Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Mid-week news you can use
Looks like Willie Parker will be back in the lineup on Sunday vs. the Browns. He practiced fully today for the first time in weeks. No telling what the split will be between him and Mendenhall, but if I had to choose, I'd roll with Mendenhall.
Look for a continuation of the timeshare between Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy in Philly's backfield. We may not like it as fantasy football players, but it makes all the sense in the world if you're running the Eagles.
I just traded Glen Coffee in one of my leagues, since the 49ers are headed into a bye and Frank Gore is likely to resume his workhorse load in Week 7. Coffee was OK in his absence, but did nothing to suggest he has earned any kind of time share with the starter going forward. It's a good time to sell the backup.
Jerricho Cotchery re-injured his hamstring in Monday night's loss to the Dolphins. Which is exactly why you should (a) be very reluctant to start a WR with a hammy problem, and (b) be more disappointed than glad when he starts after being a game-time decision. More often than not, the injury prevents the player from being himself and it's way too easy to aggravate the problem and risk even more missed time.
Percy Harvin sat out today's practice with a shoulder injury. Keep an eye on this one.
Same for Calvin Johnson, who didn't practice either due to his sprained knee. I wouldn't count on him this weekend.
Lots of rumblings about Matt Jones signing somewhere soon. I've heard Dallas and Tampa Bay are interested. Though I've never been a fan, if Jones gets in the right situation (more like Dallas than TB), he could be a viable pickup down the stretch.
I'm not ready to proclaim Chad Henne a viable fantasy QB just yet, but...if he can play that well against a very sturdy Jets defense in just his second start, I'm thinking he could be an interesting play down the stretch with the Bucs, Panthers and Bills on tap from Weeks 10-12. Now if the Dolphins could just swing a trade for a true No. 1 receiver...
Matt Stover just signed with Indy and will kick in Adam Vinatieri's place while the Colts' kicker rehabs a bum knee over the next 6 or so weeks. I don't recommend picking up Stover since it's Indy's bye week, but definitely feel free to release Vinatieri if you own him. Frankly, he hasn't been much of a fantasy K for some time anyway.