Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday morning updates -- Week 7

Good morning, Fools, from beautiful uptown Dallas -- where's only three out of 1.26 million people have contracted Ebola, so just relax, okay?

Lots of stuff brewing in the NFL today as we prepare to set our final, winning rosters. Let's get to it.

You know Percy Harvin is now a Jet. As I said via Twitter after the trade came down, I don't think this is going to have much of a fantasy impact at all. I suppose if you are really banking on Geno Smith, then you're encouraged. And if you thought Eric Decker was going to lead you to a title, then you might want to re-think that.

But the talented yet disgruntled Harvin was already terrible as a Seahawk (those 3 TDs in Week 5 never happened), so he can't do much worse as a Jet. Russell Wilson gets a slight down-tick, but perhaps not having to feed the ball to the temperamental WR/RB/KR will be a good thing. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse should see a few more passes their way, but not enough to change their overall fantasy value.

So, net-net, I see it as a non-event. Moving on…

Good news for Cam's owners…Kelvin Benjamin is expected to play today, now that he has cleared the concussion protocol. Given the depleted state of Green Bay's secondary, you have to like Newton's chances today as both a runner and passer.

And as covered in my Flier of Week yesterday, Jonathan Stewart is a very intriguing play as the only healthy veteran RB worth a damn playing today for the Panthers against the league-worst Packers run defense. Having Benjamin back on the field helps everybody wearing Carolina blue.

Here's another reason I'm anti-Zac Stacy this week. The Rams say they will stick with the "hot hand" approach when it comes to Stacy, Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason. Add that to his matchup against the Seahawks, and Stacy is a sitter in Week 7.

Shonn Greene won't play today, so Bishop Sankey gets another shot at the lead backfield role. He didn't set the world on fire against the lowly Jags, so I doubt he will in Washington either.

I picked up Carson Palmer last week as a bye-week sub for Nick Foles, and I think he's going to reward me handsomely. And if I'm right, it might make for a tough weekly decision going forward, given Foles' less-than-stellar performances thus far.

A.J. Green has been ruled out and, barring a miracle, Megatron will be too.

It looks like Jimmy Graham is going to give it a go today, but he may be restricted to situational snaps -- mostly in the red zone. That's all you need if you're a Graham owner. If you own him, you probably have to start him. And assuming he does suit up, most of the optimism surrounding Marques Colston picking up the slack fades away.

That's it, that's all. Off to Twitter, where I'll be fielding questions and tweeting the inactives and other late-breaking news.

Good luck to all Fools!

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