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Week 10 Live Blog

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Welcome to Week 10, where some studs such as Aaron Hernandez, Darren McFadden and Percy Harvin are watching in street clothes.

A Rotoworld staffer is charting 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.

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1PM GAMES
INACTIVE NEWS
* Jake Locker (shoulder) is making his return to the starting lineup, as expected.
* Aaron Hernandez (ankle) reportedly did not have a setback, but his ankle just isn't ready. He probably came back too soon the first time.
* Stevie Johnson (quad) is a full go. He just had a bruise.
* Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) is active, but expect Andre Brown to mix in and handle goal-line work again. Hakeem Nicks (knee) is starting and won't have to deal with top Bengals CB Leon Hall. Hall is expected to shadow Victor Cruz.
* Percy Harvin (ankle) is out.
* Calvin Johnson (knee) and Titus Young (knee) are starting. Impossible to sit Calvin.
* Danario Alexander is starting ahead of a healthy Robert Meachem. They'll rotate. Yawn.

FIRST-HALF OBSERVATIONS
* Well, the Raiders' backfield was a huge talking point all week. Marcel Reece ended up getting the start and carried twice out of a one-back set on the first two plays of the game.
* Danario Alexander just took a quick slant 80 yards to the house thanks to laughable tackling from the Bucs' 32nd-ranked secondary. Let's not overreact here...everyone torches the Bucs.
* Doug Martin is picking up right where he left off. On the Bucs' very first drive, he racked up 62 total yards. LeGarrette Blount got one red-zone snap, but Martin was back in there for a goal-line play. The Bucs ran a bootleg and Josh Freeman hit Dallas Clark for an easy score.
* The Saints have a mess on their hands. Chris Ivory was a healthy scratch all season, but is now showing why so many people questioned that move. He ripped apart the Eagles in Week 9 and is tearing through the Falcons today. When Darren Sproles gets healthy, I really don't know what the Saints will do. They can't really play four running backs in a game. It's something to monitor.
* Reggie Bush lost a careless fumble on the Dolphins' second offensive series. In the third series, Daniel Thomas was the feature back. The two were going to rotate anyway, but putting the ball on the ground never helps the snap count. Thomas continues to get passing-down reps.
* Malcom Floyd appeared to take a helmet underneath his facemask after making a 22-yard grab in the first quarter. He's questionable to return. Now Robert Meachem and Alexander are the wideouts in two-wide sets as Philip Rivers rips apart the Bucs' secondary. UPDATE: Floyd is back in for the third offensive series.
* It doesn't look like the Raiders trust Taiwan Jones in the running game. He's playing behind practice squad callup Jeremy Stewart.
* Well, I officially feel sick. Julio Jones sustained a leg injury in the first quarter and is questionable to return. Trainers are examining his ankle or shin. He went to the locker room, came back out and appeared to be talking to docs about getting back in.
* Chris Johnson continues to roll back the clock to 2009. He looks like one of the best backs in the league today, showing incredible burst as he runs through the Dolphins defense for a 6/50/1 line in the first quarter.
* Well, the Bills aren't increasing C.J. Spiller's role so far. With 12 minutes left in the first half, he has three touches compared to seven for Fred Jackson.
* Updating the Reggie Bush situation: He hasn't been on the field since that fumble we mentioned earlier. Daniel Thomas is impressing -- even on passing downs -- and Lamar Miller has been in as the change-of-pace guy.
* So much for that rotation between Danario Alexander and Robert Meachem. That plan apparently went out the window after DX's 80-yard touchdown run. He's playing every down now opposite Malcom Floyd.
* Torrey Smith has had two end-zone targets broken up. The Ravens appear to have a tight-end heavy approach otherwise. Smith is not injured.
* Good news for Ryan Mathews owners: He's playing in the red zone today. Came up a couple yards short of a touchdown, then was open on play-action in the end zone but Philip Rivers threw to Malcom Floyd instead.
* As mentioned in the inactive news, Hakeem Nicks caught a break today as Leon Hall is shadowing Victor Cruz. It's not a coincidence that at halftime, Nicks has seven catches for 63 yards and Cruz has one for eight.
* Jake Locker looks really uncomfortable and rusty when throwing. But he does have 29 rushing yards and had another 10-yard gain wiped out by penalty. It's not a fluke -- Locker is one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the league.

SECOND-HALF OBSERVATIONS
* Julio Jones (leg) is jogging on the sideline, but he's not in the game as the Falcons start the second half.
* Demaryius Thomas went down late in the first half and had to be helped off. It looks like a knee issue. UPDATE: Demaryius is back to start the second half.
* Rejoice! Julio Jones is back on the field midway through the third quarter. He looks to be moving well.
* Calvin Johnson doesn't need to be 100 percent to dominate. He doesn't need to be 75 percent. That's why I took him seventh overall in that Midseason Mock a few weeks back.
* OK, Reggie Bush's punishment is over. He started the second half for the Dolphins. Still expect to see a ton of Daniel Thomas.
* Kyle Rudolph lives! The Vikings have been talking up getting him more involved for weeks now, but Percy Harvin's injury made is a necessity.
* Willis McGahee lost a fumble and took a shot to the lower body. Intriguing rookie Ronnie Hillman is now on as the feature back. UPDATE: McGahee quickly returned to the game. But handcuffers should take note of Hillman's status.
* I think Tony Gonzalez is the best I've ever seen at catching passes with defenders draped all over him. He doesn't get any separation anymore, but he still dominates. Amazing hands and body positioning.
* Ray Rice is not hurt. He's resting because the Ravens are up 48-17 near the end of the third quarter. Bernard Pierce is going to rack up some yards.
* Jake Locker's day is done because the Titans are up 34-3 with 11 minutes left in the game. Note that Locker's shoulder is as healthy as it can be right now, but he'll still need offseason surgery. He's susceptible to aggravation until that surgery takes place.
* How about these numbers for Chris Johnson over the last five games: 97 carries, 652 yards, four TDs. Three 100-yard games. Getting 6.72 yards per carry. I think we can safely say he's back.
* Fred Jackson had a really good game today, but the C.J. Spiller usage continues to madden. With five minutes left in the game, Spiller has 12 touches compared to 19 for F-Jax. Jackson also got a goal-line plunge.
* As expected, Andre Brown got the goal-line carry for the Giants and converted from two yards out. In Ahmad Bradshaw's last four games, he hasn't topped 78 yards rushing and has one touchdown. Hopefully you sold high after that 30/200/1 game against the Browns in Week 5.
* Even in garbage time, the Raiders aren't giving the ball to Taiwan Jones. He'll finish with two carries. The coaches clearly don't trust him.

4PM GAMES
OBSERVATIONS
* Bilal Powell (shoulder) is back healthy and operating as the third-down/change-of-pace back. Bad news for Shonn Greene.
* The Rams are obviously comfortable with Danny Amendola's health. He's returning punts today.
* When Miles Austin goes into the slot, he's getting matched up with Brandon Boykin. That's a one-on-one battle the Cowboys will exploit.
* Jeremy Kerley continues to impress as a de facto No. 1 wideout. Mark Sanchez really loves him. 4/55/0 line in first quarter.
* Felix Jones is among the most maddening players in fantasy football. Just when he looks like he's completely shot, he shows up with some serious burst and energy today. Impossible to predict.
* Jeremy Maclin got flipped onto his head and went into the locker room to get tested for a concussion. UPDATE: Maclin is back on the field. He barely missed any time.
* We thought we'd see the Nick Foles era begin this season. It looks like it's going to happen today. Michael Vick is headed to the locker room with an eye injury and possible concussion. Foles is in. Again, there's a lot of upside with the strong-armed Foles in this offense. In four preseason games, Foles was 40-of-63 for 553 yards with six touchdowns, two interceptions and a 110.1 passer rating. UPDATE: Vick indeed has a concussion. He's done for the day.
* Alex Smith is also sidelined now. This injury is also huge from a fantasy perspective. Colin Kaepernick is Tebow-like in his running ability. UPDATE: Smith is done for the day with a concussion as well.
* Sidney Rice has predictably been held in check by Antonio Cromartie. But Rice somehow found himself lined up against Ellis Lankster in the third quarter and he burned him for a 31-yard touchdown.
* Finally, a break for Dez Bryant. The ball clearly hit the ground and rolled on his 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but the refs upheld the ruling on replay
* Concussions running rampant in the late games. Now Bilal Powell has one. He's done for the day.




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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