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Sunday AM Notes Week 7

19 October 2014 - 07:22 AM

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Atlanta at Baltimore
 
Prince Shembo was probable with a knee injury last week, but played only on special teams. Mike Smith said Shembo didn't play due to concerns with the knee and limited practice time. Shembo was limited until Friday this week. There have been no updates on the depth chart this week. Watch the Falcons' Twitter sources for a possible tell this morning. If we can get confirmation of the plan, it's a great matchup to plug either Shembo or Bartu into your lineup.
 
The Ravens are healthy. No depth chart changes are expected. Lardarius Webb is off the injury report. He started last week and played nearly every down. If you've been sitting on him, this would be a solid matchup to break him into your lineup again.
 
Carolina at Green Bay
 
Antoine Cason and Marvin White started at cornerback last week. Josh Norman looks likely to return from a concussion today, which would send White back to a reserve role -- behind Charles Godfrey, who will be the slot corner.
 
Datone Jones is out today. That won't help the run defense, which is already struggling to get off blocks consistently and shut running backs down between the tackles. Jamari Lattimore is dealing with a neck injury. I expect we'll see more Brad Jones, but A.J. Hawk remains the lone every-down inside linebacker. Tramon Williams is questionable but will likely try to play through an ankle injury.
 
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
 
Vinny Rey starts at middle linebacker for Rey Maualuga. Emmanuel Lamur is doubtful with a shoulder injury. It appears the Bengals will likely go with Jason DiManche in the base defense and Taylor Mays in some nickel situations with Lamur out. That may limit Rey's upside today. 
 
Arthur Jones fully practiced Friday and looks ready to return. He may play a limited role only, but should be healthy for future weeks.

 

 

 


Sunday AM Notes Week 6

12 October 2014 - 04:34 AM

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EARLY GAMES
Baltimore at Tampa Bay
 
Chris Canty is out today after wrist surgery last week. The Ravens are otherwise healthy. Lardarius Webb saw more rotational snaps this week and is off the injury report. With Asa Jackson struggling, Webb may be back in a full time role today.
 
Mason Foster returns this week and should be back in an every-down role. Danny Lansanah will keep the outside linebacker job; Dane Fletcher goes back to a reserve role. Major Wright starts for Tampa Bay again with Dashon Goldson out. Johnthan Banks is a game-time decision, but has only managed a limited Friday practice this week.
 
Carolina at Cincinnati
 
The Panthers are without corners Josh Norman and Bene' Benwikere today. Antoine Cason, Charles Godfrey and Melvin White should rotate and all see more than 40 snaps. Charles Johnson managed only a limited Friday practice and is struggling with a hip injury. Cincinnati is the worst matchup in the league for defensive linemen in big play leagues now, so avoid both Johnson and Mario Addison today.
 
Vontaze Burfict will play today after missing three weeks to recover from his latest concussion. He'll very likely be back in his every down role. The Bengals are otherwise healthy on defense and there are no expected depth chart changes.
 
Denver at New York Jets
 
Danny Trevathan played nearly every down last week after missing the opening snap. Brandon Marshall came off the sideline to join him in a 2-4-5 nickel look with Von Miller moving to the line as an outside linebacker. Expect that to continue today.
 
The Jets are mostly healthy. David Harris was limited with an AC sprain all week but is expected to play. Dee Milliner should continue to see his snap count increase. He practiced fully on Thursday and Friday.
 
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Sunday AM Notes Week 5

05 October 2014 - 04:47 AM

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EARLY GAMES

Atlanta at New York Giants

Prince Shembo took over for Joplo Bartu last week. Shembo wasn't yet an every-down player, though, and the Falcons released a depth chart on Monday which continued to list Bartu as the starter next to Paul Worrilow. So it may be too soon to count on Shembo as a LB3 play. Kemal Ishmael replaces William Moore, who went on IR-return this week with a shoulder injury.

Jon Beason is questionable but has told reporters all week he expects to play today. If he does, he'll likely be back in a rotational role only. That's what happened in his most recent return. Jameel McClain would move back to outside linebacker. Trumaine McBride has been productive in the slot since taking over for the injured Walter ThurmondQuintin Demps is also firmly on the fantasy radar. He's been more efficient than Stevie Brown was as the starter.

 

Baltimore at Indianapolis

Chris Canty is doubtful with a chronic knee injury. Terrell Suggs continues to deal with a thigh injury. He's questionable and managed only a limited Friday practice this week. I think Suggs will play, but his burst hasn't been the same this year and he's already been used in rotation. He's not a fantasy option today.

Jerrell Freeman made his way back to a full practice on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable. Ordinarily, I'd expect a player with Freeman's recent injury history to ease back into the lineup, but there's a chance he'll be back to an every-down role right away. However, the risk that he will only play part time and the heavy assist over solo trend with the Indianapolis stat crew would have me leery about expecting more than LB3 numbers today. Arthur Jones has yet to return to practice.

 

Buffalo at Detroit

Nigel Bradham and Kyle Williams are doubtful today and won't play. Preston Brown gets another start at outside linebacker and can be expected to play every down with Keith Rivers. Rivers may rotate out in dime packages. Da'Norris Searcy has been in and out of the lineup over the past two weeks with injury and in rotation with Duke Williams. He's no longer a trustworthy DB3, even in deeper leagues.

Tahir Whitehead looked comfortable inside and was very productive last week. With another strong effort today, he'll prove himself to be an every-week LB2. The Lions are otherwise healthy and Ezekiel Ansah is off the injury report with a great matchup. Hopefully, he'll take advantage.

 

 


Sunday AM Notes Week 4

28 September 2014 - 04:37 AM

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EARLY GAMES
Buffalo at Houston
 
Doug Marrone would not commit to Preston Brown this week, saying the decision about playing time would depend on the health of Keith Rivers and on-field matchups. Rivers is listed probable, which hints he'll steal snaps from Brown. I'd still risk Brown as a LB3 as I expect he'll see the bulk of the snaps and Rivers is always another injury waiting to happen. Da'Norris Searcy left last week's game with an ankle injury but will play today.
 
Brian Cushing is not on this week's injury report and played nearly every down last week. He's climbing up the inseason lineup tiers but remains risky until we see him play in all subpackages. D.J. Swearinger added a hip injury to his nagging elbow injury on Friday but is expected to play.
 
Carolina at Baltimore
 
Thomas Davis will test his hip injury during pregame warmups. He's a game time decision, but Ron Rivera tentatively expects him to play. If not, Chase Blackburn will start and likely play every down. Either way, Roman Harper gets a slight bump in expectation today.
 
The Ravens are mostly healthy on defense. Chris Canty is questionable with his chronically balky knee and Terrell Suggs is on the injury report with a thigh injury. Suggs will play and is on the IDP hot seat due to lack of production and a rotation limiting him to 70-80% of snaps. It's a decent matchup today, but Suggs may be too risky to trust.
 
Detroit at New York Jets
 
Tahir Whitehead will start at middle linebacker and play every down today. It's a good opportunity and a good matchup for his first start. If he transitions quickly to the new role, he has LB2 upside. James Ihedigbo will return and start for Detroit. It's not certain whether he'll play every down immediately, but he'll be a matchup DB3 when his role is confirmed.
 
Dee Milliner is still out. Muhammad Wilkerson left last week's game with a knee injury that looked to be a major concern. He fully practiced on Friday and is ready to play. Antonio Allen continues to be a top play as team relentlessly test him in coverage.

 

 

 


Sunday AM Notes Week 3

21 September 2014 - 05:53 AM

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Baltimore at Cleveland

The Ravens seem more optimistic about Lardarius Webb this week and have him listed probable. But you'll still need to check the inactives list to be sure he's cleared to play.

 

Barkevious Mingo is questionable and was limited again all week. Mike Pettine was hopeful in his Friday press conference, but wanted to see how Mingo responded to practice. He's a GTD and will likely rotate more than he had been if he's active today. Chris Kirksey and Craig Robertson have been rotating by series and there's been no indication this week that will change today.

 

Dallas at St. Louis

 

Justin Durant is still out and Rolando McClain is a longshot to play after missing practice with a groin injury all week. Anthony Hitchens moves to the middle and will join Bruce Carter in subpackages. Kyle Wilbur will start at SLB. Hitchens is a boom-bust LB3. Carter and Barry Church are the beneficiaries here.

 

The Rams are healthy. Only corner Trumaine Johnson is out today. There are no expected changes to the depth chart.

 

Green Bay at Detroit

 

Brad Jones remains out for the Packers. Jamari Lattimore did not play in the dime last week and likely won't today. With the Lions running an offense that could use lots of multi-wide receiver sets, Lattimore is a risky play today. Micah Hyde was back to full practice late in the week and is probable. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix should still see 40 snaps today.

 

James Ihedigbo will miss another week with his neck injury. Isa Abdul-Quddus will start in his place. Ezekiel Ansah is back on the injury report with a knee problem. He didn't practice until Friday and is a game-time decision. Devin Taylor would see more work this week with George Johnson also questionable with a groin injury. Nick Fairley practiced through a biceps injury and is tentatively expected to play.