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Week 8 Injury Questions

Saturday, October 27, 2012


It’s been a quiet season for true game-time calls among superstars. That’s changing this week. Jordy Nelson, Jimmy Graham and Trent Richardson are among the players owners need to be checking in on Sunday morning.

As we get set for Week 8, we’ll help you get set. The Rotoworld News Page will be humming all day long to bring you the latest on who is in and who is out. We’ve got rankings from Chris Wesseling/Mike Clay here and Evan Silva’s ridiculously mind-blowing Matchup Column here. Inside the Season Pass, you’ll find flex rankings and exact projections for every player.

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OK, let’s get to the hurt folks:

1PM GAMES
JAGUARS at PACKERS
* Jordy Nelson (hamstring) is a true game-time call and Greg Jennings (groin) is out. Donald Driver could end up starting opposite James Jones, but Randall Cobb and Jones would hog targets.
* Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) isn’t close. It’s the Rashad Jennings show.
* Blaine Gabbert will play through a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.
* Laurent Robinson (concussions) is expected to play a limited role behind Cecil Shorts if he’s active.

DOLPHINS at JETS
* Daniel Thomas (concussions) is ready to return as Reggie Bush’s backup.
* Bilal Powell (shoulder) is doubtful and Joe McKnight (ankle) is a game-time call. Shonn Greene will be a workhorse.

CHARGERS at BROWNS
* Trent Richardson (ribs) put in three good days of practice and is showing real improvement. He’s on track to start, making him really tough to sit in fantasy formats. Montario Hardesty (knee) is ready to go, but can’t be trusted if Richardson suits up.
* Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) is headed for a game-time call. But Greg Little and Josh Gordon appear locked in as starters regardless.
* Eddie Royal hurt his hamstring in practice this week. He’s way off the fantasy radar.

COLTS at TITANS
* Donald Brown (knee) practiced in full on Friday and appears set to suit up. He’d take away some carries from Vick Ballard right away.
* Jake Locker (shoulder) remains sidelined as Matt Hasselbeck is on a two-game winning streak.

PATRIOTS at RAMS
* Brandon Lloyd (knee), Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Wes Welker (ankle) are all fully expected to play through questionable tags.
* Aaron Hernandez (ankle) apparently had a setback and isn’t even in London.
* Danny Amendola (clavicle) has made a really fast return, but he’s expected to sit out this week. The Rams have a bye in Week 9.

FALCONS at EAGLES
* Harry Douglas (knee) is out. Perhaps Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White get a few more underneath targets.

PANTHERS at BEARS
* Jay Cutler’s rib tweak was never a real concern. He’s a full go.

SEAHAWKS at LIONS
* Doug Baldwin (ankle) is out. Ben Obomanu and Braylon Edwards could see a few more snaps, but there’s no fantasy appeal here.
* Calvin Johnson (knee) is ready to rock despite missing Friday’s practice.
* Titus Young (knee) will be an every-down receiver despite a questionable tag. Nate Burleson (leg), is done for the season.

REDSKINS at STEELERS
* Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) is out. Isaac Redman (ankle) is tentatively expected to play, but Jonathan Dwyer projects as the feature back.
* Pierre Garcon (foot) is not close to a return. Leonard Hankerson gets another start at “X.”
 
4PM GAMES
GIANTS at COWBOYS
* Ahmad Bradshaw has a painful bone bruise on his foot. He is expected to gut it out, but Andre Brown will be ready in support.
* DeMarco Murray (foot) is out. Felix Jones (knee) got in a couple limited practices and is expected to start. Phillip Tanner is ready in case “Fragile” Felix gets nicked.

RAIDERS at CHIEFS
* Peyton Hillis (ankle) is finally returning as Jamaal Charles’ caddy.
* Matt Cassel (concussion) is ready to play, but Brady Quinn has the starting gig now.
 
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
SAINTS at BRONCOS
* Jimmy Graham (ankle) appears to be on the good side of a true game-time call. It’s worth rostering backup David Thomas and waiting on Graham.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
49ERS at CARDINALS
* Frank Gore (ribs) is a full go despite missing some plays late in Week 7.
* Mario Manningham (shoulder) will return and figures to play about half the snaps opposite Michael Crabtree.

MY TOUGHEST DECISION OF THE WEEK
In a 10-team standard league, my quarterback decision came down to Michael Vick or Ben Roethlisberger. In a close call, I’ve decided to go with Vick.

As bad as Vick has been, he’s still averaging 34.1 rushing yards per game. His legs are going to be crucial as both quarterbacks could be affected by wet conditions courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. The floor with Vick is higher even though Big Ben is facing the league’s No. 32 pass defense.

SURVIVOR PICK OF THE WEEK
I somehow squeezed out a survival last week with the Patriots. Very lucky.

At this point in the game, fading a pick we KNOW will be the overwhelming consensus is a strong play. After all, how can we be the only one left if we have the same pick as the majority every week?

That said, I only see one real option on the board this week. Blaine Gabbert is going into Lambeau and it isn’t going to be pretty. I’d say that if the Packers and Jaguars played this game in this exact situation 100 times, the Pack would emerge victorious 95 times.

The Bears scare me as the Panthers are in all-out desperation mode. I wouldn’t touch road options like the Chargers or Niners. The Broncos’ inconsistency makes them hard to trust, even a flawed Saints team.



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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