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Receivers hurting entering Week Two

It's early in the NFL season, but already injury concerns are creeping up for fantasy football teams.

Here's a look at a few of the bigger names who are questionable heading into today:

- Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd. He got in just one practice, but I'm keeping Lloyd in my lineup. Even though a groin injury for a receiver is troublesome, Lloyd's matchup against the Bengals at home in too favorable to pass up. If he can play, he'll put up points.

- Cowboys WR Dez Bryant. If you saw the end of last night's game against the Jets, you know Bryant was pretty useless after he suffered a bruised thigh. He didn't practice at all this week, and even though he made the trip to San Francisco, I'd sit Bryant. The issue is complicated by the 4:05 p.m. start, so take the safe route.

- Jets WR Santonio Holmes. He got hurt late in the practice week, and now is very questionable for today's game against the Jaguars. I took Holmes out of my starting lineup in place of Bucs WR Arrelious Benn. Holmes has more potential, obviously, but it sounds like he's going to be limited even if he does play.

- Don't worry about Lions stud Calvin Johnson. He missed some practice time, but should be good to go against the Chiefs.

At running back, Arian Foster looks like he's going to be close to 100 percent for the Texans against Miami. Start him, of course.

In Denver, former Bill Willis McGahee will start over Knowshon Moreno. McGahee's got good value today.

The Rams are holding out hope Steven Jackson can play tomorrow night against the Giants, but I'd sit him. If you handcuffed yourself with Cadillac Williams, give him the start. I expect 80 or so total yards (and hopefully a TD) from him.

In San Diego, it's not an injury update, but Mike Tolbert has taken over starting duties from Ryan Mathews. Tolbert's value skyrockets with this news, while Mathews becomes a handcuff.

Best of luck in Week Two!

---Jay Skurski

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Foster sounds out for Week One

The announcement hasn't been made official, but ESPN and other media outlets are reporting Texans running back Arian Foster will be out today against the Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury.

Obviously, as a top-three pick in most drafts, this a huge blow for fantasy owners, but it's the right decision by the Texans. They don't want this issue to linger throughout the season.

The news vaults Foster's replacement, Ben Tate, into starter territory. The Colts are a bad rush defense to begin with, so Tate can safely be played as a flex running back. (Derrick Ward will start for Houston, but I think Tate will see more of the work.)

In the same game, it sounds as if Colts receiver Austin Collie will be able to play with his foot injury (which, by the way, was suffered from a burn during acupuncture. For real.) Of course, without Peyton Manning in the lineup (you knew that, right?) Collie's value goes down considerably. He's nothing more than a third receiver with Kerry Collins throwing the passes.

For some options to replace Manning, here's my column from Football Friday.

Let's take a quick spin around the league to address a few other issues:

- Reggie Bush isn't a fantasy favorite of mine, but he has better value this week because rookie Daniel Thomas is likely to be out. The Dolphins don't play until tomorrow night, so Thomas has more time to heal, but Bush will get the bulk of the work either way.

- Matt Cassel's rib injury, to me, sounds more troubling than the Chiefs are leading you to believe. One good hit from Marcell Dareus and Cassel could be headed to the sideline. I'd sit him this week. Also for K.C., I like receiver Steve Breaston as a sleeper this year, but he's got a nagging hamstring injury that concerns me today. I'd sit him as well.

- Don't start Vikings receiver Sidney Rice. He's going to be out of his 4 p.m. game with San Francisco because of a shoulder injury.

- Redskins tight end Chris Cooley was limited in practice all week and is questionable. It doesn't sound like he'll be anywhere close to 100 percent. Sit him.

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

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