Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday morning updates -- Week 8

Happy day-before-Halloween, Fools. I'm not proud to report that it turns out with a pillow for padding and a long grey wig, I can pass for a certain Cowboys coach at a costume party. Scary, I know...

Hope you and yours have a safe and fun time this weekend, too.

Now, on to the real news...

First, though the league management systems make it hard to screw these things up, it's another tough week for byes, with the Packers, Falcons, Bears, Jets, Raiders and Bucs getting the week off.

Meanwhile, a large contingent of non-bye week RBs should also be on your bench today due to injuries. Already declared OUT for Week 8 are Daniel Thomas, Jahvid Best, Willis McGahee, Mark Ingram and Felix Jones. And in case you missed yesterday's tweet, Tashard Choice has been released by the Cowboys.

Also ruled out early are Sam Bradford, Andre Johnson, Hines Ward and Lee Evans.

We'll know soon about several other players, including Peyton Hillis and Beanie Wells. Mike Tolbert hasn't practiced all week and is almost certainly going to be inactive.

Joseph Addai will probably suit up, but don't expect much from him as he continues to struggle with a bum hammy. If you have to play a Colt back, make it Delone Carter.

Bernard Scott is an intriguing start in place of the suspended Cedric Benson. The Seahawks' run defense is not as formidable as it was early on. Scott is a solid flex play this weekend. So is Marshawn Lynch on the other side of the field, assuming those dreaded back spasms don't act up again.

Moreno and Lance Ball will likely share carries today for Denver. Not crazy about either option, but Knowshon definitely gets the nod over Ball in PPR leagues.

Brandon Jacobs will be back today to cut into Ahmad Bradshaw's carries. That said, don't hesitate to start Bradshaw. Jacobs, on the other hand, is a risky play in his first game back in weeks.

It will be ugly for Cardinals RBs in Baltimore whether or not Beanie suits up. Don't even think about Alfonso Smith, Chester Taylor or LSH.

OK, that's it for now. I'll be tweeting (@ladd_biro) the inactives and other late-breaking news soon. Good luck, Fools!

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