NFL fantasy football: Jay Cutler has sprained MCL

Cutler to play Sunday: Most of the week, the talk around Jay Cutler has involved his neck injury. Turns out, that’s not the only issue the Chicago Bears quarterback is dealing with. Cutler reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in his knee in last week’s game against the Vikings. The good news is that it’s not expected to prevent the signal-caller from practicing Friday or playing in Sunday’s game against the Packers. However, when those two teams met in Week 2, Green Bay sacked Cutler seven times — on a good knee. Even without the injury issues, it’s hard to recommend Cutler against the Packers’ defense. If you have another option, you should consider it.

Wilson ready to carry load: With Ahmad Bradshaw uncertain for Sunday’s showdown with the Atlanta Falcons, it could fall to David Wilson to handle the bulk of the New York Giants’ running game. And according to coach Tom Coughlin, Wilson is ready. That means the rookie runner could see 20-plus carries this week. It would come a week after Wilson racked up career-highs with 13 carries and 100 yards. Moreover, it could come against a defense that has allowed 21-plus points to running backs in each of the past two weeks and is averaging more than 20 points allowed on the road to fantasy backs in 2012.

Powell to miss practice: New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is expected to miss Friday’s practice with an injured toe, putting his availability for Monday night in doubt. Gang Green seems to have realized that its offensive fortunes will rise and fall with the ability to run the ball. That makes this week’s game against the Tennessee Titans a golden opportunity for “ground and pound” to succeed. The Titans have allowed 25 points per game to fantasy running backs at home. If Powell can’t go, expect a heavy dose of Shonn Greene, whose fantasy value has had a sudden resurgence in recent weeks.

— Marcas Grant
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