded to out. He is having personal issues with his coach. Be aware that the situation could get out of control and lower Leftwich's value.

TE L.J. Smith (Back) -Questionable - He practiced all week. He will start. He has had a good season. No reason to keep him on the bench.

WR Reggie Brown (Quadricep) - Probable - Brown will be on the field but so will Stallworth. What will Reggie's value be with Stallworth back? You have to lower him from a solid number 3 Wide out to a solid off week replacement.

WR Donte' Stallworth (Hamstring) - Probable - Stallworth has practiced all week. He should be starting this week. Will he pick back up where he left off as McNabb's go to guy? We will have to wait and see. It would be difficult to keep him on your fantasy bench.

RB Brian Westbrook (Knee) - Probable - There is no doubt that Westbrook will play. I did not think he would play last week and I regretted benching him (214 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches). He is a must start.

WR Laveranues Coles (Calf) - Questionable - He did not practice at all on Friday. I would make him a Sunday morning decision.

RB Cedric Houston (Knee) - Questionable - He is not expected to play this weekend. In the Jets running back by committee situation, I would continue to keep him on your bench even when he comes back.

RB Kevan Barlow (Calf) - Probable - He will play but is in the dreaded Running Back by committee. Leave him on your bench if you can.

TE Kellen Winslow (Knee) - Questionable - After practicing all week, there is no excuse not to start Winslow. He is a fantasy must start.

QB Ben Roethlisberger (Concussion) - Questionable - He is truly questionable and a game time decision. After a concussion, I would be cautious of starting him until he has a game under his belt.

WR Santonio Holmes (Toe) - Probable - He will play and has started to play well for a rookie. He has sleeper potential for the second half of the season.

WR Nate Washington (Thumb) - Probable - Washington will be playing. He has played well of late. I would not take a chance on Washington yet. Keep an eye on him and see how much playing time he gets.

WR Cedrick Wilson (Groin) - Probable - He is the third probable WR for the Steelers. He will play. He is worth an off week start if you don't have a high quality number 4 WR.

RB LaMont Jordan (Back) - Questionable - The Raiders seem to believe that he will play. It is hard to start him with the current state of the Raiders. Since they are playing the Steelers, it makes it almost impossible to start him and feel secure. Since he is still listed as questionable, you should get therapy if you start him. You will need it.

RB Justin Fargas (Shoulder) - Probable - It is more certain that Fargas will play than Jordan but there is no reason to start him.

QB Matt Hasselbeck (Knee) - Out - Matt is not expected to be back until week 11. The injuries to the Seahawks have devastated several fantasy teams.

RB Shaun Alexander (Foot) - Doubtful- He will not play this weekend. He might be back for week 9. Continue to have faith that he will save your season once he is back.

WR Bobby Engram (Illness) - Questionable - It does not appear that he will play this weekend. We are unsure what his role will be when he returns because of the play of Branch.

QB Trent Green (Head) - Out - There is no truth to the rumor. Since the concussion, Green does not really think he is Batman. He might think he is Troy Aikman but not Batman.

QB Damon Huard (Groin) - Questionable - Huard is expected to play. He has played decently since Green's concussion. He would be serviceable for an off week but not as your weekly starter.

TE Vernon Davis (Fibula) - Out - He is probably out for a couple more weeks. He should not be your starter. If you have him as a keeper, then stash him away. Otherwise, you should let him go.

TE Antonio Gates (Hip) - Probable - Antonio will play. He is on track to be the best fantasy TE in the league again. Start him and enjoy the fact that he is on your team.

WR Vincent Jackson (Groin) - Probable - Jackson will play this week but he has not had much fantasy value. He is a great keeper with huge upside. Stash him away on your bench if you’re in a keeper league.

QB Chris Simms (Splenectomy) - Out - Tampa Bay continues to hold onto hope that Chris might be able to play this year. I continue to expect them to put him on the IR for the season.

WR Sinorice Moss (Quadricep) - Out - He continues to be downgraded to out every week. He has been injured since July. Do not expect much when he comes back other than as a returner.

WR Plaxico Burress (Heel) - Probable - Here is a nagging issue that will not keep him off of the field. He is a solid number 2 to 3 starter.

RB Kevin Faulk (Ankle) TE - Questionable - He is a game day decision. Faulk does not have enough value to start even for off weeks.

Daniel Graham (Ankle) - Questionable - It does not look like Graham will probably play. You should not hold onto hope that Graham will be anything other than a third TE for your team.

WR Marcus Robinson (Back) - Questionable - Marcus will not play on Monday night. Keep him on your bench. The questionable status appears to be Coaching manipulation issue. Ignore it.

WR Troy Williamson (Concussion) - Questionable - It is never a good thing when a receiver has an MRI on Friday. Do not start him this week.

WR Travis Taylor (Concussion) - Probable - He practiced on Friday in a limited role. Taylor may start by default. He came into this league with a lot of hype and has never lived up to it. Try to find a better option to start.

The Counselor is OUT:

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