Here are some of the top names listed on the injury report for Week 1:
Reggie Brown, WR, Philadelphia (Doubtful): Brown (hamstring) is likely out for Week 1, so Hank Baskett and rookie DeSean Jackson will see more targets. Jackson is a nice sleeper candidate against St. Louis.
Joey Galloway, WR, Tampa Bay (Questionable): Galloway (groin) was limited in Friday’s practice but is still expected to start in Week 1. He owns the New Orleans Saints, so be sure to check his status on Sunday morning.
Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay (Probable): Grant (hamstring) put in a full practice on Friday and is expected to start against Minnesota, but he could lose some carries to Brandon Jackson. He’ll be active in most fantasy leagues, though Grant is a bit of a risk against the Vikings’ strong run defense.
Jamal Lewis, RB, Cleveland (Questionable): Lewis (hamstring) did limited work in Friday’s practice and could be a game-time decision. You might want to add Jason Wright as insurance if you have the roster space, but I’d be surprised if Lewis doesn’t start against Dallas.
Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis (Probable): Manning (knee) put in a full practice on Friday and will start against Chicago. It appears safe to start him.
Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore (Probable): McGahee (knee) is listed as probable for this week’s contest vs. Cincinnati, but he could be more of a game-time decision. Even if he starts, I’d look for rookie Ray Rice to see his share of the carries. Start McGahee with caution.
Chad Ocho Cinco/T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WRs, Cincinnati (Probable): Ocho Cinco (shoulder) and Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) both practiced on Friday and will start at Baltimore. I like the latter much more in fantasy land, however.
Jerry Porter, WR, Jacksonville (Out): Porter (hamstring) will miss the Jaguars’ regular-season opener, so Reggie Williams (knee, probable) and Matt Jones will see more targets in Week 1. Jones was impressive in the preseason and is a player to watch.
Javon Walker, WR, Oakland (Questionable): Walker (hamstring) missed practice on Friday and is a real question mark for Week 1. Even if he’s active, I wouldn’t start him in fantasy play. Ronald Curry would see more targets if Walker is out.
I’m actually getting a day off on Saturday (and I need it!), but be sure to check out NFL.com Sunday morning for all the inactives. I’ll be posting them in this space (plus all the fantasy implications) before our second LIVE chat of the season (Noon ET, 9 a.m. PT).
If you missed Friday’s chat, here’s a look at some of the questions and answers.
See you soon…