Vick, Maclin ruled out: For the third straight week, QB Michael Vick (ribs) won’t play for the Eagles, this time missing Thursday night’s game vs. the Seahawks. He’ll be joined on the sidelines by WR Jeremy Maclin (hamstring, shoulder) and possibly RB LeSean McCoy, who is questionable with a toe injury. With Vick out of action, Vince Young has posted a pair of respectable fantasy totals, combining for nearly 35 points in the past two weeks. During that time, WR Riley Cooper has been one of Young’s favorite targets, making his only eight catches of the year for 146 yards and a touchdown. Seattle’s defense has quietly been pretty good this season, meaning Young and Cooper should be avoided if you have better options. If McCoy can’t go, Ronnie Brown likely is Philly’s starter, but his value is also pretty limited against the NFL’s 11th-ranked rushing defense.
Cutler unsure of return: After surgery on his broken thumb last week, Bears QB Jay Cutler isn’t sure when he’ll be ready — or if he’ll return at all this season. In his place, Caleb Hanie struggled against the Raiders, but has a favorable matchup this week versus the Chiefs. Nonetheless, with so many quarterbacks in action this week, Hanie’s not worth a start in most situations. His value will drop further in the coming weeks with games against Denver and Seattle looming. The upside is that with Hanie under center, WR Johnny Knox could be worth a play as a No. 3 receiver after racking up 145 receiving yards and a touchdown last week.
Moore returns, McFadden still out: The Raiders could get one of their injured receivers back with news that Denarius Moore (foot) returned to practice Wednesday. Meanwhile, it could be another week without RB Darren McFadden (foot), who hasn’t played since Week 7. As long as McFadden remains on the shelf, Michael Bush should be in your lineup. As for Oakland’s WRs, with Carson Palmer spreading the ball around so much, none of them are worth more than a flex play due to their collective fantasy inconsistencies.
– Marcas Grant