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Game-time decisions are decided in the time before game time. Also, water is wet, the sky is blue, monsters are scary, and cats suck.

So, as we creep closer to that time tonight, know this, Jonathan Stewart owners: he’s probably not playing. You knew that, though, and hopefully you’ve already made alternative plans. But now it’s just been sort of, almost confirmed.

So thanks, PFT, and Mike Florio’s sources who told him that it “doesn’t look good” for Stewart tonight due to his ankle injury that he aggravated in Week 2. Since we’re not against becoming a record that isn’t rotating properly, repeat this with me again, because it’s a fact that can’t be emphasized enough for fantasy purposes: Thursday night games every week suck.

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Current line: Panthers -2.5 (Pinnacle, Bet365, 5Dimes), total is 49.5 across the board
Current betting percentage: 55% action on the Giants, 70% action on the OVER

Individual Team Trends:
Giants are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 road games.
Panthers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.

Head-to-Head Trends:
Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
Favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.

Thursday Night Football couldn’t have come at a worse time for the New York Giants. The Giants have been ravaged by injuries to start the season, and will be without the services of wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon for tonight’s matchup with the Panthers. New York will also be missing their starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw with a neck injury, and starting right tackle David Diehl will also be watching the game from the sidelines.

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Football player wants to play football like macho football brute, but he can’t because he has a football injury. Now football man is sad.

This is the first of what will surely be 16 Greg Jennings updates we’ll have prior to tonight’s game, because we’re dealing with a major last-minute roster decision already here in Week 2. Although I’d argue that at this point since Jennings has already been listed as doubtful and his chances of playing reside only somewhere around 50-50, your decision should already be made. Sit him, because even if he tries to play tonight, he’ll be more Boobie Miles than Bobby Baun, and be limited and ineffective.

But some of you don’t have that luxury, because maybe you’re in a really deep keeper or dynasty league where James Jones and Randall Cobb were long gone at the draft, and therefore even Jennings at 60 or 70 percent is much better than no Jennings at all. To you, I give the gift of hope, courtesy of ESPN’s Rachel Nichols earlier today and PFT.

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It can be argued that Cam Newton has as much talent as any quarterback in the league because of his incredible arm strength and dynamic mobility. It can also be said that he doesn’t posses the consistency in his mechanics like the upper echelon quarterbacks do and it’s holding him back from becoming one of the league’s best at the position.

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There’s fear and loathing in Carolina, some confusion as we look at the receptions spread around among San Francisco’s pass catchers, and some woe in the Arizona backfield.

Late game observations? Late game observations.

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Gone are the days when Fantasy owners relied on NFL Head Coaches and their misleading injury reports. While that’s probably hyperbole – it is, sue me – Jonathan Stewart may have started a new trend that will give owners plenty of time to activate their plan B.

This morning Stewart ruled himself out of today’s game against the Buccaneers with a brief statement on his twitter account and facebook page. DeAngelo Williams will get the bulk of the carries in his absence, with offseason addition Mike Tolbert taking on goal-line duties. Williams’ owners will undoubtedly go mental when Tolbert plunges into the endzone on a one-yard run as the featured back stands on the sidelines.

Such is life in what is now a running back by committee league.

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Tonight is draft night for my fantasy football league, and like everyone else who has pride and maybe a little (or a lot) of cash on the line, I constantly feel like I’m in the business of making mountains out of molehills.

Case in point: This tweet by the Carolina Panthers made me terrified to pick wide receiver Steve Smith.

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