Falcons’ Jones out for Sunday: Falcons rookie WR Julio Jones won’t suit up against Carolina because of a hamstring injury. Judging by last week’s game, Harry Douglas would seem to be next in line to get most of Jones’ snaps. But Atlanta coach Mike Smith wasn’t so ready to make that proclamation, saying instead that the team planned to go with a receiver rotation this week. That means Douglas will be splitting time with Eric Weems and second-year receiver Kerry Meier, limiting the fantasy value of all three. Roddy White remains a must-start against Carolina’s solid pass defense, but expect the Dirty Birds to lean more on RB Michael Turner against one of the league’s worst rushing defense.
Hillis to get more touches: In the latest installment of “As The Browns Turn”, coach Pat Shurmur says RB Peyton Hillis will get the bulk of the carries this week against the Raiders. Shurmur made a similar proclamation after Cleveland’s Week 4 loss to Tennessee, a game in which Montario Hardesty had seven carries compared to ten for Hillis. If Shurmur is true to his word, this could be the week that Hillis gets on track. Last year’s big fantasy surprise has only rushed for 197 yards and just two touchdowns, with 94 yards and both scores coming in one game. Oakland has allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs this season, which should give fantasy owners hope.
Blount misses practice again: Although the Buccaneers have yet to make any official statement, it’s looking unlikely that RB LeGarrette Blount will play on Sunday after missing Thursday’s practice with a knee injury. Earnest Graham will likely get the start, but won’t be much better than a flex play. Grahams’ rushing numbers haven’t been anything to write home about and they won’t be much better against a quality Saints run defense. His greatest value will be as a receiver out the backfield, but still, temper your expectations.
– Marcas Grant