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Gates finally ready to return

Around the NFL before Week Seven kicks off:

- Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is active today against the New York Jets after dealing with a foot injury that has caused him to miss three games this season. Gates should immediately go back into your lineup.

- On the quarterback front, which I touched on in Friday's column, Tarvaris Jackson is inactive for the Seahawks today, making Charlie Whitehurst the starter if you're in need of a QB.

- At wide receiver, the Broncos' Demaryius Moore is active for the first time this season. He probably won't get a ton of playing time in his first game, but with Brandon Lloyd being traded, Moore's got a chance to develop into the No. 1 receiver for QB Tim Tebow. Keep an eye on him.

- Falcons rookie WR Julio Jones is out today, so make sure he's out of your lineup.

- Kicker Sebastian Janikowski, a fantasy star because of his ability to drill 50-plus-yard field goals, is questionable for the Raiders today. Don't take a chance that he won't be ready and find a one-week replacement.

- Also in Oakland, after early reports said QB Carson Palmer might start, it now sounds like will actually be Kyle Boller under center for the Raiders.

- In London, Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount is again inactive, making Earnest Graham the play as the Bucs' RB. Graham is coming off a solid week and is a good option as a No. 2 RB today.

- The Lions have officially ruled RB Jahvid Best out today with a concussion. That means Maurice Morris gets the start. Keep an eye on Morris -- Best could be out long term.

- In Cleveland, Montario Hardesty starts at RB for Peyton Hillis. Hardesty has a chance to earn the job with a good performance, so keep an eye on that situation moving forward.

Best of luck this weekend!

---Jay Skurski 



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