Fantasy Quick Hitters: Caddy, MBIII, Marshall and more

Bucs’ OC Greg Olson wants Caddy to be the featured back. Williams has been productive, but he’s injury-prone, and if the Bucs start giving him 25 touches a game, he’s probably going to break down. This is bad news for Derrick Ward in the short term, but in the long term, it might be a good thing. Ward could be the primary ballcarrier to close the season.

Brandon Marshall seems to be happy again. It’s amazing what a 4-0 start and a sick, game-winning TD catch will do for a guy. Marshall’s talent is undeniable, and it seems like he and HC Josh McDaniels have put the ill will behind them and have found a way to work together. Marshall’s upside is still limited somewhat by Kyle Orton (just ask Eddie Royal owners), but he has been productive of late and has worked his way back to being an every-week start in most formats.

Rashard Mendenhall should start this week. With Willie Parker likely out, look for another big game from Mendenhall as he faces the Lions’ 20th-ranked rush defense.

MBIII is back at practice. The Cowboys face the Chiefs this week, so it’s a nice matchup for the entire offense. Barber should be in most starting lineups, but Tashard Choice is likely to see a lot of work to keep Barber fresh. Choice has been productive, so there’s no reason not to use him.

Frank Gore on track to return in Week 7. The 49ers have a bye next week, so it looks like Sunday may be the last week that Glen Coffee is startable. He has a nice matchup with the 25th-ranked Falcons’ rush defense and should see plenty of work. Regardless, Gore owners should keep Coffee stashed as a handcuff.

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Willie Parker to miss Week 10

Non-FWP Mewelde Moore owners can rejoice! The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Willie Parker will not play in Week 10 against the Colts.

After finally returning from a four-game absence to play in Monday night’s victory against the Washington Redskins, the two-time Pro Bowl running back has a new injury — an ailing shoulder — and will not play against the Indianapolis Colts.

Parker injured his shoulder sometime in the third quarter against the Redskins — “I’m not sure how,” he said — but still finished the game. His shoulder did not begin aching until the next day, and he has not practiced this week. Parker finished with 70 yards on 21 carries in his first game back from a sprained ligament in his left knee.

He is expected to miss only one game and will be replaced by Mewelde Moore, who averaged 101 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns in three previous starts. Moore had three big catches for 45 yards against the Redskins.

The Colts offense is brutal, so Moore is an outstanding start.

Willie Parker misses practice, may not play

“Fast” Willie Parker wasn’t on the Steelers’ injury report earlier this week and it looked like he was ready to go for the showdown with the Giants on Sunday. He missed practice on Friday and is now unlikely to play.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker unexpectedly did not practice Friday because of ongoing problems with his sprained left knee and is unlikely to play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Parker has missed three games with a sprained medial collateral ligament, but practiced earlier in the week and was expected to be ready for the matchup of teams with 5-1 records. He is listed as doubtful.

Parker would be replaced by Mewelde Moore, who began the season as the third-down back, but has rushed for 219 yards in the last two games. Moore gained 120 yards and scored three touchdowns, one on a pass reception, during a 38-10 win in Cincinnati last Sunday.

Some fantasy owners might have cut Moore once Parker practiced this week, so snatch him up if you can. It looks like FWP’s knee problems are ongoing, so Moore may have considerable value over the coming weeks. He was certainly stellar last week (as he killed me in five different leagues).

Fantasy Football Podcast #7 (10/15/08)

Listen in as Anthony Stalter and I discuss the Cowboys (Romo, Roy Williams, Pacman), the injuries to Joseph Addai, Willie Parker, Reggie Bush and Kellen Winslow, Shaun Alexander’s prospects in Washington and the Tony Gonzalez situation.

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(The opening and closing music is the criminally underrated Bob Marley song, “Lively Up Yourself,” which is missing from his famous Legend greatest hits compilation.)

Fantasy Football Podcast #4 (9/25/08)

This week, Anthony Stalter and I discuss the Matt Millen firing, injuries to the Eagles, the Bulger benching, what’s going on in the mind of Plaxico Burress, Willie Parker’s injury and what waiver wire quarterbacks can provide immediate help to fantasy owners in need.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

(Opening and closing music is Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” featuring Steve Winwood on keyboards and vocals.)

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