Two Minute Warning - Week 7
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There are just a few minutes left before the games begin for real and this is your last chance to set fantasy lineups. Who will be productive performers and who will be the disappointments? The answer starts with who will play and who will watch from the sidelines.
There are six teams on bye this week: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego.. Make sure you haven't left any of their players in your lineup.
Here is the latest information as we approach game-time.
Jake Locker, Tennessee - Locker actually practiced this week, but has been ruled out. He's hoping to return for Week 8. Matt Hasselbeck will start for the Titans and is a viable option against a Bills' pass defense which has allowed more than 250 ypg through the air.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay - Rodgers was listed on the injury report with a calf problem, but there was never any concern that he would miss the game. He's coming off his best game of the season, a six-touchdown effort, which earned him the TSN Player of the Week award.
Running Backs -
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants - Bradshaw is a game-time decision after missing two of three practices this week. He carried the ball 57 times over the past two weeks, for 316 yards, and is feeling the effects of the huge workload. Should he be inactive, the running game would be shared by Andre Brown and David Wilson and likely neither would be fantasy-worthy. LATEST UPDATE - Bradshaw is active.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota - The "freak of human nature" didn't let a major knee injury keep him off the field, why would we think an ankle sprain would stop him? Play him as always. LATEST UPDATE - Peterson is active.
Trent Richardson, Cleveland - Richardson was listed as limited in Friday's practice, but coach Pat Shurmur said he made it through practice without incident and should be ready to go on Sunday. Fortunately, the Browns are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start so we will know early enough to make changes if necessary. Check back as inactives are announced. LATEST UPDATE - Richardson is active.
DeMarco Murray. Dallas - Murray has been ruled out for Week 7 and fantasy owners have jumped on Felix Jones like a starving man looking at a freshly baked apple pie. We remain skeptical as to whether Jones can play at Murray's level.
Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh - Mendenhall and backup Isaac Redman have already been declared out for Week 7, making Jonathan Dwyer the Steelers' starting tailback. He's also been highly sought after in fantasy leagues, but likely to disappoint as Pittsburgh will use Ben Roethlisberger and his receivers to overcome Cincinnati.
Brandon Bolden, New England - Bolden will not play on Sunday. Stevan Ridley will get the majority of the Pats workload, though Danny Woodhead should be the third down and passing situation back. Given New England's propensity for the pass, Woodhead could be a low-end value.
Donald Brown, Indianapolis - Brown has been ruled out for a second consecutive week, but replacement Vick Ballard proved to be pretty useless to fantasy owners in his first stint as the Colts starting running back. He was given just eight rushing attempts and totaled 25 yards on the ground last weekend against the Jets.
Wide Receivers -
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants - Nicks (knee) was more decoy that receiver last week, but should be much more involved in the offense in Week 7. Start him against the Redskins' weak secondary barring an unforeseen setback in warmups. LATEST UPDATE - Nicks is active.
Greg Jennings, Green Bay - Jennings is looking to come back in Week 8. With the way Rodgers is throwing the ball, James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are all viable wide receiver options for the Packers. LATEST UPDATE - Jennings is inactive.
Pierre Garcon, Washington - Garcon has been downgraded to doubtful after missing all of this week's practices. Only a miracle will have him on the field this week, so plan for his absence, but check back just before game-time to verify his situation. LATEST UPDATE - Garcon is inactive.
Dez Bryant, Dallas - Most "experts" are expecting Bryant (groin) to play on Sunday, but we're not as sure. Bryant has played well over the past two games (21 receptions, 200 yards), but wait until he's been declared active before relaxing with Bryant in your lineup. LATEST UPDATE - Bryant is active.
Lance Moore, New Orleans - Moore (hamstring) has practiced all week and should take on a bigger role with tight end Jimmy Graham out of the lineup. Moore, a Drew Brees favorite, is a must start. LATEST UPDATE - Moore is active.
Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay - Jackson (calf) was limited in practice this week, but is expected to play. Against a Saints' defense that has allowed 283 ypg he should have a big week as long as the leg doesn't act up. LATEST UPDATE - Jackson is active.
Jerome Simpson, Minnesota - Simpson (back, leg) is expected to start, but will be covered by Patrick Peterson unless the Cardinals change things up and put Peterson on the inside to cover Percy Harvin. This doesn't look like a situation to start Simpson even if he's over his injury problems. LATEST UPDATE - Simpson is active.
Stephen Hill, New York Jets - Hill (hamstring) was limited in practice this week, but the Jets will have to throw early and often to stay in the game with New England. If you are forced by the bye week situation to start him you may be pleasantly surprised.
Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville - Robinson is still dealing with his concussion and has been ruled out for another week. Justin Blackmon is the only Jaguars receiver worthy of a fantasy start even against a Raiders' pass defense that has allowed 274 ypg.
Tight Ends -
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans - The huge news on Saturday was that Graham (ankle) would not play in Week 7. Given that the Saints had a bye in Week 6, this was a surprise. David Thomas gets the start. LATEST UPDATE - Graham is inactive.
Fred Davis, Washington - Davis (knee) got in a full week of practice and with Pierre Garcon out of the lineup is Robert Griffin III's favorite target. LATEST UPDATE - Davis is active.
Aaron Hernandez, New England - Hernandez (ankle) returned last week to catch six balls for 30 yards. He'll be a week healthier and more of the passing offense this week.
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore - Suggs was activated off the PUP list yesterday, but is still a question mark for being in uniform in Week 7. Injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb have forced the team to try and get Suggs back on the field, but he's probably not going to help the Ravens' defense this week. LATEST UPDATE - Suggs is active.
10/21 12:08:20 ET