NFL fantasy football: Jake Locker plans return in Week 7

Locker eyes Week 7 return: After missing the Week 5 loss to the Minnesota Vikings with a dislocated shoulder, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker hopes to be back for the team’s Week 7 contest. By all accounts, Locker’s health is improving, but the cynic could see it as an examining of the schedule. This week features a not-so-pleasant tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. Meanwhile, next week’s game is against the quite malleable Buffalo Bills defense. Not to suggest Locker is purposely ducking anyone — the short week would certainly make it hard for him to prepare. But if you’re going to plan your return, it’s hard to find a better opponent to do it against. With the way Buffalo’s defense has played this season, Locker is certainly worth considering if you have a QB on a bye.

Sanchez still the starter: Put to rest any thoughts of Tim Tebow taking over the New York Jets starting quarterback job … at least for now. Let’s be honest, neither Tebow nor Sanchez are going to be the guy to lift your fantasy team (or the Jets offense) from its moribund existence. The only real question is how a change under center could impact the rest of Gang Green’s (mediocre, at best) offensive weapons. If you’re a Tebeliever, be patient. Your man’s day will come. Probably soon. But if you’re looking for help at the quarterback position in the short term, you’re better off looking toward Kevin Kolb.

Starks could start in Week 6: With Cedric Benson expected to miss the next eight weeks with a foot injury, the Green Bay Packers are reportedly considering using James Starks as their starter for Sunday night’s game against the Houston Texans. It’s not the kind of matchup that will make you want to run out and snatch Starks off the waiver wire, but it could take some of the starch out of all the fantasy owners who are so high on Alex Green. Green is probably still the best option if you need RB help, but if Starks is going to take some of those carries, you’ll need to temper your expectations.

— Marcas Grant

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