The Colts-Texans game on Sunday could be a lot more boring than most football fans anticipated when the NFL released the regular season schedule last spring.
Indianapolis already is without quarterback Peyton Manning, who was ruled out by the team this week. And after re-injuring his gimpy hamstring during the preseason a few weeks ago, Texans’ stud running back Arian Foster may not play either.
So instead of Manning and Foster, two staples in the fantasy football world, fantasy owners are looking at a game featuring Kerry Collins and the dynamic duo of Derrick Ward and Ben Tate. Yikes.
Injuries of Note
Peyton Manning [QB, Colts]
From The Big Lead:
Peyton Manning underwent a cervical fusion today, according to Chris Mortensen. He will be out at least 2-3 months, which pretty obviously puts this season in jeopardy, and this type of procedure could put his career in jeopardy as well. I don’t expect the Colts to put Manning on IR right away, but I also don’t see them bringing him back after week 10 to play a few games if they are not in a playoff race.
Manning is drop-able in redraft formats at this point. If you are in deep keeper and/or dynasty formats, stash him on your bench and hope that you can keep him there safely all season. If someone cuts him in either of those formats, try to make some room. He could come back this season (unlikely) but should definitely return — fully healthy, too — next year.
Arian Foster [RB, Texans]
From Roto Arcade:
“The hamstring is coming along. It feels really good, and all signs point to me playing on Sunday.”
For what it’s worth, Foster did not participate in practice on Thursday. And two days ago he said he did not know if he would play on Sunday. My gut still tells me that he will be out on Sunday, especially since the Texans get to play a Peyton Manning-less Colts team. They should be able to win that game without Foster while giving Foster another week to rest the leg.
Jeremy Maclin [WR, Eagles]
He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz on Wednesday that be “full-go” and starting against the Rams on Sunday.
Quick turn-around for Maclin, who just a few weeks ago was uncertain to be ready for the regular season much less practice for the Eagles. The conditioning probably is not there yet so I would not blame fantasy owners sitting him this week, especially if you were able to grab him as a WR3.
For Peyton Manning owners: Colt McCoy v. Bengals, Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Chiefs
Beanie Wells v. Panthers
Tim Hightower v. Giants
Jacoby Ford @ Broncos
Danny Amendola v. Eagles
Jared Cook @ Jaguars
Joe Flacco v. Steelers
Joseph Addai @ Texans
Kenny Britt @ Jaguars
Reggie Wayne v. Texans
Marcedes Lewis v. Titans
Michael McHale What 2nd WR should I go with this week? Boldin/Harvin/Amendola, Mike Wallace is my number 1.
I would rank them just like that … Boldin > Harvin > Amendola. You have two really good upside WRs on your bench in Harvin and Amendola, but I really think Boldin is going to bounce back this year and it should start week one.
Mike Matney What 2nd RB this week? Blount vs. DET, Felix J @ NYJ , Moreno vs. OAK. I have Blount in the lineup.
Stick with Blount. I know Felix has gotten a lot of buzz lately but he draws a tough matchup. Plus, you probably drafted Blount to be one of your starters. Until we know more about how good this year’s NFL defenses are, start the players you drafted to start.
John Harris Flex Back: Marshawn Lynch or Reggie Bush?
Bush. With Daniel Thomas injured and Larry Johnson serving as a backup to Bush, the Dolphins are going to get him the ball a lot against New England. Even if they fall behind in the game, Bush is useful as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
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