Saturday, September 26, 2009
Late updates heading into Week 3
Wow, what a mess. NFL players are the walking wounded this week. I strongly advise you to watch for my actives/inactives tweets on Sunday before finalizing your starting lineups.
Here's what's up as of Saturday night --
Forget about Matt Hasselbeck and Donovan McNabb. For that matter, don't bother with Seneca Wallace either, though Kevin Kolb is a solid start vs. KC.
Jamal Lewis is out this week, according to Adam Schefter's Twitter, so you know it has to be true. Jerome Harrison and James Davis are expected to split carries against the Ravens, so forget about the Browns RBs this week. But...it will be interesting to see how the backups perform in this real-time audition for Lewis' job.
Clinton Portis has bone spurs in both ankles, but will play this week. Just don't be surprised if those injuries cost him time -- possibly a lot of it -- this season. If you have Portis, you'd better back him up asap with Ladell Betts.
Derrick Ward will be the starting Bucs RB against his former team, the Giants. Both Cadillac and Earnest Graham are nursing hamstring injuries, so Ward is a fine start this week for the first time all season.
Randy Moss popped up unexpectedly on the injury report with a back problem. As usual, the Pats are saying nothing else about Moss. Welker is questionable too, but looks good to go. If either Moss or Welker are held out, rookie Julian Edelman is a very strong play in PPR leagues.
Kevin Walter is listed as probable for Sunday's game, and could have a terrific 2009 debut vs. the Jags. Or, he could play sparingly and give you a goose egg. Consider him a high-risk, high-reward play in Week 3.
Game-time decisions: Knowshon Moreno (groin), Brian Westbrook (ankle), Marion Barber (quad), Cadillac Williams (knee), Percy Harvin (migraines), Randy Moss (back), Wes Welker (knee), DeSean Jackson (groin), Kevin Curtis, Antonio Bryant (knee), Dwayne Bowe (hamstring)
Out this week: LT, Mike Bell, Jamal Lewis, Lance Moore, Brandon Stokley, Chaz Schilens, Phil Dawson (CLE kicker).