Fantasy Quick-Hitters: Boldin, Gonzalez, Morris, Jennings, Cotchery and Roy Williams

Things are looking up for Anquan Boldin. We’ll see if he practices today (Friday), but he went through a tough workout with the trainer and reportedly looked a lot better than he did on Wednesday. If he’s able to go, it’s a hit to Steve Breaston, who would be a nice play if Q sits.

HC Caldwell: A. Gonzalez “feeling really good.” Finally, there’s some sort of update on his status. The Colts’ coach was still pretty vague, not setting a timeline for Gonzalez’s return. Rotoworld suggests that Gonzalez would start on the outside with Austin Collie in the slot, so Pierre Garcon’s value would take the biggest hit. But Collie and Gonzalez are pretty similar players, so the Colts are more likely to rotate Collie and Garcon depending on the situation. Garcon is a deep threat while Collie is a possession receiver.

Sammy Morris won’t play in Week 7. He apparently wasn’t on the flight to London. What’s funny is that if this were a home game, the Patriots would be playing coy all the way up until kickoff. As it stands, Laurence Maroney has a very nice matchup against the Bucs. He looks like a solid RB2/flex play this week.

Greg Jennings practices and is expected to play. The Browns give up a ton of big plays, so Jennings is a nice start this week. In other news, James Jones is the full-time WR3, so if Jennings or Donald Driver were to miss anytime, his stock would likely jump the most. He’s worth rostering in deep leagues.

Jerricho Cotchery ruled out for Week 7. He wasn’t a particularly good start to begin with. His role opposite Braylon Edwards isn’t defined and the Jets face a tough Oakland pass defense. I’d avoid Edwards as well, though he should see enough targets to make him startable in bigger leagues.

Roy Williams might sit out Week 7. HC Wade Phillips says that Williams is in pain when he catches the ball, but that it has gotten better through the week. Miles Austin is a nice start even if Williams plays, but if he sits out, Patrick Crayton becomes pretty startable against the Falcons. (Austin usurped Crayton as the starter opposite Williams during the Cowboys’ bye week.)

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Fantasy Quick-Hitters: Boldin, Pierre, Berrian and more

Anquan Boldin returned to a limited practice. Boldin said, “It’s only week one. I’d rather sit out game one as opposed to sitting out four or five other games. You just have to use your discretion.” That doesn’t sound good for his prospects of playing in Week 1. Steve Breaston would be first in line to start, but he’s dealing with a sore knee, so Jerheme Urban could potentially eat into Breaston’s snaps.

Pierre Thomas has been officially ruled out for Week 1. Mike Bell, Mike Bell, Mike Bell. I wrote on Tuesday that Thomas owners (and even non-owners) should grab Bell. He’s a solid RB2/flex play against the hapless Detroit rush defense.

Cassel is questionable for Week 1. Not a big surprise here. Owners should probably keep Cassel on the bench even if he does play. The Ravens are a bad matchup for any passing game.

Bernard Berrian and Kevin Walter are both game-time decisions. It would be wise to sit both players even if they do play, assuming that you have a decent option to plug in. It’s tough to battle back from a hamstring injury and be effective right away.

Kyle Orton will start against the Bengals. It’s not a terrible matchup, but Orton’s preseason performance is not encouraging. Only use him if you’re desperate (or you’re in a 2 QB league). It does help that Brandon Marshall is behaving.

Raiders name Darren McFadden as their starting RB. He has had a very impressive preseason, so this is just a formality. Even if he didn’t start, he’s going to play a ton of snaps because he is easily the Raiders most explosive player. (And he better perform, because I started him over Santonio Holmes this week!)

Fantasy Quick-Hitters: Pierre’s knee, Boldin’s hammy, and more

Pierre Thomas practices, but Week 1 status still uncertain. Whoa! This is a surprise, as everything had been pointing to Thomas sitting out this week. The day after is crucial with knee injuries, so we’ll see if it flares up or if he’s able to go on Friday. If he goes, he’d be a solid start against a bad Lions defense.

Anquan Boldin doesn’t practice, but says he’ll play. Hammys are fickle, so use caution when inserting Boldin in your lineup. Steve Breaston looks like a solid WR2/flex play in Week 1 against a suspect 49ers defense.

Jonathan Stewart not listed on injury report. I expect that he’ll still be limited, but this is a great sign for Stewart owners (and not such a great sign for DeAngelo Williams owners).

Malcom Kelly named starting WR2 in Washington. This has been the general consensus for a couple of weeks now, but it still bears watching. Kelly is big, but isn’t terribly fast. Still, big receivers can thrive in the WCO due to their ability to overpower smaller DBs on slants, so Kelly could be a worthwhile pickup in big PPR leagues.

Antonio Bryant practices fully on Wednesday. The Bucs have downgraded at QB, so I wouldn’t expect Bryant to post the kind of numbers that he did last season, but the top 20 is certainly within reach.

Steven Jackson to be used like Brian Westbrook. This is good news for owners who have Jackson in PPR leagues. He’s a versatile pass catcher and the Rams would be smart to try to get him the ball in space so that he can avoid the constant pounding inherent in between-the-tackles rushing.

Fantasy Quick-Hitters: Willie’s workload, Boldin’s hammy, MJD’s handcuff and more

Willie Parker to have 30 carries a game?
That’s apparently what HC Mike Tomlin told Parker. He is suddenly a great value for those owners who drafted him in the middle rounds, especially considering the good news that Parker should remain the Steelers’ goal-line back.

Chemistry with Calvin Johnson one of the main reasons the Lions are going with rookie QB Matthew Stafford from the get go.

Obviously, this is good news for Johnson owners. He is one of the few top tier WRs with a big question mark at QB, so he’s going to need to get at least mediocre play out of the position to have a Top 5 fantasy year.

Anquan Boldin misses Monday’s practice with a bad hammy.

That sound you hear is Steve Breaston’s stock rising. Hamstrings are fickle, and Boldin has a reputation for getting nicked up, but he should be back soon. If not, Breaston is a WR2-caliber play.

Greg Camarillo — nope, Davone Bess — listed as starter.
Rookie Brian Hartline’s name has been floated as well, but Ted Ginn, Bess and Camarillo, if healthy, are likely to get most of the snaps at WR. All three players are worth rostering in PPR leagues.

Eric Karabell argues that Rashad Jennings is the best handcuff for MJD.
Greg Jones is also there, but the rookie Jennings would seem to be the guy to get the first crack at tailback duties if something were to happen to Jones-Drew.

Fantasy Fallout, Week 6: Free Agents

Here’s a look at several players that might be available in your league…

Zach Miller was once again the Raiders’ top receiver (3-46) and it seems like he and JaMarcus Russell are starting to develop a rapport…Jeff Garcia (173 yards, TD) is back to being a decent fantasy backup…Devin Hester is averaging 4.7-60-0.7 over the last three games. It will be interesting to see if he can keep this up once (if) Brandon Lloyd returns…Don’t go crazy trying to pick up Patrick Cobbs (3-138-2) this week. This looks more like an aberration than anything else…Greg Camarillo (4-49) continues to post decent numbers in PPR leagues…With Joseph Addai hurt, Dominic Rhodes (25 carries, 73 yards, TD) looked strong. Addai tweaked his hammy, so Rhodes’ value will depend on when Addai can return…Joe Flacco (241 yards, 3 INT) was brutal against the Colts…Donnie Avery (4-73) has caught at least three passes in each of the last three weeks… Just when fantasy owners gave up on Matt Jones (7-69) again, he put up another good game in PPR leagues…Michael Pittman (23 touches, 125 yards) got all of the work with Selvin Young out. Oddly enough, Andre Hall didn’t register a touch…Steve Breaston (8-102-1) continues to shine with Anquan Boldin out.

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