September 27, 2009 - 12:52 PM
Time to get your lineups set in stone for Week Three. Here's who's in and out:
As expected, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will miss a second straight start with a broken rib. More of a surprise, however, is that running back Brian Westbrook will miss today's game with Kansas City. Westbrook has an ankle injury.
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno suffered a groin injury in practice Thursday and sounds like he'll miss today's game with Oakland. Even if he does play, it would be best to keep Moreno on the bench.
Browns running back Jamal Lewis will miss today's game against the Ravens, not that he'd be a good start anyway.
Redskins running back Clinton Portis will play against the Lions, despite not practicing all week with bone spurs in his ankle. Portis is a good start considering his opponent.
For the New England Patriots, Wes Welker is OUT and Randy Moss is IN.
Good luck in Week Three.
September 20, 2009 - 10:37 AM
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's cracked rib isn't healed enough for him to play in Week Two against New Orleans, highlighting this week's injury updates.
Pierre Thomas will be a game-time decision for New Orleans, which makes Mike Bell a consideration for Week Two. Play Bell for another week to see if he can duplicate his performance of Week One. When Drew Brees is your quarterback, good things can happen.
Antonio Bryant will NOT play against the Bills, so he's an easy sit. In fact, he didn't even come to Buffalo.
LaDainian Tomlinson also won't suit up for San Diego, although he would have had a tough matchup with Baltimore, anyway.
Good luck in Week Two.
September 13, 2009 - 10:43 AM
Week One hasn't even really gotten started, but there's already plenty of injury concerns for fantasy football owners.
The big news is that New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is out. That makes Reggie Bush a more attractive play and even means Mike Bell isn't a bad start.
Let's move on to Denver, where quarterback Kyle Orton is expected to play despite a hand injury. Orton's probably not starting for your team anyway, but his status could affect your plans for Denver's two wide receivers, Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal. Both are solid options against the Bengals, although Marshall is a bit more of a gamble because of his rocky preseason.
Anquan Boldin's right hamstring has him questionable, and ESPN's injury expert, Stephania Bell, reported Sunday morning that it's looking more likely that Boldin WILL NOT play against the 49ers. Verdict: Sit Boldin this week.
Feel free to leave your comments below and good luck in Week One!
September 12, 2009 - 9:26 PM
Lest you missed Football Friday in the print edition, here's a link to this week's guide on who to start in Week One, starting with, big surprise, New England's Tom Brady.
Don't want to take my word for it? Well, here are plenty of other links to experts' picks.
At nfl.com, Michael Fabiano has Bills Trent Edwards, Fred Jackson, Lee Evans and the team defense on his list of players not to start. That about covers it, although Derek Schouman probably feels slighted.
Yahoo's Brad Evans lists Terrell Owens among his "lames" for Week One. I'm noticing a trend here.
Jamey Eisenberg of CBS Sports disagrees on Owens, listing him under his "start 'em" category. Alas, Jackson and Evans are "sit em" choices.
Check back Sunday morning for injury updates before the 2009 season gets started and have some fun.