It’s Halloween weekend, and Fantasy Football owners around the country are dealing with their own individual scares (What could be more scary than seeing your top fantasy producer going down with an injury?).
Players around the league are dealing with the injury bug as October 31 rolls around, so what better place to check up on the latest updates?
And remember, for all those owners who like to simply skim through an article, be sure to note the bold and italicized portion of each description, as this note shows the players’ status for the upcoming week.
10. Steven Jackson (RB) (STL) (QUEST) - What better way to start the Halloween weekend injury report than with a player whose hair looks like a giant spider? No Steelers’ fans, I am not referring to Troy Polamalu, but instead to the Rams’ Steven Jackson. For weeks now, Jackson has found himself somewhere on my Top 10 list, and this week, I have him sitting high and mighty at numero diez. Every week, fantasy owners have gone into their respective matchups unsure if their star RB will take the field, and each time he has not only strapped up the spikes, but he has also put on an offensive show. If Jackson plays this Sunday, then he will be aiming for his fourth-consecutive 100-yard game, as he has rebounded in grand fashion as opposed to last year’s production.
So now the moment of truth. Will Jackson play this weekend? According to reports, Jackson, who is out with a broken finger, remained limited in practice on Friday, and the team has officially listed him as questionable for Sunday’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Jackson himself, though, noted that he would definitely be on the field, meaning that fantasy owners should feel confident sticking him in the lineup.
9. Malcom Floyd (WR) (SD) (DOUBT) - This past offseason, when the term “sleeper” came to mind, what names popped up? Was San Diego Chargers’ WR Malcom Floyd on your list? With former number one receiver Vincent Jackson (who just re-signed with the Bolts, by the way) out for an extended period of time, QB Philip Rivers needed a new favorite target to lock onto. For weeks, that role was shared by the likes of Floyd, TE Antonio Gates and WR Legedu Naanee. In Week Five against the Oakland Raiders, though, Floyd was sure to steal the spotlight. When all was said and done, the 6’5 receiver finished with 213 YDS receiving and a TD, averaging 26.6 YPC. Since then, things have been reversed. Only a week after his breakout performance, Floyd was bitten by the injury bug (hamstring), and he has since sat out in Weeks Six and Seven.
This weekend, we may see much of the same. The latest news out of San Diego is reporting that Floyd is being listed as doubtful for the squad’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans, meaning that fantasy owners will again have to find (or use) a replacement in Week Eight. When healthy, Floyd can be a fantasy monster. When hurt, he can be an amazing bench warmer. With Floyd most likely out, expect former Cowboys’ WR Patrick Clayton to receive the majority of the looks from Rivers. Crayton, who has 18 REC for 293 YDS in 2010, should be a decent number three fantasy WR. Don’t expect him to put up monster numbers, but he should get enough to get the job done...