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Week 7 Live Blog

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Welcome to Week 7, where the bloated bye week has owners scurrying.

A Rotoworld staffer is watching every game today, keeping an eye on in-game injuries, depth chart changes and potential breakout players. We'll also be watching to see why a certain player is under- or over-performing. If you have a specific question about something going on in a specific game, ask me on twitter (@adamlevitan) and we will try to get you an answer in this space.

So check back often as we'll be constantly updating this page through the late games. You can also hang out with other fans in the Rotoworld Forums.

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1PM GAMES
INACTIVE NEWS
* Dez Bryant (groin) is active. He was spotting fielding punts in warmups, a sign that he's pretty healthy.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is active and starting. Expect Andre Brown and David Wilson to rotate in some.
* Jimmy Graham (ankle) is out. All the Saints' pass-catchers get a little boost, especially Lance Moore. David Thomas is the desperation play for fantasy owners.
* Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) is inactive. Deep threat Josh Gordon draws the start as a boom-or-bust play.
* Trent Richardson (ribs) appears closer to 100 percent than we thought he would be for this one. He is wearing a flak jacket.

FIRST HALF OBSERVATIONS
* Interesting to note that Jonathan Stewart "started" for the Panthers. DeAngelo Williams had been the first running back on the field in the first six weeks.
* Stop the presses. Chris Johnson scored his first touchdown in 11 games by bouncing a run to the edge and flashing speed to the pylon. It's worth noting that last year against the Bills, Johnson rushed 23 times for 153 yards with two touchdowns.
* Kenny Britt looked really healthy on the Titans' first drive, catching three passes for 26 yards. Truly appears over the hump with his knee and ankle issues. UPDATE: Britt was wide open on a deep post late in the first half but Matt Hasselbeck overthrew him. Would have been an easy TD.
* No worries at all on Trent Richardson (ribs). He's played every single snap of the Browns' first drive.
* Fred Davis got tangled up with Antrel Rolle in the back of the end zone and appeared to twist his left foot. It looks severe as he couldn't put any weight on that left side as he hopped to the trainer's table. UPDATE: Davis has a left Achilles' tendon injury and has already been ruled out for the day. The fear is a rupture.
* Wow, Chris Johnson still has his speed. He just exploded for an 83-yard TD run while untouched up the middle. This Bills' defense is a chicken noodle soup for CJ. He could have easily had a third TD early in the second quarter but Jamie Harper came in to punch it in from one foot out.
* Ahmad Bradshaw looks really good early. He's playing the majority of snaps and pushing off without issue. However, Andre Brown came on and vultured a 1-yard touchdown.
* Joe Haden isn't shadowing Reggie Wayne, but Wayne is struggling a little to connect with Andrew Luck early. It will come if the Browns stick with Sheldon Brown on Wayne.
* Vincent Jackson is too big and strong for Saints CB Patrick Robinson. V-Jax has a 2/33/1 line early in the second quarter.
* Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot) may not truly be 100 percent, but you can't tell by watching him today. Getting separation from DeAngelo Hall with ease. Racking up targets. Nicks has a 4/48/0 line with six minutes left in the first half.
* UPDATE on Fred Davis: He's reportedly done for the season after tearing his left Achilles' tendon today. Brutal blow for a guy in a contract year. Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen will see more snaps, but neither will be a focal point of the passing game.
* Very quiet first half for Kyle Rudolph. He did draw two defenders on Percy Harvin's red-zone touchdown.
* Dez Bryant appears healthy, but the Cowboys didn't have the ball much in the first half. The Panthers are dominating the clock.

SECOND HALF OBSERVATIONS
* Something is going on with Trent Richardson. As the Browns opened the second half, he was on the sideline with his helmet off. Montario Hardesty started. Possible setback with rib issue? He looked hesitant in first half.
* I didn't advocate adding Josh Gordon because he's a rotational player that doesn't run a full route tree. But he can certainly make plays. After a 33-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter, he has five scores in his last three games.
* It's time to take a longer look at LaRod Stephens-Howling. He can do things in space and the Cardinals are giving him a shot as a quasi-feature back. They even gave the tiny scatback a goal-line change that he converted.
* Dez Bryant reportedly got tested for a concussion. He took a hard hit to the back of the head and got his neck whipped the wrong way. UPDATE: Dez is back in after missing very little time.
* LeGarrette Blount is getting goal-line chances for the Bucs, but that's about it. With four minutes left in the third quarter, Doug Martin has 13 carries and Blount has five. Three of those came on failed runs from the 1-yard line.
* Updating the STL backfield situation: With 13 minutes left in the game, Steven Jackson has 10 touches and Daryl Richardson has seven. The Rams like getting Richardson's speed on the field and Jackson will be a free agent after the year. It makes sense to do a 65-35 split.
* A pass interference call takes the Panthers down to the 2-yard line. Cam? No. Jonathan Stewart? No. DeAngelo? Nope. Mike Tolbert punches it in.
* No, Larry Fitzgerald is not hurt. John Skelton has been getting harassed all day and Fitz is getting taken out offense. He has a 3/13/0 line with 10 minutes left in the game. Skelton is having a horrific game, even for his low standards.
* The Packers aren't going to be able to keep Randall Cobb off the field, even when Greg Jennings (groin) gets back. Along with Percy Harvin and C.J. Spiller, Cobb is among the most explosive players in the game.
* UPDATE on Trent Richardson. Looks like he may have aggravated his rib issue when he got rocked on a 3rd-and-1 late in the first half. He hasn't played since.
* Kenny Britt is not hurt. He drew a pass interference call in the second half and Matt Hasselbeck has been brutal when trying to identify receivers.

4PM GAMES
OBSERVATIONS
* Bill Belichick is out of control. Shane Vereen starts and the Patriots' go to him on the first three plays of the game. Just out of thin air.
* Update from the Texans: Ben Tate sustained a hamstring injury in their blowout of the Ravens. Justin Forsett is the next man up.
* Note that there are only two late games today. I'm watching both, but I would suspect that 99 percent of the country is watching Patriots/Jets and ignoring Jaguars/Raiders.
* Maurice Jones-Drew may have lightly rolled his ankle. He's getting his left foot taped up now. Rashad Jennings is the backup here. UPDATE: Maybe MJD's injury is more serious than it looked. His shoe is off and he's taking a cart ride to the locker room. UPDATE2: Jones-Drew is officially questionable to return with a foot injury, not an ankle. It's an important distinction -- foot injuries can cripple running back's seasons.
* Updating the Patriots' RB situation: Stevan Ridley played seven snaps in the first quarter and Vereen played eight.
* Jeremy Kerley continues to impress. He has the Patriots' eye as he's starting to see some double teams in the second quarter.
* Chad Henne is in at quarterback after Blaine Gabbert sustained a left shoulder injury. Downgrade? Meh.
* I've already stashed Tim Tebow in a few deeper leagues. Mark Sanchez's rope can't be that long and we know Tebow will be a QB1 whenever he starts. Legs.
* Hard for Darren McFadden to get going when the Raiders never have the ball. They have run just 17 plays with six minutes left in the half due to two turnovers and a recovered onside kick.
* Maurice Jones-Drew is in street clothes, on crutches and in a walking boot. This foot injury has the look of something serious. Rashad Jennings is going to be the top pickup of the week.
* Justin Blackmon is not hurt. Blaine Gabbert was locked onto Cecil Shorts early and Chad Henne is looking incredibly inept in relief.
* Updating Patriots' RB snaps through three quarters, courtesy of Mike Reiss: Stevan Ridley 29, Danny Woodhead 14, Shane Vereen 12.
* Shonn Greene has left the game after a big, scary hit over the middle from Brandon Spikes. Jonathan Grimes and Joe McKnight are on.
* Aaron Hernandez may have aggravated his ankle injury. He's not playing his usual snaps and is looking really gimpy during overtime.



Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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