The severely slanted schedule today with nine early games and only two late-afternoon games is great for fantasy purposes, and awful for anyone who desires to watch as much football as possible while sitting in their underwear. Do your finger stretches, because we’re in for some serious clicker crushing today.
You’re familiar with this Sunday drill that leads to either depression or elation, or some combination of both. The inactives are trickling out now, and we’ll keep updating this post with the notable developments. So do those finger exercises by repeatedly hitting F5. It’ll feel good, and it doesn’t even require a rise from your current sitting position.
Jimmy Graham (ankle): Confirming what was already abundantly clear yesterday, Graham will miss a game for the first time in his career. His absence has seemed likely since Wednesday when the stud tight end was limited in practice even after having a week to recover during the Saints’ bye. Hopefully his owners jumped on Coby Fleener, who was the best and most widely available emergency fill-in this week, even after waiver claims were processed.
Pierre Garcon (foot): This is just a final nail in a coffin that was made solely of nails. Garcon was officially listed as doubtful, meaning there was a sliver of hope. At this point as he fights his prolonged battle with a chronic foot injury, Garcon has gone from a wide receiver with immense potential as Robert Griffin III’s main target, to a fantasy afterthought. Keep him on your roster, but only as a fourth or fifth option at the position.
Jon Beason (knee): The oft-injured Panthers middle linebacker is set to miss his second straight game. While Felix Jones and his owners will enjoy Beason’s absence, the impact may be minimal since the step down to rookie first-round pick Luke Kuechly isn’t at all a steep one.
Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring): The longer Massaquoi remains out (he’s been out since Week 3), the more appealing Josh Gordon becomes as a high-end WR3, or possibly even a WR2. Over just the past two games since he started to receive more playing time with Massaquoi, Greg Little, and Travis Benjamin missing time, Gordon has shown supreme deep ball ability with three touchdowns, and two receptions of 60 yards or more. Slowly, he’s reaching territory where keeper league owners may need to give him a serious look, and protect him heading into next season.
Terrell Suggs (Knee): Whoa. We heard rumblings about this yesterday, but a quick return from an Achilles tear is very much an I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it deal. We know Suggs is active, but we know little else. It feels safe to assume that he’ll be limited and utilized sparingly, but it also felt safe to assume that he’d be out until mid November at the earliest. So yeah, assume nothing.
Haloti Ngata (knee): Ngata was limited in practice much of this week, and his also presumably limited status today even though he’s playing could lead to a Sunday fun day for Arian Foster, especially with that Ray Lewis guy out too.
Johnathan Joseph (groin): While Torrey Smith owners would have enjoyed it if the Texans finally admitted that Joseph needs a week to rest, his presence at less than 100 percent still isn’t nearly as threatening. A week ago the Texans gave up six passing touchdowns, and the Packers had two receivers with over 100 yards (Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb). Yes, Aaron Rodgers >>>>> Joe Flacco, but Flacco is on pace to likely shatter his career high in fantasy points, and he’s consistently looking deep to Smith and Anquan Boldin. So yes, thanks for continuing to trot out an ailing Joseph, Gary Kubiak.
Dez Bryant (groin): Late-week additions to the injury report usually lead to doom. But after a groin injury flared up Friday, Bryant is fine and ready to take advantage of a cushy matchup with Carolina’s top corner Chris Gamble out.
Ahmad Bradshaw (foot): Bullet=dodged. Bradshaw has 351 all-purpose yards over his last two games after having only 186 over his first three games while missing Week 3 due to the same foot injury that threatened to keep him out this week. Roll with him as you normally would.
Trent Richardson (ribs): Confirming what seemed inevitable all week, T-Rich will get his chance to romp all over, through, and around a Colts rush defense that now quite infamously gave up 161 yards on the ground and three touchdowns to Shonn Greene a week ago.
Lance Moore (hamstring): Moore sat out Week 5, and along with Jimmy Graham going down two weeks ago, his absence was the perfect storm for the annual Devery Henderson day of relevance. After resting during the bye week, Moore should receive a few more targets with Graham’s injury, and the 31st-ranked Bucs secondary that he’s set to burn alongside Marques Colston.