Fantasy Football News/Injury Updates
News: All News · Fantasy News · League News
Camp Watch: New York minute
Giants coach Tom Coughlin has named Kurt Warner the No. 1 quarterback, but that doesn't mean an instant rise in the veteran's Fantasy value. Camp Watch examines his stock and discusses Michael Bennett's latest ailment.
Gridiron Guru: Flying high again
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was a disappointment last season, but his value appears to be back on the rise. The Gridiron Guru offers his take on when he should be selected in Fantasy Football drafts.
3 Up/3 Down: Sheets of knowledge
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets knows how to mow them down on the baseball diamond...and in Fantasy Football. In the inaugural edition of 3 Up/3 Down, the All-Star shares his knowledge as he prepares for Draft Day.
Rise and Fall: Eagle rising
Brian Westbrook is now the undisputed No. 1 option for the Eagles. Rise and Fall examines the Philadelphia running back's growing Fantasy value and also checks in on the troubled times of Minnesota back Onterrio Smith.
Injury Insider: Back in action
49ers quarterback Tim Rattay is back on the practice field after groin and forearm injuries limited him early in camp. The Injury Insider updates Rattay's progress and examines the status of J.P. Losman.
In the Trenches: Fantasy 101
The goal of every owner is to build a competitive team, and that process begins with a solid strategy. Michael Fabiano lists eight important rules that will help you achieve success on Draft Day.
Camp Watch: Booker heads south
In an attempt to replace David Boston, Miami acquired veteran Marty Booker and a draft pick from Chicago in exchange for sack specialist Adewale Ogunleye. Camp Watch examines how the trade will affect Fantasy drafts.
Gridiron Guru: The Lewis factor
The off-field issues surrounding Ravens running back Jamal Lewis have become a huge topic in Fantasy Football. The Gridiron Guru tackles one owner's backfield dilemma, and projects the draft position of Anquan Boldin.
Crunch Time: Defensive approach
Many Fantasy owners believe that the top defensive units should be selected in the early-to-middle rounds. Crunch Time suggests otherwise, using 2003 results to demonstrate the inconsistency at the position.
Rise and Fall: Top Titan
Speculation has been rampant this offseason as to who will be the Titans' top running back. Rise and Fall says Chris Brown now appears likely to start, and checks in on Tiki's situation with the Giants this season.
Injury Insider: Word on Faulk
Rams running back Marshall Faulk has begun to work in practices and appears fine after knee surgery. The Injury Insider examines his status and discusses the Giants' decision to start rookie Eli Manning on Thursday night.
In the Trenches: Drive to stardom
Texans quarterback David Carr was very impressive in his first game of the preseason. Michael Fabiano lists the young field general as one of 12 players who made some noise on the field over the past week.
Camp Watch: Cardinal concerns
The Arizona Cardinals have been decimated by injuries this preseason, the latest being stud wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Camp Watch examines the impact of his absence, and says Kevin Jones should emerge in Detroit.
Gridiron Guru: Buckin' Bronco
One of the biggest questions in Fantasy Football centers around the backfield situation in Denver. The Gridiron Guru says Quentin Griffin has the edge in the competition, and projects his placement in drafts.
Crunch Time: Our advice, punt!
Some Fantasy owners believe that drafting a top kicker in the early-to-middle rounds is a sound strategy. Crunch Time disproves that, showing how difficult it is to project which kicker will record the best numbers.
Rise and Fall: Porter's time to shine
The recent release of Tim Brown sets the stage for Jerry Porter to fulfill his Fantasy promise. In this week's edition of Rise and Fall, Alex Riethmiller reminds owners not to forget about Porter as draft day approaches and checks in on the fading value of Garrison Hearst.
In the Trenches: Under the radar
The NFL preseason can help Fantasy Football owners make educated choices on potential sleepers. Michael Fabiano says there are several players to keep an eye on, including Giants running back Ron Dayne.
Camp Watch: Shipp wrecked
Marcel Shipp was projected as a breakout candidate this season, but a fractured leg has him sidelined for an extended period. Camp Watch examines the repercussions and looks at the latest superstar to fall in Miami.
Gridiron Guru: Miami sack machine
Fantasy leagues that include individual defensive players have become more popular in recent seasons. The Gridiron Guru gives his take on some of the league's best defenders; a list that includes Jason Taylor.
Crunch Time: A tight situation
The tight end position fools many a Fantasy owner, as some believe that the biggest names provide a huge advantage over other areas. However, Crunch Time shows that this entire position is plagued by inconsistency.
Brees' job in jeopardy Updated 8/30/04
Brees, Drew QB SD Free Agent
News: According to the San Diego Union Tribune, coach Marty Schottenheimer said he doesn't know who will be his starting quarterback this season and probably won't announce it until right before the season opener. "Just before the opener we'll name a guy," Schottenheimer said. "We could do it the week of that (game)." Analysis: Rookie Philip Rivers hasn't been with a Chargers a week after a long contract holdout. They either must really like what they are seeing from him or be really down on Drew Brees. Either way, neither quarterback should be considered as anything more than a reserve in larger leagues at this point.
Vick still limited? Updated 8/30/04
Vick, Michael QB ATL Free Agent
News: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Falcons coach Jim Mora said the playing time for Michael Vick might be adjusted for the team's final preseason game Friday against Washington. The qaurterback is still having pain in his hamstring. The coaching staff "talked about that [Sunday]," Mora said. "We haven't made a determination yet." Analysis: Vick sat out the Falcons' 37-10 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, an ailment that has bothered him since Aug. 5.
Rivers could start Week 1 Updated 8/30/04
Rivers, Philip QB SD Free Agent
News: According to the San Diego Union Tribune, coach Marty Schottenheimer said he doesn't know who will be his starting quarterback this season and probably won't announce it until right before the season opener. "Just before the opener we'll name a guy," Schottenheimer said. "We could do it the week of that (game)." Analysis: Rivers hasn't been with a Chargers a week after a long contract holdout. The Chargers either must really like what they are seeing from him or be really down on Drew Brees. Either way, neither quarterback should be considered as anything more than a reserve in larger leagues at this point.
I still think I reached too much to draft Vick. It was a risky pick to be sure. I think I might have made a mistake in taking him but, considering the possible rewards he could offer, I just couldn't refuse it.
Wow...Rivers sits out for that long, and is still being considered by Marty to be the starter? Thats just crazy...I still think that San Diego F'ked up by not drafting Gallery, and keeping Brees at QB...well I guess thats why i'm not a professional GM or Coach (on their way out) Ha!...
K U R T W A R N E R
Kurt Warner is the Giants' new starting quarterback. (AP)
The New York Giants put its future on the backburner this weekend, and decided to take a chance on a former two-time MVP whose fall from stardom has become legendary in Fantasy Football.
Coach Tom Coughlin announced that veteran Kurt Warner -- not No. 1 overall selection Eli Manning -- will be the team's Week 1 starter. The decision came after Friday's preseason loss to the New York Jets. Manning completed 4-of-14 passes for 20 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the contest, and looked rattled when under pressure. Warner was much more productive than his rookie counterpart, as he completed 82 percent of his passes and looked poised and confident in the pocket.
Coughlin's decision wasn't difficult when you compare the two quarterback's preseason numbers. Warner has completed 21 of 29 passes for 224 yards and one interception, while Manning has completed 20 of 42 passes for 228 and two interceptions. The one notable statistic (or lack thereof) is touchdowns. Neither Warner nor Manning has thrown for a score in three exhibition games. In fact, No. 3 quarterback Jesse Palmer has thrown the only touchdown pass for the G-Men this preseason.
It would appear that Warner's value will rise, but it's difficult to promote a signal-caller who has thrown four touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his past seven starts. A true Cinderella tale, the chance that Warner's pumpkin will turn back into a coach is slim indeed. Furthermore, there's little room for error or consistent production behind an offensive line that is, well, offensive.
Coughlin is soured with the current state of the line, which is riddled with injuries and question marks. Left tackle Luke Petitgout looked awful against the Jets, and the line as a whole suffered several breakdowns during the loss. The injured back of left guard Barry Stokes is another issue, as is the effectiveness of Solomon Page, who joined the team last week. This makes for what could become a very bad situation for Warner, who has battled injuries and an acute case of fumbilitis over the past two seasons.
Another factor that limits Warner's value is the hostile New York media. The Giants won't be a contender in the NFC, so a few Warner interceptions or fumbles will put the media on attack...and Manning under center. It's difficult to envision a scenario where the rookie wouldn't get a chance to start this season, so Warner's hold is temporary at best.
Based solely on his past successes and the slim potential for a miracle comeback, Warner is worth a late-round selection as a reserve in leagues with 12-plus teams. But when you consider the number of solid quarterbacks and what seems to be a tenious spot atop the depth chart, it's not advised to utilize Warner in a prominent role.
M I C H A E L B E N N E T T
Michael Bennett(Getty Images)
It was a nightmarish scene for owners who drafted Michael Bennett. During the third quarter of Friday's preseason game against San Francisco, Bennett endured a low hit from 49ers safety Erik Totten and suffered an injured right knee. He was able to walk off the field on his own power, but an MRI revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament that will sideline him for up to one month.
That means Bennett will miss the Vikings' Sept. 12 regular-season opener against Dallas. It might also cause the former Wisconsin Badger to miss games at Philadelphia (Sept. 20) and against Chicago (Sept. 26).
With backup Onterrio Smith expected to serve a league-imposed four-game suspension, the Vikings will be forced to turn to a familiar face for support. Veteran Moe Williams, who started seven games last season while Bennett was shelved with an injured foot, is expected to get the call from coach Mike Tice. Rookie Mewelde Moore and Larry Ned will also see an increase in carries, but Williams will shoulder most of the load.
Fantasy Football owners can do a lot worse than to use Williams as a starter while Bennett is out, either as a No. 2 running back or flex-position player. He rushed for a career-high 745 yards last season, and was extremely effective in the first three games. Williams compiled 10 receptions, 387 all-purpose yards and one touchdown during those contests and went on to post a productive campaign.
The potential for Bennett to miss two or three games -- or what could be one-fourth of the Fantasy season -- hurts his value in drafts. In fact, up-and-comers like Kevin Jones, Lee Suggs, Chris Brown and Quentin Griffin should move past him on rank lists. As a result of Bennett's absence, Williams now warrants middle-round consideration.
P R E S E A S O N N O T E S
Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms continued to impress this weekend, completing 11 of 13 passes for 145 yards in a win over the Miami Dolphins. Simms has now completed 70.5 percent of his passes in three preseason games. ... Rams running back Steven Jackson had a huge game against Washington this past weekend, rushing for 125 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown. The rookie remains behind Marshall Faulk on the depth chart, but his upside is incredible. ... Former league MVP Rich Gannon has been flawless in three preseason starts and appears to be back to 100 percent health. He could be a steal in the middle to late rounds in leagues with 12-plus teams. ... Ravens running back Chester Taylor appears to have moved ahead of Musa Smith for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. He rushed for 117 yards on 10 carries against Detroit, and scored on runs of 84 and 10 yards.
Be sure to check out our updated Player Rankings and Dollar Values !
Updated Player Injury Expected Return
8/31/04 Weary, Fred DB BAL Quadriceps I-R. Out for the season
8/31/04 Smith, Trent TE BAL Leg I-R. Out for the season
8/31/04 Abney, Derek WR BAL Shoulder I-R. Out for the season
8/31/04 Bromell, Lorenzo DL NYG Foot PUP. Out until at least Week 8 at Minnesota
8/31/04 Brady, Kyle TE JAC Finger Will miss the first two weeks of the regular season
8/31/04 Heiden, Steve TE CLE Knee Out two to four weeks
8/31/04 Anderson, Mike RB DEN Groin Out for the season
8/31/04 Bennett, Michael RB MIN Knee Out for Week 1 vs. Dallas
8/31/04 Bennett, Drew WR TEN Ribs Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Green Bay
8/31/04 Haynesworth, Albert DL TEN Foot Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Green Bay
8/31/04 Boyer, Brant LB CLE Foot I-R. Out for the season
8/30/04 Weathersby, Dennis DB CIN Head Reserve/non-football injury list. Out for year.
8/30/04 Abdullah, Khalid LB CIN Ankle I-R.
8/30/04 Chamberlin, Frank LB CIN Arm I-R.
8/30/04 Johnson, Chris DB GB Leg PUP
8/30/04 Jones, Kevin RB DET Foot Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Buffalo
8/30/04 McQuarters, R.W. DB CHI Neck Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cleveland
8/30/04 Chatman, Jermaine DB DEN Hand I-R.
8/30/04 Johnson, B.J. WR DEN Ankle I-R.
8/30/04 Elliss, Luther DL DEN Pectoral Out two to three weeks
8/30/04 Jones, Sean DB CLE Knee PUP
8/30/04 Heinrich, Keith TE CLE Ankle PUP
8/30/04 Garay, Antonio DL CLE Knee PUP
8/30/04 Echemandu, Adimchinobe RB CLE Foot Reserve/non-football injury list. Out for year.
8/30/04 Grant, Michael DB CLE Knee I-R.
8/30/04 Miller, Ben RB CLE Ankle I-R.
8/29/04 Brown, Travis QB BUF Knee Out four to six weeks.
8/29/04 Milloy, Lawyer DB BUF Forearm Status uncertain
8/29/04 Mungro, James RB IND Wrist Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
8/29/04 Pyatt, Brad WR IND Thigh Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
8/29/04 Davis, Stephen RB CAR Knee Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Pittsburgh
8/29/04 Smith, Steve WR CAR Hamstring Status uncertain
8/29/04 Hall, DeAngelo DB ATL Hip Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Washington
8/29/04 Dunn, Warrick RB ATL Leg Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Washington
8/29/04 Boerigter, Marc WR KC Knee Might be out for the season
8/29/04 Dansby, Karlos LB ARI Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Denver
8/29/04 Parker, Eric WR SD Groin Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at San Francisco
8/29/04 Galloway, Joey WR TB Groin Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Houston
8/29/04 Caldwell, Reche WR SD Groin Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at San Francisco
8/29/04 Bashir, Idrees DB IND Ribs Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
8/29/04 Heap, Todd TE BAL Shoulder Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at N.Y. Giants
8/29/04 Edwards, Terrence WR ATL Groin Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Washington
8/29/04 Washington, Kelley WR CIN Ankle Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Indianapolis
8/29/04 Gates, Antonio TE SD Ankle Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at San Francisco
8/29/04 Hayes, Donald WR CAR Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Pittsburgh
8/29/04 Johnson, Patrick WR CIN Hand I-R.
8/29/04 Vick, Michael QB ATL Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Washington
8/29/04 Henry, Travis RB BUF Ribs Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Detroit
8/29/04 Taylor, Travis WR BAL Groin Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at N.Y. Giants
8/29/04 Darling, Devard WR BAL Quadriceps Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at N.Y. Giants
8/29/04 Starks, Duane DB ARI Groin Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Denver
8/29/04 Fenderson, James RB ATL Ankle Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Washington
8/29/04 Edwards, Donnie LB SD Calf Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at San Francisco
8/29/04 Chrebet, Wayne WR NYJ Quadriceps Out for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Philadelphia
8/29/04 Moorehead, Aaron WR IND Shoulder Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
8/29/04 O'Neal, Deltha DB CIN Ankle Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Indianapolis
8/29/04 Lee, Charles WR TB Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Houston
8/29/04 Warrick, Peter WR CIN Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Indianapolis
8/29/04 Huard, Brock QB SEA Back I-R.
8/29/04 Carter, Drew WR CAR Knee Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Pittsburgh
8/29/04 Goings, Nick RB CAR Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Pittsburgh
8/29/04 Johnson, Jeremi RB CIN Groin Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Indianapolis
8/29/04 Moss, Santana WR NYJ Hamstring Probable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Philadelphia
8/29/04 Barlow, Kevan RB SF Hip Doubtful for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. San Diego
8/29/04 Kelly, Reggie TE CIN Thumb Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Indianapolis
8/29/04 Wistrom, Grant DL SEA Back PUP. Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Minnesota
8/28/04 Kearney, Carl WR NYJ Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Philadelphia
8/28/04 Palmer, Jesse QB NYG Abdominal Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Baltimore
8/28/04 Gramatica, Bill K NYG Back Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Baltimore
8/28/04 Davenport, Najeh RB GB Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Tennessee
8/28/04 Dorsey, Ken QB SF Back Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. San Diego
8/28/04 Stecker, Aaron RB NO Neck Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Miami
8/28/04 Arrington, LaVar LB WAS Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Atlanta
8/28/04 Baxter, Fred TE WAS Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Atlanta
8/28/04 Williams, Brian DB MIN Knee Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at Seattle
8/28/04 Thomas, Anthony RB CHI Ribs Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cleveland
8/28/04 Mickens, Ray DB NYJ Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Philadelphia
8/28/04 Couch, Tim QB GB Arm Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Tennessee
8/28/04 Barrow, Micheal LB WAS Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Atlanta
8/28/04 Ward, Derrick RB NYJ Ankle Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Philadelphia
8/28/04 Smith, Joe RB JAC Ankle Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at New England
8/28/04 Green, Ahman RB GB Knee Doubtful for Sept. 3 preseason game at Tennessee
8/28/04 Brooks, Aaron QB NO Quadriceps Doubtful for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Miami
8/28/04 Allen, Will DB NYG Knee Status uncertain
8/28/04 Toefield, LaBrandon RB JAC Ankle Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at New England
8/28/04 Dwight, Tim WR SD Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at San Francisco
8/28/04 Clark, Desmond TE CHI Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cleveland
8/28/04 Payne, Seth DL HOU Knee Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Tampa Bay
8/28/04 Shockey, Jeremy TE NYG Foot, hamstring Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Baltimore
8/27/04 Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Chris RB JAC Foot Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at New England
8/27/04 Fair, Terry DB PIT Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Carolina
8/27/04 Gary, Olandis RB DET Shoulder Out three to four months
8/27/04 Bell, Kendrell LB PIT Shoulder Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Carolina
8/27/04 Wayne, Nate LB PHI Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at N.Y. Jets
8/27/04 Simon, Corey DL PHI Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at N.Y. Jets
8/27/04 Bell, Marcus LB HOU Shoulder I-R.
8/27/04 Dawkins, Brian DB PHI Knee Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at N.Y. Jets
8/27/04 Payton, Jarrett RB TEN Knee Status uncertain
8/27/04 Haggans, Clark LB PIT Fingers Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Carolina
8/27/04 Trotter, Jeremiah LB PHI Ribs Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at N.Y. Jets
8/26/04 Mitchell, Kawika LB KC Ankle Out indefinitely
8/26/04 Allen, Brian RB IND Knee Out at least one month
8/26/04 Green, Ray DB NYG Knee I-R
8/26/04 Wakefield, Fred DL ARI Foot Out six to eight weeks
8/26/04 Shipp, Marcel RB ARI Ankle Out for the season
8/25/04 Scott, Guss DB NE Knee I-R.
8/25/04 Fitzgerald, Larry WR ARI Ankle PUP. Questionable for Week 1 at St. Louis
8/25/04 Johnson, Bryant WR ARI Foot PUP. Questionable for Week 1 at St. Louis
8/25/04 McKnight, James WR NYG Toe I-R
8/24/04 Fisher, Travis DB STL Arm Out for the season
8/24/04 Robinson, Marcus WR MIN Hamstring Expected to miss the remainder of preseason
8/24/04 Zielinski, Matt DL BAL Knee I-R.
8/24/04 Losman, J.P. QB BUF Leg Out eight to 12 weeks
8/24/04 Taylor, Fred RB JAC Ankle Questionable for rest of preseason
8/24/04 Urlacher, Brian LB CHI Hamstring Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cleveland
8/24/04 Reese, Marcus LB CHI Hamstring Out four to six weeks
8/24/04 Walker, Gary DL HOU Groin Out seven to 10 days
8/24/04 Miree, Brandon RB DEN Thumb I-R
8/23/04 Kalu, N. D. DL PHI Knee I-R
8/23/04 Brown, Chad LB SEA Leg Out eight weeks
8/23/04 Buckhalter, Correll RB PHI Knee I-R
8/23/04 Grant, DeLawrence DL OAK Knee Out for one month
8/23/04 Cobb, Zamir WR PIT Ankle I-R.
8/22/04 Walters, Troy WR IND Arm Might require season-ending surgery
8/22/04 Carter, Tyrone DB MIN Knee Out two to six weeks
8/22/04 Thomas, Bryan DL NYJ Hamstring Out two weeks
8/21/04 Wrighster, George TE JAC Foot Questionable for Sept. 2 preseason game at New England
8/19/04 Shepherd, Edell WR TB Foot I-R.
8/19/04 McCord, Quentin WR OAK Ankle I-R
8/19/04 King, Kenny DL ARI Wrist Out for the season
8/19/04 Williams, Sam DL OAK Shoulder Out for six weeks
8/19/04 Gordon, Lamar RB STL Ankle Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
8/19/04 Davis, Shockmain WR GB Leg Out for the season
8/19/04 Douglas, Marques DL BAL Elbow Out four to six weeks
8/19/04 Bingham, Ryon DL SD Bicep Out for the season
8/19/04 Cordova, Jorge LB JAC Knee I-R.
8/18/04 Smith, Kenny DL NO Shoulder I-R.
8/18/04 Hodgins, James RB ARI Shoulder Out at least four weeks
8/18/04 Whiting, Brandon DL SF Shoulder PUP
8/18/04 Davis, Josh RB NYJ Knee I-R.
8/17/04 Sidney, Dainon DB DET Achilles' I-R.
8/16/04 Anderson, Jason RB HOU Leg Out for the season
8/16/04 Roundtree, Alphonso DB MIA Ankle Out for the season
8/16/04 Dyson, Andre DB TEN Quadriceps Questionable for Week 1 at Miami
8/16/04 Batch, Charlie QB PIT Knee I-R
8/16/04 Akins, Chris DB MIA Knee I-R.
8/16/04 Overstreet, Will LB ATL Shoulder I-R.
8/15/04 Perry, Bruce RB PHI Shoulder Out for the season
8/15/04 Beasley, Fred RB SF Ankle Expected to miss the remainder of preseason
8/11/04 Wooden, Shawn DB MIA Back PUP. Out indefinitely
8/11/04 Kennedy, Jimmy DL STL Foot Out until mid-November
8/11/04 Morton, Johnnie WR KC Achilles' Out indefinitely
8/11/04 Bailey, Boss LB DET Knee Out indefinitely
8/11/04 Flemister, Zeron TE NE Achilles' I-R.
8/11/04 Boldin, Anquan WR ARI Knee Out eight to 12 weeks
8/10/04 Harris, Napoleon LB OAK Knee Out three to six weeks
8/10/04 Isom, Jasen RB SF Knee Out three to five weeks
8/9/04 Azumah, Jerry DB CHI Neck Out three to four months
8/8/04 Baber, Billy TE KC Knee Might be out for the season
8/6/04 Floyd, Malcom WR SD Clavicle Out until at least mid-September
8/6/04 Boston, David WR MIA Knee Out for the season
8/4/04 Jurevicius, Joe WR TB Back, knee Non-football injury list. Out two to six weeks
8/4/04 Sirmon, Peter LB TEN Knee Out for the season
8/2/04 Jackson, Ray RB TEN Foot Out for the season
8/2/04 Jackson, Dexter DB ARI Back PUP
8/2/04 Joppru, Bennie TE HOU Groin PUP
8/2/04 Symons, B.J. QB HOU Knee PUP
7/31/04 Boulware, Peter LB BAL Knee PUP
7/31/04 Woodson, Darren DB DAL Back PUP. Out six to eight weeks
7/31/04 Wright, Anthony QB BAL Shoulder PUP. Out two to four months
7/28/04 Miller, Jim QB NE Shoulder Non-football injury list
6/13/04 Bickerstaff, Erik RB DAL Achilles' Out for the season
6/10/04 Carpenter, Keion DB ATL Knee I-R
Titans | Calico Injured - from www.KFFL.com
Mon, 30 Aug 2004 22:34:51 -0700
Associated Press reports Tennessee Titans WR Tyrone Calico (knees) sprained both knees Monday, Aug. 30, in preseason action against the Dallas Cowboys. His legs folded under him while being tackled from behind. Head coach Jeff Fisher said Calico was moving around and seemed okay after the game, but he'd undergo further tests when the team returned to Tennessee.
Ahman Green, RB GB
News: PackersNews.com reports Green (knee) was held out of Monday’s practice. "Ahman is fine, but if there’s any risk involved, then I’ll sit him down," coach Mike Sherman said. "I want to get (Najeh) Davenport some more time and I may take a look at (Nick) Luchey at tailback. It will be Davenport, (Tony) Fisher and Luchey if Ahman doesn’t take any reps (in the game)."
Analysis: Barring setbacks, Green is expected to start in Week 1 of the regular season.
Boo Williams misses practice
Boo Williams, TE NO
News: According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, Williams (neck) missed practice on Monday.
Analysis: The ailment is not serious and will not alter Williams' value in drafts.
Brooks to "take it easy"
Aaron Brooks, QB NO
News: According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune Aaron Brooks (leg) will "take it easy" in practice this week. "He's smart," coach Jim Haslett said. "He didn't take off and run [Monday], but he threw the ball well. His feet were excellent. The timing part comes in the red zone, where they're all timing routes. That's where he's going to need the work."
Analysis: Brooks is not expected to play in the preseason finale against the Dolphins on Sept. 3. He should be healthy for Week 1 against Seattle.
Shockey out for finale
Jeremy Shockey, TE NYG
News: According to reports, Jeremy Shockey (hamstring) is out for the Giants preseason finale against Baltimore.
Analysis: Barring setbacks, Shockey is expected to be ready for Week 1.
T.O. misses practice
Terrell Owens, WR PHI
News: phillyBurbs.com reports Terrell Owens did not practice Monday because of a minor abdominal injury.
Analysis: The ailment is not considered serious and won't alter Owens' value.
More Player News
Titans | Calico Under the Knife - from www.KFFL.com
Tue, 31 Aug 2004 17:07:02 -0700
ESPNews reports Tennessee Titans WR Tyrone Calico (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. As reported, he's expected to miss 2-3 weeks of action.
9/1/04 Stubblefield, Dana DL NE Ankle I-R. Out for the season
9/1/04 Sippio, Bobby WR MIA Knee I-R. Out for the season
9/1/04 El, Antwaan Randle WR PIT Calf Probable for Sept. 2 preseason game vs. Carolina
9/1/04 Calico, Tyrone WR TEN Knees Out two to three weeks
9/1/04 Wakefield, Fred DL ARI Foot I-R. Out for the season
9/1/04 Mungro, James RB IND Wrist Doubtful for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
9/1/04 Boston, David WR MIA Knee I-R. Out for the season
Travis Henry, RB BUF
News: According to the Buffalo News, running back Travis Henry (ribs) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
Analysis: Henry should be ready to go by the start of the regular season. He remains the top back in Buffalo and is a solid starter in all Fantasy formats.
Boerigter placed on IR
Marc Boerigter, WR KC
News: The Kansas City Chiefs have placed receiver Marc Boerigter (knee) on the injured reserve list, officially ending his year.
Analysis: Right now, Dante Hall becomes the No. 2 receiver in KC, although that could change when and if Johnnie Morton comes back.
<a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/237430" target="_blank">Marcel Shipp</a>, RB ARI
News: The Cardinals officially placed <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/237430" target="_blank">Marcel Shipp</a> (leg, ankle) on injured reserve.
Analysis: The veteran is out for the season. Emmitt Smith, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/194768" target="_blank">Troy Hambrick</a>, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/302122" target="_blank">Josh Scobey</a> and Damien Anderson will comprise the Arizona backfield.
9/2/04 Hodgins, James RB ARI Shoulder I-R. Out for the season
9/2/04 Shipp, Marcel RB ARI Ankle I-R. Out for the season
M O E W I L L I A M S
Moe Williams will begin the regular season as the No. 1 running back in Minnesota.(Getty Images)
Just a week ago we discussed the disappointing situation in Minnesota surrounding the four-game suspension of Onterrio Smith, due to a substance abuse violation.
At that time, however, it didn't appear as if Smith's presence would be missed that greatly as Michael Bennett was solid in his role as the No. 1 running back for coach Mike Tice.
How quickly things change in the world of Fantasy football.
In a preseason game last Friday against San Francisco, Bennett took a hit by 49ers safety Erik Totten to his right knee. Vikings officials were cautiously optimistic that their starting back was fine, but an MRI exam the next day revealed more damage than initially predicted.
Tice now knows he will not have the services of Bennett for the opening game against Dallas, and it may be wishful thinking for the former Wisconsin track star to be back for the Week 2 Monday night game at Philadelphia.
With Bennett and Smith both on the sidelines, the door has opened for running back Moe Williams. The eight-year veteran was projected to serve as the No. 3 back this season, primarily being used in third-down situations. For the present time, his role has changed drastically.
Williams will now start for the Vikings in Week 1, though his role beyond that point will obviously be determined by the health of Bennett. However, with Smith out the first four weeks, owners of Williams could see some very nice production to start the season from a back that can be picked up in the late rounds of a draft.
Despite being used in a reserve role for most of his career, Williams has shown to be quite production when given the opportunity.
In 2003, Williams was used to a greater degree than ever before. For the year, he ended up with more than twice the carries (174) and receptions (65) than he had ever seen in any previous season.
Williams took advantage of his chances, racking up 1,389 rushing and receiving yards combined and reached the end zone eight times. Not too shabby for a third-down back.
Owners entering the season without a solid No. 2 back or faced with a tough Week 1 matchup could do a lot worse than to pick up or draft Williams and activate him. For example, Williams is definitely a more attractive Fantasy option in Week 1 than Travis Minor or any Miami running back that will be facing the Titans' defense.
In larger leagues, owners should take a look at Mewelde Moore as a reserve. The rookie from Tulane will start the season as the backup to Williams and should see a few opportunities in that role.
J O H N N I E M O R T O N
Johnnie Morton(Getty Images)
Having the No. 2 passing offense in the NFL in 2003, you would think Kansas City would be chock full of attractive Fantasy wide receivers. Furthermore, you would assume the team's No. 1 receiver would be a sure bet to be selected among the top tier of players at his position.
The 2004 season is not starting well for Johnnie Morton.
The 10-year veteran has been out since the second week of training camp when he suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon. It has continued to linger, and it appears the Chiefs front office is beginning to doubt seeing Morton on the field anytime soon.
At the very least, his status for the season opener is very bleak. Coach Dick Vermeil recently told the Kansas City Star, "In my own mind, I've written him off for the opener."
This is a microcosm of Morton's tenure in Kansas City, time that can best be described as disappointing.
In four of the past five seasons in Detroit, Morton was a 1,000-yard receiver. However, since signing with the Chiefs in 2002, the former Southern Cal star has failed to impress.
Granted, tight end Tony Gonzalez has been the No. 1 target for Kansas City quarterbacks for at least five years, but that is no excuse for Morton's poor production. He has only averaged 39 receptions, 568 yards and two touchdowns since leaving the Motor City.
>His absence, combined with the season ending knee injury to Marc Boerigter, has the Chiefs scrambling for viable options at wide receiver.
Eddie Kennison, once the No. 2 to Morton, now takes on the role as the go-to receiver. Special teams superstar Dante Hall for now is the No. 2 option for Trent Green, raising his Fantasy value quite a bit. The No. 3 receiver appears to be an undrafted rookie from Arkansas, Richard Smith, who has had a great training camp.
Morton should still be drafted in most Fantasy formats. However, his lingering injury and lack of production have him falling to a No. 4 spot on rosters.
Updated Player Injury Expected Return
9/3/04 Madise, Adrian WR DEN Hand Out four to six weeks
9/3/04 Gibson, Derrick DB OAK Shoulder Status uncertain
9/3/04 Faulk, Kevin RB NE Knee Status uncertain
9/3/04 Carter, Jonathan WR NYJ Ankle Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Philadelphia
9/3/04 Becht, Anthony TE NYJ Shoulder Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game vs. Philadelphia
9/3/04 Marion, Brock DB DET Knee Questionable for Week 1 at Chicago
9/3/04 Rhodes, Dominic RB IND Ankle Out for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
9/3/04 Hamilton, Joe QB IND Ribs Questionable for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
9/3/04 Fitzgerald, Larry WR ARI Ankle Probable for Week 1 at St. Louis
9/3/04 Jones, Kevin RB DET Foot Questionable for Week 1 at Chicago
9/3/04 O'Neal, Deltha DB CIN Ankle Questionable for Week 1 at N.Y. Jets
9/3/04 Engram, Bobby WR SEA Back Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
9/3/04 Walker, Gary DL HOU Groin Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Diego
9/3/04 Taylor, Fred RB JAC Ankle Questionable for Week 1 at Buffalo
9/3/04 Wrighster, George TE JAC Foot Questionable for Week 1 at Buffalo
9/3/04 Taylor, Travis WR BAL Groin Questionable for Week 1 at Cleveland
9/3/04 Heiden, Steve TE CLE Knee Out four to six weeks
9/3/04 Fair, Terry DB PIT Hamstring Questionable for Week 1 vs. Oakland
9/3/04 Robinson, Marcus WR MIN Hamstring Questionable for Week 1 vs. Dallas
9/3/04 Barlow, Kevan RB SF Hip Questionable for Week 1 vs. Atlanta
9/3/04 Heap, Todd TE BAL Shoulder Questionable for Week 1 at Cleveland
9/3/04 Henry, Travis RB BUF Ribs Questionable for Week 1 vs. Jacksonville
9/3/04 Mungro, James RB IND Wrist Out for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
9/3/04 Pyatt, Brad WR IND Thigh Out for Sept. 3 preseason game at Cincinnati
9/3/04 Starks, Duane DB ARI Groin Questionable for Week 1 at St. Louis
9/3/04 Darling, Devard WR BAL Quadriceps Questionable for Week 1 at Cleveland
9/3/04 Shockey, Jeremy TE NYG Foot, hamstring Questionable for Week 1 at Philadelphia
9/3/04 Wistrom, Grant DL SEA Back Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
9/3/04 Galloway, Joey WR TB Groin Questionable for Week 1 at Washington
9/3/04 Dansby, Karlos LB ARI Hamstring Questionable for Week 1 at St. Louis
Santana Moss, WR NYJ
News: Moss (hamstring) was able to play against Philadelphia Friday, but he did not register a catch.
Analysis: Moss is worth starting as a No. 1 receiver in all Fantasy leagues this season.
Vick plays Friday
Michael Vick, QB ATL
News: Michael Vick (hamstring) was 0-for-3 with one interception and one fumble in his preseason finale at Washington Friday.
Analysis: Vick finished the preseason 5-for-12 for 35 yards and no touchdowns. Despite his horrific dress rehearsal, there is not a more dangerous player in the NFL on the offensive end. He should be starting in all leagues for Week 1.
Ahman Green out Friday
Ahman Green, RB GB
News: Green (knee) was not in the lineup for the preseason finale at Tennessee Friday.
Analysis: Green should be fine for the opener in Week 1 at Carolina.
Chris Perry leaves game early
Chris Perry, RB CIN
News: Perry injured his hamstring in the second half of Friday's preseason finale against Indianapolis. He finished with 14 carries for 63 yards.
Analysis: Perry is only worth owning as insurance for Rudi Johnson.
Lee Suggs rests as a precaution
Lee Suggs, RB CLE
News: Suggs (neck stinger) did not play against Chicago as a precaution during Friday's preseason finale.
Analysis: Suggs looks like he won the starting tailback spot for the Browns, leaving William Green as the backup. Suggs is worth starting as a No. 2 Fantasy RB.
Aaron Brooks play Friday
Aaron Brooks, QB NO
News: Brooks (leg) played only a few plays in Friday's preseason game against Miami. He handed the ball off three times.
Analysis: Brooks looks like he's ready to play in the regular season. Start him in 12-team leagues against Seattle in Week 1.
More Player News
My Player News
Morten Andersen on the way out
Morten Andersen, K KC
News: The Chiefs let Andersen go Friday. The 44-year-old kicker is the second-leading scorer in NFL history, but Lawrence Tynes beat him out for the job this season.
Analysis: Andersen's range has been declining heavily over the past few seasons. Unless he lands on another high-scoring offense, which is unlikely, he is not worth drafting.
Brady probable for Week 1
Tom Brady, QB NE
News: Tom Brady is probable for Week 1 against the Colts due to some minor shoulder irritation.
Analysis: Brady is not expected to miss any time due to the injury and is a safe bet for Thursday's opener against Indianapolis.
Putzier to be No. 1 tight end?
Jeb Putzier, TE DEN
News: Following the release of veterans Byron Chamberlain and Jed Weaver, Jeb Putzier tops the depth chart at the tight end position.
Analysis: Unless the Broncos bring in a veteran from outside of the organization, Putzier might be worth using in larger Fantasy leagues which require a starting tight end.
Drew Bennett out on Friday
Drew Bennett, WR TEN
News: Bennett (ribs) was unable to play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Analysis: Bennett is questionable for the team's opener at Miami.
Ahman Green out Friday
Ahman Green, RB GB
News: Green (knee) was not in the lineup for the preseason finale at Tennessee Friday.
Analysis: Green should be fine for the opener in Week 1 at Carolina.
Bennett's return uncertain
Michael Bennett, RB MIN
News: According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings have targeted the Sept. 20 game at Philadelphia for the return of Michael Bennett. However, he might not play until the Sept. 26 game at Chicago.
Analysis: Moe Williams will start until Bennett is able to return.
Actually Oterio (sp??) Smith, Bennett's backup will start. His hearing for his suspension won't be until after the first week, so he will play this week but then be suspended for the next four more then likely.
That's right Rascal...I heard that too.
Lamar Gordon, RB STL
News: According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins completed a trade with the St. Louis Rams for reserve running back Lamar Gordon. Terms of the deal were not known.
Analysis: This deal makes a lot of sense. Gordon had lost his No. 2 job with the Rams to rookie Steven Jackson. Meanwhile, Miami was searching for a capable back since Travis Minor, Sammy Morris and Leonard Henry failed to impress this preseason. Gordon now will be given the opportunity to start in Miami and his Fantasy value gets a huge spike.
Updated Player Injury Expected Return
9/9/04 Kinney, Erron TE TEN Calf Questionable for Week 1 at Miami
9/9/04 Holt, Torry WR STL Back Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
9/9/04 Leftwich, Byron QB JAC Thumb Probable for Week 1 at Buffalo
9/9/04 Schifino, Jake WR TEN Hamstring Questionable for Week 1 at Miami
9/9/04 Burns, Joe RB BUF Ankle Probable for Week 1 vs. Jacksonville
9/9/04 Wells, Jonathan RB HOU Knee Probable for Week 1 vs. San Diego
9/9/04 Parker, Samie WR KC Hamstring Doubtful for Week 1 at Denver
9/9/04 Clark, Desmond TE CHI Hamstring Probable for Week 1 vs. Detroit
9/9/04 Warrick, Peter WR CIN Knee Probable for Week 1 at N.Y. Jets
9/9/04 Bowens, Tim DL MIA Back Out for Week 1 vs. Tennessee
9/9/04 Henry, Leonard RB MIA Hip, quadriceps Probable for Week 1 vs. Tennessee
9/9/04 Surtain, Patrick DB MIA Groin Probable for Week 1 vs. Tennessee
9/9/04 Thomas, Zach LB MIA Hip Probable for Week 1 vs. Tennessee
9/9/04 Konrad, Rob RB MIA Thigh Out for Week 1 vs. Tennessee
9/9/04 Kozlowski, Brian TE WAS Calf Probable for Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
9/9/04 Morton, Johnnie WR KC Achilles' Questionable for Week 1 at Denver
9/9/04 Gordon, Lamar RB STL Ankle Questionable for Week 1 vs. Tennessee
9/9/04 Brooking, Keith LB ATL Hamstring Questionable for Week 1 at San Francisco
9/9/04 Dawkins, Brian DB PHI Knee Probable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
9/9/04 Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Chris RB JAC Foot Doubtful for Week 1 at Buffalo
9/9/04 Dwight, Tim WR SD Hamstring Doubtful for Week 1 vs. Atlanta
9/9/04 Bannister, Alex WR SEA Shoulder Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
9/9/04 Taylor, Fred RB JAC Ankle Probable for Week 1 at Buffalo
9/9/04 Milloy, Lawyer DB BUF Forearm Out for Week 1 vs. Jacksonville
9/9/04 Marion, Brock DB DET Knee Probable for Week 1 at Chicago
9/9/04 Henry, Travis RB BUF Ribs Probable for Week 1 vs. Jacksonville
9/9/04 Wrighster, George TE JAC Foot Probable for Week 1 at Buffalo
9/9/04 Chrebet, Wayne WR NYJ Quadriceps Probable for Week 1 vs. Cincinnati
9/9/04 Thomas, Anthony RB CHI Ribs Questionable for Week 1 vs. Detroit
9/9/04 Green, Ahman RB GB Knee Probable for Week 1 at Carolina
Rows: 1 - 30 · 31 - 60 · 61 - 90 · 91 - 1
I cannot find out who is starting up in Minny. Does anyone know? Is Onterrio Smith starting or not because of his appeal of his suspension or is Moe Williams gonna go?
Onterrio Smith is available for this week, if that means he starts or not I don't know.
Got this from the Vikings website...
Moe Williams: The Vikings started last year 6-0 while using Williams as their starter, so he's got the confidence of the coaching staff. Even if Onterrio Smith is available, Williams will see plenty of action. But against a very solid Dallas run defense, I don't see many yards coming Williams' way. His best chance of being a fantasy factor is at the goal line, or perhaps as the recipient of a touchdown pass—an area where Dallas' defense struggled somewhat last year.
Onterrio Smith: Smith may be available to play in this game, and if so, he'll likely see nearly as much work as Williams. But even so, maintain modest expectations for Smith. Dallas allowed just five rushing touchdowns last year, by far the fewest in the league. With a score unlikely, and with Williams getting carries too, your best hope is to get 50-75 total yards from Smith.
|All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:35 AM.|
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2013, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.