Originally written September 21, 2013 on Fantasy Sports Locker Room:
Reggie Bush – Questionable: Despite owners being thrilled to see that he returned to practice and impressed during the end of the week, there’s word surfacing out of Detroit that the Lions may hold out their prized back just to give him more time to rest. – and why not? Joique Bell has done well with the opportunities he’s been presented so far this year and the Lions likely feel that they can rely on him against a Redskins defense that has been awful throughout two weeks this year. Given that Joique has been seeing touches and producing anyway through two weeks, it’s probably a sneaky flex play (or waiver pickup if you should be so lucky so deep into the year to nab him) to get him in there.One of the most challenging tasks that any owner faces during the course of the fake football season is managing those injuries that crop up along the way. Often we’re kept down to the wire wondering if players will play, limited in practice and listed on the injury report, and sometimes if they do there’s very little in the way of assurances that they’re going to play 100% of their normal snaps, or ability. On Saturdays we’re going to take a look every week at the players are fit that very description, and how their situations may impact your fantasy squad for the upcoming weekend. Week 3 is the “week of the handcuff” at the RB position – looks like quite a few of them will be seeing upticks in their carries.   Week 3 Injury Report Running Backs Rashard Mendenhall – Questionable: Another week, another visit to the injury report for Rashard Mendenhall. A new injury is sidelining him this week (as opposed to the one that’s limited his practice thus far this year), but he’s fully expected to suit up on Sunday and has a terrific match-up versus the Saints defense. Andre Ellington proved last week that he could be relied upon to shoulder some of the load, and that may limit Mendenhall’s value as a flex type play going forward, but for now we should anticipate similar production from Rashard that we’ve seen throughout the first two weeks. Steven Jackson – Out: Jackson is likely sitting for somewhere in the range of three weeks following suffering a thigh injury early in week 2. Jacquizz Rodgers sits ahead of Jason Snelling on the depth chart, and both saw touches and targets following SJax going down. Despite no one being quite sure how the distribution will go this weekend, Snelling significantly outproduced Rodgers when given the chance (he had 19 yards on 2 carries compared to 17 yards on 11, and while both backs had 4 receptions Snelling racked up 13 more yards with his). Snelling also scored a touchdown in week 2, and he’s -probably- the choice if you’ve got to plug in one of them. I’d be leery of either until I saw how things actually pan out though. Ray Rice – Doubtful: Murmurs out of Baltimore are painting a picture that’s not terrific for Ray Rice this week – he’s probably not going to play, and even if he does it’s hardly likely he’ll be heavily relied upon with such a potent handcuff as Bernard Pierce in the backfield. If I were a Rice owner I’d be considering looking elsewhere for this week just to play it safe. Giovani Bernard – Probable: This may finally be the week Bernard owners have been hoping for, as the coaches have to want to give him the rock following his two TD performance on Monday night. Despite not yet hitting double digit carries his numbers have impressed. His value for now lays in if he scores, but any week now he’s going to be a terrific flex play as carries are surely going to push closer to 50/50 if he keeps it up. Keep the faith, Bernard owners, your day is coming.  Eddie Lacy – Questionable: Although Lacy picked up the Questionable tag (and not even the Doubtful one!) he hasn’t practiced [or been cleared to even] since suffering a concussion versus the Redskins. With a week four bye on the horizon for the Pack, it makes sense just to give him some extra rest. They’ll roll with James Starks this week, who will see almost all of the work. Arian Foster and Ben Tate – Probable: Another week seeing both of the Texans RBs on the injury report, both as probable and both expected fully to play. Despite all the discussion in the lead-up to the season concerning easing Foster in the fact is he continues to see more touches. They’ll continue to give Tate the ball though because he’s performed well when given the opportunity, but it’s Fosters show until the coaches actually give us a reason to believe otherwise. Maurice Jones-Drew – Questionable: MJD is looking like the true form of a game-time decision on Sunday. However, he’s only racked up 73 yards and no scores on the season to begin with and faces the Seahawks stifling defense on Sunday. MJD has got to be on your bench until he has a terrific match-up you can’t resist, or until he turns it around. Forsett and Todman are expected to share the workload for the Jags, and absolutely neither is trustable – look elsewhere. Mark Ingram – Questionable: Darren Sproles, officially the man behind Ingram on the depth chart, is a must start every week anyway. If Ingram pulls through and plays you can risk plugging him in there and hoping that he’s at full force, but know that there are plenty of other options in New Orleans. Sproles? You still start him. If Ingram doesn’t play Sproles value increases a bit, but you were starting him anyway. Bilal Powell – Probable: I don’t mean to sound like this, but does it matter? If you’re looking at plugging Powell in, or hoping his situation impacts Greene in any meaningful way, then you probably need to be looking for better options anyway. Le’Veon Bell – Questionable: Bell has pleasantly surprised fantasy owners that paid the price for him by returning to the practice field (and presumably to the actual gridiron) sooner than initial estimates provided. He’s no lock for this week, and even if he plays it’s likely he’s not shouldering the load on his own, but it’s a step in the right direction for the young back. Daryl Richardson – Probable: Richardson did little to impress in week 2, after a sub-par week one. Although Pead returned to the lineup and saw a fair bit of the field, he didn’t really dig into Richardson’s carries. If Daryl doesn’t pick his game up in short order then I think it’s a safe bet that won’t be the case going forward. He’s been a disappointment for fantasy owners who thought they may be getting a starting RB on the cheap, and he may even be a backup before long after seemingly blowing his chances to take hold of the reins. Wide Receivers Larry Fitzgerald – Questionable Andre Roberts – Probable Julio Jones and Roddie White – Questionable Jacoby Jones – Out: Brandon Marshall – Probable: Dez Bryant – Probable: Andre Johnson – Probable: Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and T.Y. Hilton – Probable: Cecil Shorts – Probable: Mike Wallace – Questionable: Danny Amendola – Doubtful: Hakeem Nicks – Probable: Malcom Floyd – Out: Tight Ends Rob Housler – Probable Martellus Bennett – Probable Jermichael Finley – Probable Owen Daniels – Probable and Garrett Graham – Questionable: Rob Gronkowski – Questionable and Zach Sudfeld – Probable: Brandon Myers – Questionable: Kellen Winslow – Probable: Heath Miller – Probable: Vernon Davis – Questionable: The post From the Locker Room to the Training Room: Week 3 Injury Report appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.
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