Archive for November, 2008

Heartbreaker for Stewart owners

Jonathan Stewart broke a long run against the Packers and was headed for a sure touchdown, but he appeared to pull a hamstring and was caught inside the 10-yard line. What’s more, he fumbled on the play (it was recovered by the Panthers). Jake Delhomme would ultimately score a touchdown on a short run.

Injury update: Colts lose Brackett

The Colts lost LB Gary Brackett early during the second quarter against the Browns with an apparent lower right leg injury.

All McClain, all the time

Le’Ron McClain has seen all of the carries for the Ravens in the first quarter, leaving Willis McGahee and Ray Rice to occupy space on the sidelines. McClain has rushed five times for 24 yards in Cincinnati.

DeAngelo the touchdown machine

DeAngelo Williams just scored on a short run to put the Panthers ahead in Green Bay. He has now found the end zone in five consecutive weeks. It’s amazing to think that you would have been better off to draft Williams ahead of LaDainian Tomlinson with the top pick in fantasy drafts.

Packers benefiting from Jets’ playoff run

The conditional fourth-round pick that Green Bay acquired from the New York Jets in August for quarterback Brett Favre already has become a third-round pick, is on the verge of going up to a second-round pick, and could well wind up as a first-round pick.

Kiffin’s hiring should save Raiders some money

Oakland welcomed the news that its former head coach Lane Kiffin landed the Tennessee coaching job. It saved the Raiders millions of dollars.

Kiffin will likely raid staffs of Buccaneers, Saints

When new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin puts together his staff, he will will look into the NFL ranks.

Detroit in danger of losing Thanksgiving game

Detroit has lost enough games this season, and now comes a potentially more crushing blow. Detroit is in jeopardy of losing its tradition of hosting a Thanksgiving Day game.

Dolphins-Rams inactives

OL Jake Long is active and will start, as expected.

RB Steven Jackson is active and will start. He’ll see 15-20 carries and should be active in all most fantasy leagues. QB Marc Bulger is active and will start, as expected. OL Orlando Pace is also active, which is good news for the Rams’ offensive line.

Giants-Redskins inactives

RB Brandon Jacobs is active, as expected. He’ll share carries with RB Derrick Ward, who’s a viable flex option with Ahmad Bradshaw out. WR Domnick Hixon is active and will start with Burress out. Hixon should be added in all fantasy leagues. K John Carney will handle the field-goal duties with Tynes out.

Clinton Portis is active and will start, so he’s safe to start in fantasy leagues. LB London Fletcher is also active and a nice option for IDP leaguers. The weather is very bad in Washington, so look for the running games to be featured.

Panthers-Packers inactives

RB Jonathan Stewart is active, as expected. He’s a decent flex play based on the favorable matchup.

WR James Jones and CB Charles Woodson are active.

Colts-Browns inactives

The Colts offensive line will be at less than full strength with Jeff Saturday out. Bob Sanders is also out of action, which is good news for Browns RBs Jamal Lewis and Jerome Harrison.

QB Brady Quinn is out for the season, so QB Derek Anderson will start in his absence. TE Kellen Winslow is active and will start, as expected.

Giants’ Pierce questioned by NFL

Giants president & CEO John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese held an impromptu news conference at Fed Ex Field prior to Sunday’s game against the Redskins, where they acknowledged linebacker Antonio Pierce was questioned by authorities regarding Plaxico Burress’ accidental shooting, reports senior writer Steve Wyche.

49ers-Bills inactives

WRs Bryant Johnson and Jason Hill will see more targets with Arnaz Battle and Josh Morgan out, but neither has a ton of fantasy value. LB Patrick Willis is active and will start, as expected. And further good news is that the Bills have a lot of inactive on Buffalo’s defense.

Cassel matching Rodgers’ numbers

Earlier this season, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed a six-year, $65 million contract.

Now, it’s not hard to guess what Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will be looking for when he hits the market this winter with the same agent that landed Rodgers the deal he got.

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