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Injury Questions: Week 10

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Welcome to Week 10 of the National Football League fantasy division. We don’t have many with all of these injuries you never know when something wacky will pop up, so stay tuned to the Rotoworld News Page and also check out our live blog which I’ll be live blogging starting an hour before kickoff.


We also have Week 10 Rankings from Mr. Pat Daugherty, Nick Mensio’s sleeper picks, Jeff Ratcliffe's D/ST picks, my AFC and NFC Targets and Touches and Evan Silva's detailed look at every game in his Matchup Column. So click on all of those and read them word for word and I'll quiz you when you get back.



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Eagles at Packers


* Clay Matthews (thumb) is listed as probable after limited practice this week. He will play with a club on his right hand.


* The Packers might also get linebacker Nick Perry back after he was limited in practice and listed as questionable.


* Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is out and Seneca Wallace will get the start.




Jaguars at Titans


* Cecil Shorts (groin) is listed as probable after returning to Friday's practice.


* Maurice Jones-Drew (knee) is listed as probable and will start as usual.




Bills at Steelers


* Robert Woods (ankle) did not practice Friday and is listed as doubtful.


* Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) is listed as probable after getting a full practice in on Friday. He will see more time with Woods not playing.


* E.J. Manuel (knee) is listed as probable and will start against the Steelers with Thad Lewis (ribs) backing him up.


* Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller aren’t on the injury report and are both ready to go.


* Right guard David DeCastro (ankle) has been fully cleared. His return is great news for Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers offense.


* Markus Wheaton (finger) practiced in full and will play against the Bills, but is still the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart.




Raiders at Giants


* Darren McFadden (hamstring) has been ruled out. As expected, Rashad Jennings will get the start.


* Terrelle Pryor (knee) practiced in full and will get the start against the Giants.


* Rod Streater (hip) is listed as probable after practicing in full.


* Strong safety Tyvon Branch and cornerback D.J. Hayden are both out.


* Victor Cruz (neck) is listed as probable after practicing Thursday and Friday.


* Andre Brown (leg) was activated from injured reserve/designated to return and will split time with Peyton Hillis as he is eased back into the lineup. This could be a hot hand issue so there is upside for Brown, but risky upside.


* Brandon Jacobs (knee, hamstring) did not practice Friday and is listed as doubtful.




Rams at Colts


* Zac Stacy (ankle) is listed as probable. He hasn’t had any setbacks after his big game against the Titans last week so start him as a top back against the Colts.


* Lance Kendricks (finger) is listed as doubtful and won’t play.


* Trent Richardson (ankle) is listed as questionable after returning to a full practice Friday. It looks like he will play, but will need the Colts to get out to an early lead to see the majority of work.


* Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced in full this week and managed to avoid a concussion.




Seahawks at Falcons


* Marshawn Lynch (knee) is listed as probable and is all system Beast Mode.


* Defensive end Red Bryant and center Max Unger are both out with concussions.


* Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) is listed as questionable. White's practiced all week and already said he's going to play Sunday. He says he can run full speed and plant and cut into his routes.




Bengals at Ravens


* Jermaine Gresham (groin) couldn't practice Thursday or Friday after apparently suffering a groin injury during Wednesday's practice. He is listed as questionable and may miss the Ravens game. Tyler Eifert would get a big boost if Gresham can’t go.


* Giovani Bernard (ribs) is listed as questionable after a limited practice Friday. He is expected to play, but be sure to check back for Sunday morning's inactives.


* Marlon Brown (finger) is listed as probable. He will play.




Lions at Bears


* Reggie Bush did not practice Friday, but is listed as probable. Bush was just getting a veteran's day off. He is locked in as a top three running back this week.


* Calvin Johnson (knee) is listed as probable and is a full go.


* Nate Burleson (arm) has been ruled out, but practiced this week and is targeting a Week 11 return.


* Jay Cutler (groin) participated in Bears practice again Friday and is listed as probable.


* Left end Shea McClellin (hamstring) is listed as doubtful. This is yet another boost to Reggie Bush.








Panthers at 49ers


* Mario Manningham (knee) is not on the injury report, but will most likely be on a snap count in his first game back.


* Kyle Williams was added to the injury report with a knee injury, but practiced in full Friday and is officially listed as probable.


* Frank Gore (ankle) practiced in full and will play as usual.




Texans at Cardinals


* Arian Foster (back) is out and Ben Tate (ribs) will get the start after limited practice and a probable tag.


* Garrett Graham (thigh) practiced in full Thursday and Friday and will start in a good matchup.


* Rashard Mendenhall (toe) is probable and will start over rookie Andre Ellington, but we expect Ellington to seem more work overall after his big game against Atlanta.


* Rob Housler (groin) is listed as questionable, but Coach Bruce Arians told reporters he thinks Housler "should" play against the Texans.




Broncos at Chargers


* Julius Thomas (ankle) practiced in full on Friday and is listed as probable. He looks ready for a full complement of snaps. UPDATE: Thomas considers himself a game-time decision after being listed as probable, so have a back up plan in case he can't go.


* Peyton Manning (ankles) practiced in full and is ready to roll against the Chargers on Sunday.


* Knowshon Moreno (knee) practiced in full and is listed as probable.







Cowboys at Saints


* Miles Austin (hamstring) is listed as doubtful and will not play against the Saints.


* DeMarco Murray (knee) practiced in full this week and is listed as probable.


* Dez Bryant (back) is listed as probable and will play.


* DeMarcus Ware (quad) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable.


* Darren Sproles (concussion) practiced all week and is listed as probable.  He has been cleared to play and should play normal snaps.


* Jimmy Graham (foot/elbow) is listed as questionable, but practiced all week and will play. He is our #1 tight end this week.


* Marques Colston (knee) was limited in Friday's practice. He was limited in practice every day this week, but is listed as questionable is tentatively expected to play, but is a dicey option this week.







Dolphins at Buccaneers


* Doug Martin (labrum) has landed on the injured reserve and Mike James will take the lead role the rest of the way.




Fantasy Football Exploitation: Bad Defense Division


There aren't that many games in a NFL season, well, compared to most sports. And sometimes overall statistics look much better than recent statistics. I'm going to look at a few teams that have fallen off the defensive wagon of late or just aren't the same as they used to be.



Passing Defense Downgrades:


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After a good start to the season Tampa has spiraled defensively. In their last four games they have faced Nick Foles, Matt Ryan (sans Jones and White), Cam Newton and Russell Wilson and have given up on average 21-of-29 completions for an amazing 73% completion rate and 2.5 passing touchdowns per game.


Indianapolis Colts: Over the first four games of the season the Colts had great numbers against the pass. They gave up just two touchdown passes and had six interceptions. They were also allowing just 216 yards passing per game. The problem with those numbers is that they came from a Week 1 not so good Terrelle Pryor, Ryan Tannehill, slumping Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. Since then they are giving up 295 yards passing and 2.25 touchdowns per game. They aren't horrid, but don't let their overall stats fool you.



Running Defense Downgrades:

Pittsburgh Steelers: Their name strikes more fear into the hearts of fantasy footballers than their actual defense at this point. The Steel Curtain is now allowing the third most fantasy points and the most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs in the league. Their pass defense is still competent so teams have challenged them on the ground, unlike in seasons passed, and been successful.


Chicago Bears: Much like the Steelers, the Monsters of the Midway aren't living up to their name. Injuries have decimated their front seven and they are allowing 111.4 rushing yards per game at a nice 4.4 yards per carry to opposing running backs. Over the last five games they are allowing opposing running backs to average 170 total yards and two touchdowns per game at a 4.8 yards per carry clip. And they just lost Shea McClellin, another lineman to an injury.




Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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